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 and one from outside the borough, pairing emerging with more established poets and focusing on those from underrepresented communities. Readings are curated by Jason Koo. For inquiries, contact us.
Darrel Alejandro Holnes is a poet, professor and playwright from Panama City, Panama, and the former Panama Canal Zone. He is the coeditor of Happiness, the Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry and the coauthor of PRIME: Poetry & Conversations, an Over the Rainbow List selection by the American Library Association, and On Poetics, Identity & Latinidad: CantoMundo Poets Speak Out. He is the recipient of scholarships or fellowships to Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem, Canto Mundo, VCFA Postgraduate Writers Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is the winner of the 2017 C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize from Poetry International and was a finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, among other awards. His poems have appeared in English, Spanish and French, in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Best American Experimental Writing and elsewhere.
Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of several books of poetry, most recently The New Nudity (Saturnalia, 2017); Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Editor’s Selection/Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. In addition, she is coauthor of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson, 2011). Her awards include an NEA fellowship in poetry and the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, among others. She is a professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, performer and emerging visual artist. She is the author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery; KONG and Other Works; and a chaplet, Gift, and book of short stories, Sweet Dreams, from Belladonna. She has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker and on the cover of New York Magazine. She has performed at the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Poetry Project, NYU, Pratt, Smack Mellon, the High Line, Performa, Danspace and the Public Theater, among many other places domestically and abroad. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Nikki Giovanni’s The 100 Best African American Poems. In 2017, she was a visiting critic at Yale and Columbia University, and she is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books, forthcoming 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work an be found in Best American Poetry, Boston Review, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere. She’s in a band called The Old Year.
Tarfia Faizullah was born in Brooklyn and raised in Midland, Texas. She is the author of Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf, 2018) and Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of a VIDA Award, a GLCA New Writers’ Award, a Milton Kessler First Book Award and Drake University’s Emerging Writer Award, among other honors. Her poems have been published in periodicals and anthologies in the United States and abroad and have been translated into Persian, Chinese, Bengali, Tamil and Spanish. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and other honors. In 2016, she was recognized by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. Faizullah currently teaches in the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in Poetry.
Edward Hirsch has published nine books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems; Gabriel: A Poem, a book-length elegy that won the National Jewish Book Award; and Wild Gratitude, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also published five prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, a national bestseller, and A Poet’s Glossary. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Prospect Heights.