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
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.
Nov 13 2017
The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center hosts an evening of readings to celebrate the centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks—part of a year-long, nationwide tribute to one of America’s most influential poets. This event will feature presentations by Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif, and Patricia Smith.
Co-sponsored by Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration, the Academy of American Poets, the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Poetry Society of America, Poets House and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL).
7:30pm to 9:30pm
1395 Lexington Ave10128 New York, New York
Nov 11 2017
All 15 finalists selected for this year's competition will be awarded Urban Word NYC's first-ever Federal Hall Fellowship! In partnership with the U.S. National Park Service and the Dialogue Arts Project, we're excited to offer paid fellowships for each YPL finalist to participate in a 3-week incubator workshop series at the historic Federal Hall National Memorial in lower Manhattan -- the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States in 1789. This October workshop series will be facilitated by a team of nationally acclaimed artists, actors, and musicians in the Urban Word NYC community, and will offer fellows the opportunity to write, work and dialogue together in the weeks leading up to the final competition. The poems presented at this event will represent the culminating work developed through this experience. This performance will also feature special celebrity guests, and more!
515 Malcolm X Blvd11217 New York , New York
Sep 26 2017
Join us for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Remica Bingham-Risher and Monica Youn. Bingham-Risher is the author of Conversion, winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and What We Ask of Flesh, which Lucille Clifton said “…sees with a brave eye and hears the music of all our languages, validating each.” Youn is the author of BLACKACRE, which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America and was described by the Chicago Tribune as “gorgeous and intellectually scintillating.” Fellow Brian Francis moderates. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program.
Remica Bingham-Risher, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, is a Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet. Among other journals, her work has been published in The Writer’s Chronicle, New Letters, Callaloo and Essence. She is the author of Conversion (Lotus, 2006) winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, What We Ask of Flesh (Etruscan, 2013) shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Starlight & Error (Diode, 2017) winner of the Diode Editions Book Award. She is the Director of Quality Enhancement Plan Initiatives at Old Dominion University. She resides in Norfolk, VA with her husband and children.
Monica Youn is the author of BLACKACRE (2016), which was awarded the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America (judged by Robin Coste Lewis). It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award and longlisted for the National Book Award, as well as being named one of the best poetry collections of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post and BuzzFeed. Her previous book IGNATZ (2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. The daughter of Korean immigrants and a former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University and in the M.F.A. Programs at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
55 W. 13th St,10011 New York, New York
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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