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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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Our Spring 2018 Season

Poets House, the nation’s poetry library celebrates three decades as a home for poetry, offering programs featuring some of the world’s premier poets—Pulitzer Prize winners, Poet Laureates, emerging talents, and leading voices from diverse cultures around the globe.

Our 30th Anniversary programs include: close readings of 30 seminal poems by a diverse roster of innovative poets (six poets x five poems each = 30 poems). Rigoberto González, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Poetry, considers five poems that explore the city—as the symbol of order and chaos, progress and decay, community and overcrowding on March 24. Poet, organizer and critic Erica Hunt considers how five poems frame time: tense, tempo, slippage, archive, and prophecy on April 14. Carl Phillips, author of over a dozen books of poetry and winner of many awards, discusses how pattern makes meaning in five poems on April 21. MacArthur Award winner Edward Hirsch considers how five 19th- and 20th-century poets treat luminous moments and visionary experiences on May 12.

We also present our exhibition 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects, displaying rare books, papers, photographs and artwork that reveal the network of poetic and artistic alliances that built Poets House, including handwritten correspondence between E.E. Cummings and Elizabeth Kray, typescripts from Stanley Kunitz and Galway Kinnell, and much more. On view through May 12, 2018.

Poets House Emerging Fellow Wins 2018 Yale Series Of Younger Poets

Congratulations to 2015 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellow Yanyi, whose manuscript The Year of Blue Water was selected as the winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition by Carl Phillips!

Poets House Emerging Poets Published by Los Angeles Review of Books

Writing by six graduates of Poets House’s Emerging Poets appears on the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) website during the month of March. As part of the Poetry Coalition’s 2018 initiative, “Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body,” Poets House invited each poet to select five items from our 70,000-volume library that address the theme of the body and to write a short prose response to each of these items, as well as a poem. Read “To Reimagine Healing” by Ricardo Hernandez and “The Body as Idol, Nation, and Revolution” by Adeeba Talukder, along with their poetry. Writing by Cynthia Manick, Chia-Lun Chang, Alex Cuff, and Rico Frederick will follow.

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30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Poets House, 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects mines the Poets House archives for objects of resonance, including handwritten correspondence between E. E. Cummings and Elizabeth Kray; typescripts from Stanley Kunitz and Galway Kinnell; paintings, photographs, journals, and recordings; and much more.
Exhibition on view through May 12, 2018

"5x5" from the Poets House Showcase

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Poets House Showcase, Poets House is pleased to co-sponsor with Verse a series of curated book selections from the exhibit by prominent poets. An exciting annual exhibition, the Showcase gathers poetry books and press ephemera from the past year, boasting over 3,600 titles from 750 publishers. We are pleased offer a "5X5"—5 book recommendations each from poets Lynn Melnick, Paolo Javier, Kyle Dacuyan, sam sax, and aziza barnes — in celebration of the twenty-fifth Annual Showcase and the breadth of contemporary poetry it encompasses. Click here to read "5x5"

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What's Happening

What's Happening

R.A. Villanueva

To Fire and Surprise: Making New Poems with R.A. Villanueva

Natalie Diaz begins a recent craft talk, “Building The Emotional Image,” considering the interplay between images, story, and history in her poems, reflecting on how her images “mostly come from my home, the place...

February 24, 2018 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM

Kimiko Hahn

Master Class with Kimiko Hahn

Please note the class runs at two different times on Saturday and Sunday. Disregard the class times listed above. The correct hours are:

Saturday, March 24, 2:30-6:30pm

March 24, 2018 - 2:30PM to 6:30PM

Rigoberto Gonzalez

The City with Rigoberto Gonzalez

Lambda Award-winning poet Rigoberto González considers five poems that explore the city. As the bittersweet symbol of order and chaos, progress and decay, community and overcrowding, the city is both...

March 24, 2018 - 3:00PM

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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

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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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