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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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Meena Alexander, 2014 Showcase Reading © Reginald Harris

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Poets House's Fall Season Begins
Tuesday, September 23

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Holiday Closing

Poets House will be closed Thursday, November 27
Happy Thanksgiving!

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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
Opening Reception Tuesday December 2

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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

Happy Thanksgiving!

Poets House will be closed Thursday, November 27, open 11:00am - 7:00pm Friday, November 28, and 11:00am - 6:00pm Saturday, November 29.

Allan Kornblum

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.

December programs at Poets House and beyond

Opening Reception for our new exhibition: Winter Wedding - Holiday Cards by Poets, Tuesday, December 2

Imagination Islands: A Map-Making Workshop for Children, Saturday, December 6 at 11:00am

Dispatches: Poetry and Reportage with Eliza Griswold, Saturday, December 6 at 3:00pm

Get Wrapped Up: Poetry of the Kimono at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Friday, December 12

Poetry & Memoir with Nick Flynn, Sarah Manguso and Meghan O’Rourke, Saturday, December 13

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.

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.

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!

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What's Happening

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Sharon Dolin


Rewriting With Abandon: The Art of Revision with Sharon Dolin

“Poems are never finished, merely abandoned,” wrote Paul Valéry. How do we take those abandoned drafts, our stuck poems, and re-enter them with fresh verve? Each session we discuss procedures and strategies for...

October 30, 2014 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Imagination Island

Imagination Islands: A Map-Making Workshop

Mystical beasts, magical forests, lost treasure and more can be found in this island map-making workshop. Children will create their own maps with poetic descriptions of distant unexplored islands for those daring...

December 6, 2014 - 11:00AM

Patricia Spears Jones


Departures: A Way to Start the Poem with Patricia Spears Jones

”Nor asked: Is there a violence sadder than the word island?” from Islandia by Maria Negroni, translated by Anne Twitty

“I can’t go out anymore./I shall sit on my ceiling./Would you wear my eyes?”...

November 1, 2014 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM

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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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