The Poetry Project

The Poetry Project’s 55th Anniversary Gala – April 8, 2022

© Ghazaal Vodjani and Julia Novitch

On April 8, 2022, The Poetry Project was honored to bring together poets, collaborators, and stewards of the avant-garde for our 55th Anniversary Gala in the Sanctuary at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, honoring two iconoclastic, beloved, and inspiring poets: Rene Ricard and Patricia Spears Jones.

In addition to celebrating the incredible influence of these writers on downtown culture, the Gala marked the launch of The Poetry Project’s vast audio, video, and print archive – an unprecedented record of radical poetics, performance, and scholarship from over the last half century. Jones and Ricard are two pivotal figures in this immense assemblage of more than 5,000 groundbreaking poets, artists, activists, and thinkers, whose conversations, readings, and ephemera are now publicly available at The Library of Congress.