The Ear Inn Series: Taggart, Short, Hecht

The Ear Inn Series: Taggart, Short, Hecht

Featuring Jennifer Michael Hecht, Spencer Short, and Paige Taggart
Wednesday, June 26th, 8pm-11pm
at the Ear Inn
326 Spring Street, 2nd Floor

Ted Greenwald and Charles Bernstein founded the Ear Inn Series at the Ear Inn in TriBeCa in 1978. Housed in the historic James Brown house, the Ear Inn is the oldest working bar in New York City. The original Ear Inn Series aimed to be a venue where language poets and those writing in more traditional forms could read side by side, an uncommon practice in the 70’s. The series migrated around the city, took on many forms, and ran for another 20 years. Now The Poetry Society of New York is bringing it back to the Ear Inn on the last Wednesday of the month. In keeping with Greenwald and Bernstein’s original goal of celebrating both the history and future of poetry–its established forms as well as its experiments–the new Ear Inn Series features poetry’s masters, innovators, traditionalists, and pioneers alike in unexpected pairings.

Poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht earned a BA in history from Adelphi University and a PhD in the history of science from Columbia University. Her collections of poetry include the highly praised The Next Ancient World (2001)—which won the Tupelo Press Judge’s Prize in Poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, and ForeWord Review’s Poetry Book of the Year Award—and Funny (2005), winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Known for her wit and erudition, Hecht’s poetry frequently draws on her work as an intellectual historian. The Next Ancient World mixes contemporary and ancient world views, histories, myths, and ideas, and Funny explores the implications of the human love of humor and jokes. Hecht’s prose has also been widely praised for the breadth of its scholarship. Her books include Doubt: A History (2003); The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology in France (2003), which won the prestigious Ralph Waldo Emerson Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society; and The Happiness Myth: The Historical Antidote to What Isn’t Working Today (2008). Her next book of poems, Who Said, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in Fall 2013. Hecht teaches at The New School and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

Spencer Short is the author of Tremolo, selected for the National Poetry Series and published by HarperCollins in 2001. He is currently an attorney in New York City.

Paige Taggart lives in Brooklyn and is the author of 3 chapbooks: DIGITAL MACRAMÉ (Poor Claudia), Polaroid Parade (Greying Ghost Press), and The Ice Poems (DoubleCross Press). Trembling Pillow Press will publish her first full-length collection Want For Lion in late 2013/early 2014. 2 chapbooks are forthcoming: I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press) and Last Difficult Gardens (Horse Less Press). She’s an avid jeweler ( and co-founded the tumblr Poets Touching Trees.


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