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:

Showcase Reading Series: Aziza Barnes, Ching-In Chen, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, and DéLana R. A. Dameron

Readings by Aziza Barnes (i be, but i ain't, YesYes Books); Ching-In Chen (recombinant, Kelsey Street Press); Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Button Poetry); DéLana R. A. Dameron (Weary Kingdom, Palmetto Poetry Series)

Showcase Reading Series: t'ai freedom ford, Lauren Hunter, Debora Kuan, and Alex Dimitrov

Readings by Alex Dimitrov (Together and by Ourselves, Copper Canyon Press), t'ai freedom ford (how to get over, Red Hen Press), Lauren Hunter (Human Achievements, Birds, LLC), and Debora Kuan (Lunch Portraits, Brooklyn Arts Press)

Showcase Reading Series: Cynthia Manick, Jen Hyde, Tommy Pico, and Martha Rhodes

Readings by Cynthia Manick (Blue Hallelujahs, Black Lawrence Press); Jen Hyde (Hua Shi Hua: Drawings and Poems from China, Ahsahta); Tommy Pico (IRL, Birds, LLC); and Martha Rhodes (The Thin Wall, University of Pittsburgh Press).

Showcase Reading Series: Readings by Elizabeth Arnold, Alan Felsenthal, Christine Shan Shan Hou, and Cortney Lamar Charleston

Readings by Elizabeth Arnold (Skeleton Coast, Flood Editions); Alan Felsenthal (Lowly, Ugly Duckling Press); Christine Shan Shan Hou (Community Garden for Lonely Girls, Gramma Press); Cortney Lamar Charleston (Telepathologies, Saturnalia Books)

Showcase Reading Series: David Ferry and Gerald Stern

Readings by David Ferry (Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, University of Chicago Press) and Gerald Stern (This Time: New and Selected Poems, W.W. Norton & Co).

Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America

25th Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception and Reading with Marie Howe, Ishion Hutchinson, and Hoa Nguyen

Reception 6-7PM, Reading 7-8PM

Readings by Marie Howe (Magdalene, W.W. Norton & Co), Ishion Hutchinson (House of Lords and Commons, Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and Hoa Nguyen (Violet Energy Ingots, Wave Books). Surround yourself with over 3,500 poetic texts published in the last 18 months. Spend time with your favorite books and discover new favorites!


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