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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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Meena Alexander
Meena Alexander, 2014 Showcase Reading (c) Reginald Harris

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Poets House's Fall Season Begins
Tuesday, September 23

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My Knee by George Schneeman & Michael Brownstein
"My Knee" by Schneeman & Brownstein © Estate of George Schneeman

A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman

The first major retrospective of the artist's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books, spanning 40 years of work
EXTENDED through November 15

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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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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

Deborah Pease

Poets House mourns the loss of our dear friend Deborah Saltonstall Pease--poet, former publisher of The Paris Review and literary philanthropist. Deborah's books of poetry include: The Feathered Wind (1991), Did You Know? (1992), Into the Amazement (1993), Out of Nowhere (1994), The Lost Voice of Silence (1996), Another Ghost in the Doorway: Collected Poems (1999), At Ease with Mystery (2005), Out of Context (2007) and Pierrot and Peonies (2008). Deborah was passionate about small and independent poetry press publications and was a formative supporter of the Poets House Showcase, a program that annually gathers all of the new poetry books from across the nation into a single exhibit. Deborah loved the inclusion, democracy and abundant community of the Showcase. Born in Boston in 1943, Deborah Pease died peacefully on Monday, August 11, 2014.

The Soul selects her own Society—
Emily Dickinson

Cool Summer at Poets House

Lenelle Moïse, Spencer Reece, Jeffrey Harrison and Joan Larkin
Poets Lenelle Moïse, Spencer Reece, Jeffrey Harrison and Joan Larkin

Poets House Showcase Readings
Listen to work by exciting poets with titles in our 2014 Showcase:

Thursday June 26: Showcase Opening Reading with Meena Alexander, Jennifer Michael Hecht, David Lehman, and Rachel Zucker.

Wednesday July 23: Emily Abendroth, Brett Fletcher Lauer, Frances Justine Post, and Wendy S. Walters

Wednesday July 30:
Click here to listen to Part One of this reading with Jeffrey Harrison and Joan Larkin.
Click here to listen to Part Two of this reading with Lenelle Moïse and Spencer Reece.

Wednesday August 6: Cathy Linh Che, Harmony Holiday, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Mark Wunderlich

A PDF of the 2014 Showcase Catalog can be found here

A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 15th!

Visit Poets House to see this "lavish tribute" (New York Times) to artist George Schneeman (1934-2009), spanning 40 years of his work and curated by Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett, on view through Saturday, November 15th.

Click here to listen to a Schneeman-inspired poetry reading with friends and artistic collaborators Michael Brownstein, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Maureen Owen, Harris Schiff, Anne Waldman, and Lewis Warsh, introduced by Bill Berkson.

The Poetic Species: A Conversation with Edward O. Wilson and Robert Hass

The Poetic Species book cover

I am encouraged by this call to action by both scientific and literary communities and curious about the possible responses. - Marla Johnson, Book Review Editor, World Literature Today

In this shimmering conversation (the outgrowth of a 2012 event co-sponsored by Poets House and the American Museum of Natural History), Edward O. Wilson, renowned scientist and proponent of “consilience” or the unity of knowledge, finds an ardent interlocutor in Robert Hass, whose credo as U.S. poet laureate was “imagination makes communities.” A testament to how science and the arts can join forces to educate and inspire, it ends in a passionate plea for conservation of all the planet’s species.

The Poetic Species is a wonderful read in its entirety, short yet infinitely simulating. - Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Literary Partners Program: Mayapple Press Poetry Reading

Please join Mayapple Press for an afternoon of thrilling readings from their recently-published books.

Readers include:
Susana H. Case
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August 30, 2014 - 3:00PM

Literary Partners Program: Finishing Line Press Fall Poetry Reading Featuring: Rodica Draghincescu and More

Please join Finishing Line Press for a reading celebrating poets and their recent publications.

Reception to follow.

Featured Reader, Rodica...

September 6, 2014 - 1:00PM

Literary Partners Program: Red Hen Press presents Gregory Orr, Kate Gale & Nicelle Davis

Red Hen Press presents a day of readings by:
Gregory Orr
Kate Gale
Nicelle Davis

Moderated by: Teri Grimm

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September 13, 2014 - 4:00PM

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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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