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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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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
On view through September 19th

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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

Bill Murray's 'Secret' Love is no secret to Us!

Bill Murray reads at the 20th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge, June 8, 2015 (c) Cameron Blaylock

Many thanks to Rolling Stone for revealing to the world what we have known for quite some time: Bill Murray is a big fan of poetry and Poets House, as we are of him. Inside Bill Murray's 'Secret' Love of Poetry celebrates the actor's long association with verse and his many appearances at our Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Click the poets names to hear Bill Murray read poems by Frank O'Hara and Billy Collins (Poetry Walk 2004), his son Jackson Murray as well as Robert Francis, Billy Collins, Robert Creeley, and Frank O'Hara (2005), Ron Padgett, Frank O'Hara, Thomas Lux and Kay Ryan (2007), and Thomas Lux, Martin Espada, and Galway Kinnell (2008). Or watch videos of Murray reading two poems by Wallace Stevens (Poetry Walk 2012), and his amazing poetry reading for construction workers during the building of Poets House's River Terrace home in 2009.

Meet our Summer Interns

This month are pleased to feature some of the energetic young people who to help make Poets House run smoothly

Lauren Routt “…loved being able to work with students who came in—high school students in particular—because it’s great to see how far our education system has come and introduce young readers to new forms of literature.”
Brittney Segura: “I think Poets House is a great place because it’s somewhere to call home for poets and people who read poetry.”
Felicia Tsao: “It’s been such a blessing to share my time with people who share that interest; it makes me want to delve deeper into my own work. I want to write more, create more, think more because of my summer here.”

Learn more about Lauren, Brittney, Felicia, and our other Summer interns here.

Poets House Emerging Poets in The Cortland Review

The summer 2015 issue of The Cortland Review (Issue 68) celebrates the work of the Poets House Emerging Fellows!

The issue showcases the work of all the 2015 fellows and their mentor, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, as well as writers from the 2012-14 programs with poems by J. Mae Barizo, Aziza Barnes, Stephen J Boyer, Wo Chan, Cathy Linh Che, Rio Cortez, Maxe Crandall, Justine el-Khazen, Jessica Rae Elsaesser, Monica Hand, Ricardo Hernandez, Paul Hlava, Rosamond S. King, Esther Lin, Yanyi Luo, Andriniki Mattis, Vikas K. Menon, Timothy Ree, Danniel Schoonebeek, Andrew Seguin, Xena S Semjonova, Vincent Toro, Paul Tran, Aldrin Valdez, Jeannie Vanasco, Tishon Woolcock, and Elizabeth Zuba.


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)
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Poets House at a Glance

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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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