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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Aug 22 2017
Poetry Workshop

Study poetry and get feedback on your own. 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm to 8pm, at the NAMI-NYC Metro office.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness.

6:30pm
505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1103
10018-4541 New York, New York
Aug 24 2017
An Evening with the Women of Color Writers' Workshop
Featuring WOC writers including Celeste Baker, Shubha Bala, Carmen Bardeguez-Brown, Kim Brandon, Annette Leach, Rosita Libre, OyaBisi, Jessica Paloma, Rachelle Parker, Kailee Pederson, Raquel Penzo, Cynthia Roby, Luvon Roberson, Tracie Spellman, and Susan Yung.
 
In 1999, writer and activist Bisi Ideraabdullah created the Women of Color Writers (WOC) Workshop in a storefront on Fifth Avenue in South Brooklyn. The WOC Writers Community is now a global collective of women writers, and their forthcoming anthology Boundaries & Borders will feature writing from women across the globe. WOC Writers promotes the rights of women of color to be seen and heard through their literary voices, and helps women build their writing skills and confidence, as well as providing opportunities for publication and performance of their work. This evening WOC Writers participants share their recent work, followed by a festive wine reception. Check back at our website for updates on the full lineup!
7:30pm
686 Fulton Street
11217 Brooklyn, New York
Aug 26 2017
Poetry Club
Discuss poetry in a comfortable setting
 
2:00pm
2115 Ocean Ave.
11229 Brooklyn, 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

poem

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
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poem

In memory of Father Flye, 1884-1985

The strange and wonderful are too much with us.
The protea of the antipodes--a great,
globed, blazing honeybee of a bloom--
for sale in the supermarket! We are in
our decadence, we are not entitled.
What have we done to deserve
all the produce of the tropics--
poem
The instructor said,

    Go home and write
    a page tonight.
    And let that page come out of you—
    Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it's that simple?
I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.
I went to school there, then Durham, then here
to this college on the hill