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Jun 05 2015

Volunteer/Intern Reading & Potluck

The Poetry Project relies heavily on the generous work and dedication of our ​amazing volunteers and interns—many of whom are poets, writers,​ ​artists,​ and activists​. To festively round out the 2014-15 season, we’re throwing a potluck and a reading to celebrate, but more importantly, show our immense appreciation for our volunteers and interns. ​FREE​

The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
Jun 04 2015

UCLA Award-Winning Student Poets

For over a decade, Hammer’s Poetry Series has concluded its annual offerings for the academic year with a reading by a stellar group of up-and-coming writers who have won awards for competitions sponsored by the Department of English or by a statewide consortium of universities. Tonight you will experience just why this group of UCLA-educated poets have garnered praise. Please enjoy this new wave of literary talent in action, and join our tradition of welcoming their unique voices into the world.

The UCLA Department of English is pleased to announce the winners of these creative writing competitions in poetry for 2015-2015:

The Fred and Edith Herman Memorial Prize from the Academy of American Poets
Tina Lawson for “The Dusty Plains of Cheeks” and other poems

The Fred and Edith Herman Memorial Honorable Mention
Donna Tang for “Migration” and other poems

The Shirle Dorothy Robbins Award (first place tie)
Sarah Nance for “In the Kitchen Room” and other poems
Jeremy Schmidt for “The Like Poems”

The Shirle Dorothy Robbins Award (second place)
Neela Saraswati for “Trainstops” and other poems

This series of readings is organized and hosted by Stephen Yenser, poet and professor at UCLA and author of A Boundless Field: American Poetry at Large and Blue Guide.

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
90024 Los Angeles, California
May 29 2015

The Recluse #11 Launch Reading

Join us for a launch reading celebrating  issue #11 of The Poetry Project’s online journal, The Recluse. Contributors TBA in late spring 2015.2015 Editors: Laura Henriksen, Stacy Szymaszek, Nicole Wallace, and Simone White

Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
Jun 03 2015

Spring Workshop Reading

Participants of The Poetry Project’s Spring 2015 writing workshops, led by Eileen Myles, Anselm Berrigan, and Martha Oatis, will gather to read work they produced.

Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
Jun 20 2015

Shore Thing Writing Getaway

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers.Learn more: www.murphywriting.com/shore

Admission fee: $80.00
9:30am to 4:30pm
Dante Hall Theater
14 N Mississippi Ave
08401 Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Hidden away in the music
you found my hand. I might have been
the prettiest there in a dress I’d sewed.
I felt sure of you, further complimented
by the zucca and rice you’d cooked for supper.
So many times I found myself counting on you
to catch the forgotten milk on the stove,
to balance the books my arithmetic
Here were said the words men say.
The oil stove winked its slit black eye;
it knew they did not have their way.

A whitetail made for the edge of the page.
Vitalis came before the talc.
My father's dark hair began to fade.

Barrelhead Thurman palmed my scalp,
knuckled my ear when he was done
just to hear a
If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: "Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy,
that thy love's loss is my hate's profiting!"

Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die,
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited;
Half-eased in that a Powerfuller than I
Had willed