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 7 to 9:30 PM. Formerly held at the beloved 61 Local in Cobble Hill, the Yawp is currently being held virtually via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To register for our next Yawp, sign up using the form on this page and wait to be transferred to Eventbrite to purchase your ticket. $10 for the workshop & open mic; $5 for just the open mic. 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 reader for the open mic gets to read one poem of 3 minutes max. 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 Yawp 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 Yawp Poem of the Year contest at our 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 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, December 6, via Zoom
Workshop leader: Emily Wallis Hughes
Emily Wallis Hughes grew up in Agua Caliente, California, a small town in the Sonoma Valley. Sugar Factory, her first book of poems, which includes a series of twelve paintings by Sarah Riggs in conversation with Emily’s poems, was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2019 and a finalist for the Fence Modern Poets Series and the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize. Her poems have been published in Berkeley Poetry Review, Luna Luna, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prelude and many other venues. She coedited Jure Detela’s Moss & Silver, translated by Raymond Miller with Tatjana Jamnik (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018), which was a finalist for Three Percent’s 2019 Best Translated Book Award. She holds an MFA in poetry from New York University, where she was a Writers in the Public Schools Fellow, and an MA in creative writing and English literature from the University of California–Davis. Emily is an editor at Fence, where she edits Elecment, coedits the Constant Critic and directs the distribution of Fence. She has taught creative writing at New York University and the University of California–Davis as well as California community colleges and New York City public elementary schools. She currently teaches creative writing as an adjunct instructor at Rutgers–New Brunswick in New Jersey and lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This summer she became certified as a NOLS Wilderness First Responder.