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Jun 22 2017

25th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception & Reading

Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a quarter-century of the Poets House Showcase and surround yourself with poetry published in the last 18 months. Spend time with your favorite books and discover new favorites.

6:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 12 2017

The 22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across The Brooklyn Bridge

The 22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

As Poets House convenes the celebration of its 30th year, join us for our annual poetic pilgrimage across the East River by way of the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Celebrated poets including Billy Collins and Gregory Pardlo are joined by actor and poetry lover Bill Murray to read New York City-inspired poems under the arches of the Bridge. Poets lead the trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where dinner, wine, conversation, and poetic inspiration await. Proceeds help to make possible the many events and public programs Poets House presents each year, including its over 100 yearly programs for children and teens.

Tickets begin at $250 general; $225 for Poets House members. Reservations are required.

Admission fee: $250.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 07 2017

Emerging Poets Fellowship hosted by R. Erica Doyle

Join us as we journey into the future of poetry. 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship under their workshop leader, poet r. erica doyle. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its sixth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, funding, and access to Poets House’s world-class poetry resources and programming. Presented with support from the Jerome Foundation.

7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York
Jun 04 2017

Of Stars and Hurricanes: Two Columbia Novelists Return

Former Columbia residents Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown will read from their work at a celebration of literature’s history in this planned city.

Carrie Brown’s most recent novel is The Stargazer’s Sister, historical fiction about a nineteenth-century astronomer’s sister.

John Gregory Brown’s newest novel, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, follows the path of a Hurricane Katrina survivor seeking redemption.

At “Of Stars and Hurricanes," HoCoPoLitSo will also honor two of Columbia’s own forces of nature, Padraic and Ellen Kennedy, for their work creating a literary life in Howard County.

A reception will follow. Tickets are $20 and available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2725249.

Information about the event can be found at https://hocopolitso.org/john-and-carrie-brown.

Or visit us at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1175646235849426.

Admission fee: $20.00
4:00pm
Slayton House Theatre
10400 Cross Fox Lane
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Jun 01 2017

Passwords: Cheryl Clarke On Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy.

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100.

Admission fee: $10.00
7:00pm
Poets House
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, New York

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Injects no survive. Efforts control the
Animal survive. Survive. Animal survive. Survive. Injects no survive.

In nasty spitting eye cost. This
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The jacaranda blooms beside the drunk stick tree.
Come. I see you swelling with nectar. Hear you,
Venteveos, shriek till night. Come. See me.
The jacaranda blooms beside the drunk stick tree.
The violent violet petals pollen weep.
A bichofeo sings of you with open throat

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They didn't have much trouble
teaching the ape to write poems:
first they strapped him into the chair,
then tied the pencil around his hand
(the paper had already been nailed down).
Then Dr. Bluespire leaned over his shoulder
and whispered into his ear:
"You look like a god sitting there.
Why don't you try