A Tribute to Grace Paley

The literary community gathers to honor the life and work of the revered short-story writer, poet and model of 'combative pacificism,' Grace Paley. After studying with W.H. Auden at The New School in the 1940s, Paley went on to become a writer renowned for her articulation of the New York experience and a beloved friend and mentor to generations of writers.

Our Emily Dickinson: A 21st Century Response by Artists and Writers

Susan Howe, author of the recently reissued My Emily Dickinson, joins literary scholar Brenda Wineapple, multidisciplinary artist Jen Bervin and cultural critic Eliot Weinberger in presenting a 21st century response to Dickinson's work. The panelists consider a range of topics, including the latent avant-garde aspects of Dickinson's work, the typographical revolution of her markings and use of the page, as well as contemporary issues of public access to her archives.

An Eightieth Birthday Tribute to Philip Levine

Friends and fellow writers celebrate four-score years in the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Levine, with selected readings from his work.

Branching Out Salt Lake City: E. Ethelbert Miller on Langston Hughes

What are Langston's lessons? An examination of the work of Langston Hughes will help you learn more about America. It will help you explore the tough tapestry of race. His work will make you look into the mirror and see yourself. Are you ready? Who was this man who taught us how to dream? The life and work of Langston Hughes echoes the social transformation of America from the 1920s to the early 1960s. How did he put blues and jazz into his words? What was his secret? Come dance with the dreamer and discover how he changed literature.

Branching Out New Orleans: Ron Padgett on Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch

In 1949 Harvard undergraduate John Ashbery wrote to Kenneth Koch about the poetry of a fellow student, Frank O'Hara: "I think we have a major competitor." Shortly thereafter Ashbery sent Koch a manuscript of O'Hara's poems, which Koch found not very interesting. But he took it with him when he went to France on a Fulbright and, when he read the manuscript again on a train ride through Austria, he was staggered by its dazzling energy. Thus began an inspiring, competitive literary friendship that helped both Koch and O'Hara become two of the greatest American poets of the 20th century.

The Invention of Farewell: A Poets House Celebration

Join us as we bid a fond farewell to 72 Spring Street, Poets House's home of nearly 20 years, with readings and impromptu toasts by over 20 poets and a host of festivities to commemorate our beloved Soho home and the community of friends that have gathered here. Champagne and poetic delicacies will be served, as we usher in the momentous year that will bring us to our permanent home in Battery Park City.

A Night Out with the New York School

A multidisciplinary New York School soiree, featuring readings and performances by Kim Gordon, Wayne Koestenbaum, Bernadette Mayer, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Yvonne Rainer and Carolee Schneemann.

Passwords: Maggie Nelson on Women and the New York School

Maggie Nelson sheds light on the trailblazing lives and artistry of Barbara Guest, Bernadette Mayer, Joan Mitchell, Eileen Myles and Alice Notley.

Part of Women and the New York School, an historic gathering that celebrates the myriad roles that women writers and artists have played in and around the "New York School" and expands our understanding of the vanguard circle that emerged in the 1940s and thrives in its second and third incarnations to this day.

Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities

Spinning Verses: Writing Workshop for Teens with Helen Frost

Helen Frost, the award-winning author of novels-in-verse for children and young adults, treats us to selections from her books and offers inspirational advice to young writers just starting out.

Poets House Pre-Holiday Book Sale

Give the gift of poetry—to yourself, your family and friends. Our pre-holiday sale offers thousands of books at bargain prices. All books are duplicate copies from our 50,000-volume collection and all proceeds benefit the permanent collection of Poets House.

Poets House Members are offered a head-start, with special Election Day sale hours: Vote first, then peruse our volumes of verse. Poetry is, as Emerson once put it, "a candidate for truth."


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