Events 2023/24

Monday, November 4, 4:30 - 5:30PM

Yale University: Poetry Reading & Talk

"Interglacial Narrows: Readings by Pierre Joris” (details to be announced)
Wednesday, November 29, 4PM

Brown University

Lecture: Witnessing for the Witness: The Ferryman’s Labor in Translating Paul Celan.
Thursday, November 30, 5:30PM

Brown University Bookshop

Poetry Reading
Thursday, January 4, 2024


Segue (Artists Space, 11 Cortlandt Alley, NYC)

Past Events

September 20, 2023

Talk: Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.

“The Making of The University of California Book of North African Literature or: How to put 2500 years of Maghrebi Literature into One Book.” (Details t.b.a.)
September 19, 2023

Reading & Talk

Albany Writers Institute (Details t.b.a.)
August 4, 2023, 1PM EST

Poetry Reading

Brooklyn Rail’s The New Social Environment #869 (preceded by José Falcone’s talk with Pedro Reyes). READ MORE
July 14, 2023

Reading, Signing & Birthday Party

Stand4 gallery (414 78th Street Brooklyn, NY 11209) 6-8 pm
November 18

Paul Celan Reading

Johns Hopkins University
November 16

Celan event Deutsches House, NYU with Paul Auster

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Paul Celan’s birthday, Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation between the poet and translator Pierre Joris and Paul Auster, followed by a reading from Celan’s Memory Rose into Threshold Speech (The Collected Earlier Poetry: A Bilingual Edition, translated by Pierre Joris and with commentary by Pierre Joris and Barbara Wiedemann) and from Celan’s Microliths They Are, Little Stones (The Posthumous Prose, translated by Pierre Joris). FOR MORE DETAILS, CLICK HERE
October 2-3

Celebrating Celan at 100: Witnessing for the Witness

Conference at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
June 11-12 (to be rescheduled for a later date)
University of Chicago Center Paris

Keynote at Conference

“Courts-circuits et visions disjonctées : œuvre et réseaux de Claude Pélieu / Short-circuits and Fused Visions: The Works and Networks of Claude Pélieu”.
June 7 & 8 (to be rescheduled for a later date)
Kings College, University of London

Jerome Rothenberg & Eric Mottram celebration

with Nicole Peyrafitte
May 1 (to be rescheduled for a later date)

Celebration reading by & party for Robert Kelly

on the occasion of the publication of “A City Full of Voices: Essays on the Work of Robert Kelly” (Contra Mundum Press)
The Poetry Project / St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003
March 5-7

Paul Celan Conference - Keynote Speaker

Rice University, Houston TX
February 26-29


Thursday 27: 1.p.m.: Conversation with Adonis, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
Friday 28: 1.p.m.: PJ in conversation with André Velter;
8:30- 10 p.m. Celebratory Readings for Adonis
February 8

A Reading of the play “The Agony of Ingeborg Bachmann,” directed by Vera Beren

Torn Page Salon, 435 West 22nd Street/ New York NY 10011
doors open 7:30 Reading 8 p.m.
February 2, 4:00PM

Trialogues performance with Mike Bisio (bass)

The Lace Mill, 500 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston NY 12401
with Nicole Peyrafitte
January 25, 7:00PM

Poetry Reading, The Gallery at Atlas

11 Spring Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Dante's Inferno Marathon Reading

DATE Thursday, April 2, 9:00pm - Fri, April 3, 2:30am; LOCATION Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street New York, NY 10025

Pierre Joris reads from Armand Schwerner's translations

Atlas Spring Street Reading Series

An Exploration of Literary Translation Three writers and translators. Four continents. At least 5 languages. A cornucopia of international literature. Join Mercedes Roffe, Pierre Joris, and Charles Stein as they read original writing and translations and engage in conversation about the joys and challenges of translating and being translated. Saturday, January 25th 11 Spring Street, Newburgh, NY 12550 Doors open at 6.30 pm Readings from 7.00 - 9.00pm

Outside-in / Inside-out

DATE: October 5-7; University of Glasgow, Centre for Contemporary Arts and Glasgow Women’s Library
A Symposium / Poetry Festival on Outside and Subterranean Poetry

Celebration of Mohammed Bennis

DATE: July 19; El Assilah, Morocco, Details t.b.a.

Chez Lily Germ

DATE: June 25; Louron, Pyrénées
Reading/Performance with Nicole Peyrafitte

Poetry Reading

DATE: June 22; Prague, Czech Republic. Details t.b.a.

Wanda Coleman Celebration!

10 February · 6 p.m. · Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston Streets in Manhattan's East Village
Wanda Coleman: Trance Poet. She lived in another dimension, and when she launched her words, you did too. A whole other way of understanding, like through the skin, like deep in the bone. She rattled me like a witch, like a toy, like she a her-a-cane. Come praise Wanda at the Bowery Poetry Club on Tuesday Feb 10, 6pm. Read a poem for her, or by her, and let's Live Life in the Black. (Bob Holman)

A Celebration of Poet and Translator Pierre Joris

5 March 2014 · 2pm · Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus
Moderated by Donald Faulkner, with poets and scholars Robert Kelly, Peter Cockelbergh, Belle Gironda, and Don Byrd

Conversation with Pierre Joris — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus
Moderated by Tomás Urayoán Noel

Reading by Pierre Joris — 8:00 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus

Pierre Joris, poet, translator, and scholar taught at UAlbany from 1992 to 2013. Joris’s work bridges North American, European, and North African literary traditions and cultures. He is the author of more than 25 books and chapbooks of poetry, including Breccia: Selected Poems 1972-1986 (1987), Poasis: Selected Poems 1986-1999 (2001), and Barzakh: Selected Poems 2000-2012 (forthcoming 2014). Other notable works include the essay collection A Nomad Poetics (2003) and three volumes of the avant-garde anthology series, Poems for the Millennium (1995, 1998, co-edited with Jerome Rothenberg; 2012 co-edited with Habib Tangour). He is also one of the foremost translators of avant-garde poetry into both French and English, and winner of the 2005 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and the 2013 MLA Scaglione Prize for his translation of Paul Celan’s The Meridian: Final Version–Drafts–Materials.

Cosponsored by the Writers Institute and UAlbany’s English Department, with additional support from University Auxiliary Services, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Fence, and Barzakh.

TWO HEADS: Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte

DATE: April 4, 2014; TIME 7 pm; LOCATION Berl's Poetry Shop — 126A Front Street (next to Superfine) in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn
Anchored in a processual practice of daily living, writing & art making, their collaboration started in the early 90s & includes a wide range of multimedia performance duos, collaborations on poems & translations, & on many books linking content with covers & illustrations — as well as the raising of two sons. Hosted by Nada Gordon
Berl's Poetry Shop 126A Front Street in D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn - Take the F to York Street or the A/C to High Street


DATE: April 16, 2014; TIME 6:30 pm; LOCATION Silvana Club 300 West 116th St, New York, New York 10026
Silvana hosts a reading of Rachida Madani's "Tales of a Severed Head" on April 16 at 6:30pm, with Rachida Madani and Pierre Joris, featuring accompaniment by Gnawa Boussou, a traditional Moroccan band based in New York. Rachida Madani, a native of Morocco, has published several volumes of poetry in French, a language she also taught for thirty years. A lifelong political militant, she expresses her resistance: "not by shouting slogans and waving banners. I fight with my words."


DATE: April 25, 2014; TIME 8 pm; LOCATION McNally Jackson Bookshop 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
The beautiful bookstore McNally Jackson hosts a reading of French and American poets Pierre Alferi, Anne Portugal, Charles Bernstein, Cole Swensen, Pierre Joris and Tracy Grinnell, presented by Vincent Broqua.


DATE: April 25, 2014; TIME 2-6 pm; LOCATION NYU French Department 19 University Place, 6th floor, New York, NY 10003
Organized by Vincent Broqua, this overview of contemporary poetry translation in the U.S. includes a roundtable discussion and presentation of translated texts. Guest poets include Pierre Alferi, Anne Portugal, Charles Bernstein, Cole Swensen, Pierre Joris, Tracy Grinnell, and Avital Ronell.

Chicago School of Poetics — Masterclass with Pierre Joris

Saturday, April 26, 2014 · 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST · Online
Description: Study with poet Pierre Joris in this one-day online class.

"Writing translation / translating writing" inverts the traditional relationship of original text & translated copy & reinscribes the activity of translation as core process of the act of writing. Students will be simultaneously involved with writing & with translation from a language of their choice into English in a range of forms proposed by their own practice & cultural background.

The class runs for 3 hours and will be held in our online, video-conferenced classroom, so you can attend from your own home, from anywhere in the world.

Our students attend class from all over the world, including recently from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Singapore, Scotland, and, of course, the United States.

Class size is limited to 10 students. Only 7 seats left.

Please note: after registering you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: $250


DATE: MAY 3, 2014; TIME 7-9 pm; LOCATION Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301

Saturday on Staten Island: Poets from the anthology With Our Eyes Widen Open: Poems of the New American Century, edited by Douglas Valentine, read at Everything Goes Book Cafe. Tyehimba Jess, Aracelis Girmay, Evie Shockley, Laren McClung, and Pierre Joris will share poems that promote "peace, justice, and human welfare." Scroll to the bottom for more details.

Centre National de Littérature, Mersch, Luxembourg

DATE: May 14, 2014; TIME 7:30; LOCATION 2, rue Emmanuel Servais L-7565 Mersch
Prendre le large avec Jean Portante, Pierre Joris, Lambert Schlechter, Gilles Ortlieb et Guy Rewenig. Une plongée biographique et littéraire dans l'univers de cinq écrivains, pour mieux comprendre de quelle manière cet espace ouvert-fermé qu'est le Luxembourg – à la fois carrefour, tour de Babel, territoire pris entre deux grandes cultures – est créateur de fictions liées au voyage, de mythologies du proche et du lointain, de l'ici et de l'ailleurs. Curated & with a richly illustrated catalogue by Corina Ciocârlie.

Pierre Joris & Vyt Bakaitis at the Shed Space

DATE: Saturday November 15, 2014 @ 8 PM; LOCATION The Shed Space 366 6th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Pierre Joris & Vyt Bakaitis will read from their new books & translations.

Cabaret Hérétique Nicole Peyrafitte w/ Adrian Cohen on piano

DATE: November 16, 2014; TIME 6 p.m.; LOCATION 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Guest duets: Bob Holman & Sophie Malleret, Pierre Joris &Urayoán Noel, Nada Gordon & Tony Dohr a.k.a Douglas Rothschild. In the tradition of Cabaret Voltaire, Nicole Peyrafitte's presents: a voco-musico-poetico-comestible performance focused on chansons & poetry & food! Vintage videos, original works, special guests & complementary delicious sampling of food by d'Artagnan are on the menu. 

"As a Friend" A film by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

DATE: Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 8:30PM; LOCATION Williamsburg Independent Film Festival

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's film "As a Friend" is screening as official selection at Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. "As a Friend" is a Ta'wil production & Joseph Mastantuono is producer.

Paul Celan's "Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry" An Evening with Pierre Joris and Paul Auster

DATE: Monday,December 1, 2014 @ 7PM; LOCATION Silver Center - Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a reading of Paul Celan's Breathturn into Timestead by the poet and translator Pierre Joris and a conversation between Pierre Joris and Paul Auster.

"Penser avec Derrida où qu'il soit"

DATE: December 11-13, 2014 ; LOCATION Abbaye d'Ardenne - Saint-Germain la Blanche-Herbe

Pierre Joris presents an essay on Jacques Derrida & Paul Celan at a conference organized by the Collège International de Philosophie & the IMEC (Institut Mémoires de l'édition contemporaine) in Caen (France). 

The 41st Annual New Year's Day Marathon Benefit Reading Marathon

DATE: January 1st, 2015 from 2:00pm to midnight; LOCATION The Poetry Project 131 E. 10th Street, New York, New York

Pierre Joris reads as does Nicole Peyrafitte & hundreds of other poets! For the benefit Nicole will also make & sell her amazing crêpes as she does every year. She'll be performing between 2 & 3 p.m.n; I'm reading shortly after 8 p.m.

Two Folds: A Poetry Reading with Nicole Peyrafitte & Pierre Joris

DATE:January 28, 2015; LOCATION The University of Haifa, Eshkol Tower, 29th floor, The Senate Hall


Symposium: Paul Celan: Poetry, Philosophy and Translation

DATE: January 29, 2015 all day; LOCATION The University of Haifa, Eshkol Tower, 29th floor, The Senate Hall

Pierre Joris: "Paul Celan & Jacques Derrida: Writing as Translation & Translation as Writing"

Nicole Peyrafitte (with Michael Bisio) & Sunnylyn Thibodeaux

DATE: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 8p.m.; LOCATION The Poetry Project at St Mark Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003


DATE: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; LOCATION The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street Registration required. Please RSVP here

A poetry reading featuring: Bei Dao, Charles Bernstein, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Pierre Joris, Marilyn Nelson, Ouyang Jianghe, Afaa Weaver, Xi Chuan, Zhai Yongming, and Zhou Zan

CITY LIGHTS: Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan

DATE: Wednesday, March 15, 2015 7p.m.; LOCATION City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

Presentation by Pierre Joris, multimedia by Nicole Peyrafitte. Cosponsored by The Poetry Center and City Lights Books.

Dante's Inferno Marathon Reading

DATE Thursday, April 2, 9:00pm – Fri, April 3, 2:30am; LOCATION Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street New York, NY 10025

Pierre Joris reads from Armand Schwerner's translations