In a renewed effort to share with a contemporary audience some of the great literary moments the Poetry Center has presented across the decades, this page features archival recordings of some of the best writers of our time.
“One steps into history, as well as into the company of legends (from Neruda to Nabokov), when walking into the 92nd Street Y. I can't think of any institution that more steadily and elegantly speaks for the power of the word, the value of tradition and the fact that, even in the age of Twitter and cell-phones, hundreds can be bound together by a poet onstage, alone, declaiming his words. A night at the Y is like no night anywhere else.” (Pico Iyer)
David Mitchell: Slade House
“Plants died, milk curdled, and my children went slightly feral as I succumbed to the creepy magic of...
Yusef Komunyakaa and Wendell Pierce with Nicole Cooley (Full Event)
Poet Yusef Komunyakaa and actor Wendell Pierce—both Louisiana natives—share a stage for the first time. Komunyakaa reads from...
Ann Goldstein, David Remnick, John Turturro and Robert Weil: A Celebration of Primo Levi
An evening of readings to celebrate the great Italian writer upon publication of his Collected Works, which is...
Q&A with Sandra Cisneros and Azar Nafisi
The strength of love, the marvel of endurance and the power of generations—Sandra Cisneros sings to my blood,”...
A Tribute to Saul Bellow
Join us for a tribute to Saul Bellow at 100 with Martin Amis, Janis Bellow, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nicole...
Karl Ove Knausgaard reads from “My Struggle: Book Four” and is interviewed by Rivka Galchen
Toni Morrison: God Help the Child
In an exclusive New York appearance, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison reads from and discusses her new novel, God...
Toni Morrison on the Concept of Good and Evil
“What made you interested in that as a concept?” Farah Jasmine Griffin asked Toni Morrison about the idea...
Toni Morrison on the Importance of Writing in the Face of Hate
Toni Morrison talks with Farah Jasmine Griffin about the importance of artists “pushing through” the dark times to...
Mary Caponegro and Steven Millhauser Read from Their Work
Mary Caponegro reads from a forthcoming novel. “She is one of our great national literary treasures,” wrote George...
“SICK” by Shel Silverstein, read by Isabel Ackerman
#LoveTheWords. Record a poem. Join our 75th-anniversary celebrations by recording a reading of your favorite poem. Whether your...
Kazuo Ishiguro and Caryl Phillips Read from Their Work
Two old friends, Kazuo Ishiguro and Caryl Phillips—Ish and Caz—make a rare joint appearance. Ishiguro reads from Buried...