Sri Chinmoy Poetry Festival

Held Every Summer in a Garden-Like Meditative Setting

Sri Chinmoy - Poetry Festival Inspiration

Seer Poet and Inspiration Behind the Poetry Festival

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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.
Presenters Included:

  • Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury

  • Professor Neelima Shukla-Bhatt

  • Vocalist and Musician Debashree Bhattacharya

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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.

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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


The Sri Chinmoy Poetry Festival is a real festival— occurring every summer in New York since 2009. It is also a timeless and universal festival, offered on this site, which captures the summer festivals and celebrates both the works of Sri Chinmoy and the genre he loved so well, poetry.

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

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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, 

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The dance of the fountain calls me, Smiles call me, tears call me. A faint melody calls me. The morn, noon and eve call me. Everyone is searching for a playmate, Everyone is calling me, “Come, come!” One voice, one sound, all around. Alas, the Boat of Time sails on.

~ Sri Chinmoy, My Flute, Agni Press, 1972

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