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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

Tonight!

Tuesday, December 6, 7:00pm
A Celebration of Rigoberto González


Rigoberto González continues to change the landscape of American literature through his groundbreaking poetry, prose, and scholarship, providing readers with a redocumentation of our shared cultural memory. Join us for a conversation with González followed by celebratory readings from Eduardo Corral, Hannah Ensor, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Saeed Jones, Erika Sanchez, Elisabet Velasquez, and Vickie Vertiz. Co-hosted by Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón.

Presented by Poets House in partnership with the Academy of American Poets, Letras Latinas at Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies, and Poetry Society of America. Co-sponsored by CantoMundo, Four Way Books, Macondo Writers’ Workshop, and VONA Voices.



Thursday, December 9, 6:30pm
Poetry in Motion


Join us for an intimate discussion about the art of poetry, featuring four very different poetic voices from Europe – Elena Alexieva 
from Bulgaria and the author of Ladder on the Heart and Face of Killer Angel; Ann Cotten whose poetry plays with perspective, an intrinsic part of her poetic process; Immanuel Mifsud who sees similarities between the way his own life is evolving and that of a fish in an aquarium; and Krisztina Tóth whose poetry deals in an emphatic, reflected and sometimes ironic way with everyday scenes and conflicts. Together, they’ll be in conversation with acclaimed poet, playwright and literary travel writer, Nathalie Handal. Co-presented by The New Literature from Europe Festival.

Upcoming Literary Partners Programs


Saturday, December 17, 4:00-6:00PM
Finishing Line Press Presents an Afternoon of Sports Poetry

Finishing Line Press presents Ron Whitehead in celebration of the release of blistered asphalt on dixie highway: Kentucky Basketball is Poetry in Motion. Hosted by Mets Poet Frank Messina.







Kevin Young named new Director of Schomburg Center

Kevin Young, Poets House Board Member, has been named the new Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Congratulations! Read more...

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


American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths
An exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths, lyrically orbiting the politics of imagination, black womanhood, and history, offering a charged and complicated visual narrative of poetry.

On view through February 25, 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 Fall 2016 Program Calendar (PDF)





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