The Poetry Project

Readings, Performances, and Events

Curatorial Statement

The Poetry Project’s full calendar of events is collaboratively curated by staff to present a range of perspectives, practices, generations, experiences, and communities. We endeavor to make space for unlikely confluence and generative encounter, and view gathering as much a mode of experimentation as poetry. Without circumscribing the poets, writers, and artists who share work at The Poetry Project, we pose frames of inquiry across each season of events to suggest points of relation and discussion across time.

Throughout the Spring of 2020, we’re looking at notions of Void and Terrain – perambulations of the poem into breadths of unknowing; constitution of place and its matter through language, archive, fantasy, and critique; interventions of wilderness into architecture and order. The work being shared at The Poetry Project this season locates concerns with location: of geographic, temporal, social, and psychic varieties. What are the responsibilities and perils of shifting position within an ecology? What sites of definition do poems enact and defy?

The Poetry Project’s reading, performance, and event programming spans three primary series: the Monday Night Series for work from emerging writers; our headlining and longest-running series on Wednesday Nights; and the Friday Night interdisciplinary series. Beyond the programs in these series, The Project occasionally presents special lectures, conversations, community discussions, and other events.

How Do I Get A Reading

We work toward a collective model of event curation from The Poetry Project’s staff of five, with a number of events guest-curated and hosted throughout the year. We welcome inquiries from poets, writers, and artists interested in sharing work at The Poetry Project. While we commit to reading and considering work submitted to us for event programming, we also note that we annually receive 50-75 inquiries, in addition to the events conceptualized by staff – with only 60-70 available dates each year. Beyond invitation to participate in two or three person readings, book launches, and The New Year’s Day Marathon, there are a number of ways to get involved with The Poetry Project and share your work.

Twice a year we host Workshop Readings, open to everyone who participated in our five- and ten-session workshops, to celebrate the writing they created there.
Twice a year we also host Mimeo Mic, where we select 20 readers (ten per event) from an open applicant pool to present their work. Following in the tradition of Open Readings and the mimeo logic of making poetry as available as possible to as many people as possible, these events are designed to create a platform for poets to deepen their connection with The Poetry Project community, whether they are introducing their work for the first time or have been around from the beginning but want to participate in a new way. Everyone is encouraged to apply to read. To apply to read, send a work sample (5 poems or 15 pages max with your first and last name in the file name) to mimeomic@poetryproject.org with “Mimeo Mic” in the subject line.

Near the end of each season, we also host a Volunteer & Intern Potluck and Reading, where the brilliant poets who make our events possible every week by stacking chairs, selling books, pouring wine, and so much more take the stage to share their work. All volunteers and interns are invited to read, and everyone is encouraged to come out to support and celebrate their work.

For more information or to be considered for a reading, direct queries to readings@poetryproject.org.

Admission

General admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free
~No one turned away for inability to pay~

Programs

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