“The perfect venue for literary engagement, for becoming a believer in the magic and power of the word.”    — Junot Díaz

In 2013/14, the Unterberg Poetry Center celebrates its 75th anniversary as the place where writers meet their readers as indispensable colleagues and where the community connects—through the voice of literature—to history and to what Tony Kushner has called “the clamorous, contentious, vital present moment.”

Founded in 1939, the Poetry Center was established to give literature a home—to create a forum for the written word and its practitioners.

Onstage, online and in the classroom, we honor the past, rejoice in the present and ensure that there will always be a venue for “the poets and novelists of each new era, in their brio and innovative ingenuity, as they go on enthralling the next generation with manic literary yearnings all their own” (Cynthia Ozick).


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