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. 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.
Xandria Phillips is a writer, educator and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers, Xandria has received fellowships from Oberlin College, Cave Canem, Callaloo and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Their poetry has been featured in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Poets.org, Virginia Quarterly Review, and BOMB. Xandria’s poem “For a Burial Free of Sharks” won the GIGANTIC Sequins Poetry Contest judged by Lucas de Lima. Xandria’s chapbook Reasons for Smoking won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. Their first book, HULL, was published by Nightboat Books in 2019 and was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Trans Poetry as well as a finalist for the Believer Book Award.
Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook Aviarium and the full-length collections The Renunciations (forthcoming) and Bestiary, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a member of the collective Poets at the End of the World. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review and Foglifter.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is an artist whose most recent collection of poetry and photography is Seeing the Body (Norton, 2020). Her other books include Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books, 2010); The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011); Mule & Pear (New Issues, 2011), selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association; and Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015), a finalist for the 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize and the 2016 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Tin House, Guernica and many other publications. Griffiths is widely known for her literary portraits, fine art photography, and lyric videos. Her extensive video project P.O.P (Poets on Poetry), an intimate series of micro-interviews gathering nearly 100 contemporary poets in conversation, is featured online by the Academy of American Poets. She lives in New York City.
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