In advance of 2009 move, Poets House previews Battery Park City
By RUTH VINCENT
When poet Stanley Kunitz founded Poets House, a 50,000-volume poetry library and literary center, with arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, he envisioned it as a â€œhouse of hospitality, as well as a house of books.â€ Since opening in 1986, Poets House has grown from makeshift locations in home economics classrooms to the sunny, quiet Spring Street loft it inhabited for over a decade. Now Poets House will have a permanent home: a brand new, eco-friendly, purpose-built poetry space at 10 River Terrace, in Battery Park City, guaranteed rent-free until 2069 by the Battery Park City Authority.
To celebrate the upcoming move, which will take place in 2009, Poets House will host â€œPoets House in Battery Park Cityâ€ on October 11, a day of free preview festivities showcasing New Yorkâ€™s plentiful and diverse poetic tradition, including readings by Charles Simic, John Yau, Patricia Smith, Edward Field and Joan Larkin.
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