Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Muse: Spring Poetry Readings

Today's post highlights some of the many upcoming poetry readings around the country. (Be sure to explore the links; there is excellent poetry to be discovered if you are unfamiliar with the poets listed.)

✭ This spring, the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., brings us "The New Sonneteers": Malachi Black, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and A. Van Jordan, on Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. 

Sir Andrew Motion, currently teaching in The Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University, appears Monday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. (Read Bret McCabe's article "British Poet Andrew Motion Settles Into Life in America as a Professor at Johns Hopkins" in HUBatWork, January 22, 2016.)

The series closes out with "Lineage: From the Black Arts Movement to Cave Canem" on Monday, June 13, also at 7:30 p.m. The concluding event will feature Kwame Alexander as moderator of a conversation with poets Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, and Sonia Sanchez. Following the discussion, a reading with Toi Derricotte, Gregory Pardlo, Kyle Dargan, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths will highlight Cave Canem's role in promoting African-American poets and poetry. Tickets are required.

Black Arts Movement (1965-1975)

Folger Poetry on FaceBook

✭ For the Reading Series at the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas-Austin, poet Jane Miller, a visiting professor on the campus this spring, will read on Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.  

✭ Spring poetry readings at The Writer's Workshop, University of Nebraska-Omaha, feature Lee Ann Roripaugh on Monday, March 28, 7:30 p.m (read the program flyer) and William Trowbridge, Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. (read the flyer). Both events are in the UNO Art Gallery, Weber Fine Arts Building.

✭ New York City's St. Mark's Church sponsors The Poetry Project, which on Monday, May 23, 8:00 p.m., holds workshop readings led by Barbara Henning, Rachel Levitsky, and Matt Longabucco.

The Poetry Project on FaceBook

✭ Appearing at The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University on Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., are Marilyn Hacker and Deema Shehabi. The event is part of the Barnard Women Poets Series. Hacker and Shehabi began corresponding via poems they exchanged by e-mail from 2009 to 2012 and subsequently published as a sequence of renga, Diaspo/Renga (Holland Park Press), in 2014. The reading is free and open to the public.

Women Poets Programs, Barnard College

The Heyman Center on FaceBook

Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State University announced in January the spring lineup for "The Art of Poetry" series. Paola Corso and Abby Minor already have appeared. Concluding the series is Lisa Sewell of Villanova University and author of Impossible Object (The Word Works, 2015), who will read on Wednesday, April 6, 12:10 p.m.

✭ The Holloway Reading Series at University of California-Berkeley feature Anna Moschovakis on April 6 and Frank B. Wilderson III on April 13. Both readings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Holloway Series in Poetry on FaceBook

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