May 18, 2018

Naomi Replansky 100th Birthday Reading at Poets House

Naomi Replansky
Friends and fellow poets gather to honor National Book Award-nominee
Naomi Replansky for a 100th Birthday Reading, May 23, 2018 - 7:00PM at the Poets House.

Naomi Replansky has been praised by Philip Levine as a “warrior for social justice” and B.H. Fairchild as “the master of a Blakean music radically unfashionable in its devotion to songlike meters and the reality and politics of working-class experience.”

Replansky was born in 1918 in New York City and is author of Ring Song (1952), a nominee for the National Book Award; Twenty-One Poems, Old and New; and The Dangerous World: New and Selected Poems, 1934–1994. Replansky's Collected Poems was published by David R. Godine in 2011. Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies including No More Masks!, Against Infinity: An Anthology of Contemporary Mathematical Poetry, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust; Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies; and Poets of the Non-Existent City: Los Angeles in the McCarthy Era.

 May 23, 2018 - 7:00PM at the Poets House Elizabeth Kray Hall.
$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members
The Poets House is located at 10 River Terrace, New York City, (212) 431-7920.

April 21, 2017

Naomi Replansky Reading at New York Public Library

Naomi Replansky will present her poetry Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Morningside Heights Branch of the NYPL (2900 Broadway, at 113th St.)

Just days before her 99th birthday, Naomi Replansky will recite in her singularly passionate voice poems she has composed over a lifetime of social engagement. Born in the Bronx to an immigrant Russian- Jewish family, she wrote her first poem when she was nine and a half years old.

Factory work, the Holocaust, racial violence and prison have fueled her imagination as also have love, loss, aging, and the fugitive Muse. Her unique form has been influenced by William Blake, black spirituals, Mother Goose, Shakespeare, George Herbert, Emily Dickinson and Latin-American Surrealism and Japanese poetry.

Her first volume of poems, Ring Song, published in 1952, was nominated for a National Book Award. Her later books include the chapbook Twenty One Poems Old and New (1988) and the full-length collections The Dangerous World: New and Selected Poems 1934–1994 (1994) and Collected Poems (2012), which won the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and was a finalist for the 2014 Poets' Prize. She is also known for her translations from the German of Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Bertolt Brecht.

Replansky’s long-term partner is Eva Kollisch, a writer and professor emerita at Sarah Lawrence College. Together they received the Clara Lemlich Award which honors women who have been working for the larger good their entire lives. They live on the Upper West Side in New York City.

January 3, 2017

Naomi Replansky Interview

Photo ©2016 Naomi Replansky by Charles Bernstein
Listen to Naomi Replansky being interviewed and reading her poems for the University of Pennsylvania Sound Archives.

December 6, 2016

Naomi Replansky Collected Works Back in Print

Naomi Replansky's Collected Poems is now back in print! Order your copy from publisher Black Sparrow Press, an imprint of David Godine, or from your local or online bookstore.

Naomi Replansky’s poetry rings with reality and wisdom, and it is always song. Her observant, political wit and gravity are as piercing and as necessary now as ever – and I would say more so . . . her voice and her way of reading are among the very best we have.
Jean Valentine

October 28, 2016

Naomi Replansky Poetry Reading

Naomi Replansky Poetry Reading
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
Kelly Writer's House
3805 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Penn.

Join poet Naomi Replansky for a reading from her Collected Works at the U Penn Kelly Writers House. For further information contact or 215-746-POEM; click here for directions.

September 10, 2016

Los Angeles Review of Books on Naomi Replansky's Poetry

Auguries of Experience: The Poetry of Naomi Replansky

by Eric Gudas

NAOMI REPLANSKY’S POEMS have unsettled, obsessed, and captivated me since I first encountered them, as a 20-year-old college student, at a reading in the West Village. That night Replansky, then in her mid-70s, stood before an audience at Judith’s Room, a now defunct bookstore, and recited from memory — in a voice that bore traces of her childhood “in the dream-tossed Bronx” — poems peopled by exiles, refugees, prisoners, outcasts, the unquiet dead, outlaws, and poets at daggers drawn with the Muse. Replansky prefaced her reading by quoting from William Blake’s “Infant Sorrow”: “My mother groan’d! my father wept. / Into the dangerous world I leapt.” 
See the full article at Los Angeles Review of Books

March 8, 2013

Naomi Replansky Receives William Carlos Williams Award

From Black Sparrow Press:
"We're thrilled to announce that Naomi Replansky's "Collected Poems" has won the 2013 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America! Congratulations, Naomi!"

Also, read this article at the Huffington Post about Naomi's work.