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.

upcoming events

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Apr 16 2019
Bryant Park Winter Poetry with Spork Press
Hear established and emerging poets read their poetry as Bryant Park Poetry goes indoors for the winter. This month's program is presented in partnership with Spork Press.
 
Featuring the poets: Dorothy Chan, Rae Gouirand, Paul Legault, and David Welch.
 
Kinokuniya Bookstore provides a warm environment where you’ll meet other poetry aficionados. Located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, between West 40th and West 41st Streets. The bookstore sits opposite Bryant Park. Books are available for purchase and for signing by the poets.
 
Winter Poetry readings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January - April, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 
Readings are free and open to the public.
 
*Please note: programs are subject to change
 
6:00pm
1073 Avenue of the Americas
between West 40th and West 41st Streets
10018 New York, New York
Mar 19 2019
Bryant Park Winter Poetry with Tupelo Press
Hear established and emerging poets read their poetry as Bryant Park Poetry goes indoors for the winter. This month's program is presented in partnership with Tupelo Press.
 
Featuring the poets: Chaun Ballard, Joseph Campana, Mario Chard, and Nomi Stone.
 
Kinokuniya Bookstore provides a warm environment where you’ll meet other poetry aficionados. Located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, between West 40th and West 41st Streets. The bookstore sits opposite Bryant Park. Books are available for purchase and for signing by the poets.
 
Winter Poetry readings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, January - April, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
 
Readings are free and open to the public.
 
*Please note: programs are subject to change
 
6:00pm
1073 Avenue of the Americas
between West 40th and West 41st Streets
10018 New York, New York
Mar 12 2019
Renee Gladman Book Release Party

Please join Solid Objects at a book release party for Renee Gladman's MORELIA on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7 p.m., at McNally Jackson Williamsburg, 76 North Fourth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249. Gladman will be joined by Amina Cain, Lucy Corin, and Deb Olin Unferth.

Renee Gladman is the author of Newcomer Can't Swim (2007), A Picture-Feeling (2005) and prose works Event Factory (2010), The Activist (2003), Juice (2000), and Arlem (1994), as well as a monograph of drawings, Prose Architectures (2017). Since 2004, she has been the editor and publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books for experimental prose. She was previously the editor of the Leroy chapbook series, publishing innovative poetry and prose by emerging writers. Gladman lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Brown University.

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7:00pm
76 North Fourth Street
11249 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

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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--
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In the wild soft summer darkness 
How many and many a night we two together 
Sat in the park and watched the Hudson 
Wearing her lights like golden spangles 
Glinting on black satin. 
The rail along the curving pathway 
Was low in a happy place to let us cross, 
And down the hill a tree that dripped with bloom
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How many dawns, chill from his rippling rest
The seagull's wings shall dip and pivot him,
Shedding white rings of tumult, building high
Over the chained bay waters Liberty—

Then, with inviolate curve, forsake our eyes
As apparitional as sails that cross
Some page of figures to be filed away;
—Till elevators drop