2017: 25th Anniversary Showcase Opening Reading (Full Audio)

Readings by Ishion Hutchinson, Hoa Nguyen, and Marie Howe celebrate the opening of the 25th annual Poets House Showcase, and exhibit of over 3,500 poetic texts published in the last 18 months. Welcome by Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti. Introductions by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full Audio approx. 1 hr 6 mins)

“Walking Together, Talking Together” with MC Hyland

“O friend, we had not seen thee at this time,
And yet a power is on me and a strong
Confusion, and I seem to plant thee there.
Far art thou wandered now in search of health,
And milder breezes—melancholy lot—
But thou art with us, with us in the past,
The present, with us in the times to come.”

—Wordsworth, The Prelude

“Ghost Walk” with Hossannah Asuncion

“Thousands of people pass that storefront every day, each one haunting the streets of his or her own New York, not one of them seeing the same thing.”
—Colson Whitehead, “City Limits”

What would you say to your ghosts? The ones that are deeper than nostalgia? The ones leaning against a New York that no longer exists; the way you are different than yesterday.

Ghost Walk explores, through text and image, the moments we recall and refeel stepping through this city’s transient memory.

“Taking Your Voice for a Walk” with Emily Skillings

"I like to think of moving through the sentence (as writer or reader) as moving through a kind of terrain. The sentence is at once a map of where we have gone and where we wish to go.”
–Renee Gladman
 

A Walking Poets’ Library, MC Hyland at Prismatic Park

Between July 4 and July 8, poet/scholar/book artist MC Hyland will be performing a new work, A Walking Poets’ Library, in Poets House’s Prismatic Park structure. An expansion of an ongoing poetry project, A Walking Poets’ Library is a resource to promote walking, conversation, publication, and exchange.

Poets House - A Treasure in Battery Park City

Founded in 1985, Poets House is a 70,000-volume poetry library in the heart of Battery Park City. Every year over 80,000 visitors walk through its doors. Poets House reachers over 10,000 children and teens through its youth poetry programs. Poets House serves as a place for quiet contemplation and a literary center for all who read and write poetry. Please visit www.poetshouse.org for more information.

Claudia Rankine receives the Poets House Elizabeth Kray Award ("The Betty")

Poets House presents the Elizabeth Kray Award ("The Betty") biennially to an individual or individuals whose service to the field of poetry embodies the spirit of Elizabeth Kray's work and ideals. In founding Poets House with Stanley Kunitz, Kray created a place dedicated to poetry and poets. In the words of the late poet Denise Levertov, Kray was "poetry's patron saint." From her Poets in the Schools program to the shaping of the modern-day poetry reading series, Kray was an innovative advocate for a greater presence for poetry in our country.

I am Most I When You are Most You: Poetry, Prayer and the Language of your Highest Attention with Farnoosh Fathi

Ich bin du, wenn ich ich bin— I am I when You are You. How is Celan’s statement an encouragement to do the simultaneous work of poetry and prayer? When are you most you in your process, in your life? What kinds of attention support, or obstruct you? What does the language of your highest attention look like? How do you write the poem that is most yours?

2017: Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

A reading by Poets House Emerging Poet Fellows Sean D. Henry-Smith, Sahar Romani, Nkosi Nkululeko, Marwa Helal, Kyle Ducuyan, Gbenga Adesina, Elisabet Velasquez, Desiree C Bailey, Camonghne Felix, and Adeeba Talukder, hosted by workshop leader R. Erica Doyle. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
(Full audio approx. 1 hr 30 mins)

Night at the Museums

Spend a summer evening visiting 15 excitingly diverse museums and historic sites in Lower Manhattan — all for free. Learn about New York City's history, discover new heritages, and enjoy discounts at local restaurants.
Poets House is pleased to be part of Night at the Museums:

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