Brooklyn Poets Staff Picks is a virtual-only quarterly reading series curated by the poets who assist with our web, events and office work. Each reading features a lineup of six poets nominated by different staff members as among the most essential new voices today. The series focuses on writers yet to publish a full-length collection of poetry, with an emphasis on Brooklyn-based poets and those from underrepresented communities. All readings are free and open to the public.
Gbenga Adesina is a Nigerian poet and essayist. He received his MFA from New York University, where he was a Goldwater Fellow and mentored by Yusef Komunyakaa. His chapbook Painter of Water was published as part of the New-Generation African Poets series from Akashic Books, and his poem “Across the Sea: A Sequence” won the 2020 Narrative Prize. Adesina has received fellowships and support from Poets House, New York, the Fine Arts Work Center and the Norman Mailer Center, and he was the 2019–20 Olive B. O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University, where he taught a poetry class called “Song of the Human.” His work has been published or is forthcoming in Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, the Poetry Review, Brittle Paper, the Yale Review, the New York Times and elsewhere.
Author photo by Ladan Osman
Ally Ang is a gaysian poet and editor based on occupied Duwamish and Coast Salish lands known as Seattle. Their work has been published in Muzzle Magazine, Palette Poetry, Columbia Journal and elsewhere. Find them @TheOceanIsGay.
Jari Bradley (they/them) is a San Francisco native. They are the recipient of an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship and a 2020–2021 fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Their poems have been published in Callaloo, Virginia Quarterly Review, Academy of American of Poets’ Poem-A Day, the Adroit Journal, Blood Orange Review (as selected by Nikky Finney) and in the anthologies Queer Nature: A Poetry Anthology and Antiracism Inc: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters and the Belladonna chaplet series entitled Animalia. They are currently a PhD candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston and poetry editor for Rootwork Journal.
A writer from Ohio, Geramee Hensley is the editor-in-chief of Sonora Review and poetry editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Their work has been featured or is forthcoming in Button Poetry, Poets.org, the Journal, the lickety~split, Indiana Review, the Lantern Review, the Margins, the Recluse and elsewhere.
Patrycja Humienik, daughter of Polish immigrants, is a writer, editor and teaching artist based in Seattle, WA. She serves as events director for the Seventh Wave and an assistant poetry editor for Newfound. Her poems, featured in Ninth Letter, TriQuarterly, Waxwing, Poetry Northwest, 128 Lit, the Slowdown podcast and elsewhere, have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets and Best of the Net anthologies. She is working on her first book, Anchor Baby. Find Patrycja on Twitter @jej_sen.
Jade Yeung is a Toishanese American writer and artist from Brooklyn, NY. Her chapbook ANTI was published in the spring/summer 2022 issue of Black Warrior Review. She has received support from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Community of Writers, and Fine Arts Work Center, and her work has appeared in Honey Literary, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Kissing Dynamite and elsewhere. Jade received her MFA from Rutgers University–Newark, where she was a Trustee Fellow. Follow her @jadedisk on Twitter / IG.