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A New Colossus

In 1883, the same year she was teaching immigrants at 92Y’s then-downtown branch, Emma Lazarus wrote her famous poem, “The New Colossus.”

“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!”

This weeklong festival starting July 21 features 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. Check back daily for new content.

July 21

Maya Popa, Broken Periodic
Safiya Sinclair, In Memoriam

July 22

Amanda Calderon, Mother of Exiles
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Field Guide Ending in a Deportation

July 23

Craig Santos Perez, Off-Island Chamorros
Gala Mukomolova, What Age Is Now ?

July 24

Lynn Melnick, Migration
sam sax, Epistle

Join us at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, August 1, at Poets House, for an open-air reading featuring some of our authors.