For almost fifty years, The Poetry Project has gathered poets, artists, and audiences on New Year's Day for a daylong celebration of poetry and its accomplices—music, dance, performance, and all manner of other provocations and experiments. Throughout the course of a hazy, time-altering day that turns edgelessly into a fever-dream night, The New Year's Day Marathon gathers hundreds of poets and performers from every corner of the creative demimonde, the radical margin, the flagrant underground—a true gathering of the many counter-cultural lineages from which we hail. From the moment we open the sanctuary gates until the time we say goodnight to the poetry ghosts, the New Year's Day Marathon welcomes thousands of audience members who come to participate in one of the world's longest-running events of poetic encounter and shared listening. Heart-breaking and -making, exhausting and exhilarating, rancorous and sweet, the New Year's Day Marathon is The Poetry Project's greatest possibilizer, the most surreal and sprawling literary event of the year.
This courageous circus and madcap effort is also The Poetry Project's biggest fundraiser. The money raised at the New Year's Day Marathon supports: over 65 events that reach thousands of attendees around the world; a breadth of creative and scholarly publications; curatorial and writing fellowships; emerging writer prizes; the hundreds of workshop attendees who join us each season; and the payments we make to the 500+ teachers, performers, readers, editors, technicians, lecturers, writers, curators, scholars, and critics we program each year. The Marathon is crucial to maintaining the working and learning community, the alternative economy of poetry, and the cultural anti-enterprise we have been collectively authoring for more than half a century.
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that on January 1, 2023, we will be returning to the sanctuary for The Poetry Project's 49th Annual New Year's Day Marathon. And we're so happy to share that the entire event will be livestreamed. However you join us, we hope that you do.
We're back. Come as you are, expect to leave new.
Featuring Kimberly Alidio, Basie Allen, Stine An, Penny Arcade, hannah baer, Ivanna Baranova, James Barickman, Jaye Bartell, S. Erin Batiste, Jim Behrle, Anselm Berrigan, Wo Chan, Che Chen & Talice Lee, Christeene, CAConrad, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Kyle Dacuyan, DAYS, Mike DeCapite, Cyrus Dunham, Douglas Dunn, Marcella Durand, Tess Dworman, Mel Elberg, Jared Daniel Fagen, Will Farris, Kay Gabriel, John Godfrey, Laura Henriksen, Erica Hunt, Charlene Incarnate, Lucy Ives, Emily Johnson, Kamikaze Jones, Vincent Katz, Wayne Koestenbaum, Shiv Kotecha, Yvonne LeBien, Kyle Carrero Lopez, Brendan Lorber, Wendy Lotterman, Shanzhai Lyric, Airea D. Matthews, Iris McCloughan, Roberto Montes, Yesenia Montilla, Eileen Myles, Edgar Oliver, Funto Omojola, Laura Ortman & Katherine Liberovskaya, sadé powell, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Macy Rodman, Bassem Saad, Jasmine Sanders, Lucy Sante, Samita Sinha, Andrew Smyth, Pamela Sneed, Rosie Stockton, Stacy Szymaszek, Edwin Torres, Cecilia Vicuña, Anh Vo, Morgan Võ, Anne Waldman, Harron Walker, Nicole Wallace, Ronaldo V. Wilson, and many more to come!
In addition to the incredible roster of performers, you can also welcome 2023 with a tarot reading from CAConrad! The Poetry Project is thrilled to continue this New Year's Day tradition with readings for twelve lucky Marathon-goers. Each tarot reading will be fifteen minutes long, and offered at a sliding scale of $18–$36. All funds raised through this special New Year's offering will support The Poetry Project in our ongoing work of paying poets.
Sign-up for one of the twelve slots here. Please keep in mind that in order to be present for your reading, you'll need to purchase a ticket for the first section of the Marathon here.
The Poetry Project's 49th Annual New Year's Day Marathon will take place over two five-hour periods with an hour break in between. The sections of the marathon will be ticketed separately with a limit of 300 tickets per section. Masks will be required while in the Sanctuary. In the Parish Hall, where we will be selling books, food, and beverages, masks will be optional.
Stay tuned for more info on hour-by-hour performers, tattoos, and other surprise opportunities we’ll be bringing together for the day!
Every year, we are so grateful to our volunteers for making the New Year's Day Marathon possible. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out this form with your preferences and a staff member will be in touch with you.