Why Write Poems in Times of Crisis?

Distinguished scholar Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Columbia University, will moderate a panel discussion with two survivors of the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan, about their tanka poems written in response to the earthquake and its aftermath. Their poems form part of the exhibition, “Voices of Japan,” at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine which opens June 14.

Showcase Readings

Readings by Alan Gilbert, Karla Kelsey, Marie–Elizabeth Mali & Laura Newbern

Poets House Emerging Poets Residency Reading

A reading by participants in the inaugural Poets House Emerging Poets Residency: Desiree Alvarez, Cathy Linh Che, Jaime Shearn Coan, Monica A. Hand, Danniel Schoonebeek, Sarah V. Schweig, Idrissa Simmonds, Amber Atiya Stewart and Elizabeth Zuba.

We’re Floating: An Interactive Poetry Walk with Artist and Poet Jon Cotner

Walks begin at Poets House at 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm, and last for 45 minutes.

We’re Floating is a new interactive walk designed by artist and poet Jon Cotner. Each hour he leads dialogues with participants as they stroll through Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The work of Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō is mapped onto the landscape and put into play, bringing everyone closer to this floating world.

2012: Martín Espada reads 'Blessed Be the Truth Tellers'

Martín Espada reads his poem "Blessed Be the Truth Tellers," and talks about its dedicatee, fellow poet Jack Agüeros, as part of his 25th Anniversary Passwords program on 20th Century Puerto Rican poetry.

Sewing, Hammering, Ploughing, Rowing, Welding, Sanding: Whatever It Takes to Finish That Poem with Scott Hightower

A brief review of poetry's history, including glancing considerations of metric and syllabic measures of writing from the Anglo-Saxon to modern free verse will launch this workshop. Poets will draw on the intricate dynamics of poetry's two-headed tradition: oral and written. A weekly reading by each poetry student in the circle will serve as point of departure for discussions of the relationships of craft and expression to the inner music of the poem.

Generating Great Work with Rachel M. Simon

Through close readings of contemporary poems, students will fill their notebooks with new work culminating in a ten-poem chapbook. The class will evaluate what makes poems successful and borrow those strategies to improve each participant's work. We will also devote time to publication strategies and how to most effectively send poems to magazines, journals and contests.

How many books have you received through the Showcase?

Since its inception in 1992, the annual Poets House Showcase has blossomed both in terms of the number of texts it displays and the rich diversity of publishers it represents.

Poetry Walk Tickets


Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

A Poets House Benefit

with Mark Doty, Thomas Lux, Naomi Shihab Nye and Vijay Seshadri
Monday, June 9, 2014 @ 6:30pm

An event that may make you fall in love with New York City all over again. —Time Out New York

Price: $0.00


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