The Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Join us for this beloved Poets House tradition that celebrates the poetry of New York City. We'll parade from City Hall across the bridge, enjoying readings by Mark Doty, Thomas Lux, and Vijay Seshadri, among other renowned voices. This year, poet Naomi Shihab Nye will join us as we honor her with the Elizabeth Kray Award for dedicated service to poetry.

Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading

Join us for an energetic reading to celebrate the dynamic emerging voices in this year’s Emerging Poets Fellowship: (Click names for bios and a sample of each poets work): J.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: A Landmark Celebration

Throughout the day, Poets House staff and volunteers will distribute pocket-sized poems written by budding poets from neighboring elementary schools, inspired by local landmarks, in recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Law.

Funding provided by Goldman Sachs.

Click here for printable Poem in Your Pocket Day cards!

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: Chapbooks from the Mimeo Revolution

Publisher Steve Clay joins young poetry scholars Gabby Kappes, Meira Levinson and Kyle Waugh from the CUNY Grad Center for a panel discussion to celebrate the opening of Chapbooks from the Mimeo Revolution: From New American Poetry to New Sentence

Introduction to Poetry: A Generative Workshop with Amy Lawless

This class is grounded in two basic functions: to generate new poems through prompts and expectation-challenging exercises, and to workshop them. A discussion of narrative, mechanics, forms, and the music of language will anchor the class.

Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poetry, My Dead and Noctis Licentia. She grew up in Boston and currently lives in New York City, where she was a 2011 NYFA Fellow in poetry.

Literary Partners Program: New York Launch Reading of The Incredible Sestina Anthology

Please join poets and contributors in celebrating the publication of The Incredible Sestina Anthology.

The event will feature readings by:

David Lehman
Sharon Mesmer
Sparrow
Jade Sylvan
Victor D. Infante
Patricia Carlin
Sharon Dolin
Ned Rust
Scott Edward Anderson
Jason Schneiderman
Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Love Speaks: A Day of Art and Poetry from the Muslim World

Celebrate Mother’s Day by exploring the many facets of love through poetry performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations in the Islamic Art galleries, followed by a special Sunday at the Met reading and discussion with New York State Poet Marie Howe, CUNY scholar and poet Meena Alexander, renowned poet and editor Kazim Ali, and Columbia University scholar Frances Pritchett.

Form: Making and Breaking It with Edward Hirsch

Saturday, May 3, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Sunday, May 4, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Application Deadline: Friday, April 11

Edward Hirsch has published eight books of poems and four books of prose, among them Wild Gratitude, The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, and the bestseller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. Currently, he is the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The Art of Metaphor with Ellen Bass

Saturday, April 5, 11:00am-3:00pm
Sunday, April 6, 12:00-4:00pm

Application Deadline: Friday, March 21

Who’s Speaking?: Persona Writing with Philip Schultz

Saturday, March 29, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday, March 30, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday, March 21

Philip Schultz’s poetry includes Like Wings, The Holy Worm of Praise, and Failure, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of a memoir, My Dyslexia, and the forthcoming The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse. He is the founder and director of The Writers Studio, a school for fiction and poetry.

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