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The 10th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

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Colonel's Row

Governors Island

New York, NY 10004

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Join us in celebrating 10 years of uniting New York City's vast and diverse poetry community!

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Every year on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island. The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees.

Fostering an approachable, engaging, diverse, progressive, lively, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of the festival’s mission. Poets bring to light issues of vital importance; they create avenues of intellect, introspection, political awareness, and artistic communication for anyone to enjoy. The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival is to liberate New York’s poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and universities and to bring together as many poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, read, teach, learn, listen, perform, and collaborate in the festival's very own poetry village.

By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye. 

The 10th Annual New York City Poetry Festival will feature more poets than ever before, including our headliners: Terrance Hayes, Deborah Landau, Ariana Reines, and more! We are now accepting sponsor, vendor, art installation, and volunteer applications.

Become a PSNY Member today for free access to our VIP tent at the festival! You can learn about our different membership levels here.

For more details about the 2021 New York City Poetry Festival, visit newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.

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Organizer The Poetry Society of New York

Organizer of The 10th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

The Poetry Society of New York is an organization dedicated to expanding the role of poetry within our culture. More specifically, the society focuses on finding innovative ways of delivering poetry to the public and on strategic community building within the poetry world. The New York City poetry community has largely isolated itself to a small & fragmented circle. The Poetry Society of New York moves through & opens up that circle to unite communities of poets, artists, and appreciators of art in cities all over the world.

The Poetry Society of New York's mission is three-fold:

a) to maintain a vital, accessible, and progressive poetry community in New York City

b) to create new models for the presentation of poetry, redefining poetry’s position in the culture-at-large

c) to develop cross-cultural communication and stronger ties between poetry communities worldwide

The Poetry Society of New York’s active programs include The New York City Poetry Festival, The Poetry Brothel, The Atlas Review, The Translation Project, and The Typewriter Project.

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