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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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Holiday Closing (4th of July)

Poets House will be closed
Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4
Happy Independence Day!

Our Mission
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
Opening Thursday, July 14th

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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 September 17

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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 September 17th

“...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

• Wednesday, July 13, 7:00pm
Sufi Songs: Crosscurrents in Persian and Turkish Classical Music with Amir Vahab and his Ensemble





• Thursday, July 14, 6:00pm
24th Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase Opening Reception

• Thursday, July 14, 7:00pm
Poets House Showcase Opening Reading with Patricia Spears Jones, Alicia Jo Rabins, Camille Rankine, and Stacy Szymaszek

• Thursday, July 21, 7:00pm
Poets House Showcase Reading Series with Janice Lowe, Michael Morse, Solmaz Sharif, and Vincent Toro

• 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, 7:00pm
Poets House Members Open Mic

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Sara Jane Stoner

F****** Theory with Sara Jane Stoner

“Theory is not inherently healing, liberatory, or revolutionary. It fulfills this function only when we ask that it do so and direct our theorizing to this end….the possession of a term does not bring a...

June 28, 2016 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Kamilah Aisha Moon

The Elegy: Poetics of Protest and Collective Grief with Kamilah Aisha Moon

How do poets and other artists begin to articulate loss, outrage and grief on a grand scale, distilling universal connections that transcend customs and belief systems? This class is an overview of poetry that...

June 8, 2016 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Sara Jane Stoner

F****** Theory with Sara Jane Stoner

“Theory is not inherently healing, liberatory, or revolutionary. It fulfills this function only when we ask that it do so and direct our theorizing to this end….the possession of a term does not bring a...

June 28, 2016 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

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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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  • Wed Jul 13

    Musician and educator in Persian culture and traditional music Amir Vahab introduces the...

    Thu Jul 14

    Showcase On View July 14 - August 20
    There is no better way to get an overview of...

    Thu Jul 14

    Join us for readings, conversation, and celebration to open this year's Poets House Showcase, a free...

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    Thur–Sat, 11:00–5:00pm


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