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Legacy Conversations: Angela Jackson and Ed Roberson

Poetry Foundation 61 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL, United States

Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry and conversation between faculty members Ed Roberson and Angela Jackson. Winner of the 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, Roberson is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently To See the Earth Before the End of the World (Wesleyan University Press, 2010). Don…


Poets on Craft: Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May

The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY, United States

Join us for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May. Shaughnessy is the author of four collections of poetry, including Interior with Sudden Joy and So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). May is the author of Hum (2013), selected for The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013, and Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016), both published by Alice James Books.


Nevertheless, Live: Adynaton, the Promise of Silence, and the Key of Life: A Lecture by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Cave Canem Suite 310-A 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.…

$5 – $10

What Time We Leaving for the Club?: A Lecture by Patricia Smith

Cave Canem Suite 310-A 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

"We’ve lindy-hopped, jitterbugged, bopped and cabbage-patched. We’ve growled blue, jazz-sizzled and crooned brown liquor lyrics." In this time of political and cultural chaos, Smith's lecture gets back to the sweet basics—words celebrating the music we move to and the music in our moves. Patricia Smith is the author of seven books of poetry, including Shoulda…

$5 – $10

Exile and Exaltation: A Brief Look at 100 Years of the Shared History Between Filipinos and Black Folks: A Lecture by Patrick Rosal

Cave Canem Suite 310-A 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

As if the Black imagination had hit a low point between Reconstruction and the Great Migration, the period between 1890 and 1920 has been called "the nadir" of African American history. But what if this era of Black culture was left out of history in order to preserve the American fantasy of imperialism and expansionism?…

$5 – $10

A Tribute to June Jordan

CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, United States

A Tribute to June Jordan is an intergenerational exploration of the legendary poet’s life, work, and legacy. This daylong conference will begin with a keynote address by Jan Heller Levi. A series of lectures, discussions and readings will follow featuring aracelis girmay, E. Ethelbert Miller and Evie Shockley, among many others. Free and open to the public, this event…


this unholding’s long night lounge: A Lecture with Fred Moten

Cave Canem Suite 310-A 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

This lecture dives in at the intersection of theory and poetics. First, we will engage the poetry of Layli Long Soldier before veering off—by way of literary theorist Rei Terada's deep reading of (anti-) political theorist Cedric Robinson—toward a question concerning the (im)possibility of a structural reading of myth in Nathaniel Mackey. $10. This program…


Douglas Kearney: “I Killed, I Died: Banter, Self-Destruction, and the Poetry Reading”

This lecture is a part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, which supports contemporary poets as they explore in-depth their own thinking on poetry and poetics, and give a series of lectures resulting from these investigations. Lectures are delivered publicly in partnership with institutions nationwide. Find out more about past, present, and future…

Let Me Tell You a Story: A Craft Lecture by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Let me tell a story. Let me show you what I see, what I dream, where I fall/fail and where it can sometimes hurt. And then let’s talk about how I’ve used languages, where I may have fallen into a couple of hiccups, what makes me write now with caution (which pisses me off) because…


In this craft lecture, Roger Reeves thinks with and through revelation in poetry. What do we mean when we say something is revelatory in poetry? Is it epiphany, confession, statement, or all of the above? What makes a particularly efficacious revelation in a poem? And, what is our current relationship to revelation when we live…