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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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September at Poets House

Poetry as Pluriverse: Rethinking Language Justice A Two-Day Event
Friday September 22, 6:30pm
A Reading with Mohammed Bennis, Bei Dao, Sharmistha Mohanty, Daouda Ndiaye, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Anne Waldman, Orlando White, Zhai Yongming and Raúl Zurita.
Location: Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave New York NY

Saturday, September 23, 6:00pm
A Reading and Conversation with Bei Dao, Sharmistha Mohanty, Daouda Ndiaye, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Zhai Yongming and Raúl Zurita, hosted by Anne Waldman.
Location: Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York NY



Renee Gladman Tuesday, September 26, 6:00-8:00pm
Exhibition Opening: Prose Architectures
Featuring work from two of Renee Gladman’s drawings-for-books as well as larger discrete ink and gouache works for the wall
Exhibition on view through November 4, 2017








Mónica de la Torre Wednesday, September 27 - Friday, September 29, 12:00-3:00pm; Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1, 2:00-6:00pm
Lines Refracted (in solidarity with immigrants and dreamers): Mónica de la Torre at Prismatic Park

Poet and translator Mónica de la Torre holds a series of workshops that will generate poetry by experimenting with multidirectional translation a way to create poems that make the most of New York City as a Babel of languages. Poetry, indeed, will be made by all!
Location: Prismatic Park at Madison Square Park, Between Fifth & Madison Avenues between 23rd and 26th Streets, New York NY


Susan Howe Thursday, September 28, 7:00pm
The Realm of History: Susan Howe and Pattie McCarthy: A Reading and Conversation

Poet Pattie McCarthy, known for re-visioning historical texts, joins living legend and 2017 Robert Frost Medal recipient Susan Howe on the occasion of her 80th birthday for an evening of readings and conversation.








Mary Jo Bang Saturday, September 30, 3:00pm
A Doll for Throwing: When The Self is not The Self: A Craft Talk with Mary Jo Bang

Mary Jo Bang will discuss her new book A Doll for Throwing, for which she invented a ventriloquized persona that incorporates historical figures from the Bauhaus movement, personal interiority, biography, and sheer invention.








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"





“...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 2017 Program Calendar (PDF)





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