R283. An Invitation to Poetic Discovery, Sponsored by Poets House

Ballroom C, Washington Convention Center, Level Three
Thursday, February 9, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


How do you find inspiration? Poets House invited three contemporary poets to our 70,000-volume library in New York City to discover new poetic voices, traditions, and forms. Poets will share their discoveries and read some of their own poems that will inspire your reading, writing, and life. Kevin Young will introduce and moderate.



Kevin Young is the author of ten books of poetry and prose, most recently Book of Hours, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Young’s The Grey Album won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven, The Ground, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, and a translation of Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth. He is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, a 2013 Whiting Award, and the 2013 GLCA New Writer’s Award for Poetry.

Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre, Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow. She currently teaches poetry at Princeton University and at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

J. Mae Barizo is a prize-winning poet, critic, and performer. She is the recipient of awards from Bennington College, the Jerome Foundation, and Poets House. A champion of cross-genre work, she has collaborated with artists such as Mark Morris, Salman Rushdie, and the American String Quartet.


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