Woodberry Poetry Room

Woodberry Poetry Room One of the largest A/V archives for poetry & literary recordings in the United States and a special collections reading room at Harvard University.

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One of almost 100 electrifying letter poems and drafts by Harlem Renaissance poet HELENE JOHNSON, recently unearthed dur...
10/21/2021

One of almost 100 electrifying letter poems and drafts by Harlem Renaissance poet HELENE JOHNSON, recently unearthed during a neighbor's Covid-lockdown clean-up.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, we invite you to join us in celebrating this discovery and shining a light on Johnson's remarkable life and work.

The event will feature her daughter Abigail McGrath, reminiscences of Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston and Helene's cousin Dorothy West, among others, as well as readings by Tracy K. Smith and Eileen Myles. Plus a grand finale iMovie (produced by John Mulrooney) featuring recordings of Johnson's recently discovered poems by Toni Bee and Danielle Legros Georges.

FOR INFO & REGISTRATION: https://libcal.library.harvard.edu/event/8305890.

One of almost 100 electrifying letter poems and drafts by Harlem Renaissance poet HELENE JOHNSON, recently unearthed during a neighbor's Covid-lockdown clean-up.

On Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, we invite you to join us in celebrating this discovery and shining a light on Johnson's remarkable life and work.

The event will feature her daughter Abigail McGrath, reminiscences of Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston and Helene's cousin Dorothy West, among others, as well as readings by Tracy K. Smith and Eileen Myles. Plus a grand finale iMovie (produced by John Mulrooney) featuring recordings of Johnson's recently discovered poems by Toni Bee and Danielle Legros Georges.

FOR INFO & REGISTRATION: https://libcal.library.harvard.edu/event/8305890.

LUNCH POEMS: Reserve a Writing Session on John Ashbery's TypewriterBeginning Oct 20th, the Poetry Room invites you to cr...
10/06/2021

LUNCH POEMS: Reserve a Writing Session on John Ashbery's Typewriter

Beginning Oct 20th, the Poetry Room invites you to create your own poems on John Ashbery's Royal KMM typewriter. Each Wednesday from 1:00-3:00pm, we will make two 1-hour time-slots available.

Advanced reservations are required. Proof of vaccination and a mask are mandatory.

To sign-up for a time-slot, click here: https://bit.ly/3BlGK6s.

LUNCH POEMS: Reserve a Writing Session on John Ashbery's Typewriter

Beginning Oct 20th, the Poetry Room invites you to create your own poems on John Ashbery's Royal KMM typewriter. Each Wednesday from 1:00-3:00pm, we will make two 1-hour time-slots available.

Advanced reservations are required. Proof of vaccination and a mask are mandatory.

To sign-up for a time-slot, click here: https://bit.ly/3BlGK6s.

It's been a long wait, but after over a year of Covid-related delays, we are so excited to welcome our WPR Creative Fell...
10/05/2021

It's been a long wait, but after over a year of Covid-related delays, we are so excited to welcome our WPR Creative Fellowship recipients---the collaborative duo of JARED STANLEY (poet) and SAMEER FAROOQ (visual artist)---to the Poetry Room tomorrow. They will be working on-site in the archive for two weeks.

THE LISTENERS: We're excited to begin cataloging our small (but joyful) collection of photos of Seamus Heaney at Harvard...
09/29/2021

THE LISTENERS: We're excited to begin cataloging our small (but joyful) collection of photos of Seamus Heaney at Harvard. Here's one of Jorie Graham, Peter Sacks, and the Nobel laureate listening to Helen Vendler's introduction to Heaney, circa April 2000.

THE LISTENERS: We're excited to begin cataloging our small (but joyful) collection of photos of Seamus Heaney at Harvard. Here's one of Jorie Graham, Peter Sacks, and the Nobel laureate listening to Helen Vendler's introduction to Heaney, circa April 2000.

Please join us on November 2nd on Zoom, as we launch a series of celebrations of pioneering Boston women poets with this...
09/21/2021
ORAL HISTORY INITIATIVE: On Helene Johnson & The Harlem Renaissance

Please join us on November 2nd on Zoom, as we launch a series of celebrations of pioneering Boston women poets with this rare look at the remarkable life of HELENE JOHNSON AND THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE, featuring a conversation with her daughter Abigail McGrath (and vivid reminiscences about Helene, Dorothy West, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, among many others) and performances of Johnson's work by Tracy K. Smith and Eileen Myles.

Future topics in this series include: an oral history of Anne Sexton & Her Kind (on December 1st) and of Carol Weston and the Boston Renaissance (in Spring 2022).

https://libcal.library.harvard.edu/event/8305890?fbclid=IwAR1bHI-VtmDsINDTnDH48aZlmBCcEgJk5ouZmmwMQyGu54uT8eoqpZ1xteA

Please join us as we launch a series of conversations about pioneering Boston women poets with this rare look at the remarkable life and work of Helene Johnson (1906-1995), featuring a dynamic conversation with...

Announcing our Fall 2021 Season of (Mostly Virtual) Events, featuring readings by WILL ALEXANDER, NATHANIEL MACKEY, CA C...
09/09/2021

Announcing our Fall 2021 Season of (Mostly Virtual) Events, featuring readings by WILL ALEXANDER, NATHANIEL MACKEY, CA CONRAD and DIANE SEUSS.

Plus, oral histories on HELENE JOHNSON & THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE and the band ANNE SEXTON AND HER KIND.

And, in mid-October we will be installing John Ashbery's typewriter into the Poetry Room for a series of weekly LUNCH POEM sessions that will (hopefully) be open to all. To celebrate, we'll also be hosting an innovative workshop on November 17th featuring Ashbery biographer Karin Roffman and Ashbery editor Emily Skillings.

https://library.harvard.edu/libraries/poetryroom#programs

Announcing our Fall 2021 Season of (Mostly Virtual) Events, featuring readings by WILL ALEXANDER, NATHANIEL MACKEY, CA CONRAD and DIANE SEUSS.

Plus, oral histories on HELENE JOHNSON & THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE and the band ANNE SEXTON AND HER KIND.

And, in mid-October we will be installing John Ashbery's typewriter into the Poetry Room for a series of weekly LUNCH POEM sessions that will (hopefully) be open to all. To celebrate, we'll also be hosting an innovative workshop on November 17th featuring Ashbery biographer Karin Roffman and Ashbery editor Emily Skillings.

https://library.harvard.edu/libraries/poetryroom#programs

Fifty years ago, in Spring 1971, this man (the revered recordist & acoustician David Griesinger who is also, as it turns...
07/02/2021

Fifty years ago, in Spring 1971, this man (the revered recordist & acoustician David Griesinger who is also, as it turns out, my neighbor!) made the recordings that he's just been reunited with....

Thanks to poet, educator, and band manager Bob Clawson, the Poetry Room has just received the collected recordings of the band ANNE SEXTON & HER KIND.

We look forward to sharing more about the wide range of studio and performance recordings once cataloging gets underway this Fall/Spring.

The Poetry Room is proud to announce that this year's recipients of the WPR Creative Fellowship are: DIANA KHOI NGUYEN a...
05/03/2021

The Poetry Room is proud to announce that this year's recipients of the WPR Creative Fellowship are: DIANA KHOI NGUYEN and JANE WONG (for their collaborative project "Radical Altars to Alter").

And, the recipient of the WPR Creative Grant is: JONATHAN C. CREASY (for his documentary film, "The Library of Voices: A Living History of Modern Poetry").

Read about their inspiring projects here:
http://woodberrypoetryroom.com/?p=7278.

Thanks to everyone who submitted applications: we were truly blown away by the calibre of the proposals.

The Poetry Room is proud to announce that this year's recipients of the WPR Creative Fellowship are: DIANA KHOI NGUYEN and JANE WONG (for their collaborative project "Radical Altars to Alter").

And, the recipient of the WPR Creative Grant is: JONATHAN C. CREASY (for his documentary film, "The Library of Voices: A Living History of Modern Poetry").

Read about their inspiring projects here:
http://woodberrypoetryroom.com/?p=7278.

Thanks to everyone who submitted applications: we were truly blown away by the calibre of the proposals.

HOMERIC TO MODERNIST SOUNDTRACK: We're so excited to see Milman Parry getting his due in the New York Times (and through...
04/29/2021
Kicking Homer to the Curb: The American Scholar Who Upended the Classics

HOMERIC TO MODERNIST SOUNDTRACK: We're so excited to see Milman Parry getting his due in the New York Times (and through a new scholarly work on his pioneering efforts).

Did you know there's a possible connection between Parry's recordings of epic poetry & the WPR's recordings of Modernists poets in that same period? Read a little post about the intersection of these two great recording pioneers on the WPR Blog: https://bit.ly/3eJfXqE.

We're also hoping to host a virtual symposium/exploration of Parry & Packard next year!

And, here's the NY Times article (see link below):
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/books/review/hearing-homers-song-milman-parry-robert-kanigel.html?surface=most-popular&fellback=false&req_id=171257750&algo=bandit-all-surfaces-uh-lastthismonth-alpha-01&variant=7_bandit-all-surfaces-uh-lastthismonth-alpha-01&pool=pool/91fcf81c-4fb0-49ff-bd57-a24647c85ea1&imp_id=317070908&action=click&module=Popular%20in%20The%20Times&pgtype=Homepage

Robert Kanigel’s new biography relates the curious life and death of Prof. Milman Parry.

“The landscape of your word is the world’s landscape.”--Édouard Glissant / cited in "JUST US"Tonight at 7:00pm: Claudia ...
04/22/2021

“The landscape of your word is the world’s landscape.”
--Édouard Glissant / cited in "JUST US"

Tonight at 7:00pm: Claudia Rankine reads from JUST US: AN AMERICAN CONVERSATION, with an introduction by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Free and open to all: https://bit.ly/3gwiS8W.

“The landscape of your word is the world’s landscape.”
--Édouard Glissant / cited in "JUST US"

Tonight at 7:00pm: Claudia Rankine reads from JUST US: AN AMERICAN CONVERSATION, with an introduction by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Free and open to all: https://bit.ly/3gwiS8W.

“You go down there looking for Justice, that’s what you find: just us.” --Richard PryorJoin us this Thursday at 7pm (EST...
04/19/2021
T. S. Eliot Memorial Reading by Claudia Rankine

“You go down there looking for Justice,
that’s what you find: just us.”
--Richard Pryor

Join us this Thursday at 7pm (EST) for a reading by Claudia Rankine from JUST US: AN AMERICAN CONVERSATION.

Introduced by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Free and open to all. Register here: https://bit.ly/32vjSSp.

Book pickup, Ask a Librarian, and on-demand scanning are available. Many other services, tools, and collections can be accessed online. Learn more

“To revolt is to inquire, to continue as undead.”--Lyn Hejinian“Every poem / until the revolution comes / is only a list...
04/01/2021

“To revolt is to inquire, to continue as undead.”
--Lyn Hejinian

“Every poem / until the revolution comes /
is only a list of questions.”
--Anne Boyer

Join us for a reading by ANNE BOYER & LYN HEJINIAN
on April 15th at 7:00pm (Eastern Time).

Free and open to all: https://library.harvard.edu/events/poetry-reading-anne-boyer-lyn-hejinian

“To revolt is to inquire, to continue as undead.”
--Lyn Hejinian

“Every poem / until the revolution comes /
is only a list of questions.”
--Anne Boyer

Join us for a reading by ANNE BOYER & LYN HEJINIAN
on April 15th at 7:00pm (Eastern Time).

Free and open to all: https://library.harvard.edu/events/poetry-reading-anne-boyer-lyn-hejinian

SOME GENTLENESS ONE OF THESE DAYS, FOR SONIA SANCHEZ by Harmony HolidayHarmony Holiday did us the great honor of produci...
03/24/2021

SOME GENTLENESS ONE OF THESE DAYS,
FOR SONIA SANCHEZ by Harmony Holiday

Harmony Holiday did us the great honor of producing a brief montage to celebrate Sonia Sanchez, in advance of Sanchez's reading with Tongo Eisen-Martin tomorrow night at the Poetry Room.

Watch video here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=i8-M5AK_y58&t=31s

The event is free and open to all. And, there will be an opportunity to commune with the poets and listen to some Coltrane afterwards.

Register here:
https://library.harvard.edu/.../poetry-reading-tongo...

SOME GENTLENESS ONE OF THESE DAYS,
FOR SONIA SANCHEZ by Harmony Holiday

Harmony Holiday did us the great honor of producing a brief montage to celebrate Sonia Sanchez, in advance of Sanchez's reading with Tongo Eisen-Martin tomorrow night at the Poetry Room.

Watch video here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=i8-M5AK_y58&t=31s

The event is free and open to all. And, there will be an opportunity to commune with the poets and listen to some Coltrane afterwards.

Register here:
https://library.harvard.edu/.../poetry-reading-tongo...

We can't wait to reunite with all of you this Thursday!Join us for a warm, welcoming Meet-and-Greet at the outset of the...
03/23/2021

We can't wait to reunite with all of you this Thursday!

Join us for a warm, welcoming Meet-and-Greet at the outset of the event, and help us celebrate our 90th Anniversary with the one and only Tongo Eisen-Martin and Sonia Sanchez. Free and open to the public.

Free Zoom registration is now available for the first event of our season: a reading by TONGO EISEN-MARTIN and SONIA SANCHEZ on Thursday, March 25th at 7pm (EST). Come one, come all....

INFO & REGISTRATION: https://library.harvard.edu/events/poetry-reading-tongo-eisen-martin-sonia-sanchez

If you need something to groove to this Friday night, take a listen to Allen Ginsberg and the Fugs performing "DO THE ME...
03/19/2021

If you need something to groove to this Friday night, take a listen to Allen Ginsberg and the Fugs performing "DO THE MEDITATION ROCK" (the performance took place at an AIDS Action Committee benefit reading, "The Festival of Life," in 1986).

LISTEN HERE: http://harvard.edu

The entire performance is truly worth a listen and is available on the Listening Booth:

https://library.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/static/poetry/listeningbooth/poets/ginsberg.html

If you need something to groove to this Friday night, take a listen to Allen Ginsberg and the Fugs performing "DO THE MEDITATION ROCK" (the performance took place at an AIDS Action Committee benefit reading, "The Festival of Life," in 1986).

LISTEN HERE: http://harvard.edu

The entire performance is truly worth a listen and is available on the Listening Booth:

https://library.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/static/poetry/listeningbooth/poets/ginsberg.html

In conjunction with our 90th Anniversary, we are immensely grateful to the T. S. Eliot Estate for granting us permission...
03/19/2021
Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room marks 90th with T.S. Eliot recording

In conjunction with our 90th Anniversary, we are immensely grateful to the T. S. Eliot Estate for granting us permission to make some of our earliest recordings (those of T. S. Eliot) widely available to the public for the first time in almost half a century.

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/03/harvards-woodberry-poetry-room-marks-90th-with-t-s-eliot-recording/

the George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room will celebrate its 90th anniversary wby making some of its first recordings — of the poet T.S. Eliot reading his own work — available to the general public on March 19.

"AFTER PEOPLE WHAT?" explores the mystery of an as-yet un-digitized reel, and the larger questions it inspires about the...
03/08/2021

"AFTER PEOPLE WHAT?" explores the mystery of an as-yet un-digitized reel, and the larger questions it inspires about the extent of the communicable, the nature of questions, and the history of humanity's attempts to reach beyond itself into the cosmos....

Read here: http://woodberrypoetryroom.com/?p=7021

"AFTER PEOPLE WHAT?" explores the mystery of an as-yet un-digitized reel, and the larger questions it inspires about the extent of the communicable, the nature of questions, and the history of humanity's attempts to reach beyond itself into the cosmos....

Read here: http://woodberrypoetryroom.com/?p=7021

You've got mail, John Wieners-style.We just happened on this old postcard (what PR used to look like, circa the 1980s) f...
03/01/2021

You've got mail, John Wieners-style.

We just happened on this old postcard (what PR used to look like, circa the 1980s) from John Wieners.

Forty years later, we're responding by posting a few links to his work. Here's footage from our "Oral History Initiative: On John Wieners": https://bit.ly/2NJtbdP Or, we invite you to cue up some classic JW recordings on the Listening Booth: https://bit.ly/37V3Rbx

Free Zoom registration is available for HUNAP's upcoming event with US poet laureate JOY HARJO, "Native Americans & The ...
02/28/2021

Free Zoom registration is available for HUNAP's upcoming event with US poet laureate JOY HARJO, "Native Americans & The National Consciousness," on Monday, April 5th at 6pm (EST).

https://hunap.harvard.edu/event/native-americans-and-national-consciousness-virtual-reading-and-conversation-joy-harjo

Free Zoom registration is available for HUNAP's upcoming event with US poet laureate JOY HARJO, "Native Americans & The National Consciousness," on Monday, April 5th at 6pm (EST).

https://hunap.harvard.edu/event/native-americans-and-national-consciousness-virtual-reading-and-conversation-joy-harjo

Free Zoom registration is now available for the first event of our season: a reading by TONGO EISEN-MARTIN and SONIA SAN...
02/28/2021

Free Zoom registration is now available for the first event of our season: a reading by TONGO EISEN-MARTIN and SONIA SANCHEZ on Thursday, March 25th at 7pm (EST). Come one, come all....

INFO & REGISTRATION: https://library.harvard.edu/events/poetry-reading-tongo-eisen-martin-sonia-sanchez

Free Zoom registration is now available for the first event of our season: a reading by TONGO EISEN-MARTIN and SONIA SANCHEZ on Thursday, March 25th at 7pm (EST). Come one, come all....

INFO & REGISTRATION: https://library.harvard.edu/events/poetry-reading-tongo-eisen-martin-sonia-sanchez

The Woodberry Poetry Room's 90th Anniversary celebrations begin in March-April 2021, with online readings by Sonia Sanch...
02/18/2021

The Woodberry Poetry Room's 90th Anniversary celebrations begin in March-April 2021, with online readings by Sonia Sanchez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Anne Boyer, Lyn Hejinian, and Claudia Rankine (introduced by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.).

For more info, visit us at: https://bit.ly/3u6goCx

The Woodberry Poetry Room's 90th Anniversary celebrations begin in March-April 2021, with online readings by Sonia Sanchez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Anne Boyer, Lyn Hejinian, and Claudia Rankine (introduced by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.).

For more info, visit us at: https://bit.ly/3u6goCx

CREATIVE FELLOWSHIPS: Applications due on MondayCalling all poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians, multidisciplinary art...
02/12/2021

CREATIVE FELLOWSHIPS: Applications due on Monday

Calling all poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians, multidisciplinary artists & scholars--- the Woodberry Poetry Room is now accepting applications for our Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Creative Fellowships.

DUE: Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

INFO AND APPLICATION: https://bit.ly/3osc1gP

CREATIVE FELLOWSHIPS: Applications due on Monday

Calling all poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians, multidisciplinary artists & scholars--- the Woodberry Poetry Room is now accepting applications for our Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Creative Fellowships.

DUE: Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

INFO AND APPLICATION: https://bit.ly/3osc1gP

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