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

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Nov 13 2017
A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

The 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center hosts an evening of readings to celebrate the centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks—part of a year-long, nationwide tribute to one of America’s most influential poets. This event will feature presentations by Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif, and Patricia Smith.

Co-sponsored by Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration, the Academy of American Poets, the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Poetry Society of America, Poets House and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NYPL).

 

7:30pm to 9:30pm
1395 Lexington Ave
10128 New York, New York
Nov 11 2017
New York City Youth Poet Laureate Finals!

All 15 finalists selected for this year's competition will be awarded Urban Word NYC's first-ever Federal Hall Fellowship! In partnership with the U.S. National Park Service and the Dialogue Arts Project, we're excited to offer paid fellowships for each YPL finalist to participate in a 3-week incubator workshop series at the historic Federal Hall National Memorial in lower Manhattan -- the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States in 1789. This October workshop series will be facilitated by a team of nationally acclaimed artists, actors, and musicians in the Urban Word NYC community, and will offer fellows the opportunity to write, work and dialogue together in the weeks leading up to the final competition. The poems presented at this event will represent the culminating work developed through this experience. This performance will also feature special celebrity guests, and more!

6:00pm
515 Malcolm X Blvd
11217 New York , New York
Sep 26 2017
Poets on Craft: Remica Bingham-Risher and Monica Youn

Join us for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Remica Bingham-Risher and Monica Youn. Bingham-Risher is the author of Conversion, winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and What We Ask of Flesh, which Lucille Clifton said “…sees with a brave eye and hears the music of all our languages, validating each.” Youn is the author of BLACKACRE, which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America and was described by the Chicago Tribune as “gorgeous and intellectually scintillating.” Fellow Brian Francis moderates. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program.

Remica Bingham-Risher, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, is a Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet. Among other journals, her work has been published in The Writer’s ChronicleNew LettersCallaloo and Essence. She is the author of Conversion (Lotus, 2006) winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, What We Ask of Flesh (Etruscan, 2013) shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Starlight & Error (Diode, 2017) winner of the Diode Editions Book Award. She is the Director of Quality Enhancement Plan Initiatives at Old Dominion University. She resides in Norfolk, VA with her husband and children.

Monica Youn is the author of BLACKACRE (2016), which was awarded the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America (judged by Robin Coste Lewis). It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award and longlisted for the National Book Award, as well as being named one of the best poetry collections of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post and BuzzFeed. Her previous book IGNATZ (2010) was a finalist for the National Book Award. The daughter of Korean immigrants and a former lawyer, she teaches at Princeton University and in the M.F.A. Programs at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University.

6:30pm to 8:30pm
55 W. 13th St,
2nd Floor
10011 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...

poems

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Am I to become profligate as if I were a blonde? Or religious as if I were French?

Each time my heart is broken it makes me feel more adventurous (and how the same names keep recurring on that interminable list!), but one of these days there'll be nothing left with which to venture forth.

Why should I

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Under Grand Central's tattered vault
  —maybe half a dozen electric stars still lit—
    one saxophone blew, and a sheer black scrim

billowed over some minor constellation
  under repair. Then, on Broadway, red wings
    in a storefront tableau, lustrous, the live macaws

preening, beaks opening and closing
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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.