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 six times a year at our new space at 144 Montague in Brooklyn Heights. Readings are free and open to the public and livestreamed via Zoom.
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.


Friday, November 4, 6:30 PM

Luther Hughes, Lynn Melnick, Carl Phillips

Luther Hughes

Luther Hughes

Luther HughesLink opens in a new window is the author of the debut poetry collection A Shiver in the LeavesBook link opens in a new window (BOA Editions, 2022) and the chapbook TouchedBook link opens in a new window (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018), recommended by the American Library Association. He is the founder of Shade Literary ArtsLink opens in a new window, a literary organization for queer writers of color, and cohosts the Poet SalonLink opens in a new window podcast. Recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize, his writing has been published in American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Orion and more. He was born and raised in Seattle, where he currently lives.

Lynn Melnik

Lynn Melnick

Lynn MelnickLink opens in a new window is the author of the memoir I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly PartonBook link opens in a new window, from the University of Texas Press’s American Music Series (2022). She is also the author of three poetry collections, RefusenikBook link opens in a new window (2022), Landscape with Sex and ViolenceBook link opens in a new window (2017), and If I Should Say I Have HopeBook link opens in a new window (2012), all with YesYes Books, and the coeditor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next GenerationBook link opens in a new window (Viking, 2015). Her work has appeared in APR, the LA Review of BooksNew RepublicNew YorkerParis ReviewPoetry and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture.

Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips is the author of sixteen books of poetry, most recently Then the War: And Selected Poems 2007-2020Book link opens in a new window (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2022). His honors include the 2021 Jackson Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Lambda Literary Award, the PEN/USA Award for Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets. Phillips has also written three prose books, most recently My Trade Is Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in WritingBook link opens in a new window (Yale University Press, 2022), and he has translated the PhiloctetesBook link opens in a new window of Sophocles (Oxford University Press, 2004). He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.