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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Jul 30 2018 to Aug 10 2018
Urban Word NYC 2018 Summer Institute
Urban Word NYC’s Summer Institute will be a two-week long writing, revision, and performance intensive camp. Participants will get to work with extremely accomplished poets who have toured internationally, placed in National & Individual World Poetry Slams, and been published numerous places. In addition to working on their craft, participants will build community with one another and investigate what it means to be a young person in New York City, as well as what joy and celebration mean in an era fraught with political terror and danger. This camp is perfect for any teenager interested in being a part of the more vibrant creative community in New York City. 
 
The institute will run from Monday, July 30 through August 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with creative field trips/experiences on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., which will be announced closer to the date.
 
Space is limited! We will select recipients based on their thoughtful responses to the questions in the application. 
 
We will announce the students who have been selected for the program on May 31st. 
 
 
11:00am to 3:00pm
5 West 19th St, Buzzer Q Third Floor
10011 New York, New York
Jun 09 2018
New York's 15th Annual "Song of Myself" Marathon!

Time to Yawp! Please join us on Saturday, June 9, 4:30 pm, for this free celebration of Walt Whitman's beloved poem, organized and hosted by Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener. Write to [email protected]il.com with your favorite three sections of "Song of Myself" (using the 1891-'92 edition's breakdown of 52 sections). I'll be in touch with you as the event draws closer, to provide the final list of readers. Original interpretations of your chosen passage are encouraged! Folks have recited their passages in other languages, to music, in dramatic performance, by heart, in costume, with lassos, in yoga positions... celebrate Walt in your own way! 

4:30pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park
11201 Brooklyn, New York
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.
 
8:00pm
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York

recent & featured listings

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Festival Brooklyn Book Festival New York
Festival New York Poetry Festival New York
Festival Spring Poetry Festival at City College of New York New York
Reading Series 92nd Street Y New York
Reading Series Katonah Poetry Series New York
Colony Millay Colony for the Arts New York
Colony Yaddo Colony New York
Writing Program Stony Brook Southampton New York
Writing Program Manhattanville College New York
Writing Program The New School New York
Poetry in New York
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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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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1. Caught on a side street in heavy traffic, I said to the cabbie, I should have walked. He replied, I should have been a doctor. 2. When can I get on the 11:33 I ask the guy in the information booth at the Atlantic Avenue Station. When they open the doors, he says. I am home among my people.

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Flood-tide below me! I watch you face to face;   
Clouds of the west! sun there half an hour high! I see you also face to face.   
   
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes! how curious you
          are to me!   
On the ferry-boats, the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home
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