Brooklyn Poets Yawp

Touted as the “best poetry event in the borough” by Brooklyn Magazine and “one of the most innovative literary events in the city” by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Yawp is a monthly poetry workshop & open mic usually held at 61 Local in Cobble Hill (61 Bergen St) on the second Monday of every month from 7 to 9:30 PM.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yawp will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. To register for our next Yawp on June 8, sign up using the form on this page, and you’ll receive an auto-reply email with a link to complete your registration and make a $5 donation via PayPal. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a link via email to join the Zoom webinar on June 8. Your donation will contribute to Brooklyn Poets’ donations to long-time venue partner 61 Local’s GoFundMe to support their staff during the pandemic. In addition, we’ll be donating proceeds to One Community, a nonprofit working to reduce inequality and dismantle divisions in the Fort Greene & Clinton Hill neighborhoods of Brooklyn, currently by delivering groceries and protective gear to more than 1000 seniors and other vulnerable people (predominantly African American) who lack a way to get food safely; and to Black Lives Matter, to support their ongoing mission to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities.

The workshop starts at 7, open mic at 8. Never written a poem before or needing a kick in the pants to start writing again? Come at 7 and take the workshop. Already writing and itching to test your work on a live audience? Skip the workshop and come at 8 for the open mic.

Each poet gets one poem—3 minutes max—on the mic. You can sign up in advance through the form on this page for one of twenty reserved spots. If those spots fill, we’ll put you on the wait list. We usually get to 3–5 poets on the wait list every month.

One poem at every open mic is declared Poem of the Month by audience vote. The winning writer earns free admission to a future Yawp, a Brooklyn Poets tote bag and one of the twelve spots in our Poem of the Year Smackdown at the end of the year. We record and publish a monthly Yawpcast, so note that by reading you’re giving us permission to distribute your recording, unless you notify us otherwise. Also note that by participating in the Yawp, you agree to the terms of our code of conduct. Brooklyn Poets reserves the right to dismiss from our programs any participant found to be in violation of this code. Thank you for respecting our community.

Next Yawp: Mon, June 8, via Zoom
Workshop leader: Emily Hunt