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

Jul 30 2018 to Aug 10 2018
Urban Word NYC 2018 Summer Institute
Urban Word NYC’s Summer Institute will be a two-week long writing, revision, and performance intensive camp. Participants will get to work with extremely accomplished poets who have toured internationally, placed in National & Individual World Poetry Slams, and been published numerous places. In addition to working on their craft, participants will build community with one another and investigate what it means to be a young person in New York City, as well as what joy and celebration mean in an era fraught with political terror and danger. This camp is perfect for any teenager interested in being a part of the more vibrant creative community in New York City. 
The institute will run from Monday, July 30 through August 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with creative field trips/experiences on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., which will be announced closer to the date.
Space is limited! We will select recipients based on their thoughtful responses to the questions in the application. 
We will announce the students who have been selected for the program on May 31st. 
11:00am to 3:00pm
5 West 19th St, Buzzer Q Third Floor
10011 New York, New York
Jun 21 2018
Terrance Hayes and Mary Karr
Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. How To Be Drawn, his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry.
Note: Several of these sonnets have been adapted by Hayes for a new song cycle that composer Tyshawn Sorey has written for the tenor Lawrence Brownlee. “Cycles of My Being,” which explores the realities of life as a black man in America, will have its world premiere at the Opera of Philadelphia on February 20th, and will also be performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on February 22 and at Carnegie Hall on April 24.
Mary Karr is a poet, essayist and memoirist. She rose to fame with the publication of her bestselling memoir The Liars' Club. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. Her latest book is Tropic of Squalor: Poems, out in May from Harper.
828 Broadway
10003 New York, New York
Jun 22 2018
STUDIO 483 NYC is a popUP! gallery in NYC, currently exhibiting art work surrounding the concept of isolation. The stark and stunning exhibition, entitled IN ISOLATION, will stage a night of readings by the following poets:
Diana Goetsch is the author of several poetry collections, most recently In America (2017, Rattle) and Nameless Boy (2015, Orchises Press). Appearing in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Scholar, The L.A. Times, The Chicago Tribune, Best American Poetry & The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Diana is also the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, & The New School, where she was the 2017 Grace Paley Teaching Fellow.
Joanna Fuhrman is the author of 5 books of poetry, most recently The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press 2015) and Pageant (Alice James Books 2009.) New poems are in current issues of LiveMag, La Vague + Barrow Street. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.
Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, and commentator. Her latest poetry book is Who Said (Copper Canyon, 2013). Her poetry appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The American Poetry Review. Hecht is the author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It (Yale, 2013) and Doubt: A History (HarperOne, 2003).
Madhuri Pavamani is a resident of the Rhode Island Writers Colony. She is the author of the middle reader series, The Survival Files, the paranormal romance trilogy, The Sanctum, and the urban fantasy trilogy, The Keeper Series.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
27 Wooster St
10013 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...


By the East River
of Manhattan Island
Where once the Iroquois
canoed in style—
A clear liquid
caressing another name
for rock,
Now the jumping
Stretch of Avenue D
housing projects
Where Ricans and Afros
Johnny Pacheco / Wilson Pickett
The portable radio night—
Across the Domino sugar
Neon lights of the Brooklyn

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

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