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Mar 27 2019

Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Reading

Experience our annual Off-Site Reading at AWP Portland, hosted by Literary Arts! This year’s reading is headlined by Portland and Seattle-based Cave Canem fellows Quenton Baker, Ashaki M. Jackson, Bettina Judd, Anastacia-Renee and Christopher Rose, who will open the night before an additional 15+ fellows share their work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. Fellow and Portland resident Samiya Bashir emcees. Free and open to the public, this event is co-presented with Literary Arts.

Literary Arts
925 SW Washington St.
97205 Portland, Oregon
Mar 27 2019

Omniscient Tape Recorder: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Edition

On October 19, 1966, The Poetry Project hosted Lawrence Ferlinghetti for our first Wednesday Night Reading, to an audience of 1,200 (with 500 turned away at the door). This year Ferlinghetti turns 100, and we’re thrilled to join a nationwide week of Ferlinghetti reverie with a special edition of Omniscient Tape Recorder at The Poetry Project. We’ll be sharing previously unreleased recordings of Ferlinghetti at The Poetry Project along with readings and performances from Penny Arcade, Steve Dalachinsky, Mary Jane Dunphe, John S. Hall, Janet Hamill, Filip Marinovich, Lee Ranaldo, Bob Rosenthal, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, and others TBA.

The Poetry Project’s vast collection, recently processed by the Library of Congress, is a goldmine of potential knowledge and inspiration. Spanning the entirety of the Project’s existence, it includes over 4,000 hours of audio, much of it untapped as a scholarly resource. Started during Judah Rubin’s curation of the Monday Night Series in 2016, Omniscient Tape Recorder is a series in which participants choose particularly rich poems and discuss their historical impact, the texture and grain of the work’s recitation, and the impact of these readings, poems, and people on the landscape of poetry and art. The goal of this series is both to showcase The Poetry Project’s history and to encourage engagement with the organization’s archival collection.

The Poetry Project
131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Mar 28 2019

A Reading & Conversation with Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker and Evie Shockley

Enjoy an afternoon of phenomenal poetry and stimulating conversation! Award-winning poets Dawn Lundy MartinMorgan Parker and Evie Shockley give brief readings of their original work, followed by a discussion about poetry as a space for complex negotiations and radical reimaginings. While the meaning of diversity is being debated, these poets' unique voices and varied strategies expand the discourse beyond considerations of race and ethnicity. Their views of the poet as artist and social being disrupt familiar tropes assigned to “the writer of color.” Poet Fatimah Asghar moderates.

Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2

Open to AWP pass-holders. For more information on how to register, visit awpwriter.org.

Dawn Lundy Martin, PhD, is Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007); Discipline (Nightboat Books, 2011), finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015); and Good Stock, Strange Blood (Coffee House Press, 2017).

Morgan Parkeris the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books, 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books, 2015). She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow.

Evie Shockleyis author of the poetry books semiautomatic (Wesleyan, 2017), which was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, and the new black (Wesleyan, 2012), a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award winner, and the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2011). She is Professor of English at Rutgers University.

Fatimah Asgharis a nationally touring poet, photographer, and performer. She has received fellowships and residencies from Fulbright, Millay, University of Michigan, and Kundiman. Her work has appeared in many journals. Her chapbook After (YesYesBooks, 2015) is a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award.

Portland Ballroom 253-254
Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
97232 Portland, Oregon
Mar 28 2019

Literary Partners Program: Poetry and Mathematics: A Conversation & Book Launch

Emily Grosholz, poet and philosopher of mathematics, will discuss her new book, Great Circles: The Transits of Mathematics and Poetry, with Wall Street Journal Critic at Large Edward Rothstein, author of the book Emblems of Mind, about music and mathematics. Her book shows how poets use mathematical notions and mathematicians use poetic “figures of thought.” Grace Schulman will introduce her.
Grosholz has written seven books of poetry, including The Stars of Earth. Visit her at www.emilygrosholz.com.
This event is made possible through Poets House’s Literary Partners Program. Poets House is an ADA accessible facility.
Admission: Free and open to the public; RSVP to Sarah Glazer: [email protected]
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Mar 29 2019 to Jul 27 2019

NYPL Presents 'Walt Whitman: America’s Poet"

Two hundred years after his birth, Walt Whitman remains one of America's most influential writers, arguably our national poet. His life's work, Leaves of Grass, is a perennial best-seller, and Whitman himself has attained the status of cultural icon, his name nearly a byword for notions of inclusivity, equality, sensuality, and the value of the individual.
Drawing from collections across the Library, the New York Public Library's exhibit, Walt Whitman: America's Poet, examines many of the individuals, beliefs, and experiences that shaped Whitman's work while also noting his literary legacy and continuing cultural impact. The exhibition will run from March 29, 2019 to July 17, 2019, at the NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City.

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10:00am to 6:00pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 5th Ave
Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery
10018 New York, New York


Irene loves a man
      who is afraid of sex-- 
            she's attended

to everything,
      said it was okay,
            held me until I slept.

She says, Why don't you just
      not think about it?
            But I want to know

every sensation,
      nothing untouched,
            though I pull

if I had two nickels to rub together
I would rub them together

like a kid rubs sticks together
until friction made combustion

and they burned

a hole in my pocket

into which I would put my hand
and then my arm

and eventually my whole self––


She apologizes. It’s not like her. She’s usually up by six.
But it’s the weekend, you tell her, there is no need to rush!

The plan for the day is breakfast somewhere and walking
somewhere else. I’m happy, but Mom can’t believe that

she forgot to bring conditioner,