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Digital Initiatives

So much is uncertain in this moment, but please know that even in these very strange times, we have been thinking of our community. Gathering in our library and for programs has been a way of connecting with each other. But now, we have closed the library and postponed programs as a way of caring for and protecting each other. We are thinking thru alternative ways of being with you in solidarity—and are now launching a number of new digital initiatives to bring Poets House to you, wherever you may be! Here are a few things you should check out:

Poets House is bringing you online live streamed programs to keep our community thriving. Check in here for any live streamed programs you missed on our Twitter.

Print a poem for your pocket!

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a national initiative inviting everyone to share the joy of poetry by putting a poem in your pocket to read throughout the day. This year, Poets House shares selected poems from an anthology of local students’ work, On Our Way: Poems of Paths. We also share selected poems from the planned Poetry Path in Battery Park City, which was to have opened this month. For Poem in Your Pocket Day, choose a poem to print and cut along the lines to carry in your pocket. You’ll carry poetry with you all day.

Dave Johnson is back for 2 more weeks of free video workshops. We present a new video every weekday for 10 days, posted to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and right here! Scroll down to see the videos. For teens to adults. Free!

Over the last ten years, Poets House has worked with Ugly Duckling Presse and Small Fires Press to produce limited-edition broadsides for special events and occasions. Here is a selection from our archives.

Join Tiny Poets Superstar Charles Waters as he performs three of his doggie poems on Virtual Tiny Poets Time. Perfect for toddlers and other youngsters. Bring your poet ears and dancing shoes. Daily at 9am.

These wonderful poems are collected from the community that participate in Dave Johnson's 10*10*10 Video Workshops!

Please send your response poems to & check out the 10*10*10 Community Anthology of poems collected from participants in Dave Johnson’s 10*10*10 Video Workshops!

Fact-Simile Editions

Fact-Simile Editions published graphically stunning Poetry Trading Cards monthly from 2010-2014. In this online exhibition we’ve paired Fact-Simile trading cards with recordings from our archives.

We are digitizing rare chapbooks from our collection, check out Chapbooks of the Mimeo Revolution to learn more!


Poetry in a Time of Crisis

We all know the balm of poetry in a crisis, and the need for something to balance the “News”. We’ve been thinking of poems, distractions and necessary self care that resonate with everyone in this isolating emergency. Poets House is posting a multitude of poetic options to counterbalance this dark time. We’ve been posting poems on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that have helped in tough times.