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

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Sep 14 2016
Cave Canem at the National Book Awards

Join the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and Weeksville Heritage Center as we celebrate 20 years of Cave Canem’s influence on the literary landscape. Year after year, Cave Canem fellows and faculty members have been winners and finalists for the National Book Awards, bringing fresh diction, form and imagery to our poetics. NBA winners and finalists Terrance HayesYusef Komunyakaa and Marilyn Nelson read and discuss their work with Kyla Marshell, moderator. 

7:00pm
158 Buffalo Avenue
11213 Brooklyn, New York
Sep 10 2016
“COUPLET”—A Quarterly Poetry Reading Series & Social. Fall 2016 Edition:The Five Year Anniversary)

Produced by Leah Umansky & DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & after-party by DJ Ceremony. No cover.

#CoupletNYC (Instagram/Twitter)

This edition’s featured poets:

Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, essayist, and a native New Yorker who received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the host of the New Books in Poetry Podcast, a member of New York Writers Workshop, and was a Bread Loaf 2014 Conference participant. Her first collection of poetry, “The Art of Work” will be published on 9/1/16 with Noemi Press. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour and Harriet: The Poetry Foundation Blog and in Tin House, Salon, PEN Anthology, Cosmonauts Avenue, among others and is forthcoming at Colorado Review and Public Pool. She is now in the D.C. area and at work on her memoir.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of ROME, Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry. She is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts and lives in NYC. She can be found on Instagram at Dorothea Lasky

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (forthcoming 2017 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. @heyteebs

John Reed is the author of Snowball's Chance, All The World's a Grave, and other works; Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems is forthcoming 9/15 (advance orders shipping now from C&R Press). More atJohnReed.org

Jeanann Verlee is author of Said the Manic to the Muse and award-winning Racing Hummingbirds. She has earned the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, and her work appears in Adroit, BOAAT, The Journal, and BuzzFeed Reader, among others. She has served as poetry editor for Union Station Magazine, For Some Time Now, and Winter Tangerine Review: Fragments of Persephone,as well as many individual poetry collections. Verleeperforms and facilitates workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. She wears polka dots and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you.

Monica Youn is the author of the upcoming Blackacre, out in September, with Graywolf Press, and two previous poetry collections, Barter and Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

7:00pm to 10:00pm
168 Delancey Street
10002 New York, New York
Nov 20 2016
In Conversation: Writers Edward Hirsch and Alec Wilkinson

On November 20, the Museum at Eldridge Street will be presenting Edward Hirsch in conversation with Alec Wilkinson, an award-winning writer for The New Yorker.

When Edward Hirsch’s son died tragically, Alec Wilkinson, his friend, encouraged him to write through his grief. The result was Hirsch’s heartbreakingly beautiful book-length poem, Gabriel. Hirsch and Wilkinson will discuss the creation of this modern day elegy, written in the grip of the poet’s suffering. Hirsch will also read from the poem.

Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit the event page.

 
3:00pm
12 Eldridge 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
In the sky there is nobody asleep.  Nobody, nobody.
Nobody is asleep.
The creatures of the moon sniff and prowl about their cabins.
The living iguanas will come and bite the men who do not dream,
and the man who rushes out with his spirit broken will meet on the 
            street corner
the unbelievable
poem

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--
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