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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Jul 15 2017
Harlem Book Fair

The Harlem Book Fair was to create access to the transformative power of reading by celebrating, encouraging, and promoting literacy and literacy awareness through public programs, community participation, corporate partnerships and in-school programs that broaden and strengthen the vitality of the African American community. The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops.

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10:00am to 6:00pm
W 135th St
10030 New York, New York
Jul 23 2017
Read & Feed!

Join Girls on the Run, a performance by Whiting Award-winning poets Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, as they cook collard greens and salmon cakes. There will also be a discussion with renowned literary chefs led by celebrated author and restauranteur Rozanne Gold, and many more. The event will feature a marketplace of small press books and literary magazines, local food products, and craft beverages. READ & FEED will take place from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, July 23rd at Basilica Hudson (110 S. Front St Hudson, NY 12534). Tickets $15 ($10 students/seniors with valid ID). 

12:00pm to 5:00pm
110 South Front St
12534 Hudson, New York
Sep 08 2017 to Sep 10 2017
5th Annual Hobart Festival of Women Writers
The Festival of Women Writers has become a highly anticipated event, unique among cultural happenings in the Catskill Region, especially in Delaware County. The Festival will celebrate its fourth year in the Hobart Book Village, “the reading capital of New York State.” Since its inception, the Festival has created space for established and emerging women writers to share their insights and skills through a variety of writing activities and public readings with audiences throughout Delaware County, the state of New York, and beyond.
Poet Cheryl Clarke, novelist Breena Clarke, and Barbara Balliet are festival’s cofounders.
This year's festival features poets Elana Bell, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Cheryl Clarke, Esther Cohen, Kathy Engel, Julie Enszer, Margot Farrington, Jewelle Gomez, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Marianela Medrano, and Kamilah Aisha Moon.
10:00am to 6:00pm
Main St
13788 Hobart, New York

recent & featured listings

type name state
Small Press Four Way Books New York
Writing Program New York University MFA New York
Landmark The American Poets' Corner at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine New York
Small Press Turtle Point Press New York
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Community Bookstore New York
Writing Program Stony Brook Southampton New York
Writing Program City College (CUNY) New York
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Mast Books New York
Literary Magazine African Voices New York
Literary Magazine A Gathering of the Tribes 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...


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
In that lit window in Bushwick
halfway through the hardest winter
I cut plexiglass on a table saw,
coaxing the chalked taped pane
into the absence of the blade,
working to such fine tolerance
the kerf abolished the soft-lead line.
I felt your eyes play over me
but did not turn—dead people
were not allowed in
Now that our hero has come back to us
in his white pants and we know his nose
trembling like a flag under fire,
we see the calm cold river is supporting
our forces, the beautiful history.

To be more revolutionary than a nun
is our desire, to be secular and intimate
as, when sighting a redcoat, you smile