About the event

In light of the poet's unexpected passing in 2010 and in celebration of her Collected Poems (Norton, 2012), nine distinguished contemporary poets—Timothy Donnelly, Rigoberto González, Tyehimba Jess, Patricia Spears Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Timothy Liu, Sapphire, and Susan Wheeler—will read from Ai's work, and House of Cards actor Eisa Davis will perform a selection of Ai's well-known dramatic monologues.

Co-sponsored by Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem, Kundiman, Poets House, Poetry Society of America