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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Sep 08 2017 to Sep 10 2017
5th Annual Hobart Festival of Women Writers
The Festival of Women Writers has become a highly anticipated event, unique among cultural happenings in the Catskill Region, especially in Delaware County. The Festival will celebrate its fourth year in the Hobart Book Village, “the reading capital of New York State.” Since its inception, the Festival has created space for established and emerging women writers to share their insights and skills through a variety of writing activities and public readings with audiences throughout Delaware County, the state of New York, and beyond.
 
Poet Cheryl Clarke, novelist Breena Clarke, and Barbara Balliet are festival’s cofounders.
 
This year's festival features poets Elana Bell, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Cheryl Clarke, Esther Cohen, Kathy Engel, Julie Enszer, Margot Farrington, Jewelle Gomez, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Marianela Medrano, and Kamilah Aisha Moon.
 
10:00am to 6:00pm
Main St
13788 Hobart, New York
Jul 15 2017
Harlem Book Fair

The Harlem Book Fair was to create access to the transformative power of reading by celebrating, encouraging, and promoting literacy and literacy awareness through public programs, community participation, corporate partnerships and in-school programs that broaden and strengthen the vitality of the African American community. The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops.

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10:00am to 6:00pm
W 135th St
10030 New York, New York
Jul 23 2017
Read & Feed!

Join Girls on the Run, a performance by Whiting Award-winning poets Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, as they cook collard greens and salmon cakes. There will also be a discussion with renowned literary chefs led by celebrated author and restauranteur Rozanne Gold, and many more. The event will feature a marketplace of small press books and literary magazines, local food products, and craft beverages. READ & FEED will take place from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, July 23rd at Basilica Hudson (110 S. Front St Hudson, NY 12534). Tickets $15 ($10 students/seniors with valid ID). 

12:00pm to 5:00pm
110 South Front St
12534 Hudson, New York

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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

poem
for my father, Frank Espada


In 1941, my father saw his first big league ballgame at Ebbets Field
in Brooklyn: the Dodgers and the Cardinals. My father took his father's hand.
When the umpires lumbered on the field, the
poem

for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center

Alabanza. Praise the cook with the shaven head
and a tattoo on his shoulder that said Oye
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For Naomi Ginsberg, 1894-1956

Strange now to think of you, gone without corsets & eyes, while I walk on
   the sunny pavement of Greenwich Village.
downtown Manhattan, clear winter noon, and I've been up all night, talking,
   talking, reading the Kaddish aloud, listening to Ray Charles blues