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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Aug 11 2015
Summer Reading Series: Parneshia Jones, Patrick Phillips, and Jean Valentine

This summer the Academy of American Poets continues its tradition of offering poetry readings featuring a diverse lineup of poets sharing their latest work at the historic New York Public Library. Our readings are made possible in part by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

6:00pm
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
2nd Floor, Room 227
10018 New York, New York
Sep 30 2015
Daniela Gioseffi Reads Poetry in AUTHOR and ACTIVIST: The Daniela Gioseffi Story

Doors open at 6:30 PM with refreshments. Preview screening of the film at 7PM with ecological poetry readings included and a live discussion with the audience follows at 8PM. There's a reception with refreshments until 9 PM. Author and Activist: The Daniela Gioseffi Story tells of a poet's struggle to make art of  of civil rights, democratic equality, human rights and climate justice activism. Grace Paley, Galway Kinnell, Allen Ginsberg and George Plimpton appear briefly as do poets Nancy Mercado, George Guida, Angelina Oberdan and others. The film covers recent years of American history and infuses poetry within a life-affirming inspirational docu-drama followed with discussion with the audience and reception.

6:30am
32 Second Ave. at E. 2nd St. Lower Manhattan
#6 train to Bleedker St. or M15 Bus to 3rd St.
10003 New York City, 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
1

Flood-tide below me! I watch you face to face;   
Clouds of the west! sun there half an hour high! I see you also face to face.   
   
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes! how curious you
          are to me!   
On the ferry-boats, the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home
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poem
In that lit window in Bushwick
halfway through the hardest winter
I cut plexiglass on a table saw,
coaxing the chalked taped pane
into the absence of the blade,
working to such fine tolerance
the kerf abolished the soft-lead line.
I felt your eyes play over me
but did not turn—dead people
were not allowed in