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 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.


Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:30 PM

Derek Mong, Ladan Osman, Sally Wen Mao

61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Cobble Hill


Derek Mong

Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books, Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (2018). His chapbook The Ego and the Empiricist (2017) was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, he holds degrees from Stanford, the University of Michigan and Denison University. His poetry has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Southern Review, New England Review and Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite (2017), among other places. A long poem about parenting and the painter Lucian Freud will soon appear in At Length. The recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Louisville, the University of Wisconsin, and the Missouri Review, he lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana, with his family. He and his wife, Anne O. Fisher, received the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Award for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin (White Pine, 2018).

Ladan Osman

Ladan Osman is a Somali-born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement and colonialism. She is the author of Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press, 2019), The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize, and the chapbook Ordinary Heaven, which appeared in the box-set Seven New Generation African Poets (Slapering Hol Press, 2014). She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, Luminarts Foundation and the Michener Center for Writers, among other awards, and her work has appeared in numerous publications and been translated into over 10 languages. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sally Wen Mao

Sally Wen Mao is the author of Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019) and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award. The winner of a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, the New York Public Library Cullman Center and Bread Loaf Writers Conference, among other awards, Mao holds an MFA from Cornell University.

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 2 PM

Gregory Crosby, Asiya Wadud, Jericho Brown

The Algonquin, NYC Poetry Festival, Governors Island

Gregory Crosby

Gregory Crosby is the author of Walking Away From Explosions in Slow Motion (The Operating System, 2018), as well as the chapbooks Spooky Action at a Distance (The Operating System, 2014) and The Book of Thirteen (Yes Poetry Press, 2016). For more than a decade he worked as an art critic, columnist and cultural commentator in Las Vegas, where he served as a poetry consultant for the Cultural Affairs Division and was instrumental in the creation of the Poets Bridge public art project. He was awarded a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Literary Arts and holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York, where he won the 2006 Marie Ponsot Poetry Prize. He is an adjunct associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and teaches creative writing at Lehman College–CUNY.

Asiya Wadud

Asiya Wadud is the author of Crosslight for Youngbird, published by Nightboat Books in 2018 and day pulls down the sky … a filament in gold leaf, written collaboratively with Okwui Okpokwasili (Belladonna/Danspace, 2019). Her collections Syncope (Ugly Duckling Presse) and No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body (Nightboat Books) are forthcoming in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Asiya teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront and the Academy of American Poets. His newest collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon, 2019). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Nation, New York Times, New Yorker, New Republic, Time, the Pushcart Prize anthology and several volumes of the Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.