Written Work: Poetry, Labor, and the Global City

Mon. Apr 15, 2024 at 6:30pm EDT
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Written Work: Poetry, Labor, and the Global City

A book party like no other, unpacking the pleasures and pain of working in the city.

Kicking off NYPL’s World Literature Festival, join poets Camonghne FelixDorothea LaskyEmanuel Xavier, and moderator Helena de Groot for readings and lively discussion about poetry, language, and labor. From day to day labor to the work of writing, this conversation explores the way poetry embodies work, using our multicultural city’s rich labor history as the backdrop. Pioneering home recording artist Linda Smith will close out the event with a special musical performance.

This event will take place in person and online.

This World Literature Festival event is co-presented with Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a multicultural and multi-arts institution supporting rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians across New York City.

To join the event in person | Please register for an In-Person Ticket. Doors will open 45 minutes before the program begins. For in-person events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment; we will do our best to accommodate everyone. Booked seats that have not been claimed will be released shortly before start time, and seats may become available then. A standby line will form 30 minutes before the program.

To join the event online | A livestream of this event will be available on the NYPL event page. To receive an email reminder shortly in advance of the event, please be sure to register!


The New York Public Library’s World Literature Festival (April 15-30, 2024) celebrates books and writers from around the world and reflects the languages spoken in our communities. Discover what our patrons are reading in different languages, resources the Library offers, free events, book recommendations, and more.


Helena de Groot is the host and producer of the Poetry Foundation’s flagship podcast Poetry Off the Shelf. She also created the NYT-featured award-winning audiobook Wild and Precious: A Celebration of Mary Oliver, and is senior producer and sound designer for the Paris Review Podcast, lauded by The New Yorker.

Camonghne Felix, poet and essayist, is the author of DYSCALCULIA and poetry collection Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books, 2019), which was long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry. Her next full length work, Let the Poets Govern, is forthcoming from One World.

Emanuel Xavier was born in Brooklyn, New York. His poetry collections include: Pier QueenAmericanoIf Jesus Were GayNefariousRadianceSelected Poems of Emanuel Xavier, and Love(ly) Child. He is also editor of Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry, Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry

Dorothea Lasky is the author of seven books of poetry and prose, including The Shining and the forthcoming essay collection, MEMORY.

Home recording pioneer Linda Smith released several collections of delicate, bewitching solo music on cassette in the 1980s and 90s, recently reissued by Captured Tracks on vinyl for the first time. ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ originally released in ’95, captures the tension between daily life and creativity. Her album ‘I So Liked Spring’ sets the poetry of Charlotte Mew to music, resulting in unpredictable yet melodic songs — songs that continue to resonate with new listeners nearly 30 years later.


If you have a NYPL library card, you can borrow the authors' books for free with our e-reader app SimplyE, available for iOS and Android devices.

Don't have a New York Public Library card? Get one here!

If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or suspect you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please stay home.



  • Assistive listening devices and/or hearing loops are available at the venue.

  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) captioning service by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org.

  • This venue is fully accessible to wheelchairs.


  • Live captioning will be provided.

  • You can request a free ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation by emailing your request at least two weeks in advance of the event: email accessibility@nypl.org.


For general questions, please email adultprogramming@nypl.org.

Please submit all press inquiries at least 48 hours before the event: email press@nypl.org.

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), 7th Floor Event Center 455 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016