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 10 2015
A Celebration of Maya Angelou's Poetic Legacy with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo

Presented Alongside the First Public Exhibition of Dr. Angelou’s Art Collection by the Academy of American PoetsCave Canem Foundation, and Swann Auction Galleries

Gregory Pardlo is the author of two poetry collections, Digest (Four Way Books, 2014), which received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and was shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award, and Totem, which received the American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize in 2007.

On September 15, 2015 Swann Galleries will auction The Art Collection of Maya AngelouAt 75, Swann is the oldest specialty auction house in New York. The auction of Dr. Angelou's collection will be preceded by a public exhibition of the work. For more information about the auction or the exhibition, please visit swanngalleries.com.

The event is free, but R.S.V.P.s are required: http://bit.ly/1WfHXD6

7:00pm to 9:00pm
104 East 25th Street
#6
10010 New York, New York
Sep 11 2015
Reading with Jackie Wang, Christopher Nealon and Jackqueline Frost

JACKIE WANG, CHRISTOPHER NEALON AND JACKQUELINE FROST

  • Friday, September 11, 2015
  • 7:00pm  9:00pm
7:00pm
126a Front St (Between Jay St and Adams St)
11201 Brooklyn, New York
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

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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 Naomi Ginsberg, 1894-1956

Strange now to think of you, gone without corsets & eyes, while I walk on
   the sunny pavement of Greenwich Village.
downtown Manhattan, clear winter noon, and I've been up all night, talking,
   talking, reading the Kaddish aloud, listening to Ray Charles blues
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Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The
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Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o' those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory