The Katonah Poetry Series

For nearly 50 years, the Katonah Poetry Series has hosted nationally acclaimed poets in the friendly and intimate setting of Katonah Village Library. Each reading includes an audience Q&A session, wine & cheese reception and book signing.  KPS poets include nine Poets Laureate of the United States and sixteen winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States 2001-2003, directed the series for many years and currently acts as an advisor. KPS is a great place to meet other poetry enthusiasts including readers, writers, and students.

All regular readings take place at 4:00 pm in The Garden Room of the Katonah Village Library, 26 Bedford Rd. Katonah, NY 10536. 914-232-3508. Payment at the door, no advance reservations needed.

Adults: $10 donation, Students: Free. Doors open for seating at 3:30.

Nov. 20, 2016: Paul Muldoon                Pulitzer Prize Winner and Poetry Editor at the New Yorker


“A professor at Princeton, poetry editor at the New Yorker, rock musician and the subject of extensive critical attention, the Northern Irish poet Paul Muldoon is at the summit of a career which began in spectacular fashion with the publication of New Weather in 1973, when the poet was just twenty-one. One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, his twelfth collection, represents a consolidation rather than an extension of the elaborate and highly distinctive poetic voice he has established in the intervening four decades. His characteristic verbal hi-jinks – endless rhymes, concealed or oblique linkages and parallelisms, abrupt shifts of register, serpentine syntax, an urge to pun that borders on the pathological – provide further evidence of the poet’s astounding technical gifts.” ―Oli Hazzard, The Times Literary Supplement

Learn more about his process, craft and  style in our KPS interview with Paul Muldoon


Almost as good as being there… Peek in at KPS photos from our events!

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

SHOP LOCAL: Books for KPS poets are available in advance at Little Joe’s Books in Katonah or on site at the Katonah Village Library during each event.