2011 National Poetry Month: Poetry and the Public


At Housing Works Bookstore with NBA Winner Mark Doty & Finalists Kathleen Graber and Patricia Smith

Reading is Part of Two-Night National Poetry Month Event

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Part 2 of 2


National Book Awards Poetry Winners - 1950 to Present

April 11, 2011 at 7:00 p.m
National Poetry Month:
Poetry and the Public
Featuring New York Times poetry critic David Orr and other critics

April 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
National Poetry Month: The National Book Foundation Presents National Book Awards Poets
Featuring: Mark Doty, Kathleen Graber, and Patricia Smith

Both programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Venue: Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street in New York City

Join the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, on April 12 in New York City for National Poetry Month: The National Book Foundation Presents National Book Awards Poets, the second night of a two-night program that will be preceded by National Poetry Month: Poetry and the Public, featuring New York Times poetry critic David Orr and other critics. Both evenings will examine, through discussion and reading, the place poetry occupies in American culture as well as issues specific to the making of modern poetry.

Poets Mark Doty (National Book Award Finalist in 1993 and Winner in 2008), Kathleen Graber (National Book Award Finalist in 2010), and Patricia Smith (National Book Award Finalist in 2008) will read from their own work and discuss the challenges and rewards inherent in reading and writing contemporary poetry.

This event is part of the National Book Foundation’s Lineage program. From February through May of 2011, the Foundation is hosting a retrospective examining more than sixty years of American poetry. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the retrospective includes a daily blog (www.nbapoetryblog.org) featuring essays by emerging poets on all past Winners of the National Book Award for Poetry, as well as a series of public programs in three U.S. cities.

Participating authors:

Mark Doty's Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins, 2008) won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. He's the author of seven other books of poems, four volumes of nonfiction prose and, most recently, a handbook for writers called The Art of Description (Graywolf, 2010). He lives in New York City and teaches at Rutgers University.
(Photo credit: Star Black)

Kathleen Graber is the author of two collections of poetry. The Eternal City (Princeton University Press, 2010) was a Finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
(Photo credit: Lawrence Graber)

Patricia Smith is the author of five books of poetry, including Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2008), chronicling the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award that year, and one of NPR's top five books; and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection. She is a Pushcart Prize winner and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. She is a professor at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island, and is on the faculty of both Cave Canem and the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. (Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)