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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 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

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

Announcing the 2018 Showcase & Showcase Reading Series

The only event of its kind, the annual Poets House Showcase is a free exhibit displaying the newest poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States from over 700 commercial, university and independent presses. A copy of the Showcase catalog can be found here (PDF)

The 26th annual Showcase opens on Thursday, June 28, 2018, and the exhibit will be on view through August 18 during regular library hours. Featuring books published during the last 18 months, the exhibition is accompanied by the following events:

Reading: Thursday, July 12, 7:00pm
Dorothea Lasky
, Milk (Wave)
Tongo Eisen-Martin, Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights)
Wayne Koestenbaum, Camp Marmalade (Nightboat)
Celina Su, Landia (Belladonna*)

Reading: Thursday, July 19, 7:00pm
Lawrence Joseph
, So Where Are We? (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Natalie Eilbert, Indictus (Noemi)
Anaïs Duplan, Mount Carmel & The Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press)
Tony Robles, Fingerprints of a Hungerstrike (Ithurel’s Spear)

Reading: Thursday, July 26, 7:00pm
Joy Ladin
, The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New & Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow)
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Oceanic (Copper Canyon)
Michael Lally, Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017 (Seven Stories)
Roberto Harrison, Bridge of the World (Litmus Press)

Reading: Thursday, August 2, 7:00pm
Denizé Lauture
, a kiss to the land (Subpress Collective)
Katy Lederer, The bright red horse―and the blue― (Atelos)
Raquel Salas Rivera, Lo terciario/The Tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light)
Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions)

In the News

  • Fox5 News: "Poets House Celebrates 30th Anniversary" (VIDEO)
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  • Exhibitions

    The Little Magazine
    On view through September 8, 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 Spring 2018 Program Calendar (PDF)

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What's Happening

What's Happening


Weeklong Teen Poetry Workshop

The Teen Weeklong Workshop invites young poets to step into the living tradition of poetry. Creative and curious students from all corners of the globe convene at Poets House for a marathon of poetry reading and...

July 16, 2018 - 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Anaïs Duplan

Poetics of Emotional Research with Anaïs Duplan

What do research and documentation look like for poets? How, as poets, can we use research and documentation to not only improve as writers but also to be more conscientious artists and citizens? Drawing from artists...

June 12, 2018 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Amir Vahab and his Ensemble

Sufi Songs: Crosscurrents in Persian and Turkish Classical Music

Amir Vahab, called the “ambassador for a silenced music,” by the New York Times, is joined by his Ensemble for an evening of Sufi poetry and song. They will perform classical Persian and...

July 24, 2018 - 7:00PM

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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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    Amir Vahab, called the “ambassador for a silenced music,” by the New York Times...

    Thu Jul 26

    Readings by Joy Ladin (The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New & Selected...

    Tue Jul 31

    Is all poetry music? When does poetry become music? Five musical showcases will help the audience explore...

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