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

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Sep 10 2016
“COUPLET”—A Quarterly Poetry Reading Series & Social. Fall 2016 Edition:The Five Year Anniversary)

Produced by Leah Umansky & DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & after-party by DJ Ceremony. No cover.

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This edition’s featured poets:

Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, essayist, and a native New Yorker who received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the host of the New Books in Poetry Podcast, a member of New York Writers Workshop, and was a Bread Loaf 2014 Conference participant. Her first collection of poetry, “The Art of Work” will be published on 9/1/16 with Noemi Press. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour and Harriet: The Poetry Foundation Blog and in Tin House, Salon, PEN Anthology, Cosmonauts Avenue, among others and is forthcoming at Colorado Review and Public Pool. She is now in the D.C. area and at work on her memoir.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of ROME, Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry. She is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts and lives in NYC. She can be found on Instagram at Dorothea Lasky

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (forthcoming 2017 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. @heyteebs

John Reed is the author of Snowball's Chance, All The World's a Grave, and other works; Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems is forthcoming 9/15 (advance orders shipping now from C&R Press). More atJohnReed.org

Jeanann Verlee is author of Said the Manic to the Muse and award-winning Racing Hummingbirds. She has earned the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, and her work appears in Adroit, BOAAT, The Journal, and BuzzFeed Reader, among others. She has served as poetry editor for Union Station Magazine, For Some Time Now, and Winter Tangerine Review: Fragments of Persephone,as well as many individual poetry collections. Verleeperforms and facilitates workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. She wears polka dots and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you.

Monica Youn is the author of the upcoming Blackacre, out in September, with Graywolf Press, and two previous poetry collections, Barter and Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

7:00pm to 10:00pm
168 Delancey Street
10002 New York, New York
Nov 20 2016
In Conversation: Writers Edward Hirsch and Alec Wilkinson

On November 20, the Museum at Eldridge Street will be presenting Edward Hirsch in conversation with Alec Wilkinson, an award-winning writer for The New Yorker.

When Edward Hirsch’s son died tragically, Alec Wilkinson, his friend, encouraged him to write through his grief. The result was Hirsch’s heartbreakingly beautiful book-length poem, Gabriel. Hirsch and Wilkinson will discuss the creation of this modern day elegy, written in the grip of the poet’s suffering. Hirsch will also read from the poem.

Admission is $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit the event page.

 
3:00pm
12 Eldridge Street
10002 New York, New York
Sep 27 2016
Ecological Poetry with Alicia Ostriker & Daniela Gioseffi

Daniela Gioseffi, American Book Award winning author of 16 books of poetry and prose, Editor of Eco-Poetry.org, will host Widely Accomplished poet and literary scholar, Alicia Ostriker, a Chancelor of the Academy of American Poets,  as featured reader, and also show poetry clips from the docu-drama, Author & Activist:The Daniela Gioseffi Story, by prize-winning filmmaker Anton Evangelista of Comprehensive Films Inc.

Other distinguised readers are poets: Eliot Katz, Burt Kimmelman, George Held, Nina Tassi, Peggy Ann Tarte, Joanne Monte, Nancy Marcado and Rob Marchesani. There will be a brief intermission with light refreshments. The event takes place in The Betty Kray downstairs Auditorium of beautiful Poets House, a library housing one of the largest poetry collections in the USA. Come early and browse the library. Books will be available from featured poets. Light refreshments will be served at a brief intermission.  FREE. Suggested contribution $5.

6:30pm
10 River Terrace at Battery Park & Murray St.
Lower Manhattan
10282 New York City, 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
1

Flood-tide below me! I watch you face to face;   
Clouds of the west! sun there half an hour high! I see you also face to face.   
   
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes! how curious you
          are to me!   
On the ferry-boats, the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home
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poem

1. Caught on a side street in heavy traffic, I said to the cabbie, I should have walked. He replied, I should have been a doctor. 2. When can I get on the 11:33 I ask the guy in the information booth at the Atlantic Avenue Station. When they open the doors, he says. I am home among my people.

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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