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 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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Apr 15 2015
Poetry & the Creative Mind

The Academy of American Poets presents Poetry & the Creative Mind at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City on April 15, 2015. A gala celebration of poetry’s important place in our culture and its impact on the lives of readers, the event features leading and legendary actors, dancers, artists, musicians, and public figures on one stage sharing their favorite poems.

Buy tickets to Poetry & the Creative Mind event at Lincoln Center. Tickets start at $45.

1941 Broadway
10023 New York, New York
Apr 16 2015
From The New World: A Reading by Jorie Graham

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.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members.


10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Apr 17 2015
Reception for the Solo Exhibition of Stefano Losi at the United Nations in New York - Friday, April 17, 6pm

The UNSRC Literary Cultural Circle of the United Nations, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, are pleased to announce “Respiro”, Stefano Losi’s third Solo Exhibition at the United Nations in New York (Curved Wall, Conference Building—First Avenue and 46th Street).“Violent Dances Fade,” the art project of the author, combines sculptures in bronze and cast glass, and visual works in oils and oxidized metal minerals, with an epigrammatic Latin poetry. Antonio Maria Costa, UN Under-Secretary-General, wrote: “This is a splendid union. In the words of these poems I find the same hope I cherish when I observe the World.”The works reflect the studies of classical art and literature, still emerging as a reference in the author’s compositions, yet with a clear contemporary perspective.  Journalist and writer Marco Mathieu captured its essence as “Timeless. On the contrary, inside time. And beyond… Significant. Blunt. Stirring, most of all… Strokes and shadows. Black. Intensity, liberty. And love.”  A Cocktail Reception with poetry reading will be held on Friday, April 17, 6pm at the United Nations in New York (Curved Wall, Conference Building—First Avenue and 46th Street).Due to UN security rules, to attend the event, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, 14 April at with full names of the guests.A sample of the visual arts and poetical fragments is available at:

Curved Wall, Conference Building - First Avenue and 46th Street
10017 New York, 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...



To Mary Jo Salter

Beyond the ice-bound stones and bucking trees, 
past bewildered Mary, the Meer in snow, 
two skating rinks and two black crooked paths

are a battered pair of reading glasses 
scratched by the skater's multiplying math. 
Beset, I play this game of tic-tac-toe.

Divide, subtract. Who can
         If I know my angels,
         I know what they would say
                  --Joe Henry

He came to me
In a whisky-blue dream
In midtown Manhattan.

He wasn't angry anymore.
He seemed happy to find
Me again, my old self.

Picking up his ghost guitar,
He played me a new song.
He played it sweet and

I get off the IRT in front of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture after riding an early Amtrak from Philly to get a hair cut at what used to be the Harlem "Y" barbershop. It gets me in at ten to ten. Waiting, I eat fish cakes at the Pam Pam and listen to the ladies call out orders: bacon-biscuit