Love the words. Following this motto—it’s what Dylan Thomas asked of his actors before the 1953 premiere of Under Milk Wood at 92Y—has allowed the Poetry Center to become the place where writers meet their readers as indispensable colleagues. Founded in 1939, the Poetry Center is where the community connects—through the voice of literature—to history and to what Tony Kushner has called “the clamorous, contentious, vital present moment.”

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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