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Poetry at Large

Learn about Poetry in Zoos, Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, and other Poets House national initiatives.

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Children's Room

A creative space filled with children's poetry books, typewriters, and a card catalog filled with poetic objects to trigger young imaginations.

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A Place for Poetry – Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry.

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In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight

Poets House’s Fall 2018 Season & A New Website Launch


Poets House concludes its 30th Anniversary this fall with a series on epics, from ancient to contemporary times, along with other programs that celebrate contemporary poetic voices. In honor of three decades of creating a home for poetry, a new Poets House website will launch in September with a blog and other new digital content. In the meantime, download our fall calendar for a complete list of programs, classes, exhibitions, and more.











Joint statement from the Poetry Coalition on the National Endowment for the Arts findings that poetry reading is on the rise

New York, NY (June 7, 2018)– We, leaders of nonprofit poetry organizations, came together to found and publicly launch the Poetry Coalition in November 2016 in part because the demand for our programs and the interest in poetry we were experiencing at our organizations wasn’t reflected in available research or by the media.

We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts and Director of Research and Analysis Sunil Iyengar for continuing to collect and study people’s engagement with poetry. We’re pleased that the findings he has released today are aligned with what we’ve been seeing at our individual organizations— poetry is on the rise. Read more here


In the News

  • Fox5 News: "Poets House Celebrates 30th Anniversary" (VIDEO)
  • Time Out New York names Poets House "one of the most gorgeous NYC Libraries"
  • Exhibitions


    The Little Magazine
    On view through November 20, 2018

    This exhibition celebrates the contributions small-press magazines have made to the development of poets, as well as to national and international literary, cultural, and political movements. Emphasizing the material richness and collaborative spirit of experimental publications and publishing communities, the exhibition includes magazines associated with Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Mimeograph Revolution, Conceptual Art, Language Writing, and New Narrative, as well as feminist, queer, and other contemporary communities.





    “...the perfect place to open little minds to the wonderful world of poetry...”

    Parenting website Mommy Nearest declares Poets House a “Must Do in Battery Park City”! Click the link to read more.

    Download the Fall 2018 Program Calendar (PDF)





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What's Happening

What's Happening

Emily Wilson

Epic Voices: Emily Wilson on The Odyssey

The first woman to translate the Odyssey into English, scholar Emily Wilson “has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice” (The New York Times). In this talk, she discusses...

September 20, 2018 - 7:00PM

Mary Ann Caws

Epic Voices: Mary Ann Caws on Mina Loy and Tristan Tzara

Foremost translator of Surrealist writing and editor of the newly released The Milk Bowl of Feathers: Essential Surrealist Writings, Mary Ann Caws presents long poems by the feminist...

September 27, 2018 - 7:00PM

Geoffrey Hilsabeck

Workshop

Riddles, Parables, and Other Alternatives to the Lyric Poem with Geoffrey Hilsabeck

Poetry has been written not just to emote but to provide instruction, to curse and heal, and, who knows, maybe even to aid the soul in its journey to the next world, as the ancient Egyptians thought their spells did...

September 29, 2018 - 12:00PM to 4:00PM

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Poets House at a Glance

Poets House at a Glance

A home for poets, a place for poets, Poets House library for poetry “…Poets House, that hybrid of library, study hall and exhibition space, floating like a utopian mirage over the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan…”—Holland Cotter, The New York Times

Our Mission

A Home for All Who Read and Write Poetry

Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our poetry resources and literary events document the wealth and diversity of poetry and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture. We seek to document the wealth and diversity of poetry and to cultivate a wider audience for the art.

LEED certified green building houses comprehensive Poetry Library and poetry collection

Our Space

A Place for Poetry

Opened to the public in September 2009, the new home for Poets House is LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The 11,000-square-foot space designed by architect Louise Braverman is more than double the size of our former home in SoHo.

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    The first woman to translate the Odyssey into English, scholar Emily Wilson “has...

    Thu Sep 27

    Foremost translator of Surrealist writing and editor of the newly released The Milk Bowl of Feathers:...

    Sat Sep 29

    This event honors poet, writer, civil rights activist, legal theorist, labor organizer, and Episcopal...

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