New York

In 1985, New York established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Alicia Ostriker who was elected in 2018 to a two-year term. Poets who have previously served in this role include Yusef Komunyakaa and Marie Howe. Throughout their term, the state poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state. Ostriker is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the author most recently of Waiting for the Light (Pitt Poetry Series, 2017). 

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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May 17 2019
Joshua Escobar a.k.a. DJ Ashtrae & Jerika Marchan

Joshua Escobar a.k.a. DJ Ashtrae is the author of Caljforkya Voltage (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press) and XXOX FM (DoubleCross Press, 2019). Bareback Nightfall, his first full-length collection, is forthcoming in 2020 from Noemi Press and Letras Latinas. A CantoMundo fellow, he publishes Orange Mercury and lives in San Bernardino.

Jerika Marchan was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the American South. She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her debut collection SWOLE (Futurepoem, 2018) was the June 2018 poetry best seller on Small Press Distribution and was named a Must-Read Race and Culture Book of the Summer by Colorlines magazine. She is an instructor at the New Orleans Writers’ Workshop and a board member of One Book One New Orleans.

131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
May 13 2019
Gracie Leavitt & Emmalea Russo

Gracie Leavitt is the author of Livingry and Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star as well as the chapbooks Gap Gardening (These Signals) and Catena (DoubleCross Press). Previous theatrical projects include her original play PITCH, which debuted at La Mama E.T.C. in collaboration with East Coast Artists. Current entanglements include collective management of the discussion group Program of Disappointment. She has lived in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and St. Louis and currently makes a home in Portland, Maine.

Emmalea Russo is the author of G (Futurepoem, 2018) and Wave Archive (Bookhug, 2019). She writes essays on astrology at The Galaxy.

131 East 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
May 04 2019 to May 05 2019
Spring into Poetry: A Writing Poetry for Children Workshop
Join poets Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich for a two-day writing poetry for children workshop running May 4 through 5. Children’s poetry can be playful and light-hearted, and strives to create a sense of wonder and joy by looking at the world in a unique way. In this small, interactive workshop Georgia and Rebecca will give you the tools and skills you need to write imaginative and joyful poetry for children.
The workshop will be a combination of craft talks, writing prompts, and looking at a variety of poems written for children. Each day you’ll spend time writing new poems, and will be given tools and tips for seeing your poems with fresh eyes. This workshop will give you a blueprint for writing poems for the young by using images, observation, word choice and imagination to fine-tune your work. You will all be invited to read your work to our group and receive impromptu feedback from Georgia and Rebecca.
This workshop is perfect for both beginner and more advanced poets and even those who are curious and eager to learn how to get started in writing poetry for the young. Teachers who might want to introduce and write more poetry with your students will gain insights on where to begin.
This event made possible through Poets House’s Literary Partners Program.
10:00am to 4:00am
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...


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

For Carl Solomon

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,
     starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking 
     for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly
     connection to the starry dynamo in the

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