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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Feb 22 2017
A Tribute to C.K. Williams (Poetry Society of America)

A reading to honor the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams, who published 22 books of poetry, including Falling Ill: Last Poems (FSG, 2016). Jonathan Galassi, Edward Hirsch, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Alan Shapiro, Chase Twichell, Susan Wheeler, and Adam Zagajewski will read and celebrate his work.

Sponsored by Poetry Society of America. Co-sponsored by Farrar, Straus and Giroux & The New School Creative Writing Program.

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Admission is free.

7:00pm
66 West 12th Street
10011 New York, New York
Feb 23 2017
Mary Cappello on "Life Breaks In"

Please join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm for a reading with Mary Cappello, author of the new book “Life Breaks in: A Mood Almanack”. Joining her will be writers Elaine Sexton, Kristin Prevallet, and Dawn Raffel. A frequent contributor to the worlds of literary nonfiction and experimental prose, Mary Cappello is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Awkward: A Detour (a Los Angeles Times bestseller); Swallow, based on the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum; and, most recently, Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Salon.com, The Huffington Post, on NPR, in guest author blogs for Powells Books, and on six separate occasions as Notable Essay of the Year in Best American Essays. A Guggenheim and Berlin Prize Fellow, a recipient of The Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination, and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, Cappello is a former Fulbright Lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow), and currently Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island. Visit her at her website: www.marycappello.com

Elaine Sexton's third collection of poetry, Prospect/Refuge, was published by Sheep Meadow Press in late 2015. Her poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in Art in America, American Poetry Review, Poetry, O! the Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere on line and in print, including Poetry Daily. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and teaches text and image poetry workshops privately, and at various arts organizations and colleges including the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University. www.elainesexton.org

Dawn Raffel’s most recent book is an illustrated memoir, The Secret Life of Objects, which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is also the author of a novel, Carrying the Body, and two story collections— Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Quarterly, NOON, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies—most recently The Best Small Fictions 2015 (selected by Robert Olen Butler) and The Best Small Fictions 2016 (selected by Stuart Dybek). Her next book, a cultural history, is under contract at Blue Rider/​Penguin.

Kristin Prevallet is a poet, essayist, and teacher with a private hypnosis practice in Westchester, NY. Recently, her poems and essays have appeared in The Boston Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and featured in Rachel Zucker's Commonplace podcast. She is the author of five books of poetry including the fragmented memoir, I, Afterlife: Essay In Mourning Time; she is also the author of two non-fiction books about language and the unconscious mind: Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind, and Visualize Comfort: Self-healing and the Unconscious Mind. She teaches for Bard College's Prison Initiative and leads private self-healing and trance writing retreats. Follow her blog: www.trancepoetics.com

7:00pm
450 Columbus Ave
10024 New York, New York
Feb 23 2017
Poetry Reading and Art Show: SITIS PERPETVA

“Violent Dances Fade · Choreae Violentae Dissolvvntvr” is Stefano Losi's poetry and multimedia art  project created in Milan in 1991, and further developed in London and New York.  It combines sculptures in bronze, steel, cast glass and LED lights, contemporary music and spoken word, and linen studies of the human figure in oils and oxidized metal minerals, with an epigrammatic Latin poetry.Journalist and writer Marco Mathieu captured its essence as: "Timeless. On the contrary, inside time. And beyond. Signficant. Blunt. Stirring, most of all." 

7:30pm
53, Stanton Street.
10002 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
The West Village by then was changing; before long
the rundown brownstones at its farthest edge
would have slipped into trendier hands. She lived,
impervious to trends, behind a potted hedge of
rubber trees, with three cats, a canary--refuse 
from whose cage kept sifting down and then 
germinating, a yearning
poem
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The
poem
Bananas ripe and green, and ginger root
     Cocoa in pods and alligator pears,
And tangerines and mangoes and grape fruit,
     Fit for the highest prize at parish fairs,

Sat in the window, bringing memories
     of fruit-trees laden by low-singing rills,
And dewy dawns, and mystical skies
     In benediction