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Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library, Emory University

The Poets’ Rebellion: Poetry, Memory, and the Easter Rising

An exhibit of literary and cultural artifacts relating to the April 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland
On view May 4 - June 21

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SAVE THE DATE!

The 2016 Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Monday, June 13

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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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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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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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Exhibitions


The Poets’ Rebellion: Poetry, Memory, and the Easter Rising

A special exhibition of literary and cultural artifacts on loan from the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University relating to the April 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, curated by Sarah Harsh and Kevin Young, including a first edition of W.B. Yeats’s poem “Easter, 1916,” one of only 25 copies privately printed for his friends in the immediate aftermath of the Rising.

On view May 4th - June 21st



William Butler Yeats, “Easter, 1916”


















ALSO ON VIEW
Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner
An exhibition charting the creative collaboration and friendship between the New York School Poet Barbara Guest (1920- 2006) and painter Fay Lansner (1921-2010) through drawings, paintings, collages and portraits of Guest. The first time these works have been brought together in an exhibition, they depict the progressive transformation of the creative process.

On view through September 17th

“...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.

May and June Events

• Tuesday, May 24, 7:00pm
Women of the World Poetry Slam Awards


• Wednesday, May 25, 6:00-8:00pm
Special Event for Poets House Members: Treasures from the Poets House Library


• Monday, June 6, 7:00pm
An American Lyric with Claudia Rankine

• Tuesday, June 7, 7:00pm
Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading





• Monday, June 13, 6:00pm
21st Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge









• Friday, June 17, 6:00pm
M is Black Enough: An evening of music and poetry

• Tuesday, June 21, 4:00-8:00pm
Night at the Museums

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Barbara Henning

Workshop

Publication Reading for Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem with Barbara Henning

A reading of work by Donna Cartelli, Noelle De La Paz, Sean Denmark, Woodrow Dismukes, Patrick Disselhorst, Sylvia Foley...

May 28, 2016 - 12:30PM

Ada Limón

Master Class with Ada Limón

Saturday, May 28, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, May 29, Noon-4:00pm

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a...

May 28, 2016 - 2:00PM to 6:00PM

Poets House Emerging Fellows 2016, Adam Fitzgerald

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

2016 Emerging Poets Fellows Emily Brandt, Chialun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Zakia Henderson-Brown, Anne Lai...

June 7, 2016 - 7:00PM

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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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