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Mar 01 2019

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: PEN Out Loud with Layli Long Soldier and Claudia Rankine

Layli Long Soldier, winner of the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award for her vital debut poetry collection WHEREAS, will be in conversation with award-winning poet Claudia Rankine, 2018 PEN/Jean Stein judge and author of Citizen: An American Lyric and forthcoming published play, The White Card, on Friday, March 1, 2019, 7 p.m., at The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium, in New York City.
Long Soldier and Rankine will read from their work and then share more about their literary lineage, writing double consciousness, and their use of language to illuminate and excavate the past. This event is presented in collaboration with the Creative Writing Program at The New School, and the Academy of American Poets.
Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY, The New York Times, American Poets, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, BOMB, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. Most recently, she received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Avenue Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/American Repertory Theater) and will be published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. She is also the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium
63 5th Ave
10003 New York, New York
Feb 23 2019

Book Launch: Edward Hirsch presents "A Passing Bell" by Paul Kane

Edward Hirsch, award-winning poet and President of the Guggenheim Foundation, launches Paul Kane's A Passing Bell: Ghazals for Tina. 

This collection by Paul Kane about the untimely passing of his wife performs the work of mourning by giving a shape to grief. Utilizing the poetic form of the classic Persian ghazal, A Passing Bell takes its place alongside other modern works on death and consolation, such as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking and C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed.  We are taken through the deep process of grieving, in all its ebb and flow of emotion, its agonizing sorrow and sense of despair, to further stages of acceptance and self-recovery.

Paul Kane is a poet and critic who has published six collections of poems and a dozen other books. He has received a Fulbright award, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation. He is the editor of Poetry of the American Renaissance and the general editor of The Braziller Series of Australian Poets, and is currently Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Vassar College. 

Praise for A Passing Bell:
"a rare and soaring masterpiece” —Alex Miller
“so deep and fine it could and should last forever” —Barry Hill
“his masterwork” —David McCooey

The book launch will feature a reading by Paul Kane, as well as refreshments and copies of the collection for purchase. Please join us by RSVPing to the email listed. 


4:00pm to 6:00pm
Poet's House
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Feb 26 2019

Poets on Craft: Teri Cross Davis and Melissa Castillo Planas

Hear two extraordinary poets read from and discuss their work while also exploring the topic of anthologizing Black poets. Cave Canem fellow Teri Cross Davis is the author of Haint (Gival Press, 2017) and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective, which recently published the anthology Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy & Sexuality (Mason Jar Press, 2017), praised by D Watkins as "brilliantly addictive." Poet, essayist and fiction writer Melissa Castillo Planas is editor of two anthologies, most recently ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of [email protected] Poets (Arte Público Press, 2017), noted by Booklist as "A welcome addition to the cornucopia of books sharing the poetic voices of the Americas." Elizabeth Bryant moderates. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored with The New School Creative Writing Program.

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, published by Gival Press and winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. A Cave Canem fellow, she has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook, the Soul Mountain Writer’s Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is on the Advisory Council of Split This Rock (a biennial poetry festival in Washington DC), a semi-finalist judge for the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Out Loud and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. Her work has been published in many anthologies including: Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry JamGathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First DecadeGrowing Up Girl, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and Not Without Our Laughter: poems of joy, humor, and sexuality. Her work can be read in the following journals: ArLiJo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, Fledging Rag, Gargoyle, Harvard Review, Kestrel, Little Patuxent Review, Natural Bridge, North American Review, MiPOesias, Mom Egg Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Ireland Review, Tin House, Torch, and Sligo Journal. She is the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.

Melissa Castillo Planas is editor of the anthology, ¡Manteca!: An Anthology of [email protected] Poets (Arte Público Press, 2017), co-editor of La Verdad: An International Dialogue on Hip Hop Latinidades (Ohio State University Press, 2016), the author of the poetry collection Coatlicue Eats the Apple (VerseSeven (Pulse), 2016), and co-author of the novel, Pure Bronx (Augustus Publishing, 2013)Her current book project, forthcoming with Rutgers University Press’ new Global Race and Media series, A Mexican State of Mind: New York City and the New Borderlands of Culture, examines the creative worlds and cultural productions of Mexican migrants in New York City. Her short stories, articles, poetry and essays have been published in numerous collections such as Centering Borders: Explorations in South Asia and Latin America (Worldview, 2017), Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas (Palgrave, 2016), The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Popular Culture (Routledge, 2016); and diverse scholarly and media publications. Castillo Planas completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History where she taught courses in Latinx Cultural Studies and organized the first ever Latinx Poetry Reading and Workshop Series.


The New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street
10011 New York, New York


There will be no edges, but curves.
Clean lines pointing only forward.

History, with its hard spine & dog-eared
Corners, will be replaced with nuance,

Just like the dinosaurs gave way
To mounds and mounds of ice.

Women will still be women, but
The distinction will be empty. Sex,

Having outlived every

Because the tube is turned to the window, the neighbor’s buddy         coughs
a cough of pigeons. a hack of grackle. a bird out the window. It’s         like

the neighbor’s buddy on my ledge, smoking. The neighbor’s                 chum in the blinds,
the eyes that peer, the eyes that open. propped


The stars in the sky
In vain
The tragedy of Hamlet
   In vain
The key in the lock
      In vain
The sleeping mother
      In vain
The lamp in the corner
         In vain
The lamp in the corner unlit
            In vain
Abraham Lincoln