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Mission

Poetry Readers, Poetry NYC

Poets House is a comfortable, accessible place for poetry - a library and meeting place which invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry.

Poets House seeks to document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, to stimulate dialogue on issues of poetry in culture, and to cultivate a wider audience for poetry.

Diversity and Inclusivity at Poets House
At the heart of our mission is a commitment to diversity and inclusivity, which has informed our programs and activities since we opened our doors to the public in 1986. Poets House exists to create a welcoming home for poets, poetry readers and for those who are exploring poetry; a space that encourages artistic excellence, inquiry and experimentation, and one that welcomes everyone into the joyous exploration of this art.

We believe that poetry can promote a deeper conversation between individuals, communities and cultures. Poets House’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity has determined the course of our institutional life over the past thirty years; on a daily basis, we strive to make a democratic and pluralistic space for poets and the public.

The Benefits of Membership

Members receive free admission to all our programs and a variety of other special benefits and perks.

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