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Founded in 1985, Poets House is a 70,000-volume poetry library in the heart of Battery Park City. Every year over 80,000 visitors walk through its doors. Poets House reachers over 10,000 children and teens through its youth poetry programs. Poets House serves as a place for quiet contemplation and a literary center for all who read and write poetry. Please visit www.poetshouse.org for more information.

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. For previous winners, please visit: https://www.poetshouse.org/content/elizabeth-kray-award-betty

A poem by Simone White, author of Of Being Dispersed (Futurepoem Books, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

A poem by Rickey Laurentiis, winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry prize, selected by Terrance Hayes for his debut collection Boy with Thorn(Pitt Poetry Series, 2015), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

A poem by Terese Svoboda, author of When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley (Anhinga Press, 2015), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

A poem by Derrick Austin, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, selected by Mary Szybist for his debut collection, Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

A poem by Tyehimba Jess, author of Olio (Wave Books, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

A an excerpt from a long poem by Anna Moschovakis, author of They and We Will Get into Trouble for This (Coffee House Press, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

A poem by Wayne Miller, author of Post- (Milkweed Editions, 2016), part of the Poets House 24th Annual Showcase.

A poem by New Zealand poet, Tusiata Avia (Victoria University Press).

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