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

date
Oct 12 2017
Plume Poetry Reading

A reading to celebrate Plume Poetry with Charles Bernstein, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Elaine Equi, Dean Kostos, D. Nurkse, Jerome SalaLarissa Shmailo, and Marc Vincenz.

6:00pm
425 6th Avenue
10011 New York, New York
Nov 29 2017
Talk: Big Ass Beer Can - Nicole Eisenman

Nicole Eisenman on scale, public art, intimate space and recent works for Skulptur Projekte Münster.

Born in 1965 in Verdun, France, Nicole Eisenman earned her BFA in 1987 from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited widely, both in the United States and internationally. Recent one-artist exhibitions have been held at the New Museum, NY (2016); the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, PA (2014); the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2009-10); Kunsthalle Zurich (2007); and Le Plateau, Paris (2007). In addition, her work has been included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and Prospect.2 New Orleans (2011), as well as recent group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011-12); the Jewish Museum, New York (2010); CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale (2010); and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009).

General Admission: $8

Students/Seniors: $7

Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay

8:00pm
St. Mark's Church
10003 New York, New York
Nov 27 2017
Rami Karim & Ladan Osman

Rami Karim is a writer and artist based in Brooklyn. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apogee, The Brooklyn Review, The Invisible Bear, and Peregrine, and their chapbook is Smile & Nod (Kaf/Wendy’s Subway, 2017). They teach writing at the City University of New York and are a 2017 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Ladan Osman was born in Somalia. She earned a BA at Otterbein College and an MFA at the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. Her chapbook, Ordinary Heaven, appears in Seven New Generation African Poets (Slapering Hol Press, 2014). Her full-length collection The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) won the Sillerman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Apogee, The Normal School, Prairie Schooner, Transition Magazine, and Waxwing. Osman has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and the Michener Center. She is a contributing editor at The Offing and lives in Chicago.

General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay

8:00pm
St. Mark's Church
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...

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

I get off the IRT in front of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture after riding an early Amtrak from Philly to get a hair cut at what used to be the Harlem "Y" barbershop. It gets me in at ten to ten. Waiting, I eat fish cakes at the Pam Pam and listen to the ladies call out orders: bacon-biscuit

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