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Mar 24 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Ferlinghetti at 100 / Open House Birthday Party at City Lights

On Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., join City Lights Books in celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 100th Birthday with a day of readings, reminiscences and joy at City Lights—along with neighborhood events at the Canessa Gallery, Vesuvio's, and Café Zoetrope—featuring an amazing lineup of poets, writers, and friends reading Lawrence's work.
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1:00pm to 5:00pm
City Lights Books
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway
94133 San Francisco, California
Mar 24 2019 to Apr 28 2019

National Poetry Month Readings at Flintridge Bookstore

Beginning the last week of March and throughout April, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse celebrates National Poetry Month (April) with five special events. National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, curators, publishers, bloggers, and of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

The Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to highlight the achievements of American poets, assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms, encourage increased publication, distribution and reading of poetry books, and generally support poets. 

In keeping with this goal to spread the appreciation of poetry, Flintridge Bookstore hosts five readings:

We recognize National Poetry Month a bit early with a reading honoring a century of poet, radical, publisher, and booksmith Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This legendary personality, who opened the iconic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco in 1953, turns 100 on Sunday, March 24. At 4 PM on that day, local poets Marcielle Brandler, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Bill Cushing, Kitty Kroger, and Gobind Tanaka commemorate Ferlinghetti with a program including his poetry as well as their original work.

On Sunday, April 7 at 4 PM, Moonday Poetry Series features Suzanne Lummis, the 2018/19 COLA (City of Los Angeles) award winner and fellow. This honor comes with an endowment to create a new body of work. Her poetry has been published in The New Yorker magazine and many literary journals. The Los Angeles Times named the anthology she edited, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, one of the Ten Best Books of 2015. 

Nare Garibyan reads selections from her book When Ruins Speak: A Journey of Poems on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM. These poems chronicle the poet’s journey to her lost homeland, in search of a connection to the land of her ancestors, now in ruin. Her travels take her to Western Armenia, present-day  Eastern Turkey. They are written in an attempt to resuscitate the belief of empathic survival in a tumultuous world.

Saturday, April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day, a national recognition of the country’s local bookstores. As part of our programming that day, at 3 PM we present the poets Charles Jensen and Sheila McMullin, who read from their respective books Nanopedia and daughterrarium, and host an open mic. Nanopedia (LGBTQIA) takes the form of "the world's smallest encyclopedia" of American culture. Jensen’s prose poems explore concepts coined in or corrupted by (or both) America from vantage points that are both deeply personal and politically charged. In daughterrarium (Women’s Studies), avowed feminist McMullin “scores the flesh of her observations and sears them with ponderous, mostly unanswerable questions about pain and anger, consequences, finality...” – Foreword Reviews

Poet Yun Wang launches her book Dreaming of Fallen Blossoms: Tune Poems of Su Dong-Po on Sunday, April 28 at 4 PM. Su Dong-Po was a Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) master poet, credited with transforming a minor form of poetry (the tune poem) to the primary vessel for lyric poetry in China. Yun Wang’s translations of classical Chinese poetry are highly regarded and have appeared in a number of journals and magazines.

4:00pm to 6:00pm
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Boulevard
91011 La Cañada Flintridge, California
Mar 24 2019

Red Hen Press at KGB Bar

Red Hen Press is proud to present Jericho Brown, Matty Layne Glasgow, Dolores Hayden, and heidi andrea restrepo rhodes at the famed KGB Bar Red Room for a night of unforgettable poetry.
85 E 4th Street
10003 New York City, New York
Mar 25 2019

Mass Poetry's Evening of Inspired Leaders

Evening of Inspired Leaders, a fundraiser to benefit Mass Poetry, highlights the power of poetry to inspire and delight while showcasing an all-star field of leaders. Inspired by Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project, our 2019 event will feature emcee Meghna Chakrabarti, host of WBUR's On Point. Funds raised at Evening of Inspired Leaders will help Mass Poetry produce its dynamic roster of free and low-cost poetry programs for thousands of people, young and old, across Massachusetts.
And if you can support Mass Poetry at a VIP sponsor level, purchase a VIP package (by March 1st) to join us at the dessert reception at Boston Symphony Hall following the event. Meet the speakers and support Mass Poetry at the same time! Become a sponsor here:
See the incredible line-up of speakers here:
Admission fee: $25.00
Huntington Avenue Theatre
264 Huntington Ave
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 25 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Inprint Reading Series with Carmen Giménez Smith & Fady Joudah

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series and Tintero Projects will present a reading by Carmen Giménez Smith and Fady Joudah on Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m., at Rice University's Stude Concert Hall in Houston, Texas.

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, which The Nation calls “a sharp, feminist manifesto by way of poetry collection.” She received the Juniper Prize for Poetry for Goodbye, Flicker, and her latest book Cruel Futures is described by Ross Gay as “one of those rare books, rare pieces of art, that manages to be extremely intimate, vulnerable and close while also doing a kind of searing cultural critique.” Her memoir Bring Down the Little Birds, winner of an American Book Award, was praised by the Austin-American Statesman “as innovative in form as it is honest in emotion… outrageously smart…. Bring Down the Little Birds seems to tip motherhood on its side to expose its brutal-though-beautiful underbelly.” Coeditor of Angels of the Americlypse: New [email protected] Writing and poetry coeditor of The Nation, she serves as the publisher of Noemi Press and co-director of CantoMundo.
Fady Joudah’s most recent poetry collection Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance is hailed as “exceptional” by Publishers Weekly, and Mary Szybist writes, “Few books of American poetry seem to me as essential as this one…. Joudah’s gifts for articulating the intersections of bewilderment, tenderness, rage, and grief are fully alive here. These poems blaze into the visionary.” Houston-based Palestinian American poet and physician, his other books include The Earth in the Attic, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition; Alight; and Textu, a collection of 160-character poems written on a smartphone’s text message screen. Also an award-winning translator, he is a recipient of the Banipal Prize and a finalist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for The Butterfly’s Burden by Mahmoud Darwish; winner of the PEN USA Award for If I Were Another, also by Darwish; and winner of the Griffin International Poetry Prize for Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me by Ghassan Zaqtan.

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Admission fee: $5.00
Stude Concert Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St
Entrace #18
77005 Houston, Texas
Mar 25 2019

Christine Shan Shan Hou & Andriniki Mattis

On March 25 poets Christine Shan Shan Hou and Andriniki Mattis will share their work at The Poetry Project.

Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Mar 27 2019

Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Reading

Experience our annual Off-Site Reading at AWP Portland, hosted by Literary Arts! This year’s reading is headlined by Portland and Seattle-based Cave Canem fellows Quenton Baker, Ashaki M. Jackson, Bettina Judd, Anastacia-Renee and Christopher Rose, who will open the night before an additional 15+ fellows share their work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. Fellow and Portland resident Samiya Bashir emcees. Free and open to the public, this event is co-presented with Literary Arts.

Literary Arts
925 SW Washington St.
97205 Portland, Oregon
Mar 27 2019

Omniscient Tape Recorder: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Edition

On October 19, 1966, The Poetry Project hosted Lawrence Ferlinghetti for our first Wednesday Night Reading, to an audience of 1,200 (with 500 turned away at the door). This year Ferlinghetti turns 100, and we’re thrilled to join a nationwide week of Ferlinghetti reverie with a special edition of Omniscient Tape Recorder at The Poetry Project. We’ll be sharing previously unreleased recordings of Ferlinghetti at The Poetry Project along with readings and performances from Penny Arcade, Steve Dalachinsky, Mary Jane Dunphe, John S. Hall, Janet Hamill, Filip Marinovich, Lee Ranaldo, Bob Rosenthal, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, and others TBA.

The Poetry Project’s vast collection, recently processed by the Library of Congress, is a goldmine of potential knowledge and inspiration. Spanning the entirety of the Project’s existence, it includes over 4,000 hours of audio, much of it untapped as a scholarly resource. Started during Judah Rubin’s curation of the Monday Night Series in 2016, Omniscient Tape Recorder is a series in which participants choose particularly rich poems and discuss their historical impact, the texture and grain of the work’s recitation, and the impact of these readings, poems, and people on the landscape of poetry and art. The goal of this series is both to showcase The Poetry Project’s history and to encourage engagement with the organization’s archival collection.

The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Mar 28 2019

A Reading & Conversation with Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker and Evie Shockley

Enjoy an afternoon of phenomenal poetry and stimulating conversation! Award-winning poets Dawn Lundy MartinMorgan Parker and Evie Shockley give brief readings of their original work, followed by a discussion about poetry as a space for complex negotiations and radical reimaginings. While the meaning of diversity is being debated, these poets' unique voices and varied strategies expand the discourse beyond considerations of race and ethnicity. Their views of the poet as artist and social being disrupt familiar tropes assigned to “the writer of color.” Poet Fatimah Asghar moderates.

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

Open to AWP pass-holders. For more information on how to register, visit

Dawn Lundy Martin, PhD, is Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007); Discipline (Nightboat Books, 2011), finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015); and Good Stock, Strange Blood (Coffee House Press, 2017).

Morgan Parkeris the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books, 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books, 2015). She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow.

Evie Shockleyis author of the poetry books semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, and the new black (Wesleyan, 2012), a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winner, and the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2011). She is Professor of English at Rutgers University.

Fatimah Asgharis a nationally touring poet, photographer, and performer. She has received fellowships and residencies from Fulbright, Millay, University of Michigan, and Kundiman. Her work has appeared in many journals. Her chapbook After (YesYesBooks, 2015) is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award.

Portland Ballroom 253-254
Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
97232 Portland, Oregon
Mar 28 2019

Literary Partners Program: Poetry and Mathematics: A Conversation & Book Launch

Emily Grosholz, poet and philosopher of mathematics, will discuss her new book, Great Circles: The Transits of Mathematics and Poetry, with Wall Street Journal Critic at Large Edward Rothstein, author of the book Emblems of Mind, about music and mathematics. Her book shows how poets use mathematical notions and mathematicians use poetic “figures of thought.” Grace Schulman will introduce her.
Grosholz has written seven books of poetry, including The Stars of Earth. Visit her at
This event is made possible through Poets House’s Literary Partners Program. Poets House is an ADA accessible facility.
Admission: Free and open to the public; RSVP to Sarah Glazer: [email protected]
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York