Passwords: Elizabeth Alexander on Lucille Clifton

“Clifton’s poems invite meditation and return” wrote Obama inaugural poet and Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander about Lucille Clifton (1936-2010). “Time and again, she made luminous poems premised on clear truth-telling, but always with a twist, and with space for evocation and mystery.” Alexander discusses this beloved author, whose luminous poems and dynamic life impacted our poetry and our culture.

Literary Partners Event: Same Same But Different

Same Same But Different brings together four writers with links to Australia, Iceland, Canada and the United States.

A companion event to Different Different But Same at Bluestockings, two of Australia’s most dynamic spoken word performers, Betsy Turcot and Eleanor Jackson, The Belles of Hell are teaming up with Shira E and a rawlings for an evening of readings exploring those things that matter.

Literary Partners Program: Reading and Book Launch for Bridging the Waters: An International Bilingual Poetry Anthology

Join Cross-Cultural Communications and Korean Expatriate Literature in celebrating the publication Bridging the Waters: An International Bilingual Poetry Anthology (Korean, American, Other) (2013), as part of a celebration of Korean poetry in exchange with poets from all parts of the world.

Introduction by Stanley H. Barkan and Yoon-Ho Cho

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Giving Trees: MillionTreesNYC

Join us for a celebration of trees in NYC! Listen to live music, learn amazing tree facts, figure out how to identify tree species, and request a tree for your street. We’ll also create our own poetrees on plantable paper!

MillionTreesNYC, one of the 132 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs over the next decade. Visit for more info.

Neighborhood Poetry Read-In with the Brooklyn & Queens Poet Laureates

Join Tina Chang (Brooklyn) and Paolo Javier (Queens), our young pocket-poets and their families, and other special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun! We invite you to bring a poem of your choice to share, or find one here at Poets House. A great after-school event for families and poetry lovers of all ages, and a festive culmination of our year-long work with local school children.

Guess Who Zoo with Howard Eisenberg

Learn lots of facts about animals through fun rhymes and songs by author and poet Howard Eisenberg, write riddle poems, and make puzzle pictures!

Howard Eisenberg is the author of Guess Who Zoo, Guess Who Farm, and Guess Who Neighborhood.

Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film classic The Red Balloon. Afterward, children will make their own floating valentines in the form of hot-air balloon mobiles.

Literary Partners Event: Program for Publication of DYLAN THOMAS WALKING TOUR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE

Join The Seventh Quarry and Cross-Cultural Communications in celebrating the publication of Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village (2014), as part of the world-wide Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations.

Literary Partners Event: december in January

Come celebrate the revival of december magazine.

Readings by poets featured in Vol. 24 of december:

Marvin Bell
Sally Van Doren
James Tolan
Terese Svoboda

Complimentary reception to follow

This event is made possible in part through the Poets House Literary Partners Program

Wild nights! Wild nights! A Dionysian Feast to Benefit Poets House

Read The Wall Street Journal's article on the benefit, "A Night of Verse to Celebrate Cupid's Curse"

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

Poets House invites you to join us for an intimate evening celebrating the poetry of love.


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