Poetry Spotlight

Spring into May at Poets House

• Saturday May 9
Poetry Time with Charles Waters

The popular children's poet returns to Poets House for a morning of humorous poetry that's off the page and off the wall.

• Tuesday May 12
Tribute to Galway Kinnell
LOCATION: The Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, New York NY


Jonathan Safran Foer, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mirah Kozodoy, Sharon Olds, Poets House Board Member Myra Shapiro, Gerald Stern, and C.K. Williams celebrating the life and work of the remarkable National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning author of over 30 books, and dear friend to Poets House.

Click here to listen to Galway Kinnell read Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" as part of the 13th Annual Poets House Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge, June 9, 2008

• Thursday May 14
Person, Place, Thing with Randy Cohen & Diane Ackerman

Join poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman and Irish harpist Maeve Gilchrist for a special evening of music and great stories as Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen records his popular public radio show LIVE here at Poets House.

• Saturday May 16
Tribute to Wanda Coleman

Mahogany L. Browne, Steve Cannon, Cornelius Eady, Bob Holman, Patricia Spears Jones, Julie Patton, Austin Straus, and Quincy Troupe gather for readings and discussion of the life and legacy of poet and writer Wanda Coleman (1946 – 2013), an electric and under-recognized pivotal poet of the post-war period and "Unofficial Poet Laureate of Los Angeles."

Click here to listen to Wanda Coleman from November 16, 2001, discussing the work of Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784), the first African-American woman to publish a book of poems

• Tuesday May 19
Keeping It Real & Imagining It with Afaa Michael Weaver

This interactive craft lecture with the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award winner will consider the challenges and rewards of using vernacular language in poetry.

• Tuesday May 19
Lines into Sentences: Prose Poetry & Fiction with Renee Gladman, Ben Lerner and Eileen Myles

Three celebrated writers of both poetry and prose discuss their experiments with and between forms, as well as editing and publishing transgenre works.

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