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Poets House Showcase

The only event of its kind, the annual Poets House Showcase is a free exhibit featuring thousands of new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the English language over the past 18 months. Each summer for the past 27 years, the Showcase has displayed thousands of works by and about the poetry community, including volumes by individual authors, anthologies, chapbooks, prose and criticism, multimedia works, artists’ books, and more.

In this diverse, inclusive exhibition, books from small presses receive the same care and attention as those from major publishers, and self-published authors are displayed alongside Poets Laureate. The exhibit is arranged by publisher, making it easy to get a taste of each press’s distinctive voice and list.

We are currently accepting submissions of 2019 and 2020 titles for the 2020 Poets House Showcase—our 28th annual event—to open in summer 2020. Poets and publishers, find out how to submit your books!


The 2019 Poets House Showcase, our 27th annual exhibition, was on view from June 27 through August 17, 2019. 3,324 titles from 808 publishers and presses were included in the display. Books in the exhibition included:

  • 373 chapbooks
  • 164 anthologies
  • 63 artists’ books
  • 139 bilingual or multilingual books
  • 34 children’s books
  • 2,321 books published in 2018 and 1,003 published in 2019

Download a copy of the 2019 exhibition catalog here!


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