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 Grossman with Nicole Krauss
David Grossman’s new novel, A Horse Walks into a Bar, reveals the life of a stand-up comic in...
David Grossman on the power of your story and the courage to change it
“The power of a good story is that it does not protect us.” David Grossman talks about the...
George Saunders and Colson Whitehead
Set in a graveyard as the president mourns the death of his son, Lincoln in the Bardo, the...
Chris Bachelder and Rachel Cusk read from their work
The Poetry Center teams with The Paris Review to present readings by Chris Bachelder and Rachel Cusk, whose...
Paul Auster reads from his novel, “4 3 2 1”
A sweeping story of birthright and possibility, Paul Auster’s inventive new novel, 4 3 2 1, explores the...
Roxane Gay reads from Difficult Women and talks with Saeed Jones
“Praise Roxane Gay for her big-hearted, self-examining intelligence, for her inclusive and forgiving stance, for her courage and...
A young woman asked Roxane Gay for advice on dealing with racism and sexism; this is what she said.
Roxane Gay was here with Buzzfeed’s Saeed Jones to read from her work, talk with Saeed and take...
Celebration of E.L. Doctorow with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jennifer Egan
Friends and fellow writers pay tribute to E. L. Doctorow upon posthumous publication of his Collected Stories. “His...
A Celebration of Shirley Jackson
A Celebration of Shirley Jackson with Ruth Franklin, Miles Hyman, Laura Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, and more. An...
Zadie Smith reads from her new work, Swing Time
Zadie Smith reads from her new work, Swing Time and is introduced by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.
Zadie Smith on the affect Michael Jackson’s changing appearance had on her
Zadie Smith and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah talk about Michael Jackson and his changes in appearance. Watch the full talk.
An Evening of Pushkin with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
An Evening of Pushkin with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, introduced by Elif Batuman After award-winning translations of...
A Celebration of Albert Murray with Renata Adler, Paul Devlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Wynton Marsalis and Ayana Mathis
An evenings of tribute readings by Renata Adler, Paul Devlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Wynton Marsalis and Ayana...
Wynton Marsalis pays tribute to his friend and mentor Albert Murray
Wynton Marsalis pays tribute to his friend and mentor Albert Murray with a reading from Murray’s The Hero...
Amos Oz with Jonathan Wilson
Amos Oz, the legendary Israeli writer, returns to 92Y with his most powerful novel in decades. Join him...