If there is a New York School of Poetry, Tony Towle has been involved in it for over 45 years, having taken workshops with Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara at the New School in 1963. In 1970, he received the Frank O’Hara Award, in conjunction with the publication of his first major collection, North. The History of the Invitation: New & Selected Poems 1963-2000 was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2001. Memoir 1960-1963 (Faux Press, 2001) is a chronicle of Towle’s early years as a poet in New York. His 12th book of poems, Winter Journey, was published by Hanging Loose in 2008. Guests will each read a few of their favorite Towle poems, followed by a short reading by Towle. With Charles North, Paul Violi, Ron Padgett, Kimberly Lyons, Bob Hershon, Ed Friedman, Andrew McCarron, Anne Waldman and Jo Ann Wasserman.
Reception to follow.