One of the crucial country’s leading literary community and educational centres, Poets House, is suspending operations on account of “challenges presented” by the coronavirus pandemic.
The non-profit Manhattan facility, which contains tens of thousands of books and has hosted readings by everyone from W.S. Merwin to Invoice Murray, hopes to reopen by the end of 2021. Arts institutions around the country have been forced to shut or cut back since the pandemic began.
“The diminishment of emergency funds and a difficult fundraising surroundings have necessitated this hiatus and a staff layoff” according to a observation on the Poets House web site, poetshouse.org. “The Board has chosen to act before our limited reserves are depleted in order that we will be able to offer staff severance packages and vacation pay.”
Many writers expressed shock at the news, including Jessica Jacobs, who tweeted Monday: “Poets House used to be fundamental in me coming back to myself as a creator & has introduced me to such a lot of poets I admire, on & off the page. I’ll be hoping for the announcement of your reopening soon.”
Poets House used to be cofounded in the mid-1980s by poet Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray.
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