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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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Spring 2014 Program Season

Join us for a new season of Programs, Events, Workshops and Master Classes
Beginning February 22nd!

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Submissions Open for the 2014 Poets House Showcase

We are now accepting submissions for this year's exhibition of new poetry and poetry-related books, chapbooks and multimedia titles.

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The 2014 Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Monday, June 9

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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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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

Poetry Month at Poets House!

Portrait of Ted Berrigan by George Schneeman, Art, Poetry, Poets, Poetry NYCPortrait of Ted Berrigan by George Schneeman

Poets House congratulates long-time friend Vijay Seshadri on winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for 3 Sections (Graywolf Press).
Click here to listen to Seshadri's 2005 talk on the work of Elizabeth Bishop at Cal State, Fresno (part of our Branching Out program)

In celebration of Poetry Month, we've created a sonnet of programs at Poets House, around New York City and beyond.

• On Tuesday, April 22nd we open A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman. Curated by Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett, the exhibition is first major retrospective show of the artist's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books, with portraits of his poet friends. A Panel Discussion and Poetry Reading in conjunction with the exhibit will be held on Saturday, April 26th.

Listen to A Painter and His Poets co-curator Ron Padgett's 2007 talk at the Milwaukee Public Library on Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, and "The Beauty and Uses of Literary Friendship"

Poem in Your Pocket Day is Thursday, April 24th, and all day Poets House will be distributing pocket-sized poems inspired by local landmarks, some written by budding poets from neighboring elementary schools, followed at 4:00pm by a Neighborhood Poetry Read-In with the Brooklyn & Queens Poet Laureates. If you would like to volunteer to hand out poems in Battery Park City and Tribeca on April 24th, please contact Suzanne Lunden, slunden@poetshouse.org. For your own printable Poem in Your Pocket Day cards, click here.

• Join us at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 11th for Love Speaks: A Day of Art and Poetry from the Muslim World, exploring the many facets of love through performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations in the museum's Islamic Art galleries, followed by a reading and discussion with New York State Poet Marie Howe, poet and editor Kazim Ali, and Columbia University's Dr. Frances Pritchett.

Also in the news: Editor and National Book Critics Circle Vice-President Jane Ciabattari answers the question, Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?, by speaking with Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti and others featured at our Rumi program at AWP 2014 in Seattle.

We are very happy to announce that the transcript of our December 6, 2012, program with poet Robert Hass and scientist E. O. Wilson, The Poetic Species, has been published by Bellevue Literary Press, and is available for purchase here.

Click here to download the complete Spring 2014 Calendar (PDF)

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Literary Partners Program: Visions & Revisions

Please join the French Embassy In The United States for an evening of poetry and music.

This discussion centers on a citation chosen by Pierre Alferi: “a hedge...

April 23, 2014 - 6:00PM

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From the Earth to the Stars: Writing Poems of Spiritual Questioning with David Groff

No matter their faith or doubt, most poets feel summoned to explore the ways human lives relate to the spiritual. Through readings of contemporary poets with a range of spiritual outlooks and inquiries, workshop...

April 23, 2014 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Poem in Your Pocket Day: A Landmark Celebration

Throughout the day, Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems written by budding poets from neighboring elementary schools, inspired by local landmarks, in recognition of the upcoming...

April 24, 2014 (All day)

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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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