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
Apr 08 2017
Verbal Supply Company benefit reading
VERBAL SUPPLY COMPANY PRESENTS A SPECIAL READING WITH POETS DORIANNE LAUX AND DENNIS NURSKE (tickets are very limited) to benefit Planned Parenthood.
 
Saturday April 8th at 1pm
 
Bob’s Your Uncle 
929 Columbus Ave (between 105th and 106th Streets) 
New York, New York, 10025 
A, B, C Lines to 103rd OR 1 Line to 103rd St 
 
 
1:00pm
929 Columbus Avenue
(between 105th & 106th St)
10025 New York, New York
Apr 03 2017
Tyler Knott Gregson at The Strand

From the internet to the book store, Tyler Knott Gregson has been reinventing the written word, transforming poetry for the millenial age. He challenges himself by writing and posting a new poem every day, sharing them on various social networks and garnering thousands of followers to come and see his work.

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Tyler shares his new collection featuring ones from his Typewriter series, photography, and previously-unpublished work.

7:00pm
828 Broadway
10003 New York, New York
Jun 12 2017
The 22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across The Brooklyn Bridge

The 22nd Annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

As Poets House convenes the celebration of its 30th year, join us for our annual poetic pilgrimage across the East River by way of the historic Brooklyn Bridge. Celebrated poets including Billy Collins and Gregory Pardlo are joined by actor and poetry lover Bill Murray to read New York City-inspired poems under the arches of the Bridge. Poets lead the trek from Manhattan to Brooklyn, where dinner, wine, conversation, and poetic inspiration await. Proceeds help to make possible the many events and public programs Poets House presents each year, including its over 100 yearly programs for children and teens.

Tickets begin at $250 general; $225 for Poets House members. Reservations are required.

7:00pm
10 River Terrace
10282 NYC, 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
I

I came up out of the subway and there were
people standing on the steps as if they knew
something I didn't. This was in the Cold War,
and nuclear fallout. I looked and the whole avenue
was empty, I mean utterly, and I thought,
The birds have abandoned our cities and the plague
of silence multiplies
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Let the aroma of need
waft across the river to New Jersey:

all the snow and hills,
a sky that moves and moves.

I saw a rose in the clouds,
I saw happiness on fire.
poem
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
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