75 at 75: Mark Strand on Joseph Brodsky
Posted on Dec 3, 2014
I was there on the evening of November 20, 1978. I read aloud the...
John Cheever: “The Swimmer”
“The story was made into a film some of you may have seen,” Cheever remarked before he began...
75 at 75: Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop
Posted on Jul 18, 2013
The tone is neutral, oddly fearful, and it could be mistaken for casual. It...
Allen Ginsberg’s “Mind Breaths”
Ginsberg reads “Mind Breaths” in a 1977 appearance at 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center. The poem, as he introduced...
75 at 75: Henri Cole on Robert Lowell
Posted on Nov 11, 2013
When Robert Lowell read at the 92nd Street Y on December 8, 1976,...
75 at 75: W. S. Merwin on Jorge Luis Borges
Posted on May 1, 2015
Having been invited to send a comment on Jorge Luis Borges and the evening...
Margaret Atwood: Love & Destruction
This is an excerpt from Margaret Atwood’s first appearance at 92Y in March of 1975. She read from a...
75 at 75: Megan Marshall on Elizabeth Bishop
Posted on Mar 27, 2014
As a student poet at Harvard in the mid 1970s, I heard Elizabeth...
James Earl Jones reads Walt Whitman
Actor James Earl Jones reads passages from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”
75 at 75: David Kirby on Allen Ginsberg
Posted on March 6, 2015
I first heard Allen Ginsberg read at Johns Hopkins when I was a...
Allen Ginsberg: “What would you do if you lost it?”
Allen Ginsberg read with his father Louis this night in 1973, but what sets this recording apart is...
Women Writers: Has Anything Changed?
This 1972 panel discussion features Nora Ephron, novelist Elizabeth Janeway and poet Carolyn Kizer, with literary critic Helen...
W. H. Auden: “Metalogue to The Magic Flute”
Auden reads a group of early lyrics and culminates with his recitation of “Metalogue to The Magic Flute,”...
Maya Angelou: Mystical, Magical, Musical and Lyrical
“I’m told that poetry is obliged to be mystical, magical, musical and lyrical,” began Ms. Angelou on our...
75 at 75: Maxine Hong Kingston on Grace Paley
Posted on Feb 24, 2015
What a jolt—suddenly to hear Grace’s voice, her cough, her footsteps. She’s alive....