Upcoming Readings for Fall 2022

October 2, 2022: Dana Levin

Please note: This in-person reading at the Katonah Village Library does not require registration. Recommended donation ($15) can be paid at the door.

Read KPS’s exclusive Interview with Dana Levin, conducted by Ann van Buren.

Dana Levin - Poet
Photo by Anne Staveley

Dana Levin’s most recent book of poetry is Now Do You Know Where You Are (Copper Canyon, 2022), a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, praised the book as “luminous.” Her other books include Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), Sky Burial (Copper Canyon, 2011), which the New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” and Wedding Day (Copper Canyon, 2005). Her first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was chosen by Louise Glück for the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and went on to receive numerous honors, including the 2003 PEN/Osterweil Award.

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November 20, 2022: Peter Filkins & Kevin Pilkington

KPS presents a double-header reading of two excellent poets from the Hudson Valley, Peter Filkins and Kevin Pilkington.

Peter Filkins
Photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

Peter Filkin’s primary interest is writing poetry and, besides his new volume, Water / Music, he has published four volumes of original verse to date. He has also translated the poetry and prose of Ingeborg Bachmann, novels by H.G. Adler and Alois Hotschnig, and a critical work by Bernd Stiegler. He is currently at work on a biography of H.G. Adler and a new book of poems. His poems, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including The New Republic, Poetry, The New Criterion, The Yale Review, Partisan Review, Paris Review, and the New York Times Book Review. Professor Filkins has also taught at Bard College’s main campus, Williams College, Hiram College, and North Adams State College. He has been teaching at Simon’s Rock since 1988.

Kevin PilkingtonKevin Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of ten poetry collections, including Playing Poker With Tennessee Williams (2021); Where You Want To Be: New and Selected Poems (2015), an IPPY Award Winner; The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree (2011), which was a Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award finalist; In the Eyes of a Dog (2009), which received the New York Book Festival Award; and Spare Change (1997), a National Poetry Series selection. He is also the author of the novels Summer Shares (2012) and Taking On Secrets (forthcoming, 2022). 

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Coming Next Spring: Matthew Olzmann, May 7, 2023.

Billy Collins Scholarship 2022

Seneca Schwartz
Seneca Schwartz

The Katonah Poetry Series is pleased to award the 2022 Billy Collins Poetry and Creative Writing Scholarship to Seneca Schwartz. This annual scholarship goes to a student who is passionate about poetry and/or creative writing and has demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in the literary arts. Applicants submitted 5 pages of original work in order to be considered for this award.

Seneca Schwartz is a soon-to-be college freshman who plans on studying film production at Emerson College. She is passionate about giving underrepresented people a voice through film and has made two short documentaries about women empowerment, and the importance of female role models. She is interested in strengthening her creative writing skills to become a more well-rounded artist.

Read our exclusive interviews with Jenny Xie, Arthur Sze, Dan Chiasson, Forrest Gander, Rosanna Warren, Laura Kasischke, Gregory Djanikian, Timothy Donnelly, Timothy Liu, Diana GoetschDeborah Landau, Maggie Smith, Brenda Shaughnessy, Carl Phillips, Major Jackson, and Alan Shapiro.
If you say on the steps of the Katonah Village Library for the past 35 years, nearly every notable American poet would have walked by. - Billy Collins, Poet Laureate
KPS has been presenting readings by prominent poets under the auspices of the Katonah Village Library since 1967.