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.
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs, published this year by Black Lawrence Press. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet with an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School, she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook and the Vermont Studio Center. She serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her work has appeared in African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, DMQ Review, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Sou’wester, Pedestal Magazine, Passages North, St. Ann’s Review and elsewhere.
Danniel Schoonebeek is the author of American Barricade (Yes Yes Books, 2014) and Family Album (Poor Claudia, 2014), as well as an EP of recorded poems, Trench Mouth, (Black Cake Records, 2014). His forthcoming collection of poems, Trébuchet, was a 2015 National Poetry Series selection and will be published by University of Georgia Press in 2016. The recipient of a 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, his recent work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, the New Yorker and elsewhere. He hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn and edits the PEN Poetry Series.
Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including the Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Columbia Poetry Review. Her debut poetry collection Atrium (Three Rooms Press, 2012) was awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry. Four Cities, her second collection, was recently released by Black Lawrence Press. Her latest collection, Hijra, was selected as a winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2016.
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 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 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.