Poets House

November 20, 2020

We try to keep things somewhat upbeat here at The Poetry Department, but were saddened to read that Poets House, the nation’s premier poetry library, at Battery Park City in New York, has announced that it will suspend operations indefinitely, effective immediately, due to budgetary issues caused by the Coronavirus. It is hoped that the library may be able reopen late in 2021 once the pandemic is under control and Poets House has reconfigured its operations.

Though events have been suspended, online resources continue to be available, at least for the moment, including audio, video, and digital materials, such as a wonderful collection of chapbooks from the “Mimeo Revolution.”

Reasons to go to…New York

February 12, 2016

Barbara Guest - Fay Lansner

From February 20 through April 23, 2016, Poets House will host the exhibition Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner. The show tracks their long collaboration and friendship through drawings, paintings, collages and portraits. On Saturday, February 20, there will be a tour of the exhibition and a conversation with Erica Lansner, Gabrielle Lansner, and exhibition curator Raphael Rubinstein followed by the opening reception.

More about Barbara Guest. More about Fay Lansner.

New book? Showcase it!

December 13, 2014

Poets House Showcase

If your poetry book (by an individual author, anthology, chapbook, biography, critical study, essay collection, CD, DVD, etc.) was published in the last year, here’s an opportunity to get it into a major collection and in front of a huge audience. Poets House (New York) invites poets and publishers to submit a single copy of each title for the Poets House Showcase, which will be held June 25 – August 15, 2015. Submission deadline: May 1, 2015.

More than 3,000 items were in the 2014 exhibition, representing work from over 650 commercial, university and independent presses.

There’s no special paperwork, but poets can email the librarian to see if a book is already in the collection. If not, Poets House suggests that you ask your publisher to send a copy or donate one yourself. All exhibited books become part of the Poets House library collection.

The Poets House library (some 60,000 volumes) is free and open to the public. The catalog is searchable online. If your book was not published in the last year, or if you would like to donate poetry books not currently in the catalog, Poets House is always happy to receive books for the collection.

the poets’ holidays

December 12, 2014

Langston Hughes Happy Holidays

If you’re curious about how Seamus Heaney, Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes or Charles Bukowski noted the holidays, the current exhibit at Poets House, Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets, gives some clues. The exhibit will be on view through March 21, 2015. The Guardian offers additional details on the collection.
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Holiday greetings from Langston Hughes, 1953. Photograph: Courtesy of Raymon Danowski Poetry Library, MARBL, Emory University

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