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.

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Nov 29 2018
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Julian Randall

Hear 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Julian Randall read from his debut Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) of which the final prize judge Vievee Francis says, “Ultimately, these poems renounce. Randall’s work speaks to his refusal to abide by the expected boundaries and binaries set out for him.” Vievee Francis, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, honorable mention for Stepmotherland, and Shayla Lawson, honorable mention for Ti Ador(n)0, kick off the evening with introductory readings. Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT and the Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as New York Times MagazineThe Georgia Review and Sixth Finch, as well as the anthologies Portrait in BluesNepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is a MFA candidate for Poetry at Ole Miss.

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2016), winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for a second collection, and Forest Primeval (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2016), winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including PoetryBest American Poetry 201020142017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop (USA, UK, and Barbados). In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Darrel Alejandro Holnes is a poet and playwright from Panama City, Panama. His poems have been nominated for two Pushcart Prize and were finalists for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. He won the 2017 C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize for Poetry International and was a finalist for the 2016 Split This Rock! National Poetry Prize, the 2017 National Poetry Series, the BOAAT Poetry Prize, the Rumi Prize in Poetry and Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry. His is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, CantoMundo and Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers Conference, among others. His poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewPoetry MagazineCallalooBest American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. Holnes teaches at NYU and is an Assistant Professor of English at CUNY – Medgar Evers College.

Shayla Lawson is the author of I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018). She is a 2018 Yaddo Artist Colony Fellow, a 2017 MacDowell Fellow, and Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College.

58 W 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Nov 27 2018
Time Keeping and Time Travel: A Reading

Enjoy a night of poetry with the participants of Anastacia-Reneé‘s workshop “Time Keeping and Time Travel” as they share new poems that bend, restructure and reimagine “form.” Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Nov 19 2018
Erika Meitner, Hillary Adler, and Kai Carlson-Wee!
Erika Meitner is the author of Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003); Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011); Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry series winner; and Copia (BOA Editions, 2014). Her fifth book of poems, Holy Moly Carry Me, is due out from BOA Editions in September of 2018. Meitner’s poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared in publications including Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and Tin House. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Blue Mountain Center, and she was the 2015 US-UK Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA and undergraduate programs in Creative Writing.
Hillary Adler is co-founder of The Warblr, a political humor website fighting the Trump administration one laugh at a time. She holds an MFA from The New School and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Poetry Foundation, Huffington Post, Bustle, Marie Claire, Public Pool, and elsewhere. She curates and co-hosts The Red Room Poetry Series at KGB Bar in NYC, and can be found on twitter @HillaryAdler
Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of RAIL, forthcoming from BOA Editions. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, and The Missouri Review, which selected his poems for their 2013 Editor’s Prize. His photography has been featured in Narrative Magazine and his poetry film, Riding the Highline, received jury awards at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival and the 2016 Arizona International Film Festival. With his brother Anders, he has co-authored two chapbooks, Mercy Songs (Diode Editions) and Two-Headed Boy (Organic Weapon Arts), winner of the 2015 Blair Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco and teaches poetry at Stanford University.

85 E 4th St
10003 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...


In the wild soft summer darkness 
How many and many a night we two together 
Sat in the park and watched the Hudson 
Wearing her lights like golden spangles 
Glinting on black satin. 
The rail along the curving pathway 
Was low in a happy place to let us cross, 
And down the hill a tree that dripped with bloom
I see it as it looked one afternoon
In August,—by a fresh soft breeze o'erblown.
The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon,
A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon.
The shining waters with pale currents strewn,
The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove,
The semi-circle of its dark, green grove.
The luminous
The West Village by then was changing; before long
the rundown brownstones at its farthest edge
would have slipped into trendier hands. She lived,
impervious to trends, behind a potted hedge of
rubber trees, with three cats, a canary--refuse 
from whose cage kept sifting down and then 
germinating, a yearning