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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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The Spring 2016 season of programming begins
Saturday February 20!

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Poetry at Large

Learn about Poetry in Zoos, Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, and other Poets House national initiatives.

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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

February and March Events

• Saturday, February 13, 11:30am
Special Children's Program: Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon and Valentine Making Workshop

• Saturday, February 20, 3:00-6:00pm
Curator tour and opening reception for
Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner


• Monday, February 29, 6:00-9:00pm
Make a Sudden Leap: A Benefit for Poets House

• Saturday, March 05, 3:00pm
An Afternoon with Bernadette Mayer

• Friday March 11, 7:00pm
Art & Craft with Robin Coste Lewis

• Monday, March 21, 7:00pm
Location: Kaye Playhouse (68th between Park and Lexington)
Gold Morning, Sweet Prince: Shakespeare and Modern Poetry with Robert Pinsky


• Wednesday, March 23, 7:00pm
This Grubbing Art: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth

• Thursday, March 31, 1:30-2:45pm
Location: 2016 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference,
Los Angeles Convention Center
Poetry, Politics & Place with Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Naomi Shihab Nye & Luis J. Rodriguez


Exhibitions

OPENING SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20

Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner
charts the creative collaboration and friendship between the painter and the New York School poet, depicting the progressive transformation of the creative process. Exhibition on view February 20-April 23, 2016



Poem painting Hot Turns (1982) ©Fay Lansner




















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What's Happening

What's Happening

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Floating Valentines: A Screening of "The Red Balloon" and Valentine Making Workshop

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s children’s film classic The Red Balloon, followed by a make-your-own-Valentine workshop.

Screening of The Red Balloon...

February 13, 2016 - 11:30AM

Make a Sudden Leap

Join us for a celebration of the sumptuous art of fine dining and timeless poetry.

We’ll start our evening at Poets House with effervescent toasts, then walk to Danny Meyer’s North End Grill for a three-...

February 29, 2016 - 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 “…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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  • Sat Feb 13

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

    Mon Feb 29

    Join us for a celebration of the sumptuous art of fine dining and timeless poetry.

    We’ll start our...

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