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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

Friday, April 21, 7PM
Rooms Are Never Finished: The Legacy of Agha Shahid Ali

Kazim Ali, Rita Banerjee, Amanda Golden, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Patricia O’Neill, and Sejal Shah examine the life and work of Kashmiri poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). Celebrated for bringing the ghazal into English, Ali’s work explores cultural ties and divisions, the enduring qualities of love and friendship, and the difficulty of maintaining both.


Tuesday, April 25, 5PM
Rickey Laurentiis at BMCC

Join us for a reading featuring poet Rickey Laurentiis, author of the critically acclaimed Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Breadloaf, and the Poetry Foundation.

Wednesday, April 26, 7PM
Necessary Cuts: Rickey Laurentiis on Revision at Poets House

Though Paul Valéry claimed “a poem is never finished, only abandoned,” what happens between a poem’s creation and its abandonment is revision. Examining "Southern Cross" by Carl Phillips, "Look" by Solmaz Sharif, "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton and bits of Sappho and Whitman, besides the spiritual "Wade in the Water," Ma Rainey's "Prove it On Me Blues," and, finally, the art of Basquiat, poet Rickey Laurentiis examines how writers can enact revision in their language, politics and lives via a poem. Laurentiis unpacks what it means to return and revise—connecting, crossing, and shaping context— until, like Michelangelo, you find the angel in the marble and set it free.

Literary Partners Program

Friday, April 21, 6-8PM
A reading by new poets from Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights


For twenty years, in April, new young poets from Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights, students in their ongoing poetry workshop led by Marty Skoble, have presented their work at a variety of venues in New York, including the Poetry Project at Saint Marks, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and now at Poets House. Please join us to hear these young voices celebrate National Poetry Month.


Saturday, April 22, 8:30AM-6:30PM
International Women's Writing Guild's Spring Big Apple Regional Writers Conference


Celebrate the International Women's Writing Guild's 40th year at their new Spring Big Apple Regional Writing Conference venue, Poets House. A Crash Course on Queries and Pitches will prepare you to pitch your book at the Meet the Agents & Publishers session. Learn about the publishing process from your peers on the New Authors Panel. Get fresh insights into the publishing world from our Agents & Authors Panel. Not ready to pitch? Bring more poetry into your life with Myra Shapiro in a workshop that will also inspire your prose. We end the day with wine, cheese, and three-minute Open Readings. The International Women's Writing Guild supports women at all stages of their writing careers. Join IWWG as they celebrate the past and move forward into their next 40 years!


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.

Download the Spring 2017 Program Calendar (PDF)





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