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.

John Ashbery

Poets House presents this legendary American poet reading from his body of work including his most recent book of poems Planisphere.

2012 Poets House Showcase Opening Reading

A score of leading poets, representing the breadth and diversity of contemporary poetry, kick off the 20th Annual Poets House Showcase, which gathers more than 2,000 poetry titles. Readings by Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Eduardo C.

Poetic City 2012

This year’s Poets House Poetic City program celebrates the power of well-crafted words by bringing together two of the city’s finest poets with two songwriters known for their lyrical gifts.

Book Party for Gail Scott

Please join Nightboat Books to celebrate the US publication of The Obituary by Gail Scott.
with brief readings by Brenda Coultas, Rachel Levitsky, Douglas A. Martin and Stacy Szymaszek.

Reception to follow. Wine provided by the Délégation générale du Québec à New York.

Book Launch: This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems by Michael Heller

Please join Nightboat Books to celebrate the publication of This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems, 1965-2010, by Michael Heller.

A landmark volume gathering 45 years of work by one of our leading poets.

Wallace Stevens: First Editions

On view May 3 through May 11, 2012

In conjunction with our 25th Anniversary Passwords program Joan Richardson on Wallace Stevens, please join us for a special display of first editions of Stevens' work, on loan from the collection of Poets House Board Member E. Ward Smith, and his wife Carolyn.

The New Russian Poetry: A Reading and Conversation with Poets of the Debut Prize

Celebrate the winners of the Debut Prize for Russian-language poetry with Causa Artium, dedicated to expanding the place of art in the world, including literary, visual, performance, musical, dramatic, and other art forms.


Polina Barskova
Eduard Lukoyanov
Lev Oborin

Hosted by Vitaly Pukhanov

Moderated by Alice Quinn

The Sheep Meadow Press at Poets House

Readings by John Ashbery, Christopher Middleton, Michael Schmidt and Stanley Moss


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