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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. Specifically:

•Nearly 29 million U.S. adults read poetry not required for work or school, the highest rate on record over a 15-year period of conducting the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.

•Young adults are the fastest growing group of poetry readers among all age groups. Among 18-24-year-olds, the poetry-reading rate has doubled, to 17.5 percent in 2017, up from 8.7 percent in 2012.

•African Americans, Asian Americans, and other non-white, non-Hispanic groups now read poetry at the highest rates.

These findings were released in a post on the NEA’s Art Works blog.

While this increased engagement can be attributed to many factors, our collective work and collaboration has clearly had an impact. Taken together, our organizations reach many millions of readers of all ages and in all 50 states through digital and print publications, live events including poetry readings and workshops, poetry festivals, special collections and archives, public poetry projects, mentorship programs, youth programs, and more.

We also believe that strong poetry organizations working together serving poets and readers in different geographical locations and from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and genders are essential to sustaining the growth we’re seeing now.

We are excited that this news confirms our daily experience at our organizations and look forward to continuing to work together to help poetry reach new audiences and thrive.

Founding Poetry Coalition members are: Academy of American Poets, New York, NY; Asian American Writers’ Workshop, New York, NY; Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles, CA; CantoMundo, New York, NY; Cave Canem Foundation, Brooklyn, NY; Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Newark, NJ; Kundiman, New York, NY; Lambda Literary, Los Angeles, CA; Letras Latinas at Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame, IN; Mass Poetry, Boston, MA; National Student Poets/Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, New York, NY; O, Miami, Miami, FL; The Poetry Center, San Francisco, CA; The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL; The Poetry Project, New York, NY; The Poetry Society of America, New York, NY; Poets House, New York, NY; Split This Rock, Washington, D.C.; University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, AZ; Urban Word / National Youth Poets Laureate, New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA; Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, Kent, OH; Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, WI

Affiliate members are: Brooklyn Poets, Brooklyn, NY; The Favorite Poem Project, Boston, MA; Get Lit, Los Angeles, CA; Just Buffalo Literary Center, Buffalo, NY; Poetry Slam, Inc.; Young Chicago Authors, Chicago, IL

Yanyi Wins Yale Series of Younger Poets

Congratulations to 2015 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellow Yanyi, whose manuscript The Year of Blue Water was selected as the winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition by Carl Phillips!

Announcing the 2018 Showcase & Showcase Reading Series

The only event of its kind, the annual Poets House Showcase is a free exhibit displaying the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 700 commercial, university and independent presses. The 26th annual Showcase opens on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6pm 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:

Thursday, June 28
Opening Reception: 6:00pm
Opening Reading: 7:00pm
Brenda Hillman
, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (Wesleyan)
Tarfia Faizullah, Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf Press)
Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books)

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)

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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...”

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What's Happening

What's Happening

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

Alex Dimitrov

Repetition, Diversion and Mystery with Alex Dimitrov

The page is a space for any transformation, ritual, or spell to occur. We will begin our class by taking Jack Spicer’s “Poetry as Magic” workshop questionnaire (which he employed in the Bay area in the 1950s) and...

June 14, 2018 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

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

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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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