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 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
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 07 2017
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Nandi Comer, Cornelius Eady, and Natalie J. Graham

Nandi Comer has received fellowships from Virginia Center for the Arts, Cave Canem, and Callaloo; her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, and several anthologies. Kwame Dawes is the twenty books of poetry, including his most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern University Press, 2017), and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. Co-founder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady is the author of Hardheaded Weather (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008), Brutal Imagination (2001), and the autobiography of a jukebox (1997), among many others. Natalie J. Graham is the author of Begin with a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Co-sponsored by the Cave Canem Foundation.

7:00pm
58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
10011 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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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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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
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It is 12:20 in New York a Friday
three days after Bastille day, yes
it is 1959 and I go get a shoeshine
because I will get off the 4:19 in Easthampton
at 7:15 and then go straight to dinner
and I don't know the people who will feed me

I walk up the muggy street beginning to sun
and have a hamburger and a malted