The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., is presenting a stellar group of poets during its 2016-2017 season.
Up first, on Monday, October 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m., is Sharon Olds. Olds's reading is in Folger Theatre.
Following Olds are Eavan Boland and Austin Allen, on Monday, October 24, 7:30 p.m. The event, also in Folger Theatre, is co-sponsored by The Waywiser Press, which awards the evening's annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. Austin Allen is the winner. His collection, Pleasures of the Game (October 15, 2016), contains a foreword by Eavan Boland.
On Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Tyehimba Jess and Robin Coste Lewis join guests at The Phillips Collection. Coinciding with the event is the Phillips's exhibition "People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series". (The museum exhibition begins October 8, 2016, and continues through January 8, 2017.)
A reading by Tracy K. Smith during the Folger's annual "Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute" is on the calendar for Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m. A reception follows with Dickinson's famous black cake*. Smith's appearance is co-sponsored by Poetry Society of America.
For "Then Come Back: A Celebration of Pablo Neruda", on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Forrest Gander and Javier Zamora read Neruda's poems and poems of their own inspired by the great Chilean writer. The readings is in the Folger Theatre.
Monday, March 13, 2017, is reserved for "We Wear the Masks: Poetry and Fiction Inspired by Comic Books", co-hosted with PEN/Faulkner Fiction. The featured writers are Gary Jackson and Manuel Gonzales. Also in the Folger Theatre, the event begins at 7:30 p.m.
The season wraps up in Folger Theatre on Monday, April 17, 2017, when Jane Hirshfield gives the "Folger Poetry Board Reading" at 7:30 p.m.
Single tickets ($15) may be purchased for any of the readings.
* For a modern version of black cake, see The Washington Post recipe.
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