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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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The 2015 Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Monday, June 8

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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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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
On view through Saturday May 23

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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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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

April (National Poetry Month!) Events

• Saturday April 25, 3:00-5:00pm
Hands On/Hands Off: A Seminar on Artistic Collaboration with Bill Berkson

Inspired by last season’s beloved exhibition A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman, poet and curator Bill Berkson gives an overview of such collaborations between New York artists and poets from the 1950s onward, with an opportunity to create and collaborate on new work. Click here to register

• Tuesday April 28, 7:00pm
Hurt So Good: Building the Body of the Beloved & Other Emotional Imageries with Natalie Diaz

Award-winning poet and author of the collection When My Brother Was an Aztec Natalie Diaz discusses the relationship between breaking, creating, and love in the inspiration, construction and revision of poetry.

• Thursday April 30
Poem In Your Pocket Day

Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems in Battery Park City and Tribeca throughout the day. Then bring a poem of your choice to share, or find one here at Poets House for our Neighborhood Read-In from 3:00-6:00pm, an afternoon of readings and fun!

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What's Happening

What's Happening

r erica doyle

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

Farnoosh Fathi

Practicing Sands: Play & Process with Farnoosh Fathi

We play at Paste—
Till qualified, for Pearl—
Then, drop the Paste—
And deem ourself a fool—

The Shapes—though—were similar—
And our new Hands
Learned Gem-Tactics—

April 11, 2015 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM

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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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