The Plant of Dreaming: Poetry Reading with Elisa Biagini

On International Women’s Day, Kathy hosted Elisa Biagini, Italian poet and educator, at NYU Tisch for a reading from her work – including her recent book The Plant of Dreaming –, followed by a presentation of her public poetry installations and other community projects. Elisa was introduced by Alicia Ostriker, 11th New York State Poet.

See below for some impressions of the event.

For more details on her work, visit Elisa’s website here.

Now Listen

Kathy Engel reciting her poem “Now Listen” in Sagaponack, NY.

On the occasion of the rescinding of the Fred Shuttleworth Award
to Angela Davis by The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Appreciation to Cornelius Eady for his repeating line:
“I am a black American poet!” form his poem Gratitude.

The name Angela means messenger of the Gods.

The poem is featured on Portside. Click here to read…

Ross Gay Pop-Up Reading at Kimmel Windows

On October 17, 2018, Ghost Fishing poet Ross Gay joined Kathy Engel, the Art and Public Policy class “Language is Action”, members of Food And Racial Equity Collective at NYU, Decarbonize NYU and members of the public for a reading of his poem “A Small Needful Fact” in front of the Kimmel Windows.

For more impressions of the event, klick here

“August Letter to a Poet” in About Place Journal


This gorgeous country loves to make a summer

orphan or take a parent’s child. The tree will soon

articulate its loss, first flush, then naked limbs.

Geese announce their disciplined direction.

– excerpt from “August Letter to a Poet” by Kathy Engel


Kathy’s poem is featured in “About Place Journal”, Volume V Issue II. To read the full poem, click here


Ghost Fishing: A Public Art Installation at Kimmel Windows

Kathy’s poem “Return” is featured in the public art installation Ghost Fishing: Eco-Justice Poetry and the Diasporic City. The installation is on view 24/7 at the Kimmel Windows, located at the corner of LaGuardia Pl and West 3rd St, until November 1st, 2018. The project is co-sponsored by the department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts. It is organized by Kathy and a team of coordinators.

For more info, click here

Read a review in the Washington Square news here
Read an article in in NYU Arts Digest here

“The Pulse of Black History”

From Gwen McKinney’s newsletter on Black History month:

“Let’s view February merely as a marker, not a restraint. We should claim the moments whenever it is appropriate to exhume, remember and embrace. The obscure. The cherished. The harsh. The curated truths. They etch the Black experience. They are milestones in the storytelling of humanity, capturing what is constant and changing.”

Read in full here…