New York

Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, Governor Cuomo appointed Marie Howe as the state poet laureate on August 29, 2012. Throughout her two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.

upcoming events

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Sep 11 2015
Writers Block A Festival of Staged Readings to Benefit the Actors Fund

Carol Muske-Dukes
I Married the Ice-Pick Killer

Please come to a staged reading of “I Married the Ice-Pick Killer” at the Howl Happening Gallery, 5 East 1st St., NYC (Between Bowery & Second Ave.)

A new play by acclaimed poet, novelist, and essayist, Carol Muske-Dukes
The actors: Caroline Kinsolving, David Joseph, Victoria Vance, Christopher Smith,
Iris McQuillan-Grace, and Ann Pelligrini –– Directed by Christopher Grabowski


Writers Block reaffirms Howl! Arts and Howl! Happening’s commitment to showcasing the vision of contemporary writers, performers, and artists. The festival also serves to support Howl! HELP’s mission to provide emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Actors Fund. For information: howlarts.org.


BENEFIT TICKET PRICES:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2105772 $8 In Advance (for all plays in the festival) / $10 At Door / $50 Festival Pass available at Howl! Happening

***100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go to the Actors Fund

7:00pm
5 East 1st St.
(Between Bowery & Second Ave.)
10003 New York, New York
Dec 09 2015
The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program. 

6:30pm
65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, New York
Oct 03 2015
Reading With Lyric Hunter, Bill Berkson and Lewis Warsh

Reading at Berl's Featuring
Lyric Hunter, Bill Berkson and Lewis Warsh

Free. More information here: http://www.berlspoetry.com/events/2015/10/3/lyric-hunter-bill-berkson-lewis-warsh 

4:00pm
126a Front St (Between Jay St and Adams St)
11201 Brooklyn, New York

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Marie Howe
New York poet laureate

Marie Howe

Marie Howe was born in 1950 in Rochester, New York. She worked as a newspaper reporter and teacher before receiving her MFA from Columbia University...

poems

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for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center

Alabanza. Praise the cook with the shaven head
and a tattoo on his shoulder that said Oye
poem
Under Grand Central's tattered vault
  —maybe half a dozen electric stars still lit—
    one saxophone blew, and a sheer black scrim

billowed over some minor constellation
  under repair. Then, on Broadway, red wings
    in a storefront tableau, lustrous, the live macaws

preening, beaks opening and closing
poem
Under the separated leaves of shade
Of the gingko, that old tree
That has existed essentially unchanged
Longer than any other living tree, 
I walk behind a woman. Her hair's coarse gold
Is spun from the sunlight that it rides upon.
Women were paid to knit from sweet champagne
Her second skin: it winds and