New York

Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, in January 2016 Governor Cuomo appointed Yusef Komunyakaa as New York's 11th state poet, taking over for Marie Howe. Throughout his two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.

In 2016 Rebecca Black was appointed the poet laureate of Albany, New York. Black is the author of Cottonlandia (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.

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Mar 26 2017
Out From Calaboose: Reading & Reception

OUT FROM CALABOOSE is a full-length work in five sections with edits by Linda Gray Sexton, bestselling author and daughter of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Anne Sexton.  The poems explore personal healing as well as political, social and ecological awareness.  A “calaboose” is a small jail that Herceg uses to symbolize our personal imprisonment from unhealed wounds.  She imposes singular and universal imperatives making us aware that it is everyone’s obligation to address these issues.

Karen Corinne Herceg graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University. She has featured at major venues such as The NY Public Library, The Queens Museum, The Provincetown Playhouse, St. John’s University and Binghamton Community Poets with such renowned poets as Pulitzer Prize winners John Ashbery and Philip Schultz and poet William Packard, founder of The New York Quarterly. She has been working with Khalilah Ali, writing her memoirs as the former wife of the legendary Muhammad Ali. Herceg publishes poetry, prose and essays in magazines and literary journals. Her work is read on various radio podcasts.

Clutching her vision firmly in hand, Karen Corinne Herceg paints her inner world in such a vivid fashion that I was compelled to submerge myself in Out From Calaboose completely, and then not surface at all until I put down the last poem. Herceg brings us her life and all its many emotional truths, some ugly, some beautiful, but all revealed with restraint--so that by book's end, we are left in wonder. -Linda Gray Sexton, author of Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back To My Mother, Anne Sexton and Half In Love: Surviving The Legacy Of Suicide

Never trendy, we have here an original in the best sense of the word. -Roberta Gould, Poet (From the Foreword)

Out from Calaboose is a marvelous, skillful, and evocative work. -Dr. David B. Austell, Columbia University

Often it is a pronounced sense of wonder that makes poets like Karen Corinne Herceg.  -Janet Hamill, Poet

With rich, metaphorical descriptions, Herceg's honest writing bridges the gap between cultural subconscious and personal experience. -Zoe Siegel, Lunch Ticket, Antioch University

Out from Calaboose is a terrific and powerful book without a misplaced syllable. The poems across the five sections possess energy, a dispassionate passion and generosity in considering the source and sources of imprisonment. They encourage the reader to consider or reconsider his/her own sources of imprisonment by their power and sheer beauty. -Richard Martin, Poet, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Recipient

This is a remarkable work, a Virginia Woolf moment stretched into a book of poems, or a Whitman’s rumination that refuses to come to an end, enamored as it is by life’s ongoing rush. -Yuyutsu Sharma, Himalayan Poet & author of Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems and A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems

The Seligmann Center at The Orange County Citizen’s Foundation is located in Sugar Loaf, NY. From 1940 until his untimely death in 1962, Swiss-born Surrealist painter Kurt Seligmann and his wife Arlette hosted some of the premiere names in the art and literary world at this 55-acre homestead. André Breton, Alexander Calder, Robert Motherwell and Marcel Duchamp are just some of the notables who spent time at the Seligmann home. Kurt Seligmann taught at Brooklyn College and the New School and designed costumes for the NY ballet. He and his wife were interested in magic and the occult, and he published The Mirror of Magic in 1948 that was later translated into many languages. Arlette bequeathed the property to the Orange County Citizens Foundation in 1992 and, subsequently, it was restored. The center includes the home, 4 galleries and performance spaces surrounded by acres of woodlands and wildlife. The permanent collection has over 1,000 photographs, 115 prints and 20 paintings.

There are many fine restaurants and taverns in the area as well as the lovely craft village of Sugar Loaf that is host to fine shops. Many of the artisans live and work in the original barns and buildings that date back to the 1700’s. Visit: www.sugarloafnewyork.com.

3:00pm to 6:00pm
26 White Oak Drive
10981 Sugar Loaf, New York
Apr 27 2017
The Poetry Project 50th Anniversary Gala Honoring Anne Waldman

The Poetry Project will host its first-ever gala in celebration of its 50th anniversary on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The gala will honor Anne Waldman for her radical and inspiring contributions to international contemporary poetry and activism, and for her past leadership of The Poetry Project. The evening will include performances by composer and performance artist Laurie Anderson, writer and vocalist LaTasha Diggs, and choreographer Yoshiko Chuma.

For 50 years, The Poetry Project has been devoted to poetry as a way of life, supporting poets, inclusivity, curiosity, and community. The arts and other expressions of liberty are under attack. The Poetry Project's 50th Anniversary Gala will be a celebration of the arts as urgent resistance and brilliance.

Anne Waldman has published more than 40 books of poetry, including the monumental feminist epic, The Iovis Trilogy (Coffee House Press, 2011). She is a poet and teacher, and with Allen Ginsberg co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in 1974. She was the Artistic Director of The Poetry Project from 1968 to 1978. Over the course of her career, Waldman has been an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community as a writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, scholar, and cultural/political activist. To learn more, visit her website at www.annewaldman.org.

Host Committee: Rosemary Carroll (Chair), Elinor Nauen (Co-Chair), Lee Ann Brown and Tony Torn, Yoshiko Chuma, William Corbett, Will Creeley, Ted Dodson, Stephen Facey, E. Tracy Grinnell, Molly Gross, Bob Holman, Vincent Katz, Nathan Kernan and Thomas Whiteridge, Annabel Lee, Rachel Levitsky, Gillian McCain, Anna Moschovakis, Eileen Myles, Tracie Morris, James Sherry, Patricia Spears Jones, Pat Steir, and Edwin Torres.

Event details

7pm: Cocktail party

8pm: Toast by Ron Padgett, performances hosted by Bob Holman
9:30pm: After-party with DJ A. Radovski

The event will be held at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street, at Second Avenue, in Manhattan. Gala tickets are $150. After-party only tickets: $25. Tickets can be purchased online at www.poetryproject.org. All proceeds support the artistic programs of The Poetry Project.

Gala Sponsors: Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLC, Committee on Poetry, Ingram, Justin Jamail, McNally Jackson Books, Elinor Nauen & Johnny Stanton, and Nine Cakes.

About The Poetry Project

Founded in 1966 by the late poet and translator Paul Blackburn, The Poetry Project has been a crucial venue for new and experimental poetry for five decades. It has grown from a grassroots organization to an internationally regarded treasure with its archives housed at the Library of Congress.

Located at the historic St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, The Poetry Project hosts three distinct reading/performance series, plus talks and special events, providing a platform for internationally renowned poets and multidisciplinary artists, as well as open mic events. Through its “Emerge-Surface-Be” program, it offers nine-month mentorships, including stipends, to promising emerging poets. It also publishes a newsletter and occasional volumes of poetry, and maintains an extensive tape and document archive. For more information about The Poetry Project, visit www.poetryproject.org.

7:00pm
131 E 10th St
10003 New York, New York
Apr 26 2017
Soul Sister Revue

Join Soul Sister Revue for its 4-year anniversary with Mahogany L. Browne, LeRonn P. Brooks, Janel Cloyd, Noel Quiñones, and Ed Toney. Soul Sister Revue highlights those established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

6:00pm to 7:30pm
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York

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Yusef Komunyakaa
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Poet Yusef Komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech...

poems

poem
         If I know my angels,
         I know what they would say
                  --Joe Henry

He came to me
In a whisky-blue dream
In midtown Manhattan.

He wasn't angry anymore.
He seemed happy to find
Me again, my old self.

Picking up his ghost guitar,
He played me a new song.
He played it sweet and
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Bananas ripe and green, and ginger root
     Cocoa in pods and alligator pears,
And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit,
     Fit for the highest prize at parish fairs,

Sat in the window, bringing memories
     of fruit-trees laden by low-singing rills,
And dewy dawns, and mystical skies
     In benediction
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Let the aroma of need
waft across the river to New Jersey:

all the snow and hills,
a sky that moves and moves.

I saw a rose in the clouds,
I saw happiness on fire.