Poetry Center Schools Project

This program enables students from public high schools throughout New York City's five boroughs to attend the Monday night Reading Series at the Unterberg Poetry Center.

During the week prior to selected readings, the project coordinator visits the schools to introduce students to the work of the writer they will hear. Participating classes are provided with transportation to and from 92nd Street Y. Students and their teachers have dinner and an opportunity to participate in an informal question-and-answer session with the authors before the reading. Students are also given books by the authors whose readings they attend.

The project also sponsors a free weekly writing workshop for high school students that meets at 92Y. The Ernst Pawel Student Writing Award (established with a generous gift from the estate of the late biographer and novelist) is given annually to a student in the weekly writing workshop to recognize outstanding work.

Teachers and/or students interested in participating in the Schools Project should contact Wendy Salinger, Schools Project coordinator, at 212.415.5764 / email


Donor support allows 92Y to bring the resources of the Unterberg Poetry Center to more than 1,500 students from 15 New York City high schools each year. Readings by acclaimed authors animate the written word while classroom training and 92Y workshops provide a forum for students to transform their own thoughts into words on a page.

Learn about underwriting a Lecture & Reading event or call 212.415.5678.


Major support for the Poetry Center Schools Project has been provided by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and the New York City Council; Time Warner Cable, in partnership with Ovation; Bezos Family Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Generous support is also provided by The Hearst Foundations; The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation; the Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation; Alan and Katherine Stroock Fund; and Banu and Moris Roso.