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Reading Room and Library © Jeff Kirby

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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Wild Nights! 2014 Winter Benefit
'Wild Nights! ', February 2014 © Cameron Blaylock

Friends, Poets, Gastrolaters!

An evening of friendship-in-poetry to benefit Poets House
Monday, February 9, 2015

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Card by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes card, Courtesy Danowski Poetry Library, Emory Univ.

Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets

Holiday cards, valentines, birthday greetings, rare booklets, and more from some of the last century’s most beloved poets
On view through Saturday, March 21, 2015

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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

February Poetry Events

• Saturday February 7, 3:00pm
Transgenres with Vijay Seshadri
Poets House
10 River Terrace

Why do so many poets also write prose nonfiction? What transformations occur between poem and essay? Pulitzer Prizewinner Vijay Seshadri, whose newest book is 3 Sections, discusses notions of identity, form, and fulfillment for contemporary writers. Part of Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres.

Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets

Holiday Card by Robert Duncan and Jess
Card by Robert Duncan and Jess, 1965 (courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University)

Don't miss this "intimate glimpse into genius" (The Guardian), a fascinating look at the ties of love and friendship behind literary success from some of the last century’s most beloved poets, on view through March 21, 2015, courtesy of the the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University

Poets House: Best of NYC!

Thank you Village Voice for naming Poets House Best Reading Room New York 2014. We love our "spacious, sun-filled perch on the Hudson River," and are thrilled that you do too!

Download our Fall 2014 Calendar (PDF)

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Sharon Harms

Literary Partners Program: Resonating Bodies: Music for Voice and Strings

Please join soprano Sharon Harms and the musicians of Zentripetal (Lynn Bechtold, violin and Jennifer DeVore...

January 31, 2015 - 5:00PM

Vijay Seshadri

Transgenres with Vijay Seshadri

Why do so many poets also write prose nonfiction? What transformations occur between poem and essay? Pulitzer Prizewinner Vijay Seshadri, whose newest book is 3 Sections, discusses notions...

February 7, 2015 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM

Friends, Poets, Gastrolaters!

This is a special benefit for Poets House that helps keep our programming free or low cost.

Join us for an evening of friendship-in-poetry celebrating the sumptuous art of fine dining with...

February 9, 2015 - 6:00PM to 9:00PM

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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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