The Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
For more than two decades, guests of Poets House have crossed the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, reveling in the words of Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, and other historic poetic luminaries who have paid tribute to New York City. Celebrated contemporary poets serve as guides on this journey, reading their predecessors’ work as well as their own writings beneath John Augustus Roebling’s iconic arches. The journey from Manhattan to Brooklyn traditionally closes with a reading of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” followed by a celebratory dinner enlivened by more poetry.
This rare gathering of poets and poetry lovers is Poets House’s annual benefit. Ticket sales to the Poetry Walk support all that we do, including our wide range of programs and services, most of which are free to the public.
Stay tuned for our gala 25th Annual Poetry Walk, upcoming in Spring 2020!
“Bridge walk spans boroughs, benefits Poets House” by Scott Stiffler (Downtown Express)
2020 Brooklyn Bridge Poetry Walk!
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