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.

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Apr 14 2018
Poetic Proclamations: A Reading with Chen Chen for BOA Editions Day

BOA Editions, Ltd. is partnering with the City of Rochester, NY, to celebrate National Poetry Month with a free reading by award-winning poet Chen Chen. The event will kick-off with the Mayor's Office issuing a proclamation declaring April 20, 2018, as BOA Editions Day in the City of Rochester.

Chen will read selections from his debut collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities along with additional poems. A brief Q&A with the author will follow the reading, at which point Chen will be available to sign copies of his book.There will be a table for book sales during the author signing.

Free parking is available on Fitzhugh Street and in the City Hall Parking Lot after 5 PM.

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7:00pm to 9:00pm
30 Church Street
14614 Rochester, 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.
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Jun 06 2018
The Recluse #14 Launch Reading

Join us for a launch reading celebrating issue #14 of our online poetry magazine, The Recluse. Readers TBA. 2018 Editors of The Recluse are: Laura Henriksen, Stacy Szymaszek, and Nicole Wallace.

131 E 10th Street
10003 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...


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

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.

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