Space Rentals and the Poets House Literary Partners Program

Poets House Exhibition Space

Hold Your Event in One or More of Our Spaces

Make your next event poetically inspiring. Poets House is a unique and beautiful environment for poetry-related meetings, parties, weddings, readings or book parties. The space is comfortable for groups ranging from eight to eighty people. All events must have a clear link to poetry and/or Poets House’s activities. For more information, call or email Program Coordinator Lauren Clark -, 212-431-7920 ext. 2818.

Literary Partners Program

Each year, Poets House makes our facilities available to dozens of groups (including nonprofits, schools, small presses, and magazines) with a commitment to poetry and literature through our Literary Partners Program. We offer special discounted rental rates, as well as an event page on our website, to groups hosting readings, book launches, or classes here at Poets House. To inquire about details, please call or email Program Coordinator Lauren Clark -, 212-431-7920 ext. 2818.

The Margo Viscusi Reading Room

With a wall of windows overlooking the Hudson River on one side and shelves of poetry on the other, this space is both cozy and spacious, with sunset views, gleaming hardwood floors and modern lines – all in a literary atmosphere – for poetry-related social gatherings and post-reading receptions. The Reading Room permits over 100 guests to enjoy a reception.

Elizabeth Kray Hall

Elizabeth Kray Hall, named for one of our co-founders, is outfitted with cutting edge technology. It opens onto a new outdoor amphitheater designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh that enables audiences to experience the poetic equivalent of Tanglewood. Perfect for a lecture or poetry reading, this light-filled space has a windowed view to the terraced stones, pond and outdoor garden of Teardrop Park. With seating accommodation for up to 85 people and full audiovisual capabilities, the room can be darkened with retractable drapes or opened to the courtyard for an outdoor/indoor gathering.

Constance Laibe Hays Children’s Room

A naturally creative learning space, the Children’s Room is ideal for poetry birthday parties, readings, puppetry or artistic activities for up to thirty little ones. Every object in the room is unique and intended to promote thought and association. Children can also compose poetry or prose on old-fashioned manual typewriters (a huge favorite among the digital generation, believe it or not) or explore our wooden card catalogue filled with different objects and related poems to be used as writing prompts. Capacity for up to 30 little ones.

The Stanley Kunitz Conference Room

Named for our co-founder, this room is a comfortable setting for a small conference or meeting of up to 20 people. At the southwest corner of the building on the second floor, the space is quiet and private with windows overlooking the Hudson River and the Irish Hunger Memorial.

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