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Poetry Highlights September at The New School

2012 U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethaway. Photo by Matt Valentine.

For eight decades, Creative Writing at The New School has welcomed a vivid and diverse who’s who of essential American poets, from past to present including Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch, and Gilbert Sorrentino to name a few. The tradition continues this month with two high profile poetry events.

On Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, David Lehman, series editor of The Best American Poetry and poetry coordinator of The New School’s MFA Program, joins guest editor Mark Doty of the 2012 volume, to present poets and poems from the 25th edition of the acclaimed anthology.

This free event will include a who’s who list of contributers including: Heather Christle, Eduardo C. Corral, Elaine Equi, Kathleen Graber, Amy Glynn Greacen, Richard Howard, Marie Howe, Lawrence Joseph,  Noelle Kocot, Joy Katz,  Honor Moore, Michael Morse, Carol Muske-Dukes, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Mary Jo Salter, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Strand, Susan Wheeler and David Yezzi.

The poetry continues Thursday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. when the 2012 U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethaway and poet activist Metta Sáma speak in Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor in an ongoing series of free readings and discussions sponsored by Cave Canem, the premier venue for African-American poetry and The School of Writing at The New School.

Natasha Trethaway is the author of the forthcoming book Thrall (Houghton Mifflin). Her first poetry collection Domestic Work won the inaugural 1999 Cave Canem poetry prize and she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her 2007 book Native Guard.  She is also the author of a book of creative non-fiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Georgia, 2010). She is currently the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University as well as the Poet Laureate of Mississippi.

Metta Sáma is a poet, professor, activist, painter, collage artist, fiction and essay writer. She is the author of South of Here (New Issues Press, published under the name Lydia Melvin), a collection of poems, and her work has appeared several journals.



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