Poetry & Language

Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word

2015 Poetry Reading Series

Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series present
Sonia Sanchez and Darian Dauchan
This performance has been post-poned until further notice.

    Stella Adler Studio, Studio G

    The purpose of The Harold Clurman Center for Poetry, Poetic Drama and the Spoken Word is to explore the relationship between the actor and dramatic language, to celebrate dramatic and poetic language as a necessary but perhaps under-appreciated aspect of the actor’s art and craft, and to open channels of communication between poets, playwrights, actors, directors, voice specialists and critics in order to better understand issues of written and spoken language and the relationship between them. The Board of Advisors for this Center is Literary Critic Harold Bloom, Poet John Ashbery, Poet Grace Schulman, Voice Experts Cicely Berry, Andrew Wade and Deborah Hecht.

    “In the true spirit of Harold Clurman, for which it was named, the poetry reading series at the Stella Adler Conservatory is marvelous for its inter-cultural daring. The audiences are exciting for their mix of young actors, writers, and dedicated readers. To appear there is to be fully aware of stage presence in reciting poetry and of the poetry in stage presence. At one reading, I picked up a wax rose from a stage set and presented it to one of the poets. It was wax, not real, but for me symbolic of the unity of theater and poetry. The two arts are inextricably joined.”
    – Grace Schulman, Poet

    The Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series

    The Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series, created in 1997, brings great poets to the Studio to read their work and, if interested, discuss their artistic process. Poetry readings are free and open to the public.

    Participating Artists Include:

    John Ashbery
    Harold Bloom
    Susan Baron
    Marc Cohen
    Henri Cole
    Alfred Corn
    Deborah Diggs
    Carol Muske Dukes
    Marcella Durand
    Cornelius Eady
    Jonathan Galassi
    Forrest Gander
    Marilyn Hacker
    Rachel Hadas
    Gerrit Henry
    Edward Hirsh
    Galway Kinnell
    Kenneth Koch
    Yusef Komunyakka
    Li-Young Lee
    David Lehman
    Philip Levine
    Anne Marie Macari
    Jeffrey McDaniel
    Stanley Moss
    Sharon Olds
    Molly Peacock
    Liam Rector
    F.D. Reeve
    Eugene Richie
    Grace Schulman
    Martha Serpas
    Ravi Shankar
    Reginald Shephard
    James Sherry
    Jonathan Skinner
    Charles Simic
    Gerald Stern
    Mark Strand
    James Tate
    Susan Wheeler
    C.K. Williams
    Jerry Williams