Poets Out Loud kicked off an exciting fall season of poetry with Carl Phillips and Lisa Sewell in September and Jennifer Michael Hecht and Ronald Wallace in October. Our final poetry reading of the fall semester, a joint effort with Poetry Society of America, will take place this Thursday, November 19 at 7 pm, and feature New York City poets Nick Flynn and Gregory Pardlo. Heather Dubrow, the director of the reading series, will introduce the Nick Flynn; Alice Quinn, the Executive Director of Poetry Society of America, will introduce Gregory Pardlo and moderate a discussion following the reading.
Comments from the first two readings testify to the impact the evenings have had on the audience, a mix of Fordham students, Fordham faculty, high school students and members of the NYC community.
"Such a wonderful event! I love the poets you bring in and the community you have cultivated."
"There's something mesmerizing about hearing a poet read their own work and the pow behind their verbal storytelling."
Nick Flynn is a poet and memoirist who won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for his first poetry collection Some Ether (2000). His memoirs include The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment (2010) and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004). Flynn divides his time between New York and Texas and teaches at the University of Houston.
Gregory Pardlo is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Digest (Four Way Books). His poems have appeared in The Nation, Tin House and Best American Poetry and his first collection Totem received the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. Pardlo lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia.
The reading starts at 7 pm in the 12th floor lounge at the Leon Lowenstein building of Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus (113 West 60th Street). It is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
Prior to the event, high school students from the area will participate in a poetry workshop as part of our ongoing outreach program.
This event is sponsored by the English Dept and the FCLC Dean's Office and funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.