Naomi Shihab Nye reads primarily from three collections: Different Ways to Pray (1980), Hugging the Jukebox (1982), and Yellow Glove (1986).
Charles Wright reads from several of his books, along with three poems that would later be published, in slightly different versions, in his 1988 collection Zone Journals.
David Ignatow reads widely from his work. This reading includes poems collected in Facing the Tree (1975) and Tread the Dark (1978), as well as uncollected poems and early drafts of poems that would go on to appear in collections such as Whisper to the Earth (1981) and Leaving the Door Open (1984).
Cole Swensen reads from Ours (2008) and a work in progress about ghosts that would go on to be published as Gravesend (2012). This reading was originally presented alongside Caroline Bergvall and Christian Bök.
Ofelia Zepeda reads from her poetry collections When It Rains, Papago and Pima Poetry = Mat hekid o ju, 'O'odham Na-cegitodag (1982), Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert (1995), and Jewed 'I-hoi, Earth Movements (1997). She reads the poems first in O'odham, and then in English.
Ross Gay reads poems from Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (2015) and an essay from The Book of Delights (2019). This reading was given as part of the Climate Change & Poetry Series.