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Poets@Pace: Spring 2021

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On Monday, April 5, you’re invited to a much-anticipated evening of poetry readings from two vibrant, innovative, award-winning writers known for their activism and exceptional creative works. There will also be a Q&A!

The Spring 2021 Poets @ Pace reading pairs two vibrant, innovative, award-winning writers known for their activism as well as for their poetry and other writings. Each writer will read from their recent work as well as participate in a Q&A. Poets @ Pace, which brings important writers to the Pace NYC Campus each semester, is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Monday, April 5
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Register to attend the readings

This edition of Poets@Pace will be held virtually.

The Poets:

Wayne Koestenbaum revels in cutting across traditional genres and boundaries of all sorts. He has published poetry, criticism, and fiction, as well as unclassifiable hybrids; has exhibited his paintings in solo shows; and has given musical performances at major venues like The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, and the Centre Pompidou. His book of criticism, The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and last year he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His eight poetry collections include, most recently, the experimental Pink Trance Notebooks and Camp Marmalade. His first collection of short fiction, The Cheerful Scapegoat, will be published this March. Wayne is a distinguished professor of English, French, and comparative literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

  • >> “Wayne Koestenbaum is one of the most original and relentlessly obsessed cultural spies writing today. His alarmingly focused attention to detail goes beyond lunacy into hilarious and brilliant clarity.”—John Waters
  • >> “Prolific cross-genre author Koestenbaum attempts to ‘assemble an/ entire life from found/ scraps’ in this sequel [Camp Marmalade] to 2015’s The Pink Trance Notebooks. The stream-of-consciousness form, composed of many very short poems, continues here, congealing into a lengthy work of obsessions and candid ponderings.”—Publishers Weekly

Patricia Spears Jones is an award-winning poet, playwright, editor, and cultural critic. She received the 2017 Poets & Writers Jackson Poetry Prize, and her book A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Best American Experimental Writing; Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin; Pushcart Prize Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry; and she edited Ordinary Women: An Anthology of New York City Women and THINK: Poems for Aretha Franklin's Inauguration Day Hat. Patricia has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and the Yaddo and Millay artistic colonies, as well as a number of artistic residences, and has taught poetry at Medgar Evers College, Rutgers, Poets House, Adelphi, CUNY, and Sara Lawrence, among other institutions.

  • >> “Patricia Spears Jones reminds me of those wisecracking, foolproof women in the old films she so lovingly dissects—the ones whose deadsure, replenishing humor and never-fail good sense causes the audience to sit up and clap.”—Cyrus Cassells
  • >> “Patricia Spears Jones’ tough, tender poems deploy a hard-won clarity of attention that challenges conventions public and private. They sing the complexities of our time and condition with acute, often heart-breaking candor and wit.”—Anselm Berrigan