Here we are, folks. Final reading of the season. Let's make it beautiful:
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is an artist. Her most recent collection of poetry is Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015). Griffiths' literary and visual work has been published widely. She lives in New York
Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual-video artist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House, 2017); Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011), A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007), and three limited edition chapbooks. Her nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Harper's, n+1, and elsewhere. Martin is Professor of English in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. She is the recipient of a 2018 NEA Grant in Creative Writing.
aris~justine kirby is a charming rogue living by her wits in a corrupt society. She is the daughter of Louise Montalescot. She's 27 years old. She has chapbooks with Belladonna* [Daisy & Catherine] & Black Warrior Review [Sonnet Infinitésimal no.3 / Matérial Girl no. 8]. She’s published poetry with Vetch & Datableed. She is a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree at Bard College.
The Tenth Annual Dara Mandle Young Poets Reading
Tuesday, April 5
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the series, poets who have inspired us will return to read from their work and discuss their own sources of inspiration. Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist whose fourth collection of poetry is Lighting the Shadow. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including Yaddo and Cave Canem Foundation. Griffiths teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Adam Kirsch is the author of three books of poetry, including most recently Emblems of the Passing World: Poems after Photographs by August Sander. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. Jason Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem and Man on Extremely Small Island. He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. An Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is the founder of Brooklyn Poets. Meghan O’Rourke, author of the memoir The Long Goodbye and the poetry collections Once and Halflife, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Radcliffe Fellowship. She teaches at Princeton and NYU. Brenda Shaughnessy’s forthcoming collection of poems is So Much Synth. Her other books are Our Andromeda, Human Dark with Sugar,and Interior with Sudden Joy. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Rutgers University.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Featured Presenter, at 2016 Los Angeles AWP
3/31 1:30 - 2:45 pm Poetry, Politics, and Place: A Reading and Conversation with Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Luis J. Rodriguez, Sponsored by Poets House.(Stephen Motika, Naomi Shihab Nye, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Luis J. Rodriguez) These leading poets read their poems and discuss their poetry-activism in New York, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and around the country. Each engages poetic practice and community building with projects that expand poetry's place in our lives and culture: Griffiths through photography, Nye through writing for children, and Rodriguez through publishing projects and political organizing. The transformative power of poetry brings these three together to talk about how we can make a better world.
4/1 10 11:30 a.m. FAWC Table | Come and meet Rachel Eliza Griffiths, who will be teaching her first workshop at FAWC in Provincetown this summer!
4/1 1:30 - 2:45 pm Writing Race: Poets on the Complexity and Contradictions of Race in America. (Richard Michelson, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Tim Liu) In the "postracial" Obama era, the nation remains racially polarized, as the tragedies and protests in Ferguson and elsewhere demonstrate. How can a poet write truthfully about the complexity and contradictions of race in America? How can a poet balance a poem’s message with the demands of poetry? How can a poet speak on behalf of his or her community, and yet empathize with other groups? How can a poet channel anger into art, risking the alienation of the audience for the sake of honesty?
In Conjunction with the 13th National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College, CUNY March 31–April 3, 2016
March 28, 2016 @ The Charles Evans Innis Memorial Library 1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Provocateurs: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Photographers & Writers Photography Group Show Featuring:
- Laylah Amatullah Barrayn,
- Thomas Sayers Ellis,
- Rachel Eliza Griffiths &
- Marcia E. Wilson
The purpose of the exhibit “Provocateurs” is to present the linkage writers of African descent and their photographer counterparts share in rendering the Black experience and historical narratives. Images are fine examples of how they can inspire words for a poem, be an spark for a novel, or serve as the visual interpetation for an essay. In a similar manner, words can influence the mood for a painting or a photograph. The use of the word “Provocateurs” serves the belief that both writers and photographers use their art form to evoke a visceral action or reaction in the minds of both readers and viewers.
Four Brooklyn-based photographers, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Thomas Ellis Sayers, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Marcia Wilson, will explore the ways in which the two disciplines of photography and creative writing expand our cultural narrative and connect us to our global selves.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is the author of four poetry collections: Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015); Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2011), which was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association; The Requited Distance (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2011); and Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books, 2010). Also a visual artist, she is the creator of Poets on Poetry (P.O.P.), a series of interviews that gathers more than fifty contemporary poets together in conversation to discuss poetry in relation to individual human experience and culture. Her honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, the Millay Colony for the Arts residency, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Soul Mountain, and Vermont Studio Center. Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
This free public lecture is supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and held in conjunction with the Spring 2016 course “Embodying the Object: Writing with the Collection,” a collaboration between the Johnson Museum and the Creative Writing Program.
Women of Letters is everyone’s favorite literary salon!
Every month, New York’s best and brightest women come together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. Expect laughter, tears, and camaraderie as host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes guests reading “A letter to my greatest gift”. Together on stage for the first time ever:
Beloved actress for film, television and stage MAMIE GUMMER
Bestselling author of “The Vacationers” EMMA STRAUB
Poet and author of “Lighting the Shadow” RACHEL ELIZA GRIFFITHS
Acclaimed standup comedian MICHELLE BUTEAU
Managing editor of feminist blog “Jezebel” ERIN RYAN
Radio, television journalist, and author of “First Class” ALISON STEWART
The show attracts guests of the highest caliber, from all disciplines. Women of Letters veterans include: Molly Ringwald, Jean Grae, Megan Amram, Martha Wainwright, Kathleen Turner, Aparna Nancherla, Siri Hustvedt, Edie Falco, Susan Orlean, Alexis Okeowo, Mara Wilson, Amanda Palmer, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Suki Kim, JD Samson, Tavi Gevinson, Stoya, Ophira Eisenberg, Yael Stone, Jena Malone, Jenny Eliscu and many more.
Proceeds from Women of Letters shows are donated to charity, with over $750,000 being raised globally to date. December 9th’s show proceeds will be donated to the Millay Colonywww.millaycolony.org
"In our world which is becoming increasingly more disconnected by dependency on social media and our tendencies to live online, I feel that projects like Women of Letters are the antidote. Bringing people together in one room to hear people tell their stories is a powerful reminder of our humanity” — Molly Ringwald
“Women of Letters is the perfect alchemy of literary art-party and storytelling, with drinking and bonding for all genders of truth-seekers. Marieke and Michaela deserve a medal for creating this happening while we're on earth.” -Amanda Palmer
“You'll bond with some crazy-talented women over diverse passions, intimate struggles, and of course, drinks.” -BUST Magazine
Hosted by acclaimed author and Moth StorySlam winner Sofija Stefanovic
Produced by Trish Nelson's BanterGirl
Come out on November 10th, 7pm at Shrine in Harlem for an astoundingly great lineup! We will welcome poet and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Pulitzer Prize winning author Margo Jefferson, and fiction writers Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau. This reading is not to be missed! Join us at 7pm at Shrine, located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave) between 133rd and 134th in Harlem. By subway: 2/3 to 135th, or B/C to 135th. Admission is $5; bar is cash only.
September 15, 6:30 pm: Cave Canem and the Millay Colony for the Arts Reading with LaTasha Nevada Diggs and Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. 20 Jay Street Street 310-A Brooklyn, NY 11201 http://www.cavecanempoets.org/calendar
September 18, 7 pm: Brooklyn Poets Reading Series, Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend EventWith Natalie Shapero, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Gregory Pardlo
St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn NY
September 19, 2 pm: Poetry Society of America &
The New York Botanical Garden
Frida Kahlo: LIFE ART GARDEN Poetry For Every Season: Octavio Paz Poetry Walk New York Botanical Garden, Ross Hall Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
September 20, 5 – 7 pm: Split This Rock, Sunday Kind of Love
With David Ebenbach and Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Busboys and Poets (14th and V)
2021 14th Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20009
for tickets: http://www.splitthisrock.org/programs/sunday-kind-of-love/
September 22, 7-8:30 pm: Bryant Park Reading Room, New York
With Michael Morse, Michael Klein, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Sean Singer
September 28, 6 pm Union Square Slam
Bar 13, New York, NY
September 29, 5:30 - 7 pm: Writers At Newark Series
With Suki Kim and Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255/256/257
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Newark, NJ 07102
October 1 - 4 Brattleboro Literary Festival, Vermont http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/
Poetry Reading with Josh Kalscheur, Elizabeth T. Gray Jr, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Alicia Jo Rabins
Join us as we welcome four poets, Josh Kalscheur, Elizabeth T Gray Jr, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Alicia Jo Rabins, for a special night of poetry celebrating their new works.
Josh Kalscheur's new book Tidal is the winner of the Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry. He has published poems in Boston Review, Slate, jubilat, Ninth Letter,Witness, Blackbird and Best New Poets 2013, among others. A graduate of Saint Olaf College and UW-Madison, he teaches classes at both UW-Madison and Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin.
Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.'s new book is Series | India. She is a poet, translator, and corporate consultant. She has published translations from classical and contemporary Persian and is currently collaborating on the translation of a Tibeto-Mongolian oral folk epic. She has a BA and JD from Harvard University and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist whose new book is Lighting the Shadow. She is the recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and the Cave Canem Foundation. Griffiths is the creator and director of P.O.P (Poets on Poetry), a video series of contemporary poets featured by the Academy of American Poets. Her third collection of poetry, Mule & Pear, was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.
Alicia Jo Rabins's poetry manuscript, Divinity School, was awarded the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and will be published in September. Alicia's chapbook, The Girl Who Wants to be a Landscape, was selected by Mary Oliver for the Artscape Poetry Prize and published in 1995. Alicia holds a MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College and is the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Grant, LMCC's Sarah Verdone Writing Award, and the New Delta Review 2013 Matt Clark Poetry Prize as well as three years of scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers Conference.
A Reading with Four Way Books Poets
June 9 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Four Way Books is an esteemed publisher—recently gaining major bragging rights due to Gregory Pardlo’s Pulitzer win—and we’re happy to host a reading with three of their poets: Josh Kalscheur, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. She is the recipient of fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her visual and literary work has appeared widely. Griffiths is the creator and director of P.O.P (Poets on Poetry), a video series of contemporary poets featured by the Academy of American Poets. Her third collection of poetry, Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose), was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn.
Josh Kalscheur has published poems in Boston Review, Slate, jubilat, Ninth Letter, Witness, Blackbird and Best New Poets 2013, among others. A graduate of Saint Olaf College and UW-Madison, he teaches classes at both UW-Madison and Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin.
Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. is a poet, translator, and corporate consultant. She has published translations from classical and contemporary Persian, and is currently collaborating on the translation of a Tibeto-Mongolian oral folk epic. She was the founding CEO/Managing Partner of Conflict Management Inc. and Alliance Management Partners LLC, consulting firms that assisted global corporations and governments form, manage, and repair complex inter-organizational alliances. She has a B. A. and J. D. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College.
A not-to-be-missed glimpse into the most exciting new poetry in New York City as the 2015 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellows (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): Aziza Barnes, Rio Cortez, Ricardo Hernandez, Esther Lin, Yanyi Luo, Andriniki Mattis, Vikas K. Menon, Timothy Ree, Paul Tran and Aldrin Valdez read from their work.
The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its fourth year, assists emerging poets by providing excellent poetry writing instruction, mentorship, and access to Poets House’s world class poetry resources and programming. Hosted by 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
Presented with support from the Jerome Foundation
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