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Oct 17 2017

First and Last Word Poetry

Doors 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
Tickets: $4
Admission fee: $4.00
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Oct 18 2017

F. Douglas Brown

F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
Visiting Writers Series events at Otis College of Art and Design are free of charge. Seating is limited.
The Forum, Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
90045 Los Angeles, California
Oct 18 2017

Mónica de la Torre & E. Tracy Grinnell

Mónica de la Torre is the author of six books of poetry, including The Happy End/All Welcome (Ugly Duckling Presse). Born and raised in Mexico City, she translates poetry, writes about art, and is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. Recent publications include Triple Canopy, Harper’s, Poetry, Erizo, and huun: arte / pensamiento desde México. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University. From Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 she will be a poet in residence in Josiah McElheny’s outdoor public art project Prismatic Park in Madison Square Park.

E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of four books of poetry: Hell Figures, portrait of a lesser subject, Some Clear Souvenir, and music or forgetting. Helen, A Fugue was published in the first volume of the Belladonna* Elders Series in conversation with A Pear / Actions are Erased by Leslie Scalapino. Limited edition chapbooks include Mirrorly, A Window, Leukadia, Hell and Lower Evil, Humoresque, Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson, and harmonics. Grinnell’s poetry has been translated into French, Serbian, and Portuguese. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press.

General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay

Admission fee: $8.00
St Mark's Church
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
Oct 19 2017

Youth Writing Workshop with Terrance Hayes

Before his reading at the STUDIO Series, Terrance Hayes will lead a special workshop with the young writers at the JBWC.
Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. He is the current poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and has two forthcoming manuscripts: American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018) and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018).
This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 12 participants.
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
14203 Buffalo, New York
Oct 19 2017

New Alchemy Poetry Series

A featured poet and open mic. One door west of Lestat's Coffee House. Host: Seretta Martin.
Lestat's Coffee House
3343 Adams Avenue
92116 San Diego, California
Oct 19 2017

Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy. Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100.

General admission $10; $7 students and seniors. 

Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Oct 19 2017

The Poetry Institute – New Haven Featuring Kevin Pilkington

Kevin Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of nine collections: Spare Change was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner; Getting By won the Ledge chapbook award; In the Eyes of a Dog received the New York Book Festival Award; The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree was a Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award finalist. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies including: Birthday Poems: A Celebration, Western Wind, and Contemporary Poetry of New England. Over the years, he has been nominated for four Pushcarts. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines including: The Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Yankee, Hayden’s Ferry, Columbia, North American Review, etc. He has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities including The New School, Manhattanville College, MIT, University of Michigan, Susquehanna University, Georgia Tech. His debut novel Summer Shares was published in 2012 and a paperback edition was reissued in summer 2014. His collection Where You Want To Be: New and Selected Poems was a 2017 IPPY Award Winner. He completed a second novel and is working on a new collection of poems.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.)  Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

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The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
Right next door to the Tattoo Parlor
New Haven, Connecticut
Oct 19 2017

Poetry Reading: Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Dana Levin, and Adrian Matejka

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing, and, most recently, Rocket Fantastic: Poems (Persea, 2017). Dana Levin is author of four collection of poetry including In The Surgical Theatre, Wedding Day, Sky Burial, and Banana Palace (Copper Canyon, 2016). Adrian Matejka is the author of four collections of poetry, including The Devil’s Garden, Mixology, chosen for the National Poetry Series; The Big Smoke, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; and most recently, Map to the Stars (Penguin, 2017).

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
10011 New York, New York
Oct 19 2017

The Civil Writes Project presents: A Reading by Terrance Hayes

National Book Award-winning poet & MacArthur “genius,” Terrance Hayes is the current poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and has two forthcoming manuscripts: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018), and To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018).
Joining Hayes will be local writers Birch Kinsey, Kevin Thurston, Scott W. Williams, Sherry Robbins, and Annette Daniels Taylor.
This event is free and open to the public and is part of The Civil Writes Project. Join the conversation! #CivilWritesProject
Evergreen Commons
262 Georgia St
14201 Buffalo, New York
Oct 20 2017

BOA Editions 20th Annual Dine & Rhyme Celebration

BOA Editions is honored to welcome prolific Lebanese writer and poet Jawdat Fakhreddine (Lighthouse for the Drowning, BOA 2017) as our featured guest at BOA's 20th annual Dine & Rhyme fundraiser gala. Jawdat will travel from Beirut to read and discuss his work with the Rochester community. He will be joined by his daughter and co-translator, Huda Fakhreddine

The evening will commence with a talk and reading by the author and translator. Jawdat and Huda will share the story behind Lighthouse for the Drowning, from the book’s first draft, written during the Lebanese Civil War while Jawdat was living in exile in the US, to the book’s publication and critical reception in 1996, to its eventual translation and publication by BOA in 2017.

A book signing, reception, and silent auction will follow, during which guests will be invited to enjoy Lebanese-inspired cuisine by Julia K Caters and a selection of beverages. Tickets are available in advance for $50 or $60 at the door on the night of the event. All proceeds will help BOA continue to bring exceptional and essential works of literature to the public.

Admission fee: $50.00
Rochester Academy of Medicine
1441 East Avenue
14610 Rochester, New York