more poetry in motion

February 13, 2018

Yesterday, we mentioned the new installation of poems on buses and bus shelters in Olympia, Washington. In a followup to one of the nation’s most venerable transit-poem projects, Poetry in Motion on New York’s subways, here is a 16-minute WNYC link to an interview with Alice Quinn, the executive director of the Poetry Society of America and editor of The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years on Subways and Buses. In the interview, Quinn talks with Mary Harris about the origins and challenges of the program, hears from callers, and reads selected poems from the collection.

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“The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will focus its lens on today’s fractious relationship between gender and power. Taking place in New York City, May 1-7, 2017, the weeklong Festival will use literature and the arts to address how gender both enables and impairs full participation in politics and society. At a moment of unprecedented threats to freedom and truth, and of emboldened mobilization and resistance, the Festival will connect leading global writers, artists and thinkers with concerned citizens to examine bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia, and to bolster the movement to counter them.”

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Swinging seal engraved Emily, Gold and citrine; English or American, ca. 1850. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

On exhibit now through May 28, 2017, at the Morgan Library & Museum is “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.” Bringing together nearly one hundred rarely seen items, including manuscripts and letters, I’m Nobody! Who are you? — a title taken from her popular poem — is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date. It explores a side of her life that is seldom acknowledged: one filled with rich friendships and long-lasting relationships with mentors and editors.

The exhibition closely examines twenty-four poems in various draft states, with corresponding audio stops. In addition to her writings, the show also features an array of visual material, including hand-cut silhouettes, photographs and daguerreotypes, contemporary illustrations, and other items that speak to the rich intellectual and cultural environment in which Dickinson lived and worked.

Accompanying the exhibition is a variety of gallery talks, discussions, tours, a concert (Tuesday, March 21, 2017) — In Poetry and Song: An Evening with Patti Smith and Jesse Paris Smith — a film, workshop, and an audio selection of poems by Emily Dickinson read by contemporary poet Lee Ann Brown. A substantial amount of the exhibit is available online, with images of many of Dickinson’s draft pages, as well as audio and transcribed versions.

See the full details on The Morgan Library & Museum website.

good idea

January 29, 2017

Books On The Subway

It’s hard to say this more clearly than the Books On The Subway site, so we quote…

It’s like a public library, but on the New York Subway.

We go out and leave some of our favorite books on the New York subway. There are new books every day, and they’re there to be taken, read, shared, and most importantly, enjoyed! We want everyone to get involved and fall in love with reading again and we want to make the subway a more friendly and enjoyable experience.

So, if you find a book from us on the subway, feel free to pick it up and take it home with you, but when you’re done, be sure to put it back on the subway for someone else to enjoy.

Launched in 2013 by Rosy Kehdi and Hollie Fraser (Fraser had started Books on the Underground in London a year earlier), BOTS gets books from authors, publishers and ordinary readers. The books are left on benches, or just about anywhere there’s a shelf, and returned when readers have finished them. There are now stickers to identify BOTS books. If the photos are any indication, the offerings seem shy of poetry. So we add this:

Calling all authors & publishers! Please feel free to reach out to us if you would like to send us your books to distribute on the subway. If you would like to get your own sticker to place on your books and distribute, drop us an email to bookssubway@gmail.com.

Read more about Books On The Subway and like them on Facebook.

on the radar…

December 12, 2016

Writers Resist

Not much detail available yet, but if you’re feeling the need to put your words to work, be aware that WRITERS RESIST will take place nationwide on Sunday, January 15, 2017, Martin Luther King’s birthday.

There are already events posted for Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, Boston, New York, and Riverside, California (on January 11), any many more in the planning stages. To find out more, visit the Writers Resist website and add your name to the mailing list.

Reasons to go to…New York

September 14, 2016

Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration

While we don’t often fall for hyperbole, the Poetry Society of America can be excused for using “once-in-a-lifetime event” to describe the Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration. The lineup is enough to make any poet swoon: Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright.

The event will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016, at The Great Hall of The Cooper Union in New York City. The poets will read from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past Pulitzer winners. Following the reading, there will be a private dinner at the Hamilton Fish House with Pulitzer Prize-winning poets and publishers. General Admission for the reading is $15, or $10 for students and seniors. Tickets for the Reading & Dinner are $250 and up. All proceeds benefit the Poetry Society of America’s public programming and signature initiative, Poetry in Motion.

Pulitzer medal

If autumn in New York has a nice ring to it, consider being in the city on Thursday, October 27, 2016, when the Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration presents 14 Pulitzer Prize-winning poets reading from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past winners. The featured poets are: Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Kay Ryan, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright.

The reading will be held in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union and more information is available through the Poetry Society of America. Tickets are available now through Brown Paper Tickets.

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