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Summer 2016: Time to read!

“A literary mixtape [with] perfect flow and variety.”
– The New York Times

Happy summer!

Dear friends of House of SpeakEasy,

House of SpeakEasy has had a great year, with sold-out shows, brilliant lineups, and rapt audiences for our Seriously Entertaining speakers. And now we, and you, get to take a little time off: go to the beach, see Shakespeare in the park, snooze in a hammock, fight the traffic on the LIE. We’ve all earned it.

But never fear, we’ll be back in the fall and busier than ever, with three shows (instead of our usual two) at Joe’s Pub. Tickets go on sale in August; if you join House of SpeakEasy today you’ll enjoy our members’ priority booking period, as well as news about show lineups and other activities.

In the meantime, let us know what you’re reading this summer: send us an email and we’ll share it on our site! And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Happy summer!


Seriously Entertaining Upcoming Shows
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ALL 2016 SHOWS HELD AT JOE’S PUB at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St, NYC 10003. If a show is sold out, check our website again in a few days, as extra tickets sometimes become available closer to show date. Join our mailing list for further information.

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Seriously Questioning… Stephen Burt

Stephen Burt is a poet, critic, and professor of English at Harvard. In 2009, his guide to reading contemporary poetry, Close Calls With Nonsense, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent poetry collection, Belmont (Graywolf Press, 2013) is a brilliant sequence of surprising, absurdist, sexually supple verse, flush with the joys of parenthood, adventurous in its versification, unafraid of living and loving. There’s a poem about the Muppets. One’s titled “For Avril Lavigne”. Another is told from the perspective of your standard office stapler (“I have no use for a doctrine of non- / attachment, although I once / put an argument for it together”). Stephen is one of the guests at our Seriously Entertaining show When Strangers Meet at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on June 13.

Name: Stephen Burt. Steph, in person. Sometimes also Stephanie.

Age: 45, perhaps alas.

Where are you from? Washington, DC. Childhood in the Maryland suburbs, but really, DC.

What is your occupation? I’m a college professor. I teach people how to read and talk about poetry, except when I am teaching them how to read and talk about comic books.

Title of most recent work: The Poem Is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them, out this fall fromSee More >

WE SERIOUSLY LIKE
  1. Art, activism, and the Black American writer: Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Sonia Sanchez on dismantling power through writing.
  2. The case for Barnes & Noble: why the corporate behemoth is an agent for intellectual and cultural growth.
  3. Craving, tasting, devouring: the ancient use of eating/reading imagery in literary discourse.
  4. An ode to Lois Duncan and her female protagonists: the thrilling, heartbreaking, and influential storytelling of the late writer.
  5. Reading (and telling) in translation: the rich, creative journey of Knausgaard translator Don Bartlett.
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