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
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
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
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
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
Thursday April 18 at 6:30pm
Co-sponsored with The Phillips Collection
Folger Poetry Board Reading
Tuesday May 7 at 7:30pm