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Poetry Walk

The Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

For more than two decades, guests of Poets House have crossed the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, reveling in the words of Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, and other historic poetic luminaries who have paid tribute to New York City. Celebrated contemporary poets serve as guides on this journey, reading their predecessors’ work as well as their own writings beneath John Augustus Roebling’s iconic arches. The journey from Manhattan to Brooklyn traditionally closes with a reading of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” followed by a celebratory dinner enlivened by more poetry.

This rare gathering of poets and poetry lovers is Poets House’s annual benefit. Ticket sales to the Poetry Walk support all that we do, including our wide range of programs and services, most of which are free to the public.

The 2019 Poetry Walk will take place on Monday, June 10th; details to come!


“Bridge walk spans boroughs, benefits Poets House” by Scott Stiffler (Downtown Express)