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 held on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 to 9 PM. The event is hosted at 144 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights and also livestreamed via Zoom (closed captions available).

6:00 PM: doors open.

6:30 to 7:30 PM: generative writing workshop.

7:45 to 9 PM: open mic.

Advance online ticket sales end at noon on the day of the event. After that, tickets for in-person attendance can be purchased at the door; tickets for virtual attendance will no longer be available. Participants are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as there is limited capacity.

Each reader for the open mic reads one poem of 3 minutes max. Participants can purchase one of ten tickets in advance to reserve an open mic spot. Once those tickets sell out, all other participants who’d like to read for the open mic can purchase a ticket to sign up at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. We usually have time for about 20–24 readers.

One poem at every open mic is declared Yawp Poem of the Month by audience vote. The winning writer earns a Brooklyn Poets tote bag, one of twelve spots in our Yawp Poem of the Year contest and two tickets to our annual Awards Gala in December. 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 abide by our code of conduct and COVID-19 policy. Brooklyn Poets reserves the right to dismiss from our programs any participant found to be in violation of these policies. Thank you for respecting our community.

Next Yawp: Mon, October 10, 144 Montague Street
Workshop leader: Kyle Liang
Kyle Liang

Kyle Liang is the son of Taiwanese and Malaysian immigrants. He is the author of the chapbook How to Build a House (Swan Scythe Press, 2018), and his work has appeared in Best of the Net, the Margins, Glass, wildness and elsewhere. His poems have been nominated for the Best New Poets and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Kyle lives in New York, where he works as a physician assistant in internal medicine, and he is also an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, where he teaches a course on health, aging and intersectionality.