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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Jan 20 2018
Writers Rising: #LouderTogether

On January 20, one year after our inaugural Writers Resist event, PEN America will be joining dozens of artists, arts organizations, and advocacy groups staging public events on Art Action Day. We’ll be hosting a sundown reading on the steps of the New York Public Library featuring literary texts that radically reimagine community and mutual aid in the face of xenophobia, hatred, and threats to our sense of truth. Our exciting and growing lineup so far includes André Aciman, Tina Chang, Álvaro Enrigue, George Emilio Sanchez, Anne Waldman, and others reading from the work of Gloria Anzaldúa, James Baldwin, Joy Harjo, and many more. Join us as we assemble to energize our community action and coalition building for the year ahead.

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5:30pm
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
10018 New York, New York
Jan 21 2018
Rochester Poets January Reading
A book launch reading for Sixty-ish by Denise Thompson Slaughter, followed by our Open Mic. FREE admission; donations encouraged. Refreshments served; if you have a favorite munchie or beverage to share, feel free to bring it. Contact [email protected], 260-9005. More info at http://j.mp/RoPo1801
 
2:00pm to 4:30pm
300 Cranberry Drive
14609 Rochester, New York
Jan 22 2018 to Feb 12 2018
QUEER LONGINGS AND LONGETIVITY: A WORKSHOP with Kay Ulanday Barrett
4 Sessions, 2 Hours 
Mondays, January 22nd- February 12th
Fees & Payment Options: $150-$250 Sliding Scale
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 15th, 2018
 
**Note: tickets are listed on Eventbrite as "donation" in order to enable the sliding scale function. Please note that your registration is not confirmed unless you have paid a registration fee.
 
Why You Should Take This Class: This workshop engages in the spirit of performance, reading, and content development. Together, we examine and chart poetry methods that center Queer, Transgender, and Gender Non-Conforming poetry of Color. A keen focus will include vital work of Sick, Disabled, Migrant, and working class/poor perspectives. 
 
Class Description: 
 
"Queerness is a longing that propels us onward, beyond romances of the negative and toiling in the present. Queerness is that thing that lets us feel that this world is not enough, that indeed something is missing." 
-- José Esteban Muñoz.
 
Understanding our lineage as QTPOC is critical to innovating our own writing and creative forces. Collectively, we will read, write and share work, pushing our own multiple tool kits that emphasize poetry as method, as interrogation, as praxis. This four-session workshop will incorporate theater, performance, writing exercises, and encourages us to polish our emotional practice that embraces an accessible and thriving practice of writing and witness. 
 
Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope 2016) is their first collection. K. has been invited to The White House, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society to name a few. They are a fellow of both The Home School and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in PBS News Hour, Lambda Literary, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Make/Shift, Third Woman Press, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. You can read their interview with PBS on poetry as a testimony to survival.
 
NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY
*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at [email protected].
 
 
 
6:30pm to 8:00pm
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
10001 New York, New York

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Yusef Komunyakaa
New York poet laureate

Yusef Komunyakaa

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

poems

poem
By the East River
of Manhattan Island
Where once the Iroquois
canoed in style—
A clear liquid
caressing another name
for rock,
Now the jumping
Stretch of Avenue D
housing projects
Where Ricans and Afros
Johnny Pacheco / Wilson Pickett
The portable radio night—
Across the Domino sugar
Neon lights of the Brooklyn
poem
She is perfectly ordinary, a cashmere scarf
snugly wrapped around her neck. She is
a middle age that is crisp, appealing in New York.
She is a brain surgeon or a designer of blowdryers.
I know this because I am in her skin this morning
riding the bus, happy to be not young, happy to be
thrilled that it is cold
poem
Long vast shapes... cooled and flushed through with darkness...
Lidless windows
Glazed with a flashy luster
From some little pert café chirping up like a sparrow.
And down among iron guts
Piled silver
Throwing gray spatter of light... pale without heat...
Like the pallor of dead bodies.