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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

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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 January 20, 2018

November at Poets House

 Sunday, November 5, 4:00pm
Iowa International Writing Program 50th Anniversary Reading
Ubah Cristina Ali Farah (Somalia/Italy), Maung Day (Myanmar), Vladimir Martinovski (Macedonia), Amanda Lee Koe (Singapore), and Natasha Tiniacos (Venezuela), join IWP in celebrating its 50th year in an evening of readings and conversation about poetry around the globe.

Joanne Kyger Monday, November 6, 8:00pm
Tribute to Joanne Kyger

Poets Ammiel Alcalay, Micah Ballard, Edmund Berrigan, Anselm Berrigan, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Norma Cole, Lisa Jarnot, Hettie Jones, Vincent Katz, Filip Marinovich, Tenaya Nasser-Frederick, Ed Sanders, Cedar Sigo, Jared Stanley, Kendra Sullivan, Stacy Szymaszek, Lewis Warsh, and Joey Yearous-Algozin celebrate Joanne Kyger’s lasting influence.
Location: The Poetry Project, St Mark's Church, 131 E 19th Street, New York NY

Joanne Kyger in 'Descartes' Tuesday, November 7, 7:00pm
Cedar Sigo on Joanne Kyger
Poet and editor Cedar Sigo pays tribute to his former Naropa Institute mentor.

 Anna Moschovakis Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm
Borrowed Confessions: Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre and Anna Moschovakis
Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre, and Anna Moschovakis discuss intimacy, feminism, and the act of confession in epistolary poetry.

James Tolan Saturday, November 11, 4:00pm
The Wind Will Undo Us: A Tribute to James Tolan
Poets Jennifer Michael Hecht, Owen Lewis, Fran Quinn, Jason Schneiderman, Cecilia Woloch, and friends to honor the work of a beloved member of the Poets House community and long-time professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Gwendolyn Brooks Monday, November 13, 7:30pm
A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

Poets Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif, and Patricia Smith celebrate the centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks - part of a year-long, nationwide tribute to one of America’s most influential poets.
Location: 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave New York NY

 Thursday, November 16, 6:00-8:00pm
Opening Reception for 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.

Monica Youn Saturday, November 18, 3:00pm
Five Sonnets: 30th Anniversary Event with Monica Youn
National Book Award finalist Monica Youn discusses the history of poetry through the lens of the sonnet.

December at Poets House

Camille Dungy Saturday, December 2, 3:00pm
Feeling At Home in America: 30th Anniversary Event with Camille Dungy
American Book Award winner Camille Dungy considers five important poems that reveal what it means to be at home in America.

 Patricia Smith Friday, December 8, 7:00pm
A Letter That Begins With I Love You: A Celebration of Patricia Smith
Join us for a conversation with Patricia Smith followed by celebratory readings from Mahogany Browne, Cornelius Eady, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Ellen Hagan, Terrance Hayes, Randall Horton, Tyehimba Jess, Rachel McKibbens, Nicole Sealey, and Leslie Shipman, hosted by Parneshia Jones.

John Ashbery Wednesday, December 13, 7:30pm
A Memorial for John Ashbery

Longtime friends and fellow artists pay tribute to the life and work of poet John Ashbery, who died in September at the age of 90. With Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.
Location: 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave New York NY

John Ashbery (1927-2017)

John Ashbery
Poets House marks the passing of John Ashbery—on September 3, 2017 at age 90—one of the most celebrated figures in American poetry of the last half century. Author of nearly 30 collections of poetry, several books of essays, and numerous translations, Ashbery received every conceivable recognition (from Pulitzer Prize to a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship) for his literary output. He is the first living poet to have his work collected by the Library of America, which has issued two volumes of his work. John Ashbery appeared before an overflow crowd at Poets House on July 12, 2012, reading from his collection Quick Question - Listen to the full recording here. He also participated in a program dedicated to poet Frank O’Hara, his dear friend, which Poets House organized with the Museum of Modern Art on November 30, 2006. Click here to listen to Ann Lauterbach’s Passwords program on John Ashbery, delivered on March 29, 2005 at Poets House, which provides a wonderful window into Ashbery’s wry and ingenious poetry.

To celebrate Ashbery’s extraordinary legacy, Library of America (publishers of John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1956–1987, and Collected Poems 1991–2000) reached out to a number of his fellow writers for their thoughts on the man and his work. Click here to read their responses.

"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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