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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-events…

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

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

Mar
31
Seeking the Glyph: Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk with Edward Sanders (Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm)
Poet, artist, and The Fugs cofounder Edward Sanders discusses his glyphic works and personal archive, dating from the 1960's, which includes hand-drawn glyphs, ephemera, magazine layouts, daybooks, and The Fugs album covers, on view as part of Seeking the Glyph, curated by Ammiel Alcalay and Kendra Sullivan. Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative editors Alex Wermer-Colan, Gabrielle Kappes, Kai Krienke and Zohra Saed join Sanders to discuss their experiences working with archives. (rmharris)… (more)
Apr
11
Veils and Words: Poetry by Mohja Kahf, Dunya Mikhail, and Farzaneh Milani (Saturday, April 11 at 12pm)
Poets House at AWP

"Being a poet means being human," declared the great Iranian feminist poet Forugh Farrokhazed. Three leading Middle Eastern American poet-scholars - Mohja Kahf, Dunya Mikhail, and Farzaneh Milani - explore the complicated intersection of religion, gender, and political life through readings and discussion of their work and the work of the great female poets of their home countries—Iran, Iraq, and Syria—as a way to understand the evolutions and revolutions of the last fifty years. Moderated by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika (rmharris)… (more)
Event location: Minneapolis Convention Center & Hilton Minneapolis Hotel, Minneapolis MN
Apr
16
From The New Word: A Reading by Jorie Graham (Thursday, April 16 at 7pm)
One of the most celebrated poets of the post-war generation, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Harvard professor Jorie Graham is the author of thirteen books of poetry, most recently From The New World: Poems 1976-2014. Join us for one of the first public readings from this anticipated collection. (rmharris)
Apr
18
Leap Write In! with Karen Benke (Saturday, April 18 at 11am)
Stretch and surprise your one-of-a-kind mind in this writing workshop for middle-schoolers. We'll play with magic word tickets, zany prompts, dares and double-dares, and ripped-paged writing experiment. With children's author Karen Benke (Leap Write In!) (rmharris)
Apr
18
A Broad Margin to My Life: Maxine Hong Kingston (Saturday, April 18 at 3pm)
Recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, author of the renowned 1976 work The Woman Warrior, and the daughter of illegal Chinese immigrants, Maxine Hong Kingston discusses the real-life politics of genre -- how protecting her parents and family meant designating their personal histories as fiction. (rmharris)
Apr
19
Spring Poems & Songs in the Winter Garden (Sunday, April 19 at 7pm)
Join our hosts, spoken word artist Mahogany Browne and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, and students from Third Street Music School Settlement to celebrate spring in the new Winter Garden, Brookfield Place’s spectacular glass atrium with views of the new World Trade Center and the Hudson River. Performances include poetry by local schoolchildren, songs from classic New York City musicals and Pete Seeger, as well as percussion and original compositions by Third Street students. Come early and grab lunch at Brookfield Place before the show! (rmharris)… (more)
Event location: Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey Street
Apr
28
Hurt So Good: Building the Body of the Beloved & Other Emotional Imageries with Natalie Diaz (Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm)
Award-winning poet, author of the collection When My Brother Was an Aztec, and former professional basketball player Natalie Diaz discusses the relationship between breaking, creating, and love in the inspiration, construction and revision of poetry. (rmharris)
Apr
30
Poem in Your Pocket Day Neighborhood Poetry Read-In (Thursday, April 30 at 3pm)
Join our young pocket-poets and other special guests for an afternoon of readings and fun! We invite you to bring a poem of your choice to share, or find one here at Poets House. A great after-school event for families and poetry lovers of all ages, and a festive culmination of our year-long work with local school children. (rmharris)
May
2
Poetry Out Loud Recitations (Saturday, May 2 at 5pm)
NYC regional winners in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest come together for a performance of memorable and moving poems. (rmharris)
May
9
Poetry Time with Charles Waters (Saturday, May 9 at 11am)
Join Charles Waters for a morning of humorous poetry that's off the page and off the wall. We’ll write comical poems together and act them out on stage. (rmharris)
May
12
Tribute to Galway Kinnell (Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm)
Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), winner of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and author of over 30 books, was a dear friend to Poets House. Join Jonathan Safran Foer, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Mirah Kozodoy, Sharon Olds, Poets House Board Member Myra Shapiro, Gerald Stern, and C.K. Williams in celebrating the life and work of a remarkable writer and much-missed man. (rmharris)
Event location: The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street
May
14
Person, Place, Thing with Randy Cohen & Diane Ackerman (Thursday, May 14 at 7pm)
We are thrilled to welcome Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen, widely known as the original writer of “The Ethicist” for New York Times Magazine, back to Poets House for a second live recording of his beloved public radio show, which interviews popular public figures about one person, place, and thing they find meaningful. Poet, essayist, and naturalist, guest Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen works of nonfiction and poetry.Join us for a special evening of live music and great stories. (rmharris)… (more)
May
16
Tribute to Wanda Coleman (Saturday, May 16 at 3pm)
Los Angeles poet and writer Wanda Coleman (1946 – 2013) was the author of twenty books, most recenly 2008's Jazz and Twelve O'Clock Tales. She was considered the unofficial poet laureate of L.A., and was active across the city's artistic scenes as a poet, performer and singer, devoted to themes of racism and the female experience. Join friends, family, and poets for readings and discussion of the life and legacy of this electric and under-recognized pivotal poet of the post-war period. (rmharris)… (more)
May
19
Keeping It Real & Imagining It with Afaa Michael Weaver (Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm)
Beginning with a look at a poem by Sterling Brown, this interactive craft lecture with 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award winner Afaa Michael Weaver will consider the challenges and rewards of using vernacular language, including the resulting identity processes and perceptions of both writer and reader. (rmharris)
May
21
Lines into Sentences: Prose Poetry & Fiction with Renee Gladman, Ben Lerner and Eileen Myles (Thursday, May 21 at 7pm)
Current Radcliffe fellow Renee Gladman, award-winning Guggenheim fellow Ben Lerner, and New York School legend Eileen Myles, all celebrated writers of both poetry and prose, discuss their experiments with and between forms as well as their work in editing and publishing transgenre works. (rmharris)
Jun
2
2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship Reading (Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm)
A not-to-be-missed glimpse into the most exciting new poetry in New York City. The Emerging Poets Fellowship, now in its fourth year, assists emerging poets by providing excellent poetry writing instruction, mentorship, and access to Poets House’s world class poetry resources and programming. Hosted by 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship workshop leader Rachel Eliza Griffiths. (rmharris)
Jun
4
Alternate Worlds? Poetry & Popular Fiction with Laura Kasischke (Thursday, June 4 at 7pm)
Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Space, in Chains and a finalist for the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Award, Laura Kasischke is the author of seven books of poetry and nine popular novels. She’ll discuss how writing poetry and prose are utterly opposite ways of approaching material, language, and life, drawing on her own work as well as that of other multigenre writers. (rmharris)
Jun
8
The 20th Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge: A Benefit for Poets House (Monday, June 8 at 6pm)
Join us for the 20th anniversary of our annual poetic pilgrimage across one of our city’s most beloved landmarks. Great poets including Richard Blanco and Laura Kasischke, read classic NYC-inspired poems under the arches of the Bridge as we trek en masse from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where a delicious dinner, wine, and more words await. This is a do-not-miss New York City tradition. All proceeds help make possible the hundreds of free and affordable public programs Poets House presents each year. (rmharris)… (more)
Event location: Brooklyn Bridge
Jun
19
Celebrating India (Friday, June 19 at 6:30pm)
Explore the senses and chart your own path through the exhibition Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy and the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia as you enjoy interactive, drop-in experiences with art. (rmharris)
Event location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave
Jun
25
The 23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reception (Thursday, June 25 at 6pm)
Join us for readings, conversation, and celebration to open this year's Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. (rmharris)
Jun
25
23rd Annual Poets House Showcase Opening Reading (Thursday, June 25 at 7pm)
Readings by poets with books in the exhibition open this year's annual Poets House Showcase, a free exhibit featuring all of the new poetry books and poetry-related texts published in the United States in a single year from over 650 commercial, university, and independent presses. (rmharris)

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