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Jul 30 2018 to Aug 10 2018

Urban Word NYC 2018 Summer Institute

Urban Word NYC’s Summer Institute will be a two-week long writing, revision, and performance intensive camp. Participants will get to work with extremely accomplished poets who have toured internationally, placed in National & Individual World Poetry Slams, and been published numerous places. In addition to working on their craft, participants will build community with one another and investigate what it means to be a young person in New York City, as well as what joy and celebration mean in an era fraught with political terror and danger. This camp is perfect for any teenager interested in being a part of the more vibrant creative community in New York City. 
The institute will run from Monday, July 30 through August 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with creative field trips/experiences on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., which will be announced closer to the date.
Space is limited! We will select recipients based on their thoughtful responses to the questions in the application. 
We will announce the students who have been selected for the program on May 31st. 
11:00am to 3:00pm
Urban Word NYC
5 West 19th St, Buzzer Q Third Floor
10011 New York, New York
Jul 31 2018

U35 Poetry Reading Series

U35 is Mass Poetry’s bi-monthly reading series for poets under 35, held once each January, March, May, July, September, and November. The series seeks to promote and bolster Massachusetts poets under 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other young poets. This July come hear Sam DeFlitch, Rodney Dominique, and Jaime Zuckerman perform their work at Remnant Brewing. Sign up at masspoetry.org/u35 to read your own work! 


Remnant Brewing
2 Bow Market Way
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Jul 28 2018

Third Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party

Join us for a FREE all ages event celebrating the arts and the people that make Chicago beautiful! The annual Chicago Poetry Block Party (CPBP) brings together poetry, music, art and community all on one stage. Guests can participate in writing workshops, visual art activities, poetry readings, games, and musical performances for a summertime experience unlike any other. Enjoy performances by Tasha, Brandon Markell Holmes, Danez Smith, avery r. young, and the CPBP House Band. Share your work during an open mic session and hear talented, up-and-coming poets from across the country will perform their work.
The event is hosted by Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, Austin Town Hall, and the Chicago Park District.
Austin Town Hall
5610 W Lake St
60644 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 28 2018 to Jul 29 2018

The 8th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

Every year on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island. The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees.
Fostering an approachable, engaging, diverse, progressive, lively, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of the festival’s mission. Poets bring to light issues of vital importance; they create avenues of intellect, introspection, political awareness, and artistic communication for anyone to enjoy. The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival is to liberate New York’s poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and universities and to bring together as many poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, read, teach, learn, listen, perform, and collaborate in the festival's very own poetry village.
By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.
The 8th Annual New York City Poetry Festival will feature more poets than ever before. The festival headliners this year include Terrance Hayes, Nico Tortorella, Danielle Pafunda, and Ladan Osman. Our sponsors include Antrim House, Great Weather for Media, Green Mountain Energy, Indolent Books, The New School, Redfin, Rover, Audi Manhattan, Brooklyn Poets, Strange Fangs, The Writer's Studio, Brooklyn Brewery, New York Distilling Company, Collective Retreats, New York by New York, and Strand Books, among others. Our programming partners include Writopia, co-producer of the Youth Poetry Festival; Visible Poetry Project, co-producer of the Poetry Film Festival; and ThinkOlio, co-producer of The Pastoral Classroom.
For more details about the 2018 New York City Poetry Festival, visit newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.
10:00am to 6:00pm
Colonel's Row
Governors Island
10004 New York, New York
Aug 21 2018

Red Hen Press: M Simon, EK Healy, DC Moderow and more

Red Hen Press presents a reading with Maurya Simon, Eloise Klein Healy, Debbie Clarke Moderow and Amber Flora Thomas, with dance by Sheetal Gandhi.

Sheetal Gandhi is a National Dance Performance (NDP) and MAP award winning choreographer, performer, and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA. As a multi-hyphenated artist (singer, dancer, actor) her career has spanned genres and disciplines including her work as a creator and performer in Cirque du Soleil's Dralion, playing a leading role in the Broadway production of Bombay Dreams, dancing throughout Ghana with the traditional West African dance company Novisi, and singing with the New York based, all-female a cappella group, Anamcara. Gandhi creates intercultural, interdisciplinary works that are sophisticated yet accessible, culturally specific yet ‘border-crossing’. In exploring traditional forms of dance and music through decidedly postmodern compositional structures - all to comment on the social world in which we live - her practice references the past, grounds itself in the present, and comments on the possibilities of the future.

Eloise Klein Healy is the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. She is the author of six previous books of poetry and three spoken word recordings. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors.
Debbie Clarke Moderow, originally from Connecticut, went to Alaska in 1979 for a mountain-climbing expedition and met her husband, Mark. For the Moderows, dog mushing has always been a family affair. Debbie ran the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005, completing the latter in 13 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes, and 32 seconds. In 2013, Debbie graduated from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop with an MFA in creative writing.

Maurya Simon’s tenth volume of poetry, The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016, was recently published by Red Hen Press. Simon’s third book, Speaking in Tongues, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and her seventh book, Ghost Orchid, was nominated for a 2004 National Book Award in Poetry. Other recent publications include: The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome & St. Paula (2010), and Questions My Daughter Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Her (2014). Simon has received an NEA Fellowship in poetry, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, and she’s served Visiting Artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome and at The MacDowell Colony. She’s currently a Professor of the Graduate Division and a Professor Emerita at the University of California, Riverside, where she taught literature and creative writing for nearly thirty years. She lives in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains.

Amber Flora Thomas is the author of two collections of poems: Eye of Water, selected by Harryette Mullen as the winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and The Rabbits Could Sing, selected by Peggy Shumaker for the Alaska Literary Series in 2011. A recipient of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize, and Ann Stanford Prize, her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Crab Orchard Review, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and numerous other journals and anthologies. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and faculty member. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. She was born and raised in northern California.
Red Hen Press is a place for writers’ work to be published and celebrated; a literary family for a diversity of voices that articulate the variety of human experience. The Press has been in partnership with Beach=Culture since the 2009 opening season. redhen.org

Beach=Culture programs are made possible by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. smgov.net/arts #ArtSaMo
Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.) 

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email [email protected]. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer and 3pm in the off season, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
90402 Santa Monica, California


and yet we think that song outlasts us all:  wrecked devotion
the wept face of desire, a kind of savage caring that reseeds itself and grows in clusters

oh, you who are young, consider how quickly the body deranges itself
how time, the cruel banker, forecloses us to snowdrifts white as god's own ribs


Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is

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