Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
Led by celebrated teaching poets and contributors to the 92nd Street Y’s #ANewColossus poetry festival, these virtual poetry workshops will delve into the construction and techniques used in writing “The New Colossus,” and place Lazarus’ poem side by side with work by contemporary poets that is “descended” from, or inspired by, the original poem.
Using what they have discovered as a springboard, salon participants will have two writing sessions per class based on prompts inspired by the poems they have discussed. During each salon, participants will have the chance to share the work they have created with their peers. Some take-home revision and new poem prompt ideas will be provided as well.
Salon participants have the opportunity to submit their work to AJHS’ national poetry contest. Poems are being accepted on a rolling basis, and winner will be announced September of 2020.
Featuring: Lynn Melnick
Poetry Writing Workshops Inspired By “The New Colossus”
Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 6:30 pm
Ticket Info: FREE
LIVE FROM THE ARCHIVES: Emma Lazarus’ Red Manuscript
A New Interactive Zoom Series from AJHS!
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 1:00 pm
Ticket Info: Free with RSVP
Emma Lazarus handwrote her work here in the mid-1880s, and while we typically turn to page 1 to study “The New Colossus,” this time we’ll turn to page 2 to study “Progress & Poverty.” Initially published in the New York Times, Lazarus wrote the poem after reading labor activist and journalist Henry George’s 526-page economic analysis, Progress & Poverty. Join Executive Director, Dr. Annie Polland and AJHS Director of Collections and Engagement, Melanie Meyers for a live show that draws on the perspectives of Professor Schor, historian Ed O’Donnell, author of Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age, and others, as you discover more facets to Lazarus’s work.