Adam Zagajewski reads from Tremor (1985) and Solidarity, Solitude (1990). He also reads early drafts of translations of poems that would go on to be collected in Canvas (1991); most differ from those that appear in the published version of the book (translated by Renata Gorczynski, Benjamin Ivry, and C.K. Williams).
Marvin Bell reads primarily from A Probable Volume of Dreams (1969) and The Escape Into You (1971), along with work that would be collected in Residue of Song (1974), a book of poems published two years after this reading.
Sandra McPherson reads from her first two collections of poetry, Elegies for the Hot Season (1970) and Radiation (1973). She reads one love poem that remains uncollected.
James Welch reads poems from his collection Riding the Earthboy 40 (1971). He also reads one poem that would remain uncollected.
Tomas Tranströmer reads widely from his work; he also reads two poems by fellow Swedish poet Harry Martinson. Of note, Martinson received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1974, the year before this reading. Thirty-six years later, in 2011, Tranströmer himself was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The reading includes the performance of two poems in Swedish, and ends with a rich and extensive question and answer session.
William Pitt Root reads from his first collection, The Storm and Other Poems (1969), and from the soon-to-be published Striking the Dark Air for Music (1973). Between selections from these two books, he reads lighter, more humorous poems that would remain uncollected or be published much later.
Ira Sadoff reads from his collections Alcools (1964), Settling Down (1975), Palm Reading in Winter (1978), A Northern Calendar (1982), and Emotional Traffic (1989) in addition to one uncollected poem in translation.
Zachary Schomburg reads from Fjords (2012) and Scary, No Scary (2009). This reading was originally given with Joyelle McSweeney.
CAConrad reads poems from The Book of Frank (2009), A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (2012), and Translucent Salamander: A (Soma)tic Poetry Ritual and Resulting Poems (2013), along with new and uncollected work.
Willy Vlautin reads segments from the perspectives of three main characters (Freddie McCall, Nurse Pauline Hawkins, and Leroy Kervin) in his novel The Free (2014).
Maxine Kumin reads from several collections including her first book, Halfway (1961), as well as Upcountry (1972) and House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate (1975). She reads poems on themes such as animals, dreams, water, and the body, as well as two elegies to her close friend Anne Sexton, and a series of seven riddles.
Ofelia Zepeda reads from her poems in O'odham and in English. She also reads from an unfinished translation of a story originally told by an O'odham medicine man.
Paul Zimmer reads poems inspired by his troubled youth during the Eisenhower years, as well as several persona poems.
Jerome Rothenberg performs a retrospective survey of his prolific body of work, beginning with poems written in the 1960s and continuing in chronological order. Most of the poems read here are collected in Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader (2013).
Kimiko Hahn reads from Toxic Flora (2010) and Brain Fever (2014). This reading was given as part of the Spectacular Poetics series.
Terrance Hayes gives a lecture on his work in relationship to Etheridge Knight's "The Idea of Ancestry." This lecture was originally given with Joshua Beckman and Dorothea Lasky as part of the 2018 Bagley Wright Lecture Series conference "You Are Who I Am Talking To: Poetry, Attention, & Audience."
Timothy Donnelly gives a lecture on catachresis, the uncanny, and Emily Dickinson. He also reads three uncollected poems. This lecture was originally given with Srikanth Reddy and Rachel Zucker as part of the 2018 Bagley Wright Lecture Series conference "You Are Who I Am Talking To: Poetry, Attention, & Audience."
Natalie Shapero reads poems from Hard Child (2017) along with other uncollected poems.
Rosa Alcalá reads from her translations of Cecilia Vicuña's poetry presented in New and Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuña (2018). She also reads uncollected poems of her own. This reading was given as part of the Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation Series.