Brooklyn Poets Reading Series

Named one of the best reading series in NYC as well as one of the 50 best free things to do in the city by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series takes place bimonthly at select venues in Brooklyn, with a summer stop on Governor’s Island. Readings are free and open to the public.
Each reading features three poets, with at least one from Brooklyn. We take pride in featuring emerging poets alongside more established poets, making a special effort to include those from underrepresented communities. Readings are curated by Jason Koo. For inquiries, contact us.


Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30 PM

61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Cobble Hill

Ocean Vuong, Catherine Pierce, Tina Cane


Ocean Vuong

Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of a 2016 Whiting Award. The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, he has also received a Pushcart Prize and honors from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation and the Academy of American Poets. Vuong’s writings have been featured in the Nation, Atlantic, New Republic, New Yorker, New York Times, Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of “100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2016,” Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS NewsHour and in VICE and the New Yorker. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.

Catherine Pierce - MSU English Department faculty  (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce is the author of The Tornado Is the World (2016), The Girls of Peculiar (2012) and Famous Last Words (2008, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize), all from Saturnalia Books. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Slate, Ploughshares, FIELD and elsewhere. Originally from Delaware, she now lives in Starkville, MS, where she codirects the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.

Tina Cane, recently appointed Rhode Island's new poet laureate by governor Gina Raimondo. Photo by: Michael Salerno

Tina Cane

Tina Cane was born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, in 1969 and grew up in the city’s East and West Villages. She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI, and an instructor with the writing community Frequency Providence. She is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press), Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz (Skillman Avenue Press), and Once More with Feeling (just out from Veliz Books). Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including the Literary Review, Two Serious Ladies, Tupelo Quarterly and jubilat. In 2016, Tina received the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and she currently serves as the poet laureate of Rhode Island, where she lives with her husband and their three children.