Invitation to the Muse: A Celebration of Partners in Poetry

This is a special benefit for Poets House that helps keep our programming free or low cost.

Join us for an evening of partners in poetry celebrating the sumptuous art of fine dining with poets Mark Doty, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Cathy Park Hong, Taylor Mali and Nicole Sealey. The night will be hosted by Daniel Halpern, poet and president and publisher of famed HarperCollins’s imprint Ecco Press.

One Day NYC High School Poetry Workshop

Mahogany Browne, Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Cave Canem and Poets House Fellowship Alumna, teaches an open-enrollment poetry workshop for the first 15 interested NYC students to sign up. Lunch and Metrocards provided.

To sign up contact Reginald Harris ( or 212-431-8040.

Funding for teen workshops provided by the Thompson Family Foundation

Weeklong Workshop for Teens

This weeklong workshop brings together high school poets from around the city (and the world) for a marathon session of writing, reading, exploring, and discovering poetry and themselves as poets. Lunch and Metrocards provided for all. Guest poets include the incredible Jon Sands and other special guests. Workshop participants will be selected by an independent judge through an application process. Full scholarships provided for students with need.

Application form is below

Literary Partners Program: Day One - A Poetry Reading and Open Mic

INAUGURATION DAY Friday,  January 20, 2017 5-7PM EST

Poets, writers, and artists commit to voicing our collective dissent on day one through day 1,460.

With readings by:

Wo Chan
Patricia Spears Jones
Rosebud Ben-Oni
Erica Buddington
Nicholas Powers
Denver Butson
Christopher Soto
Bob Holman
Thomas Fucaloro
Cecily Schuler
Amber Atiya

Hosted by: Jen Fitzgerald and Terence Degnan

25th Annual Poets House Showcase!

Love poetry? Poets House invites you to see it all! Poets House celebrates a quarter century of history-making with its annual Poets House Showcase. The only event of its kind, the Showcase is a free exhibit featuring over 3,000 books of poetry published in the preceding 18 months. For 25 years, more than 700 commercial, university, and independent presses and individuals have contributed poetic texts and ephemera annually, stitching together the diverse and inclusive tapestry of today’s contemporary poetry.

25th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception & Reading

Celebrate a quarter-century of the Poets House Showcase and surround yourself with poetry published in the last 18 months. Spend time with your favorite books and discover new favorites.

22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

As Poets House convenes the celebration of its 30th year, join us for our annual poetic pilgrimage across the East River by way of the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Celebrated poets including Billy Collins and Gregory Pardlo are joined by actor and poetry lover Bill Murray to read New York City-inspired poems under the arches of the Bridge. Poets lead the trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where dinner, wine, conversation, and poetic inspiration await.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading Hosted by r. erica doyle

Join us as we journey into the future of poetry. 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellows read new work crafted during mentorship under their workshop leader, poet r. erica doyle. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its sixth year, assists poets by providing writing instruction, mentorship, funding, and access to Poets House’s world-class poetry resources and programming.

Presented with support from the Jerome Foundation

Passwords: Cheryl Clarke on Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet and essayist Cheryl Clarke discusses the poetics and politics of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Reading from Brooks’ early and late poetry, Clarke examines Brooks’ contributions to a radical black practice of poetry and her representations of the black working class in A Street in Bronzeville and The Near-Johannesburg Boy.

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100

Poetry and Desire: A Reading and Conversation

Poets Vahni Capildeo, Natalie Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, and Shivanee Ramlochan examine intimacy, language, and poetry as the key that unlocks both mind and body.


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