Info / Faq
- Venue gates open at 11:00AM each day and
- Venue gates close at 6:00PM each day
- Rain or Shine
- Line Up / Set times subject to change
- The festival is all ages.
The New York City Poetry Festival is programmed entirely by the organizations that make poetry readings happen in this city. If you would like to read at the festival, we suggest that you contact your publisher, collective, reading series, or other organization with which you are associated and encourage them to apply to host a reading at the event. If you’re just starting out and aren’t a part of a larger poetry organization, we suggest that you bring some poems and read at the Ring of Daisies open mic, which you can sign up for on site at the Information table!
Nope, it’s free! However, if you register on Eventbrite, you’ll be entered to win a New York City Poetry Festival tote bag filled with signed copies of books by the festival’s 2017 featured readers.
Directions to the island and the festival grounds are available here.
Unfortunately, the Governors Island ferry is not free, except at 10am and 11am on Saturdays and Sundays both in Manhattan and Brooklyn. However, the rest of the ferry times require a payment of $2 roundtrip. There is a $4 one-way fee for the East River Ferry to Governors Island.
Ferries leave exactly at their scheduled times, so please plan to arrive a few minutes early to board. The ferry ride from Brooklyn and Manhattan takes about 10-15 minutes. The walk to the festival grounds from the ferry landings takes an additional 10-15 minutes. The first performance begins at 11:30am. The last performance each day finishes at 5:30pm. We recommend that you come early and stay all day! But certainly plan to arrive at the ferry at least 30 minutes before you would like to arrive at the festival.
Yes, a list of set times will be posted in June 2017 on our Lineup page.
Our featured readers this year are Sapphire, Deborah Landau, Aja Monet, and Patrick Phillips. Find out more about each of them here.
If you’d like to hear from The Poetry Society of New York from time to time and stay up to date on the latest from The Poetry Brothel, The Typewriter Project, and the New York City Poetry Festival, you can sign up for our mailing list by clicking here.
Your attendance is all that really matters, but if you are feeling extra generous, you can make a fully tax-deductible donation to The Poetry Society of New York! If you would like to become a festival sponsor, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you so much for your interest!
The average high in New York City on July 26th since 1974 has been 84 degrees F.
We recommend that you bring sunscreen, a blanket to lounge on, an appetite for food and books and cash to satiate it, a bag big enough to carry your books home, and some of your own poetry to read at our open mic Ring of Daisies! Parasols, tote bags, tee-shirts, and journals will also be available for sale! Or you can buy them online here.
Submit your art here!
Yes, apply to be a volunteer here!
Please do not pass out flyers in or outside the event. If you would like to be a vendor/exhibitor and distribute flyers at your table, apply to become a vendor here.
If you would like to inquire about being a food vendor at the New York City Poetry Festival, email Stephanie Berger at email@example.com.
Apply to become a non-food vendor here!
Yes. Bikes, quadracycles and tandems can be rented on Governors Island. Rental rates and details are available on the Governors Island website: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/biking.shtml.
Yes. The free public ferries to Governors Island take bicyclists and pedestrians to Governors Island during its public hours. You may park and lock your bike wherever you can find a spot, but Governors Island and the New York City Poetry Festival cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen bikes. Motorized bikes of any kind are not permitted.
No. And the Governors Island ferry staff will check your bags before you board the ferry. However, we do have a bar where you can purchase beer and wine for as low as $6 each. In NYC, that’s a steal!
Yes. But it is against the law to smoke them on the festival grounds. Smokers, bring your e-cigarettes along!
No. Sadly, pets are not allowed on Governors Island. 🙁
There are food trucks for every diet just outside the festival grounds at Liggett Terrace.
Absolutely. Governors Island currently does not have potable water, so no drinking fountains will be available. Water and food are available for purchase, but visitors can bring their own water as well.
Indoor bathrooms with sinks and flushable toilets are located in Building 110 at Soissons Landing, about a 5-10 minute walk from the festival grounds. There are also trailer bathrooms and port-a-sans located on the festival grounds.
Yes! The ferry, festival grounds, and restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.
There are security and emergency services on Governors Island when it is open to the public. EMTs are available to respond to medical emergencies. Two security guards will be on the festival grounds at all times responding to any kind of emergency.
Yes. ATMs are located in Building 110 at Soissons Landing, about a 5-10 minute walk from the festival grounds.
The Trust for Governors Island operates a lost and found. Please call 212-809-3299 if you lost something on-site. However, The New York City Poetry Festival and Governors Island cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items. Please try to hold onto your things!
No. However, parasols will be available for sale!
Yes, you can! Check out The Poetry Society of New York website.
Maps will be handed out for free at the festival entrance.
Nope. Please make sure your cell phone is charged as much as possible when you arrive.
Feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!