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)
Claudia Rankine Reads from Citizen
Poet Claudia Rankine reads from Citizen, her recent meditation on race in America. “Claudia Rankine’s Citizen comes at...
John Irving explores fate and memory in his new novel, Avenue of Mysteries, which follows an old man...
David Mitchell: Slade House
“Plants died, milk curdled, and my children went slightly feral as I succumbed to the creepy magic of...
Kay Ryan Reads From Her New Book, Erratic Facts
Kay Ryan, former U.S. Poet Laureate and one of our greatest living poets, reads poems from her new...
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...
Jay Parini On Gore Vidal
The product of thirty years of friendship and conversation, Jay Parini’s Empire of Self: A Life of Gore...
Adrian Tomine In Conversation With Charles McGrath
“Adrian Tomine has more ideas in twenty panels than novelists have in a lifetime,” wrote Zadie Smith. The...
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...