Showcase Readings

Readings by Sarah Arvio (Knopf), Roger Bonair-Agard (Haymarket Books), Will Schutt (Yale University Press) and Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse)

The 21st Annual Poets House Showcase Opening

Join us for the opening of the 21st annual Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. There is no better way to get an overview of the art.

This diverse and inclusive exhibition will be on view through August 3.

A Reading with Adélia Prado and Ellen Doré Watson

One of the foremost poets of Brazil, Adélia Prado is author of eight books of poetry, two of which have been translated into English, including her newest collection Ex-Voto (2013). She was praised by Veja (Brazil’s Newsweek) as “a writer of rare brilliance and invincible simplicity.” In this visit to New York, Prado will read poems with her English-language translator Ellen Doré Watson.

An Evening with Robert Polito

Poet, essayist, and biographer Robert Polito reads his poems dealing with the history of film and presents film clips from some of his favorite movies from film noir to foreign-language gems.

Proust Birthday Poetry Reading

Join us on Proust's birthday to celebrate the publication of The Collected Poems of Marcel Proust, edited by Harold Augenbraum, and featuring the work of 20 poets and translators. Augenbraum, founder of the Proust Society of America, will be joined by contributors Meena Alexander, Marcella Durand, Wayne Koestenbaum, Anna Moschovakis, Mark Polizzotti and Susan Stewart.

Part of the 2013 River to River Festival


1959 celebrates a turning point in contemporary American culture, music, and spoken word artistry.

Master Class with Thomas Lux

Thomas Lux is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently Child Made of Sand, God Particles and The Cradle Place. His book Split Horizon, won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is a member of the faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology and Sarah Lawrence College.

Application Deadline EXTENDED TO Monday May 20

The 18th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge CANCELLED

Poets House regrets to announce the cancellation of the Annual Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Deep flooding in our tent at the Tobacco Warehouse together with flash flood warnings made it impossible to go forward--for the first time in 18 years!

Support for the Annual Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge provides 10% of our annual budget, making so much of our work possible. To make a contribution that will help us close the gap, click here.

Floating Valentines: A Screening of The Red Balloon

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Poets House presents Albert Lamorisse’s timeless children’s film classic The Red Balloon. Afterward, children will make their own floating valentines in the form of hot-air balloon mobiles. This is an annual Poets House Children’s Room happening


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