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People's Poetry Gathering


The People's Poetry Gathering was co-founded by Poets House and City Lore in 1999 and co-produced in 1999, 2001, and 2003. The 2006 event is sponsored by City Lore and the Bowery Poetry Club in collaboration with the Division of Continuing Education & Public Programs, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Poets House is pleased to co-sponsor this year's Keynote Address by Robert Bly & the Poems by Heart Memory Circle with Carol Conroy.

Poets House wishes to celebrate the history of the People's Poetry Gathering, which we co-founded with City Lore in 1999. The PPG has been instrumental in bringing together all the written and oral poetries of the world in its wide embrace, fostering connections, collaborations, and understanding. In doing so, the Gathering has heightened the art and its discourse.

THE FOURTH PEOPLE'S POETRY GATHERING features The Wor(l)d of New York: Poems from the World's Endangered and Contested Languages, read and performed in the Mother Tongue and English; Harpsong: Celtic Poetry and Music; and the new New York City Epic Poem and Poems of our Fair (and sometimes unfair) City, read by 20 Poets Laureate of New York.


Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 7pm
Poetry Across Languages at the People's Poetry Gathering
Keynote Address by Robert Bly
@ the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th street)
$12, $8 Poets House and City Lore Members

Robert Bly will open the 2006 People's Poetry Gathering with a presentation about the role poetry plays in world languages, literature, and cultural understanding. He will read and discuss his poetry and translations.


Saturday, May 6, 2006, 1pm
Poems by Heart Memory Circle
@ the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th street)

An introduction to the joys of memorizing verse and an opportunity to recite poems you have committed to memory. Since this is a time to celebrate other people's poems, the only requirement is that you cannot recite your own work. In the words of group facilitator Carol Conroy, "memorization can be a profound, cognitive, psychic, and spiritual journey." 


See for a full schedule of the 2006 festival.


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