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

Dec 09 2017
Verbal Supply Company Presents: Plam Reading
A reading of poetry, prose, monologue, and personal memoir, featuring Sonni Aun, Maria Baker, Paul Boocock, Jay Kidd, Justin Maki, C.S. Nelson, Christopher X. Shade
406 Third Avenue
11215 Brooklyn, New York
Nov 29 2017
The Troy Poetry Mission Presents Rebecca Schumejda
The Troy Poetry Mission is an open mic for poets, poetry and the spoken word held on the last Wednesday of each month in Troy, NY at O'Brien's Public House. Hosted by R.M. Engelhardt & James H Duncan.
A featured poet and an open mic for poets, poetry and all styles.
On Wednesday November 29th The Troy Poetry Mission Returns to O'Brien's Public House With Our Featured Poet Rebecca Schumejda & An Open Mic For Poets & The Spoken Word Hosted By R.M. Engelhardt and James H Duncan.
7:30 p.m. Sign Up/8 p.m. Start Time
$3.00 Donation Requested
7:30pm to 11:00pm
43 Third Street
12180 Troy, New York
Dec 14 2017
Sarah Blake, Shane McCrae, and Catie Rosemurgy
Sarah Blake is the author of two poetry collections, Let's Not Live on Earth and Mr. West, both from Wesleyan University Press. An illustrated workbook accompanies her chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her debut novel, Naamah, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.
Shane McCrae is the author of, most recently, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books). His poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Best American Poetry series, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize, and teaches at Columbia University.
Catie Rosemurgy is the author of My Favorite Apocalypse and The Stranger Manual, both poetry collections published by Graywolf Press. Her work has appeared in such places as The American Poetry Review, The Boston Review, and Ploughshares. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The College of New Jersey.
141 Front Street
11201 Brooklyn, 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...


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
In the wild soft summer darkness 
How many and many a night we two together 
Sat in the park and watched the Hudson 
Wearing her lights like golden spangles 
Glinting on black satin. 
The rail along the curving pathway 
Was low in a happy place to let us cross, 
And down the hill a tree that dripped with bloom

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