Literature

9th Annual PoetryFest

New York's only three-day festival of contemporary poetry from both sides of the Atlantic

Details

Most events FREE
Date(s)

Nov 3 – Nov 5

Contact

Box Office

866-811-4111

info@irishartscenter.org
Location

Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Overview

Curated by Nick Laird

“Literary revelry”The New Yorker

The only literary event of its kind, our ninth annual PoetryFest gathers poets from Ireland and North America for three days of verse and conversation. This year’s lineup features former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins; National Book Award for Poetry-winner and MacArthur Genius Grant-recipient Terrance Hayes; U.S.-born, Ireland-dwelling poet-filmmaker Alice Lyons; Sinéad Morrissey, winner of the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Collection for On Balance; Dublin poet-physicist Iggy McGovern; Ireland Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin; Irish Times Poetry Now Award-winning poet/critic Caitríona O’Reilly; Whiting Award-winning New York poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips; and 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre Prize-winner Adam CrothersStonecutter founder Katie Raissian curates Saturday's Emerging Voices reading, which features Mad Honey Symposium author Sally Wen Mao and This Is Yarrow writer Tara Bergin.



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 | 8pm

Favorite Poems 
$35 regular / $28 members / $15 students back 2 rows
An evening of some of the world's best-loved poems written by Irish writers, hand-chosen and read by PoetryFest participants and specials guests:

Belinda McKeon "Augustine Sleeping Before He Can Talk" by Sinead Morrissey
Colum McCann "Tate Water" + "Water & Power" by Gerard Fanning
Catríona O'Reilly "A Prayer for My Daughter" by Yeats
Adam Crothers "The Risk" by Peter McDonald
Tara Bergin "I Will Not Sit on the Grass She Said" by anonymous
Lisa Dwan "Adam's Curse" by William Butler Yeats
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin "The Straying Student" by Austin Clarke
Katie Raissian "Autotomy" by Caitriona O'Reilly
Alice Lyons "The Schooldesk" by Raymond Carver (written in County Sligo, Ireland )
Iggy McGovern "The Planter’s Daughter" by Austin Clarke
Roger Rosenblatt "On Raglan Road" by Patrick Kavanagh
Rachel Weisz "Snow" by Louis Macneice
Sinéad Morrissey "Snow" by Ciaran Carson
Nick Laird "Everything is Going to Be All Right" by Derek Mahon

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BUY TICKETS

PoetryFest's Favorite Poems event was inspired in part by Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poems Project.



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
All readings FREE (reservations strongly encouraged)

2pm | Emerging Voices curated by Katie Raissian of Stonecutter: Sally Wen Mao and Tara Bergin

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3:30pm | Iggy McGovern and Alice Lyons
Introduction by
Katie Ebbitt

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5pm | Sinéad Morrissey and Terrance Hayes
Introduction by Gbenga Adesina

Opening reading by Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winner Adam Crothers
Introduction by Nick Laird

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5
All readings FREE (reservations strongly encouraged)

2pm | Caitríona O'Reilly and Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Introduction by Rachael Gilkey

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3:30pm | Desert Island Poems: Billy Collins and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin discuss the poems they would want with them if deserted on an island. Conversation moderated by Nick Laird.

SOLD OUT

This is event is full. Please email info@irishartscenter.org to be contacted if seats open up, and join us for other PoetryFest readings!

5pm | Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Billy Collins
Introduction by Stevie Howell

SOLD OUT

This is event is full. Please email info@irishartscenter.org to be contacted if seats open up, and join us for other PoetryFest readings!



Presented in association with Glucksman Ireland House – NYU and Literary Hub. Promotional support provided by NYU Creative Writing Program.

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WITH OUR PARTNERS AT GLUCKSMAN IRELAND HOUSE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2
7pm | The Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry with Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winner Adam Crothers at Glucksman Ireland House – NYU, 1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

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Irish Arts Center programming is supported by Culture Ireland – Promoting Irish Arts Worldwide.


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Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government partners including the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; The Ireland Funds, America; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; Bloomberg Philanthropies; The Nancy Malone Living Trust; The Shubert Foundation; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New York City; The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County; The Knights of St. Patrick; The Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Milwaukee Irish Fest Foundation; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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