October 3, 2009

Poets House News & Events

Poets House News & Events

After a festive Grand Opening in September—thank you, dear friends, for coming out to celebrate our new home for poetry in Battery Park City!—Poets House presents a host of wide-ranging and dynamic events throughout the month of October.

All events listed here take place at Poets House at 10 River Terrace (at Murray Street) unless otherwise indicated.

We also invite you to visit the Poets House Reading Room & The Reed Foundation Library, which are free and open to the public. For details, please read on.

10/6: Songs of Ascension: Norman Fischer & Meredith Monk
10/7: Like Most Revelations: Richard Howard, Timothy Donnelly & Brenda Wineapple
10/14: CORRESPONDENCES: Charles Bernstein & Régis Bonvicino
10/16: Living in Advance: A Tribute to David Bromige
10/20: PASSWORDS: John Felstiner Asks, “Can Poetry Save the Earth?”
10/21 & 10/22: Public Seminars with John Felstiner: “Can Poetry Save the Earth?”
10/23: Sudden Orpheus : A Puppet Show by Ariel Goldberger & Leonard Schwartz
10/27: Past the Barriers: The Poetry & Poetics of Thom Gunn
10/28: A Reading of the Poetry of Thom Gunn
10/29: The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry
10/17: POETRY FOR CHILDREN with Richard Lewis

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00pm
Songs of Ascension: The Psalms & Other Sky-Bound Structures
A Conversation between Norman Fischer & Meredith Monk

Poet and translator Norman Fischer joins Meredith Monk for a discussion of the Psalms, one of the inspirations for Monk's new performance, Songs of Ascension, which will debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 21.

Cosponsored by the House Foundation for the Arts.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members


Wednesday, October 7, 7:00pm
Like Most Revelations: Richard Howard in Conversation with Timothy Donnelly & Brenda Wineapple

On the eve of his 80th birthday, Richard Howard—Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, essayist and translator—reads from his poetry and discusses his long career in literature with poet Timothy Donnelly and writer Brenda Wineapple.

Cosponsored by the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University and the Poetry Society of America.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members and Poetry Society of America Members


Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm
CORRESPONDENCES: A Reading & Conversation with Charles Bernstein & Régis Bonvicino

Charles Bernstein speaks with Brazilian poet and editor Régis Bonvicino about contemporary Brazilian poetry, translation and, more generally, the poetics of the Americas.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members


Friday, October 16, 7:00pm
Living in Advance: A Tribute to David Bromige
with Charles Bernstein, Corinna Copp, Kathleen Fraser, Rachel Levitsky, Bob Perelman, Nick Piombino, Ron Silliman, Gary Sullivan, Geoffrey Young & Others

This evening celebrates the life and work of poet David Bromige (1933–2009), who was born in London, grew up in Canada, and arrived in 1962 in Northern California, where he spent the rest of his life, teaching and writing more than forty books of poetry.

Cosponsored by the Poetry Project.

Admission Free


Tuesday, October 20, 7:00pm
PASSWORDS: John Felstiner Asks, “Can Poetry Save the Earth?”

Through lively readings of great poems, from the Psalms to Gary Snyder, scholar and translator John Felstiner demonstrates how poetry can sensitize us to the beauty and vulnerability of our planet.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members


Wednesday, October 21, 7:00–9:00pm
& Thursday, October 22, 7:00–9:00pm
Public Seminars with John Felstiner: “Can Poetry Save the Earth?”

In a round-table discussion, John Felstiner leads an in-depth exploration of poems that reveal our spirited yet fraught connection with nature, poems whose environmental imprint and impetus can freshen and sharpen our consciousness of the world around us.

Readings for the first seminar: Psalms, the Wordsworths, Coleridge, Keats, Clare, Whitman, Dickinson, Hopkins, Frost and Williams; for the second evening: Lawrence, Jeffers, Millay, Roethke, Bishop, Levertov, Haines, Ammons, Merwin, Kinnell, Hughes and Snyder. All materials provided.

John Felstiner, at Stanford since 1965, is the author of Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems and Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew.

Admission per session is $10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members


Friday, October 23, 7:00pm & Saturday, October 24, 2:00pm
Sudden Orpheus: A Puppet Show by Ariel Goldberger & Leonard Schwartz
with Diane Ferrer

Saturday's performance will be followed by a panel with Thalia Field, Edwin Frank, Ariel Goldberger, Claudia Orenstein & Leonard Schwartz

In Sudden Orpheus, an avant-garde puppet-theater piece for adults, puppeteer Ariel Goldberger and poet Leonard Schwartz explore the frontier between poetry and puppetry, drawing from the myth of Orpheus, the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti and Schwartz's own poems. A panel discussion follows the Saturday performance.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members


Tuesday, October 27, 7:00pm
Past the Barriers: The Poetry & Poetics of Thom Gunn
A Conversation with John Peck & Brian Teare
Introduced by Joshua Weiner

Poets John Peck and Brian Teare discuss the formal precision and bold subject matter of British poet Thom Gunn (1929–2004), who found his poetic voice during the five decades he lived in the Bay Area.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members and Poetry Society of America Members


Wednesday, October 28, 7:00pm
A Reading of the Poetry of Thom Gunn
with Alfred Corn, Elaine Equi, Wendy Lesser, Robert Pinsky, Robert Polito, Tom Sleigh & Joshua Weiner

Cosponsored by the Poetry Society of America and the New School.

@ Theresa Lang Community & Student Center
Arnhold Hall
The New School
55 West 13th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

Admission Free


Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm & 8:00pm
The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry

6:30pm: Panel with Brenda Cárdenas, David Dominguez, Gina Franco, Scott Inguito, Urayoán Noel & Rich Villar. Moderated by Francisco Aragón

8:00pm: Reading with Brenda Cárdenas, David Dominguez, Gina Franco & Scott Inguito

Francisco Aragón, poet and editor of The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, hosts a reading of leading Latino poets and a panel exploring multi- and interlingualism, the role of location and other topics.

Cosponsored by Letras Latinas, the Guild Complex and the ACENTOS Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members


POETRY FOR CHILDREN

The Constance Laibe Hays Children's Room at Poets House is a spacious, light-filled realm that will entice young readers and writers to experience the playfulness and wonder of poetry. Starting October 10, the children's room will be open on Saturdays, from 11 am to 3 pm. Extended hours launch in April of 2010.


October Program for Children

Saturday, October 17, 11:00am
Old Days, New Days: A Celebration of Daylight with Richard Lewis

Join Richard Lewis and members of the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble as they perform And So It Was Day, a retelling of an ancient Hawaiian chant about the emergence of life on earth and its bountiful first day. With poems and artwork, each child will create a Book of Days that celebrates the music and magic of daylight.

This event is supported by the Larry & Myrna Goodman Fund for Children's Programs.

Admission Free



Poets House Hours
Poets House Reading Room & The Reed Foundation Library
Tuesday–Friday, 11:00am–7:00pm, Saturday, 11:00am–6:00pm

The Constance Laibe Hayes Children’s Room at Poets House
Starting October 10: Saturday, 11:00am–3:00pm

All correspondence should be addressed to:
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
For more information, call (212) 431-7920

Directions to Poets House
The new Poets House is located at 10 River Terrace at the corner of Murray Street in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City. Find us on Google Maps

Take the 1, 2, 3, A or C subway to Chambers Street. Walk west on Chambers Street (past West Street) all the way to River Terrace. Turn left and walk two blocks south to 10 River Terrace at Murray Street. The M22 bus runs along Chambers between North End Ave and the Lower East Side. The M20 bus travels from the Upper West Side and the southern tip of Battery Park City to North End Ave. The Downtown Connection, a free Lower Manhattan shuttle bus, travels to North End Ave from South Street Seaport and from Broadway along Murray Street; for more information, visit: www.downtownny.com

Find Out What’s Happening At Poets House Now!
Poets House invites you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. In the coming weeks, we'll be posting updates about upcoming events, photos of our new home in Battery Park City and much more.

BECOME A POETS HOUSE MEMBER
To become a Poets House Member or to give the gift of Membership to a family member or friend, visit www.poetshouse.org/join.htm We look forward to welcoming you as a new member of our growing community of writers, readers, teachers, parents and poetry-lovers from around the nation and worldwide.

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