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Unterberg Poetry Center at Seventy-Five

This year the storied Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary. The first in a series of events to mark the occasion, an exhibition called Love the Words—which includes more than eighty archival photos, letters, and ephemera detailing the Poetry Center's history—will be on display at the 92nd Street Y's Weill Art Gallery until November 25. The following is a collection of photos from the exhibit, featuring some of the most influential poets and writers to have graced the Unterberg stage.

  • 1 of 8Allen Ginsberg
    Credit: Jack Sirdofsky

    Allen Ginsberg

    Allen Ginsberg gives a reading at the Unterberg Poetry Center in 1970.

  • 2 of 8Donald Barthelme and Grace Paley
    Credit: Lura Burnette

    Donald Barthelme and Grace Paley

    Donald Barthelme and Grace Paley, both known most widely for their short fiction, backstage at Unterberg in 1971.

  • 3 of 8Gwendolyn Brooks
    Credit: Lura Burnette

    Gwendolyn Brooks

    Gwendolyn Brooks—who won a Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1950 and was named the poet laureate of Illinois in 1968—at the Poetry Center in 1971.

  • 4 of 8John Ashbery
    Credit: Jack Prelutsky

    John Ashbery

    John Ashbery, the winner of the Poetry Center's inaugural Boston Review/"Discovery" Prize, in 1970.

  • 5 of 8Marianne Moore and W. H. Auden
    Credit: Diane Dorr-Dorynek

    Marianne Moore and W. H. Auden

    Poets Marianne Moore and W. H. Auden at the Poetry Center in 1966.

  • 6 of 8Pablo Neruda
    Credit: Jack Sirdofsky

    Pablo Neruda

    Poet Pablo Neruda at Unterberg in 1972.

  • 7 of 8Seamus Heaney
    Credit: Jack Prelutsky

    Seamus Heaney

    Poet Seamus Heaney relaxing backstage in 1971.

  • 8 of 8W. H. Auden
    Credit: Diane Dorr-Dorynek

    W. H. Auden

    Poet W. H. Auden backstage in 1966.

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