• Charles Bernstein, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

    Charles Bernstein, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

  • Simon Pettet - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1990

    Simon Pettet - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1990

  • John Giorno - Photo credit: Sarah Wells, 1981

    John Giorno - Photo credit: Sarah Wells, 1981

  • Pedro Pietri - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1991

    Pedro Pietri - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1991

  • Tracie Morris & Vernon Reid - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter, 1998

    Tracie Morris & Vernon Reid - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter, 1998

  • Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1986

    Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1986

  • Nicanor Parra & Allen Ginsberg - Photo credit: Vivian Selbo, 1987

    Nicanor Parra & Allen Ginsberg - Photo credit: Vivian Selbo, 1987

  • Lorenzo Thomas, Ray di Palma, Gary Lenhart, Diane di Prima, Lorna Smedman - Photo credit: Laure Leber

    Lorenzo Thomas, Ray di Palma, Gary Lenhart, Diane di Prima, Lorna Smedman - Photo credit: Laure Leber

  • Yoshiko Chuma - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter, 1995

    Yoshiko Chuma - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter, 1995

  • Amiri Baraka

    Amiri Baraka

  • Lee Ann Brown & Bernadette Mayer - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1993

    Lee Ann Brown & Bernadette Mayer - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1993

  • Taylor Mead - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1993

    Taylor Mead - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1993

  • Alice Notley, 1989

    Alice Notley, 1989

  • Thomas Sayers Ellis, 1995 - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter

    Thomas Sayers Ellis, 1995 - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter

  • Ann Lauterbach, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

    Ann Lauterbach, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

  • Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman & Robert Creeley

    Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman & Robert Creeley

  • Alan Davies, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

    Alan Davies, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

  • Kenward Elmslie, Steven Taylor - Photo credit: Laure Leber

    Kenward Elmslie, Steven Taylor - Photo credit: Laure Leber

  • Jim Carroll - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter, 1998

    Jim Carroll - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter, 1998

  • James Schulyer, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

    James Schulyer, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

  • Miguel Algarín - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1990

    Miguel Algarín - Photo credit: Jacob Burckhardt, 1990

  • Kenneth Koch & Allen Ginsberg post-fire Parish Hall, 1979

    Kenneth Koch & Allen Ginsberg post-fire Parish Hall, 1979

  • Cecilia Vicuña - Photo Credit: Laure Leber

    Cecilia Vicuña - Photo Credit: Laure Leber

  • Barrett Watten, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

    Barrett Watten, Poetry for the Next Society Symposium - Photo credit: Laure Leber, 1990

  • Ed Sanders, Anne Waldman, Bob Rosenthal, Judith Malina, Hanon Reznikov & Ed Friedman - Photo credit: Laure Leber, ca 1997-98

    Ed Sanders, Anne Waldman, Bob Rosenthal, Judith Malina, Hanon Reznikov & Ed Friedman - Photo credit: Laure Leber, ca 1997-98

  • Brenda Coultas - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter, 1996

    Brenda Coultas - Photo Credit: Melissa Zexter, 1996

  • John Ashbery & Kenneth Koch - Photo credit: Laure Leber

    John Ashbery & Kenneth Koch - Photo credit: Laure Leber

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Since its founding the late ’60s, the Poetry Project  has been a major force in contemporary American literature. It’s not just an  institution but an entire social sphere, where poets and their readers can  mingle freely, listen to each other, and come away with new ideas. The current  worldwide interest in American and especially New York poetry is a direct  result of the presence of The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church.

—John Ashbery

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Two Ways to Support The Poetry Project

img_4516-680x453Hello Friends,

As we approach the end of the year, we are asking you to support The Poetry Project’s mission to foster the reading and writing of contemporary poetry by making a tax deductible contribution.

Your gift makes it possible for us to bring over 160 poets to perform at the Project each year. It also supports the infrastructure that ensures the most expansive outreach possible, so that we can share widely the innovative work of the poets we present, both in informing our community about upcoming events at the Project, and in providing documentation of those events.                                                                                                                                John Giorno 2014 (C) Ted Roeder

The goal for our end of the year appeal is to raise at least $10,000. We hope that you’ve had an amazing experience at the Project recently, as audience or as performer, (or both!) and will take a moment to help us continue doing the work we do and garnering visibility for it.

Make A Donation

If you are unable to make a tax deductible donation at this time, another way to support the Project is through purchasing an advance ticket to our annual 41st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading. Tickets are $20 and on sale here (after 12/1). All money raised by the Marathon covers artist’s stipends and production costs for the 80+ readings we’ll present this season.

We hope to see you soon, and wish you a very happy 2015.

Warmly,

Stacy Szymaszek
Director

Start Off 2015 A Poetry Project Volunteer Hero!

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Art by Jim Behrle: Dedicated Poetry Project Volunteer

 

The time has come once again to heed the call and volunteer for our 41st Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 2pm.  This year is going to be super fun, and super big, and we’re going to need a large volunteer crew (around 100) to help us pull it off.  A volunteer shift is generally two hours, and everyone who volunteers enjoys free admission to the Marathon!  If that sounds like something you might be interested in, here are the positions that are available for the filling!

  • Set-up: Get here before it all begins (at 12:00pm) and help us put out chairs, run last minute errands and food pick-ups, and set up tables, books and food-things in the Parish Hall.
  • Door: With the help of at least two others, collect and tally admission, stamp hands and keep our Newsletter and Programs well stocked and circulating to Marathon-goers (limited # of spaces available).
  • Reader check-in: With one other person, check-in readers and make sure their bios are correct and hand off check-in cards to the MC’s before the top of each hour.
  • Food/Drink Table: Under the direction of specially appointed New Year’s Day Marathon Kitchen Masters, you will serve food, collect monies, replenish food and kitchen supplies as necessary, and help keep the operation tidy and running smoothly.
  • Book Table: With one or two others, sell donated books to Marathon-goers throughout the day and help keep the table organized in the midst of all the perusers.
  • Membership and Raffle Table: With one other person, help people sign up for Poetry Project Memberships, and distribute raffle tickets
  • Clean-up: After the last reader reads, we need help stacking chairs, packing up gear and cleaning up the Sanctuary and Parish Hall. We need A LOT of help with clean-up, so the more the merrier!

Or perhaps you or someone you know would be interested in donating food from your restaurant, cafe, bakery or publications put out by your small press.  We are honored by the donations we receive, and thank our all of our New Year’s Day donors with grateful public acknowledgement.

Whether this will be your 1st or 41st Marathon, your participation, from helping to check-in readers to serving delicious donated treats, from set-up to clean-up, is not just what makes the Marathon possible, it’s what makes it such a dynamic, meaningful tradition.

If you are interested, or if you would like more information, email Laura Henriksen at lh@poetryproject.org!

 

Poem by Farnoosh Fathi

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2013-11-06 16.03.35Farnoosh Fathi was born in 1981 and lives in Brooklyn. She’s the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the MacDowell colony, and her poems, translations, and prose have appeared inBoston Review, FENCE, Everyday Genius, Poetry, Jacket2, and elsewhere. Her first book, Great Guns, was published last year by Canarium Books.

 

 

 

 

 

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