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Feb 19 2019

Bryant Park Winter Poetry with Get Fresh Books LLC

Hear established and emerging poets read their poetry as Bryant Park Poetry goes indoors for the winter. This month's program is presented in partnership with Get Fresh Books LLC.
Featuring the poets: Victor Alcindor, Marina Carreira, Darla Himeles, and Lynne McEniry.
Kinokuniya Bookstore provides a warm environment where you’ll meet other poetry aficionados. Located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, between West 40th and West 41st Streets. The bookstore sits opposite Bryant Park. Books are available for purchase and for signing by the poets.
Winter Poetry readings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January - April, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Readings are free and open to the public.
*Please note: programs are subject to change
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
between West 40th and West 41st Streets
10018 New York, New York
Feb 19 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Ross Gay in Conversation with Eve L. Ewing

Join Ross Gay and Eve L. Ewing for a conversation on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m., at the American Writers Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. Gay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. She is also author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also writes the Ironheart series for Marvel Comics. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues.

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Admission fee: $12.00
American Writers Museum
180 N Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor
Readers Hall
60601 Chicago, Illinois
Feb 21 2019

Epic Voices: The Controlling Image: Digges & Levis with Dorianne Laux

Acclaimed for her own hybrid lyric-narrative long poems that explore wide-ranging experience, from working-class America to sex and love, poet Dorianne Laux discusses two long, discursive poems—by Deborah Digges and Larry Levis—examining how the personal “I” is used to disclose much and yet retain a sense of mystery.
Admission: $10 regular admisison, $7 students and seniors, free for members.
Poets House is an ADA accessible building.
Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Feb 22 2019

New Works: Brionne Janae, Nabila Lovelace and Justin Phillip Reed

Join us for an evening of poetry showcasing new collections by three remarkable poets. Brionne Janae's debut collection, After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017), is described by Cave Canem faculty Amber Flora Thomas as "an excellent read, if for no other reason than the range and lyricism of Janae’s voice." Nabila Lovelace is the author of Sons of Achilles (YesYesBooks, 2018), of which Hanif Abdurraqib says, "There’s a real beauty to the way that she puts together words.” Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry, Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), praised by Dawn Lundy Martin as "the new duende. It is like no other book I’ve read; Reed is an extraordinary talent.” Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Brionne Janae is a poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn whose debut collection, After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017),was published by Boaat Press, 2017. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emerging Artist award, a Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center Alumni and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry and prose have been published by the Academy of American Poets, American Poetry Review, the Sun Magazine, Los Angelas Review RattleBitch Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, jubilatSixth Finch, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, Waxwing and Redivider, among others.

Nabila Lovelace is a first-generation Queens native, her people hail from Trinidad & Nigeria. Her debut book of poems, Sons of Achilles (YesYesBooks, 2018), is out now through YesYes Books. You can currently find her kicking it in Tuscaloosa.

Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet and essayist, and the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times Magazine, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He earned his BA in creative writing at Tusculum College and his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. Justin has received fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Born and raised in South Carolina, he lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo Credit: Nicholas A. C. Nichols

NYU Lillian Vernon House
58 W 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Feb 23 2019

Book Launch: Edward Hirsch presents "A Passing Bell" by Paul Kane

Edward Hirsch, award-winning poet and President of the Guggenheim Foundation, launches Paul Kane's A Passing Bell: Ghazals for Tina. 

This collection by Paul Kane about the untimely passing of his wife performs the work of mourning by giving a shape to grief. Utilizing the poetic form of the classic Persian ghazal, A Passing Bell takes its place alongside other modern works on death and consolation, such as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed.  We are taken through the deep process of grieving, in all its ebb and flow of emotion, its agonizing sorrow and sense of despair, to further stages of acceptance and self-recovery.

Paul Kane is a poet and critic who has published six collections of poems and a dozen other books. He has received a Fulbright award, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation. He is the editor of Poetry of the American Renaissance and the general editor of The Braziller Series of Australian Poets, and is currently Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Vassar College. 

Praise for A Passing Bell:
"a rare and soaring masterpiece” —Alex Miller
“so deep and fine it could and should last forever” —Barry Hill
“his masterwork” —David McCooey

The book launch will feature a reading by Paul Kane, as well as refreshments and copies of the collection for purchase. Please join us by RSVPing to the email listed. 


4:00pm to 6:00pm
Poet's House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York


With age   
what the youthful eye  
would have studied
until identified—
chicory? bluebird? debris?  
Today no nomenclature
the composure
of a chalk-blue haze
pausing, even dawdling,
now and then trembling
over what I'm going to call
fresh water.

Because the tube is turned to the window, the neighbor’s buddy         coughs
a cough of pigeons. a hack of grackle. a bird out the window. It’s         like

the neighbor’s buddy on my ledge, smoking. The neighbor’s                 chum in the blinds,
the eyes that peer, the eyes that open. propped

When I was one-and-twenty  
  I heard a wise man say,  
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas  
  But not your heart away;  
Give pearls away and rubies
  But keep your fancy free.’  
But I was one-and-twenty,  
  No use to talk to me.  
When I was one-and-twenty  
  I heard him say again,
‘The heart out of