New York

Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, in January 2016 Governor Cuomo appointed Yusef Komunyakaa as New York's 11th state poet, taking over for Marie Howe. Throughout his two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.

In 2016 Rebecca Black was appointed the poet laureate of Albany, New York. Black is the author of Cottonlandia (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.

upcoming events

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May 08 2018
New Chords and Hauntings: A Reading

Join participants in R.A. Villanueva‘s workshop “New Chords and Hauntings” as they share new and “uniquely haunted” work honed in spring sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

6:30pm
20 Jay Street, Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
May 03 2018
Watch Your Tone: A Reading

Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain‘s workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

6:30pm
20 Jay Street, Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 26 2018
The Tenth Muse with Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles — “a kick-ass, counter-cultural icon,” wrote The New Yorker — takes on a longstanding Poetry Center tradition, curating and introducing readings by three of their favorite poets: Laura Henriksen, Tommy Pico, and Christopher Soto.

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8:00pm
1395 Lexington Avenue
10128 New York, New York

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Reading Series 92nd Street Y New York
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Colony Millay Colony for the Arts New York
Colony Yaddo Colony New York
Writing Program Stony Brook Southampton New York
Writing Program Manhattanville College New York
Writing Program The New School New York
Poetry in New York
Yusef Komunyakaa
New York poet laureate

Yusef Komunyakaa

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech...

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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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
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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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