Tuesday, Jul 10, 6:30pm

Santa Monica, CA

Poetry and Music: William Archila, Victoria Chang, Lynne Thompson, and Joanna Wallfisch

Hear readings by award-winning Los Angeles-based poets William Archila, Victoria Chang, and Lynne Thompson, and a performance by celebrated musician Joanna Wallfisch. Reception to follow.

William Archila earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. His first collection of poetry, The Art of Exile (Bilingual Review Press, 2009) won an International Latino Book Award in 2010. His Second book, The Gravedigger's Archaeology (Red Hen Press), won the 2013 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. He has been published in American Poetry Review, AGNl, The Georgia Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Prairie Schooner and the anthologies Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States

Victoria Chang's fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney's) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017. In 2018, she was awarded the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award for her manuscript-in-progress, OBIT. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches within Antioch's MFA Program. You can find her at www.victoriachangpoet.com.

Lynne Thompson's forthcoming collection Fretwork was just selected by Jane Hirshfield for the Marsh Hawk Press Prize. Her other books of poems include Start with a Small Guitar (What Books Press, 2013) and Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007). She received an Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles in 2015.

Joanna Wallfisch, hailed by pianist Fred Hersch as "a real discovery—a first-rate musician in every way," is a London born singer-songwriter. She has emerged as an important voice, combining "the intimate purview of a singer-songwriter with the technical liberties of a jazz improviser" (The Boston Globe). With a classical and jazz background her music combines post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism which The New York Times described as "sensitive and deep." She is a master in the art of live vocal looping and creates beguiling vocal soundscapes to accompany her songs. The Telegraph called her virtuosic performance "sublime and unique."

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America, Red Hen Press, and City of Santa Monica Beach=Culture series.

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402

 
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Wednesday, Jul 18, 5:30pm

Boston, MA

Grand Opening of Breath and Matter: Artists and Poets at Boston Sculptors Gallery

Boston Sculptors Gallery has invited poets to partner with artists to create collaborative works combining both of their voices.  The result is an unexpected cross-pollination that engages the common ground of these two distinct forms of artistic expression.  Murray Dewart, one of the gallery's founding members, recently edited the anthology, Poems About Sculpture.  In the foreword, Robert Pinsky asks, "What has art made of breath to do with an art made of matter?" Twenty-four pairs of sculptors and writers have taken up the challenge of this timeless question. Among the distinguished participating poets are Robert Pinsky, Danielle Legros Georges, Chard deNiordErnestine HayesAnaïs Duplan, and Dany Crosby Baez. Enjoy an Opening Reception on July 18th from 5:30-8:30 PM. A second reception and reading will take place on August 3rd, 5:30-8:30 PM, as part of SOWA's First Fridays evening gallery walk.

Learn more here.

Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

 
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Friday, Nov 2, 7:00pm

Mill Valley, CA

Robert Hass and Essy Stone

Join us to hear readings by two distinct contemporary voices: influential poet, essayist, and editor Robert Hass, and award-winning poet and PhD student Essy Stone.

Robert Hass has published numerous books of poetry including The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems, his most recent, and Time and Materials, which won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He served as United States Poet Laureate from 1995-1997. His celebrated books of essays include A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry and What Light Can Do: Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural World, the recipient of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Hass translated many of the works of Czeslaw Milosz, and he edited Selected Poems: 1954-1986 by Tomas Transtromer; The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; and Modernist Women Poets: An Anthology (with Paul Ebenkamp). His many honors include the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the National Book Critics' Circle Award (twice), and the Wallace Stevens Award.

Essy Stone is a PHD student in poetry at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and recently completed a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, 32 Poems, and Prairie Schooner. Her first book, What It Done to Us, was awarded the Idaho Prize in Poetry and was published by Lost Horse Press in 2017.

Co-presented by the Mill Valley Library, the Marin Poetry Center, and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public. Register HERE.

Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

 
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Monday, Dec 10, 7:30pm

Washington, DC

EMILY DICKINSON TRIBUTE
Jen Bervin and Martha Nell Smith on Emily Dickinson

Celebrate Emily Dickinson's birthday at the Folger Shakespeare Library! Join us for our annual tribute to Dickinson, featuring presentations by distinguished scholar Martha Nell Smith and artist, writer, and editor Jen Bervin.

Jen Bervin's multidisciplinary work results from poetic and conceptual investigations of material, research, and collaboration, to activate the intersections of art and scholarship; text and textiles; reading, writing, and listening; as well as those of culture, craft, and technology. Bervin's work has been exhibited internationally; her publications include ten books including Silk Poems (Nightboat Books) and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems with Marta Werner (Christine Burgin / New Directions), a Book of the Year selection by The New Yorker, and Times Literary Supplement. jenbervin.com

Martha Nell Smith is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Professor of English, and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. Her publications include seven singly and coauthored/coedited books, most recently, Emily Dickinson, A User's Guide. Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects, Smith co-edited Emily Dickinson's Correspondence: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry, and serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard University Press's Emily Dickinson Archive. The recipient of numerous awards from the NEH, the ACLS, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Smith is a founding board member of the Emily Dickinson International Society, for which she serves as President. Featured in a documentary about Dickinson, My Letter to the World, Smith's work was foundational for Wild Nights with Emily, an award-winning feature film starring Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson.

Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

Folger Elizabethan Theatre
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

 
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Wednesday, Jan 9, 11:00am

San Francisco, CA

MUNI ART 2019: A LAUNCH AND CELEBRATION

Celebrate Muni Art 2019! The Poetry Society of America collaborates with San Francisco Beautiful, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and Supervisor Sandra Fewer to present Muni Art 2019, which has transformed 100 Muni buses into galleries featuring work by a diverse range of talented poets and artists. Inspired by the Poetry Society of America's Poetry in Motion® program, which places poetry in the transit systems of cities throughout the country, and San Francisco Beautiful's mission to create and protect the unique beauty and livability of San Francisco, Muni Art 2019 provides a unique and powerful opportunity for bus riders to experience an exhilarating collaboration between poets Francisco X. Alarcón, Brenda HillmanJane Hirshfield, Cedar Sigo, and C. Dale Young, and artists Crystal Vielula, Christine Weibel, Nick Cook, Arthur Koch, and Bhavna Misra. Those listed below will converge in San Francisco to share and celebrate their work.

11am
San Francisco City Hall
Polk Street Steps
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

A launch and reading on the steps of City Hall, with Darcy Brown, Executive Director of San Francisco Beautiful, Supervisor Sandra Fewer, former California State Senator Mark Leno, Michelle Jeffers, Chief, Communications, Programs & Partnerships at San Francisco Public Library, Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, poets Cathy Arellano, on behalf of Francisco X. Alarcón, Garrett Caples, on behalf of Cedar Sigo, Brenda Hillman, and Jane Hirshfield, and artists Crystal Vielula, Christine Weibel, Nick Cook, Arthur Koch, and Bhavna Misra.

6:00pm, doors open at 5:30
Koret Auditorium
San Francisco Public Library
Main Branch
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Featured poets and artists will present their work and discuss the joys and challenges of this public collaboration. Books by participating poets will be sold before and after the event. Presenters include poets Cathy Arellano, on behalf of Francisco X. Alarcón,  Garrett Caples, on behalf of Cedar SigoBrenda HillmanJane Hirshfield, and Dean Rader, on behalf of C. Dale Young, and artists Crystal Vielula, Christine Weibel, Nick Cook, Arthur Koch, and Bhavna Misra.

Free and open to the public. 

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America and San Francisco Beautiful.

 
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Thursday, Mar 21, 7:30pm

San Rafael, CA

Lynn Emanuel and Troy Jollimore

Lynn Emanuel is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently The Nerve Of It: Poems New and Selected. Her collection The Dig received the National Poetry Series Award. Emanuel's work has also been awarded a Pushcart Prize and has been featured in several Best American Poetry anthologies and the Oxford Book of American Poetry. She has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eric Matthieu King Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has taught at the Warren Wilson Program in Creative Writing, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Troy Jollimore is the author of several books of poetry and philosophy, as well as numerous articles, essays, and reviews. His first collection of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle award in poetry for 2006. His third, Syllabus of Errors, appeared on the New York Times' list of the best books of poetry published in 2015. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Stanford Humanities Center in Palo Alto, California. He is currently a Professor in the Philosophy Department at California State University, Chico.

Co-presented by the Marin Poetry Center and the Poetry Society of America

Free and open to the public.

Falkirk Cultural Center
1408 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

 
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Thursday, Mar 28, 3:00pm

Portland, OR

PSA Presents: Dorothea Lasky, Roger Reeves, and Solmaz Sharif
AWP Portland

A reading featuring three nationally recognized, award-winning, distinct contemporary poets: Dorothea Lasky, Roger Reeves, and Solmaz Sharif, moderated by PSA President Kimiko Hahn.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of five books of poetry, including Milk and Rome. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry and Codirector of Columbia Artist/Teachers at Columbia University's School of the Arts. She lives in New York City.

Roger Reeves is the author of King Me. His honors include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, a Cave Canem Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship. He is an Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin, and a 2014–2015 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.

Solmaz Sharif is the author of LOOK, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Granta, the New RepublicPoetry, and elsewhere. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America and AWP.

Oregon Ballroom 201-202
Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

 
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Thursday, Apr 25, 6:30pm

POETRY READING IN CELEBRATION OF MUNI ART 2019: CEDAR SIGO

In celebration of Muni Art 2019, hear a reading by participating poet Cedar Sigo at the San Francisco Public Library West Portal Branch. Poet Hilary Rand will introduce Cedar's work. Audience members will be invited to enter a raffle and the winner will receive a Muni Art 2019 print! Share your experience using #SFMuniArt.

Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the editor of There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, on Joanne Kyger (Wave Books, 2017), and author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Royals (Wave Books, 2017), Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He has taught workshops at St. Mary's College, Naropa University, and University Press Books. An excerpt of his poem "Our Lives" is included in Muni Art 2019.

Co-Sponsored by San Francisco Beautiful, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco Public Library, and the Poetry Society of America.

Free and open to the public.

West Portal Branch Library
190 Lenox Way
San Francisco, CA 94127

 
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Sunday, Apr 28, 2:00pm

Santa Monica, CA

The Figure of Orpheus in Poetry and Performance

Red Hen Press and the Poetry Society of America present a celebration of the figure of Orpheus, mythologized in poetry and music. Join us to hear readings by renowned poets Henri ColeRobin Coste Lewis, and Atsuro Riley, and a performance by heralded pianist Paul Barnes, who will perform selections inspired by Orpheus by Gluck, Philip Glass, and Franz Liszt.

Paul Barnes, a pianist praised by the New York Times for his "Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity," has electrified audiences with his intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming. He has been featured six times on APM's Performance Today, and recently gave the world premiere of longtime friend and collaborator Philip Glass's Piano Quintet "Annunciation."

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan. He has published nine collections of poetry, including Nothing to Declare and Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, in addition to the memoir Orphic Paris. He has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, the Lenore Marshall Award, and the Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and lives in Boston.

Robin Coste Lewis's debut collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus, won the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. A finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Hurston/Wright Poetry Award, and the California Book Award, she is a Provost's Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California and has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College, the University of Southern California, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. 

Atsuro Riley is the author of Romey's Order (University of Chicago Press), winner of the Whiting Writer's Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. He has been a fellow of the Lannan Foundation and the NEA. Brought up in the South Carolina lowcountry, Riley lives in San Francisco.

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America and Red Hen Press.

The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401