O.B. Hardison Poetry Series - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info

Thru August 31
Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library
Call 202-544-7077
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The 51st season of the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series brings award-winning poets from around the globe to the heart of Capitol Hill. We hope you'll join us for the full year as a subscriber.

Hardison Season Opening

September 16, 2019

We celebrate Graywolf Press's 45th anniversary and open the new season of poetry.

I Put a Spell on You

October 28, 2019

Two poets read spellbinding poetry influenced by witchcraft and form. This reading is preceded by a special pop-up exhibition of rare books on witches and magic from the Folger's own collection.

Anthony Hecht Prize

November 4, 2019 

Prize judge Charles Wright reads with this year's winner, Katherine Hollander.

Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute

December 9, 2019

Poet Tom Sleigh reads his favorite Dickinson poems and shares from his own work. Artist Lesley Dill shares her Dickinson-influenced work. Following the presentation, the two artists will have a conversation about their shared muse.

Love & Happiness

February 24, 2019

Award-winning poets read poetry of love and happiness.

Motherhood Redux

March 11, 2019 

Three acclaimed poets read their work about motherhood at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Riffs and Relations

April 23, 2019

Poet and artist Terrance Hayes responds to The Phillips Collection exhibition Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, curated by Adrienne L. Childs.

Folger Poetry Board Reading

May 18, 2019 

This reading highlights a distinguished poet chosen by the Folger Poetry Board. The acclaimed poet reads from his work as well as those he cites as influences. This reading will be held at The National Gallery of Art.

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