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. 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.


Sunday, July 18, 4 PM

Desiree C. Bailey, Chiwan Choi, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Basik, 323 Graham Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Desiree C Bailey

Desiree C. Bailey

Desiree C. Bailey is the author of What Noise Against the Cane (Yale University Press, 2021), winner of the 2020 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater (O’clock Press, 2016) and has short stories and poems published in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, American Short Fiction, Callaloo, the Academy of American Poets and elsewhere. Desiree is a recipient of awards from the New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts and Poets & Writers. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Desiree grew up in Queens, New York, and is currently an English teacher in Brooklyn.

Author photo by Wilton Schereka

Chiwan Choi

Chiwan Choi

Chiwan Choi is a poet, writer, publisher and lifelong seer of ghosts. He is the author of four full-length books of poetry: The Flood (Tia Chucha Press, 2010) and the Daughter Trilogy, three books that explore his lost daughter as ghost: Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), The Yellow House (CCM, 2017), and the forthcoming my name is wolf (summer 2021). He is also the author of multiple poetry chapbooks, including Time Out of Space and lo/fidelity lovesongs. He wrote, presented and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015, as part of his ongoing examination on the meaning of a book, of conjuring and nurturing of ghosts. Choi has published his poetry, fiction and essays in numerous journals and magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, ONTHEBUS, Poem-A-Day and many other publications. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Pittsburgh with his wife.

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet and curator born in Trinidad and raised in Queens, New York. She is the author of five collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, Convincing The Body, Arrival and Mama Phife Represents, a verse memoir about her son, hip hop legend Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor). Cheryl holds a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and an MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast: The University of Southern Maine.

Author photo by Desciana Swinger