In addition to being an exciting exhibition of poetry publishing, the Poets House Showcase is also Poets House’s main collection-development tool. In August, the titles we receive for the Poets House Showcase are moved upstairs to the main collection of and we begin again to collect titles for the next Poets House Showcase.
The titles are arranged alphabetically by press and the exhibition catalogue has an index by author. This is the only all-inclusive exhibition that gives visitors an opportunity to see the range of poetry publishing in the United States, underscoring the partnership roles that bring poetry to its public.
In 2011, we received 2,458 titles from 767 publishers and poets. Although we make every effort to confirm with publishers that we received the titles they sent, we are unable to confirm with individual poets that we received their individual titles. Please contact your publishers to ensure that they sent Poets House their most recent poetry titles.
We do not include journals and zines in the Poets House Showcase, but please consider sending Poets House a gift subscription to your publication. The New Journals section of the library is the first section in our library. We’d love to share your publication with visitors.
The only event of its kind, the annual Poets House Showcase, is a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year (including volumes by individual authors, anthologies, biographies, critical studies, CDs and DVDs) from over 650 commercial, university and independent presses.