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 groups. Readings are curated by Jason Koo. For inquiries, contact us.


Thursday, June 23, 2016, 7 PM

61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Cobble Hill

Tommy Pico, Joanna C. Valente, Kim Addonizio


Tommy Pico

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press and zine that publishes art and writing. The author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014)—the first chapbook APP published for iOS mobile/tablet devices—Pico was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow and a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry and has published poems in BOMB, Guernica, [PANK] and elsewhere. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn, where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker.


Joanna C. Valente

Joanna C. Valente is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015) and Marys of the Sea (ELJ Publications, forthcoming 2016). Her chapbook XENOS is forthcoming from Imaginary Friend Press in 2016. Some of her work appears or is forthcoming in the Huffington Post, Columbia Journal, Similar Peaks, Paris-American, BORT Quarterly and Tinderbox, among other places. She earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and in 2011 received the American Society of Poets Prize. She is the founder of Yes, Poetry and is the chief editor for Luna Luna Magazine. She lives in Sunset Park.


Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, including Mortal Trash (Norton, forthcoming June 2016) and Tell Me, a finalist for the National Book Award. She has also written two novels, two story collections and two books on writing poetry, as well as a new memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress (Viking/Penguin, forthcoming June 2016). She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, two Pushcart Prizes and other honors.

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 3 PM

NYC Poetry Festival, Governor’s Island

Christopher “Loma” Soto, Shira Erlichman, Thomas Fucaloro


Christopher “Loma” Soto

Christopher Soto (aka Loma) is a queer latinx punk poet and prison abolitionist. Named one of “Ten Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know” by Remezcla, one of “Seven Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Artists Doing the Work” by the Offing and one of “30 Poets You Should Be Reading” by the Literary Hub, their first chapbook, Sad Girl Poems, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016. The winner of the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award” from Poets & Writers, they founded Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color with the Lambda Literary Foundation and cofounded The Undocupoets Campaign in 2015. They received an MFA in poetry from NYU and their work has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Originally from the Los Angeles area, they now live in Brooklyn.


Shira Erlichman

Shira Erlichman​ is a writer, musician and visual artist. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been featured in BuzzFeed Reader, PBS, the Offing, Massachusetts Review, BUST, Bitch Magazine and Winter Tangerine Review, among others. She was awarded the Millay Colony Residency and a James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. As a musician she’s shared stages with TuNe-YaRdS, Mirah, and CocoRosie. Her album Subtle Creature will be released in August 2016. She resides in Brooklyn.


Thomas Fucaloro

Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms, which received rave reviews. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on three national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a cofounding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone and lives in Staten Island.

Thursday, September 8, 2016, 7 PM

61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Cobble Hill

Paige Taggart, Camille Rankine, Mathias Svalina


Paige Taggart

Paige Taggart is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press, Dec 2014) and Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press, March 2014), and five chapbooks, most recently I Am Writing To You from Another Country: Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press). She graduated with a BA in Visual Studies from California College of the Arts and went on to complete an MFA in Creative Writing at the New School. She was a 2009 NYFA fellow and is the founder of Mactaggart Jewelry.


Camille Rankine

Camille Rankine’s first book of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in January by Copper Canyon Press. She is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship, and a recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Octopus Magazine, Paper Darts, Phantom Books, A Public Space, Tin House and elsewhere. She is a visiting professor at UMass Amherst, serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and lives in New York City.


Mathias Svalina

Mathias Svalina is the the author of five books, including Destruction Myth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), Wastoid (Big Lucks Books) and the recently released The Wine-Dark Sea (Sidebrow Books). He is an editor for the small press Octopus Books and runs a dream delivery service.