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Nov 14 2016

Yusef Komunyakaa and Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to present our Fall Conversation Series in partnership with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa in conversation with Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Free and open to the public.
Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently The Emperor of Water Clocks (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award. Komunyakaa is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is currently Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University’s graduate creative writing program. He lives in New York City.
Cécile McLorin Salvant has been described by The New York Times as “the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade.” In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album “Cécile,” with Jean-François Bonnel’s Paris Quintet. A year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C. In 2014, her second album, “Woman Child” was nominated for a Grammy. Her third album, “For One To Love,” won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2016.


7:00pm to 8:00pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
10012 New York, New York
Nov 05 2016

Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival

November 5th, 2016, 9 AM to 6 PM.  Admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door for adults. Admission is FREE for high school students and attendees under the age of 17. Paying attendees receive a $5 voucher redeemable at the book fair.   Wordstock will feature more than 100 authors including Sherman Alexie, Carrie Brownstein, Alexander Chee, Yaa Gyasi, Alice Hoffman, Jonathan Lethem, Jason Reynolds, Richard Russo, Maria Semple, Emma Straub, Colson Whitehead, Nicola Yoon, Kevin Young, and many more.  

Admission fee: $18.00
Portland Art Museum and SW Park Blocks
1219 SW Park Avenue
97205 Portland, Oregon
Nov 15 2016

Sharon Olds in Houston

Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Sharon Olds in conversation with author Chris Cander at the Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in downtown Houston.

Tickets are required.You must pay for your ticket in advance to confirm your reservation; unpaid tickets will not be held in case of a sell-out. Arrive by 7:15pm to guarantee entry; unclaimed seats may be released at that time.

Admission fee: $26.95
Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave
77002 Houston, Texas
Nov 07 2016

Poetry Conversations: A Reading

Join us at Cave Canem to hear participants in Camille Rankine‘s fall poetry conversations workshop, “The Playing Field,” share work they've honed in class.  Camille Rankine’s first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses was published by Copper Canyon Press in January 2016. She is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and a recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is a visiting professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst’s MFA for Poets and Writers, and lives in New York City. Potluck refreshments follow. FREE and open to the public.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Cave Canem
20 Jay Street
Ste 310-A
11207 Brooklyn , New York
Nov 10 2016

Poet's Night with Tupelo Press

Book Culture will host a reading and discussion by Tupelo authors Stephen Massimilla and Myra Kornfeld to celebrate their new book Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare. www.ccokingwiththemuse.com They will be accompanied by Tupelo poets Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark and Suzanne Parker, author of Feed and by Columbia poet BK Fischer, author of St. Rage's Vault and Mutiny Gallery. A brief Q & A will follow, and wine and delectable edibles will be served. This special event is free and open to the public. They will be accompanied by Tupelo poets Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark and Suzanne Parker, author of Feed. 


Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter/photographer. Acclaim for his previous books includes a SFASU Press Prize for The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat; the Bordighera/CUNY Poetry Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Poetry Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch, and other honors. He has recent work in hundreds of publications from AGNI to Verse Daily. Massimilla holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught extensively in the Columbia Core and the Department of English and Comparative Literature, as well as at Barnard College, The New School, and elsewhere. For more info:stephenmassimilla.com and cookingwiththemuse.com

Myra Kornfeld is a chef, educator, and nutrition instructor, and the author of three previous cookbooks, The Healthy HedonistMore Than 200 Delectable Flexitaroian Recipes for Relaxed Daily feasts; The Healthy Hedonist Holidays; and The Voluptuous Vegan. She teaches in the Graduate Nutrition program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health and at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, and she is head chef for the website myfoodmyhealth.com. She specializes in cooking parties and team-building events. For more info: Myrakornfeld.com and cookingwiththemuse.com

Annie Guthrie, author of The Good Dark (Tupelo, 2015), is a writer and jeweler living in Tucson. She has a metalsmithing studio at Splinter Brothers Warehouse and can be found through her website, www.annieguthrie.net. She teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and also mentors select students wishing to apprentice in poetry or to further their art projects through her courses in “Oracular Writing.”

Suzanne Parker is a winner of the Kinereth Gensler Book Award from Alice James Books.  Her book Viral was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry has appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Hunger Mountain, Drunken Boat, and numerous other journals.  She is a winner of the Alice M. Sellars Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a Poetry Fellow at the Prague Summer Seminars. Suzanne’s creative non-fiction is published in the travel anthology Something to Declare. Suzanne is the managing editor at MEAD: A Magazine of Literature and Libations.

Book Culture
536 West 112th Street
10025 New York, New York


It was there, in that little town
On top of the mountain, they walked,
Francesco and Chiara,
That's who they were, that's what
They told themselves—a joke, their joke
About two saints, failed lovers held apart
From the world of flesh, Francis and Clare,
Out walking the old city, two saints,
Sainted ones, holy,
Cretan farmers still press their olives. Swallow
retsina, tend their flocks. Our scholars know
—oracular computers tell them so—

it’s just as the Minoans did. Do we
know them then, the Minoans? Is their debris
ours too? Rather consider to what degree

warehouse palaces are dazzlements,
and through the dark
Here in the electric dusk your naked lover
tips the glass high and the ice cubes fall against her teeth.
It's beautiful Susan, her hair sticky with gin,
Our Lady of Wet Glass-Rings on the Album Cover,
streaming with hatred in the heat
as the record falls and the snake-band chords begin
to break like terrible