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"Probably the best place to give a reading on the planet."
—Ian McEwan

"I love 92Y—what it stands for and what it means to people within the community. As an immigrant, it has always been that place that felt welcoming. Perhaps this has something to do with the way 92Y embraces literature and storytelling. It seems to pulse with a democratic instinct: everyone with a story to tell."
—Colum McCann

"If your instrument is words, the Poetry Center of 92nd Street Y is Carnegie Hall."
—Kay Ryan

"Never before have I experienced such a warm and attentive audience as at the Poetry Center of 92nd Street Y. Never before have I felt so much at ease while reading in public—and that is indeed miraculous, considering I was not reading in my own language, but in English. There must be some kind of magic, then, at 92Y—a place I would love to return to some day."
—Javier Marías

"To participate in an event at the Poetry Center, onstage or as an audience member, is always an occasion of great joy and excitement for me. You are instantly connected to history and to the clamorous, contentious, vital present moment."
—Tony Kushner


Since 1939, the Unterberg Poetry Center has given discerning audiences a chance to hear the finest writers in every literary genre, and its unrivaled dedication to the writer's voice in all of its aspects has made it America's foremost literary forum. Our Reading Series is carefully planned to present a wide yet balanced range of events—a comprehensive menu of treats for the lively mind.

Reading Series

Main Reading Series
Books & Bagels
Children's Reading Series

Young Literary Salon
Are you 35 or younger? A limited number of tickets are available to each Reading Series event for just $10. Order online

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