Bryant Park


Word for Word Poetry Series Now Underway

Poetry fans enjoy readings on Tuesday evenings by renowned poets.

The 2014 Word for Word Poetry season is underway, and what a line-up we have in store for poetry fans this year.

Meeting on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm through September, Word for Word Poetry brings poets from some of the most prestigious presses and poetry organizations in the country to the Bryant Park Reading Room. Our schedule includes evenings devoted to poets from Red Hen Press, Song Cave Press, Kundiman, Cave Canem, McSweeney’s, and more. Next Tuesday, May 28, we welcome Stephen Burt, Katha Pollitt, and Rowan Ricardo Philips from Blue Flower Arts.

We also have three special tribute evenings scheduled, honoring Gerald Stern (June 17); Richard Howard (July 15); and Jean Valentine (September 23). Each of these luminaries will be honored by talented poets who will read their own work, as well as selections from the honoree’s oeuvre.

On June 24, we pay tribute to The Poetry Man himself, Paul Romero. As Bryant Park Corporation’s Director of Tourism and Visitor Services, Paul has been in charge of operations at the Bryant Park Reading Room since its inception in 2003. He and Susie Sigel, Special Projects Manager, developed the Word for Word program into the city’s premier outdoor literary series. He’ll talk about the incredibly talented authors and poets he has welcomed to the Reading Room, and will add some personal notes.     

And new this year, we launch Word for Word Lunch Poems, a series of poetry events dedicated to Frank O’Hara’s seminal collection Lunch Poems, first published 50 years ago. Timed for the noonday crowd on Thursdays in June, the new series includes programs featuring poets from WordTech Communications, CavanKerry, and Tightrope Press. They’ll pay tribute to O’Hara and read their own work as well. Word for Word Lunch Poems comes to the Reading Room each Thursday this June, 12:30-1:45pm. Click here for the entire 2014 schedule.

The Bryant Park Reading Room is sponsored by HSBC.

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