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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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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 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)

Thursday, August 2
Chapbook Swap: 5:00pm
Reading: 7:00pm

CUNY creative writers and Poets House bring you a chapbook swap-meet. Bring copies of your chapbook to give one away and take one away from someone else. (No money will exchange hands!) Attendees are invited to stay for the Poets House evening reception and final Showcase reading.

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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  • 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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    Download the Spring 2018 Program Calendar (PDF)

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Literary Partners: Kweli Journal: Neela Vaswani's This Is My Eye Book Launch

Attend the picture book launch of Neela Vaswani’s This is My Eye. Text and photographs by Neela Vaswani.

This is My Eye is a story of perspective,...

August 18, 2018 - 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Literary Partners Program: Poets & Publishers

Poets and publishers, Paul Genega and Pamela Hughes, will read from their books of poems and discuss craft and publishing tips.

Paul Genega is the editor/...

September 7, 2018 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Is the Poet the New Public Intellectual? Today’s Poet-Critics on Criticism and Critique

National Book Critics Circle poetry chair Tess Taylor invites some of today’s leading poet critics—Stephanie Burt, Daisy Fried, Greg Pardlo, and Craig Teicher—to...

September 14, 2018 - 6:30PM

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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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