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
Jul 28 2016
Showcase Reading Series: Laurel Blossom, Tyehimba Jess, Anna Moschovakis, and Wayne Miller

Readings by Laurel Blossom (Longevity - Four Way Books), Tyehimba Jess (Olio - Wave Books), Anna Moschovakis (They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This - Coffee House Press), and Wayne Miller (Post-: Poems - Milkweed Editions), part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year’s Poets House Showcase.

http://www.poetshouse.org/programs-and-events/readings-and-conversations...

7:00pm
10 River Terrace
10282 New York, New York
Aug 04 2016
Poets House Showcase Reading Series: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Derek Austin, Rickey Laurentiis, and Simone White

Readings by Cameron Awkward-Rich (Sympathetic Little Monster - Ricochet Editions), Derek Austin (Trouble the Water - BOA Editions), Rickey Laurentiis (Boy with Thorn - The University of Pittsburgh Press), and Simone White (Of Being Dispersed - Futurepoem Books), as part of the Showcase Reading Series, featuring leading and emerging poets with books in this year’s Poets House Showcase.

http://www.poetshouse.org/programs-and-events/readings-and-conversations...

7:00pm
10 River Terrace
10282 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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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
Dressed in an old coat I lumber
Down a street in the East Village, time itself

Whistling up my ass and looking to punish me
For all the undone business I have walked away from,

And I think I might have stayed 
In that last tower by the ocean,

The one I built with my hands and furnished
Using funds which came
poem
         If I know my angels,
         I know what they would say
                  --Joe Henry

He came to me
In a whisky-blue dream
In midtown Manhattan.

He wasn't angry anymore.
He seemed happy to find
Me again, my old self.

Picking up his ghost guitar,
He played me a new song.
He played it sweet and
poem
Long vast shapes... cooled and flushed through with darkness...
Lidless windows
Glazed with a flashy luster
From some little pert café chirping up like a sparrow.
And down among iron guts
Piled silver
Throwing gray spatter of light... pale without heat...
Like the pallor of dead bodies.