Poetry Spotlight

Holiday Closings

Poets House will be closed Wednesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 25, open 11:00am - 7:00pm Friday, December 26, and 11:00am - 6:00pm Saturday, December 27.

Poets House will be closed Wednesday, December 31, 2014 & Thursday, January 1, 2015, open 11:00am - 7:00pm Friday, January 2, and 11:00am - 6:00pm Saturday, January 3.

Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets

Holiday Card by Robert Duncan and Jess
Card by Robert Duncan and Jess, 1965 (courtesy of Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University)

Don't miss this "intimate glimpse into genius" (The Guardian), a fascinating look at the ties of love and friendship behind literary success from some of the last century’s most beloved poets, on view through March 21, 2015, courtesy of the the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University

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.

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!

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

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.

Allan Kornblum (1949-2014)

Allan Kornblum at Poets House, Terese Loeb Kreuzer photo
(Allan Kornblum at Poets House, January 2013) Photo ©Terese Loeb Kreuzer

Allan Kornblum, who passed away on Sunday, November 23, was a great friend to poets and Poets House, and a visionary small press publisher and printer. In 2013, Poets House was fortunate to collaborate with Kornblum on a retrospective exhibition featuring works published over four decades by Coffee House Press (and its precursor Toothpaste Press, which Kornblum founded with his wife Cinda in 1973, renowned for adventurous discoveries, editorial excellence, elegant design and steadfast commitment to writers, readers and poetry.

Hear Kornblum's 2013 talk at Poets House on the changing face of publishing here.

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