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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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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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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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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

March Poetry Events

• 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

Edward Sanders

Exhibition Opening

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, artist, and The Fugs cofounder Edward Sanders...

March 31, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:00PM

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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

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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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