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A New Colossus

A Celebration of Our America

In 1883, the same year she was teaching immigrants at 92Y’s then-downtown branch, Emma Lazarus gave voice to the Statue of Liberty with her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” now engraved on the statue’s pedestal.

“Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” muses the Statue of Liberty in Lazarus’s imagined monologue. “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

#ANewColossus, a week-long festival starting July 21, pays tribute to Lazarus’s iconic poem with new work from some of our nation’s best emerging poets exploring the stories and issues Lazarus’s poem invites and those to which it may have blinded us. Share your own Colossus on social media using #ANewColossus.

Press

Read what the press has to say about #ANewColossus:

“New York Today: The Poetry in Politics”
- The New York Times

“Rewriting Emma Lazarus’ ‘The New Colossus’”
- The Brian Lehrer Show

“Young, Rising Poets, Actor John Leguizamo Explore American Immigrant Experience Today”
- Forbes

“Immigrant Poets Celebrate Emma Lazarus’ Birthday with Tributes to ‘The New Colossus’”
- Tablet