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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

Our Spring 2018 Season

Poets House, the nation’s poetry library celebrates three decades as a home for poetry, offering programs featuring some of the world’s premier poets—Pulitzer Prize winners, Poet Laureates, emerging talents, and leading voices from diverse cultures around the globe.

Our 30th Anniversary programs include: close readings of 30 seminal poems by a diverse roster of innovative poets (six poets x five poems each = 30 poems). Rigoberto González, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Poetry, considers five poems that explore the city—as the symbol of order and chaos, progress and decay, community and overcrowding on March 24. Poet, organizer and critic Erica Hunt considers how five poems frame time: tense, tempo, slippage, archive, and prophecy on April 14. Carl Phillips, author of over a dozen books of poetry and winner of many awards, discusses how pattern makes meaning in five poems on April 21. MacArthur Award winner Edward Hirsch considers how five 19th- and 20th-century poets treat luminous moments and visionary experiences on May 12.

We also present our exhibition 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects, displaying rare books, papers, photographs and artwork that reveal the network of poetic and artistic alliances that built Poets House, including handwritten correspondence between E.E. Cummings and Elizabeth Kray, typescripts from Stanley Kunitz and Galway Kinnell, and much more. On view through May 12, 2018.

Poets House Emerging Fellow Wins 2018 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!

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30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Poets House, 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects mines the Poets House archives for objects of resonance, including handwritten correspondence between E. E. Cummings and Elizabeth Kray; typescripts from Stanley Kunitz and Galway Kinnell; paintings, photographs, journals, and recordings; and much more.
Exhibition on view through May 12, 2018

"5x5" from the Poets House Showcase

On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Poets House Showcase, Poets House is pleased to co-sponsor with Verse a series of curated book selections from the exhibit by prominent poets. An exciting annual exhibition, the Showcase gathers poetry books and press ephemera from the past year, boasting over 3,600 titles from 750 publishers. We are pleased offer a "5X5"—5 book recommendations each from poets Lynn Melnick, Paolo Javier, Kyle Dacuyan, sam sax, and aziza barnes — in celebration of the twenty-fifth Annual Showcase and the breadth of contemporary poetry it encompasses. Click here to read "5x5"

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Neil Shepard

The Whole Poem with Neil Shepard

From first draft to final draft, we require strategies for seeing the whole poem, both its full potential for content and its most satisfying form. We require, as Charles Olson said, the intense perception of the...

February 21, 2018 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

 Elena Rivera

The Open Mind: Lessons from the Visual Arts with Eléna Rivera

This workshop will focus on the ways the visual arts informs poetry, not just in writing in and about visual art (architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, installation and public art), but...

February 22, 2018 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

 Kimiko Hahn

Writing the Body with Kimiko Hahn

What does text look like if a writer is “writing the body”? Poet Kimiko Hahn considers this, using as a starting place écriture féminine—the French feminist movement of the 1970s that...

March 22, 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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    What does text look like if a writer is “writing the body”? Poet Kimiko Hahn considers...

    Fri Mar 23

    Poets Amanda Calderon and Michael Leong read works in response to The...

    Sat Mar 24

    Lambda Award-winning poet Rigoberto González considers five poems that explore the city....

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