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 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 Anthony Hecht Prize Winner Christopher Cessac.
Monday November 5 at 7:30pm

Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: The Gorgeous Nothings

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

Tananarive Due & Airea D. Matthews

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

Sandra Beasley, Sean Hill, and Atsuro Riley

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

Carmen Giménez Smith

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

Kay Ryan

Tuesday May 7 at 7:30pm

More details to be announced soon.