Anne Carson, James McBride & Other Literary Events at 92Y in April

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Poetry Readings and Other Literary Offerings at 92Y in April

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Sunday, April 3, 11 am


Hannah Arendt was one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era. Drawing upon interviews with Arendt’s surviving students, friends and relatives, along with exhaustive archival research, Anne Heller — author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made — tracks the source of Arendt’s contradictions and greatest achievements in Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times. This is a Books & Bagels event, which includes a light brunch.


Monday, April 4, 8 PM

Reading: JAMES MCBRIDE – in his only New York appearance!

Author of the classic memoir The Color of Water, James McBride travels the country tracking the legend of James Brown in his new work of nonfiction, Kill ’Em and Leave (April 5, Spiegel & Grau).What he discovers is a complicated story of race, music, the South and America today. McBride won the 2013 National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird, which was praised by the NBA judges for possessing a “voice as comic and original as any we have heard since Mark Twain — daringly irreverent, but also wise, funny and affecting.”

Thursday, April 7, 8:15 PM


An evening with two poets also highly regarded for their prose. “No other poet now writing has Susan Howe’s power to bring together narrative and lyric, scholarship and historical speculation, found text and pure invention,” wrote Marjorie Perloff. Howe’s new essay collection is The Quarry. Ben Lerner has written three books of poetry (most recently Mean Free Path) and two novels (Leaving Atocha Station and 10:04) “A writer of true originality,” wrote Jeffrey Eugenides. “He is a courageous, immensely intelligent artist who panders to no one and yet is a delight to read.”


Monday, April 11, 8 PM

Poetry Reading: ANNE CARSON — in her only New York appearance!

Anne Carson reads from FLOAT (Oct. 2016, Knopf) her forthcoming collection of performance pieces and other poetic writings. “Carson takes risks, subverts literary conventions and plays havoc with our expectations,” said Charles Simic. “She is a wonder: an unconventional, often difficult poet with a huge following.”


Sunday, April 17, 11 am, From $38


In Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake, Leo Damrosch—acclaimed biographer of Swift, Rousseau and Toqueville—draws extensively on Blake’s poems, paintings, etchings and engravings to offer a generously illustrated account of Blake the man and Blake the visionary. This is a Books & Bagels event, which includes a light brunch.


Wednesday, April 20, 8:15 PM

Conversation with a Poet: NATHANIEL MACKEY

(A Paris Review “Writers at Work” event)

Over the years, 92Y’s Poetry Center has teamed with The Paris Review to present numerous onstage conversations—with Chinua Achebe, Norman Mailer, Iris Murdoch, Maya Angelou, Günter Grass, Arthur Miller and many others—that have often led to “Writers at Work” interviews appearing in the magazine. In this latest installment, poet Nathaniel Mackey—winner of this year’s Bollingen Prize—will read from his work and sit for a conversation with Cathy Park Hong. “His poetry ambitiously continues an American bardic line that unfolds from Leaves of Grass to Pound’s Cantos to H.D.’s Trilogy to Olson’s The Maximus Poems, winds through the whole of Robert Duncan’s work and extends beyond all of these,” wrote poet Don Share.


About 92nd Street Y

92nd Street Y is a center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. Founded in 1874, it seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental growth of people throughout their lives.  92Y is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the importance of civil dialogue, community, civic responsibility, education and the arts and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions and ethnicities.



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