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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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2013 Poets House Fellows with Jen Bervin
2013 Emerging Poets © Poets House

APPLY: 2017 Emerging Poets Fellowship

Our annual opportunity for poets to receive guidance and instruction from a distinguished and diverse faculty, led by r. erica doyle
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 9

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© Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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 Fall Season Continues

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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



Upcoming Events at Poets House

Friday, December 9, 6:30pm
Poetry in Motion


Join us for an intimate discussion about the art of poetry, featuring four very different poetic voices from Europe – Elena Alexieva 
from Bulgaria and the author of Ladder on the Heart and Face of Killer Angel; Ann Cotten whose poetry plays with perspective, an intrinsic part of her poetic process; Immanuel Mifsud who sees similarities between the way his own life is evolving and that of a fish in an aquarium; and Krisztina Tóth whose poetry deals in an emphatic, reflected and sometimes ironic way with everyday scenes and conflicts. Together, they’ll be in conversation with acclaimed poet, playwright and literary travel writer, Nathalie Handal. Co-presented by The New Literature from Europe Festival.


Saturday, December 10, 2:00pm
Bhakti: The Art of Devotion


Archana Venkatesan, Rafiq Kathwari, and Ravi Shankar engage in a discussion concerning the poetics of Bhakti, the Sanskrit word meaning “to participate in, to share in, and to have love and devotion for.” Together, they examine Indian art and spirituality, spanning the linguistic worlds of Tamil and Urdu literature, and how it manifests in their own work in translation. Join Poets House as we unpack the complex prosody, rich cultural history, and rhetorical nuance of Indian verse.


Saturday, December 10, 4:00pm
Beyond Bhakti: Contemporary Spiritual Poetics Across Europe and The Americas


Join us for a reading and discussion of devotional poetry gleaned across expanses of time and geography with Ravi Shankar, Drunken Boat’s founding editor. Clare Cavanagh reads new work and discusses the articulation of spirit in the Eastern European tradition and the role translation plays. Ellen Doré Watson reads and discusses her translations of the Brazilian poet Adélia Prado. Patty Crane discusses the mysticism at the edges of poet Tomas Tranströmer’s work. The translators explore ways that their distinctive traditions overlap, diverge, and interrelate.





Upcoming Literary Partners Programs


Saturday, December 17, 4:00-6:00PM
Finishing Line Press Presents an Afternoon of Sports Poetry

Finishing Line Press presents Ron Whitehead in celebration of the release of blistered asphalt on dixie highway: Kentucky Basketball is Poetry in Motion. Hosted by Mets Poet Frank Messina.





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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Poetry in Motion

Join us for an intimate discussion about the art of poetry, featuring four very different poetic voices from Europe – Elena Alexieva 
from Bulgaria and the author of Ladder on the Heart and...

December 9, 2016 - 6:30PM to 7:30PM

The Autobiography of a Goddess book cover

Bhakti: The Art of Devotion

Archana Venkatesan, Rafiq Kathwari, and Ravi Shankar engage in a discussion concerning the poetics of Bhakti, the Sanskrit word meaning “to participate in, to share...

December 10, 2016 - 2:00PM

Beyond Bhakti: Contemporary Spiritual Poetics Across Europe and The Americas

Join us for a reading and discussion of devotional poetry gleaned across expanses of time and geography with Ravi Shankar, Drunken Boat’s founding editor. Clare Cavanagh...

December 10, 2016 - 4:00PM

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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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