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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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Meena Alexander, 2014 Showcase Reading © Reginald Harris

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Poets House's Fall Season Begins
Tuesday, September 23

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My Knee by George Schneeman & Michael Brownstein
"My Knee" by Schneeman & Brownstein © Estate of George Schneeman

A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman

The first major retrospective of the artist's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books, spanning 40 years of work
EXTENDED through November 15

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Holiday Closing

Poets House will be closed Thursday, November 27
Happy Thanksgiving!

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"Sometimes" by Herman Hesse in Florida © Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

Poetry at Large

Learn about Poetry in Zoos, Bridging Cultures, and other Poets House national initiatives.

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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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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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Donate your coats at Poets House!

Poets House is a donation site for the New York Cares Coat Drive. Keep your fellow New Yorkers warm this winter and bring your coats to Poets House now through December 31st during regular library hours or when you attend an event.

Galway Kinnell (February 1, 1927 - October 28, 2014)

Galway Kinnell at Brooklyn Ferry Landing, photo ©Mark Woods

For many years, friends of Poets House listened to Galway Kinnell read Whitman as the sun set behind him, over the East River. Click here to listen
(Galway Kinnell photo ©Mark Woods)



Poets House mourns the loss of Galway Kinnell, a great American poet and a great friend to Poets House. Author of many books of poetry, translation and prose, Galway Kinnell was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, a MacArthur Fellowship and many other honors, and served as poet laureate for the state of Vermont (1989 - 1993). During the 1980's Galway Kinnell was among the group of poets and friends convened by Stanley Kunitz and Elizabeth Kray to discuss the need of a home for poetry and after Poets House was founded in 1985, he remained a trusted friend and advisor. His annual reading of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" at the Poets House Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge was the highlight of that event since its inception.

His presence illuminated our world and his radiance is still with us through his many acts of friendship and his remarkable work.

Other Impulses in November: Opera, Collage, Writing for Children and More

The series "Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres" continues in November with these dynamic programs that celebrate and interrogate the other writing lives of poets:

The Poet’s Novel with Laynie Browne, Thursday, November 20

Writing Poetry for Children & Young Adults with Matthea Harvey & Marilyn Nelson, Saturday, November 22

Click here to listen to an audio recording of Stephen Burt on Poetry & Criticism

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!

Remembering Deborah Pease

Poets House mourns the loss of our dear friend Deborah Saltonstall Pease--poet, former publisher of The Paris Review and literary philanthropist. Deborah's books of poetry include: The Feathered Wind (1991), Did You Know? (1992), Into the Amazement (1993), Out of Nowhere (1994), The Lost Voice of Silence (1996), Another Ghost in the Doorway: Collected Poems (1999), At Ease with Mystery (2005), Out of Context (2007) and Pierrot and Peonies (2008). Deborah was passionate about small and independent poetry press publications and was a formative supporter of the Poets House Showcase, a program that annually gathers all of the new poetry books from across the nation into a single exhibit. Deborah loved the inclusion, democracy and abundant community of the Showcase. Born in Boston in 1943, Deborah Pease died peacefully on Monday, August 11, 2014.

The Soul selects her own Society—
Emily Dickinson

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What's Happening

What's Happening

Sharon Dolin

Workshop

Rewriting With Abandon: The Art of Revision with Sharon Dolin

“Poems are never finished, merely abandoned,” wrote Paul Valéry. How do we take those abandoned drafts, our stuck poems, and re-enter them with fresh verve? Each session we discuss procedures and strategies for...

October 30, 2014 - 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Imagination Island

Imagination Islands: A Map-Making Workshop

Mystical beasts, magical forests, lost treasure and more can be found in this island map-making workshop. Children will create their own maps with poetic descriptions of distant unexplored islands for those daring...

December 6, 2014 - 11:00AM

Patricia Spears Jones

Workshop

Departures: A Way to Start the Poem with Patricia Spears Jones

”Nor asked: Is there a violence sadder than the word island?” from Islandia by Maria Negroni, translated by Anne Twitty

“I can’t go out anymore./I shall sit on my ceiling./Would you wear my eyes?”...

November 1, 2014 - 11:30AM to 2:00PM

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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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