Purpose

Join performance artist Laurie Anderson, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, and award-winning poets Galway Kinnell and Thomas Lux for this annual pilgrimage across one of New York City's great architectural gems. This beloved Poets House event features readings of the poetry of Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes and other greats beneath Roebling's famous arches. The journey from Manhattan to Brooklyn closes with a celebratory dinner and the presentation of the Elizabeth Kray Award, or "The Betty" for service to the field of poetry.

This year, The Betty will be awarded to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "one of our ageless radicals and true bards" (Booklist) who has authored such ground-breathing works as A Coney Island of the Mind, Americus, and Poetry As Insurgent Art; founded the legendary City Lights Bookstore; and launched the City Lights publishing house, which first published Allen Ginsberg's Howl & Other Poems, among other seminal works.

Tickets begin at $250 ($225 for Poets House Members). Reservations are required. For details or to make reservations, contact Krista Manrique at (212) 431-7920, ext. 2830 or krista@poetshouse.org.