The Poetry Project


Fifty Years of the Poetry Project Newsletter

In December 1972, Ron Padgett started the Poetry Project Newsletter, a 2-page mimeographed news bulletin for the Project community. In the fifty years and 270+ issues since, the Newsletter has become the Project’s quarterly publication for book reviews, interviews, poems, arts and music journalism, political reflections, remembrances and more. It’s featured gossip, caustic exchanges, sharp insights; transferred editors three dozen times; and kept a community in touch with itself, even as that community has developed and changed. Join us for an evening celebrating fifty years of the Poetry Project Newsletter, featuring researchers, performers, poets, and current and former Newsletter editors.

With readings from Penny Arcade, Kyle Dacuyan, Jordan Davis, Betsy Fagin, Greg Masters, Gillian McCain, Nick Sturm, Morgan Võ, and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright.


Masks are required at all Poetry Project events unless otherwise and specifically noted. If you forget to bring your mask, we are happy to provide you with one.

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.

To keep our community safe, The Poetry Project implements the following at all live events: limiting the number of attendees; 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.