New York

Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, Governor Cuomo appointed Marie Howe as the state poet laureate on August 29, 2012. Throughout her 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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Dec 04 2015
Poetry Reading with Rosamond King

Join the ongoing conversation between the literary and visual arts as Rosamond S. King performs evocative, interdisciplinary poems within the setting of the Musical Instruments permanent collections galleries.

Free with museum admission.

Event sponsored by: Poets House, presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

6:30pm to 8:00pm
1000 Fifth Avenue
10028 New York, New York
Dec 05 2015
The Manhattan Review Reading Series

Poetry Reading, December 5, 2015, Saturday, 7 PM

Baron Wormser, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, and Bitite Vinklers

Launch of Newly Redesigned Manhattan Review, Vol. 17 #1

The Manhattan Review Reading Series

Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of fourteen books and a poetry chapbook. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2006 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. His latest book of poetry, Unidentified Sighing Objects (CavanKerry Press), came out in September, 2015. His essay on Willem de Kooning appeared in Best American Essays 2014.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Burning of the Three Fires, Curious Conduct, and Placebo Effects. Her fourth book, Letters from Limbo, is forthcoming in 2016. Recent work has appeared in Ploughshares, Cave Wall, Gulf Coast, Southern Poetry Review, and Conduit. She lives in Manhattan and teaches for the Stonecoast MFA program and at the 92nd Street Y.

Bitite Vinklers has just published a brilliant new translation of the work of Latvian poet Imants Ziedonis, Each Day Catches Fire (Red Dragonfly Press). 

121 Ludlow Street
(2nd floor)
10002 New York, New York
Dec 09 2015
The Poet as Memoirist: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Light (Knopf, 2015) and three books of poetry. Her collection Life on Mars won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body’s Question was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.

Moderated by Honor Moore, nonfiction coordinator, Creative Writing Program. 

65 W. 11th Street, 5th floor (Room 500)
10011 New York, New York

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Marie Howe
New York poet laureate

Marie Howe

Marie Howe was born in 1950 in Rochester, New York. She worked as a newspaper reporter and teacher before receiving her MFA from Columbia University...


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

For Carl Solomon

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,
     starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking 
     for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly
     connection to the starry dynamo in the
         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