Line Up

  • Participating organizations are listed below in alphabetical order. For a complete timetable of the festival’s readings, click the link above.

  • Featuring Taikeya J, Duce Geez, Che’la and Cristina Collazo

    Returning to New York City’s Poetry Festival for the 2nd time, Abstract Voices step on stage to tell stories that have shaped our lives one way or another.

    Abstract Voices is an organization that embraces uniqueness through expression and motivates each Speaker to embrace their inner voice. As an Abstract Voice, we believe as the founder Taikeya J explains, “If you learn to take action of your voice, than you will take action of your life.”

  • Featuring Ellen Rachlin and others

    Antrim House strives to publish the best poetry by writers from all parts of the country, with a special emphasis on emerging poets. We prefer work that does not cater to the academic establishment but is part of the continuum of work produced by writers the likes of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Richard Wilbur, Mary Oliver, Mark Doty, Jane Kenyon, and Galway Kinnell. We also stress the importance of oral presentation, encouraging our authors to perform their work as widely as possible. We hope to cultivate wider appreciation of a vibrant literary form that too often goes unnoticed in the midst of pop culture’s noise-making. While we have no bias toward formal or informal, traditional or innovative work, we do insist that Antrim House writing be both comprehensible and resonant, rewarding multiple readings by revealing itself gradually but also avoiding the sort of inscrutability too much in vogue. When the poetry we publish has a political slant, we like it to abide by Emily Dickinson’s dictum: “Tell all the Truth but tell It slant.” That is, we favor the work of a writer like Martín Espada, whose political poetry is imagistic rather than abstract. If we publish poetry that might be termed “confessional,” we insist that it be universal and not purely personal. Finally, we believe that high seriousness and high humor can cohabit. We side with Shakespeare against Racine.

    At Antrim House, we know that when poetry speaks simply and plainly, while at the same time retaining a sense of mystery and offering multiple levels of meaning, it can be as popular an art form in this country as it already is in others.

  • Featuring Tamra Chen, Hillel Broder, Stephanie Blanch-Byer, Pinny Bullman

    Art Kibbutz is a volunteer-driven artists’ community, residency, and a hub that offers artists of all mediums, ages, backgrounds, nationalities, and affiliations opportunities to explore universal issues through a Jewish artistic lens. Art Kibbutz provides inspiring and peaceful space to work, learn and seriously explore the rich heritage of Jewish experience that informs their creative process.

    Art Kibbutz explores important conversations about economic, environmental, and social conditions in a 21st century Jewish context. Art Kibbutz is an artist-driven, grassroots, volunteer organization with a 501c3 status.

  • A reading from poets from ¡Manteca! An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets. Containing the work of more than 40 poets—equally divided between men and women—who self-identify as Afro-Latino, ¡Manteca! is the first poetry anthology to highlight writings by Latinos of African descent. The themes covered are as diverse as the authors themselves. Many pieces rail against a system that institutionalizes poverty and racism. Others remember parents and grandparents who immigrated to the United States in search of a better life, only to learn that the American Dream is a nightmare for someone with dark skin and nappy hair. But in spite of hardship, faith remains. Anthony Morales’ grandmother, like so many others, was “hardwired to hold on to hope.” There are love poems to families and lovers. And music—salsa, merengue, jazz—permeates this collection.

  • A monthly poetry series recently instituted at the historic Landmarked Montauk Club in Park Slope, Brooklyn, consisting of a mix of featured and open mic readers, with a view towards presenting the best that the tri-State area can offer in an extraordinary venue fashioned in 1889 after a Venetian palazzo. For those who want to be heard in a setting commensurate with the aesthetics expressed by our finest poets, different from and in addition to the usual dive bars and small bookstores at which readings may currently be found.

  • Featuring Gemma Weeks, Andi Talarico, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Camilo Roldan

    At The Inkwell, founded in 2013, is a New York City-based supporter of published writers through features, book reviews and readings. Founder Monique Antonette Lewis created At The Inkwell to help authors get more exposure to an increasingly crowded literary market. We feature writers across a variety of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Today our reading series is held in Denver, London, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Richmond.

  • Featuring Michael Collins, Olena Marukhnyak, Stephanie Rogers

    Founded in 2011, Boundless Tales Reading Series is the longest-running reading series in the borough of Queens, NYC! Readings run the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm. Four readers are featured for the evening. The goal of this series is to provide a venue for writers who are passionate about their writing, and who would like to share their work in a public forum. We’re interested in daring, funny, poignant, weird, perceptive, unique work.

  • Featuring Sasha Smith, Oscar Sanders, Allyson Oliveras aka Freaky Haiku, Akeema Lottman

    Born and bred in the Bronx, the BLAQLIST is a collective dedicated to promoting local creativity as well as the businesses throughout the borough.

  • Featuring Elisabet Velasquez, t’ai freedom ford, and Daniel Borzutzky

    Brooklyn Poets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization celebrating and cultivating the poets, poetry and literary heritage of Brooklyn, the birthplace of American poetry.

    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, with a summer stop on Governor’s Island. Readings are free and open to the public.

    Each reading features three poets, with at least one from Brooklyn. We take pride in featuring emerging poets alongside more established poets, making a special effort to include those from underrepresented groups. Readings are curated by Jason Koo.

  • An organization that hires artists for community events as well as open mics and shows.

  • Featuring Amy Strauss Friedman, Marie La Vina, Katie Longofono, Carly Joy Miller

    Produced by Leah Umansky & DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series entering their 7th year, held on the Lower East Side at The Delancey. The series features both emerging and established poets. Time Out New York called COUPLET “one of the best places to see poetry in NYC!”

  • Featuring Amber Atiya, Robert Gibbons, Juliet P. Howard, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Alena Singleton, and Phillip J. Ammonds 

    Rainbows Across the Diaspora a poetic and cultural journey exploring the rich lives of LGBTQ people. This series is currently being hosted as a apart of Dixon Place’s queer text reading series.

  • Featuring Adam McGovern, Patrice Miller, Bob Laine, Alexis Moon, Linus Gelber, Amy Overman, Kahle Alford, Yelena Tylkina

    DYSFUNCTIONAL THEATRE COMPANY is a collective dedicated to producing ensemble works that challenge the status quo without taking themselves too seriously. Its mission is to show audiences the joys of live theatre (as well as poetry, visual art and installation); give exposure to new artists; rediscover forgotten works of previous centuries; and provide a supportive environment for artists to grow and expand their work. Dysfunctional’s original play I Shall Forget You Presently, based on the poetry and life of American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, was the winner of the 2014 FRIGID Audience Choice Award, and their live poetry experience Summer to Your Heart, also based on Millay, has been presented here on Governors Island. Recent productions include A Dysfunctional Variety Hour; Making History; A Clamour of Cabaret; Final Defenders; Unlicensed; Brew of the Dead II: Oktoberflesh; The 8: Reindeer Monologues; Arsenic & Old Lace; The Dysfunctional Guide to Home Perfection, Marital Bliss & Passionate Hot Romance (winner: FRIGID 2009 Audience Choice & Sold Out Show Awards); Brew of the Dead; and Chosen (winner: 2008 FRIGID Sold Out Show Award). 2017 is the third year that Dysfunctional Theatre Co. has sponsored the Dysfunctional Collective, an artists’ residency on Governors Island. Offerings include poetry, dance, photography, textiles and participatory kids’ programming in addition to theatre.

  • Featuring Olu Ogunlade, Liz Cloutier, Cindy Chang, Maya Henry, Monica Janvier, Edwin Torres, Lev Kravchenko, Lucille Morel, Ayisha Siddiqua

    The Writing Institute is a three year high school writing program at a large comprehensive arts-based high school in Midwood, Brooklyn. We try to foster the student’s sense of themselves as a writers, deepen their daily practice, expose them to a variety of genres and models, encourage them to perform and publish their work, and give them a home in an otherwise very large institution.

  • Featuring Cortney Lamar Charleston, Rico Frederick & zakia henderson-brown

    If an epiphany is a moment of sudden revelation, Epiphany, the literary journal, is a crucible of those moments, expressed in fiction, memoir and poetry. Our biannual journal gives voice to the talented and innovative writers of the 21st Century. In its fifteen years of operation, Epiphany has established a reputation as a magazine that supports both emerging and established writers—from near and from afar—whose explorations of new territory may not have found validation elsewhere, wherever they fall on the spectrum from experimental to traditional.

  • Featuring Peter Marra, David Mills, Richard Jeffrey Newman, Valerie G. Keane

    First Tuesdays, a neighborhood reading series, meets at Espresso 77 in Jackson Heights on the first Tuesdayof the month, September through June. We are an open mic-featured reader reading series, where people who have never read their work in front of an audience get up and do so next to prize-winning writers in all genres. Find out more on our website and on Facebook.

  • Featuring Susana Case, Pat Mottola, Christine Beck, Gary Glauber

    Five Oaks Press is an independent press that publishes poetry chapbooks and full-length collections, as well as literary fiction (coming soon!). We host readings at AWP and nominate for the Pushcart Prize and any other awards we can find for our authors.

    All of our titles are perfect-bound, with ISBN numbers, and are made available for purchase through our website. Our full-length collections are distributed by Ingram. We are mainly a print-on-demand publisher (meaning we don’t keep a large inventory of physical books), so we ask that our authors partner with us to market their works, which usually means committing to the purchase of a print run of the title (as their budgets allow) to sell at readings and/or festivals.

    We also run The Live Oak Review, an online journal devoted to author interviews and book reviews of contemporary poetry, literary fiction and creative nonfiction.

    Contact us at Here is information about our staff and a sample of the poetry we have published since 2014.

  • Featuring Marina Carreira, Juliet P Howard, Peter Kirn, Lynne McEniry, Nkosi Nkululeko

    Get Fresh Books LLC is a cooperative publishing press dedicated to publishing poetry in new and innovative ways. We do not operate within the contest system, and are working to evolve outdated publishing models.

  • Featuring Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Emily Brandt, & Zoë Bodzas

    Gigantic Sequins is your favorite black & white print literary arts journal. GS was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Philadelphia, and currently lives primarily in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, with outposts in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, & more. We’re known for the quality fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art, & comics we print as well as our unique design & aesthetic. Our editors like to publish writers & artists who have their hands in various sorts of figurative creative cookie jars, as well as writers & artists at a variety of different stages in their careers. We publish two issues each year, one in the summer and one in the winter. Our all-volunteer staff helps cultivate a space for writing & art that reaches beyond the printed literary arts & into other parts of our neighborhoods. We aim to be the print literary arts journal on your shelf that starts a lasting conversation. We’ve published work from Morgan Parker, Nick Flynn, Jose Hernandez Diaz, Colette Arrand, Dana Fang, Sarah Rose Etter, Jim Daniels, Emily O’Neill, Keetje Kuipers, Melissa Goodrich, Yelena Moskovich, Kamden Hilliard, & more. Each summer, we feature work from Teen poets on our blog. We also hold annual flash fiction and poetry contests. Past judges have included Lauren Grodstein, Jericho Brown, Jennifer DuBois, Annie Liontas, Dawn Lundy Martin, Mat Johnson, Lucas de Lima & more.

  • Featuring C. Bain, John Paul Davis, Kearah-Armonie, Eliel Lucero, and Michelle Whittaker

    great weather for MEDIA focuses on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative. We are based in New York City and showcase both national and international writers. As well as publishing the highest quality poetry and prose in solo collections and in our yearly open submission anthology, we organize numerous events in New York City and across the country. Find us every Sunday 4pm at the Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston St, for our reading series GWFM Spoken Word Sundays.

  • Featuring Billy Cancel, Nancy Lewis, Magnus Barnard, Dale Tedder, Genevieve Fernworthy

    Hidden House Press was launched in 2009 by Brooklyn-based composer & multi-instrumentalist, Genevieve Fernworthy (LAUDS, Tidal Channel) as a way to self-publish + release music, writing, and interactive art.

    Specializing in limited edition series of chapbooks, broadsides, and other poetry-based art work, as well as interesting formats of music albums + single releases, HHP seeks to print, distribute, and promote works by sound artists, writers, and performers who wish to retain their artistic integrity while pursuing experimental processes and art production.

  • Featuring Gil Fagiani, Peter Marra, Tim Tomlinson and Queens Poet Laureate, Maria Lisella

    The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months. Visit and join us at

  • Featuring Ron Whitehead, Jinn Bug, Bob Mcneil, Gregg Dotoli, Olena Jennings, and James Browning Kepple

    The Jackie Robinson Poetry Day is a chance opportunity for members of the Harlem community to celebrate Harlem’s Literary Heritage at Jackie Robinson Park this September 16, 2017. An open Mic, Chapbook Creation Station, and a poetry contest are all open and available for members of the community to participate! We look forward to the continued support and exploration of the Harlem Renaissance and its future here in Manhattan.

  • Featuring Tayllor Johnson, Jessica Torres, Jamara Mychelle Wakefield

    In this age of American cultural stagnation and imitation, we need bold, innovative, fearless young artists to forge a new era of music and art. With this as our mission, New Revolution Arts features daring, cutting edge, new and revolutionary music, poetry, and visual art. This series focuses on the emerging generation of artists playing new improvisational, avant-garde, and experimental music in Brooklyn.

  • Featuring Natalie Caro, Tina B. Marie, Orlando Ferrand, & Modesto “Flako” Jimenez

    La Pluma y La Tinta started with three women workshopping stories in a Brooklyn, New York living room, and morphed into an organization focused on inspiring, elevating, and shining a spotlight on diverse writers and poets.

    Founder Raquel Ivelisse Penzo (My Ego Likes the Compliments…And Other Musings on Writing) is a writer, editor, and literary event curator from Brooklyn, NY.

  • Featuring Emily Alta Hockaday, Oscar Sanders, William Shunn

    Line Break is an eclectic live literary magazine staged monthly at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. We feature local writers of all disciplines and genres, and always attempt to feature two poets on every program.

  • Featuring Sherry Pan

    Our organization focus on literary education towards Chinese children. We published children poetry book in China based in Wuhan. Our major writer Sherry Pan is also a Chinese poet who has published two poetry books in China. She did a poetry reading in Housingworks bookstore last year and has some translated works.

  • Featuring Brian Sheffield, Craig Kite, Billy Cancel, Shelby Cook

    Mad Gleam Press is a small, bilingual, independent press based in New York City and Paris. It is comprised of Brian Sheffield, Craig Kite, and Claire Durand-Gasselin.
    Mad Gleam Press was created to show the constant dialogue that exists between the visual and literary arts.

  • Featuring Angel Rodriguez, Randy Liban, Cecil Williams, Ijazza El-Nawaybun, Tanya Robinson

    NAMI Poetry Workshop is biweekly support group that meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday every month. Since 2003, NAMI Poetry workshop is where poets gather to share their own stories, tips and techniques through poetry. It is also a place to learn and experiment while encouraging others to keep reading and keep writing. We also give participants the opportunity to study poetry and get feedback on their own work, share and talk freely in a safe and inclusive space without fear and judgement, and allow the collective creative process to help with both communication and socialization skills. We are also putting together a book which is in the works for the past decade.

  • The National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981) is the only labor union representing writers in every genre. With 13 chapters nationally, the NWU works to advance economic and working conditions of writers — lobbying for legislation, initiating lawsuits, educating writers on their rights, networking, organizing picket lines, publicizing viable alternatives to unfair practices by both the traditional and Internet publishers, and by mobilizing members to fight for their collective self-interest.

    NWU Member Benefits: Press passes; Tools to Earn More from your Writing; Contract and grievance help; Advice along the way; Traveling to promote your work; Advocacy; Find a Union Writer; Share your writing story; Help with health insurance; Union Plus benefits

  • Featuring Kristi Carter, Charlie Bondhus, Pat Hale, Kevin Hinkle, Christine Higgings

    Naugatuck River Review is a journal of narrative poetry. We are in our 9th year of publication. We are planning a reading by five NY area poets who have published in NRR.

  • Featuring Matthew Hupert, Puma Perl, Thomas Fucaloro, Bambi Levine, Francine Witte

    We are a long running open workshop in new york city with loose rules and a tight aesthetic.

  • Featuring Jennifer Fritch, Roy Word Smith, Charles Rifici, Amanda Midriff, Wayne & Eric Freitag, Judith Lagana, Barry Gross, Amy Rosi, john j mckenna

    A long standing art collective in New Hope, Bucks County PA (nestled along the Delaware River). A spoken word community of predominantly poets & writers (albeit painters & musicians are members as well) meet monthly in a circle to share their WordArt. NHBPS also hosts one to two Poetry festivals per year. All are welcome in the light.

  • Featuring Giulia Evangelista, Kraig Puccia, Seth Ewing-Crystal, Greta Lunder, Daniel Friedman, Ariella Rosen

    The New York Browning Society was founded in 1907 to study the poetry, life, and times of Robert Browning (1812-1889), and of his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1851). Our programs reflect the extraordinary diversity of their interests and restless intellects and also encompass most of Victorian literature and culture, for the Brownings knew practically everyone in that extraordinary era. The Society also founded The Browning Institute, which saved the poets’ Florentine home, Casa Guidi, from commercial development. We welcome visitors to our meetings at the National Arts Club, which are held at 1:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of October through May. Our May gathering is the Society’s annual meeting and lunch to commemorate the birth of Robert Browning on May 7, 1812.

    In addition to programs by distinguished speakers, we present the awards for our annual citywide high school poetry contest at our May Luncheon that invites over 120+ Public, Private, and Parochial school in the 5 boros to participate. The winners are our guests, and read their work for us. They also are invited to perform here at the New York City Poetry Festival.Our ongoing collaboration with nearby Xavier High School encourages interested students to attend and participate in our meetings.

  • Featuring Judith Berger, Marcus Emel, Laura Goldin, Hermine Meinhard

    New York Writers Workshop is an alliance of published authors and professional writers of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, plays and screenplays, who live and teach in New York City and a growing list of locales across the globe.

    We are dedicated to offering professional guidance, resources and workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and help writers achieve their goals.

    • We nurture and encourage writers of all levels and all ages, from teens to seniors, from aspiring beginners to established writers seeking motivation or direction
    • We offer a wide range of courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in multiple genres, including short fiction, the novel, children’s and young adult fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, the screenplay, playwriting and speech writing.
    • We offer a unique opportunity for students to develop their craft, sharpen their communication skills, and  receive guidance from industry professionals on how to get their work published or performed.
    • We are dedicated to public service, and we engage in regular community outreach activities. Please contact us if you would like to arrange for a workshop or tutorial led by one of our expert faculty in your community.
  • Newtown Literary Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting writers and writing in Queens, NY. Our flagship project is the publication of a semiannual literary journal featuring new work by writers living in or originally from the largest borough in New York City. We also hold free writing classes for adults, teens, and kids around the borough, and a biennial writing contest for kids and teens. Throughout the year, all over Queens, we hold readings, workshops, and other literary events.

    Newtown, the organization’s namesake, was one of the original towns incorporated into the New York City borough of Queens in 1898. To read more about Newtown, Queens, visit the Newtown Historical Society.

  • Featuring Joshua Escobar, Marwa Helal

    No, Dear aims to bring together the voices of New York City poets who might not otherwise be in dialogue: both emerging and established poets from diverse backgrounds who are living and writing in New York City’s five boroughs. In collaboration with Small Anchor Press, ND/SA publishes first chapbooks by NYC poets. We aspire to disrupt a field that has historically privileged white patriarchal perspectives by building a publication and communal/critical dialogue that strives to be largely representative of women-identified poets, and poets of color and of all gender orientations.

  • O.N.E.= Improv Poetry Show @ Art Share hosted by Terence Leclere. Poets, performers & special guest improvise a live poetic piece.

    Exploring extemporaneous expression brings an immediacy and danger to any art form it is applied to. In this case, performers are encouraged to jump off of their comfort ledge and flail pretty as we watch them fly into the mystery.

  • Featuring Samantha Fix, Pavel Lvov, et. Al.

    A group of artist working together to bride the gap between art, commerce and politics.

  • Featuring Katrinka Moore, R.S. Deese, & Caroline Beasley-Baker

    Pelekinesis is an independent book publishing company focusing on the development of literary-minded authors and artists by embracing the evolving publishing paradigm and creatively supporting the skills of these talented individuals.

  • Featuring Pamela Sneed, Candace Williams, and Simone Wolff

    PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
    PEN America is the largest of more than 100 centers of PEN International. For more than 90 years, we have been working together with our colleagues in the international PEN community to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. In doing so, we are building on a tradition begun in the years following World War I and carried forward by thousands of American writers.
    Our strength is our membership—a nationwide community of novelists, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other professionals, and an even larger network of devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.

  • Featuring Marissa Ayala, Maria Candelario, Bonnie Chau, Nikkita Mcpherson, Desiree Rucker

    For more than 120 years, Pen + Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women and non-men in the literary and visual arts, through art shows, readings, workshops, and publications in our independent press. This summer we will be hosting a series of poetry workshops, lead by Marissa Ayala, that will encourage participants to develop their voices as poet-activists. The participants will join us at this reading. At Pen + Brush, we believe that art and literature created by women deserves to be recognized and valued on its merit – not judged by the gender of the maker.

  • Featuring Kevin Becker, “The Ancient Mariner” Phillip Giambri, Pauline Finlay, Burt Baroff, Linda Kleinbub

    Pen Pal Poets is a New York City group of diverse poets, storyteller, and performers that curates poetry readings throughout the city.

  • Featuring published writers Casey Ramos and Sidney Tolentino, performer Anna Surendra, staff writer Caitlin So, guest Masfi Khan, special guest spoken word poet Thomas Fucaloro, and Editor-in-Chief Aaron Fernando.

    The Phoenix is the completely student-run literary and art magazine of Townsend Harris High School. Located in Flushing, NY, we produce four issues a year and host monthly readings in our school library. Most importantly, we play host to a diverse array of student writers, artists, and photographers as a place for self-expression in the school, free from the constraints of rigorous exams and courses. This is our first reading at the New York City Poetry Festival, and we couldn’t be more excited to be here! Find out more on our website at

  • Featuring Emi Bergquist as Monah Mayhem, Kate Belew as Bambi, Christine Aletti as Diana D’Adriatique, Nicholas Oliver Moore as Commodore Benedict Bartlett, Bernadette McCommish as Tallula Rossa, Tara Dallow as Lulu LeGrand, Kailey Tedesco as Hortensia Celeste, Rachel Boyadjis as Cosette Chapiteau, Cierra Martin as Celestia LaFolle, Jackie Braje as Pavlina Vera, Allison Sylvia as Hypatia Wonderland, Vesta Vaingloria as herself, Sara Zepezaur as Sadie, Kevin Devaney as The Impresario, Terence Leclere as Jacques Used, Molly Kirschner as Miri Rose, and your hosts, Charley Layton as Mister Charley, Nicholas Adamski as Tennessee Pink, and Stephanie Berger as The Madame

    The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of both male and female poets as “whores,” each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the “poetry whores” are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Central to the experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience function as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and audience can be themselves in private.

  • Featuring Sandra Dumeix & Calvin Welch

    Two artists presenting a musical art poetry show.
    Sandra Dumeix as a songwriter fall in love with the rhythms and energy of Calvin Welch.
    From then, both work on creating art performance from poetry, singing, percussions and dance show.

  • Featuring Sapphire, Aja Monet, Deborah Landau, and Patrick Phillips

    The Poetry Society of New York (PSNY) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in New York City that is dedicated to promoting poetry within our culture. More specifically, the society focuses on finding innovative ways of delivering poetry to the public and on strategic community building within the poetry world. Founded by Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski, PSNY began programing events in late 2007 with the fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas. PSNY’s activities heavily emphasize event production and interactive art installations with additional activities in the fields of publishing and digital media. PSNY’s geographical focus is on New York City and the surrounding areas, but its efforts also ripple nationally and internationally. Currently, its primary programs are The Poetry Brothel, The New York City Poetry Festival, and The Typewriter Project.

  • Featuring Catherine James, Harvey Pacht, Gerard Grant, Michael Gullen, Karen LePatner, Nana Yaa Serwaa Bonsu, Keith Ash, Ackeem Webster

    The voices of the developmentally disabled are so marginalized as to be almost silent. For the most part we are segregated and not seen as capable of participating in movements of community, art or resistance. ‘Poets of Course’ a poetry collective that has presented across the city and whose “ . . . reason for getting up each day is to challenge all outdated notions of ability, one poem at a time”. We use our experiences of being ‘outsided’ to create poetry that entertains, informs and breaks down preconceptions.

    Poetry can be a ‘Trojan Horse’ by which we hear alternate stories and histories that contradict established wisdom. Due to ongoing segregation, the general population rarely connects with a person with an intellectual disability. This means most people are never asked to reevaluate what they know. Instead of continuing in the perceived wisdom that people with disabilities are ‘incapable’ the public at large ought to have the opportunity to hear poetry that ‘edutains’ and makes people laugh.

  • Featuring Ed Lurs, Mike Krasowitz, George Wallace, Kelly Powell, Kate Kelly, Charles Peter Watson, Pete Aravelo, Chris Nicola

    We are a group of poets from Long Island who read at various open mike’s in Suffolk County. One of our group, George Wallace, is the former poet laureate of Long Island and is well known in NYC. The work ranges from Beat influences to conceptual structures, each artist is unique.

  • Featuring Sharon Mesmer, Gregory Crosby, Stephanie Berger, Laurie Stone, and Sarah Sarai

    Posit is an online quarterly of innovative poetry, prose, and visual art. We publish carefully curated, highly accomplished work that is challenging and aesthetically broadening, but not circumscribed by affiliation with any specific aesthetic or artistic movement. Posit is committed to publishing work by writers and artists of all nationalities, ages, races, gender identifications, sexual orientations, and career stages.

  • Featuring Armando Jaramillo Garcia, Catherine Blauvelt, Chris Hosea

    Prelude is an award-winning journal of poetry and criticism based in Brooklyn. In addition to our monthly web publications and yearly print issues, Prelude also publishes full-length poetry collections through our imprint, Prelude Books.

  • Featuring Christine Stoddard, Miranda Dennis, Kaylin Kaupish, Jessica Reidy, Deniz Zeynep, Benjamin Nardolilli

    Quail Bell Magazine is a place for real and unreal stories. Our readers are curious, creative, and compassionate fairy punks who are citizens of the world. All members of The Quail Bell Crew respect and embrace all cultures, excluding only the sexist, racist, homophobic, and otherwise unkind and uncompromising. It is because of this open-mindedness and positivity that Quail Bell Magazine is fortunate enough to publish content by contributors from across the globe. Quail Bell Magazine encourages original thought, open dialogue and community-building through content that explores the relationship between The Real and The Unreal. We value the arts, history, folklore, and other oddities often not mentioned in mainstream magazines. As a woman-run publication, we strive to publish only the highest-quality content that not only challenges readers, but lets them have a little fun and maybe enjoy a little cuteness, too. We are not attempting to produce a magazine that is purely literary or purely journalistic, but, rather, somewhere in between for results that are inspiring and informative.

  • Featuring Sarah Sala, Trae Durica, Aldrin Valdez

    A monthly reading series at Dixon Place featuring LGBTQ writers and performers.

  • Featuring RA Araya, Joi Sanchez, Jani Rose, Noah Levin, Mia Hansford, Goodleaf, Katherine Arnoldi

    RA Araya has been hosting and producing poetry events in NYC since 1992

  • Featuring Mike Foldes, Mario Moroni, James Glasgow

    Ragazine.CC is the global online magazine of arts, information and entertainment. Started 13 years ago as a way to share work among a few friends, Ragazine has grown to become a leading online Arts zine. In addition to features on visual arts, we publish music and book reviews, fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, poetry, travel features, photo essays and more. Being independent, we’ve been able to provide one of the more eclectic offerings on the internet stage. As a 501c3 affiliate, we depend on contributions from our growing family of readers and contributors.
    Geographically, we’ve been around the globe, bringing readers contemporary arts news from Buenos Aires to China, Sao Paolo to South Africa, Ireland to Mumbai, Japan to Germany, Ecuador to Ghana and Pakistan to France. Contributors have included W. D. Snodgrass, Paul West, Ben Jones, Albert Watson, Art Kane, Ralph Gibson, Stephen Poleskie, Walter Gurbo, Ultra Violet, Raul Villareal, Jose Rodeiro — and hundreds of other known and unknown artists, writers, photographers, reviewers and interviewers, cartoonists, political and social thinkers, musicians, travelers and poets.
    Our participation in this event is in conjunction with Binghamton Crossroads, a dynamic gathering that brings poetry and poetry performance to Upstate New York from around the world.
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  • Featuring Ellen Foos, Vasiliki Katsarou, Arlene Weiner, Carlos Hernandez Pena, Ruth Zamoyta

    Nonprofit, independent, cooperative poetry press. Books that inspire and provoke. Authors with passion and ideas. Readers who enjoy literature straight from the heart. Ragged Sky is more than a small press—it’s a forum for expression.

  • Featuring Joseph Adam Lee 

    Red Fox Runs Press is an independent publishing company owned by Joseph Adam Lee. Joseph is currently distributing “Red Fox Runs (Poems 2011-2016), a poetic journal that explores the trials and tribulations of a millennial living in New York City.

  • Featuring Claudia Serea, Zorida Mohammed, Anton Yakovlev, Mark Fogarty, John Barrale, Wayne Miller, Arthur Russell

    The Red Wheelbarrow Poets are a collective of poets based in the hometown of William Carlos Williams, Rutherford, NJ. The group hosts a weekly poetry workshop led by Jim Klein and a monthly reading series organized by The Gang of Five at the Williams Center in Rutherford. They also host another reading series at the GainVille Café, also in Rutherford, led by Mark Fogarty. Their annual journal “The Red Wheelbarrow” is celebrating ten years of relevant poetry in NY and NJ.

  • Featuring Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, Amelia Thompson, and select members of the Redeemer Writers Group

    The Redeemer Writers Group crafts words so that they might be light in a dark space, wildflowers breaking through cracks in the pavement, water to thirsty souls. We believe that in the beginning was the Word and that the Word became flesh, and so we write this poetry into our hearts and endeavor to share beauty, love, and hope in the words we write, the poems we read, the lives we lead. We have been meeting monthly for close to a decade to seek the flourishing of New York City. We hold discussions, critiques, readings, and conferences.

  • Featuring Kristina Moriconi, Rae Pagliarulo, Stacy Wong, Kara Cochran, Jennifer Rieger

    Rosemont’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing program supports writers as they embark upon their careers as poets, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and novel writers, with workshops and courses designed to help both established and emerging writers generate and revise work, sharpen their knowledge and practice of craft, and develop critical reading and editing skills. Our students prepare for the post-M.F.A. world as teachers, readers, presenters, bloggers, workshop leaders, writing group members, literary journal submission readers and editors, panel moderators, reviewers, published authors, and all the other various roles writers take on in the contemporary writing community. In partnership with the M.A. in Publishing programs, the M.F.A. in Creative Writing offers writers numerous electives and concentrations and the opportunity to work closely with faculty in each of the programs. It’s a program rapidly gaining a national reputation, one that artfully blends the creative arts with the “business” of publishing. We look forward to adding your voice to our rapidly growing ensemble of supportive, committed writers.

  • Featuring Joy Ladin, Shannon Hardwick, Rosalind Brenner, Mike Stutzman, Johanna Dominguez, Carly Bryant, and Bernadette McCommish

    A collection of poets past, present, and future who have been nurtured by Sarah Lawrence College.


  • Featuring Mervyn Taylor, Suzanne Cleary, Estha Weiner, Meredith Trede

    Slapering How Press was established in 1990 to advance the national and international conversation of poetry and poetics, principally by publishing and supporting the work of emerging poets. Since 1990, Slapering Hol Press (SHP) has published finely crafted poetry anthologies and chapbooks by promising new poets whose work has not yet appeared in book form and has fostered collaborations between new and established authors. SHP, the small press imprint of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, was founded by poet and editor Margo Taft Stever.

    For more than two decades, through publications, readings, and workshops, Slapering Hol Press has featured poets whose diverse themes of survival and hope cross cultures. On a strong foundation of aesthetic quality, Slapering Hol Press has sustained an enduring tradition of discovering new and significant voices in contemporary poetry.

  • Featuring Mirielle Clifford, Betsy Guttmacher, Julie Hart, AKaiser, Sara Emily Kuntz, Judy Schneier and Shelby Thompson

    Sweet Action Poetry Collective was founded in 2014 by Mirielle Clifford and Julie Hart. The group is based in Brooklyn, and was originally named not for the beer, but for a line in a poem that references the beer. Now, to us at least, “Sweet Action” means gathering to share our poems with each other and the public.

  • Featuring Ron Whitehead, Olena Jennings, Gregg Dotoli, Emily DeSa Leslie, Jana Astanov, Saira Viola, and James Browning Kepple

    Underground Books has been making street books since 1997. Trapped in the Subconscious somewhere downstairs, the printers ink still runs. We aim to aim it. Based in New York City, Houston, Kiev, Virginia, India and Gothenburg, we aim to please,poetry,please,poetry,please,poetry please we say, Publishing Artists on the Fringe, Check out all of our new original handmade in Harlem poetry manuscripts at and join the subterranean poetry scene of your mind 2017.

  • Featuring Bryon Cherry, Annie Grizzle, Georgia Lundeen, Sam Pekarske, and Troy Schoultz

    We are a small press in Milwaukee specializing in midwestern poetry. We have eleven titles to date and plan on much more. Our most recent title, Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters, features 47 Milwaukee poets in a time of vibrant resurgence for the craft in the area. We will feature a reading consisting of a handful of the poets included in this anthology.

  • Featuring Carla Criscuolo, Colin Drohan, Lizzy Fox, Elizabeth Austin, and Jesse Dàvila

    Vermont College of Fine Arts is a national center for graduate arts education fostering the excellence of established and emerging artists. We are among the first to develop the low-residency model for graduate study and programs have been called “the best of the best.” VCFA is home to master of fine arts writing programs—the low-residency MFA in Writing and MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, as well as the residential MFA in Writing & Publishing. VCFA is where poets and writers have come to deepen their craft through intense literary mentorship and supportive community for more than 35 years. Our groundbreaking MFA programs are innovative, immersive, rigorous, and transforming.

  • Featuring Susan Brennan, Lea Diaz, Mónica Sarmiento, Armand Ruhlman, Amanda Deutch, Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Maria Fernanda Snellings, Marina Blitshteyn, Amanda Micsak

    Wanderword is a Brooklyn, NY based collective who invent and produce site-specific, interactive poetry events.

    Our mission: to regale new audiences with forward-thinking blends of live performance, technology and anti-technology.

    Having the opportunity to bring poetry programming to Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival for the first time was a dream come true for the WanderWord team.

    We tasked ourselves with the hefty goal of curating a program of world class poetry while making this challenging material fun and palatable for those with no poetic background. We wanted to bring the power of personal, small group interactions to this 10k person festival crowd while surprising, engaging and enlightening as many people as possible over the 3 day event. In addition, we wanted to produce collaborative art works onsite and to move participants around the large and diverse museum campus.

    In conjunction with a greater team of 29 talented cohorts, we planned and executed three programs:

    1. Lost in the Words Poetry Trail: Festival goers followed a trail map to a dozen ‘trail stops’ – installations scattered throughout the 13 acre grounds. Participants streamed audio on their mobile device and engaged in a prize fueled scavenger hunt.
    2. Pop-Up Poets (PUPs): Roving bards used the element of surprise to stage energetic, interactive poetry in some of the strangest locations we could find.
    3. Collaborative Typewriter Poets: Master wordsmiths on antique typewriters forged new works based on input from participants – who walked away with a most unique and meaningful souvenir.

  • Featuring Nicole Goodwin, Eli Wright, Sarah Mess, Toni Topps, Walt Nygard, Omar Telan

    Warrior Writers is a veteran-focused arts organization that fosters artistic exploration and expression through casual, welcoming workshops and retreats. By reflecting and creating in a comfortable space, we encourage and support healing and community building. Art making becomes the creative tool through which we understand and transcend experiences of trauma and emotional disruptions that are not easily identified but constantly felt.

    Creative works are shared with the public in the form of books, performances and exhibitions, empowering veterans to share experiences openly and artistically, and providing opportunities for the broader public to understand veterans’ experiences. Through Warrior Writers, veterans have created a network of support and reprieve where artistic growth is developed and lasting friendships are built. Using art as language, we help bridge the gap between veterans and civilians.

  • Founded and directed by Pulitzer Prize winning winning poet, Philip Schultz, The Writers Studio offers serious, technique-oriented workshops to poets and fiction writers in NYC, Brooklyn, Tucson, San Francisco, Hudson Valley and Online. The Writers Studio celebrates its 30th anniversary with the anthology, The Writers Studio at 30, an anthology of work by advisory board members, teachers, and students, published by Epiphany Editions.

  • Featuring Gregory Crosby, Abigail Welhouse, Lisa Marie Basile

    We publish raw, honest, and experimental poetry by people who identify as queer, POC, women, and non-binary.