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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 Audience
Audience for Claudia Rankine, June 2016 Reading © Reginald Harris

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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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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


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Exhibition

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 January 20, 2018








December at Poets House

Camille Dungy Saturday, December 2, 3:00pm
Feeling At Home in America: 30th Anniversary Event with Camille Dungy
American Book Award winner Camille Dungy considers five important poems that reveal what it means to be at home in America.

















 Patricia Smith Friday, December 8, 7:00pm
A Letter That Begins With I Love You: A Celebration of Patricia Smith
Join us for a conversation with Patricia Smith followed by celebratory readings from Mahogany Browne, Cornelius Eady, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Ellen Hagan, Terrance Hayes, Randall Horton, Tyehimba Jess, Rachel McKibbens, Nicole Sealey, and Leslie Shipman, hosted by Parneshia Jones.








John Ashbery Wednesday, December 13, 7:30pm
A Memorial for John Ashbery

Longtime friends and fellow artists pay tribute to the life and work of poet John Ashbery, who died in September at the age of 90. With Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.
Location: 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave New York NY








John Ashbery (1927-2017)

John Ashbery
Poets House marks the passing of John Ashbery—on September 3, 2017 at age 90—one of the most celebrated figures in American poetry of the last half century. Author of nearly 30 collections of poetry, several books of essays, and numerous translations, Ashbery received every conceivable recognition (from Pulitzer Prize to a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship) for his literary output. He is the first living poet to have his work collected by the Library of America, which has issued two volumes of his work. John Ashbery appeared before an overflow crowd at Poets House on July 12, 2012, reading from his collection Quick Question - Listen to the full recording here. He also participated in a program dedicated to poet Frank O’Hara, his dear friend, which Poets House organized with the Museum of Modern Art on November 30, 2006. Click here to listen to Ann Lauterbach’s Passwords program on John Ashbery, delivered on March 29, 2005 at Poets House, which provides a wonderful window into Ashbery’s wry and ingenious poetry.

To celebrate Ashbery’s extraordinary legacy, Library of America (publishers of John Ashbery: Collected Poems 1956–1987, and Collected Poems 1991–2000) reached out to a number of his fellow writers for their thoughts on the man and his work. Click here to read their responses.


"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"





“...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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What's Happening

What's Happening

 Crystal Wilkinson

Reading

Literary Partners Program: Reading and Conversation with Crystal Wilkinson

Join Kweli on Saturday, December 16th, 6-8PM for a reading and conversation with award-winning author and professor, Crystal Wilkinson.

Crystal Wilkinson is one of the founding members of...

December 16, 2017 - 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Gregory Pardlo

Master Class with Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo’s Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and...

January 20, 2018 - 12:00PM to 4:00PM

Gregory Pardlo

Master Class with Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo’s Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and...

January 20, 2018 - 12:00PM to 4:00PM

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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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