Late Night Library

Lee Briccetti – Poets House

Late Night Conversation, hosted by Kristin Maffei

Tonight, Kristin talks to Lee Briccetti, the executive director of Poets House. Poets House is a 60,000-volume poetry library and literary center on the banks of the Hudson River in Battery Park City, Manhattan. The library was founded in 1985 by the late U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray. The collection is one of the most comprehensive open-stacks collections of poetry in the country, and remains free and open to the public. With the goal of creating a safe space for the love of poetry, Poets House offers acclaimed public programming, along with a beautiful space to get lost in poetry of every kind.

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The library really is the metaphor for everything that we do, the whole idea that all of the voices of all of the poets are talking to each other and interacting. And reading is this mysterious thing where you can time travel and you can really apprehend the living voice of another person… There is in our society a kind of nervousness about poetry, that you have to be smarter, better educated, have a Ph.D., it’s too hard. But when people do experience it, it’s like gulping fresh air. They often find that it is a kind of interior moment that is life-saving….



Lee Briccetti has been the Executive Director of Poets House since 1989. Under her leadership, the annual Showcase and Poetry in The Branches were developed and became signature programs of Poets House. She brings significant development expertise to the organization, having raised millions of dollars for low-income housing in her 20s, and is committed to building Poets House as one of the most imaginative institutions in the country. Under her leadership, Poets House mounted a successful capital campaign and construction project, moving to its permanent home at 10 River Terrace in 2009. Her first book of poetry is Day Mark from Four Way Books.

Posted on: May 27, 2014 · Homepage, Late Night Conversation, Podcasts, Uncategorized ·Tags: , , , , , .

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