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

date
Mar 09 2016 to Mar 12 2016
Women of the World Poetry Slam

The 9th Annual Women of The World Poetry Slam (WOWps) is going down in Brooklyn on the Pratt Institute campus March 9-12, 2016. Produced by Poetry Slam Inc. and sponsored by Women Writers of Color at Pratt, WOWps convenes 96 of the world's best women poets to compete in a three-day battle of wits and words. The festival features poetry slam, writing workshops and series of events that engage the local community. All events are open to the public. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit wowps2016.com. To sponsor or support the festival, contact April Ranger at aprilwowps@gmail.com.

12:00pm to 11:00pm
200 Willoughby Avenue
11205 Brooklyn, New York
Feb 25 2016
Poetry Reading with Kate Farrell and Mark Statman

Kate Farrell studied with the poet Kenneth Koch who would become a frequent literary collaborator. Of her seven books, two were co-authored by Koch. Farrell’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, and her work was chosen for three editions of Best Spiritual Writing.

Mark Statman’s most recent book of poetry is That Train Again (Lavender Ink, 2015). A poet, essayist, and translator, Statman is  Associate Professor in Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College, NY.

6:00pm
726 Broadway
10003 New York, New York
Feb 23 2016
Poetry Reading Hosted by Scott Hightower

Hosted by Scott Hightower, poet, reviewer, translator, and faculty at NYU Gallatin.

Readers include:
* B.K. Fischer, author of St. Rage's Vault (Word Works, 2013)
* Patricia Spears Jones - author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015)
* Terese Svoboda, author of When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Selected and New Poems (Anhinga Press, 2015).
* Jonathan Wells, author of The Man with Many Pens (Four Way Books, 2016)

6:00pm
726 Broadway
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
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
I see it as it looked one afternoon
In August,—by a fresh soft breeze o'erblown.
The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon,
A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon.
The shining waters with pale currents strewn,
The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove,
The semi-circle of its dark, green grove.
The luminous
poem

To Mary Jo Salter

Beyond the ice-bound stones and bucking trees, 
past bewildered Mary, the Meer in snow, 
two skating rinks and two black crooked paths

are a battered pair of reading glasses 
scratched by the skater's multiplying math. 
Beset, I play this game of tic-tac-toe.

Divide, subtract. Who can