2018/19 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

The 50th anniversary 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
Won’t You Celebrate With Me?

Linda Pastan and Chancellors from the Academy of American Poets celebrate 50 seasons of poetry at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Monday September 17 at 7:30pm
Co-sponsored with the Academy of American Poets

Ghost Fishing : An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology

Editor and poet Melissa Tuckey is joined by poets from the diverse anthology that explores the intersection of environment, social justice, and culture.
Friday October 5 at 7:30pm

Anthony Hecht Prize

Sir Andrew Motion and Winner (TBA)
Monday November 5 at 7:30pm

Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute

Monday December 10 at 7:30pm
Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America


Poet, fiction writer, and editor of the sci-fi anthology Dark Matter, Sharee Renee Thomas is joined by writers engaged in the popular genre.
Tuesday February 12 at 7:30pm

Before Farm to Table: Vinegar and Char

Poet and author of Don’t Kill The Birthday Girl Sandra Beasley is joined by poet Atsuro Riley and others from a new food anthology.
Monday March 11 at 7:30pm

Folger Poetry Reading at The Phillips Collection

Thursday April 18 at 6:30pm
Co-sponsored with The Phillips Collection

Folger Poetry Board Reading

Kay Ryan
Tuesday May 7 at 7:30pm

More details to be announced soon.