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.

upcoming events

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Nov 20 2016
In Conversation: Writers Edward Hirsch and Alec Wilkinson

On November 20, the Museum at Eldridge Street will be presenting Edward Hirsch in conversation with Alec Wilkinson, an award-winning writer for The New Yorker.

When Edward Hirsch’s son died tragically, Alec Wilkinson, his friend, encouraged him to write through his grief. The result was Hirsch’s heartbreakingly beautiful book-length poem, Gabriel. Hirsch and Wilkinson will discuss the creation of this modern day elegy, written in the grip of the poet’s suffering. Hirsch will also read from the poem.

Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit the event page.

 
3:00pm
12 Eldridge Street
10002 New York, New York
Sep 27 2016
Ecological Poetry with Alicia Ostriker & Daniela Gioseffi

Daniela Gioseffi, American Book Award winning author of 16 books of poetry and prose, Editor of Eco-Poetry.org, will host Widely Accomplished poet and literary scholar, Alicia Ostriker, a Chancelor of the Academy of American Poets,  as featured reader, and also show poetry clips from the docu-drama, Author & Activist:The Daniela Gioseffi Story, by prize-winning filmmaker Anton Evangelista of Comprehensive Films Inc.

Other distinguised readers are poets: Eliot Katz, Burt Kimmelman, George Held, Nina Tassi, Peggy Ann Tarte, Joanne Monte, Nancy Marcado and Rob Marchesani. There will be a brief intermission with light refreshments. The event takes place in The Betty Kray downstairs Auditorium of beautiful Poets House, a library housing one of the largest poetry collections in the USA. Come early and browse the library. Books will be available from featured poets. Light refreshments will be served at a brief intermission.  FREE. Suggested contribution $5.

6:30pm
10 River Terrace at Battery Park & Murray St.
Lower Manhattan
10282 New York City, New York
Sep 14 2016
Cave Canem at the National Book Awards

Join the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and Weeksville Heritage Center as we celebrate 20 years of Cave Canem’s influence on the literary landscape. Year after year, Cave Canem fellows and faculty members have been winners and finalists for the National Book Awards, bringing fresh diction, form and imagery to our poetics. NBA winners and finalists Terrance HayesYusef Komunyakaa and Marilyn Nelson read and discuss their work with Kyla Marshell, moderator. 

7:00pm
158 Buffalo Avenue
11213 Brooklyn, 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

poem
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
poem
She is perfectly ordinary, a cashmere scarf
snugly wrapped around her neck. She is
a middle age that is crisp, appealing in New York.
She is a brain surgeon or a designer of blowdryers.
I know this because I am in her skin this morning
riding the bus, happy to be not young, happy to be
thrilled that it is cold
poem
The instructor said,

    Go home and write
    a page tonight.
    And let that page come out of you—
    Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it's that simple?
I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here
to this college on the hill