This coming November 11, 2015, virtually 10 years to the day after the very first pairing of Page Meets Stage (which wasn’t even a series yet but rather just a one-off reading), several alumni of the 80 pairings that have happened since will join together with a few emerging voices to celebrate this amazing series “where the Pulitzer Prize meets the poetry slam.” The event will take place at 7:00 pm at our new venue in New York City:
The Celebration of Whimsy
21 Clinton Street
(just south of Houston)
The first pairing of Page Meets Stage was Billy Collins and me, and it took place on November 12, 2005. I remember the whole day well because it lasted six hours longer than usual for me! See, I had finished teaching a residency in Copenhagen the day before, so on the morning of the biggest poetry reading of my life in New York City, I woke up in Europe! Was I exhausted? Of course. But not so much as my heart was bursting with pride. It was Bob Holman’s idea to have me and Billy read back and forth, poem for poem, and we have continued to do that at all pairings since that first one. Indeed, that unique aspect of our format is what audiences love and what makes Page Meets Stage such a great show. There’s rarely been one poet who overpowers the other—and it’s certainly not a competition—because the truth is we only ask poets who are pretty accomplished on BOTH surfaces, page and stage.
Please do join us on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, as we welcome back several veterans from the last 10 years as well as some emerging voices who will renew our hope in the literary future.