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Mar 28 2017

Huddled Masses: Alica Ostriker on Immigration

Award-winning poet and critic Alicia Ostriker examines the links between poetry and America’s origins as a nation of immigrants and as a beacon of equality, intended to be open and welcoming to all. Presented as a part of the Poetry Coalition’s inaugural initiative, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration.

Admission fee: $10.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Mar 30 2017

Red Hen Press Open-Mic at Der Wolfskopf

Come and enjoy an evening of poetry with Red Hen Press. Join us as we showcase readings of our intern and staff’s original works and share your own. The evening will be filled with laughter, life stories and no doubt some rather nervous first time readers. Help us support our budding authors and poets by coming out and sharing a drink and a poem or two.

One drink minimum.

Find out more on our website: http://redhen.org/rhp-open-mic-poetry-night/

9:30pm to 11:00pm
Der Wolfskopf
72 N Fair Oaks Ave
91103 Pasadena, California
Mar 31 2017

Riverfront Readings featuring Mary Bunten and Greg Cenac

Mary Bunten's work has appeared in SAVEUR, Art Lies, The Houston Press, The Austin Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of Houston, where she received a C.Glenn Cambor Inprint Fellowship. Previously she worked in the publicity department of W. W. Norton, as a teacher for Writers in the Schools, and as the director of The Writers Place. She lives in Kansas City.

Greg Cenac writes poetry and poetic narratives. His favorite poets are Raymond Carver and Robert Frost who he believes, along with Anton Chekov, have influenced his writing. Mr. Cenac is an engineer by trade, but a poet at heart. He grew up in a French-speaking household in South Louisiana, lived his adult life in Alaska and in the Pacific Northwest, and then settled in Kansas City in 2000. Along with poetry and literature, Mr. Cenac has a passion for Cajun cooking and ballroom dancing. He thanks Sharon Eiker and David Arnold Hughes for their support of his writing.

This event features music by Linda Minson and Friends.

(Rescheduled from January 13th, when it was postponed because of the weather.)

9:00pm
The Writers Place
3607 Pennsylvania
64111 Kansas City, Missouri
Apr 01 2017

POETRY IN THE GARDEN

Celebrate National Poetry Month surrounded by the beauty of nature. Walk the gardens to find plants that have inspired poets. Perhaps be inspired to write and share poems of your own! This is a family fun activity, for kids 5 and up with a registered adult. Register with code: 2902018801 at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring

Admission fee: $6.00
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road
22312 Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 01 2017

CHROMA: An Ekphrastic Project (10 Poets Read)

Sat., April 1, 2017 in Lambertville, NJ (@ 5-7PM )
10 Poets on the Art of Ravenna Taylor.  Reading, open studio, reception.
With poets Ellen Foos, Kasey Jueds, Vasiliki Katsarou, Fred Lowe, Hayden Saunier, John Richard Smith, Panoply Books)
Lambertville, NJ 08530

https://www.facebook.com/events/748634411965427/

5:00pm
Ravenna Taylor Studio
233 N. Union St.
08530 Lambertville, New Jersey

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on my belly, so when it came time
     for bed, I dropped a tequila shot,
          laid back and closed my lids, entrails

exposed to vultures of bad dreams.
     From the neighboring pillow
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in a metallic pile, identical
green, identical
bristle & gaud.

To see so clearly
the science
in their suits.

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My sister & I, whose
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