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Curatorial Statements


While the boundaries between each of the Project’s reading series are permeable, in general, the Wednesday Reading Series features nationally/internationally recognized poets as well as those of local renown, while the Monday Reading Series serves as a forum for emerging poets. Mondays also contain the Talk Series, Open Readings and Workshop Readings. The Friday Reading Series provides space for poets and other artists whose work is interdisciplinary. Participation in all series is by invitation from the series Coordinator. While the series are curated, The Poetry Project does accept “pitches.” All queries and ideas may be emailed to and will be forwarded to the Coordinators. Coordinator appointments change every 2 years to ensure diversity of perspective.   (more…)


The Project is currently seeking to diversify and grow its collegial, professional, and highly committed board of directors. This could be an ideal opportunity for an individual with previous board experience who is seeking to transition into a more arts-focused role or for someone with strong professional experience looking to apply their enthusiasm and expertise to our organization. Profiles that include expertise in technology, fundraising, real estate, marketing, public relations or a combination thereof are of particular interest at this juncture in the board’s development, though we would like to hear from all strong candidates. If you or someone appropriate you know might be interested, please feel free to contact the Director, Stacy Szymaszek at

Emerge – Surface – Be: 2014-15 Fellowship Application

The 2014-15 Emerge – Surface – Be Fellowship Application is now live! Application will be accepted through Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 11:59pm. Please email with questions.

Emerge – Surface – Be: Preview the 2014-15 Application Guidelines & Requirements

While The Poetry Project is on summer hiatus, you can preview the 2014-15 Emerge – Surface – Be Fellowship Application Guidelines & Requirements below. Application Forms will go live on Monday, August 4, 2014 and will be accepted through Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 11:59pm.  Check back on 8/4/14 to apply!

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Summer Hiatus

Hello Fans of The Poetry Project!

A reminder that our office will be closed for the month of July. And programming is on hiatus till late September. We’ll post our Fall events (our 48th season!) on our site by late August. We had a tremendous year with over 6,000 people attending 82 readings. While we’re away, why not enjoy some of the offerings on our site: Public Access Poetry, The latest issue of The Recluse, catch up on some old Newsletter reading or watch some videos of readings you missed. Thanks for being part of The Poetry Project and see you soon!

The Recluse #10 is LIVE!

We are thrilled to announce the official launch of The Recluse #10! Check out all 22 poets in The Recluse‘s new online format (Thanks again, HR Hegnauer!).

The Recluse #10 features work by:

Gina Abelkop, Kostas Anagnopoulos, Anselm Berrigan, Guillermo Filice Castro, Mel Elberg, Peter Cole Friedman, Peter Bogart Johnson, Patricia Spears Jones, erica kaufman, Krystal Languell + Ruby Kapka, Rangi McNeil, Eileen Myles, Angelo Olin, Dan Owen, Yvonne Rainer, Kit Robinson, Judah Rubin, Ann Stephenson, Edwin Torres, Jamie Townsend, and Lewis Warsh

Editors: Stacy Szymaszek, Arlo Quint & Nicole Wallace

Introduction For Dodie Bellamy by Stephen Boyer

Dodie Bellamy came into my life at a critical time, I was straddling the worlds of university and night life, a day job and porn, yet still broke, barely surviving, depressed, and full of dreams. My advisor at USF, the poet D.A. Powell, knew I was miserable and after reading my work suggested I meet Dodie and apply to the weekly, private workshop she offered as a way of getting out of the trappings of the institution and enter the queer San Francisco I ran away, seeking. At the time, I wanted to be making art and writing but it seemed impossible to go from notes to actualized work, everyone seemed so cool and connected and then I met Dodie who showed me the shit covering all the “cool people’s” faces as she refocused my energies on craft, form, politics, experimentation, and most importantly–continually demonstrated the strength necessary to remain yourself in this apocalyptic world. (more…)

Introduction for Kevin Killian

If I were Kevin Killian how would I write this introduction? Kevin’s work is as infinite as Amazon’s breadth of products. For days I was stumped. I went on a power walk listening to Kylie Minogue, singing along to “La, La La, I just can’t get you out of my head,” then discovering the song “Sexercise” for the first time. I felt seduced inside Kevin’s poems, plays, novels, and short stories, gleefully avoiding such realities as housework. Those mirrors you try to clean but they only get more dirty! Kevin’s voice became implanted like the New Narrative CIA, telling me to read his effortless seeming satire. Extreme honesty is the route to delight. Did Killian title a poem “Genital Emotion”? Why, of course! I was laughing so hard I was crying like a baby, then I jerked around the bend to feel sorrow about “the rainbow flag” Killian laments as “all stripes of one sepia.” (more…)

Ted Roeder’s Photographs from “Eileen Myles & Friends” – 5/3/14

Introduction for Renee Gladman

Perhaps to ease your social anxieties here tonight, I have a message from Luswage Amini, “The Great Ravickian Novelist,” who states in her riddle-like-fashion: “There is nothing inherently complicated about attending an intellectual event.” This message is a copy of a thought stemming from a long contemplative walk before Zàoter Limici’s poetry reading, the mid point in Renee Gladman’s trilogy of novels about the far but not too far away place of Ravicka. (more…)