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Sep 23 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Tardeada of Nuyorican Poetry & Culture

On Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2:30 p.m., take part in “Tardeada of Nuyorican Poetry & Culture,” a poetry reading, discussion, and Q&A, with Victor Hernández Cruz, Lydia Cortes, Mariposa Fernández, Felipe Luciano, Nancy Mercado, Urayoán Noel, Willie Perdomo, and Edwin Torres, and moderator Ed Morales, at the Harlem Arts Salon in New York, New York.

Admission ($30) includes a copy of Victor Hernández Cruz’s latest book of poems, Beneath the Spanish (Coffee House Press, October 2017), plus food & wine.

Seated is limited. Contact (212)-749-7771 or [email protected] for more information. 

Subways: B, C, 2, 3 trains to 116 Street. BUS: M2, M7 to 116th Street  & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. Located in the Graham Court Apartments in Harlem.

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Admission fee: $30.00
Harlem Arts Salon
1925 7th Ave (between 116 & 117 Sts), Ste 7L
10026 New York, New York
Sep 18 2018

Bryant Park Poetry: Four Way Books

Join us for the Bryant Park Reading Room Poetry Series. This week’s program is produced in partnership with Four Way Books, featuring the peots: Lee Briccetti, Monica Ferrell, Tom Thompson, and Daniel Tobin.

Books are available for purchase at the event from our retail partner Kinokuniya and for signing by the poets.

Sit under the park’s London Plane trees and enjoy award-winning poetry by established and emerging poets throughout the summer. Poetry readings are held every Tuesday through September.

Bryant Park Reading Room
Bryant Park
42nd Street by Sixth Avenue
10018 New York, New York
Sep 18 2018

The Open Door Readings: Hannah Gamble & Jonah Mixon-Webster

The Open Door Reading series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each monthly hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and some of their current or recent students. September's Open Door Reading presents Hannah Gamble and her students Sonya Ellis and Melissa Blount, and Jonah Mixon-Webster and his student Avieal Jones.

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior
60654 Chicago, Illinois
Sep 20 2018

Poetry Reading -- Brian Sneeden

The University of  Connecticut’s Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that author Brian Sneeden will read from his work for all who are interested on Thursday, September 20th, 2018. The reading will take place at 6:00 pm in the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center. 
Brian Sneeden is the author of the poetry collection Last City (2018). In 2018, he was a PEN/Heim recipient and his poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications. Translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s collection Homerica (2017) was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 in the Paris Review. Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is a PhD student in poetry and translation studies at the University of Connecticut, where he serves as senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.
The Creative Writing Program aims to introduce and engage both undergraduate and graduate students in various writing courses including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, screenwriting, and more. These courses are offered to students of all majors in order to engage and include all that are interested in joining this growing creative writing community at the University of Connecticut. 
The reading, co-sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, the UConn Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore, is free and open to the public. The UConn Bookstore is located at One Royce Circle, 101 Storrs Center, and can be contacted at 860-486-8525. For more information, please visit the Creative Writing Program’s website at www.creativewriting.uconn.edu. ASL interpreters and live captions will be available.

UCONN Bookstore, Storrs Center
2075 Hillside Rd
06269 Storrs, Connecticut
Sep 20 2018

Poetry off the Shelf: Kundiman Reading

Enjoy an evening with Kundiman fellows and explore the diverse world of contemporary American poetry.
Joseph O. Legaspi cofounded Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. He is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago and three chapbooks: Postcard; Aviary, Bestiary; and Subways.
Suman Chhabra is a multi-genre cellist, writer, and the author of Demons Off. Her work has been supported by the Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, TAYO, and the Massachusetts Review, among others.
Duy Ba Doan is the author of We Play a Game, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Slate, and TriQuarterly.
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
60654 Chicago, Illinois


When I was young, we dwelt in a vale
     By a misty fen that rang all night,
And thus it was the maidens pale
I knew so well, whose garments trail
     Across the reeds to a window light.

The fen had every kind of bloom,
     And for every kind there was a face,
And a voice that has sounded in my room
Thou art come at length
More beautiful
Than any cool god
In a chamber under
Lycia's far coast,
Than any high god
Who touches us not
Here in the seeded grass.
Aye, than Argestes
Scattering the broken leaves.
No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five