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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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American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

An exhibit of photography and mixed media works by the poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
On view through February 25, 2017

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Poetry Audience
Audience for Claudia Rankine, June 2016 Reading © Reginald Harris

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Poets House's Winter/Spring 2017 Season

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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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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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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

Poetry can repair no loss, but it defies the space that separates. And it does this by its continual labor of reassembling what has been scattered. – John Berger



Poetry offers a way to shape – and share – thinking and feeling, bridging our separations. It offers a wellspring of care, caring for language, from the deepest part of our shared humanity. Poets House creates a place for poetry; for focus, for witness. A space for civic discourse, welcoming and democratic. -Lee Briccetti, Executive Director



January 20 and 21

We encounter each other in words, words
spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed,
words to consider, reconsider.

We cross dirt roads and highways that mark
the will of some one and then others, who said
I need to see what’s on the other side.

I know there’s something better down the road.
We need to find a place where we are safe.
We walk into that which we cannot yet see.

– from "Praise Song for the Day" by Elizabeth Alexander

Poets House dedicates its library hours today and tomorrow to contemplation and community, kindness and respect for all.

Please join us on Jan 20 and Jan 21 to celebrate all of the voices of our common humanity. Come to explore the collection, to read, think, write…to find a poem, leave a poem, and join others in quiet reflection.

Upcoming Events at Poets House

Thursday, February 9, 2017 4:30-5:45pm
An Invitation to Poetic Discovery

Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Ballroom C, Level Three
Washington, DC


How do you find inspiration? Poets House invited contemporary poets J. Mae Barizo, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Monica Youn to our 70,000-volume library in New York City to discover new poetic voices, traditions, and forms. Poets will share their discoveries and read some of their own poems that will inspire your reading, writing, and life. Kevin Young will introduce and moderate. Free for registered AWP Conference participants; for details, please visit awpwriter.org.


Kevin Young named new Director of Schomburg Center

Kevin Young, Poets House Board Member, has been named the new Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Congratulations! Read more...

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


American Stanzas: 2006–2016 with Rachel Eliza Griffiths
An exhibit featuring selected photography and mixed media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths, lyrically orbiting the politics of imagination, black womanhood, and history, offering a charged and complicated visual narrative of poetry.

On view through February 25, 2017




“...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.

Download the Fall 2016 Program Calendar (PDF)





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What's Happening

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Seeing our Stanzas: Ekphrasis & Identity with Rachel Eliza Griffiths

In this one-day workshop we will write towards both personal and national identity and imaginations through the space of visual art. Using American Stanzas: 2006 – 2016 as a three-dimensional text, Rachel Eliza...

January 28, 2017 - 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Reading, Conversation

An Invitation to Poetic Discovery

How do you find inspiration? Poets House invited contemporary poets J. Mae Barizo, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Monica Youn to our 70,000-volume library in New York City to discover new...

February 9, 2017 - 4:30PM to 5:45PM

Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film The Red Balloon. Afterward, children make their own floating valentines in the form of hot air balloon...

February 11, 2017 - 12:00PM to 3:00PM

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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 “…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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    How do you find inspiration? Poets House invited contemporary poets J. Mae Barizo, Rowan Ricardo...
    Sat Feb 11

    In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film ...

    Sat Feb 18

    Poet, novelist, and biographer Brad Gooch discusses the life and work of Persian poet and...

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