Brooklyn Poets Staff Picks is a 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.
Kiran Bath is a poet and essayist from Brooklyn by way of Sydney. She has recently been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets House, Tin House and the Vermont Studio Center and is a 2021 Kundiman fellow. Her manuscript was shortlisted for the 2020 Pamet River Prize and her writing appears in wildness, Adroit, Brooklyn Rail and other journals. Kiran has very little to show for 2020, during which she spent most of her time sobbing, spice collecting, scouring Depop and pretending to be unbothered.
Chanice Hughes-Greenberg is a poet, Capricorn and playlist enthusiast hailing from upstate New York by way of Long Island. Her work has appeared in Studio, No, Dear, the Recluse, the Believer and other publications. She has participated in readings with the Poetry Project, Cave Canem, Brooklyn Museum, Poets & Writers, Montez Press Radio and the Freya Project. Chanice received a BFA in writing from Pratt Institute and was the recipient of a 2019 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship. Chanice resides in Bed-Stuy with her cat Huxley and takes her martinis with a twist.
Anthony Thomas Lombardi is a Pushcart-nominated poet, organizer and educator. He was named a finalist in Autumn House Press’s 2020 Chapbook Contest and in the 9th Annual Gigantic Sequins Poetry Contest and was long-listed for the 2020 Palette Poetry Emerging Poet Prize. A Tin House Writers Workshop alumnus, he is also the recipient of a fellowship from Brooklyn Poets and a scholarship from the Shipman Agency. He previously served as assistant director for Polyphony Lit’s Summer Scholars Program and currently runs Word is Bond, a monthly reading series that benefits bail funds across the country, in conjunction with Adroit, where he serves as a poetry reader and contributor. His work has appeared or will soon in wildness, North American Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, Guernica and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Dilla.
Erin Mizrahi (she/they) is a poet, scholar, educator, curator and collaborator living in Los Angeles and teaching English for New York University’s LA campus. She holds a PhD in comparative studies in literature, media and culture from the University of Southern California and has held fellowships with Asylum Arts, the Shoah Foundation and the Institute for Jewish Creativity. Mizrahi is cofounding editor of Cobra Milk, a new multimedia literary and arts journal, and director of the Cobra Milk reading series. Their writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Yes, Poetry, Ginger Zine, Anti-Heroin Chic, Ben Yehuda Press and elsewhere.
Janel Pineda is a Los-Angeles born Salvadoran poet and educator. She has performed her poetry internationally in both English and Spanish and been published in LitHub, PANK, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the U.S., among other publications. As a Marshall Scholar, Janel holds an MA in creative writing and education from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her debut poetry chapbook, Lineage of Rain, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books.
Deon Robinson is a Queer Afro-Latino poet born and raised in Bronx, New York. He received his BA in creative writing at Susquehanna University, where he was the two-time recipient of the Janet C. Weis Prize for Literary Excellence. His work can be found in Adroit, ArLiJo, Glass, Homology Lit, Vagabond City Lit and Variety Pack: Black Voices of Pride, among other publications. His work was nominated for Best of the Net in 2019 and he is the recipient of a 2020 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship. He is currently working on his debut poetry chapbook.