April 19, 2017
What are your plans for Earth Day? Saturday’s weather should be mild and cloudy in Buffalo, New York. But actually weather won’t be much of a concern if you decide to attend the Emily Dickinson Community Marathon Reading. From 8:00am to 9:30pm, local celebs, poets and other Emily fans will read all 1789 of Dickinson’s poems. Plus, from 1:00 to 1:30pm, there will be a break in the readings to celebrate Dickinson with song and comedy improvs!
That’s this Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It’s free and you do not need to register or contact anyone to participate. Just show up and join in the reading. More details here.
March 23, 2017
If your travel plans between March 28 and July 30, 2017, include Southern California, you may want to visit the Getty Center to see Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space. The exhibit focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, displaying material drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute’s collection.
Admission to the Getty Center and the exhibit, in Research Institute Gallery I, is free and no tickets are required. (Parking is $15.)
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image: Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003), 1969.
March 6, 2017
“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.”
February 23, 2017
The American Writers Museum will open in Chicago on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The museum’s mission “is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.”
The museum will have exhibits for adults and children, ongoing programs, classes, a word waterfall and more. The museum’s first online exhibit, Power Of the Word, is an interactive site in which leaders, readers and writers exchange ideas about valuable books.
February 2, 2017
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.
September 14, 2016
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.
August 4, 2016
If The Economist is not your typical go-to source for poetry news, they’ve made a fine exception for this week’s article, “The resurrection of Federico García Lorca.” In addition to offering background on Lorca’s short life, the article celebrates a new staging of his play, “Yerma,” at the Young Vic in London. Yerma runs through September 24, 2016.