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.
Jessica Lanay is an art writer, poet, librettist and short-fiction writer. She is a frequent contributor to BOMB and has interviewed artists such as Howardena Pindell, El Anatsui, Rirkrit Tiravanjia and others. Her poetry can be found in Poet Lore, Indiana Review, the Common, [PANK], Prairie Schooner and other publications. Her debut poetry collection am●phib●ian won the 2020 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize from Broadside Lotus Press. Her short fiction can be found in Tahoma Literary Review, Duende and Black Candies. In 2020, the opera she libretted, Virgula Divina, composed by Karen Brown, will premiere with Pittsburgh Festival Opera at some point after COVID-19 fucks off. She is a 2018 recipient of a Millay Colony Residency. Also, in 2018, Jessica Lanay was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Milk. Milk. Milk,” that appeared in the Normal School.
Jihyun Yun is a Korean American poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. A Fulbright research fellow, her debut collection Some Are Always Hungry won the 2019 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in poetry and was published by the University of Nebraska Press in September 2020. Her work has been published in Best New Poets, Narrative Magazine, Adroit and elsewhere. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist and cultural critic from the east side of Columbus, Ohio. His books include The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes To a Tribe Called Quest, A Fortune for Your Disaster and A Little Devil in America, forthcoming next March.