Poets House Board of Directors
Robert Kissane, Chairman
Nicholas F. Potter, President
Martín Gomez, Treasurer
Alan Klein, Secretary
Margo Viscusi, President Emerita
Katharine (Wendy) Larsen
Michael T. Sillerman
E. Ward Smith
Poets Advisory Committee
The board and staff salute our Poets Advisory Committee.
During the early 1980s, a “think-tank” convened by Elizabeth Kray and Stanley Kunitz, which included a great number of poets from across the aesthetic terrain, discussed poets’ needs in this country. Their conversations led to an articulation of the future organization’s most basic goals—the nurture of poets, the creation of dialogue and community, and greater access to and visibility for the art.
Legal documents for the founding of Poets House were approved in 1985 and public programming began in 1986. Elizabeth Kray formally established a remarkably diverse group of poets during those early days of the organization. They suggested programs and advised on the building of a library. Their germinal energies and care, and the combined efforts of so many friends and poet practitioners over the years, has helped the Poets House library to become one of the most inclusive poetry collections anywhere, with programs reflecting the entire breadth of the art. We praise this original Poets Advisory Committee, and mourn the loss of those of our dear friends who can only be with us in spirit.
William Jay Smith
Later additions included Henri Cole, Jane Cooper & Michael Heller.