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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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The 2015 Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Monday, June 8

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2014 Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading © Reginald Harris

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The Spring 2015 season of programming at Poets House begins
Tuesday March 10th

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Readers at the Poets House Showcase © Mark Woods

Poets House Showcase

23rd annual exhibit of new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in the past year Opening Thursday, June 25

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A Blue River of Ideas by Edward Sanders
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Seeking the Glyph: Edward Sanders

Selected drawings and daybooks from the poet, musician, historian, publisher, and activist's personal archive
On view through Saturday May 23

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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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Poetic Voices of the Muslim World Panel
Poetic Voices at 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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Poetry Spotlight

Poetry Spotlight

May and June at Poets House

• Tuesday June 2
2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

Hosted by 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a not-to-be-missed glimpse into the most exciting new poetry in New York City as (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): Aziza Barnes, Rio Cortez, Ricardo Hernandez, Esther Lin, Yanyi Luo, Andriniki Mattis, Vikas K. Menon, Timothy Ree, Paul Tran and Aldrin Valdez read from their work.

• Wednesday June 3
Allen Ginsberg Birthday Party

Join us on Allen Ginsberg's birthday to celebrate the publication of The Essential Ginsberg with readings and performances of Ginsberg's work included in the collection by Lee Ann Brown, Eliot Katz, Amy Lawless, Ryan Doyle May, Sharon Mesmer, Eileen Myles, Uche Nduka, Bob Rosenthal, editor and Ginsberg biographer Michael Schumacher, and Steven Taylor.

• Thursday June 4
Alternate Worlds? Poetry & Popular Fiction with Laura Kasischke

Author of seven books of poetry and nine popular novels Laura Kasischke discusses how writing poetry and prose are utterly opposite ways of approaching material, language, and life.

• Friday June 19
Celebrating India
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave

Enjoy interactive, drop-in experiences with art as you explore the exhibition Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy and the Metropolitan Museum's Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia.

• Thursday June 25
The 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception

Join us for readings, conversation, and celebration to open this year's Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses, followed by the Showcase Opening Reading.

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What's Happening

What's Happening

2015 Emerging Poets Group Photo

2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

A not-to-be-missed glimpse into the most exciting new poetry in New York City as the 2015 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellows (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): ...

June 2, 2015 - 7:00PM

Idra Novey

So Long, Reality: Writing the Fantastical with Idra Novey

In this workshop, we will move beyond straight-up reality in our poems and see what surprising turns and new meanings reveal themselves when we incorporate surreal elements and occurrences into our work. How do poets...

June 3, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

The Essential Ginsberg book cover

Allen Ginsberg Birthday Party

Join us on Allen Ginsberg's birthday to celebrate the publication of The Essential Ginsberg, edited by Ginsberg biographer Michael Schumacher (Dharma Lion). Readings & performances of Ginsberg's...

June 3, 2015 - 7:00PM

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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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