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The Poetry Path in Battery Park City

Virtual Celebration September 25, 2020!

As part of the yearlong celebration of our 10th anniversary at 10 River Terrace, we’re looking forward to the opening of the Poets House Poetry Path in Battery Park City—an immersive public art installation of poetry running from Rockefeller Park’s north end to the marina at Brookfield Place. This installation includes fragments from poems reaching across time, space, and cultures, featuring over 40 poets whose work considers the relationships between people, nature, and the urban landscape. Originally scheduled for April, the installation of the Poetry Path is now complete and can be enjoyed by passersby. The formal opening of the Poetry Path on September 25, 2020, will include the launch of rich web resources, virtual tours and workshops.


Click here to View the Walking Map, readings, and more!




The Poetry Path is made possible through a partnership with Battery Park City Authority, partners in design and fabrication of the Poetry Path, with additional support from our Outreach Partner, Goldman Sachs. Special thanks to the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation for funding the Poetry Path planning process, and to the Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation for supporting Poetry Path educational initiatives for youth and children.


A Sign From The Path!

Banners From the Path!

Land Acknowledgment

Poetry Path Land Acknowledgment

Thank you!

We are so grateful to all who made the Poetry Path possible: to the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation who supported our work in planning the path; to Goldman Sachs, our outreach partner; to the Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation for their support to provide educational programs based on the path; and to Battery Park City Authority, who partnered with us in design, fabrication, and installation of the Poetry Path—especially Abby Ehrlich, BJ Jones, Nick Sbordone, and the amazing team of craftspeople they work with.

Special thanks to Michael Maggio, Kelsey Mitchel, and Robert Bolesta from Ralph Appelbaum Associates, who brought the signage to life with their imaginative designs; to Frederick Courtright from the Permissions Company, whose work made the use of these poems possible; and to Katerina Economo, whose feasibility study helped launch the project.

Our deep thanks to Sandra Alcosser, Joseph Bruchac, Katharine Coles, Alison Deming, Mark Doty, and Patti Ann Rogers, who worked with us as Poets in Residence on poetry path projects around the country, and whose selections for those projects helped to inform this newest path. A warm thank you to poet Evelyn Reilly, for her invaluable role on the project. And to all of the many people who advised or consulted with us, among them Cornelius Eady, Patricia Spears Jones, and Cecilia Vicuna—thank you!

Finally, thank you to the Poets House staff, especially Valentine Conaty, Amanda Glassman, and interns Klara Pokrzywa, Katie Hwang, Emory McCool, Lydia Finkel, and Amaya Tavares, who worked so hard to bring this project to fruition.