Poems & Pints

Readings with premier poets at the historic Fraunces Tavern

Katy Lederer reading at Poems & Pints in March, 2009

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Poetry Society of America present the return of Poems & Pints, six evenings with premier poets at the historic Fraunces Tavern in downtown New York City. The season features three evenings with two poets who read their own works and favorite poems by other writers. The selection of highly distinguished participating poets includes National Book Critics Circle Award and Shelley Memorial Award winners, Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation Fellows, and Academy of American Poets Chancellors.

Poetry readings will take place in the venerable surroundings of the Nichols Room at Fraunces Tavern, a well-known meeting place since 1762 as well as the site of Washington’s farewell address and the first State and War Departments. Admission to all readings is free.

About the Poets

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    Meena Alexander

    March 2, 2010

    Meena Alexander was born in India, raised there and in Sudan, at the age of eighteen she went to England to study. Her fellowships include those from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Arts Council of England. She has published six volumes of poetry including Illiterate Heart (2002), which won the PEN Open Book Award, Raw Silk (2004) and Quickly Changing River (2008). She is the editor of Indian Love Poems (2005) and author of the memoir Fault Lines (1993/ 2003), chosen as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the year. Poetics of Dislocation (2009) is published by the University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry Series. She lives in New York City, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center CUNY.

  • Jill Bialosky

    October 6, 2009

    Jill Bialosky is the author of the poetry collections The End of Desire, Subterranean, and Intruder, and her poems have appeared in journals such as The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. Bialosky is also the author of two novels, House Under Snow and The Life Room, and an editor at W. W. Norton. She lives in New York City.

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    John Burnside

    March 2, 2010

    John Burnside has published twelve books of poetry in the UK, of which the most recent are Gift Songs (2007) and The Hunt in the Forest (2009). His novels, The Devil's Footprints and The Glister are published in the United States by Nan Talese / Doubleday, and the memoir, A Lie About My Father, by Graywolf. John Burnside is a Professor of English at St Andrews University, Scotland and lives close by with his wife and his two sons.

  • Peter Cole

    November 3, 2009

    Peter Cole’s most recent book of poems is Things on Which I’ve Stumbled. His many volumes of translations include The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950–1492, Aharon Shabtai’s J’accuse, Taha Muhammad Ali’s So What: New & Selected Poems, and Hebrew Writers on Writing. Cole, who lives in Jerusalem was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2007.

  • Ron Padgett

    December 1, 2009

    Ron Padgett's books include the poetry collections How to Be Perfect, You Never Know, Great Balls of Fire, and New & Selected Poems, as well as three memoirs, Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted Berrigan; Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers; and Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard. His translations include Blaise Cendrars's Complete Poems, Guillaume Apollinaire's Poet Assassinated, and, with Bill Zavatsky, Valery Larbaud's Poems of A. O. Barnabooth. In 2008 he was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. For more information, go to www.ronpadgett.com.

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    Molly Peacock

    February 2, 2010

    Molly Peacock has published six collections of poetry, including The Second Blush. She has also written the prose collection How to Read a Poem, and Start a Poetry Circle and a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece. A President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America, she was one of the originators of Poetry in Motion. Peacock is currently a member of the Graduate Faculty of Spalding University's Brief Residency MFA Program, Elliston Poet at the University of Cincinnati, and Lecturer at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y. She lives in Toronto.

  • Robert Polito

    November 3, 2009

    Robert Polito’s most recent poetry collection is Hollywood & God. He received the National Book Critics Circle Award and an Edgar Award for Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson. Polito directs the Graduate Writing Program at the New School.

  • Katha Pollitt

    December 1, 2009

    Katha Pollitt’s new book of poems is The Mind-Body Problem. Her first poetry collection, Antarctic Traveler, received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She writes the “Subject to Debate” column for The Nation and currently lives in Berlin.

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    Terese Svoboda

    February 2, 2010

    Terese Svoboda recently published Weapons Grade, last year by University of Arkansas Press. Her fifth book of poetry contain poems that appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Paris Review, New Yorker, and Tin House. Svoboda is also the author of four novels and Black Glasses Like Clark Kent, a memoir that won the 2007 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and was named “Best of Asia 2008” by the Japan Times. She is teaching fiction at Columbia’s School of the Arts this semester.

  • Susan Wheeler

    October 6, 2009

    Susan Wheeler is the is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Assorted Poems, and a novel, Record Palace. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she teaches at Princeton University and has lived in the New York area for almost half her life.

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