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
Linda Pastan, Marilyn Chin, & Ellen Bass

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

Melissa Tuckey & Brenda Cárdenas

Editor and poet Melissa Tuckey is joined by Brenda Cárdenas to celebrate Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology that explores the intersection of environment, social justice, and culture.
Friday October 5 at 7:30pm

Anthony Hecht Prize

Sir Andrew Motion & Christopher Cessac

Prize judge Sir Andrew Motion reads with this year's winner, Christopher Cessac.
Monday November 5 at 7:30pm

Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute
Jen Bervin & Martha Nell Smith on The Gorgeous Nothings

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

Tananarive Due, N. K. Jamisin, & Airea D. Matthews

Fiction writers Tananarive Due and N.K. Jemisin and poet Airea D. Matthews read from work that explores Afrofuturism.
Tuesday February 12 at 7:30pm

Sandra Beasley, Sean Hill, & Atsuro Riley

Poet and author of Don’t Kill The Birthday Girl  Sandra Beasley is joined by poets Sean Hill and Atsuro Riley to read from the new food anthology, Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Allliance.
Monday March 11 at 7:30pm

Carmen Giménez Smith

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

Folger Poetry Board Reading
Kay Ryan

Tuesday May 7 at 7:30pm