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 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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Apr 23 2015
Poetry Reading: Mark Doty and Richard Siken

A reading with Mark Doty and Richard Siken.

Free and open to the public.


58 West 10th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
10011 New York, New York
Apr 17 2015
Reception for the Solo Exhibition of Stefano Losi at the United Nations in New York - Friday, April 17, 6pm

The UNSRC Literary Cultural Circle of the United Nations, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, are pleased to announce “Respiro”, Stefano Losi’s third Solo Exhibition at the United Nations in New York (Curved Wall, Conference Building—First Avenue and 46th Street).“Violent Dances Fade,” the art project of the author, combines sculptures in bronze and cast glass, and visual works in oils and oxidized metal minerals, with an epigrammatic Latin poetry. Antonio Maria Costa, UN Under-Secretary-General, wrote: “This is a splendid union. In the words of these poems I find the same hope I cherish when I observe the World.”The works reflect the studies of classical art and literature, still emerging as a reference in the author’s compositions, yet with a clear contemporary perspective.  Journalist and writer Marco Mathieu captured its essence as “Timeless. On the contrary, inside time. And beyond… Significant. Blunt. Stirring, most of all… Strokes and shadows. Black. Intensity, liberty. And love.”  A Cocktail Reception with poetry reading will be held on Friday, April 17, 6pm at the United Nations in New York (Curved Wall, Conference Building—First Avenue and 46th Street).Due to UN security rules, to attend the event, it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, 14 April at with full names of the guests.A sample of the visual arts and poetical fragments is available at:

Curved Wall, Conference Building - First Avenue and 46th Street
10017 New York, New York
Apr 16 2015
From The New World: A Reading by Jorie Graham

One of the most celebrated poets of the post-war generation, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Harvard professor Jorie Graham is the author of thirteen books of poetry, most recently From The New World: Poems 1976-2014. Join us for one of the first public readings from this anticipated collection.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members.


10 River Terrace
10282 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...


Long vast shapes... cooled and flushed through with darkness...
Lidless windows
Glazed with a flashy luster
From some little pert café chirping up like a sparrow.
And down among iron guts
Piled silver
Throwing gray spatter of light... pale without heat...
Like the pallor of dead bodies.
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
In the wild soft summer darkness 
How many and many a night we two together 
Sat in the park and watched the Hudson 
Wearing her lights like golden spangles 
Glinting on black satin. 
The rail along the curving pathway 
Was low in a happy place to let us cross, 
And down the hill a tree that dripped with bloom