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Reading Room and Library © Jeff Kirby

Welcome to Poets House!

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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Pages from '100 Whitman photographs compiled by Henry S Saunders''
$#38; Sam Gordon

Whitman & the Art of the Book

Honoring twenty years of our most iconic event, The Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Now on View

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Readers at the Poets House Showcase © Mark Woods

Poets House Showcase

23rd annual exhibit of new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in the past year
On view through Saturday, August 8

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Young Poets in Children's Room, Poetry for Children, Poetry NYC
C L Hays Children’s Room © Mark Woods

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
Poetic Voices at Queens Library © Michael Lum /RAA

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

Exhibitions

Page from Whitman illuminated: song of myself (c) Sam Crawford

Honoring twenty years of our iconic Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge: Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book: Contemporary Visions, a selection of contemporary artist books inspired by Whitman's work.
(On view through September 19)



Poets House Showcase Reading Series

Poets with recent publications join us to celebrate the Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses.

• Thursday July 30, 6:00pm
Hosted by Queens Poet Laureate Emeritus Paolo Javier our first ever Poets House Members Open Mic
shines the spotlight on Members with readings by Rose Bernal, Barry Blitstein, Bracha Nechama Bomze, Gary Brocks, Rosalie Calabrese, Lorraine Currelley, Jacqueline De Weever, Barry Denny, Robert Dickerson, John Ennis, Ilsa Gilbert, Robert Givens, Eric Hafker, Alan Holder, Marsha Howard, Dean Kostos, Robert Kramer, Michael Kusen, Zigi Lowenberg, Susan Maurer, Hermine Meinhard, Wayne Miller, Liora Mondlak, Jane Ormerod, Irving Polsky, Adela Sinclair, Mercy Tullis-Bukhari, Raymond Nat Turner, Sarah White, Amy Whitman and others.

Click below to listen to previous readings in this year's series

• June 25
Bill Berkson, Dorothea Lasky, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Elizabeth Willis

• July 9
Timothy Liu, Sara Jane Stoner, Yolanda Wisher, and Magdalena Zurawski

• July 16
Ellen Hagan, Parneshia Jones, Anne Marie Macari, and Jean Valentine

• July 23
Nickole Brown, Betsy Fagin, Emily Hunt, and Jessica Jacobs

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Dave Johnson

Summer Poetry Workshop for High School Students with Dave Johnson

For a second year, we are offering a week-long workshop for writers in high school to create and explore poetry in one of the largest poetry libraries in the country. Led by Dave Johnson, young writers...

July 27, 2015 - 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Brian Teare

That Serious, Notorious, Public Form: The Contemporary Sonnet with Brian Teare

This class asks the simple question: what is the sonnet today? After centuries of relative stability, the sonnet in English has undergone a lot of changes since Modernism. It has registered almost every formal...

June 11, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Poets House Members-only Open Mic

Slam poet, author, and teacher Taylor Mali hosts our first-ever Members-only Open Mic! This special event will be open to the public, but you must be a current Poets House Member to...

July 30, 2015 - 6:00PM

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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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