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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

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  • Time Out New York names Poets House "one of the most gorgeous NYC Libraries"
  • 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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