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Readings & Conversations
Poets House’s Unique ProgrammingEach year Poets House presents a vast range of public programs — including talks, panels, readings, seminars, performances, walking tours classes to the public with poets from around the world — giving audiences the chance to experience some of the leading international voices of the day. Our signature series, Passwords, features the one poet’s close exploration and enthusiasm for another’s work.
Poets House programs seek to create a meeting place for poets and poetry readers of all aesthetic leanings and at every level – from accomplished poets and poetry aficionados to those brand new to the art. Providing time at the end of each presentation for questions from the audience, and followed by wine and cheese receptions, Poets House programs create a dynamic forum for conversation between artists and audiences.
PasswordsOur signature program series Passwords, developed in 1987, continues to be one of the most robust and popular of our offering. In it, poets read and discuss the work of other poets.
Passwords creates the link between a vast poetic heritage and the voices of poets living today. Usually one poet discussing the work of another, Passwords programs can also take the form of larger tributes, panel discussions or symposia. Often, these events seek to increase our understanding and appreciation of poets whose work is in danger of being overlooked or underappreciated.