Last year, Bill Murray shocked the audience of the Poets House annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge by showing up with two black eyes. But it wasn’t so bad: He’d just flown in from the set of Moonrise Kingdom, and the black eyes were a part of the makeup. For this year’s 25th anniversary celebration of Poets House, Murray will be reading once again (looking more presentable, we presume). Enjoy a walk across the bridge with stops along the way for New York–themed readings of works by poetry greats, such as Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, and Hart Crane. Other readers include Marie Howe, Thomas Lux, Sharon Olds, Tracy K. Smith, and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Galway Kinnell, who always does a rousing rendition of Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” Kinnell is also being honored this year with the Elizabeth Kray Award for his service to the field of poetry.
Mon., June 11, 6:30 p.m., 2012