Poets House, 10 River Terrace in Battery Park City (Lower Manhattan)

Poets House

10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10012

United States

212-431-7920; infopoetshouse.org

Type: Library

Web site: http://poetshouse.org

Events: http://www.poetshouse.org/programs-and-even…

Catalog URL: http://poets.kohalibrary.com/cgi-bin/koha/op…

Twitter account: @poetshouse

Amenities: wifi

Description: Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Founded in 1985 by poet Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House has created a home for all who read and write poetry, with resources and literary events that document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture.

With over 60,000 volumes of poetry—including books, journals, chapbooks, audio and video tapes, and digital media—our collection is among the most comprehensive, open-access collections of poetry in the United States and is the foundation for all our programs and services.

Each year we present over 200 public programs, including panels, lectures, readings, writing workshops and walking tours in New York City and nationwide. Panel discussions and lectures link the voices of poets living today to a vast literary tradition. Poets House readings presented in public parks and libraries cultivate a wider audience for the art. Innovative seminars and workshops taught by emerging and established poets offer aficionados and first-timers an opportunity to explore the writing process in greater depth.

Through the annual Poets House Showcase, we gather and exhibit all of the years' new poetry books. Thousands of books are shown each year from publishers large and small across the country. The Showcase provides readers and writers an opportunity to view the whole range of the art.

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Upcoming events

American Stanzas: A Reading (Friday, October 28 at 7pm)
In conjunction with her Poets House photography exhibit, "American Stanzas 2006-2016," poet, photographer, and Cave Canem Fellow Rachel Eliza Griffiths hosts Mahogany Browne, Aracelis Girmay, Rickey Laurentiis, Angel Nafis, Morgan Parker, and Iain Haley Pollock reading their work and celebrating their shared histories. (rmharris)
Halloween (Poe)treats! (Saturday, October 29 at 12pm)
Come in costume and enjoy spooky poetry mad libs, festive crafts, and more tricks and (poe)treats in the Children's Room

Ages 10 & under (rmharris)
Iowa International Writing Program Reading (Monday, November 7 at 7pm)
Explore the various cultural landscapes that poetry occupies globally, introducing U.S. audiences to contemporary international poets from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa on the final leg of their U.S. tour. Poets Akhil Katyal (India), Ko Ko Thett (Myanmar), Chen Ko Hua (Taiwan), Henriikka Tavi (Finland), and Alice S. Yousef (Palestinian Territories) will be introduced by Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program. Work will be translated into English by students in Tom Sleigh’s Hunter College MFA class. (rmharris)… (more)
Black Love: A Reading and Craft Talk with Joshua Bennett (Thursday, November 10 at 7pm)
Weighing the work of Thylias Moss, Frank Ocean, Robin Coste Lewis, and George Moses Horton, among others, against Thomas Jefferson’s claim in Notes on The State of Virginia that, “among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry,” poet and scholar Joshua Bennett explores the politics of black love throughout the African diasporic literary tradition (rmharris)
Absolute Splendor: A Tribute to Cynthia Macdonald (Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm)
Join us as we pay tribute to the life and work of acclaimed poet, psychoanalyst, and former opera singer Cynthia Macdonald (1928-2015), known for her humor and her ability to draw poetry from the strange and grotesque. Poets Rosellen Brown, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Phillip Lopate, and Jennifer Macdonald, among others read her work (rmharris)
Love, H: The Letters of Hettie Jones & Helene Dorn (Thursday, November 17 at 7pm)
“We’d fled the norm for women then, because to live it would have been a kind of death,” writes Hettie Jones in Love, H: The Letters of Hettie Jones & Helene Dorn, a selection from the forty-year correspondence between poet Jones and sculptor Helene Dorn. Revealing the intimacy of lifelong friends, these letters explore the battlegrounds of women’s rights, tenants’ rights, marriage, motherhood, and a shared past that kept the two irrevocably connected in the Beat bohemia of the 1960s. The evening features a presentation by Jones on their correspondence and the lost art of epistolary writing. (rmharris)… (more)
The Art of Awareness with Steve Zeitlin (Tuesday, November 29 at 7pm)
Steve Zeitlin, founding director of the nonprofit cultural center City Lore, presents The Poetry of Everyday Life, stories from everyday citizens who transform the streets of New York City and its daily occurrences into poetry. (rmharris)
Murder, Prison, Suicide, and Joy: A Craft Talk with Jericho Brown (Thursday, December 1 at 7pm)
Poet Jericho Brown, author of The New Testament, examines male beauty, immanent violence, and the necessity of sin versus the desire for redemption in a world marked and tormented by racial tensions and religious traditions. (rmharris)
A Celebration of Rigoberto González (Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm)
Rigoberto González continues to change the landscape of American literature through his groundbreaking poetry, prose, and scholarship, providing readers with a redocumentation of our shared cultural memory. Join us for a conversation with González followed by celebratory readings from Eduardo Corral, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Saeed Jones, Erika Sanchez, Elisabet Velasquez, and more. Co-hosted by Natalie Diaz and Ada Limón. (rmharris)… (more)
Bhakti: The Art of Devotion (Saturday, December 10 at 2pm)
Archana Venkatesan, Rafiq Kathwari, and Ravi Shankar engage in a discussion concerning the poetics of Bhakti, the Sanskrit word meaning “to participate in, to share in, and to have love and devotion for.” Together, they examine Indian art and spirituality, spanning the linguistic worlds of Tamil and Urdu literature, and how it manifests in their own work in translation. Join Poets House as we unpack the complex prosody, rich cultural history, and rhetorical nuance of Indian verse. (rmharris)… (more)
Beyond Bhakti: Contemporary Spiritual Poetics Across Europe and The Americas (Saturday, December 10 at 4pm)
Join us for a reading and discussion of devotional poetry gleaned across expanses of time and geography with Ravi Shankar, Drunken Boat’s founding editor. Claire Cavanagh reads new work and discusses the articulation of spirit in the Eastern European tradition and the role translation plays. Ellen Doré Watson reads and discusses her translations of the Brazilian poet Adélia Prado. Patty Crane discusses the mysticism at the edges of poet Tomas Tranströmer’s work. The translators explore ways that their distinctive traditions overlap, diverge, and interrelate. (rmharris)… (more)

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