A Note from the Poets House Executive Director (Spring 2012)

W S Merwin and Lee Briccetti

Poets House co-founders Stanley Kunitz and Elizabeth Kray envisioned Poets House as a place welcoming readers and writers into the widest practice of poetry, in a home that would balance community and interiority. What a joy it has been to see our new home come alive with so many visitors working in the library—stretching out over manuscripts, sleuthing through stacks—or in lively conversation at programs.

Now the doors of our lovely, transparent new home open wider as the next iteration of our website invites people from all over the world into a virtual Poets House, where they have access to gems from 25 years of programming. The new website better expresses the welcome and airiness of our physical space, the intellectual dynamism of our programs and, ultimately, creates the conditions for us to communicate with one another more closely.

The spring 2012 season continues our 25th Anniversary series of programs that sequentially thread through the history of poetry. Last season we traveled from Gilgamesh to Chaucer. This season, we go from Shakespeare to the Beats, as we augment regular programs for children and families, free class trips for schools, international poetry events and groundbreaking exhibitions.

However you participate, online or in person at in the 50,000-volume collection of The Reed Foundation Library that overlooks the Hudson, we want you to celebrate this remarkable anniversary in a place of possibility with us.

Thank you. Come celebrate with us. Happy 25th Anniversary!

—Lee Briccetti, Executive Director