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

date
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
Jun 04 2016
Evening Reading with 2016 Poet in Residence Robert Pinksy

Evening poetry reading by former US Poet Laureate and 2016 Poet in Residence Robert Pinsky. Refreshments will be served. Audience Q&A and Book Signing will be offered after the reading. A limited edition broadside will be available for purchase.

Admission:
$15 non-members
$10 WWBA members

5:30pm
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
11746 Huntington Station, New York
Aug 16 2016
A Red Hen Press reading in Bryant Park

Join Red Hen Press in Bryant Park, NYC, for a reading featuring Victoria Chang, Andrew Lam, Seema Reza, Brynn Saito, and Tess Taylor.

This is a free event.

Read the authors’ bios here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1672087856399386/
  

10:00pm
Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, 40th, and 42nd Streets
10018 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

poem
1

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
2
poem
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
poem
In that lit window in Bushwick
halfway through the hardest winter
I cut plexiglass on a table saw,
coaxing the chalked taped pane
into the absence of the blade,
working to such fine tolerance
the kerf abolished the soft-lead line.
I felt your eyes play over me
but did not turn—dead people
were not allowed in