Celebrating National Poetry Month at Bowery Poetry
MASON GRANGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“It’s the mooost wonderful tiiiiime of the yeeeaar…!”
April is National Poetry Month and there’s no better place to spend it than at Bowery Poetry Club here in NYC, so grab a friend, cohort, or tinder date and slide thru for some poems. We’ve got special events planned all month long, from the Kerouac NYC Festival and These Are Our Words collaboration with Read Poetry and Andrews McMeel Publishing all the way thru to a brilliant Page Meets Stage and plenty of weekly PoetNY Open Mic love in between. Bowery Poetry is, and will continue to be, the place for poets of all ilks to show, tell, play, and build something beautiful together.
308 Bowery, NYC
Bowery Arts & Science
310 Bowery, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10012
Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk or Not At All, ManWorld and Behind Teeth. Among other places, her poems have recently appeared in LitHub, The Recluse, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Square Review, and the anthology Inheriting the War.
Open Language: Intuitive Writing Workshop with Emily Brandt | May 5 - June 2
Among poetry's many trickster gifts is its freedom to record our most intuitive experiences without the pressures of conventional grammars or linear time. In this workshop, we'll use meditative writing exercises to generate work that holds a microphone up to the backs of our brains. What can our associative mind reveal? What about our dreams? Our streams of consciousness? The activation of our six senses? Rather than relying on the analytic or imitative parts of our minds, well experiment with intuitive readings of a range of poets and see where such readings can steer our own creative processes. Poets of all experience levels are invited to join in this generative workshop experience. Expect to read, write, and workshop in a freeing way that lets your analytic mind rest, making space for other elemental voices to emerge.
5-week poetry workshop (noon-2 pm): May 5, 12, 19, 26, and June 2.
CAMP LAWLESS 2019 | June 16th - August 25th
At Camp Lawless, your primary goal is to develop new poems: a quantity of your own original writing. And like any Summer Camp, you will emerge as a somewhat unrecognizable but more experienced form of yourself. Our generative format will allow you to develop your voices, write voluminously, journal (yes, you may write home!), and scare yourself. This class will be playful, harness the fun of summer sun and Sundays, but it will also be hard work! We will study non-traditional forms, collaboration, ekphrastic writing, elegy, using the self, hybrid, anti-poems, found, nature, formal, conceptual, dreams, the internet, and more. Class time will be spent on active writing, workshops, experiencing, listening to and responding to visitors, a little editing, and you will also practice performing your new work! We will be visited by amazing working poets (TBA), read poetry, words, and letters from the past and present. And since it's SUMMER, we will take a writing excursion to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as to the sidewalks, parks, and even the New York City Poetry Festival for inspiration and writing.
We will feel the summer heat, eat pizza, eat ice cream and write hungrily, constantly, responsibly, and recklessly. The summer will end with a capstone project: a chapbook manuscript! If you're doing it right, you'll cry tears of joy and tears of wild emotion: either way changed and renewed!
Every week we will read cutting-edge, crazy, and curious poetry, words, and letters from the past, present, and the future like John Keats, Vincent Van Gogh, Gaston Bachelard, John Wieners, Mary Ruefle, Sommer Browning, Chris Kraus, Anne Boyer, and more.
Every Sunday noon to 2 pm. June 16 through August 25.