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Welcome to Poets House!

Welcome to Poets House, where everyone can find something in the wide and varied tradition of verse that speaks directly to them.
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Card by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes card, Courtesy Danowski Poetry Library, Emory Univ.

Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets

Holiday cards, valentines, birthday greetings, rare booklets, and more from some of the last century’s most beloved poets
On view through Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Happy Holidays from Poets House! ©Reginald Harris

Holiday Hours

Poets House will be CLOSED Wednesday & Thursday, December 24 - 25, 2014
and Wednesday & Thursday, December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015

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Young Poets in Children's Room, Poetry for Children, Poetry NYC
C L Hays Children’s Room © Mark Woods

Children's Room

Our Constance Laibe Hays Children's Room is a creative space filled with children's poetry books, old-fashioned typewriters and a card catalog filled with poetic objects to trigger young imaginations...

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"Sometimes" by Herman Hesse in Florida © Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Poetry at Large

Learn about Poetry in Zoos, Bridging Cultures, 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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Poetry Spotlight

Poetry Spotlight

Holiday Closings

Poets House will be closed Wednesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 25, open 11:00am - 7:00pm Friday, December 26, and 11:00am - 6:00pm Saturday, December 27.

Poets House will be closed Wednesday, December 31, 2014 & Thursday, January 1, 2015, open 11:00am - 7:00pm Friday, January 2, and 11:00am - 6:00pm Saturday, January 3.

Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets

Holiday Card by Robert Duncan and Jess
Card by Robert Duncan and Jess, 1965 (courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University)

Don't miss this "intimate glimpse into genius" (The Guardian), a fascinating look at the ties of love and friendship behind literary success from some of the last century’s most beloved poets, on view through March 21, 2015, courtesy of the the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University

Donate your coats at Poets House!

Poets House is a donation site for the New York Cares Coat Drive. Keep your fellow New Yorkers warm this winter and bring your coats to Poets House now through December 31st during regular library hours or when you attend an event.

Poets House: Best of NYC!

Thank you Village Voice for naming Poets House Best Reading Room New York 2014. We love our "spacious, sun-filled perch on the Hudson River," and are thrilled that you do too!

Galway Kinnell (February 1, 1927 - October 28, 2014)

Poets House mourns the loss of Galway Kinnell, a great American poet and a great friend to Poets House. Author of many books of poetry, translation and prose, Galway Kinnell was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, a MacArthur Fellowship and many other honors, and served as poet laureate for the state of Vermont (1989 - 1993). During the 1980's Galway Kinnell was among the group of poets and friends convened by Stanley Kunitz and Elizabeth Kray to discuss the need of a home for poetry and after Poets House was founded in 1985, he remained a trusted friend and advisor. His annual reading of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" at the Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge was the highlight of that event since its inception.

Allan Kornblum (1949-2014)

Allan Kornblum at Poets House, Terese Loeb Kreuzer photo
(Allan Kornblum at Poets House, January 2013) Photo ©Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Allan Kornblum, who passed away on Sunday, November 23, was a great friend to poets and Poets House, and a visionary small press publisher and printer. In 2013, Poets House was fortunate to collaborate with Kornblum on a retrospective exhibition featuring works published over four decades by Coffee House Press (and its precursor Toothpaste Press, which Kornblum founded with his wife Cinda in 1973, renowned for adventurous discoveries, editorial excellence, elegant design and steadfast commitment to writers, readers and poetry.

Hear Kornblum's 2013 talk at Poets House on the changing face of publishing here.

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Master Class

Writing the 21st Century Nature Poem with Alison Hawthorne Deming

Saturday, January 10, 10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday, January 11, 12:00-4:00pm

Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday December 12, 2014

Alison Hawthorne Deming...

January 10, 2015 - 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Alison Hawthorne Deming

Creating the Future: Art and Climate Change with Alison Hawthorne Deming

Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming, whose newest book is Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, discusses writing in the era of climate change – how we must join the sensual...

January 10, 2015 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM

Elaine Equi

Master Class

words + pictures with Elaine Equi

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, January, 18, 2015, 12:00-4:00pm

Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday December 19, 2014

Elaine Equi...

January 17, 2015 - 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

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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