Literature At Home With Irish Arts Center

At Home With Irish Arts Center: 12th Annual PoetryFest

Our first ever digital festival, curated by Nick Laird


This event is free thanks to the generosity of Irish Arts Center friends, members, and supporters. We welcome donations in any amount as a part of your registration.

Nov 6, 2020 – Nov 7, 2020



Our 12th annual—and first digital—festival, with curator Nick Laird convening five poets from Ireland and North America for a virtual celebration of verse. Join us first for Favorite Irish Poems on Friday night, the opening night tradition of special guests and festival participants sharing the Irish verses they love most, followed by a Saturday afternoon of readings and conversations.

8pm EST / 1am IST
Favorite Irish Poems

Reading 1 
1pm EST / 6pm IST 
Ailbhe Darcy, Ada Limón, and Miriam Gamble
Introduction: Nick Laird 

Desert Island Poems 
2pm EST / 7pm IST 
Paula Meehan and Terrance Hayes
In conversation with Nick Laird 

Reading 2 
3:15pm EST / 8:15 IST 
Paula Meehan and Terrance Hayes 
Introduction: Nick Laird

PoetryFest's Favorite Poems event was inspired in part by Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; CIE Tours; Delta; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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