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Oct 25 2016

50 Years of Hanging Loose: An Anniversary Celebration

Jen Benka is the executive director of the Academy of American Poets. She worked previously as the managing director of Poets & Writers and for 826 National. She is the author of Pinko and A Box of Longing with Fifty Drawers. Jen holds an MFA from the New School.

Kimiko Hahn’s recent collection, Brain Fever, was triggered by neuroscience in much the same way that previous work was triggered by Asian American identity, women’s issues, necrophilia, entomology, black lung disease, and on. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY, and new president of the Poetry Society of America.

Cathy Park Hong is the author of Engine Empire (Norton, 2012), Dance Dance Revolution (Norton, 2007) and Translating Mo’Um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002). Her essays have appeared in The Guardian, New York Times Magazine and The Village Voice. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is the Poetry Editor at The New Republic.

Robert Hershon’s fourteenth poetry book, Freeze Frame, appeared this year from Pressed Wafer. His other recent titles include Goldfish and Rose (2013) and Calls from the Outside World (2006), both published by Hanging Loose Press. Hershon’s awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As a founding coeditor of Hanging Loose Press, he is making plans for the press’s fiftieth anniversary next year.

Dick Lourie is the author of the poetry collections Calls on the Dream Telephone (1968), Stumbling (1974), Anima (1978), Ghost Radio (1998), and If the Delta Was the Sea (2009), a collection of poems based on the history and music of Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Lourie has performed as a blues saxophone player. He has also released two CDs combining his sax playing and spoken word with a blues band. A founding coeditor of Hanging Loose, Lourie has edited more than 100 titles for the press as well as co-editing with Mark Pawlak several collections of writing by high school students drawn from the pages of the magazine.

Mark Pawlak is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Reconnaissance: New and Selected Poems and Poetic Journals, other books include Official Versions and Special Handling. His poems have appeared widely in such anthologies as The Best American Poetry and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust; and in many literary magazines, including, New American Writing, Mother Jones, Poetry South, The Saint Ann’s Review, and Solstice. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, and Polish, and has been performed at Teatr Polski in Warsaw. He supports his poetry habit by teaching mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Boston-- and he is also one of the editors of one of the longest running literary magazines and small presses on earth – Hanging Loose Magazine and Hanging Loose Press.

The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format -- mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope -- and that, in turn, was inspired by a very low budget. But the format was also meant to get across a point of view: that poetry is for now, not for the Ages. If you liked a poem, you could pin it to the wall. If you didn’t like a poem, you could use it as a napkin.

Admission fee: $10.00
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Oct 26 2016

Poetic People Power's 14th Annual Show

Take Your Time! On October 26, Poetic People Power will present its 14th annual show. This year's show, Take Your Time, premieres new poems examining how our overworked culture and lack of leisure time is affecting our health, relationships, and communities. Inspired by the Take Back Your Time movement, this informative and engaging spoken word show explores the psychology, cultural differences, and consequences of time poverty. For 14 consecutive years, Poetic People Power has creatively explored social and political topics, offering insight and solutions to issues that affect our everyday lives.

 This year's poets include Bogar Alonso, Tara Bracco, Philippe Garcesto, Karla Jackson-Brewer, Angela Kariotis, Shane Michael Manieri, Scottt Raven, and Shetal Shah. Produced by Tara Bracco. Funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.
 Tickets: $15 online at BrownPaperTickets.com, $10 for students, $20 at the door

Admission fee: $15.00
Theater at 224 Waverly
224 Waverly Place
10014 New York, New York
Oct 27 2016

Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration

At this once-in-a-lifetime event, 13 Pulitzer Prize-winning poets will share the stage to read from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past winners. Join us in celebration of their achievement, of the Centennial year of the Pulitzer Prizes, and of PSA's founding role in sponsoring the earliest years of the prize for poetry. Featuring: Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright. The reading will benefit the Poetry Society of America's public programming and signature initiative, Poetry in Motion.

The reading is co-sponsored by The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs; the New York Council for the Humanities; the Pulitzer Prizes as part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfire Initiative; and supported by Alfred A. Knopf; Four Way Books; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Graywolf; HarperCollins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown and Company; Louisiana State University Press; W.W. Norton; New Directions; NYRB Poets / New York Review Books; Penguin; University of Chicago Press; Wesleyan University Press. Tickets: bit.ly/psapulitzer100 

Admission fee: $15.00
7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Great Hall of the The Cooper Union
7 E 7th Street
10003 New York, New York
Oct 28 2016 to Feb 18 2017

American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Opening reception for American Stanzas: 2006-2016, an exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Exhibit on view through February 18, 2017 Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her most recent collection, Lighting the Shadow, was a finalist for the 2016 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry and the 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize. A Kimbilio and Cave Canem Fellow, Griffiths’ literary and visual work has appeared widely including The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Poetry Review, and many others. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Oct 31 2016

All Hallows’ Eve Poetry Reading

Kimberly Lambright studied critical theory at NYU and creative writing at Eastern Washington University. Her debut poetry collection, Ultra-Cabin, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and was published in 2016. She lives in Austin and is at work on her second book, Doom Glove.

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist, and the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, and artist/collaborator on a special illustrated edition of Anne Carson's Antigonick. She runs the Ruth Stone Foundation & Monk Books with her husband, the poet Ben Pease in Vermont.

Simone Kearney is a writer and visual artist. This year she was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Poetry. Her chapbook, Days, which combines writing and watercolors, is forthcoming with Monk Books this winter. She is currently completing a degree at the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore.

Admission fee: $10.00
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York


with the night falling we are saying thank you 
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings 
we are running out of the glass rooms 
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky 
and say thank you 
we are standing by the water thanking it 
smiling by the windows looking out 
in our
    I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs,
    A palace and a prison on each hand:
    I saw from out the wave her structures rise
    As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand:
    A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
    Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
    O'er the far times, when many a subject
  The sun is warm, the sky is clear,
    The waves are dancing fast and bright,
  Blue isles and snowy mountains wear
    The purple noon's transparent might,
    The breath of the moist earth is light,
  Around its unexpanded buds;
    Like many a voice of one delight,