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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Dec 14 2017
A Reading by Sarah Blake, Shane McCrae, and Catie Rosemurgy
Sarah Blake is the author of two poetry collections, Let's Not Live on Earth and Mr. West, both from Wesleyan University Press. An illustrated workbook accompanies her chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her debut novel, Naamah, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.
 
Shane McCrae is the author of, most recently, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books). His poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Best American Poetry series, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize, and teaches at Columbia University.
 
Catie Rosemurgy is the author of My Favorite Apocalypse and The Stranger Manual, both poetry collections published by Graywolf Press. Her work has appeared in such places as The American Poetry Review, The Boston Review, and Ploughshares. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The College of New Jersey.  
 
 
7:00pm
141 Front St
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Dec 08 2017
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series: Lidia Yuknavitch
Julia Elliott is the author of The Wilds (Tin House Books, 2014), and The New and Improved Romie Futch (Tin House Books, 2015). A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. ​
7:00pm
85 East 4th Street
10003 New York, New York
Dec 08 2017
A Letter That Begins with I Love You: A Celebration of Patricia Smith

The author of seven books of poetry including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, Blood Dazzler, and most recently Incendiary Art, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and the most successful National Poetry Slam champion in the competition’s history, Patricia Smith has been lauded by critics as “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” Providing poetry lovers with a bridge between the stage and page, Smith is a poet, performer, and educator who continues to make an indelible mark in the landscape of American poetry and in the lives of poets everywhere. Join us for a conversation with Smith followed by celebratory readings from Cornelius Eady, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Ellen Hagan, Randall Horton, Tyehimba Jess, Nicole Sealey, and Leslie Shipman. Hosted by Parneshia Jones. Co-sponsored by Cave Canem and Northwestern University Press.

 

General admission $10; $7 students and seniors. 

7:00pm
10 River Terrace
10282 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

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Now that our hero has come back to us
in his white pants and we know his nose
trembling like a flag under fire,
we see the calm cold river is supporting
our forces, the beautiful history.

To be more revolutionary than a nun
is our desire, to be secular and intimate
as, when sighting a redcoat, you smile
and
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for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center

Alabanza. Praise the cook with the shaven head
and a tattoo on his shoulder that said Oye
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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