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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 2015 Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Monday, June 8

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2014 Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading © Reginald Harris

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The Spring 2015 season of programming at Poets House begins
Tuesday March 10th

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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
On view through Saturday May 23

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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
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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

Spring into May at Poets House

• Saturday May 9
Poetry Time with Charles Waters

The popular children's poet returns to Poets House for a morning of humorous poetry that's off the page and off the wall.

• Tuesday May 12
Tribute to Galway Kinnell
LOCATION: The Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, New York NY

Jonathan Safran Foer, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mirah Kozodoy, Sharon Olds, Poets House Board Member Myra Shapiro, Gerald Stern, and C.K. Williams celebrating the life and work of the remarkable National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning author of over 30 books, and dear friend to Poets House.

Click here to listen to Galway Kinnell read Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" as part of the 13th Annual Poets House Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge, June 9, 2008

• Thursday May 14
Person, Place, Thing with Randy Cohen & Diane Ackerman

Join poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman and Irish harpist Maeve Gilchrist for a special evening of music and great stories as Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen records his popular public radio show LIVE here at Poets House.

• Saturday May 16
Tribute to Wanda Coleman

Mahogany L. Browne, Steve Cannon, Cornelius Eady, Bob Holman, Patricia Spears Jones, Julie Patton, Austin Straus, and Quincy Troupe gather for readings and discussion of the life and legacy of poet and writer Wanda Coleman (1946 – 2013), an electric and under-recognized pivotal poet of the post-war period and "Unofficial Poet Laureate of Los Angeles."

Click here to listen to Wanda Coleman from November 16, 2001, discussing the work of Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784), the first African-American woman to publish a book of poems

• Tuesday May 19
Keeping It Real & Imagining It with Afaa Michael Weaver

This interactive craft lecture with the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award winner will consider the challenges and rewards of using vernacular language in poetry.

• Tuesday May 19
Lines into Sentences: Prose Poetry & Fiction with Renee Gladman, Ben Lerner and Eileen Myles

Three celebrated writers of both poetry and prose discuss their experiments with and between forms, as well as editing and publishing transgenre works.

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What's Happening

What's Happening

r erica doyle

What's Inside is Just a Lie: The Agony & Ecstasy of Influence with r erica doyle

In Stew’s brilliant rock musical Passing Strange, the main character, inspired by ex-pat James Baldwin, embarks on a journey where he encounters Mr. Venus, a Berlin performance artist, who declares “What’s...

April 1, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Sally Wen Mao

Bad Bitch Poetics with Sally Wen Mao

In this workshop, we will explore what it means to be a "bad bitch" in the context of writing poetry—whether that is writing outside the margins or cracking open a silence that needs to speak. What is the meaning of...

April 2, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Charles Waters

Poetry Time with Charles Waters

Join Charles Waters for a morning of humorous poetry that's off the page and off the wall. We’ll write comical poems together and act them out on stage. Charles Waters is a children's...

May 9, 2015 - 11:00AM

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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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