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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.

Upcoming Readings for 2021

June 6, 2021: Rosanna Warren – Free Reading on Zoom

Rosanna Warren
photo by Joel E. Cohen

Rosanna Warren is an acclaimed American poet, literary critic, university professor and scholar. She has also been involved in the editing of collections of translated works by French, Italian and Ancient Greek poets. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005. She has taught at numerous universities and is currently the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

The reading via Zoom begins at 4:00 p.m. EDT followed by Q&A. More information on the reading on this page.
To register:  Go to this link. Fill out the form and you will receive the Zoom link to the reading via email.


October 17, 2021: Forrest Gander

Forrest GanderForrest Gander is a writer, translator, and editor of several anthologies of writing from Spain and Mexico. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including two novels, poetry and an essay collection. Gander’s essays have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review, and the New York Times Book Review. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, United States Artists, and Whiting Foundations. More info on this page.


Dan Chiasson

November 14, 2021: Dan Chiasson

Dan Chiasson is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently Bicentennial, and a book of criticism, One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America. He is the poetry critic for The New Yorker. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Whiting Writers Award, Chiasson is the Lorraine C. Wang Professor of English at Wellesley College, and lives in Massachussetts. More info on this page.


Gregory Djanikian Reading – January 31,2021

Introduced by Billy Collins

Gregory Djankian read for us on Sunday, January 31, 2021. We had more than 160 attendees from around the US and Canada. Watch the entire reading above.

Gregory Djanikian is the author of seven collections of poetry, The Man in the Middle, Falling Deeply into America, About Distance, Years Later, So I Will Till the Ground, Dear Gravity, and, most recently, Sojourners of the In-Between. He has been awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, two prizes from Poetry magazine (the Eunice Tietjens Prize, and Friends of Literature Prize), the Anahid Literary Award from the Armenian Center at Columbia University, and multiple residencies at Yaddo. More info at gregorydjanikian.com.

Don’t miss KPS’s exclusive Interview with Gregory Djanikian, conducted by Ann van Buren.
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Our November Reading

Timohy Donnelly KPS 11/15/20Timothy Donnelly gave a dynamic reading on Sunday, November 15, 2020, selecting poems largely from The Problem of the Many as well as new work. In his comments afterward, Donnelly remarked that he is inspired by mythology and how he is “drawn to fables.” He remains “interested in the idea of poetry as the technology of preservation.” He mentioned poets he reads and appreciates for their “balance of containment and abandon.” These range from the classics such as Homer and Sappho to Shakespeare, Keats, Tennyson and Dickinson. He concluded with his own poem, “The Human,” which he said he wrote as an “optimistic whisper.” Read Ann van Buren’s interview with Timothy here.


Read our exclusive interviews with Timothy Donnelly, Gregory DjanikianTimothy Liu, Diana GoetschDeborah Landau, Maggie Smith, Brenda Shaughnessy, Carl Phillips, Major Jackson, and Alan Shapiro