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Oct 26 2017

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber

Join acclaimed and award-winning poets Jane Hirshfield and Dan Gerber for a poetry reading and book signing on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the 2017 Fall Arts Celebration, presented by Grand Valley State University, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, in Grand Rapids, MI.

Jane Hirshfield has authored many collections of poetry and prose, including The Beauty, which was longlisted for the National Book Award; Come Thief; After, which was shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times; Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award; The Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace.
 
In fall 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
 
Dan Gerber is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, essays, and memory. His most recent book of poems is Sailing through Cassiopeia, and he celebrates the publication of Particles: New & Selected Poems this fall from Copper Canyon Press. His work has received ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Medal Award, a Mark Twain award for distinguished contribution to Midwest literature, a Michigan Author Award plus a Michigan Notable Book Award. He is the co-founder, with the late Jim Harrison, of the literary magazine Sumac, and lives in the Santa Ynez Valley of California.
 
L.V. Eberhard Center, Second Floor
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Grand Valley State University
301 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI
 

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7:30pm
Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University
301 W Fulton St
49504-6495 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Oct 24 2017

Readings in Contemporary Poetry: Sharon Mesmer & Wayne Koestenbaum

Sharon Mesmer’s newest poetry collection, Greetings from My Girlie Leisure Place (2015), was voted “Best of 2015” by Entropy. Her previous poetry collections include The Virgin Formica (2008), Annoying Diabetic Bitch (2007), Vertigo Seeks Affinities (2006), Half Angel, Half Lunch (1998), and Crossing Second Avenue (1997). Four of her poems appear in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (second edition, 2013). Other anthology appearances include Brooklyn Poets Anthology (2017), Poems for the Nation (2000), and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999). She is currently at work on a new collection of poems, Even Living Makes Me Die, inspired by the lives and writings of thirty-five female poets of the Americas, from the nineteenth century to modern times. Her fiction collections include Ma Vie à Yonago (2005), In Ordinary Time (2005), and The Empty Quarter (2000). An excerpt of her story “Revenge” appears in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (2012). Her essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Brooklyn Rail, New York Times, and Paris Review, among other places. Her awards include a Fulbright Specialist grant, a Jerome Foundation/SASE award (as mentor to poet Elisabeth Workman in 2009), and two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs at New York University and the New School, and lives in New York City. 

Wayne Koestenbaum has published eighteen books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including Notes on Glaze (2016), The Pink Trance Notebooks (2015), My 1980s & Other Essays (2013), Humiliation (2011), Hotel Theory (2007), Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films (2006), Andy Warhol (2001), Jackie Under My Skin (1995), and The Queen’s Throat (1993), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He has had solo exhibitions of his paintings at White Columns in New York City, 356 Mission in Los Angeles, and the University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington. His first piano/vocal record, Lounge Act, was issued by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2017. Koestenbaum is a Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and French at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

Free for Dia members; $10 general admission; $6 admission for students and seniors 
 
Advance ticket purchases recommended. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door, subject to availability. 
 
 
Admission fee: $10.00
6:30pm
Dia:Chelsea
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
10011 New York, New York
Oct 24 2017

Passwords: Sina Queyras on Sylvia Plath

Despite the brevity of her life, Sylvia Plath forever changed the world of American letters, both as poet and as cultural icon. Lambda Literary Award winner Sina Queyras guides audiences in a fresh look at one of poetry’s most influential figures. Queyras is the author of several poetry collections, including Lemon Hound, MxT, and, most recently, My Ariel.  

 

General admission $10; $7 students and seniors.

Admission fee: $10.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Oct 24 2017

A Reading by Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Aleš Debeljak’s Anxious Moments and The City and the Child; several edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon; and five books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War.
 
His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his journalism appears in many publications, and his awards include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. He has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he has conducted cultural diplomacy missions in over thirty countries for the U.S. State Department, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities.
 
RSVP by email at spevents@hunter.cuny.edu or by calling 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public but reservations are required.
 
 
7:30pm
Hunter College
695 Park Ave
Faculty Dining Room, West Building, 8th floor
10065 New York, New York
Oct 25 2017

The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 Years on Subways and Buses

Since 1992, the Poetry Society of America and New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have joined forces to present poems in subway cars and buses in one of the most beloved public art programs in America. To celebrate the new anniversary anthology of 100 superb poems (with a foreword by Billy Collins), many of the poets featured will gather to read their own poems and favorites by others from the past 25 years, including Aracelis Girmay, Major Jackson, Ada Limón, Jim Moore, Paul Muldoon, Marilyn Nelson,  Patrick Phillips, and Katha Pollitt. 
 
Admission is free.
6:00pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue
10023 New York, New York

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