poetryEast with Jane Yeh – 19th January


An ongoing series of cultural events exploring the meaning and value of the arts. This time Maitreyabandhu interviews the poet Jane Yeh.

Born in New Jersey, Jane Yeh first poetry collection, Marabou (Carcanet, 2005), was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. Her second collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014. Her third collection is forthcoming.

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poetryEast: The Man with the Blue Guitar – 16th February


‘The belief in poetry is a magnificent fury, or it is nothing’ – Wallace Stevens. A prolonged meditation on art and transformation, Stevens’ The Man with the Blue Guitar mixes a hypnotic soundscape with a cry for directly felt human meaning. Join us for an performance of jazz, song and close-readings of this epic poem.

Curated by Maitreyabandhu, with singer-songwriter Taylor Skye, saxophonist Matt Grenz and friends.

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poetryEast with Owen Sheers – 16th March


An ongoing series of cultural events exploring the meaning and value of the arts. This time Maitreyabandhu interviews the poet and playwright Owen Sheers.

Owen Sheers is a novelist, poet and playwright. His BAFTA and Grierson nominated film-poem The Green Hollow was published by Faber. To Provide All People, a BBC film-poem was commissioned to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. His one-man play Unicorns, Almost about the life and poetry of WWII poet Keith Douglas, was performed at the Hay Festival. A stage version of Pink Mist premiered at Bristol Old Vic.

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PoetryEast 80+ with Anne Stevenson, Anthony Thwaite & Peter Scupham – 27th October

PoetryEast-80+ update

An ongoing series of cultural events exploring the meaning and value of the arts.

This time Maitreyabandhu interviews three remarkable poets aged 80+ in a celebration of their life and work.

Anne Stevenson has written sixteen collections of poetry, a biography of Sylvia Plath and two critical studies of Elizabeth Bishop. Peter Scupham has published nine collections of poetry and is the founder of The Mandeville Press. Anthony Twaite is a poet and critic, widely known as the editor of his friend Philip Larkin. He was made an OBE for services to poetry in 1990.

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Wallace Stevens: The Whole Harmonium – 3 July (at Ledbury Poetry Festival)


A day bringing to life the poetry of Wallace Stevens created by Maitreyabandhu for PoetryEast

The Man with the Blue Guitar- an aural/ textual immersion Maitreyabandhu leads a morning’s exploration, including performance-readings, close reading, song and led meditation.
10am-1pm | £20 | Book here.

This Horde of Destructions- new perspectives on Wallace Stevens Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics, Maryam Hessavi, Srishti Krishnamoorthy-Cavell and Dzifa Benson, discuss Wallace Stevens’ reputation as a poet, and as a man.
3.30pm-4.30pm | £5 | Book here.

Mark Doty on Wallace Stevens: The Palm at the End of the Mind Readings and conversation with American poet and memoirist, Mark Doty.
5.30pm-7.30pm | £9.50 | Book here.

Michael Schmidt – 1st September


poetryEast is delighted to host poet, scholar, critic and translator, Michael Schmidt in conversation with Maitreyabandhu.

Michael Schmidt ‘s publications include The Novel: a biography, a companion volume to Lives of the Poets and Lives of the First Poets. Poetry collections include The Resurrection of the Body; Collected Poems and The Stories of My Life. He is general editor of PN Review and founder and managing director of Carcanet Press. ‘Vibrant, radiant, Michael Schmidt’s poetry is steeped in modernist tradition (Yeats and Eliot) and questingly new’. John Ashbery

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Mark Doty – 7 July

Mark-Doty-009.0a06639280bc493d8b3f39ee5af114886.jpg‘Doty has never eschewed beauty. Indeed, beauty, its unlikely, often unexpected, yet constant recurrence and its elusive fleetingness, is central.’ Reginald Shepherd.

Mark Doty is an American poet and memoirist. His collection My Alexandria won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was awarded the National Book Award for Poetry. His memoire Dog Years was a New York Times best-seller. He served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2011 to 2016.

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Jorie Graham – 21st April


Jorie Graham is the author of some fifteen collections of poetry, whose work ‘has engaged the whole human contraption – intellectual, global, domestic, apocalyptic – rather than the narrow emotional slice of it most often reserved for poems’ (New York Times).

Her honours include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and in 2012 she was the first American woman to win one of the Forward Prizes, a UK award (for Best Collection: PLACE). In 2017 she was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

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Will Eaves – 24th March

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poetryEast is delighted to host the launch of Will Eaves’s new novel, Murmur, inspired by the life and work of the pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing. Will Eaves was the Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement before becoming an Associate Professor in the English department at Warwick University. His novel-in-voices The Absent Therapist was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, while The Inevitable Gift Shop, a collection of poetry and prose, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for Poetry in 2016.

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