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

Oct 23 2016
Page Meets Stage: Evie Shockley & Yesenia Montilla

Evie Shockley is the author of four collections of poetry--most recently, the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry--as well as critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. Currently serving as creative editor for feminist studies, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina from New York City. She is a graduate of Drew University's Poetry & Poetry in Translations MFA program and a Canto Mundo Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in The Wide Shore, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast and others. Her first collection of poetry, The Pink Box, is published by Willow Books and was long-listed for the PEN America Open Book Award.

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308 Bowery
10012 New York, New York
Nov 01 2016
Mean Numbes: A Reading

Ian Ganassi’s poetry collection, Mean Numbers will be published by China Grove in the Fall. His poetry, prose and translations have appeared in over 50 literary journals, including New American Writing, Interim, Map Literary, New England Review, and the Yale Review. Selections from an ongoing collage project, The Corpse Series, in collaboration with painter Laura Bell, have been displayed online and in New York and New Haven galleries.

Emmy Hunter’s poems have been published in many journals, including Witness, Court Green, Fence, and American Poetry Review, and in the anthology, American Creative Writers on Class. A chapbook of her poetry and prose titled No View of the Boat was published by Linear Arts Press. She has had residencies at Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her book-length poetry manuscript was a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award, and recent chapbooks have been finalists twice for the Center for Book Arts prize. She teaches literature and creative writing at Hunter College.

Wade Newman’s poetry collections include Final Terms, East and West, Poisoned Apples and Testaments. He is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Narrative Poetry Prize from the Croton Review, and the Ruth Lake Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has been published in many literary journals, such as The Kenyon Review, Carolina Quarterly, The New Criterion, Southern Poetry Review, and American Arts Quarterly

6:00pm to 7:30pm
29 Cornelia Street
10014 New York, New York
Oct 31 2016
All Hallows’ Eve Poetry Reading

Kimberly Lambright studied critical theory at NYU and creative writing at Eastern Washington University. Her debut poetry collection, Ultra-Cabin, won the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and was published in 2016. She lives in Austin and is at work on her second book, Doom Glove.

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist, and the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, and artist/collaborator on a special illustrated edition of Anne Carson's Antigonick. She runs the Ruth Stone Foundation & Monk Books with her husband, the poet Ben Pease in Vermont.

Simone Kearney is a writer and visual artist. This year she was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Poetry. Her chapbook, Days, which combines writing and watercolors, is forthcoming with Monk Books this winter. She is currently completing a degree at the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Arts in Baltimore.

6:00pm to 7:30pm
29 Cornelia Street
10014 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...


Under Grand Central's tattered vault
  —maybe half a dozen electric stars still lit—
    one saxophone blew, and a sheer black scrim

billowed over some minor constellation
  under repair. Then, on Broadway, red wings
    in a storefront tableau, lustrous, the live macaws

preening, beaks opening and closing

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
The instructor said,

    Go home and write
    a page tonight.
    And let that page come out of you—
    Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it's that simple?
I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here
to this college on the hill