The Readings in Contemporary Poetry series initially ran from 1987 until 2003 under the direction of Brighde Mullins. During this period it became known as a series that featured celebrated poets, both innovative and academic, doing retrospective presentations of their work. A forum for some 150 internationally acclaimed participants to present work in New York City, the events included historic literary appearances, such as James Schuyler’s first public reading and Joseph Brodsky’s last, as well as readings by Nobel Laureates and other luminaries. The series resumed in fall 2010.
Dia’s monthly Readings in Contemporary Poetry series, curated by poet and author Vincent Katz, stresses the experimental aspects of contemporary poetic practice. One goal has been to highlight commonalities between poets by finding relationships across generations and cultural boundaries. The relationships of the poetics are stressed, sometimes in conjunction with personal relationships. Readings take place at Dia:Chelsea, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor, in New York City.