Poets House Offers Poetry, Connection and Conversation
Poetry galore! Books, workshops and more! Located at 10 River Terrace, Poets House is mere steps away from the Verdesian (literally a 2 minute walk). Walk over to experience, "that hybrid of library, study hall and exhibition space, floating like a utopian mirage over the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan" (as The New York Times so beautifully described it).
Founded in 1985 by two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, and modeled on The Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre in London, Poets House is 11,000-square-foot space that is home to 70,000-volumes of poetry. It's also a LEED-certified modern space (like us), showcases artwork, offers room to write (with Wifi), and runs workshops and other programs and events.
The eco-friendly “green” space features:
"The Reed Foundation Library, Margo Viscusi Reading Room and Frank Platt Listening Center; Kray Hall, a state-of-the-art auditorium that opens onto a natural amphitheater in Teardrop Park South; the Cheney Chappell Exhibition Space, a glass-walled gallery space for poetry-related installations and archives; and the Constance Laibe Hays Children’s Room, a whimsical children’s poetry room with free programs for families and schools."
In 2009, it made its move from SoHo to Battery Park City.
Poets House's mission includes being "a comfortable, accessible place for poetry - a library and meeting place which invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry" in the belief that "poetry can promote a deeper conversation between individuals, communities and cultures."
Programs offered in April include: "An Equal Music: Writing Poems from a Musical Influence with Jay Deshpande", "Necessary Cuts: Rickey Laurentiis on Revision at Poets House" and "The Art of Truth Telling: Discernment, Authenticity, and Risk with Eugenia Leigh". There are also book signings and launches and an afternoon of sports poetry.