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10th 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 2 – Nov 4

Contact

Box Office

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info@irishartscenter.org
Location

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

Overview

Curated by Nick Laird

Presented in association with Glucksman Ireland House NYU and Literary Hub

We celebrate a decade of “literary revelry” (New Yorker) with esteemed poets drawn from both sides of the Atlantic for one of our favorite weekends of the year. Leave your cell phones at the door.  



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | 8pm

Favorite Poems 
Tickets $15-40, including after-party with poets

The opening night tradition of bringing together special guests and festival poets to share the Irish verses they love most. This year's lineup features television host and author Padma Lakshmi, award-winning novelists Zadie Smith and Belinda McKeon, and poet Timothy Donnelly.

Nick Laird "From the Republic of Conscience" by Seamus Heaney
Vona Groarke "Adam's Curse" by William Butler Yeats
Maureen McLane "Donal Og" translated by Lady Gregory
Timothy Donnelly "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" translated by Frank O'Connor
Belinda McKeon "Found" and "An Encounter" by Miriam Gamble
Rachael Gilkey "An Idea of Iowa" by Catriona O'Reilly
Billy Ramsell "Oiche Nollaig na mBan" by Seán Ó Riordáin
Ciaran Carson "Snow" by Louis MacNeice
Zadie Smith "Progress" by Alan Gillis
Annemarie Ní Churreáin "Ceist na Teangan" by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Michelle O'Sullivan "The Lady's Tower" by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Padma Lakshmi "The Full Indian Rope Trick" by Colette Bryce
Nick Laird "A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford" by Derek Mahon

Click image to watch curator Nick Laird's opening remarks:

Nick Laird Opening Remarks


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



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
All readings FREE (reservations strongly encouraged)

2pm | Natalie Diaz and Annemarie Ní Churreáin, presented by guest curator Katie Raissian of Stonecutter

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3:30pm | Michelle O’Sullivan and Maureen McLane 

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5pm | Vona Groarke and Ben Lerner
Opening reading by Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winner Richard Osmond 

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

2pm | Billy Ramsell and Nicole Sealey 

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3:30pm | Desert Island Poems: Ciaran Carson and Marie Howe discuss the poems they would want with them if deserted on an island. Conversation moderated by Nick Laird.

Ciaran Carson "I Heard a Fly buzz — when I died" by Emily Dickinson
Ciaran Carson "As One Put Drunk into the Packet-Boat" by John Ashbery
Ciaran Carson "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost
Ciaran Carson "Five Flights Up" by Elizabeth Bishop
Ciaran Carson "The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm" by Wallace Stevens
Marie Howe "Clearances" by Seamus Heaney
Marie Howe "Directive" by Robert Frost
Marie Howe "Campers leaving, summer 1981" by Jane Kenyon
Marie Howe "The Wanderer" by W.H. Auden
Marie Howe "The Death of Fred Clifton" by Lucille Clifton

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5pm | Ciaran Carson and Marie Howe

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Promotional support provided by NYU Creative Writing Program.

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WITH OUR PARTNERS AT GLUCKSMAN IRELAND HOUSE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
7pm | The Tom Quinlan Lecture in Poetry with the 2018 Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winner Richard Osmond 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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