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.
E. J. Evans is a poet and musician living in Cazenovia, NY. He has contributed poetry and prose poetry to many literary journals including Poetry East, Confrontation, RHINO Poetry, Main Street Rag and New Mexico Poetry Review. He is the author of the prose-poem collection Conversations With the Horizon (Box Turtle Press, 2019) and the chapbook First Snow Coming (Kattywompus Press, 2015). He plays the shakuhachi, ney and Irish flute.
Julia Knobloch was born and raised in Germany and has lived in France, Portugal and Argentina. She is a former documentary filmmaker, a member of the Sweet Action poetry collective and the recipient of a 2017 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship and the 2016 Brooklyn Poets Yawp Poem of the Year award. Her debut collection Do Not Return was published in 2019 by Broadstone Books.
Lee Herrick is the author of three books of poems: Scar and Flower, Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire. His poems appear widely in literary magazines, textbooks and anthologies, including Columbia Poetry Review, Poetry, Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice and Here: Poems for the Planet (with an introduction by the Dalai Lama). He is coeditor of The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books, forthcoming 2020). Born in Daejeon, Korea, and adopted to the United States, he served as Fresno Poet Laureate (2015–2017) and teaches at Fresno City College and the MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.
Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019) was the winner of the Pamet River Prize. She received her BA in English from the University of Massachusetts–Lowell, where she won the Jack Kerouac Creative Writing Scholarship, and her MFA from NYU, where she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program. Her work has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthologies. Her poems can be found in Washington Square Review, Bennington Review, Sixth Finch and elsewhere. Her heart is in Brooklyn.
Jessica Greenbaum’s first book, Inventing Difficulty, was awarded the Gerald Cable Prize and praised by George Steiner as a “first book by a poet very much to be listened to.” Her second book, The Two Yvonnes, was chosen by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of Poetry in 2012. She is the recipient of the 2016 Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and a 2015 fellowship from the NEA. She teaches in the World Trade Center’s Health Program for 9/11 first responders and at Barnard College. She is the former poetry editor of upstreet and lives in Fort Greene.
Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane (Norton, 2015), Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins, 2008), winner of the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria (University of Illinois Press, 1993), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of three memoirs: the New York Times–bestselling Dog Years, Firebird and Heaven’s Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award and the Witter Byner Prize.