Accessibility

Our space at 144 Montague requires the ability to go up a single flight of stairs. Due to the landmark status of the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, fire code restrictions and our position as renters, we are unfortunately unable to make structural changes to the building at this time that would eliminate this barrier, though we have exhausted every possible option.

While 144 Montague is the latest addition to what we do at Brooklyn Poets, much of our core programming remains virtual only, including our Mentorship Program, Craft Labs, Staff Picks Reading Series and The Bridge. In addition, the majority of our workshops are conducted online. For those who cannot join us in our physical space, all of our event programming is accessible via livestream and includes closed captioning. All swag available for sale in our space is also available in our online store. We prioritize historically underserved and marginalized groups when awarding fellowships and selecting writers to teach for us and feature at our events or for our Poet of the Week series. We remain committed to growing our robust online offerings to increase access to poetry for all.

We strive to continue making Brooklyn Poets a more accessible space, and we’re always open to hearing about how we could do better. If you have any questions or suggestions, contact us at bkp@brooklynpoets.org or by going to our Contact page.

 

COVID-19 Policy

We are dedicated to keeping up with the latest info on COVID-19 to inform the policies we use to keep each other safe. This means they may differ from local mandates. Below is our policy for in-person workshops, events and other gatherings hosted at our space at 144 Montague.

All attendees are currently required to wear masks. Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms, have a positive COVID test or someone close to you has recently tested positive.

These policies are based on the current transmission level of COVID-19 in the NYC area and will remain in effect until transmission returns to low. Our understanding of transmission levels comes from the NYC COVID-19 statistics site as well as the CDC, with the knowledge that these numbers are likely underestimated due to the recent reduction in testing infrastructure.

We understand that you may be tired of taking these precautions and appreciate you taking action to protect others in your community during this time. If you are unwilling to take these precautions in our physical space, we invite you to register for our online offerings and attend our events via livestream.

While we do our best, Brooklyn Poets cannot guarantee zero risk. A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in all public settings. By entering the building, students, teachers and other attendees accept the risk of exposure and knowingly waive and release Brooklyn Poets from any liability related to COVID-19.