» The Children's Poetry Festival
The NYC Children’s Poetry Festival, sponsored by Writopia, aims to remind kids that writing (like dance, art, and music) is a valuable way of expressing themselves and exploring their world! Ages 2-13 are invited into the beautiful nature of Governors Island for a weekend of inspiration, communication, and fun with their peers! Children are invited to share their own original poetry on our kids-only stage. For the younger crowd we’ll have book readings and the Poetree Forest (a land of balloons that children can write poems on and add illustrations to), as well as a handmade teepee village to spur little imaginations.
» The Ring of Daisies Open Mic
The Poetry Society of New York is delighted to welcome back the Ring of Daisies Open Mic to this year’s festival. We believe in packing the festival with as much poetry as possible! If you’re new to the poetry world or just not reading as part of an organization at the festival, bring some poems along and perform inside a giant ring of daisies. Stop by the information table before 2pm each day to sign up.
» Brooklyn Beer Garden
Beer for this event have been lovingly provided to us by Brooklyn Brewery. Sit down for a handcrafted Brooklyn Brew or a spicy Michelada and listen to the wind blowing poetry around the island.
» Food Carts
Enjoy healthy and delicious food options provided by Everything About Crepes & more!
» The Typewriter Project
The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which encourage users to go analog. These typewriter installations—wooden booths with a seat, desk, and typewriter inside—allow professional writers and first time typists alike to join in a citywide linguistic exchange. Each booth is outfitted with a 100-foot scroll of paper and a USB typewriter kit, which allows every written entry to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. The Typewriter Project intends to investigate the subconscious of the city by creating unique spaces designed for contemplation.
» The Poetry Brothel
The poets of The Poetry Brothel rarely come out in the daylight, so for the lucky audiences at the New York City Poetry Festival, they have created a midnight manor. For a tiny fee, you can sit down with a poet and enjoy a private, one-on-one poetry reading inside a dark and mysterious, candlelit room.
» The 1st Annual Poetry Film Festival at NYCPOFEST
Having discovered a plethora of beautiful poetry films over the past few years, the creators of The New York City Poetry Festival are introducing the 1st Annual Poetry Film Festival at NYCPOFEST. Poetry films will be screened throughout both days of the event in the Commanding Officer’s House. The festival will feature films by Max Rothman, Tony Comley, Talia Randall, Suzie Hanna, Kate Sweeney, Diego Maclean, Jonathan Hodgson and Julia Iverson, among others.
» Children of Grass
Children of Grass is an ongoing project by B.A. Van Sise, to make conceptual portraits of America’s most notable living poets- its poets laureate, its Pulitzer Prize winners, its best literary artists. The images are visual riffs on pieces by the poets themselves. The photographs and poems will be displayed in the Commanding Officer’s House during the festival.
» Your Words, Not Mine: a Blackout Poetry Event
Reading about world news can take our breath away. But we can’t let the turmoil chip away our hearts. Armed with markers and pens, we’ll create blackout poetry from words found in newspapers and news magazines. We’ll darken the page, but never our spirits.
Born in Brooklyn and now living in Georgia, Erica Gerald Mason is an author, poet, and speaker. Erica work explores creativity, happiness, love, feminism, pop culture, and current events. Her work appears in several publications and journals, and she was a featured poet in the 2016 and 2017 Sundance Film Festival Indie Lounge. Her book of poetry, I Am A Telescope: Science Love Poems is available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon. Find her blog and poetry at www.ericageraldmason.com.
» Words Write You
Mining the smallest bits of ephemera, from rabbit-eared book pages to cracks in the asphalt, Aliza Tucker acts as a detective whose primary investigation is to understand herself. Words Write You is an installation featuring a wide range of her word-based findings. These ‘writer blocks’ feature everything from found one-cut poetry and typewriter work, to painted words and photographs. All limited-edition pieces on display were hand-transferred to wood by the artist.
» Between Two Trees
The visual artist Michael Krasowitz will present a collaborative work called “Between Two Trees”.
As part of the NY Poetry Festival, Michael will create unique artworks. He will ask the poets in attendance to collaborate with him, creating their reactions to the piece he spontaneously creates. The final pieces will be displayed on a clothesline hung between two trees at the reading site.
Michael encourages poets to come to his space to participate in the creation of these unique works. He will create a unique Facebook page to showcase the works created throughout the day.
» A Renga by Rosemont College
Renga means “linked poem.” To create a poem in this collaborative form, poets take turns composing its alternating three-line and two-line stanzas.
The activity we have planned for the festival is to create an ongoing renga; each poet who stops by our porch will write either a stanza that has the same structure as a haiku—three lines with a total of seventeen syllables—or a couplet with seven syllables per line. This pattern will continue, alternating like this until the festival ends.
The theme of our renga is hope (in a time of dwindling hope). The language of this poetic form lends itself to that theme, as it is traditionally pastoral, incorporating words and images drawn from nature. The completed work will be published in the online spring edition of Rathalla Review, the literary magazine of Rosemont College: www.rathallareview.org.
» QWERT Poetry
Poetry upon request by Pierce Logan–your subject, your price. Smith-Corona typewriter, TV dinner table. Also: will teach small children to type if they are cute.