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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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Poetry Foundation

'Poetry' Since 1912: Books, Issues, & Ephemera from the Poetry Foundation

On view through June 16th

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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

"The artistic legacy of a nation also represents its riches—riches that everyone can have. Especially in a polyglot nation like ours, the existence of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) emphasizes the value of the individual interior life and exchange about our experiences in community." Why the NEA Matters, A Letter from Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti...



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

Tuesday, March 28, 7PM
Huddled Masses: Alicia Ostriker on Immigration


Award-winning poet and critic Alicia Ostriker examines the links between poetry and America’s origins as a nation of immigrants and as a beacon of equality, intended to be open and welcoming to all. Presented as a part of the Poetry Coalition’s inaugural initiative, Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration.








Tuesday, April 4, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Poets House & PEN Mingle

Poets House welcomes PEN American Center for a mingle and celebration of poetry and free expression. Join us for an evening of drinks and engaging conversation hosted by Poets House’s workshop leaders Jay Deshpande, Megan Fernandes, Paolo Javier, and Elaine Sexton. Co-sponsored by PEN American Center.

Literary Partners Program

Saturday, April 1, 2-4PM
Finishing Line Press Presents an Afternoon of Sports Poetry


Finishing Line Press presents Ron Whitehead in celebration of the release of his new book, blistered asphalt on dixie highway: Kentucky Basketball is Poetry in Motion. Hosted by Mets Poet Frank Messina. Special guests include legendary composer David Amram, female professional baseball umpire Perry Lee Barber, and poets Quincy Troupe (Miles Davis biographer and son of Negro Leagues baseball catcher Quincy Thomas Trouppe), New York poet and artist Steve Dalachinsky, and Hoboken Historical Museum poet-in-residence Danny Shot. Ron Whitehead book signing and refreshments to follow.


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.

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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

Alicia Ostriker

Huddled Masses: Alicia Ostriker on Immigration

Award-winning poet and critic Alicia Ostriker examines the links between poetry and America’s origins as a nation of immigrants and as a beacon of equality, intended to be open and welcoming to all...

March 28, 2017 - 7:00PM

The Four Way Books Annual Benefit

A ticketed event. Reach out to editors@fourwaybooks.com for information.

This program is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Program....

March 28, 2017 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM

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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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