Unterberg Poetry Center 2023-2024


Unterberg Poetry Center 2023-2024 Season Highlights

Unterberg Poetry Center 2023-2024 Highlights

Unterberg Poetry Center 2023-2024 presents “Daughters of Latin America: An Anthology Reading”, a special program featuring Latine and Caribbean authors such as Rosie Perez, Giannina Braschi, Jamaica Kincaid, and others.

Daughters of Latin America: An Anthology Reading

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2023 at 7:30pm (in person and online)

Unterberg Poetry Center 2023-2024

Academy Award-nominated actress Rosie Perez hosts a historic, multilingual gathering of Caribbean and Latine writers from the new anthology Daughters of Latin America — including Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes and acclaimed memoirist Esmeralda Santiago, and others. Spanning time, styles, and traditions — and expertly curated by Sandra Guzmán — Daughters of Latin America is a dazzling collection of essential works from 140 Latine writers, scholars, and activists. Witness this celebratory summit of literary voices representing a multitude of languages, geographies, and diasporas — a major event in world literature to kick off the Unterberg Poetry Center’s 85th-anniversary season. Readers include Latin American and Caribbean poets and authors Giannina Braschi, Sonia Guiñansaca, Jamaica Kincaid, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, Esmeralda Santiago, Elisabet Velasquez, and others.

Unterberg Poetry Center 2023-2024 Presents

Sandra Cisneros and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

October 5, 2023 at 8pm

Unterberg Poetry Center Sandra Cisneros

Bestselling author Sandra Cisneros (The House on Mango Street) presents her first collection of poetry in 28 years, Woman Without Shame, alongside audaciously innovative poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (TwERK), who reads and performs from Village, her first book in nearly a decade. Cisneros’ Woman Without Shame is a moving collection of songs, elegies, and declarations that chronicle her search for home — in the Mexico of her ancestors and in her own heart. Diggs’ Village — part poetry collection, part soundscape — examines how trauma reshapes lineage, language, and choice in propulsive and formally inventive verse. Aesthetically wide-ranging but spiritually unified by a fascination in the shape-shifting power of diasporic reinvention, Cisneros and Diggs present a multigenerational evening of poetry and performance that spans and widens the field of possibility for contemporary American poetry.

Unterberg Poetry Center 2023-2024 Highlights

Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Man of Two Faces

Friday October 20th 2023 at 8pm

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen (The SympathizerThe Committed, and The Refugees) presents A Man of Two Faces — a triumphant memoir that sears through the fog of American amnesia,” writes Cathy Park Hong. “It is a fissured lyric on memory and a clarifying meditation on empire. Every American needs to read this essential book.” Expanding the genre of personal memoir by acknowledging larger stories of refugeehood, colonization, and the relationship between Vietnam and America, A Man of Two Faces is marked by Nguyen’s trademark sardonic wit and incisive analysis, as well as a deep emotional openness about his life as a father and a son. Hear this vitally original writer — “one of our great chroniclers of displacement” (Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker) — discuss this moving and brilliant meditation on the relationship between personal narrative and cultural power.

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Academy of American Poets’ Chancellors Reading

Tracy K Smith poet

Thursday October 26th 2023 at 8pm

Featuring Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets including Marilyn Chin, Natalie Diaz, Nikky Finney, Marie Howe, Ed Roberson, Patricia Smith, Tracy K. Smith, and Natasha Trethewey

Click to Unterberg Poetry Center 2023-2024 for the full roster of events.