William O'Daly
Photo by Katy Brown

Readings and Performances

Poetry is ultimately a spoken art that creates and brings together community, strengthens bonds among people, and revitalizes a commitment to living culturally rich, humane lives. Readings and performances of poetry help to bridge the gap between publishers and readers, and they affirm the irreplaceable role of bookstores, schools, colleges, universities, theaters, town halls, and other meeting places as gathering places for those who seek to experience poetry in a live, communal setting.

William O’Daly gives readings on a regular basis, often featuring his translations of Pablo Neruda’s late work in combination with his own poems. The mix offers audiences a sense of the correspondences and divergences between Neruda’s poetry and his own, after decades of his bringing the master Chilean poet’s work to English-speaking audiences.

O’Daly often collaborates with classical and jazz musicians in performances that feature the combination of his own poetry and his Neruda translations. On a number of occasions and in various venues, he has performed with Spanish classical guitarist Louis Valentine Johnson. Most recently he has performed with Paul Bloom, Laila Smith, Connor Schultze, and Jeremy Dutton of the jazz group “We Are iiii.” as well as with jazz bassist Glen Moore, of the group, “Oregon,” and flautist Rick Wilson. These performances are well received and offer audiences a sonorous, soulful, and memorable experience.

To schedule a reading or performance, please see the Calendar for open dates or go directly to the Contact page.

Photo by Libby Zuniga

William O’Daly and Louis Valentine Johnson

Click to hear a reading of “To the Antiphonist”, with Louis V. Johnson on guitar.

We Are iiii Performing Silvana East Harlem

Paul Bloom (keyboard), Jeremy Dutton (drums), Connor Schultze (bass), and Laila Smith (vocals) of We Are iiii perform at Silvana, East Harlem, New York City.

Click to listen to We Are iiii’s adaption of William O’Daly’s poem
“Our Names Returning After Rain” to music and lyrics, from their album “iiii” (2013).
The album can be purchased here.