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Welcome to Poets House, where everyone can find something in the wide and varied tradition of verse that speaks directly to them.
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The Spring 2015 season of programming at Poets House begins
Tuesday March 10th

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Card by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes card, Courtesy Danowski Poetry Library, Emory Univ.

Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets

Holiday cards, valentines, birthday greetings, rare booklets, and more from some of the last century’s most beloved poets
On view through Saturday, March 21, 2015

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A Blue River of Ideas by Edward Sanders
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Seeking the Glyph: Edward Sanders

Selected drawings and daybooks from the poet, musician, historian, publisher, and activist's personal archive
Opening Tuesday March 31

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Children's Room

Our Constance Laibe Hays Children's Room is a creative space filled with children's poetry books, old-fashioned typewriters and a card catalog filled with poetic objects to trigger young imaginations...

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Poetic Voices of the Muslim World Panel
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Poetry at Large

Learn about Poetry in Zoos, Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, and other Poets House national initiatives.

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A Place for Poetry – Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry.

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Poetry Spotlight

Poetry Spotlight

March Poetry Events

• Tuesday March 10, 7:00pm
Nguyen Phan Que Mai: A Reading and Discussion with Bruce Weigl

The award-winning Vietnamese writer, journalist and translator Nguyen Phan Que Mai, presents with Pulitzer Prize nominee Bruce Weigl, translator of her most recent book, The Secret of Hoa Sen.

• Saturday March 21, 11:00am
Deep Space Uni-verses
Young poets will use their imaginations to build an interstellar creation and write poems about worlds beyond our own, inspired by poems about outer space.

• Closing Saturday March 21
Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets

Don't miss this "intimate glimpse into genius" (The Guardian), a fascinating look at the ties of love and friendship behind literary success from some of the last century’s most beloved poets, courtesy of the the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University.

• Tuesday March 31, 7:00pm
Seeking the Glyph: Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk with Edward Sanders
6:00pm - Reception and exhibition tour with Edward Sanders
7:00pm - Artist talk with Edward Sanders and guests

Poet and artist Edward Sanders discusses his glyphic works at the opening of this exhibition of items and objects from his personal archive


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What's Happening

What's Happening

Krystal Langeull

A Pattern of Behavior: Serial Poems with Krystal Languell

How can we create momentum across a series of poems while holding onto the original big idea? A linked sequence creates its own terms for existence, and those terms may be formal, rhetorical, metrical, emotional, or...

February 21, 2015 - 11:30AM to 2:30PM

Nguyen Phan Que Mai and Bruce Weigl

Nguyen Phan Que Mai: A Reading and Discussion with Bruce Weigl

Award-winning Vietnamese writer, journalist and translator Nguyen Phan Que Mai, presents with Bruce Weigl, Pulitzer Prize nominee, renowned translator, author of thirteen poetry...

March 10, 2015 - 7:00PM

Edwin Torres

BRAINLINGO: Writing The Voice Of The Body

We create our own communication. How we listen affects how we speak. How we see our language affects how our voice is heard. Where the senses meet each other is where poetry can begin. Is it possible to allow the...

February 18, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

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Poets House at a Glance

Poets House at a Glance

A home for poets, a place for poets, Poets House library for poetry

Our Mission

A Home for All Who Read and Write Poetry

Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our poetry resources and literary events document the wealth and diversity of poetry and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture. We seek to document the wealth and diversity of poetry and to cultivate a wider audience for the art.

LEED certified green building houses comprehensive Poetry Library and poetry collection

Our Space

A Place for Poetry

Opened to the public in September 2009, the new home for Poets House is LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 11,000-square-foot space designed by architect Louise Braverman is more than double the size of our former home in SoHo.

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