» 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.
» 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 above information applies to the 2016 New York City Poetry Festival! Please check back next year for the 2017 information.