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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Jun 08 2018
Special Event: Release Reading for Scattered Shards: Ed Askew Poems and Drawings
Join us for the book launch of Scattered Shards: Ed Askew Poems and Drawings, the first-ever published book of drawings and poetry by acclaimed psychedelic folk artist Ed Askew. The book, edited and assembled by Nicole Wallace and Askew himself is a collection of poems written over the past decade and drawings executed in the Fall of 2017. The poems are an imaginative narration of life in cities, love had and love lost, children and families on the brink, as well as single, immediate points in time—with a language of meditative lucidity and the plain-spoken delivery of small-town talk.
Fans of Askew’s musical output will take note, typically his “lyrics fit into the format laid down by a sequence of chords” while the “poems have been more descriptive and evocative of a place and time”. The collection is a watermark for Askew, who’s discography is extensive but who’s writing and drawings have not been published to date.
Scattered Shards: Ed Askew Poems and Drawings is out in June 2018 via Flying Moonlight.
Ed Askew is best known for his psych folk masterpiece Ask the Unicorn. He has released a wide array of albums including Little Eyes (DeStijl), Rose (Okraïna), Imperfiction, and A Child in the Sun (Drag City). His most recent albums are Art and Life and For the World (Tin Angel). Askew was born in 1940 in Stamford, Connecticut. He holds an M.F.A. in Painting from Yale.
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Jun 06 2018
The Recluse #14 Launch Reading

Join us for a launch reading celebrating issue #14 of our online poetry magazine, The Recluse. Readers TBA. 2018 Editors of The Recluse are: Laura Henriksen, Stacy Szymaszek, and Nicole Wallace.

131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Jun 04 2018
Poetry Project: Spring 2018 Workshop Reading

Participants of The Poetry Project’s Spring 2018 writing workshops, led by Jacqueline Waters, Robert Kocik, and Andy Fitch will gather to read work they produced.

131 E 10th Street
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 memory of Father Flye, 1884-1985

The strange and wonderful are too much with us.
The protea of the antipodes--a great,
globed, blazing honeybee of a bloom--
for sale in the supermarket! We are in
our decadence, we are not entitled.
What have we done to deserve
all the produce of the tropics--

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
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