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Feb 22 2017

A Tribute to C.K. Williams (Poetry Society of America)

A reading to honor the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, who published 22 books of poetry, including Falling Ill: Last Poems (FSG, 2016). Jonathan Galassi, Edward Hirsch, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Alan Shapiro, Chase Twichell, Susan Wheeler, and Adam Zagajewski will read and celebrate his work.

Sponsored by Poetry Society of America. Co-sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux & The New School Creative Writing Program.

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Admission is free.

7:00pm
The Auditorium - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street
10011 New York, New York
Feb 23 2017

Mary Cappello on "Life Breaks In"

Please join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm for a reading with Mary Cappello, author of the new book “Life Breaks in: A Mood Almanack”. Joining her will be writers Elaine Sexton, Kristin Prevallet, and Dawn Raffel. A frequent contributor to the worlds of literary nonfiction and experimental prose, Mary Cappello is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Awkward: A Detour (a Los Angeles Times bestseller); Swallow, based on the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum; and, most recently, Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Salon.com, The Huffington Post, on NPR, in guest author blogs for Powells Books, and on six separate occasions as Notable Essay of the Year in Best American Essays. A Guggenheim and Berlin Prize Fellow, a recipient of The Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination, and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, Cappello is a former Fulbright Lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow), and currently Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island. Visit her at her website: www.marycappello.com

Elaine Sexton's third collection of poetry, Prospect/Refuge, was published by Sheep Meadow Press in late 2015. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in Art in America, American Poetry Review, Poetry, O! the Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere on line and in print, including Poetry Daily. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and teaches text and image poetry workshops privately, and at various arts organizations and colleges including the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University. www.elainesexton.org

Dawn Raffel’s most recent book is an illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects, which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is also the author of a novel, Carrying the Body, and two story collections— Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Quarterly, NOON, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies—most recently The Best Small Fictions 2015 (selected by Robert Olen Butler) and The Best Small Fictions 2016 (selected by Stuart Dybek). Her next book, a cultural history, is under contract at Blue Rider/​Penguin.

Kristin Prevallet is a poet, essayist, and teacher with a private hypnosis practice in Westchester, NY. Recently, her poems and essays have appeared in The Boston Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and featured in Rachel Zucker's Commonplace podcast. She is the author of five books of poetry including the fragmented memoir, I, Afterlife: Essay In Mourning Time; she is also the author of two non-fiction books about language and the unconscious mind: Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind, and Visualize Comfort: Self-healing and the Unconscious Mind. She teaches for Bard College's Prison Initiative and leads private self-healing and trance writing retreats. Follow her blog: www.trancepoetics.com

7:00pm
Book Culture on Columbus
450 Columbus Ave
10024 New York, New York
Feb 23 2017

Poetry Reading and Art Show: SITIS PERPETVA

“Violent Dances Fade · Choreae Violentae Dissolvvntvr” is Stefano Losi's poetry and multimedia art  project created in Milan in 1991, and further developed in London and New York.  It combines sculptures in bronze, steel, cast glass and LED lights, contemporary music and spoken word, and linen studies of the human figure in oils and oxidized metal minerals, with an epigrammatic Latin poetry.Journalist and writer Marco Mathieu captured its essence as: "Timeless. On the contrary, inside time. And beyond. Signficant. Blunt. Stirring, most of all." 

7:30pm
Dacia Gallery
53, Stanton Street.
10002 New York, New York
Feb 25 2017

Short Talks On Large Legacies In Black History

In celebration of Black History Month, Timothy Donnelly, Margo Jefferson, and Mónica de la Torre present short talks on poetic giants of the past and how the legacy of African-American poetry continues to shape their own craft. Join us as we pay homage to black writers and artists who have helped shape contemporary poetry and take one last look at our exhibition American Stanzas: 2006-2016 by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Admission fee: $10.00
3:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Mar 02 2017

Poets Dean Rader and Dana Levin Read from New Collections

Poets Dean Rader (Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry) and Dana Levin (Banana Palace) present their new collections from Copper Canyon Press. Wine and sparkling water will be served.

About Dean Rader’s Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry:

In Dean Rader’s newest work, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, the narrator considers the self and society as a Wikipedia page—forever unfinished, sculpted, and transformed by the ever-present push and pull of politics, culture, and American’s fluctuating national identity. Rader’s innovative voice is full of humor and inquiry, inviting readers to fully participate in the creation.

Praise for Dean Rader:

“…few poets capture the contradictions of our national life with as much sensitivity or keenness.” —Publishers Weekly

Dean Rader’s collections include Works & Days (2010) and Landscape Portrait Figure Form, (Omnidawn, 2014). Rader’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry. He is the editor of the 2014 anthology 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poems (99: The Press).  Rader writes about literature, culture and politics regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post. He is professor of English at the University of San Francisco.

About Dana Levin’s Banana Palace:

In her fourth collection, Banana Palace, Dana Levin confronts the deep anxieties of our age with bemusement, incredulity, outrage, and hope. Observing the crisis of human appetite through the lenses of psychology and science fiction, she’s disquieted at a world “ruled by a bipolar father-god, unconscious, suicidal.”

Praise for Banana Palace:

“Images that are satisfyingly clear…and excitingly inexplicable.” —Robert Pinsky, Washington Post

 “The world may seem broken, but these poems don’t convey doom—Levin’s clear, grounded language leaves the reader hopeful in the end.” —Publishers Weekly

Dana Levin’s previous collections include In the Surgical Theatre and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent poetry and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, and Poetry. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.

10:00pm
Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts
1904 College Avenue
94705 Berkeley, California

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My father taught me how to play the beer bottle. It was Schlitz, and I was three or four. "You tuck your lower lip under, then blow air over the top of the bottle." I produced a tone, and we laughed. He paused. "You can make a different sound if there's less in the bottle," he said, motioning for me to take a sip.

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Death is a beige Mercedes sedan.

I am five and riding
In the back,

Eating small white chocolates,
My long, thin body

Along the butter-
Soft red leather seat.

What I want is to become

What I was
Before the accident.

You think
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