* WORD/PLAY * is Medicine Show's writers' reading series, now in its 31st season.
It features 10 to15 readings of varied kinds: e.g. an established & an emerging writer; group readings for literary magazines or other groupings; stagings of a writer's work with. actors/musicians & author present & often performing; Words Worth Singing -- musical settings of poems. A reading committee chooses authors. We also solicit MSS on our website.
A bonus for us - after meeting the company at readings, writers often write for our plays (e.g. Denise Duhamel, Ben Miller, Simon Pettitt, Filip Marinovich.) A few particualrly noteworthy past readers: Allen Ginsberg, Rita Dove, Leonard Cohen, Harry Mathews, Terry MacMillan, Kenneth Koch, Kurtis Lamkin, Linda Gregg, Jack Gilbert, Ron Padgett, Stephanie Strickland, Grace Paley, Gerald Stern, D. Nurkse, Denise Duhamel, Mervyn Taylor, Barry Wallenstein, Meena Alexander, Kimiko Hahn, Susan Sherman, Tuli Kupferberg, Yusef Komanyakaa, Paul Muldoon, John Ashbery, and many you haven't heard of, yet.
Group readings have included Phat'itude, FLARF, Black Lotus, The Unbearables, Hanging Loose Press, Fish Drum Magazine, and student poets from Beacon High School, among others.


Sunday, November 9th, 11AM-2PM

Poetry Workshop with Martín Espada

This is a generative workshop, rather than a workshop for the critique of poems. Participants will generate new work based on the distribution and discussion of poems by Jack Agüeros, Rafael Campo, Marilyn Nelson and Espada himself. Workshop participants will write on the spot, then share their work, reading aloud to the group (for thunderous applause only). Together we will write what Campo calls “broken sonnets” to reflect the broken world around us, bending the form associated with Shakespeare to demand respect for those consigned to oblivion, from prison cells to emergency rooms.

Martín Espada has published more than fifteen books. His collection of poems, The Trouble Ball (Norton), received the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. His previous book of poems, The Republic of Poetry (Norton), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem ofhis collection, Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’sDisciple (South End Press), has been banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies program outlawed by the state of Arizona. The recipient of a Shelley Memorial Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Espada teaches in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Workshop $30 at the door, cash or check

Reservations: (212) 262-4216 or cbrandt@medicineshowtheatre.org