Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Bringing together poets from different generations, the Readings in Contemporary Poetry series, curated by Vincent Katz, explores a range of experimentation and voices in contemporary poetry.

Readings take place at Dia:Chelsea, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor, in New York City. The program is organized by poet and author Vincent Katz and Dia curator Yasmil Raymond. Books by the poets will be sold at the event, and many titles by poets in the series can be found on  

History of the Series

The Readings in Contemporary Poetry series initially ran from 1983 until 2003 under the direction of Brighde Mullins. During this period it became known as a series that featured celebrated poets, both innovative and academic, doing retrospective presentations of their work. A forum for some 150 internationally acclaimed participants to present work in New York City, the events included historic literary appearances, such as James Schuyler’s first public reading and Joseph Brodsky’s last, as well as readings by Nobel Laureates and other luminaries. The series resumed in fall 2010.

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