Frank O’Hara’s LUNCH POEMS, 50th Anniversary All-Star Reading

Friday, February 6, 2015
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

McRoskey Mattress Company, 3rd Floor
1687 Market Street (at Gough)
San Francisco, CA

From City Lights Books website:

Come celebrate 50 years of Frank O’Hara’s LUNCH POEMS with a reading of the book in its entirety by local writers, artists, and more special guests including Bill Berkson, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer, Michael McClure, Clark Coolidge, Kathleen Fraser, Michael Palmer, Norma Cole, Dodie Bellamy, & others TBA! Held at the McRoskey Mattress Co. located at 1687 Market Street at Gough in San Francisco.

Admission is $10 ($5 low income & free to SFSU students & Poetry Center members)

Cosponsored by The Poetry Center, The Green Arcade, and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

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Poetry Project Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Lunch Poems

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
8:00 pm

The Poetry Project
at St. Marks Church
131 E. 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

City Lights and The Poetry Project present a reading of Lunch Poems in its entirety on Wednesday, June 11th, 8pm. With Justin Vivian Bond, Peter Schjeldahl, Hettie Jones, David Shapiro, Tony Towle, Michael Lally, Edmund Berrigan, John Godfrey, Trisha Low, Trace Peterson, David Henderson, Patricia Spears Jones, Edwin Torres, Charles North, Karen Weiser, Simone White, Adam Fitzgerald, Vincent Katz, Erica Hunt, Andrew Durbin, John Coletti, Jacqueline Waters, Bruce Andrews, Sharon Mesmer, Vyt Bakaitis, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Arlo Quint, Lisa Jarnot, Lee Ann Brown, Kimberly Lyons, Marcella Durand and more to be announced.

Celebrating the re-release of Poems Retrieved

Readings and discussion with Bill Berkson and Richard O. Moore celebrating the re-release of Poems Retrieved by Frank O’Hara, published by City Lights Books.

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
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Modern Poets: Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems

From Museum of Modern Art:

Friday, June 8 and June 15, 2012

12:00 p.m., MoMA Sculpture Garden, east side (T3 in case of rain)

Free with Museum admission. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In the 1960s, when poet Frank O’Hara worked at MoMA, he often spent his lunch breaks roaming the streets of midtown Manhattan, finding inspiration in the bustling city and its people, and writing poems about his encounters. For our special summer session of Modern Poets, two New York-based poets read their favorite Lunch Poems at lunchtime and then give you prompts and guidelines for hitting the streets and writing your own lunch poems.

June 8: Stefania Heim‘s poems have appeared in numerous publications including Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and The Literary Review. She is the author of a chapbook, 3 Poems, published by handheld editions, and Founding Editor of CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation. She teaches at Columbia University and Hunter College.

June 15: Wayne Koestenbaum has published fifteen books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including Humiliation, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background, Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Hotel Theory, and Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Reading at The New School – “The Tibor de Nagy Gallery: Over Sixty Years of Poets and Painters”

An evening of poetry, film clips and reminiscences about the Tibor de Nagy Gallery’s role in shaping New York’s post-War literary and artistic vanguard. With poets John Ashbery, Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett; artist and filmmaker Alfred Leslie; and scholars Jenni Quilter and Douglas Crase, whose essays comprise the catalog for the exhibition “Tibor de Nagy Gallery Painters and Poets.” Moderated by Robert Polito, director, The New School Writing Program.

January 31, 2011
6:30 PM

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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Celebrating Frank O’Hara

The Worcester County Poetry Association presents the program “Celebrating Frank O’Hara.” Join poets Alan Feldman and Gerrit Lansing, the O’Hara family, and members of the WCPA as they celebrate the poetry and life of Frank O’Hara.

Thursday, November 19, 2009:
Poetry Reading & O’Hara Celebration in the Gallery at 7:00pm

In the Café at 5:30pm: Absinthe Tasting with Jerome Cloche

Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA

Museum Admission $10 – Free to WAM members
Worcester County Poetry Association website

“Pictures & Poetry” – “An Evening of Frank O’Hara”

“An Evening of Frank O’Hara” with an introduction by Charles North and poetry readings by Hettie Jones and Tony Towle at the Schimmel Theater at Pace University, NYC Downtown Campus, 2 Spruce Street on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM.

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Howl! Arts Project 2009 – Try! Try!

Verse Theatre Manhattan presents Poets Theater Double Bill as part of the Howl! Arts Project 2009.

Try! Try! by Frank O’Hara
Produced by Richard Ryan


Clutter by Kristin Prevallet

September 28, 2009 8:00 PM
September 29, 2009 8:00 PM

45 Bleecker Street Theatre
45 Bleecker Street (Just East of Lafayette at Mulberry Street)
New York, NY 10012

Event Info
Ticket Info
Verse Theater Manhattan
Howl! Festival 2009 website – 45 Bleecker St Theatre Events

Frank O’Hara: Selected Poems at Lunchtime

Poetry Reading-
Frank O’Hara: Selected Poems at Lunchtime

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Museum of Modern Art
The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, exterior, first floor

11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY


Alfred A. Knopf, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Poetry Society of America present a reading from the recently published Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara, edited by Mark Ford (which includes poetry, a play, and essays). Held at lunchtime, the program commemorates O’Hara’s tradition of writing poetry during his lunch hour while working at MoMA. Participants include poets Lee Ann Brown, Dan Chiasson, Hettie Jones, Vincent Katz, Philip Schultz, and others. Selected Poems, as well as O’Hara’s In Memory of My Feelings, will be available for sale following the reading.

Please note: Lunch will be available for purchase at the Espresso Bar in the Garden. In case of rain, the program will be held in the Titus Theater 2, also accessible through the 11 West 53 Street entrance.

This program is free with Museum admission. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis.”

Madison Square Reads

Madison Square Reads:
A Strictly New York Joie de Vivre: Celebrating the Work of Frank O’Hara

With Billy Collins and Paul Violi
Presented by the National Book Foundation

August 2, 2007, 6:30 PM
Madison Square Park
Located between Fifth and Madison Avenues and 23rd and 26th Streets
New York City


The poet Frank O’Hara (awarded the National Book Award for Poetry posthumously in 1972) was a key figure in the postwar New York School of poets and painters which includes poets John Ashbery and James Schuyler, and painters Larry Rivers and Jasper Johns. His deceptively straightforward poems are in fact complex representations of a revolutionary sensibility. O’Hara’s influence on succeeding generations of poets, as well as on the cultural landscape of New York City, is undeniable. Poets Billy Collins and Paul Violi will read from O’Hara’s work as well as their own, and discuss O’Hara’s continuing influence on contemporary poetry and the literary culture of New York City. Billy Collins was United States Poet Laureate from 2001–2003; he has published eight collections of poetry and edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry. Paul Violi is the author of twelve poetry books and has been published widely in magazines and anthologies. His many poetry awards include grants from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Ingram Merrill Foundation. He teaches in the New School graduate writing program and at Columbia University. Poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher will moderate. Craig Morgan Teicher’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Bookforum, and Poets & Writers. His first book, Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems, won the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry and is due out this November. He works as an editor at Publishers Weekly.