The Poetry Project


“Where Did I Go Wrong?” with Layli Long Soldier

Watch Video Here


Layli Long Soldier will discuss a few poems in her book, WHEREAS, that have provided valuable learning lessons; whereby, certain “mistakes” have helped build new approaches and have changed the course of her practice. This lecture will be, primarily, an artist talk and sharing of experience, with hopes to inspire an embrace of seeming “failures,” to strengthen the practice of compassion for oneself, and to honor the space needed for growth. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A. Together, we will pursue our limitations as muscles for moving the poem.

We encourage enthusiastic readers and listeners to engage more deeply with Layli Long Soldier's work by purchasing her book WHEREAS.

Please note you must be logged in to your Eventbrite account to access the event's zoom link. We will begin letting people into the reading from Eventbrite a few minutes before the start of the event. Please also note that if you are not logged into Eventbrite, you will receive a notification reading "You don't have access to this event" when you click on the event link. This is an automatically generated notification indicating that you need to login, using the email address with which you registered for the event. You can do so using the button located directly below the notification. If you have any questions, have trouble accessing your Eventbrite account, or have trouble accessing Zoom after the event's listed start time, please contact Poetry Project staff directly at

The Poetry Project is committed to making our event programming inclusive and accessible for individuals with different experiences, and are continuously working to improve and expand upon accessibility measures. Our online broadcasts feature live transcription and are presented on broadcasts compatible with most screen readers. If you have a question about either of these resources, or an accessibility measure we haven't described, please contact us at