Sri Chinmoy Poetry FestivalHeld Every Summer in a Garden-Like Meditative Setting
2017 Poetry Festival
The 2017 Festival featured a celebration of the 2nd edition of “Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry.”
View Some Scenes From the Inspiring and Beautiful Evening.
Ed Hirsch - 2010 Festival Keynote Speaker
Best-Selling Author and Poet
Extraordinary Communicator of all that Poetry Has to Offer
Former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets
Madhurima Judith Light - 2011 Festival Participant
Actress and Broadway Performer
Inspired the Audience with a Reading from My Lord’s Secrets Revealed
A Poetic Conversation between the Supreme Father and His sweet children
Reggie Harris - 2011 Festival Participant
Poet Reggie Harris of Poets House, a national poetry library and literary center located in New York City.
2016 Festival Highlights
The 2016 Festival was held in an idyllic outdoor setting last August with an international audience of over 700.
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
Professor Neelima Shukla-Bhatt
Vocalist and Musician Debashree Bhattacharya
The Garden of Love Light Book in Bilingual Edition
140 classic poems written Sri Chinmoy between 1948 and 1974 now published in a bilingual edition of the two languages in which it was written.
Introduction by Professor Karunamaya Goswami, Principal of the Cambrian Center for International Studies in Bangladesh.
Professor Neelima Shukla-Bhatt - 2016 Festival Participant
Director of South Asia Studies at Wellesley College
Her Presentation “Springs of Inspiration: Narasinha Mehta, Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Chinmoy”
This year’s festival was held in August 2017 – View Scenes From the Evening.
It featured the celebration of the 2nd edition of “Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry.” Representing 56 countries and five world regions, the poems are in English, with original-language versions in 30 different languages, including the 6 official languages of the United Nations. This anthology is presented on World Poetry Day.
The book is published by the United Nations SRC Society of Writers and is newly published as a second edition with additional content. The anthology includes poems written by Sri Chinmoy and the title of the book is derived from his writing.
If you would like to be in touch to learn more, please click here to submit a request or to call the Festival Organizer Nayana Hein.
I shall collect flower-poems
From the garden of Light.
Therefore, I am flying in the sky
With the southern wind.
I have no one with me.
All alone, endlessly I am flying,
And I am all lost in the beauty of teaming clouds.
~ Sri Chinmoy
About the Poetry Festival
The Sri Chinmoy Poetry Festival is a real festival — occurring every summer in New York City since 2009 and throughout the year in venues around the world. Its focus is the spiritual poetry of the great “student of peace” for which it is named, but it includes a broader exploration of life through the arts which is continued on this website. Read More
The sky calls me,
The wind calls me,
The moon and the stars call me.
The green and the dense groves call me,
keep reading this poem
~ Sri Chinmoy, My Flute, Agni Press, 1972