Master Class: The Art of the Image with Molly Peacock

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2-5pm Unterberg Poetry Center, 92 St Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128 Note: Limited Enrollment

When poetry is called word-painting, as it has been since Horace wrote, “as is painting, so is poetry,” the image is what drives the lines. From Elizabeth Bishop’s fish to Brenda Shaughnessy’s octopus, from William Carlos Williams’ plums to Langston Hughes’ festering raisin, from Pablo Neruda’s socks to A.E. Stallings’ wolves’ yellow eyes, what is often memorable about a poem is an image—and not necessarily a startling one. This Master Class considers the construction of images in poetry, from subjects to similes, and how the undertone of music in the line bolsters that image.

Master Class meets on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Reading & Workshop: Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Saturday, October 5, 2019. Workshop 10 am-noon. Reading 1 pm. 32 Church St., Patterson, NJ.

Panel on Letters Written and Not Sent, poems by William Louis-Dreyfus

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:30-7:45pm, Shakespeare and Company, 939 Lexington Avenue @ 68th St, NYC 10065.

“Writing Letters—But Not Sending Them: A Fresh Way of Arriving at Poetry”

A Panel on Letters Written and Not Sent, poems by William Louis-Dreyfus with Paula Deitz, Editor of the Hudson Review, and poets Phillis Levin, Molly Peacock and Ellen Rachlin.

Have you ever composed a letter or an email and then thought better of sending it out with a stamp or a click? Could that letter never sent become a poem? Is writing in such an epistolary way what Emily Dickinson meant when she said, “Tell it slant”? These and other questions of how—and to whom, if anyone—we address our most intimate poems will be considered as work from Letters Written and Not Sent (Red Hen Press, 2019) by William Louis-Dreyfus is read and discussed by a distinguished editor and three poets deeply familiar with this, his only book of poems, a collection he completed just before his death.

Kansas City: Reading and Workshop

Reading and Workshop, April 25, 2019

Kansas City Public Library/ University of Missouri

10:30 AM-12:00 PM 90-Minute Craft Talk and Q&A with a writing component: Now or Never: Scare the Sonnet into Working for You! This event is open to the public.
6:30-7:30 PM Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Q&A: In the Attempt is the Success: A Poet’s Way of Life.

Both events at Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO.

Toronto: Why Are You So Scared?

Panel: Why Are You So Scared? & Other Questions about Poetry, Medicine and Shocks of Mortality–a conversation with a poet-physician, a poet-patient, and the Mount Sinai Hospital poet-in-residence, Shane Neilson, Molly Peacock & Ronna Bloom, Moderated by Dr. Allan Peterkin. Tuesday, April 16, 2018 at 6pm with Reception to follow. Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Ave., Auditorium, 18th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5.

Toronto: Celebration of Women Artists Over 80

B.A.S.H. (BOLD ARTFUL STARS HAPPENING) Poetry Reading: Tea and Tarts Celebration of Women Artists Over 80. Women’s Art Association, Sunday, April 7,  2019 2-4:30pm, 23 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1B2

Toronto: Shimmering Verge Revival!

Art Thing Celebrates Poetry Month with a Revival of The Shimmering Verge, Molly’s One-Woman Play in Poems, performed by Madeleine Brown. Directed by Karthy Chin.

Each evening a poet will give an opener reading before the show: including Anne Michaels, Michael Fraser, Doyali Islam, Lara Bozabalian, and others. Molly will be there to greet and comment each night except April 11.

Thursday-Saturday April 4, 5, 6, 2019; Thursday-Saturday, April 11, 12, 13, 2019

Studio Theatre Français, 21 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 2B3

Ticket information to come.

New York: KGB Bar Reading

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 7- 9 pm. Neuronautic Institute: Three Strong Women. Reading with Amy M. Clark and Jane LeCroy (with Mitch Hampton). KGB Red Room (one floor above the Bar, a welcoming and sexy space). 5 East 4 St, NY, NY 10003. No cover. 2 drink minimum.

SUNY Orange: Reading

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Noon—A Master Class Workshop: The Now or Never Sonnet

7 pm—Reading. Middletown, NY.


Binghamton University: Reading

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 8pm
Fine Arts Building Room 258
With book signing & reception
4400 Vestal Parkway East, Binghamton, NY 13902

Reading & Workshop: Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Saturday, March 2, 2019. Workshop 10 am-noon. Reading 1 pm. 32 Church St., Patterson, NJ.

The Illuminated Poem: A 92 St Y/Morgan Library Studio Seminar

Four Sundays: March 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019, 2-5 pm. 92 St Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128

October 21 Toronto Best Canadian Poetry Launch

Join the Best Canadian Poetry Series editors at the Toronto International Festival of Authors for the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2018. October 21, 2018, 5pm. Free.

Toronto October 11

October 11, 2018: Calling Mrs. Delany & Late Life Creativity Fans! Actor Madeleine Brown will interpret The Paper Garden and a bit of The Analyst as part of as part of Michelle Karch-Ackerman’s installation Bluebird Dress Factory at Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St East, Toronto (at University/Osgoode Station). Pre-Show Bar Opens, 6:30pm, Performance 7-8pm.

April 24 Toronto Best Canadian Poetry Celebration

A Fete for Best Canadian Poetry with Molly Peacock, Anita Lahey, Hoa Nguyen, Amanda Jernigan, and Jim Nason. Please come to the party! We celebrate our first decade and changes to come. Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6:30pm. 77 Carlton Street Event Centre, Toronto.

Cancelled—April 5 Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital

Due to our Moderator’s family emergency, “Why Are You So Scared? & Other questions about Poetry, Medicine and Shocks of Mortality” with Ronna Bloom, Shane Neilson, and Molly Peacock, Thursday, April 5 at 5pm IS CANCELLED. We hope to reschedule when we can.

March 24 Poets House NYC

Molly reads with Jill Bialosky and John Barr for Red Hen Press at Poets House, March 24, 5pm. Reception before at 4pm and after at 6pm. Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282. ​Directions: By Subway: Take the 1, 2, 3, A or C lines to Chambers Street Station. Walk west along Chambers Street all the way to the end (Rockefeller Park, along the Hudson River). Turn left and walk along River Terrace two blocks — Poets House is at the corner of Murray and River Terrace.​ More details here.

February 28 John Donne Celebration with Molly Peacock and Alicia Ostriker at Fordham University

Molly will read with Alicia Ostriker to celebrate a new anthology, John Donne and Contemporary Poetry (ed. Judith Herz) at Poets Out Loud. Wednesday, February 28, 7pm, 12th floor lounge, Lowenstein Hall, Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus, 113 West 60 Street, New York, NY 10023 (corner of Columbus and 60th Street, a block from Columbus Circle subway hub).

February 10 Couplet Series NYC

Molly will be reading along with Patricia Carlin, Devin Kelly, Meg Day, Erica Wright and R.A Villanueva at the winter edition of Couplet, a quarterly Poetry Reading Series & Social curated by Leah Umansky. February 10, 7:00pm. The Delancey (lower level), 168 Delancey St, New York, NY 1000.

Feb 4-Mar 4 New York 92nd Street Y



November 28 Toronto Ben McNally Books

Molly reads with Robyn Sarah at the Biblioasis launch of Sarah’s Wherever We Mean to Be. November 28, 6pm, Ben McNally Books. 366 Bay St, Toronto.

November 20 Toronto Club Night

Arts and Letter Club Night: As E. J. Pratt Honorary Member for Literature for 2017-18, Molly talks about creativity and the making of literature, reading from The Analyst, Alphabetique and The Paper Garden. Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street. Toronto, ON.

November 2 Windsor ON

The Analyst at Windsor Literary Arts: A multi-arts feast. Featuring music by cellist Nadine Deleury, introduction by Jessica Sartori, an actor’s interpretation of a poem from The Analyst, and a painter’s interpretation of the book. Moderated by painter Lorraine Steele with a reading by Molly Peacock, Thursday, November 2, 2017, Windsor Literary Arts, 628 Monmouth Rd., Unit 6 (corner Wyandotte and Monmouth), Windsor, ON.

October 29 Toronto Best of the Best Canadian Poetry Launch

Please join Molly as she introduces the Tenth Anniversary Edition of the annual Canadian anthology. With readings and comments by anthology contributors Peter Chiykowski, George Elliott Clarke, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Cara-Lyn Morgan, A.F. Moritz, Elizabeth Ross, David Seymour, Bardia Sinaee, Karen Solie, Carmine Starnino, Priscila Uppal. Sunday, October 29, 2017, 5pm. International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Free. Please RSVP here.


October 23 New York City

Composing the Language of Loss: A Panel with Readings. Featuring Molly Peacock, Elise Paschen, and Ellen Rachlin. Monday, October 23rd, 6:30 pm. Shakespeare & Co., 939 Lexington Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets. New York, NY 10065. To RSVP, please call 212-772-3400 or e-mail

Oct 21 New York City

Finding Your Voice (Writers Sharing their Personal Journey) Binghamton Women’s Weekend Breakout Session

Moderator: Liz Rosenberg, PhD ’97, professor, English Department, Binghamton University with Bobbie Ann Mason ’66, author, Diana Abu-Jaber, PhD ’96, author, Molly Peacock ’69, poet, essayist, biographer. Oct 21, Convene, 730 Third Avenue, New York, NY.


Sept 28 Williamsville NY

Molly will be reading at Erie County College North Auditorium, 6205 Main Street, Williamsville, NY on September 28 at 7pm.

July 29 Woodstock, VT

Molly will be appearing the 2017 Bookstock Literary Festival in Woodstock VT on July 29 at 1:00 pm. The full festival schedule is here.

June 13 Bryant Park NYC

Molly Peacock reads in New York City at Bryant Park on June 13, 7:30om with Canadian poets Nyla Matuk, Jim Nason and Kilby Smith-McGregor.

June 7-10 West Chester Poetry Conference

Molly will be the Poet Laureate at the West Chester Poetry Conference in West Chester, PA. She will be part of the “Molly Peacock, an Appreciation” panel on June 7 (2:45 pm), chaired by Annie Finch. Molly will also be holding “The Ekphrastic Muse” workshop on June 8-10, 1-3pm. Visit the conference site here.

May 26 Poetry by the Sea One-Day Workshop

Molly will be holding “The Little Lyric” workshop at the Poetry by the Sea Conference at Long Island Sound on May, 26 2017, 10-11:30 am. Visit the conference site here. Please note that the workshop is currently filled up.

The pungency of the brief remark is the subject of our workshop on the little lyric. We will be reading and writing little lyrics, deciphering the mysteries of small poems, then trying to make the power of the brief poem our own as we consider short works by Sappho, Basho, Hardy, Dickinson, Crapsey, Williams, Creeley, Szymborska, Ammons, Menashe, Neidecker and others. As we roam from the ancient to the contemporary, from Asia to Eastern Europe to North America, we will consider the forms of prosodic brevity from the triplet to the triolet, the haiku to the cinquain. This is a class for all levels and any experience with poetry.


May 24 Northampton MA

Molly reads with Leslea Newman and Dale Matthews at Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060, at 7pm.


May 16 London ON

Molly reads with Terry Griggs at Attic Books, 240 Dundas St., London, ON N6A 1H3, at 7pm.

May 10 Winnipeg

Molly is part of a special event in conversation with Margaret Sweatman, co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of its collaborative Spring Literary Series. The Atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave, Winnipeg, MB, May 10, 7:00 PM.

May 1 Toronto – Bell Jar Cafe

Molly is the special guest reader at the launch for Shane Neilson’s Dysphoria at the Commons Reading Series at the Bell Jar Cafe, 2072 Dundas West, Toronto ON M6R 1W9, on May 1 at 8pm.

April 29 Authors for Indies Day Type Books

Molly is part of the splendid Type Book‘s Authors for Indies Day lineup between 10am and 12pm. She’s pitching three fabulous books, Alexandra Oliver’s Let the Empire Down from Biblioasis, Anita Lahey’s The Mystery Shopping Cart from Palimpsest Press, and Best Canadian Poetry 2016 from Tightrope Books. She’ll also be signing copies of her new book of poems, The Analyst. Type Books, 883 Queen West, Toronto.

April 27 Toronto Biblio Bash

Molly will be one of the Biblioasis’ representatives at The Toronto Public Library’s Biblio Bash fundraiser dinner.

April 21 Kenmore East High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame Installation

Molly will be one of 8 inductees into the Kenmore East High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame on April 21, 7pm, 350 Fries Road, Tonawanda, NY. More details in the local Ken-Ton Bee newspaper.



April 13 Biblioasis Windsor ON

The “Poetry 401 Tour” continues in Windsor. Molly Peacock, Noah Wareness and Patricia Young read at Biblioasis on April 13. Doors open at 6:30 pm, reading at 7:00pm. 1520 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N9A 3L2.

April 12 Hamilton ON Epic Books

Molly reads with Noah Wareness and Patricia Young for the Hamilton stop of Biblioasis’ “401 Poetry Tour” at Epic Books, April 12, 7pm, 226 Locke St S Hamilton, ON.