17th Annual Poets House Showcase

On View April 4 - 11 at New York Public Library's Jefferson Market Branch
For library hours, call (212) 243-4334

Catch an eyeful of what's happening in poetry today with this divergent, cacophonous display of all the new poetry and poetry-related books published in the United States in the last year. From micro-press chapbooks to masterworks from major commercial publishers, over 2,000 titles share shelf space for one week.

The Magical Alphabet of Spring

Drawing from southern-style hymns and Appalachian ballads, poet, teacher and songwriter Lee Ann Brown leads children in songs and words that celebrate spring.

The Literary Universe: The Library in Poetry and the Imagination

From the perspectives of archivist, curator, editor, scholar and translator, a diverse group of poets - Catherine Bowman, Nancy Kuhl, Geoffrey O’Brien, Nathalie Stephens and Kevin Young - explores the vital role of the library in poetic creation and preservation.

This panel is for registered attendees of the AWP Conference.

Poetry Westchester! Vijay Seshadri on Elizabeth Bishop

In this talk, award-winning poet Vijay Seshadri examines the origins and scope of Elizabeth Bishop’s visionary poetry, her paradoxical relationship to the religious traditions that shaped her thought, and her ability to expose the fundamental questions underlying human experience.

Force of Light: A Multimedia Tribute to the Life & Poetry of Paul Celan

Barbez, a critically-acclaimed "ethno-punk-cabaret" ensemble, performs Force of Light, a multimedia event that interweaves the poetry of Paul Celan with music and video. The songs have been recorded as part of the Radical Jewish Culture series on John Zorn's Tzadik label. Experimental poet, playwright and performance artist Fiona Templeton will narrate.

Diorama-Rama! with Carin Berger

In this diorama-making workshop, hosted by writer and artist Carin Berger, we’ll build marvelous miniature worlds using plastic boxes and plenty of fun ephemera. We’ll then fill our dreamscapes with poetry to make them truly come alive.

Carin Berger is the author and illustrator of award-winning children's books including A Perfect Day and The Little Yellow Leaf.

Holding Up the Sky: Haiku Poetry Workshop

Join us outside in our beautiful backyard to learn about the ancient art form of haiku. With Bashō and Issa as our guides we’ll write our own haiku poems and then paint them on stones to take home.

Tell-Tale Tales: An Introduction to Edgar Allan Poe

Spinner of such classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe’s work delightfully frightens even today. We’ll learn all about his life and work in the 1800s and re-tell some of his most famous tales and poems. Finally, using some very dark (arts and crafts) materials, we’ll create our own sinister ravens.

POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2014: Root of a Dream: The Third Annual Poets House Members’ Sleepover.

Please join us for our third annual Poets House Members’ Sleepover.

This new tradition invites Members and their sleeping bags to spend the night at 10 River Terrace reading, writing and dreaming in the dimmed stacks of our library. Poet Kristin Prevalett will host our group, leading poetry exercises and more, on this very special night.

This event is open to Members only. Space is limited.

Poetry Westchester! The Poetry of Federico García Lorca

A dramatic reading with Dominique Borel and Suzanne Khuri, with guitar accompaniment by Ian Banks

Part of Poetry Westchester! , bringing free writing workshops, poetry readings and talks to community libraries throughout Westchester--a county rich in literary history, from Edgar Allan Poe to Washington Irving.

Funded by the Westchester Library System (through the Westchester County Board of Legislators).

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