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Oct 27 2016

Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration

At this once-in-a-lifetime event, 13 Pulitzer Prize-winning poets will share the stage to read from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past winners. Join us in celebration of their achievement, of the Centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, and of PSA's founding role in sponsoring the earliest years of the prize for poetry. Featuring: Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright. The reading will benefit the Poetry Society of America's public programming and signature initiative, Poetry in Motion.

The reading is co-sponsored by The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs; the New York Council for the Humanities; the Pulitzer Prizes as part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfire Initiative; and supported by Alfred A. Knopf; Four Way Books; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Graywolf; HarperCollins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown and Company; Louisiana State University Press; W.W. Norton; New Directions; NYRB Poets / New York Review Books; Penguin; University of Chicago Press; Wesleyan University Press. Tickets: bit.ly/psapulitzer100 

Admission fee: $15.00
7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Great Hall of the The Cooper Union
7 E 7th Street
10003 New York, New York
Oct 28 2016 to Feb 18 2017

American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Opening reception for American Stanzas: 2006-2016, an exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Exhibit on view through February 18, 2017 Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her most recent collection, Lighting the Shadow, was a finalist for the 2016 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry and the 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize. A Kimbilio and Cave Canem Fellow, Griffiths’ literary and visual work has appeared widely including The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Poetry Review, and many others. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Oct 31 2016

All Hallows’ Eve Poetry Reading

Kimberly Lambright studied critical theory at NYU and creative writing at Eastern Washington University. Her debut poetry collection, Ultra-Cabin, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and was published in 2016. She lives in Austin and is at work on her second book, Doom Glove.

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist, and the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, and artist/collaborator on a special illustrated edition of Anne Carson's Antigonick. She runs the Ruth Stone Foundation & Monk Books with her husband, the poet Ben Pease in Vermont.

Simone Kearney is a writer and visual artist. This year she was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Poetry. Her chapbook, Days, which combines writing and watercolors, is forthcoming with Monk Books this winter. She is currently completing a degree at the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore.

Admission fee: $10.00
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York
Nov 01 2016

Mean Numbes: A Reading

Ian Ganassi’s poetry collection, Mean Numbers will be published by China Grove in the Fall. His poetry, prose and translations have appeared in over 50 literary journals, including New American Writing, Interim, Map Literary, New England Review, and the Yale Review. Selections from an ongoing collage project, The Corpse Series, in collaboration with painter Laura Bell, have been displayed online and in New York and New Haven galleries.

Emmy Hunter’s poems have been published in many journals, including Witness, Court Green, Fence, and American Poetry Review, and in the anthology, American Creative Writers on Class. A chapbook of her poetry and prose titled No View of the Boat was published by Linear Arts Press. She has had residencies at Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her book-length poetry manuscript was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award, and recent chapbooks have been finalists twice for the Center for Book Arts prize. She teaches literature and creative writing at Hunter College.

Wade Newman’s poetry collections include Final Terms, East and West, Poisoned Apples and Testaments. He is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Narrative Poetry Prize from the Croton Review, and the Ruth Lake Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has been published in many literary journals, such as The Kenyon Review, Carolina Quarterly, The New Criterion, Southern Poetry Review, and American Arts Quarterly

Admission fee: $10.00
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York
Nov 02 2016

Kate Snodgrass

Afternoon Conversation 3 pm, LookOut! Gallery Reading in RCAH Theatre at 7 pm

Michigan State University
362 Bogue Street
Snyder Hall
48825 East Lansing, Michigan




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An occasion for a plate, an occasional resource is in buying and how soon does washing enable a selection of the same thing neater. If the party is small a clever song is in order.

Plates and a dinner set of colored china. Pack together a string and enough with it to protect the centre, cause a

A kid said you could chew road tar
if you got it before it cooled,
black globule with a just-forming skin.
He said it was better than cigarettes.
He said he had a taste for it.

On the same road, a squirrel
was doing the Watusi to free itself
from its crushed hindquarters.
A man on a bicycle stomped on