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Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
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“Harper handles history the way Coltrane handled the standards: you hear the old stories in there, but the telling makes them new.” —Harvard Review
“A.B. Spellman writes with the ease and fluidity of his favorite jazz musician John Coltrane blowing his horn. The poems slide from the page and sometimes knock you down with their grace, insight and rhythm.” —Jane Alexander


Michael S. Harper infuses his poetry with a kinship to both history and jazz, and A.B. Spellman creates an easy tempo that finds surprising transcendence in the everyday.

Harper is University Professor and a Professor of English at Brown University. He has published more than ten books of poetry, including Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems and Dear John, Dear Coltrane, which was nominated for the National Book Award.

Spellman is the author of the poetry collection Things I Must Have Known and is a jazz scholar, critic, and founding member of the Black Arts Movement. He is the former Deputy Director of the National Endowment for the Arts. 

A wine reception with a book sale and signing will follow the reading. 

About the Ticket Supplier: Folger Theatre

Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts.

The Folger’s Elizabethan Theatre, modeled after the innyard theatres popular in Shakespeare’s day, hosts more than 40,000 audience members each year. It presents a full calendar of performances and programs, from the Helen Hayes Award-winning Folger Theatre productions and Folger Poetry readings to early music concerts by the Folger Consort and family activitie.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.