Readings in Contemporary Poetry

From the fall of 1987 through the Spring of 2003, over one hundred poets read in Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry series, coordinated by Brighde Mullins. These readings included historic literary events, such as James Schuyler's first public reading.

Readings in Contemporary Poetry was funded, in part, by generous grants from The Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Inc., Lannan Foundation, and Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, with additional support from the Axe-Houghton Foundation.


Wole Soyinka
Martine Bellen and Rosmarie Waldrop
Richard Howard and Maxine Kumin
August Kleinzahler and Harryette Mullen


Paul Auster and Michael Ondaatje
Carol Muske-Dukes and Marilyn Nelson
Claudia Rankine and Dean Young
Stanley Kunitz, introduced by Mark Doty
Mary Jo Bang and Paul Hoover
Phillip Levine and Tom Sleigh


Sharon Olds and Quincy Troupe
Jorie Graham and Charles Wright
John Ashbery and Robert Creeley
Alan Dugan and Marie Ponsot
Anne Carson and Bei Dao
Ann Lauterbach and Alice Notley


Lucille Clifton and Galway Kinnell
Cole Swensen and John Yau
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Forrest Gander
Bill Corbett and Elaine Equi
Norma Cole and Fanny Howe
Carl Phillips and Susan Wheeler


Frank Bidart and Thom Gunn
Kimiko Hahn and Arthur Sze
Jackson Mac Low and Joan Retallack
Denis Johnson and Jean Valentine
Peter Reading and Sonia Sanchez
Dominique Fourcade and Susan Howe


Carolyn Forché and Robert Pinsky
Anne Carson and Peter Sacks
Charles Bernstein and Kathleen Fraser
Jayne Cortez and Sapphire
Joy Harjo and Thomas Lux
Stacy Doris, Vijay Seshadri and Karen Volkman


Jorie Graham and Michael Palmer
Cornelius Eady and June Jordan
August Kleinzahler and Eileen Myles
Lawrence Joseph and Susan Stewart
Harryette Mullen and Bob Perelman
Eavan Boland and Adrienne Rich


Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman
John Hollander and Kenneth Koch
Marilyn Hacker and C.D. Wright
Cyrus Cassells and Li-Young Lee
Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott
Lucie Brock-Broido and Richard Kenney


Robert Creeley and Donald Revell
A.R. Ammons and Anthony Hecht
Mark Doty and Elizabeth Macklin
Joseph Brodsky and Mark Strand
Lyn Hejinian and Marjorie Welish
Walid Bitar, Sophie Cabot Black and Sapphire


John Ashbery and Pierre Martory
Amy Clampitt and Donald Justice
Louise Glück and Robert Pinsky
Barbara Guest and Galway Kinnell
Robert Creeley and Allen Ginsberg
James Galvin and Jane Miller
Alice Fulton and Richard Howard


W.S. Merwin
Philip Levine
Stephen Dobyns and Heather McHugh
Linda Gregg and Gerald Stern
John Ash and Ann Lauterbach
Denise Levertov
April Bernard, Killarney Clary and Kathleen Peirce


Gwendolyn Brooks
Eavan Boland and Ai
Czeslaw Milosz
C.K. Williams and Adam Zagajewski
Allen Grossman and Tomaz Salamun
Susan Howe and Susan Mitchell
Clark Coolidge and George Starbuck
Jorie Graham


Thom Gunn
Andrew Hudgins and Yusef Komunyakaa
Mark Strand
Amy Gerstler and Thylias Moss
Lucille Cifton
James Merrill
Richard Wilbur
Charles Wright


James Tate
Rita Dove and Sharon Olds
Charles Simic
Carolyn Forché
Paul Muldoon
Adrienne Rich


Leslie Scalapino
James Schuyler
Alice Notley
Peter Dale Scott
Derek Walcott
Paul Schmidt


John Ashbery
Robert Creeley
Louise Glück
Michael Palmer
Seamus Heaney
Frank Bidart
Robert Hass
Amy Clampitt