April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, we've asked some of our favorite poets to come into our studio and read for us. So tune in and take a poetry break.
Marie Ponsot reads a poem called "Winter," as well as a poem about Easter in the New York City of her childhood. She's a native New Yorker who has taught writing at Queens College, New York University and Columbia University, among other institutions. Her most recent book of poems is Springing: New and Selected Poems (Knopf). Her other books include The Green Dark, Admit Impediment, True Minds, and The Bird Catcher.
Patrick Rosal reads "Tito's Field" and "When You Haven't Made Love in a Long Time." He's the author of Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (Persea Books). His chapbook Uncommon Denominators won the Palanquin Poetry Series Award, and he currently at work on his second full-length collection My American Kundiman. He is Assistant Professor of English at Bloomfield College.
Ann Lauterbach reads "After Mahler" from her new book of poems, Hum, published by Penguin. It's her seventh poetry collection. She also has a new collection of essays called The Night Sky. Ann Lauterbach is a New York City native and has taught at Bard College since 1991.
Anselm Berrigan reads "We're Not Gonna Turn Me In" from his forthcoming book Some Notes on My Programming, which will be published later this year by Edge Books. Berrigan is the Artistic Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church. He's also written three previous books of poems, including Zero Star Hotel.
Glyn Maxwell reads "Sally Playing Patience" from his new book, Sugar Mile, which is published by Houghton Mifflin. Since 2001, he has been the poetry editor of The New Republic. Maxwell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and received theE.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Charles Bernstein reads "Ballad of a Girly Man." He has been at theforefront of poetry's avant-garde for three decades. Along with BruceAndrews, Bernstein edited the influential journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, heco-founded and serves as the Executive Editor of The Electronic Poetry Center, and he recently launched PennSound, a digital poetry archive that makes performances of poets from Guillaume Apollinaire to Kenneth Koch available for download and exchange. His recent books include With Strings and My Way: Speeches and Poems.
Philip Schultz reads two selections from his recent book-length poem, Living in the Past.He's the founder and director of The Writers Studio, and a former director of NYU's Graduate Creative Writing program. His work has been published widely, including in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Nation, and The New Republic.
Eileen Myles has written thousands of poems since she gave her first reading at CBGB's in 1974. Bust magazine calls her "the rock star of modern poetry" and The New York Times says she's "a cult figure to a generation of post-punk females forming their own literary avant garde." Her books include Skies, Cool For You, and School of Fish; recently she wrote the libretto for an opera called Hell, based on Dante's Inferno.
Jean Valentine reads "Trust Me" and "Once I Was Girls and Boys." She was born in Chicago, earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and has lived most of her life in New York City. She won the Yale Younger PoetsAward for her first book, Dream Barker, in 1965. Her most recent collection, Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems 1965-2003, is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Poetry.
Mark Doty reads "Heaven for Stanley," from his new collection School of the Arts, published by HarperCollins. Doty is widely considered to be one of the most important writers of his generation, and he's the only American ever to have received Britain's T.S. Eliot Prize.