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Welcome to Poets House!

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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Readers at the Poets House Showcase © Mark Woods

Poets House Showcase

24th annual exhibit of new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in the past year
On view through Saturday, August 20th

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Painting "Hot Turns" Fay Lansner, Barbara Guest
Hot Turns 1982 © Fay Lansner

Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner

Drawings, paintings, collages and portraits depicting creative collaboration and friendship
EXTENDED On view through October 8

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Child with magnetic poetry
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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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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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

Emerging Poet Fellows in The Wall Street Journal

2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellows José Olivarez, Emily Brandt, Cynthia Manick, Nicole Shanté wrote fashion-inspired poems for the article Ode to a Summer Dress, that appeared in The Wall Street Journal June 23, 2016 -- Congratulations!

Exhibitions


Sadness and Felicity (1982) ©Fay Lansner


Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner
An exhibition charting the creative collaboration and friendship between the New York School Poet Barbara Guest (1920- 2006) and painter Fay Lansner (1921-2010) through drawings, paintings, collages and portraits of Guest. The first time these works have been brought together in an exhibition, they depict the progressive transformation of the creative process.

On view through October 8th

“...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.

Summer Events





• Thursday, July 28, 7:00pm
Poets House Showcase Reading Series with Laurel Blossom, Tyehimba Jess, Anna Moschovakis, and Wayne Miller

• Thursday, August 4, 7:00pm
Poets House Showcase Reading Series with Cameron Awkward-Rich, Derrick Austin, Rickey Laurentiis, and Simone White

• Thursday, August 11, 6:00-8:00pm
Poets House Members Open Mic

Poets House on Governors Island



For five weekends this summer, "New York City Poetry Picnic," an exhibition of art and poetry by Lower Manhattan students, will be on view in House 4B in Nolan Park on Governors Island. Featuring a pop-up library and interactive poetry-and-art stations for children and families, activities will include a portrait-on-a-plate workshop and an ode station, where visitors can create short poems that Poets House will share via social media. Click here to learn more!

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Laurel Blossom, Tyehimba Jess, Anna Moschovakis, and Wayne Miller

Showcase Event

Showcase Reading Series: Laurel Blossom, Tyehimba Jess, Anna Moschovakis, and Wayne Miller

Readings by Laurel Blossom (Longevity - Four Way Books), Tyehimba Jess (Olio - Wave Books), Anna Moschovakis (They and We Will Get Into Trouble...

July 28, 2016 - 7:00PM

New York City Poetry Picnic poster, Children NYC, Governors Island

New York City Poetry Picnic: An Interactive Exhibition of Poetry & Art

This summer, Poets House establishes a literary outpost in one of the historic houses on Governors Island.

For five weekends, "New York City Poetry Picnic," an exhibition of art and poetry by Lower Manhattan...

July 16, 2016 - 11:00AM to 3:00PM

Literary Partners Program presents: Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective

Poets published by four small presses (Shabda Press, Many Voices Press, Hummingbird Press, & FootHills Publishing) in the Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective gather for the first time in New York City to share...

July 30, 2016 - 7:00PM to 10:00PM

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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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  • Thu Jul 28

    Readings by Laurel Blossom (Longevity - Four Way Books), Tyehimba Jess...

    Sat Jul 30

    This summer, Poets House establishes a literary outpost in one of the historic houses on Governors Island...

    Sat Jul 30

    Poets published by four small presses (Shabda Press, Many Voices Press, Hummingbird Press, & FootHills...

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