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


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:30 PM

61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Cobble Hill

Jay Deshpande, Morgan Parker, Josh Bell


Jay Deshpande

Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books, 2015). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Sixth Finch, Blunderbuss, Atlas Review, Forklift, Ohio, Handsome and elsewhere. A winner of the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award and Narrative’s Annual Poetry Contest, Deshpande has written for publications including Slate, the New Republic, the Millions and Jacket 2. He lives in Crown Heights.


Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017. Morgan’s work has been featured or is forthcoming in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books) and Best American Poetry 2016. The winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem graduate fellow, Morgan lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn. She works as an editor for Little A and Day One, co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico, and, with poet and performer Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective.


Josh Bell

Josh Bell teaches at Harvard University and is the author of No Planets Strike and Alamo Theory. He has taught for the MFA programs at Columbia University and the University of Iowa and has sometimes served as poetry liaison to Cosmopolitan magazine.