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Apr 28 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: The Universe in Verse 2018: Livestream (April 28, live from Brooklyn)

Don't miss The Universe in Verse 2018, brought to you by Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and astrophysicist Janna Levin of Pioneer Works. This celebration of the Earth—from the oceans and trees and volcanos to bees and kale and the armadillo—will feature poems by Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Lucille Clifton, Elizabeth Bishop, Denise Levertov, Walt Whitman, and more, read by musicians Amanda Palmer, Zoe Keating, and Sean Ono Lennon, astrophysicists Janna Levin and Natalie Batalha, authors A.M. Homes and James Gleick, artist Maira Kalman, bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, and actors, writers, and directors America Ferrera, Anna Deavere Smith, and John Cameron Mitchell. Diane Ackerman, Academy Chancellor Emeritus Jane Hishfield, and Academy Chancellor Marie Howe will read their own work. Gracing the evening will be an original poem by Neil Gaiman, composed for the occasion, and a special musical surprise.

The livestream is donated by Kickstarter Live. All proceeds of The Universe in Verse 2018 benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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7:00pm
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St
11231 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 26 2018

EARTH DAY POETRY: Create an upcycled book of poems!

As the philosopher Seneca once said, "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."  Join us in honoring Earth Day and National Poetry Month by beginning your own unique accordion-style book of poems by using recycled materials that have reached their beginning's end! Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick will be joined by writer and artist Keiko O'Leary in this two-hour workshop who will teach participants some unique hand-lettering styles to accompany their book of poems. Participants will transcribe a poem (or more) into the book and may bring a poem they've written, a poem they enjoy reading, or may choose from a selection of poems provided at the workshop.

Who: Adults, High School Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Thursday April 26, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
Contact: Please email Kaecey or visit cupertinopoetlaureate.org for more information

1:30pm
Cupertino Library
10800 Torre Avenue
95014 Cupertino, California
Apr 26 2018

Blackbird Poetry Festival

Award-winning poet and author Marilyn Chin headlines the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival for HoCoPoLitSo. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Oregon, activist poet Chin unflinchingly explores the intersection of the Asian and American worlds.

The Blackbird Poetry Festival is a day devoted to verse, with student workshops, book sales, readings, and patrols by the Poetry Police.

2:30 p.m. — The Sunbird Reading – Smith Theatre – featuring Ms. Chin, as well as Washington, D.C., poet and educator Joseph Ross, local authors, and Howard Community College faculty and students.

7:30 p.m. — The Nightbird Reading – Smith Theatre. Ms. Chin will read from and discuss her poetry, including her most recent work, Hard Love Province, as well as from earlier works. Tickets are $20 each (seniors $15 and students $10). Click here for tickets to the Nightbird Reading.

Hard Love Province won the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf National Prize for Literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. Former winners of this prize include Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston, Gwendolyn Brooks and Oprah Winfrey.

Marilyn Chin co-directs the MFA program at San Diego State University and has won numerous awards for her poetry, including from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, the Paterson Prize, and many others.

Joseph Ross’s newest collection of poems, Ache, was published in 2017. Sarah Browning, director of Split This Rock, noted “The poems in Ache do just that, they ache – from the wounds inflicted by racism, from history’s ravages. The wail, the poems insist, ‘is the language/inside every tongue.’ Joseph Ross’s moral vision is unsparing, truth-telling, fierce.”

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Admission fee: $15.00
2:30pm to 9:00pm
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
21044 Columbia, New York
Apr 26 2018

Poetry Reading: Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and a 2018 CantoMundo Fellow. Their work has appeared in journals such as the Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee, and the Boston Review. They are the author of Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente), oropel/tinsel (Lark Books), tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia), and lo terciario/the tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light). Currently, they are co-editor of The Wanderer and co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets.

6:00pm
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St
19104 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 26 2018

The Tenth Muse with Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles — “a kick-ass, counter-cultural icon,” wrote The New Yorker — takes on a longstanding Poetry Center tradition, curating and introducing readings by three of their favorite poets: Laura Henriksen, Tommy Pico, and Christopher Soto.

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Admission fee: $15.00
8:00pm
92nd Street Y (between 91st & 92nd street)
1395 Lexington Avenue
10128 New York, New York

poems

poem
Never until the mankind making
Bird beast and flower
Fathering and all humbling darkness
Tells with silence the last light breaking 
And the still hour
Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

And I must enter again the round
Zion of the water bead
And the synagogue of the ear of corn
Shall I let pray the shadow
poem
The first time I saw my mother, she'd been dead 
fourteen years and came as a ghost in the mirror, 

plucking the hair beneath her arms, and humming 
a bossa nova. She lotioned her chapped heels 

and padded her bra as if she were alive in the old way. 
She said I was born with my cord wrapped 

around my neck
poem
          How did we get to be old ladies—
          my grandmother's job—when we 
          were the long-leggèd girls?
	— Hilma Wolitzer

Instead of marrying the day after graduation,		
in spite of freezing on my father's arm as 				
here comes the bride struck up,
saying, I'm not sure I want to do this