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For more than 40 years, the Folger's poetry reading series has brought hundreds of distinguished poets to read from their work on the Folger stage, including Octavio Paz, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, W. S. Merwin, Adrienne Rich, Yusef Komunyakaa, James Merrill, Frank Bidart, Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Hayden Carruth, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, Sterling Brown, Denise Levertov, June Jordan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sonia Sanchez, and James Dickey. Beginning with the 2010–11 season, it was renamed the O.B. Hardison Poetry reading series in honor of its founder, O. B. Hardison, Jr.
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For more than 40 years, the Folger's poetry reading series has brought hundreds of distinguished poets to read from their work on the Folger stage, including Octavio Paz, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, W. S. Merwin, Adrienne Rich, Yusef Komunyakaa, James Merrill, Frank Bidart, Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Hayden Carruth, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, Sterling Brown, Denise Levertov, June Jordan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sonia Sanchez, and James Dickey. Beginning with the 2010–11 season, it was renamed [[O.B. Hardison, Jr.]] Poetry reading series in honor of its founder, O. B. Hardison, Jr.
From traditional poetry readings to multimedia presentations to eclectic combinations of lecture, conversation, and performance, the O.B. Hardison Poetry reading series is committed to expanding the contexts in which poetry is experienced. Each year, we present eight to ten poetry events— including a moderated conversation and Q & A—in the Folger’s Elizabethan Theatre, followed by wine receptions and book signings in the Great Hall.
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===Folger Poetry Board===
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From traditional poetry readings to multimedia presentations to eclectic combinations of lecture, conversation, and performance, O.B. Hardison Poetry reading series is committed to expanding the contexts in which poetry is experienced. Each year, we present eight to ten poetry events— including a moderated conversation and Q & A—in the Folger’s [[Elizabethan Theatre]], followed by wine receptions and book signings in the Great Hall.
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==Current season==
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To view the current season of the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and purchase tickets to any of the events, please see the Folger's [http://www.folger.edu/whatsontype.cfm?wotypeid=4&cdid=44&season=c main website].
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==Upcoming season==
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==Previous seasons==
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===Previous poetry readings at the Folger===
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[[Previous poetry readings at the Folger]] offers a comprehensive list of poets who have read at the Folger, including additional biographies, audio recordings and further information when available.
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===2020s===
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* [[Ties That Un/Bind: Diane Seuss and t’ai freedom ford (2021)|''Ties That Un/Bind: Diane Seuss and t’ai freedom ford'' (2021)]]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Billy Collins (2021)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Billy Collins'' (2021)]]
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* [[A Centennial Celebration of The Phillips Collection: Michael Collier and Monica Sok (2021)|''A Centennial Celebration of The Phillips Collection: Michael Collier and Monica Sok'' (2021)]]
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* [[In Collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland: Doireann Ní Ghríofa with LeAnne Howe (2021)|''In Collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland: Doireann Ní Ghríofa with LeAnne Howe'' (2021)]]
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* [[I Will Tell You the Truth About This: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War: Tracy K. Smith and Maurice Manning (2021)|''I Will Tell You the Truth About This: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War: Tracy K. Smith and Maurice Manning'' (2021)]]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2021)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2021)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Tonight I Am In Love: Dorianne Laux (2020)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Tonight I Am In Love: Dorianne Laux'' (2020)]]
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* [[To Enter the World: Stephanie Burt and Taylor Johnson (2020)|''To Enter the World: Stephanie Burt and Taylor Johnson'' (2020)]]
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* [[There Is Too Much To Say: Toi Derricotte (2020)|''There Is Too Much To Say: Toi Derricotte'' (2020)]]
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* [[Riffs and Relations: Terrance Hayes (2020)|''Riffs and Relations: Terrance Hayes'' (2020)]]
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* [[Motherhood Redux: Camille Dungy, Tina Chang, and Beth Ann Fennelly (2020)|''Motherhood Redux: Camille Dungy, Tina Chang, and Beth Ann Fennelly'' (2020)]]
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* [[Love and Happiness: George Bilgere, Tim Seibles, and Keith S. Wilson (2020)|''Love and Happiness: George Bilgere, Tim Seibles, and Keith S. Wilson'' (2020)]]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off: Injustice is Here (2020)|''Not Just Another Day Off: Injustice is Here'' (2020)]]
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===2010s===
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Tom Sleigh and Lesley Dill (2019)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Tom Sleigh and Lesley Dill'' (2019)]]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Charles Wright and Katherine Hollander (2019)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Charles Wright and Katherine Hollander'' (2019)]]
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* [[I Put a Spell on You: Annie Finch and Kiki Petrosino (2019)|''I Put a Spell on You: Annie Finch and Kiki Petrosino'' (2019)]]
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* [[Graywolf's 45th Anniversary: Ilya Kaminsky, Danez Smith, and Fanny Howe (2019)|''Graywolf's 45th Anniversary: Ilya Kaminsky, Danez Smith, and Fanny Howe'' (2019)]]
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* [[A Bicentennial Celebration of Walt Whitman (2019)|''A Bicentennial Celebration of Walt Whitman'' (2019)]]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Kay Ryan (2019)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Kay Ryan'' (2019)]]
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* [[Vinegar and Char: Verse from Southern Foodways Alliance: Sandra Beasley, Sean Hill, and W. Ralph Eubanks (2019)|''Vinegar and Char: Verse from Southern Foodways Alliance: Sandra Beasley, Sean Hill, and W. Ralph Eubanks'' (2019)]]
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* [[Tananarive Due, N.K. Jemisin, & Airea D. Matthews: What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism (2019)|''Tananarive Due, N.K. Jemisin, & Airea D. Matthews: What Was, What Is, and What Will Be: A Cross-Genre Look at Afrofuturism'' (2019)]]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2019)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2019)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Jen Bervin and Martha Nell Smith (2018)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Jen Bervin and Martha Nell Smith'' (2018)]]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Sir Andrew Motion and Christopher Cessac (2018)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Sir Andrew Motion and Christopher Cessac'' (2018)]]
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* [[Eudora Welty Lecture: Richard Ford (2018)|''Eudora Welty Lecture: Richard Ford'' (2018)]]
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* [[Ghost Fishing: Eco-Justice Poetry: Melissa Tuckey and Brenda Cárdenas (2018)| ''Ghost Fishing: Eco-Justice Poetry: Melissa Tuckey and Brenda Cárdenas'' (2018)]]
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* [[Won't You Celebrate with Me?: Linda Pastan, Marilyn Chin, and Ellen Bass (2018)|''Won't You Celebrate with Me?: Linda Pastan, Marilyn Chin, and Ellen Bass'' (2018)]]
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* [[Silence and Breath: Kazim Ali and Kaveh Akbar (2018)|''Silence and Breath: Kazim Ali and Kaveh Akbar'' (2018)]]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Poetry of Witness: Carolyn Forché (2018)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Poetry of Witness: Carolyn Forché'' (2018)]]
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* [[10 Artists After Paul Klee at the Phillips Collection: Sherwin Bitsui and Paisley Rekdal (2018)|''10 Artists After Paul Klee at the Phillips Collection: Sherwin Bitsui and Paisley Rekdal'' (2018)]]
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* [[Natural Mystic: A Poetic Celebration of Reggae: Kwame Dawes and Safiya Sinclair (2018)|''Natural Mystic: A Poetic Celebration of Reggae: Kwame Dawes and Safiya Sinclair'' (2018)]]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off: On Civil Disobedience (2018)|''Not Just Another Day Off: On Civil Disobedience'' (2018)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Sandra Gilbert (2017)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Sandra Gilbert'' (2017)]]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Gjertrud Schnakenberg and Mike White (2017)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Gjertrud Schnakenberg and Mike White'' (2017)]]
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* [[Words Wanting to be Said: John Burnside and Phillis Levin (2017)|''Words Wanting to be Said: John Burnside and Phillis Levin'' (2017)]]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Jane Hirshfield (2017)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Jane Hirshfield'' (2017)]]
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* [[Manuel Gonzales, Yona Harvey, and Gary Jackson; We Wear the Masks: Poetry and Fiction inspired by Comic Books (2017)|''Manuel Gonzales, Yona Harvey, and Gary Jackson; We Wear the Masks: Poetry and Fiction inspired by Comic Books'' (2017)]]
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* [[A Celebration of Pablo Neruda: Forrest Gander and Javier Zamora (2017)|''A Celebration of Pablo Neruda: Forrest Gander and Javier Zamora'' (2017)]]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off: Where Do We Go From Here? (2017)|''Not Just Another Day Off: Where Do We Go From Here?'' (2017)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Tracy K. Smith and Dr. David DeVorkin (2016)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Tracy K. Smith and Dr. David DeVorkin ''(2016)]]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Eavan Boland and Austin Allen (2016)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Eavan Boland and Austin Allen'' (2016)]]
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* [[Begin Again: Sharon Olds (2016)|''Begin Again: Sharon Olds'' (2016)]]
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* [[Lineage: From the Black Arts Movement to Cave Canem: Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Toi Derricotte, Kyle Dargan, Gregory Pardlo, & Rachel Eliza Griffiths (2016)|''Lineage: From the Black Arts Movement to Cave Canem: Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Toi Derricotte, Kyle Dargan, Gregory Pardlo, & Rachel Eliza Griffiths'' (2016)]]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Sir Andrew Motion (2016)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Sir Andrew Motion'' (2016)]]
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* [[The New Sonneteers: Malachi Black, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and A. Van Jordan (2016)|''The New Sonneteers: Malachi Black, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and A. Van Jordan'' (2016)]]
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* [[The Human Voice in Struggle: Reginald Dwyane Betts and William Archila (2016)|''The Human Voice in Struggle: Reginald Dwyane Betts and William Archila'' (2016)]]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off: A Dream Deferred (2016)|''Not Just Another Day Off: A Dream Deferred'' (2016)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Linda Gregerson (2015)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Linda Gregerson'' (2015)]]
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* [[Chapter and Verse: Julianna Baggott and Laura Kasischke (2015)|''Chapter and Verse: Julianna Baggott and Laura Kasischke'' (2015)]]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Anthony Thwaite and Jaimee Hills (2015)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Anthony Thwaite and Jaimee Hills'' (2015)]]
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* [[Before and After: Poets Respond to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (2015)|''Before and After: Poets Respond to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'' (2015)]]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Rita Dove (2015)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Rita Dove'' (2015)]]
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* [[Mother Tongue: Poetry in Translation: Adam Zagajewski, Clare Cavanagh, Edward Hirsch (2015)|''Mother Tongue: Poetry in Translation: Adam Zagajewski, Clare Cavanagh, Edward Hirsch'' (2015)]]
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* [[Human Equations at The Phillips Collection: Rae Armantrout (2015)|''Human Equations at The Phillips Collection: Rae Armantrout'' (2015)]]
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* [[Drama & Verse: Simon Armitage and Peter Oswald (2015)|''Drama & Verse: Simon Armitage and Peter Oswald'' (2015)]]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2015)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2015)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Rafael Campo (2014)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Rafael Campo'' (2014)]]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Geoffrey Brock and Heather McHugh (2014)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Geoffrey Brock and Heather McHugh'' (2014)]]
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* [[Writing From the Edge: 40th Anniversary of Graywolf: Matthea Harvey, Claudia Rankine, Vijay Seshadri, Stephanie Burt (2014)|''Writing From the Edge: 40th Anniversary of Graywolf: Matthea Harvey, Claudia Rankine, Vijay Seshadri, Stephanie Burt'' (2014)]]
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* [[Here and Now: Stephen Dunn (2014)|''Here and Now: Stephen Dunn'' (2014)]]
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* [[Poet Lore Celebrates 125 Years of Literary Discovery: Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, Linda Pastan (2014)|''Poet Lore Celebrates 125 Years of Literary Discovery: Traci Brimhall, Cornelius Eady, Terrance Hayes, Linda Pastan'' (2014)]]
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* [[Before & After: Poets respond to Two Gentlemen of Verona (2014)|''Before & After: Poets respond to Two Gentlemen of Verona'' (2014)]]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Carol Ann Duffy (2014)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Carol Ann Duffy'' (2014)]]
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* [[The Literary Legacy of Seamus Heaney (2014)|''The Literary Legacy of Seamus Heaney'' (2014)]]
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* [[The Voice of Women in American Poetry (2014)|''The Voice of Women in American Poetry'' (2014)]]
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* [[Making Your Own Map: Joy Harjo and Evie Schockley (2014)|''Making Your Own Map: Joy Harjo and Evie Shockley'' (2014)]]
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* [[Made in the USA: Tina Chang and Maurice Manning (2014)|''Made in the USA:  American Masters from The Phillips Collection: Tina Chang and Maurice Manning'' (2014)]]
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* [[Before & After: Poets respond to Richard III (2014)|''Before & After: Poets respond to Richard III'' (2014)]]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2014)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2014)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Peter Gizzi (2013)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Peter Gizzi'' (2013)]]
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* [[Before & After: Poets respond to Romeo and Juliet (2013)|''Before & After: Poets respond to Romeo and Juliet'' (2013)]]
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* [[Mortally Beautiful: C.K. Williams and Stanley Plumly (2013)|''Mortally Beautiful: C.K. Williams and Stanley Plumly'' (2013)]]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Shelley Puhak (2013)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Shelley Puhak'']]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Paul Muldoon (2013)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Paul Muldoon (2013)'']]
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* [[Billy Collins (2013)|''All the Worlds That Are: Billy Collins (2013)'']]
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* [[Forrest Gander on Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet (2013)|''Forrest Gander on Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, and Dubuffet (2013)'']]
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* [[B.H. Fairchild & Mary Jo Bang (2013)|''The Weaving of Words: B.H. Fairchild & Mary Jo Bang (2013)'']]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2013)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2013)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Kay Ryan (2012)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Kay Ryan (2012)'']]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Mark Strand & Chris Andrews (2012)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Mark Strand & Chris Andrews (2012)'']]
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* [[Red White and Blue: Nikky Finney, Brian Turner & Kwame Dawes (2012)|''Red White and Blue: Poets on Politics: Nikky Finney & Brian Turner (2012)'']]
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* [[Yale Younger Series: Carl Phillips and Eduardo C. Corral (2012)|''Yale Younger Series: Carl Phillips and Eduardo C. Corral (2012)'']]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Gary Snyder (2012)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Gary Snyder (2012)'']]
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* [[Dark Room Collective: Bryant, Ellis, Jackson, Keene, Smith, Strange, Trethewey, and Young (2012)|''Dark Room Collective: Bryant, Ellis, Jackson, Keene, Smith, Strange, Trethewey, and Young (2012)'']]
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* [[Becoming a Woman Poet: Eavan Boland (2012)|''Becoming a Woman Poet: Eavan Boland (2012)'']]
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* [[Yusef Komunyakaa at The Phillips Collection (2012)|''Yusef Komunyakaa at The Phillips Collection (2012)'']]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2012)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2012)]]
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* [[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Aracelis Girmay (2011)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Aracelis Girmay (2011)'']]
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* [[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: James Fenton and Mark Kraushaar (2011)|''Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: James Fenton and Mark Kraushaar (2011)'']]
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* [[Robert Pinsky (2011)|''A Public Poet: Robert Pinsky (2011)'']]
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* [[Theo Dorgan and Paula Meehan (2011)|''Contemporary Poetry From Ireland: Theo Dorgan and Paula Meehan (2011)'']]
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* [[Folger Poetry Board Reading: Robert Hass (2011)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Robert Hass (2011)'']]
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* [[Namoi Shihab Nye (2011)|''The Quiet Rise of Joy: Naomi Shihab Nye (2011)'']]
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* [[Mary Karr & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (2011)|''Splintered Beauty: Mary Karr & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (2011)'']]
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* [[Letras Latina: Naomi Ayala, Valerie Martinez, J. Michael Martinez (2011)|''Letras Latina: Naomi Ayala, Valerie Martinez, J. Michael Martinez (2011)'']]
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* [[Kevin Young (2011)|''Truth Beauty at The Phillips Collection: Kevin Young (2011)'']]
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2011)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2011)]]
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* [[Lucia Perillo (2010)|''Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Lucia Perillo (2010)'']]
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* [[Vera Pavlova (2010)|''An Economy of Language: Vera Pavlova (2010)'']]
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* [[Roseanna Warren and Matthew Ladd (2010)|''The Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize: Roseanna Warren and Matthew Ladd (2010)'']]
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* [[Edward Hirsch (2010)|''The Case for Poetry: Edward Hirsch (2010)'']]
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* [[Richard Wilbur (2010)|''Folger Poetry Board Reading: Richard Wilbur (2010)'']]
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* [[W.S. Merwin|''A View of the World: W.S. Merwin  (2010)'']]
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* [[Natalie Merchant (2010)|''Natalie Merchant (2010)'']]
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* [[Jane Hirshfield (2010)|''Abstraction: Folger Poetry at The Phillips Collection: Jane Hirshfield (2010)'']]
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* [[Resonance: Patricia Smith and John Burnside (2010)|''Resonance: Patricia Smith and John Burnside'' (2010)]]
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* Breath and Intuition: ''[[Charles Wright (2010)|Charles Wright (2010)]]''
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2010)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2010)]]
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* [[Celebrating Poet Lore and Beltway Poetry Quarterly: Kim Addonizio and Kyle Dargan (2010)|''Celebrating ''Poet Lore ''and ''Beltway Poetry Quarterly'': Kim Addonizio and Kyle Dargan'' (2010)]]
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===2000s===
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* Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Lucie Brock-Broido (2009)
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* On The Creative Path: Arthur Sze and Afaa Michael Weaver (2009)
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* O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize: Juliana Spahr (2009)
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* Folger Poetry Board Meeting: Eamon Grennan (2009)
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* Singing the Body: Rita Dove (2009)
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* Meditations: Michael Harper and A.B. Spellman (2009)
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* The Act of Memory: Claudia Emerson and Natasha Trethewey (2009)
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* Beauty in Ordinary Life: Marie Howe and Bob Hicok (2009)
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* Duende: Linda Pastan and Tracy K. Smith (2009)
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2009)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2009)]]
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* Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Elizabeth Spires (2008)
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* Dark Radiance: Frank Bidart and Rae Armantrout (2008)
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* O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize: Mary Kinzie (2008)
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* State of the Union: 50 Political Poems: Nick Flynn, Terrance Hayes, Eileen Myles and Edwin Torres (2008)
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* Folger Poetry Board Reading: Lucille Clifton (2008)
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* Under a Spell: Jazz and Blues in Poetry: Quincy Troupe and Tyehimba Jess (2008)
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* The Natural World: Galway Kinnell and Mark Doty (2008)
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* Of Light and Darkness: Gerald Stern and Ross Gay (2008)
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* The Most Mysterious Clarity: Kay Ryan (2008)
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2008)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2008)]]
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* Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Richard Howard (2007)
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* Celebrating John Ashbery (2007)
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* O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize: David Wojahn (2007)
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* Folger Poetry Board Reading: Eavan Boland (2007)
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* Celebrating the Sonnet: Phillis Levin, Henri Cole and Molly Peacock (2007)
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* The Art of Poetry: Derek Walcott (2007)
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* On Black Male Poetics: Terrance Hayes and Frank X Walker (2007)
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* Emerging Asian American Poets: Tina Chang, Srikanth Reddy and Victoria Chang (2007)
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* [[Not Just Another Day Off (2007)|''Not Just Another Day Off'' (2007)]]
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* Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Carolyn Forché (2006)
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* Poetry and Verse: Tess Gallagher (2006)
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* O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize: David Rivard (2006)
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* [[Charles Simic]] (2006)
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* Ted Kooser (2006)
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* Virgil Suarez, Adrian Castro, & Sonia Sanchez (2006)
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* Eve Grubin, Kazim Ali, Katie Ford, & [[Jorie Graham]] (2006)
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* [[Rosmarie Waldrop, Meisha Bosma, and BosmaDance|Rosmarie Waldrop]] (2005)
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* Mark Halliday & Campbell McGrath (2005)
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* [[Sharon Olds]] & Elizabeth Alexander (2005)
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* Tony Hoagland (2005)
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* Anne Waldman (2005)
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* Philip Levine (2005)
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* Taha Muhammad Ali & Edward Hirsch (2005)
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* C. K. Williams (2005)
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* Peter Gizzi & Eileen Myles (2005)
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* [[Harryette Mullen]] (2004)
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* Jimmy Santiago Baca (2004)
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* Diane Middlebrook (2004)
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* Reginald Gibbons (2004)
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* Thomas Sayers Ellis, Vijay Seshadri, Fanny Howe, & Percival Everett (2004)
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* Stanley Plumly (2004)
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* Brad Gooch (2004)
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* Diane Ackerman (2004)
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* [[Eamon Grennan]] & Vona Groarke (2004)
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* David McCann & Ko Un (2004)
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* Katia Kapovich, Rachel Blau Duplessis & Linda Gregson (2004)
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* [[Jean Valentine]] (2003)
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* Tribute to Henry Taylor (2003)
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* Cornelius Eady (2003)
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* Pattiann Rodgers (2003)
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* Robert Bly (2003)
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* George Schneeman, Ron Padgett & Steve Clay (2003)
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* Paul Muldoon (2003)
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* Dissenting Practices (2003)
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* Linda Gregerson (2003)
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* [[Li-Young Lee]] (2002)
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* Naomi Shihab Nye, Nathalie Handal, & Elmaz Abinader (2002)
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* [[Ellen Bryant Voigt]] (2002)
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* A. Van Jordan, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Shara McCallum (2002)
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* W.D. Snodgrass (2002)
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* Natasha Trethewey & Dolores Kendrick (2002)
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* Celebration of the Sonnet (2002)
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* Alice Notley (2002)
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* Yeats' Gallery (2002)
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* Kenneth Koch (2002)
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* [[Susan Howe]] (2001)
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* Clarence Major & Bruce Smith (2001)
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* [[David St. John]] (2001)
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* Galway Kinnell (2001)
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* Billy Collins & Carol Ann Duffy (2001)
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* Les Murray (2001)
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* Lucille Clifton (2001)
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* Marie Howe & Elizabeth Alexander (2001)
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* [[Joy Harjo]] (2000)
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* Afaa Michael Weaver & Ahmos Zu-Bolton (2000)
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* [[Rachel Hadas]] (2000)
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* Louise Gluck (2000)
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* Sandra Cisneros (2000)
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* Lawrence Ferlinghetti (2000)
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* Arthur Sze & Vijay Seshadri (2000)
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* Toi Derricotte & Thomas Lux (2000)
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===1990s===
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* [[Elizabeth Spires]] (1999)
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* Tracie Morris & Yusef Komunyakaa (1999)
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* [[Alan Shapiro]] (1999)
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* Lannon Fellows (1999)
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* YMCA National Writer's Voice: Amy Hempel, Steve Stern, Cornelius Eady & Carolyn Forché (1999)
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* Stanley Kunitz (1999)
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* Melanie Rae Thon & Michael Martone (1999)
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* Tom Sleigh & Sandra Gilbert (1999)
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* Donald Justice (1999)
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* Brenda Marie Osbey (1999)
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* C.D. Wright  Mark McMorris (1999)
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* Eavan Boland & Jane Mead (1999)
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* [[Mary Oliver]] (1998)
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* Maggie Nelson, Jennifer Barber & Mark Bibbins (1998)
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* Lawson Fusao Inada & Jennifer Nelson (1998)
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* Heather McHugh (1998)
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* [[W.S. Merwin]] (1998)
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* Michael Palmer (1998)
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* Peter Brook (1998)
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* Gary Snyder (1998)
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* Robert Pinsky (1998)
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* Ann Lauterbach (1998)
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* Stanley Plumly, Lucille Clifton, Robert Creeley & Denise Levertov (1998)
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* Dava Sobel (1998)
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* Richard Wilbur (1998)
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* James Tate & Brenda Hillman (1998)
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* DJ Renegade (1998)
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* Reuben Jackson & Al Young (1998)
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* [[Mary Karr]] (1997)
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* Reetika Vazarani &, Zoe Anglesey (1997)
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* [[Charles Wright]] & Jay Parini (1997)
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* [[Frank Bidart]] (1997)
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* Leslie Scalapino & Mark Rudman (1997)
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* Rafael Campo & [[Marilyn Hacker]] (1997)
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* George Plimpton & Christopher Buckley (1997)
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* Nuala Ni Dhomhniall & Eilean Ni Chuilleanan (1997)
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* Gwendolyn Brooks (1997)
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* Kamau Brathwaite (1997)
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* Lannon Fellows (1997)
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* John Ashbery & Anne Carson (1997)
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* Michael Ondaatje (1997)
 +
* [[Anthony Hecht]] (1996)
 +
* Patricia Smith (1996)
 +
* Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Pedro Pietri, Jesus Melindez (1996)
 +
* [[Jorie Graham]] (1996)
 +
* Bei Dao (1996)
 +
* Derek Walcott (1996)
 +
* Anne Carson, Christopher Merrill (1996)
 +
* Henri Cole (1996)
 +
* [[Lucie Brock-Broido]] (1996)
 +
* Jay Wright (1996)
 +
* [[Peter Sacks]] (1995)
 +
* Patricia Smith & Paul Beatty (1995)
 +
* Laurie Anderson (1995)
 +
* [[E. Ethelbert Miller]] (1995)
 +
* Adrienne Rich (1995)
 +
* Octavio Paz (1995)
 +
* [[Sharon Olds]] (1995)
 +
* W. S. Merwin (1995)
 +
* Paul Muldoon & Rosanna Warren (1995)
 +
* Robert Creeley & Linda Pastan (1995)
 +
* Cyrus Cassells (1995)
 +
* [[Carolyn Forché]] (1995)
 +
* Hayden Carruth (1994)
 +
* [[Jorie Graham]] (1994)
 +
* Jane Miller & Mark Doty (1994)
 +
* Spalding Gray (1994)
 +
* Cornelius Eady (1994)
 +
* R.H.W. Dillard (1994)
 +
* Lucille Clifton (1994)
 +
* Rose Styron & George Plimpton (1994)
 +
* Robert Hass & Czeslaw Milosz (1994)
 +
* Olga Broumas (1994)
 +
* Killarney Clary & Agha Shahid Ali (1994)
 +
* Sheryl St. Germain (1994)
 +
* Galway Kinnell (1994)
 +
* Peter Reading (1994)
 +
* Rita Dove (1994)
 +
* [[Frank Bidart]] (1993)
 +
* Kenneth Carroll& Wanda Coleman (1993)
 +
* John Frederick Nims (1993)
 +
* Denise Levertov (1993)
 +
* Adrienne Rich (1993)
 +
* Octavio Paz (1993)
 +
* Alice Quinn, [[Charles Simic]], & Louise Gluck (1993)
 +
* Beth Joselow & [[E. Ethelbert Miller]] (1993)
 +
* William Matthews (1993)
 +
* [[Maxine Kumin]] (1992)
 +
* Martin Espada, Robert Creeley & Marilyn Waniek (aka Marilyn Nelson) (1992)
 +
* [[Cynthia Macdonald]] (1992)
 +
* John Updike (1992)
 +
* Fred Chappell & Richard Tillinghast (1992)
 +
* Olga Broumas (1992)
 +
* [[Carolyn Forché]] (1992)
 +
* Jane Kenyon, Jean Nordhaus (1992)
 +
* Anne Becker, Ai, Mona Van Duyn, & Julie Agoos (1992)
 +
* [[Charles Wright]] (1991)
 +
* Gibbons Ruark & [[Eamon Grennan]] (1991)
 +
* Les Murray (1991)
 +
* [[Brendan Galvin]] (1991)
 +
* Miroslav Holub (1991)
 +
* Belle Waring (1991)
 +
* Donald Justice (1991)
 +
* [[Seamus Heaney]] (1991)
 +
* [[Li-Young Lee]] & David Ignatow (1991)
 +
* Ntozake Shange & Jessica Hagedorn (1991)
 +
* Gregory Orr & Edward Kleinschmidt (1991)
 +
* Linda Pastan (1991)
 +
* [[Jean Valentine]] (1990)
 +
* Thomas Lux, [[Jorie Graham]], & Toi Derricotte (1990)
 +
* [[Anthony Hecht]] (1990)
 +
* Dave Smith & Roland Flint (1990)
 +
* Sonia Sanchez (1990)
 +
* Molly Peacock & Minnie Bruce Pratt (1990)
 +
* Adam Zagajewski (1990)
 +
* Bernice Reagon & June Jordan (1990)
 +
* Jane Shore & Carol Muske (1990)
 +
* Bruce Weigl & John Balaban (1990)
 +
 
 +
===1980s===
 +
* [[Josephine Jacobsen]] & [[Jean Valentine]] (1989)
 +
* Saul Bellow (1989)
 +
* Henry Taylor & Michael Collier (1989)
 +
* Peter Sacks (1989)
 +
* Yehuda Amichai (1989)
 +
* Philip Levine (1989)
 +
* Thomas McGrath (1989)
 +
* Reed Whittemore & Roland Flint (1989)
 +
* Eilean Ni Chuilleanan (1989)
 +
* [[Marilyn Hacker]] (1988)
 +
* Marge Piercy (1988)
 +
* Octavio Paz (1988)
 +
* Yehuda Amichai, Octavio Paz, Derek Walcott, Les Murray, & Peter Sacks (1988)
 +
* Jeffery Harrison (1988)
 +
* Irina Ratushinskay (1988)
 +
* Linda Pastan & Myra Sklarew (1988)
 +
* John Ashbery (1988)
 +
* Patricia Willis (1988)
 +
* June Jordan (1987)
 +
* [[Anthony Hecht]] (1987)
 +
* Stanley Kunitz (1987)
 +
* Galway Kinnell (1987)
 +
* Katha Pollitt & Laura Jensen (1987)
 +
* Stanley Plumly & C. K. Williams (1987)
 +
* [[Cynthia Macdonald]] (1986)
 +
* Katherine Zadrave & Frank Dorn (1986)
 +
* James Merrill (1986)
 +
* Diane Burns & Gregory Tate (1986)
 +
* Joseph Brodsky (1986)
 +
* Michael Harper & Rita Dove (1986)
 +
* Tomas Transtromer (1986)
 +
* William Pritchard (1986)
 +
* Nicholas Christopher, Jeffery Harrison, & Robert Hass (1986)
 +
* [[Anthony Hecht]] (1986)
 +
* Amy Clampitt (1986)
 +
* [[Jorie Graham]] & Lucille Clifton (1985)
 +
* W.D. Snodgrass & Donald Hall (1985)
 +
* [[Seamus Heaney]] (1985)
 +
* Denis Johnson & [[Elizabeth Spires]] (1985)
 +
* Edward Hirsch & Gjertrud Schnackenberg (1985)
 +
* [[Mary Oliver]] (1985)
 +
* [[Sharon Olds]] (1984)
 +
* Sandra Esteves & Rikki Lights (1984)
 +
* Robert Pinsky (1984)
 +
* Alison Lurie & Shelby Hearon (1984)
 +
* May Swenson (1984)
 +
* Reed Whittemore (1984)
 +
* Jordan Smith & Douglas Crase (1984)
 +
* [[Charles Simic]] & [[Ellen Bryant Voigt]] (1984)
 +
* Sonia Sanchez (1984)
 +
* [[Jean Valentine]] (1983)
 +
* [[Josephine Jacobsen]] (1983)
 +
* Roland Flint (1983)
 +
* [[W.S. Merwin]] (1983)
 +
* James Dickey (1983)
 +
* Garth Tate & Kimiko Hahn (1983)
 +
* Ivan Lalic (1983)
 +
* Denise Levertov (1983)
 +
* [[Jean Valentine]] (1983)
 +
* Ursula LeGuin (1983)
 +
* Samuel Hazo (1982)
 +
* Frederick Morgan (1982)
 +
* Myra Sklarew (1982)
 +
* Veno Taufer (1982)
 +
* Jerome Rothenberg (1982)
 +
* Richard Wilbur (1982)
 +
* Sterling Brown (1982)
 +
* Tess Gallagher (1982)
 +
* Steve Orlen & Susan Wood (1982)
 +
* Carole Oles & Jane Flanders (1981)
 +
* Pamela Stewart & [[Carolyn Forché]] (1981)
 +
* Fay Chiang & Peter Harris (1981)
 +
* Howard Nemerov & Eilean Ni Chuilleanan (1981)
 +
* [[Charles Simic]] (1981)
 +
* Carolyn Kizer (1981)
 +
* Josephine Miles (1981)
 +
* Albert Goldbarth (1981)
 +
* Dick Higgins (1981)
 +
* [[Frank Bidart]] (1981)
 +
* Louise Gluck (1981)
 +
* Thomas Lux (1980)
 +
* Robert Bly (1980)
 +
* David Antin (1980)
 +
* Ira Sadoff (1980)
 +
* Mark Strand (1980)
 +
* David McAleavey (1980)
 +
* [[Charles Wright]] (1980)
 +
* Audre Lorde (1980)
 +
* Olga Broumas (1980)
 +
 
 +
===1970s===
 +
* [[David St. John]] (1979)
 +
* Heather McHugh (1979)
 +
* [[W.S. Merwin]] (1979)
 +
* Leslie Ullman (1979)
 +
* John Ashbery (1979)
 +
* James Wright (1979)
 +
* James Liddy (1979)
 +
* William Claire (1979)
 +
* Gerald Stern (1978)
 +
* [[Erica Jong]] (1978)
 +
* Theodore Weiss (1978)
 +
* Marvin Bell (1978)
 +
* [[E. Ethelbert Miller]] & June Jordan (1978)
 +
* Murial Ruckheyser (1978)
 +
* John Pauker (1978)
 +
* Philip Levine (1978)
 +
* Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1978)
 +
* Linda Pastan (1978)
 +
* Linda Sexton (1978)
 +
* Howard Moss (1978)
 +
* Alice Walker & Frederick Morgan (1977)
 +
* Ruth Whitman (1977)
 +
* Myra Sklarew (1977)
 +
* Maura Stanton (1977)
 +
* Daniel Berrigan & S.J. (1977)
 +
* Charles David Wright (1977)
 +
* Jean Nordhaus (1977)
 +
* Allen Ginsberg (1977)
 +
* Mary Abbott & Barbara Guest (1977)
 +
* Robert Hayden & Reed Whittemore (1977)
 +
* James Dickey (1977)
 +
* Richard Eberhart (1977)
 +
* [[Josephine Jacobsen]] & May Miller (1977)
 +
* John Engels & Henry Taylor (1977)
 +
* William Meredith & [[Maxine Kumin]] (1976)
 +
* James Merrill (1976)
 +
* Marge Piercy (1976)
 +
* Ralph Robin, Rod Jellema, & Roland Flint (1976)
 +
* Darcy Gottlieb (1976)
 +
* X.J. Kennedy (1976)
 +
* James Wright (1976)
 +
* Jodi Braxton, Grace Cavalieri, & Ahmos Zu-Bolton (1976)
 +
* Clarence Major & Doris Grumbach (1976)
 +
* John Gardner (1975)
 +
* [[Josephine Jacobsen]] (1975)
 +
* [[Marilyn Hacker]] (1975)
 +
* Reed Whittemore (1975)
 +
* Katie Loucheim (1975)
 +
* Arthur Gregor & Charles David Wright (1975)
 +
* Wayne Alexander & Michael Lally (1975)
 +
* David Slavitt (1975)
 +
* Mona Van Duyn (1975)
 +
* R.H.W. Dillard (1975)
 +
* O.B. Hardison (1974)
 +
* Ann Stanford (1974)
 +
* James Dickey (1974)
 +
* Shirley Kaufman (1974)
 +
* Muriel Ruckheyser (1974)
 +
* Michael Harper (1973)
 +
* Peter Klappert (1973)
 +
* John Hawkes (1973)
 +
* Marin Sorescu (1972)
 +
* Samuel Hazo & Myra Sklarew (1972)
 +
* Keith Wilson (1972)
 +
* Holly Stevens (1972)
 +
* Frank Scott & Margaret Atwood (1972)
 +
* Richard Murphy (1971)
 +
* St. John Primus (1971)
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* William Stafford (1971)
 +
* George Garrett (1970)
 +
* Roger Hecht & John Pauker (1970)
 +
* Lucille Clifton (1970)
 +
 
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==Special poetry events at the Folger==
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O.B. Hardison Poetry Series partners with national and community organizations promoting poetry and language throughout the Washington region, and the country. Join us at the Haskell Center or other locations for special readings and celebrations.
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===[[Not Just Another Day Off]]===
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===[[District of Literature]]===
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===[[Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute]]===
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===[[Poetry-in-Schools]]===
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===[[Shakespeare's Sisters: Five Centuries of Poetry by Women]]===
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===[[Lannan Fellows Program]]===
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===[[Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Contest]]===
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===[[Before & After: Poets Responding to Shakespeare]]===
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==Folger Poetry Board==
 
The Folger Poetry Board is a committee of friends providing significant support to the Folger Shakespeare Library's poetry programs by organizing and sponsoring fundraising and other literary events and by hosting an annual reading by a distinguished author.
 
The Folger Poetry Board is a committee of friends providing significant support to the Folger Shakespeare Library's poetry programs by organizing and sponsoring fundraising and other literary events and by hosting an annual reading by a distinguished author.
 
*Gigi Bradford, Chair
 
*Gigi Bradford, Chair
*Jean Bower
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*Anne Harding Woodworth, Co-Chair
 
*Edwin P. Conquest, Jr.
 
*Edwin P. Conquest, Jr.
 
*Christina Daub
 
*Christina Daub
 
*Harriet Patsy Davis
 
*Harriet Patsy Davis
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*Barbara Goldberg
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*Patricia Gray
 
*Marifrancis Hardison
 
*Marifrancis Hardison
 
*Joseph Hassett
 
*Joseph Hassett
 
*Anita Herrick
 
*Anita Herrick
*Sherman Katz
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*Sherman E. Katz
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*Hiram Larew
 
*Robert C. Liotta
 
*Robert C. Liotta
 
*Richard Lyon
 
*Richard Lyon
*Greg McBride
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*Mary P. McElveen
*Mary McElveen
 
 
*Barbara Meade
 
*Barbara Meade
*Dr. David Morowitz
 
 
*Mary Muromcew
 
*Mary Muromcew
 
*Jean Nordhaus
 
*Jean Nordhaus
 
*Jacqueline Quillen
 
*Jacqueline Quillen
*Susan Rappaport
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*Susan S. Rappaport
 
*Heddy Reid
 
*Heddy Reid
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*Edith Schafer
 
*Dr. Marianne Schuelein
 
*Dr. Marianne Schuelein
*Joan Shorey
 
*Norman Sinel
 
 
*Amy Tercek
 
*Amy Tercek
*Nigel Twose
 
 
*David Weisman
 
*David Weisman
 
*Mary-Sherman Willis
 
*Mary-Sherman Willis
*Anne Harding Woodworth
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==Special poetry events at the Folger==
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The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series partners with national and community organizations promoting poetry and language throughout the Washington region, and the country. Join us at the Haskell Center or other locations for special readings and celebrations.
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[[Category: Public programs ]]
====District of Literature====
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[[Category: O.B. Hardison Poetry Series ]]
The [[District of Literature]] is a free, day-long celebration of DC's literary side.
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[[Category: Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute ]]
====Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute====
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[[Category: Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture ]]
The annual [[Emily Dickinson Birthday]] Tribute reading, sponsored with the Poetry Society of America (PSA), celebrates Dickinson's fierce and compelling influence on poetry in America.
 
====Poetry-in-Schools====
 
Now in its seventh year, the [[Poetry-in-Schools]] program is one of the many programs for teachers and students offered by the Folger. The only such program serving Washington, DC, public school students at the high school level, Poetry-In-Schools strives to introduce students to poetry, encourage new voices, and provide high school students with a college level writing workshop. The program is available at no cost to participating schools.
 
====Shakespeare's Sisters: Five Centuries of Poetry by Women====
 
[[Shakespeare's Sisters: Five Centuries of Poetry by Women]] is a  free ten-week seminar for selected students in grades 10-12 meeting on Wednesdays from 4-6pm beginning on January 7 and ending March 11, 2015.
 
====Lannan Fellows Program====
 
====Sonnet Contest====
 
====Before & After: Poets Respond to Romeo and Juliet====
 
==Current season==
 
==Upcoming season==
 
==Past seasons==
 

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For more than 40 years, the Folger's poetry reading series has brought hundreds of distinguished poets to read from their work on the Folger stage, including Octavio Paz, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, W. S. Merwin, Adrienne Rich, Yusef Komunyakaa, James Merrill, Frank Bidart, Robert Pinsky, Derek Walcott, Hayden Carruth, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, Sterling Brown, Denise Levertov, June Jordan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sonia Sanchez, and James Dickey. Beginning with the 2010–11 season, it was renamed O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry reading series in honor of its founder, O. B. Hardison, Jr.

From traditional poetry readings to multimedia presentations to eclectic combinations of lecture, conversation, and performance, O.B. Hardison Poetry reading series is committed to expanding the contexts in which poetry is experienced. Each year, we present eight to ten poetry events— including a moderated conversation and Q & A—in the Folger’s Elizabethan Theatre, followed by wine receptions and book signings in the Great Hall.

Current season

To view the current season of the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and purchase tickets to any of the events, please see the Folger's main website.

Upcoming season

Previous seasons

Previous poetry readings at the Folger

Previous poetry readings at the Folger offers a comprehensive list of poets who have read at the Folger, including additional biographies, audio recordings and further information when available.

2020s

2010s

2000s

  • Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Lucie Brock-Broido (2009)
  • On The Creative Path: Arthur Sze and Afaa Michael Weaver (2009)
  • O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize: Juliana Spahr (2009)
  • Folger Poetry Board Meeting: Eamon Grennan (2009)
  • Singing the Body: Rita Dove (2009)
  • Meditations: Michael Harper and A.B. Spellman (2009)
  • The Act of Memory: Claudia Emerson and Natasha Trethewey (2009)
  • Beauty in Ordinary Life: Marie Howe and Bob Hicok (2009)
  • Duende: Linda Pastan and Tracy K. Smith (2009)
  • Not Just Another Day Off (2009)
  • Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Elizabeth Spires (2008)
  • Dark Radiance: Frank Bidart and Rae Armantrout (2008)
  • O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize: Mary Kinzie (2008)
  • State of the Union: 50 Political Poems: Nick Flynn, Terrance Hayes, Eileen Myles and Edwin Torres (2008)
  • Folger Poetry Board Reading: Lucille Clifton (2008)
  • Under a Spell: Jazz and Blues in Poetry: Quincy Troupe and Tyehimba Jess (2008)
  • The Natural World: Galway Kinnell and Mark Doty (2008)
  • Of Light and Darkness: Gerald Stern and Ross Gay (2008)
  • The Most Mysterious Clarity: Kay Ryan (2008)
  • Not Just Another Day Off (2008)
  • Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Richard Howard (2007)
  • Celebrating John Ashbery (2007)
  • O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize: David Wojahn (2007)
  • Folger Poetry Board Reading: Eavan Boland (2007)
  • Celebrating the Sonnet: Phillis Levin, Henri Cole and Molly Peacock (2007)
  • The Art of Poetry: Derek Walcott (2007)
  • On Black Male Poetics: Terrance Hayes and Frank X Walker (2007)
  • Emerging Asian American Poets: Tina Chang, Srikanth Reddy and Victoria Chang (2007)
  • Not Just Another Day Off (2007)
  • Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Carolyn Forché (2006)
  • Poetry and Verse: Tess Gallagher (2006)
  • O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize: David Rivard (2006)
  • Charles Simic (2006)
  • Ted Kooser (2006)
  • Virgil Suarez, Adrian Castro, & Sonia Sanchez (2006)
  • Eve Grubin, Kazim Ali, Katie Ford, & Jorie Graham (2006)
  • Rosmarie Waldrop (2005)
  • Mark Halliday & Campbell McGrath (2005)
  • Sharon Olds & Elizabeth Alexander (2005)
  • Tony Hoagland (2005)
  • Anne Waldman (2005)
  • Philip Levine (2005)
  • Taha Muhammad Ali & Edward Hirsch (2005)
  • C. K. Williams (2005)
  • Peter Gizzi & Eileen Myles (2005)
  • Harryette Mullen (2004)
  • Jimmy Santiago Baca (2004)
  • Diane Middlebrook (2004)
  • Reginald Gibbons (2004)
  • Thomas Sayers Ellis, Vijay Seshadri, Fanny Howe, & Percival Everett (2004)
  • Stanley Plumly (2004)
  • Brad Gooch (2004)
  • Diane Ackerman (2004)
  • Eamon Grennan & Vona Groarke (2004)
  • David McCann & Ko Un (2004)
  • Katia Kapovich, Rachel Blau Duplessis & Linda Gregson (2004)
  • Jean Valentine (2003)
  • Tribute to Henry Taylor (2003)
  • Cornelius Eady (2003)
  • Pattiann Rodgers (2003)
  • Robert Bly (2003)
  • George Schneeman, Ron Padgett & Steve Clay (2003)
  • Paul Muldoon (2003)
  • Dissenting Practices (2003)
  • Linda Gregerson (2003)
  • Li-Young Lee (2002)
  • Naomi Shihab Nye, Nathalie Handal, & Elmaz Abinader (2002)
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt (2002)
  • A. Van Jordan, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, Shara McCallum (2002)
  • W.D. Snodgrass (2002)
  • Natasha Trethewey & Dolores Kendrick (2002)
  • Celebration of the Sonnet (2002)
  • Alice Notley (2002)
  • Yeats' Gallery (2002)
  • Kenneth Koch (2002)
  • Susan Howe (2001)
  • Clarence Major & Bruce Smith (2001)
  • David St. John (2001)
  • Galway Kinnell (2001)
  • Billy Collins & Carol Ann Duffy (2001)
  • Les Murray (2001)
  • Lucille Clifton (2001)
  • Marie Howe & Elizabeth Alexander (2001)
  • Joy Harjo (2000)
  • Afaa Michael Weaver & Ahmos Zu-Bolton (2000)
  • Rachel Hadas (2000)
  • Louise Gluck (2000)
  • Sandra Cisneros (2000)
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti (2000)
  • Arthur Sze & Vijay Seshadri (2000)
  • Toi Derricotte & Thomas Lux (2000)

1990s

  • Elizabeth Spires (1999)
  • Tracie Morris & Yusef Komunyakaa (1999)
  • Alan Shapiro (1999)
  • Lannon Fellows (1999)
  • YMCA National Writer's Voice: Amy Hempel, Steve Stern, Cornelius Eady & Carolyn Forché (1999)
  • Stanley Kunitz (1999)
  • Melanie Rae Thon & Michael Martone (1999)
  • Tom Sleigh & Sandra Gilbert (1999)
  • Donald Justice (1999)
  • Brenda Marie Osbey (1999)
  • C.D. Wright Mark McMorris (1999)
  • Eavan Boland & Jane Mead (1999)
  • Mary Oliver (1998)
  • Maggie Nelson, Jennifer Barber & Mark Bibbins (1998)
  • Lawson Fusao Inada & Jennifer Nelson (1998)
  • Heather McHugh (1998)
  • W.S. Merwin (1998)
  • Michael Palmer (1998)
  • Peter Brook (1998)
  • Gary Snyder (1998)
  • Robert Pinsky (1998)
  • Ann Lauterbach (1998)
  • Stanley Plumly, Lucille Clifton, Robert Creeley & Denise Levertov (1998)
  • Dava Sobel (1998)
  • Richard Wilbur (1998)
  • James Tate & Brenda Hillman (1998)
  • DJ Renegade (1998)
  • Reuben Jackson & Al Young (1998)
  • Mary Karr (1997)
  • Reetika Vazarani &, Zoe Anglesey (1997)
  • Charles Wright & Jay Parini (1997)
  • Frank Bidart (1997)
  • Leslie Scalapino & Mark Rudman (1997)
  • Rafael Campo & Marilyn Hacker (1997)
  • George Plimpton & Christopher Buckley (1997)
  • Nuala Ni Dhomhniall & Eilean Ni Chuilleanan (1997)
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (1997)
  • Kamau Brathwaite (1997)
  • Lannon Fellows (1997)
  • John Ashbery & Anne Carson (1997)
  • Michael Ondaatje (1997)
  • Anthony Hecht (1996)
  • Patricia Smith (1996)
  • Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Pedro Pietri, Jesus Melindez (1996)
  • Jorie Graham (1996)
  • Bei Dao (1996)
  • Derek Walcott (1996)
  • Anne Carson, Christopher Merrill (1996)
  • Henri Cole (1996)
  • Lucie Brock-Broido (1996)
  • Jay Wright (1996)
  • Peter Sacks (1995)
  • Patricia Smith & Paul Beatty (1995)
  • Laurie Anderson (1995)
  • E. Ethelbert Miller (1995)
  • Adrienne Rich (1995)
  • Octavio Paz (1995)
  • Sharon Olds (1995)
  • W. S. Merwin (1995)
  • Paul Muldoon & Rosanna Warren (1995)
  • Robert Creeley & Linda Pastan (1995)
  • Cyrus Cassells (1995)
  • Carolyn Forché (1995)
  • Hayden Carruth (1994)
  • Jorie Graham (1994)
  • Jane Miller & Mark Doty (1994)
  • Spalding Gray (1994)
  • Cornelius Eady (1994)
  • R.H.W. Dillard (1994)
  • Lucille Clifton (1994)
  • Rose Styron & George Plimpton (1994)
  • Robert Hass & Czeslaw Milosz (1994)
  • Olga Broumas (1994)
  • Killarney Clary & Agha Shahid Ali (1994)
  • Sheryl St. Germain (1994)
  • Galway Kinnell (1994)
  • Peter Reading (1994)
  • Rita Dove (1994)
  • Frank Bidart (1993)
  • Kenneth Carroll& Wanda Coleman (1993)
  • John Frederick Nims (1993)
  • Denise Levertov (1993)
  • Adrienne Rich (1993)
  • Octavio Paz (1993)
  • Alice Quinn, Charles Simic, & Louise Gluck (1993)
  • Beth Joselow & E. Ethelbert Miller (1993)
  • William Matthews (1993)
  • Maxine Kumin (1992)
  • Martin Espada, Robert Creeley & Marilyn Waniek (aka Marilyn Nelson) (1992)
  • Cynthia Macdonald (1992)
  • John Updike (1992)
  • Fred Chappell & Richard Tillinghast (1992)
  • Olga Broumas (1992)
  • Carolyn Forché (1992)
  • Jane Kenyon, Jean Nordhaus (1992)
  • Anne Becker, Ai, Mona Van Duyn, & Julie Agoos (1992)
  • Charles Wright (1991)
  • Gibbons Ruark & Eamon Grennan (1991)
  • Les Murray (1991)
  • Brendan Galvin (1991)
  • Miroslav Holub (1991)
  • Belle Waring (1991)
  • Donald Justice (1991)
  • Seamus Heaney (1991)
  • Li-Young Lee & David Ignatow (1991)
  • Ntozake Shange & Jessica Hagedorn (1991)
  • Gregory Orr & Edward Kleinschmidt (1991)
  • Linda Pastan (1991)
  • Jean Valentine (1990)
  • Thomas Lux, Jorie Graham, & Toi Derricotte (1990)
  • Anthony Hecht (1990)
  • Dave Smith & Roland Flint (1990)
  • Sonia Sanchez (1990)
  • Molly Peacock & Minnie Bruce Pratt (1990)
  • Adam Zagajewski (1990)
  • Bernice Reagon & June Jordan (1990)
  • Jane Shore & Carol Muske (1990)
  • Bruce Weigl & John Balaban (1990)

1980s

  • Josephine Jacobsen & Jean Valentine (1989)
  • Saul Bellow (1989)
  • Henry Taylor & Michael Collier (1989)
  • Peter Sacks (1989)
  • Yehuda Amichai (1989)
  • Philip Levine (1989)
  • Thomas McGrath (1989)
  • Reed Whittemore & Roland Flint (1989)
  • Eilean Ni Chuilleanan (1989)
  • Marilyn Hacker (1988)
  • Marge Piercy (1988)
  • Octavio Paz (1988)
  • Yehuda Amichai, Octavio Paz, Derek Walcott, Les Murray, & Peter Sacks (1988)
  • Jeffery Harrison (1988)
  • Irina Ratushinskay (1988)
  • Linda Pastan & Myra Sklarew (1988)
  • John Ashbery (1988)
  • Patricia Willis (1988)
  • June Jordan (1987)
  • Anthony Hecht (1987)
  • Stanley Kunitz (1987)
  • Galway Kinnell (1987)
  • Katha Pollitt & Laura Jensen (1987)
  • Stanley Plumly & C. K. Williams (1987)
  • Cynthia Macdonald (1986)
  • Katherine Zadrave & Frank Dorn (1986)
  • James Merrill (1986)
  • Diane Burns & Gregory Tate (1986)
  • Joseph Brodsky (1986)
  • Michael Harper & Rita Dove (1986)
  • Tomas Transtromer (1986)
  • William Pritchard (1986)
  • Nicholas Christopher, Jeffery Harrison, & Robert Hass (1986)
  • Anthony Hecht (1986)
  • Amy Clampitt (1986)
  • Jorie Graham & Lucille Clifton (1985)
  • W.D. Snodgrass & Donald Hall (1985)
  • Seamus Heaney (1985)
  • Denis Johnson & Elizabeth Spires (1985)
  • Edward Hirsch & Gjertrud Schnackenberg (1985)
  • Mary Oliver (1985)
  • Sharon Olds (1984)
  • Sandra Esteves & Rikki Lights (1984)
  • Robert Pinsky (1984)
  • Alison Lurie & Shelby Hearon (1984)
  • May Swenson (1984)
  • Reed Whittemore (1984)
  • Jordan Smith & Douglas Crase (1984)
  • Charles Simic & Ellen Bryant Voigt (1984)
  • Sonia Sanchez (1984)
  • Jean Valentine (1983)
  • Josephine Jacobsen (1983)
  • Roland Flint (1983)
  • W.S. Merwin (1983)
  • James Dickey (1983)
  • Garth Tate & Kimiko Hahn (1983)
  • Ivan Lalic (1983)
  • Denise Levertov (1983)
  • Jean Valentine (1983)
  • Ursula LeGuin (1983)
  • Samuel Hazo (1982)
  • Frederick Morgan (1982)
  • Myra Sklarew (1982)
  • Veno Taufer (1982)
  • Jerome Rothenberg (1982)
  • Richard Wilbur (1982)
  • Sterling Brown (1982)
  • Tess Gallagher (1982)
  • Steve Orlen & Susan Wood (1982)
  • Carole Oles & Jane Flanders (1981)
  • Pamela Stewart & Carolyn Forché (1981)
  • Fay Chiang & Peter Harris (1981)
  • Howard Nemerov & Eilean Ni Chuilleanan (1981)
  • Charles Simic (1981)
  • Carolyn Kizer (1981)
  • Josephine Miles (1981)
  • Albert Goldbarth (1981)
  • Dick Higgins (1981)
  • Frank Bidart (1981)
  • Louise Gluck (1981)
  • Thomas Lux (1980)
  • Robert Bly (1980)
  • David Antin (1980)
  • Ira Sadoff (1980)
  • Mark Strand (1980)
  • David McAleavey (1980)
  • Charles Wright (1980)
  • Audre Lorde (1980)
  • Olga Broumas (1980)

1970s

  • David St. John (1979)
  • Heather McHugh (1979)
  • W.S. Merwin (1979)
  • Leslie Ullman (1979)
  • John Ashbery (1979)
  • James Wright (1979)
  • James Liddy (1979)
  • William Claire (1979)
  • Gerald Stern (1978)
  • Erica Jong (1978)
  • Theodore Weiss (1978)
  • Marvin Bell (1978)
  • E. Ethelbert Miller & June Jordan (1978)
  • Murial Ruckheyser (1978)
  • John Pauker (1978)
  • Philip Levine (1978)
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1978)
  • Linda Pastan (1978)
  • Linda Sexton (1978)
  • Howard Moss (1978)
  • Alice Walker & Frederick Morgan (1977)
  • Ruth Whitman (1977)
  • Myra Sklarew (1977)
  • Maura Stanton (1977)
  • Daniel Berrigan & S.J. (1977)
  • Charles David Wright (1977)
  • Jean Nordhaus (1977)
  • Allen Ginsberg (1977)
  • Mary Abbott & Barbara Guest (1977)
  • Robert Hayden & Reed Whittemore (1977)
  • James Dickey (1977)
  • Richard Eberhart (1977)
  • Josephine Jacobsen & May Miller (1977)
  • John Engels & Henry Taylor (1977)
  • William Meredith & Maxine Kumin (1976)
  • James Merrill (1976)
  • Marge Piercy (1976)
  • Ralph Robin, Rod Jellema, & Roland Flint (1976)
  • Darcy Gottlieb (1976)
  • X.J. Kennedy (1976)
  • James Wright (1976)
  • Jodi Braxton, Grace Cavalieri, & Ahmos Zu-Bolton (1976)
  • Clarence Major & Doris Grumbach (1976)
  • John Gardner (1975)
  • Josephine Jacobsen (1975)
  • Marilyn Hacker (1975)
  • Reed Whittemore (1975)
  • Katie Loucheim (1975)
  • Arthur Gregor & Charles David Wright (1975)
  • Wayne Alexander & Michael Lally (1975)
  • David Slavitt (1975)
  • Mona Van Duyn (1975)
  • R.H.W. Dillard (1975)
  • O.B. Hardison (1974)
  • Ann Stanford (1974)
  • James Dickey (1974)
  • Shirley Kaufman (1974)
  • Muriel Ruckheyser (1974)
  • Michael Harper (1973)
  • Peter Klappert (1973)
  • John Hawkes (1973)
  • Marin Sorescu (1972)
  • Samuel Hazo & Myra Sklarew (1972)
  • Keith Wilson (1972)
  • Holly Stevens (1972)
  • Frank Scott & Margaret Atwood (1972)
  • Richard Murphy (1971)
  • St. John Primus (1971)
  • William Stafford (1971)
  • George Garrett (1970)
  • Roger Hecht & John Pauker (1970)
  • Lucille Clifton (1970)

Special poetry events at the Folger

O.B. Hardison Poetry Series partners with national and community organizations promoting poetry and language throughout the Washington region, and the country. Join us at the Haskell Center or other locations for special readings and celebrations.

Not Just Another Day Off

District of Literature

Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute

Poetry-in-Schools

Shakespeare's Sisters: Five Centuries of Poetry by Women

Lannan Fellows Program

Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Contest

Before & After: Poets Responding to Shakespeare

Folger Poetry Board

The Folger Poetry Board is a committee of friends providing significant support to the Folger Shakespeare Library's poetry programs by organizing and sponsoring fundraising and other literary events and by hosting an annual reading by a distinguished author.

  • Gigi Bradford, Chair
  • Anne Harding Woodworth, Co-Chair
  • Edwin P. Conquest, Jr.
  • Christina Daub
  • Harriet Patsy Davis
  • Barbara Goldberg
  • Patricia Gray
  • Marifrancis Hardison
  • Joseph Hassett
  • Anita Herrick
  • Sherman E. Katz
  • Hiram Larew
  • Robert C. Liotta
  • Richard Lyon
  • Mary P. McElveen
  • Barbara Meade
  • Mary Muromcew
  • Jean Nordhaus
  • Jacqueline Quillen
  • Susan S. Rappaport
  • Heddy Reid
  • Edith Schafer
  • Dr. Marianne Schuelein
  • Amy Tercek
  • David Weisman
  • Mary-Sherman Willis