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Dec 08 2016

Poetry Reading: Reginald Gibbons and Alan Shapiro

About "Last Lake": In his tenth book of poems, Reginald Gibbons immerses the reader in many different places and moments of intensity, including a lake in the Canadian north, a neighborhood in Chicago, the poet Osip Mandelshtam’s midnight of social cataclysm and imagination, a horse caravan in Texas, and an archeological dig on the steppes near the Volga River. "Last Lake" begins with a cougar and ends with bees; it speaks in two ways—with reminiscence, meditation, and memorial, and with springing leaps of image and thought.

About Reginald Gibbons: Reginald Gibbons is Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University. His poetry collections include National Book Award finalist "Creatures of a Day" and "Slow Trains Overhead": Chicago Poems and Stories, the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press.

About "Life Pig": Alan Shapiro’s newest book of poetry is situated at the intersection between private and public history, as well as individual life and the collective life of middle-class America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Whether writing about an aged and dying parent or remembering incidents from childhood and adolescence, Shapiro attends to the world in ways that are as deeply personal as they are recognizable and freshly social—both timeless and utterly of this particular moment.

About Alan Shapiro: Alan Shapiro has published many books, including "Reel to Reel," a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A new collection of essays, "That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration," is also available this fall from the University of Chicago Press.

6:00pm to 7:30pm
Seminary Co-op
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
60637 Chicago, Illinois
Nov 20 2016

In Conversation: Writers Edward Hirsch and Alec Wilkinson

On November 20, the Museum at Eldridge Street will be presenting Edward Hirsch in conversation with Alec Wilkinson, an award-winning writer for The New Yorker.

When Edward Hirsch’s son died tragically, Alec Wilkinson, his friend, encouraged him to write through his grief. The result was Hirsch’s heartbreakingly beautiful book-length poem, Gabriel. Hirsch and Wilkinson will discuss the creation of this modern day elegy, written in the grip of the poet’s suffering. Hirsch will also read from the poem.

Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit the event page.

 
Admission fee: $14.00
3:00pm
Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
10002 New York, New York
Oct 30 2016

An Unflinching Eye: Carolyn Forché and her Poetry of Witness

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) presents An Unflinching Eye: Carolyn Forché and her Poetry of Witness for its annual Lucille Clifton Reading Series season opener.  Acclaimed poet, translator, editor and teacher Carolyn Forché won the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement in 2014.  “For her steady gaze into the abyss and for her crafted house of awakened human heavens where she calls us to live,” said academy chancellor and National Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, “we celebrate and recognize Carolyn Forché and her heroic career: gathering word-by-word embers … to face and save lives. Before they are disappeared.”

Reading followed by Q and A, book sale and signing.

General admission tickets are on a pay-as-you-can basis — $10 or $5 each or free for students under the age of 18 — and are available on-line at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2568971 or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope and check payable and mailed to HoCoPoLitSo, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Horowitz Center 200, Columbia, MD 21044.

Visit www.HoCoPoLitSo.org for more information. 

Admission fee: $10.00
4:00pm
Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Center
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Howard Community College
21044 Columbia, Maryland
Sep 27 2016

Ecological Poetry with Alicia Ostriker & Daniela Gioseffi

Daniela Gioseffi, American Book Award winning author of 16 books of poetry and prose, Editor of Eco-Poetry.org, will host Widely Accomplished poet and literary scholar, Alicia Ostriker, a Chancelor of the Academy of American Poets,  as featured reader, and also show poetry clips from the docu-drama, Author & Activist:The Daniela Gioseffi Story, by prize-winning filmmaker Anton Evangelista of Comprehensive Films Inc.

Other distinguised readers are poets: Eliot Katz, Burt Kimmelman, George Held, Nina Tassi, Peggy Ann Tarte, Joanne Monte, Nancy Marcado and Rob Marchesani. There will be a brief intermission with light refreshments. The event takes place in The Betty Kray downstairs Auditorium of beautiful Poets House, a library housing one of the largest poetry collections in the USA. Come early and browse the library. Books will be available from featured poets. Light refreshments will be served at a brief intermission.  FREE. Suggested contribution $5.

6:30pm
Poets House: NY (auditorium)
10 River Terrace at Battery Park & Murray St.
Lower Manhattan
10282 New York City, New York
Sep 14 2016

Cave Canem at the National Book Awards

Join the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and Weeksville Heritage Center as we celebrate 20 years of Cave Canem’s influence on the literary landscape. Year after year, Cave Canem fellows and faculty members have been winners and finalists for the National Book Awards, bringing fresh diction, form and imagery to our poetics. NBA winners and finalists Terrance HayesYusef Komunyakaa and Marilyn Nelson read and discuss their work with Kyla Marshell, moderator. 

7:00pm
Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
11213 Brooklyn, New York

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Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles 
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver