Build a City of Poems: An Interactive Exhibition of Poetry and Art

For three weekends this summer, Poets House will create a poetic summer outpost in one of the historic houses of Governors Island Colonels' Row.

Featuring “Ode to New York City,” an exhibition of art and poetry created by downtown elementary school students, and murals from the Community Word Project, visitors of all ages are invited to contribute their own drawings and poetry, filling in the outline of a gigantic mural cityscape created by artist Felipe Galindo, making a city of poems.

2014: 22nd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Meena Alexander, Jennifer Michael Hecht, David Lehman, and Rachel Zucker (Full Audio)

Readings by Meena Alexander (Birthplace with Buried Stones, Triquarterly), Jennifer Michael Hecht (Who Said, Copper Canyon Press), David Lehman (New and Selected Poems, Scribner), and Rachel Zucker (The Pedestrians, Wave Books) open the annual 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.

Showcase Reading Series: Cathy Linh Che, Harmony Holiday, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Mark Wunderlich

Cathy Linh Che (Split, Alice James Books), Harmony Holiday (Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues, Ricochet Editions), Yusef Komunyakaa (Testimony: A Tribute to Charlie Parker, Wesleyan University Press), and Mark Wunderlich (The Earth Avails, Graywolf Press).

Showcase Reading Series: Jeffrey Harrison, Joan Larkin, Lenelle Moïse, and Spencer Reece

Jeffrey Harrison (Into Daylight, Tupelo Press), Joan Larkin (Blue Hanuman, Hanging Loose Press), Lenelle Moïse (Haiti Glass, City Lights), and Spencer Reece (The Road to Emmaus, Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Showcase Reading Series: Emily Abendroth, Brett Fletcher Lauer, Frances Justine Post, and Wendy S. Walters

Emily Abendroth (]Exclosures[, Ahshata Press), Brett Fletcher Lauer (A Hotel in Belgium, Four Way Books), Frances Justine Post (Beast, Augury Books), and Wendy S. Walters (Troy, Michigan, Futurepoem books).

22nd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading

Readings by Meena Alexander (Birthplace with Buried Stones, Triquarterly), Jennifer Michael Hecht (Who Said, Copper Canyon Press), David Lehman (New and Selected Poems, Scribner), and Rachel Zucker (The Pedestrians, Wave Books) open this year's annual 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.

2005: Poetry in the Branches National Institute Keynote Address by Robert Hass

Former U S Poet Laureate Robert Hass talks with librarians about the Laureate position, and ways in which to engage library users and the community with poetry. Part of the 2005 Poetry In The Branches National Institute
(Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 30 mins)

2014: Tracy K. Smith on Children and Metaphor

In this 'extra' from her Person, Place, Thing "Live" interview with Randy Cohen, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith talks about children and their unique use of metaphor.
(Approx 1 minute)

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