Celebrating Toi Derricotte

The Brooklyn Book Festival proudly honors poet Toi Derricotte with its 2021 BoBi Award, the Festival’s highest honor, in recognition of her work as a poet and award-winning writer, and as the co-founder of Brooklyn-based Cave Canem. Award presentation by Literary Council co-chair Camille Rankine with readings and tributes by Hafizah Geter, and other guests. 

Granta’s Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists – In-person

Featuring Argentine author Michel Nieva and Cuban author Dainerys Machado Vento, with translators Natasha Wimmer and Will Vanderhyden. Moderated by writer and translator Esther Allen and co-hosted by Open Borders Books. Location: Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St, Queens, NY 11373 Organization’s Website: https://granta.com/

Exquisite Corpse, Queens Edition – Virtual

QUEENSBOUND is a group of Queens poets who have previously collaborated and will come together to create and perform an exquisite corpse poem as well as discuss our experiences of Queens lit and the theme of ritual. Poets: Nadia Q. Ahmad, Pichchenda Bao, Sherese Francis, Abeer Y. Hoque, Joseph O. Legaspi, Robert Ostrom, Sahar Romani, […]

Dreaming of You: Melissa Lozada-Oliva in Conversation with Nadja Spiegelman – Virtual

Astra House celebration of the forthcoming release of the novel-in-verse, Dreaming of You, by poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva, who will be joined by author and editor Nadja Spiegelman for a wide-ranging conversation about poetry, narrative, celebrity, Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla, feminism, Latinx identity, the occult, and more. Hosted by Cafe Con Libros.   Organization’s Website: https://astrahouse.com/

Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. (Bronx Book Fair) Presents Good Trouble: We Come to Disturb the Peace! – Virtual

This presentation is a multi-discipline united expression of spoken word, music, drums, visual art, and video. The performances are strong, empowering and liberating. These artists proclaim  via artistic expression John Lewis’ words “good trouble” and James Baldwin’s words “artists are here to disturb the peace.” It is through these words Poets Network & Exchange Brooklyn […]

Alice Austen House Museum Poetry reading – Virtual

Often called the forgotten borough, you will not forget about these amazing poets. Staten Island is known for its trash – that’s why we have so many poets, to help clean it all up with the spoken word. Join us for an hour of poetry from Kofi Antwi, Ellen T. Dotts, Najah Abdul-Qawiyy, and Thomas […]

Fast Speaking Music: Sciamachy with Anne Waldman & guests – In-person

ISSUE Project Room presents acclaimed poet Anne Waldman – with bassist William Parker and saxophonist Devin Brahja Waldman – performing from Waldman’s album Sciamachy and other recent works making use of melodic themes, improvisations, earth strings, woodwind, and throat. Derived from Greek, ‘sciamachy’ means “shadow war,” and as such the album contains a formidable political […]

Uyghur Poetry in Exile – Virtual

Uyghur poetry has flourished for many centuries, its richness reflecting the cosmopolitanism of a culture at the crossroads of Eurasia. Since 2017, the tradition has been critically threatened by China’s mass internment and cultural genocide of the Uyghur people. Join Uyghur poets Tahir Hamut Izgil and Muyesser Abdel’ehed Hendan, as well as historian and translator […]

PEN America Presents Maggie Nelson and Cathy Park Hong – Virtual

PEN America is proud to present Maggie Nelson in conversation with Cathy Park Hong in celebration of Nelson’s latest book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. In her new book, Nelson focuses her deft, boundary-pushing writing on freedom within the realm of art, sex, drugs, and climate. Nelson will explore the concept of […]

Queer Latine/x Poets on How We Heal Together – Virtual

Latinx Publishing presents six queer Latine/x poets who come together for a night of healing through poetry and community. Join them for a special reading, discussion, and Q&A to follow. Authors include: Alejandro Heredia (You’re the Only Friend I Need), Grisel Y. Acosta (Things to Pack on the Way to Everywhere), Ariana Brown (Sana, Sana), […]

Brooklyn Poets Reading Series – In-person

Named one of the best reading series in NYC as well as one of the 50 best free things to do in the city by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series takes place bimonthly at select venues in Brooklyn. Readings are free and open to the public. Each reading features three poets, […]

Gowanus Dawn Reading: Audre Lorde on the Water – In-person

Join the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club for the fifth annual Dawn Reading in canoes on the Gowanus Canal! We’ll be reading the work of Audre Lorde. *New location this year.* Readers meet in the parking lot of the Gowanus Lowe’s at the canal at 7AM; listeners arrive on the 9th Street Bridge over the Gowanus […]

The Resort Presents: Writing & Community Roundtable – Virtual

Building an Online Community and Writing Through a Pandemic: The Resort brings you a special event with writer Leigh Stein, whose poetry collection What to Miss When was conceptualized, sold, written, & published during the pandemic. In the first half of our event, Leigh will read briefly from and talk about the process of realizing […]

AAWW Presents: Open The Horizons of Our Ascent – Virtual

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop will convene a reading of local poets drawing on the experience of being SWANA in America, from daily resistance to categorization, to partaking in protest movements in support of a homeland half a world away, our poets will move and inspire you. This event is co-curated by AAWW Margins Fellows […]

World in Verse: A Virtual Poetry Reading – Virtual

Words Without Borders invites you to a multilingual reading and celebration of our 2021 Poems in Translation Contest winners, in partnership with the Academy of American Poets. Join us for an evening of poetry from São Tomé and Príncipe and El Salvador, with readings by Conceição Lima and translator David Shook, and Lauri García Dueñas […]

Hope, Possibility, & Re-Reckoning

Poets Camonghne Felix (Build Yourself a Boat), Taylor Johnson (Inheritance), Naomi Shihab Nye (Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems), and Khadijah Queen (Anodyne) will discuss how poetry provides us with new ways to reckon with and understand our intersecting pasts, presents, and futures, and in doing so, builds new pathways towards hope and possibility. […]

Private and Public Lives in Poetry – In-person

Nandana Dev Sen, Anselm Berrigan, and Catherine Barnett delve into their bodies of work, reading from their poetry and speaking to how their political beliefs and familial relationships have influenced their writing lives. Presented by Archipelago Books. Location: McNally Jackson Seaport, 4 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038 Organization’s Website: https://archipelagobooks.org/

Poetry from Prison & Probation & Beyond – In-person

St. Francis College Justice Initiative presents an event that features poetry and spoken word performances from men and women directly impacted by the criminal justice system. The poems and performances highlight the human and emotional costs of our draconian mass incarceration policies in creative ways – while helping the performers share and communicate their experiences. […]

Poetry in Times of Crisis

Poets Kendra Allen (The Collection Plate), Jorie Graham (Runaway), Donika Kelly (The Renunciations), and Mai Der Vang (Yellow Rain) discuss their explorations of survival and human resilience in the face of political and personal trauma/struggle. Moderated by Jamia Wilson (This Book is Feminist).

Richard Wright Today

Presented by the Center for Fiction and the Poetry Society of America. The work of Richard Wright has never felt more necessary and prescient, with the recent publication of his restored novel The Man Who Lived Underground and the launch of Seeing Into Tomorrow, a major public art project in Brooklyn featuring haiku he wrote […]

New Works: A Poetry Reading

Poets Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (A Treatise on Stars), Patrick Rosal (The Last Thing: New and Selected Poems), Pamela Sneed (Funeral Diva), and Phillip B. Williams (Mutiny) read from their new volumes of poetry. Introduced by Ricardo Alberto Maldonado.

Iconic Across Genres

Paul Auster and Joyce Carol Oates are two of the most prolific, well-known and distinguished contemporary American authors, who both write across genres from novels to nonfiction and poetry to plays. Join them as they talk about reading and writing and what compels them to choose amongst genres and topics when they write. Auster’s new […]

NBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards

What do books that investigate bodies, Blackness, the judicial system, and the end of the world have in common? Join 2020 National Book Award–honored authors Rumaan Alam (Leave the World Behind, Finalist, Fiction), Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (Travesty Generator, Longlist, Poetry), Michelle Bowdler (Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto, Longlist, Nonfiction), and […]

Seeing Into Tomorrow: Walking Tour – In-person

Matt Brogan, Executive Director of the Poetry Society, and poet Kimiko Hahn (Foreign Bodies) lead a walking tour of the PSA’s new public art project, featuring the haiku of Richard Wright. The tour will begin at Willoughby Plaza and wind its way through Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene, culminating at the home where Wright wrote […]