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The national library and literary center where everyone can find something in the wide and varied tradition of poetry that speaks directly to them.
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© Rachel Eliza Griffiths

American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

An exhibit of photography and mixed media works by the poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
On view through February 25, 2017

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Poetry Audience
Audience for Claudia Rankine, June 2016 Reading © Reginald Harris

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Poets House's Winter/Spring 2017 Season

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Poetic Voices of the Muslim World panel
Poetic Voices, Queens Library © Michael Lum/RAA

Poetry at Large

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

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Child with magnetic poetry
C L Hays Children’s Room © Tony Gale

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

Poetry can repair no loss, but it defies the space that separates. And it does this by its continual labor of reassembling what has been scattered. – John Berger



Poetry offers a way to shape – and share – thinking and feeling, bridging our separations. It offers a wellspring of care, caring for language, from the deepest part of our shared humanity. Poets House creates a place for poetry; for focus, for witness. A space for civic discourse, welcoming and democratic. -Lee Briccetti, Executive Director


Upcoming Events at Poets House

Saturday, February 25, 3PM
Short Talks on Large Legacies in Black History


In celebration of Black History Month, Timothy Donnelly, Margo Jefferson, and Mónica de la Torre present short talks on poetic giants of the past and how the legacy of African-American poetry continues to shape their own craft. Join us as we pay homage to black writers and artists who have helped shape contemporary poetry and take one last look at our exhibition American Stanzas: 2006-2016 by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths.


Friday, March 3 & Saturday, March 4, 7PM
Cage Shuffle


In Cage Shuffle Paul Lazar (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Snowpiercer) speaks a series of one-minute stories by John Cage from his 1963 score Indeterminacy while simultaneously performing choreography by Annie-B Parson. The stories are spoken in a random order with no predetermined relationship to the dancing. Chance serves up its inevitable blend of strange and uncanny connections between text and movement. With live tape and digital collage scored and performed by composer Lea Bertucci.

In Loving Memory of Thomas Lux:

Thomas Lux
Poets House marks the passing of Thomas Lux—poet and educator—who died on February 5, 2017 at the age of 70 after a brief illness. Lux was integral to the literary community and to the Poets House family. For many years he was our guide, emcee and energetic booster for our annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge. He was a wonderful person and poet— kind and unassuming, so hilariously wry and witty. His generosity toward Poets House, both large and small, over twenty years of friendship are innumerable. Lux's books of poetry include To the Left of Time; New and Selected Poems, 1975-1995, which was a finalist for the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Split Horizon, for which he received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and received three National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. At the time of his death, he was the Bourne Professor of Poetry and director of the McEver Visiting Writers program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Emerging Poet Fellows in The Wall Street Journal

2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellows José Olivarez, Emily Brandt, Cynthia Manick, Nicole Shanté wrote fashion-inspired poems for the article Ode to a Summer Dress, that appeared in The Wall Street Journal June 23, 2016 -- Congratulations!

Exhibitions


American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths
An exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths, lyrically orbiting the politics of imagination, black womanhood, and history, offering a charged and complicated visual narrative of poetry.

On view through February 25, 2017




“...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 Spring 2017 Program Calendar (PDF)





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What's Happening

What's Happening

Invitation to the Muse: A Celebration of Partners in Poetry

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

Join us for an evening of partners in poetry celebrating the sumptuous art of fine dining with poets...

February 27, 2017 - 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Elaine Sexton

Finding the Art in the Line with Elaine Sexton

Poems are structures: the way words appear on the page—the use of white space, typography, order, disorder. We step into a poem as we would a new building we admire: curious, but from the outside. That the origin of...

February 21, 2017 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Visions and Visionary Poetics with Julian Talamantez Brolaski

This class will explore the practice of visionary writing. ‘Vision’ is easily subject to metaphorization— ‘I see’ for ‘I understand,’ ‘vision’ for aspiration or future goal—but here the class will explore the...

February 23, 2017 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

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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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