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.

Frank & Stein and Friends

Medicine Show Theatre production of “The Houses at Falling Hanging”

June 14 – 30
Medicine Show Theatre
549 West 52nd St., 3rd Floor
(Between 10th and 11th Ave.)
New York, NY

The Medicine Show Theatre will present “Frank & Stein and Friends,” an evening of short verse plays: The Houses at Falling Hanging by Frank O’Hara, In the Garden by Gertrude Stein, Aria da Capo by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and work by other writers. Directed by Barbara Vann, “Frank & Stein and Friends” will run from June 14th through June 30th, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 4:00 PM for the first two weeks, and Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM the third week.

Tickets are $18, available at Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or via the web at

The Knopf National Poetry Month Collection CD

The Knopf National Poetry Month Collection

Audio CD, available March 20, 2007

***Update: Now available as Audiobook download***

From the CD jacket:

“To celebrate National Poetry Month 2007, Random House Audio has gathered a selection of the April 2006 Knopf Poem-a-Day podcasts into one outstanding audio collection. In addition to the all-star lineup of poets and celebrity readers included in Knopf’s podcasts, this program also features exclusive bonus track recordings of Donald Justice, Franz Wright, Frank O’Hara and Mark Strand reading their own work.”

Exhibit: Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School

Spring 2007:

Exhibit: Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School

Palitz Gallery at the Syracuse University Joseph I. Lubin House
March 19 – May 4, 2007
Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
11 East 61st Street
New York, NY

Palitz Gallery website

View exhibit online at the Syracuse University website

More info from the Syracuse University website:

The University Library’s Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) current exhibition is entitled Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School. The exhibition is part of the Syracuse Symposium, which for 2006/2007 has chosen imagination as its theme.

On display is material from the recently processed Grace Hartigan Papers, as well as from the University Art Collection, the Grove Press Archives, and SCRC’s extensive holdings of art and literary magazines from the 1950s. Grace Hartigan (1922–) was a major participant in the explosion of creative energy that was the New York artistic and literary scene of the early 1950s. An important abstract expressionist painter, Hartigan was included in the famous show Twelve Americans at the Museum of Modern Art in 1956. Her friends and correspondents included Frank O’Hara, Larry Rivers, Barbara Guest, and Joan Mitchell.


Poems From the Tibor de Nagy Editions

Poems from the Tibor de Nagy Editions 1952-1966 by Frank O’Hara

Poems From the Tibor de Nagy EditionsForeword by Bill Berkson. Published by Tibor de Nagy Editions, New York, December 2006.

A City Winter and Other Poems, Oranges: 12 Pastorals, and Love Poems (Tentative Title), have been reissued together in this paperback edition. Originally the three separate volumes of poetry were published in limited editions.

Cover photograph by Renate Ponsold. Drawings by Larry Rivers for A City Winter and Other Poems; and painting by Grace Hartigan for Oranges: 12 Pastorals.

Frank O’Hara’s 80th

November 2006:
NYC Events: Poets House, The Poetry Project and MoMA


Passwords: Bill Berkson on Frank O’Hara
Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 p.m.
Poets House, 72 Spring Street, Second floor

Poet Bill Berkson explores the life and work of O’Hara (1926-1986) in the year 1956, at the time of his thirtieth birthday, when he was preparing the manuscript of his first major collection, Meditations in an Emergency.

Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who is the author of sixteen books and pamphlets of poetry, including the recent collections Serenade and Fugue State. During the 1960s he collaborated with Frank O’Hara on Hymns of St. Bridget & Other Writings. He teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Tickets ($7; free to members of Poet’s House, the Poetry Project, and MoMA) are available at the door on the evening of the program. For more information please call (212) 431-7920.

Frank O’Hara Reading
Wednesday, November 29, 8:00 p.m.
The Poetry Project, St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10 Street, at Second Avenue

With Bill Berkson, Anselm Berrigan, CA Conrad, Bob Holman, Patricia Spears Jones, Kimberly Lyons, Eileen Myles, Ron Padgett, David Shapiro, Lytle Shaw, John Yau, and others

Tickets ($8; $7students and seniors; $5 MoMA members; free to Members of Poet’s House and the Poetry Project) are available at the door on the evening of the program. For more information, please call (212) 674-0910.

Frank O’Hara at MoMA
Thursday, November 30, 6:00 p.m.
The Celeste Bartos Theater and MoMA Library and Archives Reading Rooms
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54 Street

Frank O’Hara worked at The Museum of Modern Art on and off for fifteen years—first selling postcards, then curating exhibitions, writing catalogue copy, and composing poems during his lunch hour. This program features poets John Ashbery and Bill Berkson, artist Alfred Leslie, and Museum Archivist Michelle Elligott as they share their memories of O’Hara and his love for poetry and art during his time at MoMA. Selected archival material from the Frank O’Hara Papers, such as correspondence, handwritten notes, and installation photographs, and printed materials such as illustrated books of poetry and exhibition catalogues, will be on view in the Library and Archives’s new Reading Rooms.

Tickets ($10, MoMA, Poets House, and Poetry Project members $8, students and seniors $5)  can be purchased at the lobby information desk and the Film and Media desk, or online at

***UPDATE: Listen to an audio recording of the November 30th MoMA event***

Exhibit: Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School

Fall 2006:

Exhibit: Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School

View exhibit online

Syracuse University
E.S. Bird Library, 6th Floor
7 September – 15 December 2006
Viewing Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Exhibit will travel to the Palitz Gallery at the Joseph I. Lubin House in New York City in March 2007.

The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing

April 2006:

The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing, edited by Nicholas Delbanco, Andrea Beauchamp, and Michael Barrett, published by the University of Michigan Press, 2006.

The 75th Anniversary of the Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Awards is being celebrated in 2006 at the University of Michigan. Many events are taking place throughout the year. In April the University of Michigan Press has published The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing, an anthology edited by Nicholas Delbanco, Andrea Beauchamp, and Michael Barrett. Among the writers represented in the anthology who received Hopwood Awards when they were students at the University of Michigan are: Max Apple, John Ciardi, Mary Gaitskill, Robert Hayden, Laura Kasischke, Jane Kenyon, Arthur Miller, Howard Moss, Frank O’Hara, Marge Piercy, Ronald Wallace, and Nancy Willard.

In 1951 Frank O’Hara received a major Hopwood Award in Poetry for his manuscript
A Byzantine Place, 50 Poems and a Noh Play.

More info: University of Michigan Press

David Smith: A Centennial

Winter/Spring 2006:

David Smith: A Centennial

Guggenheim Museum
February 3 – May 14 2006

A retrospective exhibition of sculpture, as well as drawings and sketchbooks by the great American sculptor David Smith (1906-1965).

Among the events and programs for the exhibition is the film screening of
“David Smith: Sculpting Master of Bolton Landing” from the series “Art: New York.” This interview of David Smith with Frank O’Hara was produced for Channel 13/WNDT-TV and was first televised on Nov. 11 1964.

The film will be showing for the duration of the exhibition in the New Media Theater:
Sun.–Wed. and Fri. @ 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 PM.

Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10128

More exhibition info:

In Memory of My Feelings

November 2005:
In Memory of My FeelingsNew edition of In Memory of My Feelings: A Selection of Poems by Frank O’Hara, edited by Bill Berkson. Preface by René d’Harnoncourt. Art for the poems by Nell Blaine, Norman Bluhm, Joe Brainard, John Button, Giorgio Cavallon, Allan D’Arcangelo, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Niki de Saint Phalle, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Michael Goldberg, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, Al Held, Jasper Johns, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Alfred Leslie, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Reuben Nakian, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauchenberg, Larry Rivers, and Jane Wilson.
Afterword by Bill Berkson.

Published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York: November 2005.
More info: MoMA