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The national library and literary center where everyone can find something in the wide and varied tradition of poetry that speaks directly to them.
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Poetry Foundation

'Poetry' Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation

On view through June 16th

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Poetry Audience
Audience for Claudia Rankine, June 2016 Reading © Reginald Harris

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Poets House's Winter/Spring 2017 Season

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Poetic Voices of the Muslim World panel
Poetic Voices, 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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Child with magnetic poetry
C L Hays Children’s Room © Tony Gale

Children's Room

A creative space filled with children's poetry books, typewriters, and a card catalog filled with poetic objects to trigger young imaginations.

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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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In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight

"The artistic legacy of a nation also represents its riches—riches that everyone can have. Especially in a polyglot nation like ours, the existence of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) emphasizes the value of the individual interior life and exchange about our experiences in community." Why the NEA Matters, A Letter from Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti...



Poetry can repair no loss, but it defies the space that separates. And it does this by its continual labor of reassembling what has been scattered. – John Berger



Poetry offers a way to shape – and share – thinking and feeling, bridging our separations. It offers a wellspring of care, caring for language, from the deepest part of our shared humanity. Poets House creates a place for poetry; for focus, for witness. A space for civic discourse, welcoming and democratic. -Lee Briccetti, Executive Director


Upcoming Events at Poets House

Thursday, March 23, 7PM
Passwords: Margaret Randall on Cuban Poetry


Feminist poet, photographer, and social activist Margaret Randall takes audiences on a linguistic journey through Cuba. Editor of Only the Road ⁄ Solo el Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry, the most complete bilingual anthology of Cuban poetry available to an English readership, Randall explores Cuban culture and landscape through its poetry and her own photographic documentation. Presented as a part of the Poetry Coalition’s inaugural initiative, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration.



Saturday, March 25, 11AM-1PM
Exceptional Expressions at The Morgan


Inspired by the exhibition I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson, Poets House collaborates with the Morgan to present a creative writing workshop for families. Explore the unconventional work of Emily Dickinson with poet, author, and professor Matthew Burgess, then write your own poetry. Each ticket is valid for one child and up to two adults; program consists of a thirty-minute exhibition experience followed by a ninety-minute writing and art-making activity. Advanced tickets required. Appropriate for ages 8–14.

Literary Partners Program

Saturday, March 25, 3-5PM
Nikki Stiller Reads from Her Recent Book My Mother Did Not to Hug: New and Selected Poems and her forthcoming Singing in Schul


Nikki Stiller’s reading will be a celebration of life and a social event as well as a literary one. She will read from Notes of a Jewish Nun and the forthcoming Singing in Schul besides My Mother Did Not Like to Hug and leave time for meeting, kibitzing, and making connections. Light refreshments will be served.







In Loving Memory of Thomas Lux:

Thomas Lux
Poets House marks the passing of Thomas Lux—poet and educator—who died on February 5, 2017 at the age of 70 after a brief illness. Lux was integral to the literary community and to the Poets House family. For many years he was our guide, emcee and energetic booster for our annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge. He was a wonderful person and poet— kind and unassuming, so hilariously wry and witty. His generosity toward Poets House, both large and small, over twenty years of friendship are innumerable. Lux's books of poetry include To the Left of Time; New and Selected Poems, 1975-1995, which was a finalist for the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Split Horizon, for which he received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and received three National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. At the time of his death, he was the Bourne Professor of Poetry and director of the McEver Visiting Writers program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Emerging Poet Fellows in The Wall Street Journal

2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellows José Olivarez, Emily Brandt, Cynthia Manick, Nicole Shanté wrote fashion-inspired poems for the article Ode to a Summer Dress, that appeared in The Wall Street Journal June 23, 2016 -- Congratulations!

Exhibitions


American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths
An exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths, lyrically orbiting the politics of imagination, black womanhood, and history, offering a charged and complicated visual narrative of poetry.

On view through February 25, 2017




“...the perfect place to open little minds to the wonderful world of poetry...”

Parenting website Mommy Nearest declares Poets House a “Must Do in Battery Park City”! Click the link to read more.

Download the Spring 2017 Program Calendar (PDF)





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What's Happening

What's Happening

Emily Dickinson

Exceptional Expressions at The Morgan

Inspired by the exhibition I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson, Poets House collaborates with...

March 25, 2017 - 11:00AM to 1:00PM

Experimenting with Lyric Poetry with Megan Fernandes

What does it mean to experiment? To play? To leap into uncertainty? To subvert a sense of form, structure, tone? In what ways can writers experiment with alternative modes of desire, grief, humiliation, or wonder? To...

February 25, 2017 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM

Reading

Nikki Stiller Reads from Her Recent Book My Mother Did Not to Hug: New and Selected Poems and her forthcoming Singing in Schul

Nikki Stiller’s reading will be a celebration of life and a social event as well as a literary one. She will read from Notes of a Jewish Nun and the forthcoming Singing in Schul ...

March 25, 2017 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM

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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 “…Poets House, that hybrid of library, study hall and exhibition space, floating like a utopian mirage over the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan…”—Holland Cotter, The New York Times

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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