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 November 9, 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. (Make sure to check your spam folder, as sometimes the auto-reply gets sent there.) Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive a link via email to join the Zoom webinar on November 9. Your $5 donation will contribute to donations made by Brooklyn Poets to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which works to ensure the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people, or “returning citizens,” in Florida. Despite Floridians overwhelmingly voting “yes” on Amendment 4 in 2018 to restore voting rights to residents who had felony convictions, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill which requires them to pay off all their court debts or they can’t vote. The FRRC pays for the fines, fees and court costs so these returning citizens can vote.

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? Join us at 7 and take the workshop. Already writing and itching to test your work on a live audience? Skip the workshop and join us 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.

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, November 9, via Zoom
Workshop leader: JP Howard