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
May 03 2018
Watch Your Tone: A Reading

Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain's workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

6:30pm to 8:30pm
20 Jay Street
Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
May 03 2018
Watch Your Tone: A Reading

Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain‘s workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

6:30pm
20 Jay Street, Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 28 2018
Urban Word NYC: The National Youth Poet Laureate Commencement Performance & Announcement
The National Youth Poet Laureate Competition is an initiative of Urban Word, in collaboration with local youth literary arts organizations across the country. Our program identifies powerful youth poets that have a history of artistic success, civic and community engagement, social justice, and youth leadership. 
 
Urban Word will present our 2018 National Youth Poet Laureate Ambassadors and announce our second National Youth Poet Laureate. We will see performances from 201 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and the national finalist from Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and Nashville.
 
This event has limited seats, and you must RSVP in advance. To RSVP please email [email protected].
 
6:30pm
5 West 19th St, 3rd Floor
10011 NewYork, New York

recent & featured listings

type namesort ascending state
Colony Yaddo Colony New York
Small Press White Pine Press New York
Landmark Walt Whitman Birthplace New York
Writing Program University of Buffalo, The Poetics Program New York
Small Press Turtle Point Press New York
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Three Lives & Co. New York
Writing Program The Writers Studio New York
Landmark The White Horse Tavern New York
Landmark The White Horse Tavern New York
Literary Magazine The Paris Review New York
Poetry in New York
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
         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.
poem

who by the time it arrived
had made its plan heretofore
stonewall   it had not a penny
thats not true it had several pennies

can you make a sovereign nation a national park how condescending
instead just tell them to honor the treaty

what can poetry do