Poetry Spotlight

20th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge, Monday, June 8

Great poets including Richard Blanco, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, Cornelius Eady, Edward Hirsch, Laura Kasischke, Thomas Lux, Ocean Vuong, and special guest Bill Murray read classic NYC-inspired poems as we trek en masse from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where a delicious dinner, wine, and more words await at this not-to-be missed New York City event benefiting Poets House's free and affordable programs.

Look for #poetrywalk on Twitter for lines from poems by our guest poets, and other news leading up to the event!

Other June events at Poets House

• Tuesday June 2
2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

Hosted by 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a not-to-be-missed glimpse into the most exciting new poetry in New York City as (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): Aziza Barnes, Rio Cortez, Ricardo Hernandez, Esther Lin, Yanyi Luo, Andriniki Mattis, Vikas K. Menon, Timothy Ree, Paul Tran and Aldrin Valdez read from their work.

• Wednesday June 3
Allen Ginsberg Birthday Party

Join us on Allen Ginsberg's birthday to celebrate the publication of The Essential Ginsberg with readings and performances of Ginsberg's work included in the collection by Lee Ann Brown, Eliot Katz, Amy Lawless, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ryan Doyle May, Sharon Mesmer, Eileen Myles, Uche Nduka, Bob Rosenthal, editor and Ginsberg biographer Michael Schumacher, and Steven Taylor.

• Thursday June 4
Alternate Worlds? Poetry & Popular Fiction with Laura Kasischke

Author of seven books of poetry and nine popular novels Laura Kasischke discusses how writing poetry and prose are utterly opposite ways of approaching material, language, and life.

• Friday June 19
Celebrating India
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave

Enjoy interactive, drop-in experiences with art as you explore the exhibition Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy and the Metropolitan Museum's Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia.

• Thursday June 25
The 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception

Join us for readings, conversation, and celebration to open this year's Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses, followed by the Showcase Opening Reading.

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