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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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Walking the Brooklyn Bridge and Whitman & the Art of the Book

Two exhibitions that honor twenty years of our most iconic event, The Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Now on View

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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
On view through Saturday, August 8

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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
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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

Holiday Closing

Poets House will be closed Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Happy 4th!

Exhibitions




Two exhibitions honor twenty years of our iconic Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge:

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems on Brooklyn & Beyond, featuring rare books by major American poets writing from and about New York City, including one of the earliest copies on record of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (On view through July 25);

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Walt Whitman & the Art of the Book: Contemporary Visions, a selection of contemporary artist books inspired by Whitman's work (On view through September 19).





Poets House Showcase Reading Series

Poets with recent publications join us to celebrate the 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.

• Thursday July 9, 7:00pm
Timothy Liu, Sara Jane Stoner, Yolanda Wisher, and Magdalena Zurawski

• Thursday July 16, 7:00pm
Ellen Hagan, Parneshia Jones, Anne Marie Macari, and Jean Valentine

• Thursday July 23, 7:00pm
Nickole Brown, Betsy Fagin, Jessica Jacobs, and Thomas Meyer
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What's Happening

What's Happening

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

Manuscripting: Building the Book with Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

This workshop explores the multiple ways of building a book. The focus will be on identifying the organizing principles of each manuscript, the visionary priorities shaping it arrangement. We will gain further...

June 9, 2015 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

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

Brian Teare

That Serious, Notorious, Public Form: The Contemporary Sonnet with Brian Teare

This class asks the simple question: what is the sonnet today? After centuries of relative stability, the sonnet in English has undergone a lot of changes since Modernism. It has registered almost every formal...

June 11, 2015 - 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

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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