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Oct 17 2017

First and Last Word Poetry

Doors 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
 
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
 
Tickets: $4
Admission fee: $4.00
6:30pm
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Oct 18 2017

F. Douglas Brown

F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
 
Visiting Writers Series events at Otis College of Art and Design are free of charge. Seating is limited.
7:30pm
The Forum, Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
90045 Los Angeles, California
Oct 18 2017

Mónica de la Torre & E. Tracy Grinnell

Mónica de la Torre is the author of six books of poetry, including The Happy End/All Welcome (Ugly Duckling Presse). Born and raised in Mexico City, she translates poetry, writes about art, and is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. Recent publications include Triple Canopy, Harper’s, Poetry, Erizo, and huun: arte / pensamiento desde México. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University. From Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 she will be a poet in residence in Josiah McElheny’s outdoor public art project Prismatic Park in Madison Square Park.

E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of four books of poetry: Hell Figures, portrait of a lesser subject, Some Clear Souvenir, and music or forgetting. Helen, A Fugue was published in the first volume of the Belladonna* Elders Series in conversation with A Pear / Actions are Erased by Leslie Scalapino. Limited edition chapbooks include Mirrorly, A Window, Leukadia, Hell and Lower Evil, Humoresque, Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson, and harmonics. Grinnell’s poetry has been translated into French, Serbian, and Portuguese. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press.

General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay

Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
St Mark's Church
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
Oct 19 2017

Youth Writing Workshop with Terrance Hayes

Before his reading at the STUDIO Series, Terrance Hayes will lead a special workshop with the young writers at the JBWC.
 
Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. He is the current poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and has two forthcoming manuscripts: American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018) and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018).
 
This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 12 participants.
 
 
4:30pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
14203 Buffalo, New York
Oct 19 2017

Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy. Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100.

General admission $10; $7 students and seniors. 

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

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—at The Giant Heart, The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA)


Today the boy won’t rest long enough
for me to burn a single metaphor
back to whether precision or

prayer leavens the language I need
cast into the well of our survival. And then
the boy urges my turn to

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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
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Color - Caste - Denomination -
These - are Time's Affair -
Death's diviner Classifying
Does not know they are -

As in sleep - all Hue forgotten -
Tenets - put behind -
Death's large - Democratic fingers
Rub away the Brand -

If Circassian - He is careless -
If He put away
Chrysalis of Blonde - or Umber -
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