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.
Charles Theonia is a poet and teacher from Brooklyn. They are the author of the poetry collection Which One Is the Bridge (Topside Press, 2015) and coeditor of Femmescapes, a zine of queer and trans affinities with femmeness. They teach literacy skills and encourage critical analysis of police violence and mass incarceration at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Simone John is a poet, educator and facilitator based in Boston, MA. She received an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College with an emphasis in documentary poetics. Her poetry has appeared or been reviewed in Wildness, the Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Guernica and on PBS Newshour, among other places. She is chief creative officer at Hive Soul Yoga. Testify (Octopus Books, 2017) is her first full-length book of poems.
Dorothea Lasky is the author of Milk (Wave, 2018), Rome (Norton/Liveright, 2014), Thunderbird (Wave, 2012), Black Life (Wave, 2010) and Awe (Wave, 2007). She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), and coeditor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013). She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard and an EdD in Creativity and Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, codirects Columbia Artist/Teachers and lives in Bed-Stuy.