About the event

Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative is partnering with The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a panel and discussion on the life and works of Paul Blackburn: poet, translator, and foundational figure of the Lower East Side poetry scene.

Basil King will lead off the evening with a reading and reminiscence of Paul Blackburn. A roundtable moderated by Poetry Project Director Stacy Szymaszek will follow short talks by Marcella Durand, George Economou, David Henderson, Carolee Schneemann, Simon Smith, and Robert Vas Dias on topics such as: his politics, his translations of Provençal troubadour verse and Julio Cortázar, and the role of the poet in shaping the city.

This panel will be followed by a reception to celebrate Paul Blackburn, the Poetry Project’s 50th Anniversary, and the publication of Lost & Found Series VI featuring work by Gregory Corso, Judy Grahn, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, and Ted Joans.

On Wednesday, September 28th, The Poetry Project will also host a night of readings of Paul Blackburn’s work. More information can be found here.

A limited-edition broadside of a Paul Blackburn poem paired with a Basil King drawing, designed by Edwin Torres tocommemorate "In.On.Or About the Premises: A Celebration of Paul Blackburn" and the 50th Anniversary of The Poetry Project in collaboration with Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative will be available at the events.

Cosponsored by The Poetry Project.