POETRY EVENTS: Best of Fall 2019

Narrators of 9/11: Power of the Word

Brooklyn Historical Society presents Wolfgang Staehle’s work, “2001” a dual channel video work that captured, tragically, the approach and impact of hijacked planes Flight 11 and Flight 175. Days prior, Staehle had set up unmanned webcams in Brooklyn for a project conveying the predictable normalcy of life. Instead, those cameras chronicled the transformation of a routine workday into a city under siege. The film will be screened on 9/11 in real-time throughout the day, starting at 8:30am. In the evening, Jessica Chen, Senior Director of Programs at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, moderates a conversation at 7pm with journalist Garrett M. Graffauthor of The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11, and Latinx poet Giannina Braschi, author of United States of Banana, among others Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 22nd

The 2019 Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City. Poets include Hala Alyan, Jericho Brown, Tina Chang, Nick Flynn, Rigoberto González, Ilya Kaminsky, Sally Wen Mao, Ladan Osman, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, and more. Brooklyn Borough Hall and vicinity, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 22nd

“Page Meets Stage: Yusef Komunyakaa and Ross Gay“. Fondly called by regulars, “Where the Pulitzer Prize meets the Poetry Slam,” this event invites two different poets take the stage to read back and forth, poem for poem, in what they call “the ongoing conversation about where poetry lives”. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY at 6:00pm. $12 online. $15 at the door.

Monday, September 23rd

“A Tribute to Mary Oliver with Coleman Barks, Eve Ensler, Maria Shriver, Lisa Starr, Lindsay Whalen, and more. Co-sponsored by the 92Y, Penguin Press, Poets House, and the Poetry Society of America.   92nd Street Y, Kaufman, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, 7:30 p.m. Free with registration at 92Y.org/events.

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Tuesday, September 24th

“Renascence: Edna St. Vincent Millay Today.”  Karen Alkalay-Gut, Diana Hume George, Marilyn Hacker, Alicia Ostriker, Marie Howe, Joan Larkin, Kimiko Hahn, Shara McCallum, Joan Murray, and Afaa Michael Weaver read Millay. Organized in collaboration with the Creative Writing Program at The New School and cosponsored by the Poetry Foundation. 55 W 13th St, New York, NY, 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Edna St Vincent Millay Poet

Thursday, October 10th

Poetry@the Century with the Academy of American Poets will present Brad Gooch and Maryam Mortaz reading from and discussing their new edition of the medieval Persian poet Rumi—RUMI: UNSEEN POEMS—published by Everyman’s Library.  The Century Association, 7 West 43rd Street, New York, NY, 6 p.m.

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Monday, October 21st

“A Tribute to W. S. Merwin” features Sonnet Coggins, Robert Hass, Edward Hirsch, Howard Norman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Michael Ondaatje, Tracy K. Smith, John Burnham Schwartz, Michael Wiegers, and Terry Tempest Williams. Cosponsored by the 92Y, Copper Canyon Press, The Merwin Conservancy, Poets House, and the Poetry Society of America. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, 8 p.m. Free with registration at 92Y.org/events.

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Thursday, October 24th 


Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today

The Center for Book Arts celebrates Walt Whitman‘s bi-centennial with the exhibition Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today. Curator Deirdre Lawrence will be in conversation with artists in the show to discuss the exhibition themes and Whitman’s legacy.  In addition to his work as a poet, he is remembered as a book designer, printer, essayist, and journalist. The Bard of Democracy broke the mold in his prolific writings calling for equality, inclusivity, and a more humanist world for all to live in. The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Fl, New York, NY. Free and open to the public.

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Saturday, October 26th

Poets House presents Elizabeth Alexander, Alicia Ostriker, Marie Howe, Alberto Ríos, Natasha TretheweyForrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Khaled Mattawa, Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Linda Gregerson, Terrance Hayes, and David St. John. 10 River Terrace, New York, NY.  Tickets are $15 and available for purchase online.


Wednesday, November 13th

An intimate conversation about the life and work of Emily Dickinson with Academy Chancellor Marie Howe, author of Magdalene and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and Madeleine Olnek, director of the 2018 film Wild Nights with Emily. Academy of American Poets presents a free series of conversations exploring how different art forms engage with poetry. These conversations pair some of today’s most intriguing poets with accomplished artists, dancers, chefs, and actors. Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, New York. 7pm. Free and open to the public.

Academy of American Poets






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