2019/20 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

The 51st 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

Danez Smith, Ilya Kaminsky and Fanny Howe

We celebrate Graywolf Press's 45th anniversary and open the new season of poetry.
Monday September 16 at 7:30pm
Co-sponsored with Graywolf Press

I Put a Spell on You

Annie Finch & Kiki Petrosino

Two poets read spellbinding poetry influenced by witchcraft and form. This reading is preceded by a special pop-up exhibition of rare books on witches and magic from the Folger's own collection.
Pop-up from 6:30-7:15pm
Monday, October 28 at 7:30pm

Anthony Hecht Prize

Charles Wright & Katherine Hollander

Prize judge Charles Wright reads with this year's winner, Katherine Hollander.
Monday November 4 at 7:30pm

Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute

Tom Sleigh & Lesley Dill

Poet Tom Sleigh reads his favorite Dickinson poems and shares from his own work.  Artist Lesley Dill shares her Dickinson-influenced work. Following the presentation, the two artists will have a conversation about their shared muse.
Monday December 9 at 7:30pm
Co-sponsored with The Emily Dickinson Museum

Love & Happiness

Tim Seibles, George Bilgere, & Keith Wilson

Award-winning poets read poetry of love and happiness.
February 24 at 7:30pm

Motherhood Redux

Camille Dungy, Tina Chang, & Beth Ann Fennelly

Three acclaimed poets read their work about motherhood at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Wednesday March 11 at 7pm
This reading is co-sponsored with and takes place at The National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Riffs and Relations

Terrance Hayes

Poet and artist Terrance Hayes responds to The Phillips Collection exhibition Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition, curated by Adrienne L. Childs.
Thursday April 23 at 6:30pm
This reading is co-sponsored with and takes place at The Phillips Collection.

Folger Poetry Board Reading

Billy Collins

This reading highlights a distinguished poet chosen by the Folger Poetry Board. The acclaimed poet reads from his work as well as those he cites as influences. This reading will be held at The National Gallery of Art.
Monday May 18 at 7:30pm
This reading is co-sponsored with and takes place at The National Gallery of Art.