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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Jan 29 2017
Book Party for MELANCHOLIA; HINGE AS INNOMINATE LIMINA

Please join us for a Reading, Mini-Exhibition, and Celebration Melancholia: Hinge as Innominate Limina by Will Alexander, Heller Levinson, Linda Lynch, and Mary Newell
Sunday, January 29 from 7 - 9 pm at The Red Room,  85 E. 4th Street, NY, NY (above KGB)

The collection includes:- two poetic essays and drawings by poet/ artist Will Alexander,
   the recent winner of the Jackson Prize

- a section of Hinge poetics by Heller Levinson

- integrated poem/drawings by Levinson and visual artist Linda Lynch

- a meditation on the “Shades of Melancholy” by Mary Newell
 extra: Jazz interludes with guitarist Joe Giglio 

7:00pm to 9:00pm
85 East 4th Street
second floor
10003 New York, New York
Jan 27 2017
Couplet Reading Series: The Winter Edition

“COUPLET”—A Quarterly Poetry Reading Series & Social at The Delancey (lower level), Lower East Side, NYC
Winter 2017 Edition: Friday, January 27th, 2017. 7—10 PM.

Produced by Leah Umansky & DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & after-party by DJ Ceremony. No cover.

#CoupletNYC

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This edition’s featured readers:
 Rachel Eliza GriffithsAilish HopperMeghan PrivitelloCamille RankineTerese SvobodaOcean Vuong

7:00pm
168 Delancey Street
10001 new york, New York
Jan 27 2017
Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) with poets Angela Jackson and Quraysh Ali Lansana, who will read Brooks’ work and engage in a conversation on her legacy. A Shelley Memorial Award winner, Jackson is the author of numerous plays, novels and poetry collections, including the National Book Award-nominated And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New (Northwestern University Press, 1998). Lansana is the author of numerous poetry collections, including mystic turf (Willow Books, 2012) and They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004);  with Nate Marshall and Kevin Coval, he edited The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015). Co-hosted by the NYU Creative Writing Program. Free and open to the public.

5:00pm
58 W. 10th St
10011 New York, New York

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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

poem
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
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
Bananas ripe and green, and ginger root
     Cocoa in pods and alligator pears,
And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit,
     Fit for the highest prize at parish fairs,

Sat in the window, bringing memories
     of fruit-trees laden by low-singing rills,
And dewy dawns, and mystical skies
     In benediction