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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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"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

Tuesday, May 2, 7PM
Corrosive Power: A Panel Discussion and Conversation with Athena Farrokhzad & Noemi Jaffe
Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad, author of White Blight, appears with her translator Jennifer Hayashida, and Brazilian poet Noemi Jaffe, author of What are the Blind Men Dreaming?, appears with her translators Julia Sanches and Ellen Elias-Bursać. Together, they discuss the borders of power, gender, language, place, and identity, examining where they intersect and diverge.


Wednesday, May 3, 7PM
Passwords: Anne Waldman with Steven Taylor on William Blake

A founder and director of the Poetry Project and co-founder along with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, poet Anne Waldman, with Bessie Award-nominated musician Steven Taylor, explores the prophetic work of 18th-century poet William Blake. Waldman takes audiences on a journey through Blake’s celebrated and expansive writings, their mystical undercurrent, and how they have influenced her poetry.


Thursday, May 4, 7PM
Poetry and Desire: A Reading and Conversation

Poets Vahni Capildeo, Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, and Shivanee Ramlochan examine intimacy, language, and poetry as the key that unlocks both mind and body.




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


Poetry Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation
An exhibit featuring books, periodicals, and ephemera from the working library of Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. Items include books inscribed to staff by great poets of the times, rare and seminal issues of the famed poetry magazine, and relics from the Foundation’s storied history.

On view through Saturday, June 24, 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.

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Eugenia Leigh

The Art of Truth Telling: Discernment, Authenticity, and Risk with Eugenia Leigh

James Baldwin said, “The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see,” and Emily Dickinson wrote, “The Truth must dazzle...

April 22, 2017 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM

The 6th Annual Compass Translation Award Ceremony and Reading

StoSvet Literary Project and the Russian American Cultural Center present the Sixth Annual Compass Translation Award Ceremony and Reading, dedicated to the poetry of Bella Akhmadulina...

April 29, 2017 - 1:00PM to 3:00PM

PEN World Voices Festival Prelude! A House Divided

House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, and politicos in a one-of-a-kind event to be held at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union, where Lincoln gave his famous address on slavery. Artists and writers...

April 30, 2017 - 3:00PM to 6:00PM

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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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    StoSvet Literary Project and the Russian American Cultural Center present the Sixth Annual Compass...

    Sun Apr 30

    House Divided unites artists, writers, thinkers, and politicos in a one-of-a-kind event to be held at the...

    Tue May 2

    Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad, author of White Blight, appears with her...

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