The Poetry Project


Ama Codjoe & John Keene

What are the sense memories that forge in us the shapes of place, position, lineage? In her much anticipated debut collection Bluest Nude, Ama Codjoe poses question, praise, reflection, and reconsideration into the chorus of ancestors and descendants who sing into a self, the modes of looking outward, inward, and relationally which stitch together bravery and conviction. In his equally celebrated Punks: New & Selected Poems, John Keene surfaces an archive of contact, with poems that exalt eros and heartbreak, the momentary and enduring. Vision and touch are disappearing co-conspirators in the work of these poets, twin vapors trailing us through history and future.


This is tentatively planned as a live indoor event at St. Mark's Church. To keep our community safe, The Poetry Project implements the following at all live events: limiting the number of attendees; requiring proof of vaccination be shown at the door upon arrival; and requiring and providing face masks, as well as hand sanitizer stations. Before each event, we will also be conducting rapid tests for all performers, introducers, and hosts. Attendees are required to register in advance, and contact information is collected at the point of registration in the event that we need to support any public health efforts around contact tracing. We are committed to the safety of our performers, audience, and event staff, and will be fully prepared to update any of these plans and protocols as circumstances continue to evolve. We are grateful to attendees for helping us maintain safety within our present public health context, and look forward to holding meaningful shared listening space together.

Please arrive prepared to show proof of vaccination and a photo ID at the door. Proof of vaccination may be in the form of your vaccination card (or a picture of your card), the NYC Covid Safe app, or the Excelsior app. If, for medical reasons, you have not been vaccinated, you may instead bring documentation of a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours.

We also encourage all event attendees to take a rapid test the day of the event before heading to the church. Here’s a map of testing sites throughout the city. Thank you for helping us keep our wonderful community safe!

This in-person event will also be livestreamed via The Poetry Project's YouTube. Livestream captions will be available via a streamtext link or the CC button on YouTube's player.

Open CART captioning is scheduled for most in-person events.