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.
Kyle Liang is a 23-year-old, first-generation-born Chinese American poet from Norwich, Connecticut. He is the author of How to Build a House, winner of the 2017 Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Contest. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apogee, Hobart, Anomaly and Tinderbox, among other journals, and his poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Bettering American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Kyle’s family is originally from Taiwan and Malaysia, and he currently lives in Hamden, Connecticut, where he is completing an MHS in Physician Assistant at Quinnipiac University.
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 can be found in Best American Poetry, Boston Review, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere. She’s in a band called The Old Year.
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.