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The festival headliners, Jericho Brown, Camille Rankine, and Matthew Yeager will read on Sunday, July 31st at 4pm on the White Horse stage for The Poetry Society of New York.
Featuring Taikeya J, DuceGeez, Cristina C, Joshua Delgado
Breaking free from societies standards, Abstract Voices is an organization that embraces uniqueness through expression and motivates each Speaker to embrace their inner voice. As an Asbtract 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.” We step on the stage to tell stories that have shaped our lives one way or another.
Featuring Eduardo Martinez-Leyva, Elizabeth Onusko, Catherine Pond, Lucy Wainger
Founded in November 2010, The Adroit Journal is a quarterly publication that has been visiting the New York City Poetry Festival since July 2013. Recently recognized in Teen Vogue, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Verse Daily, and NPR, among others, the journal has featured the voices of Dorianne Laux, Alex Dimitrov, Laura Kasischke, Terrance Hayes, Lydia Millet, Ellen Bass, NoViolet Bulawayo, Diane Glancy, Ned Vizzini, and beyond. The journal is staffed by approximately sixty-five students from around the world, and also sponsors the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program, a free, entirely online program that pairs high school students from around the world with established mentors.
Apogee is a literary journal specializing in art and literature that engage with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, and hyphenated identities. We currently produce a biannual issue featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goal is to publish exciting work that interrogates the status quo, providing a platform for unheard voices, including emerging writers of color.
Winter Tangerine is a literary & arts magazine dedicated to the electric. We aim to disrupt the status quo. To amplify the unheard. To account for the unaccounted. To publish the unconventional, confront the uncomfortable, marvel in the mundane. We crave bitter honey and expired sweets. We believe in the power of art. We won’t apologize.
Featuring Patricia Eszter Margit, Julian Voloj and others
International Jewish artist residency program located on Governor’s Island Nolan Park 6B through the summer.
Featuring Stacie Evans, Cooper Wilhelm, Aimee Herman, Adjoa Jones de Almeida
Hosted by Stacey Kahn and Jess Martinez, Big Words Etc. is a monthly reading series that embraces democracy by letting each audience vote for the following month’s theme. Started in 2012 to give under-the-radar and emerging/aspiring writers a platform, we’ve developed into a community that lets everyone – from the professional writer to the lawyer or hair stylist with a poetic bent, to the audience member who’s not into writing but likes participating by voting on the theme – get involved.
Featuring BC Edwards, Hala Alyan, David Rigsbee, Maggie Schwed, Kevin Pilkington, Renee Ashley, Laura McCullough
Literary publisher of poetry, fiction, and translation.
Featuring Cristina del Canto
Blue Bonnet Review is a literary journal based out of Houston and New Orleans featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by established and emerging writers around the globe. Listed on several established writers’ resources, BBR is proudly recognized by both our colleagues and readers alike for the excellence in standard of writing we publish. We publish online daily and four print issues a year.
Featuring Catherine Fletcher, Andres Castro, Sydney Hartlove
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 at the Astoria Bookshop 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 Christopher Soto, Shira Erlichman, Thomas Fucaloro
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.
Featuring Susan Deer Cloud, Michael Czarnecki, Mariko Kitakubo, Deborah P. Kolodji, Joan I. Siegel, Jennifer Clark, David Giver, Teresa Mei Chuc, Drew Dillhunt, Emily Johnston, Kathabela Wilson, and George Wallace
Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective is a collective of four small presses (Shabda Press, Many Voices Press, Hummingbird Press & FootHills Publishing), two east of the Mississippi River and two west of the Mississippi River, who support each other in sharing and distributing poetry across the country.
Featuring John Deming, Melinda Wilson, Jackie Clark, Sam Woodworth, Dillon J. Welch, Christopher Salerno, Nico Vassilakis, Crystal Curry, Seth Graves, Peter Longofono, Stephanie Ann Whited
Coldfront, founded in 2006, reviews poetry books, reports on poetry and music, and publishes visual poetry.
Featuring Susan Lewis, Candace Williams, Stella Padnos-Shea, Silvia Bonilla
Produced by Leah Umansky & DJ Ceremony and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, Couplet is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & after-party by DJ Ceremony.
Featuring Brian Van Remmen, Michael Demyan, Matt Proctor, Ryan Buynak, Constance Renfrow
DenimSkin pursues a provocative, visceral style unrestricted by form, content, or meaning.
Question everything. Begin anywhere.
DenimSkin is the shadow, planting the bombdeath of bourgeois art in the back pocket of the city.
Featuring Donald Vincent, Michael Medeiros, Jill McDonough, Christine Hou, Karen Skolfield
The Emily Dickinson Museum includes The Homestead, where poet Emily Dickinson was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, home of the poet’s brother and his family. The two houses share three acres of the original Dickinson property in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts.The Emily Dickinson Museum is dedicated to educating diverse audiences about the poet’s life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance, and to preserving and interpreting the Homestead and The Evergreens as historical resources for public and academic enrichment.
We promote events and conduct workshops that highlight the educational, cultural and artistic aspects of Hip-Hop, poetry, environmental and visual arts within a framework to encourage self-reliance, self-expression and enhanced cognitive development. At each event/workshop we strive to connect with members using the medium of art and technology to re-imagine the world—never accepting what is, and always exploring what can be.
Featuring Corrina Bain, Khadjiah Johnson, Nkosi Nkululeko
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.
An eclectic event of performance and poetry showcasing a diverse range of poets from various communities. Curated by Gabriel Don.
Featuring Billy Cancel, Celie Daily, Charlie McCallister, Genevieve Fernworthy, Kate Camp
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 Armando Jaramillo Garcia, Alexis Pope, and Nina Puro
inter|rupture aims to startle and assault the current by providing readers with emerging and established artists who crave discovery. We publish three times a year–February, June, and October–and feature poetry. Our poems have been selected to appear in the Best of the Net Anthology three years in a row (2011, 2012, & 2013) and have been featured on Verse Daily.
Featuring Maria Lisella, Chloe De Filippis, Robert Viscusi, Angelo Zeolla, Angelica Roman, Nick Matros, Clare Ultimo, & Jessica Femiani
The Italian American Writers Association celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2016. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every second Saturday of the months. 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.
Featuring Sharon Mesmer, Lisa Marie Basile, Joanna Valente, Atoosa Grey, Ben Janse, Sean Damlos-Mitchell
Founded in 2011 and curated by Liz Axelrod, Jujo features new, up-and-coming, and renown NYC area poets. Jujo began as an informal New School MFA Tea House reading at the now defunct Jujomuckti Lounge on East 4th Street. The lounge was closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage in 2013. But storms are creation’s blood and they will never keep the poet down. We continue the reading series as a salute to the art and beauty always present in that wonderful East Village cafe.
Featuring Chris Santiago, Paul Tran, Arhm Choi, Eugenia Leigh
Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American writers can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively what legacy we will leave for our future generations as individuals and as a community.
Featuring Joe Pan, Erika Anderson, Edwin Alanis García, David Moscovich
LOUFFA PRESS is a micropress that focuses on printing limited edition chapbooks using letterpress technology. THE MISSION behind Louffa Press is to foster a venue for limited edition, collectible, handmade chapbooks by a wide array of authors whose voices must be heard. To introduce new and innovative flash fiction, short stories and poetry, and those forms less comfortably classified. To put forth into the world precious artifacts that embody in their physical form a meticulously tailored and individualist aesthetic.
Featuring Stephanie Valente, Yesenia Montilla, Deirdre Coyle
Luna Luna Magazine is a magazine dedicated to art, culture, occult, confession and lifestyle.
Featuring Janice A. Lowe
Based out of Oxford, Ohio, Miami University Press publishes poetry, poetry in translation, and novellas. Recent poetry titles include: LEAVING CLE by Janice A. Lowe, HER FAITHFULNESS by Liz Waldner, and MONETIZED by Alissa Quart.
Featuring Chialun Chang and Leila Ortiz
No, Dear publishes poetry by NYC poets in a twice annual print journal. With Small Anchor Press, we also publish chapbooks by emerging poets.
Featuring Angel Rodriguez, Randy Liban, Cecil Williams, Nina Goldworth, Ijazza El-Nawaybun
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, we work collaboratively with our state and national affiliates, and with other stakeholders in the community, to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system.
The purpose of the NWU, Local 1981 shall be to promote and protect the rights, interests, and economic advancement of members; to organize writers to improve professional working conditions through collective bargaining action; and to provide professional services to members.
The NWU, Local 1981 commits itself to representing the interests of the full range of writers in the US. in all genres, media and formats. These include writers of diverse cultures, ethnicities, politics, religions and racial identities; writers of all ages and all sexual/gender orientations; writers with disabilities; and writers at all levels of economic and commercial success.
Featuring Caitlin McDonnell, Michelle Meier, Carolyn Steinhoff
Nauset Press specializes in idiosyncratic books and art inspired by creative collaboration.Nauset Press is an independent publisher of print books and limited edition fine art prints. We specialize in idiosyncratic books: poetry, compendiums of art, beautiful photography, compelling content, and esoteric subject matter.
Featuring Matthew Hupert, Billy Cancel, Robert Gibbons, Jess Cording, & Bambi Levine
We are a group of poets dedicated to a tight aesthetic and a wide ranging psychology.
Featuring Julian Orillac, Isabella McIlvaine, Liam Kerwin, Destiny Bennett, Michelle Chen, Marie-Rose Sheinerman, Nicole Bass, Sarah Baum, Zach Struthers, Adrian Lajara
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 Gramercy Arts High School encourages interested students to attend and participate in our meetings.
Featuring Tim Tomlinson, Hermine Meinhard, Loren Kleinman, Jacqueline Bishop, Ravi Shankar
New York Writers Workshop is a not-for-profit collective of NYC-based writers and teachers with a long history of teaching and publication. NYWW’s mission emphasizes local community outreach. Recent work includes free workshop series in New York Public Library, and in Brooklyn and Queens libraries. Through its subsidiary, Prison Writes, NYWW provides creative writing workshops for incarcerated populations and at-risk youth. The NYWW reach is also global, with workshops and conferences having occurred in Australia, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. We are dedicated to offering professional guidance, resources and workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and help writers achieve their goals.
Featuring Ricardo Hernandez, Meera Nair, Peter Marra, Allison Escoto
Newtown Literary is a literary journal dedicated to writers from and who write about Queens, NY. We look for fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry that go beyond entertainment and storytelling.
Newtown, the journal’s namesake, was one of the original towns incorporated into the New York City borough of Queens in 1898. The diversity of Queens is our inspiration and we hope to fill the journal with a myriad of stories, experiences, and voices.
Newtown Literary is published semi-annually in electronic and paper formats.
Featuring Yi Wu, Shareef Swindell, Dallas Athent, Melissa Hunter Gurney, Ash Faith
Nomadic Press supports and provides venues for artwork across all media and disciplines by both emerging and established artists. Nomadic Press’s goal is to guide writers and artists through a supportive and connective process and to offer each artist the opportunity to have his or her work(s) presented in carefully edited and curated publications and events. We strive to juxtapose myriad voices and visions in ways that are surprising and complementary.
Nomadic Press publishes an annual journal, seasonal chapbooks, and special issues in print, as well as book reviews and other articles online. As part of Nomadic Press’s mission to stimulate conversation among eclectic voices, Nomadic Press seeks out and encourages the translation and publication of non-Anglophone voices.
The Nomadic Press workspace in Oakland, California (opened in 2014), serves as a small performance, workshop, and informal gallery space for visual, musical, literary, and performing arts. Through events and open community hours, this Oakland headquarters also serves as a gathering space for our writers, artists, readers, viewers, neighbors, and fellow travelers. In addition, Nomadic Press pop-up events in Brooklyn, New York, offer artists on the East Coast opportunities for creative fellowship.
The name “Nomadic” is an homage to the organization’s original inspiration: artistic encounters created by physical and conceptual movement between locations, matter, ideas, and intentions—the movements of life.
Featuring Bob Sykora, Emily O’Neil, Christopher Morgan, & Jeremiah Walton
Nostrovia! Press is managed on & off the road with our traveling bookstore, Books & Shovels. N! was founded in 2011, & publishes to promote accessible passionate living.
Featuring Mona Kareem, JP Howard, Amanda Ngoho Reavey, Mark Gurarie
The Operating System is a woman/LGBT run small press, arts organization, and online platform/magazine based in Brooklyn NY. They publish 6-10 titles a year, focusing on underrepresented voices, mixed-genre, avant-garde, and politically critical work, as well as on community engagement with process writing and storytelling across creative disciplines. The OS’s mission is to serve as an empowerment engine, transparent in administration and promoting an open source environment in which creative practitioners collect and redistribute intellectual and material resources for community development.
Featuring Kiki Black, Sue Calvert, Sue Brady, Maragaret Parsons
We are Staten Island poets who write about our island and the Staten island Ferry but tackle less insular topics as well.
Paris Lit Up is a non-profit community organisation that aims to intensify collaborative artistic practices through community events, performance and publication. Our principle objective is to stimulate creativity through the cultivation of common spaces such as local platforms connected through transnational networks for artists living in and passing through the City of Light.
With emphasis on transnational writers, artists and musicians, Paris Lit Up promotes the importance of artistic synergy through transparent, democratic, consensus-based decision making. Artistic autonomy, group collaboration and open sharing are the foundation of our operative ethos.
Through our ethical transparency and democratic modus operandi, Paris Lit Up strives to foster a horizontally-minded community inspired by the desire for social cooperation and cultural diversity. In recognizing the social origin and function of the arts, we hope to encourage broad participation and facilitate personal and collective growth through grassroots artistic activism.
Featuring Jason Schneiderman, Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner, Yi Wu, Jane LeCroy
Pen Pal Poets is a diverse group of writers, artists and musicians based in New York City. Their mission is to promote and supports the arts through curating programs in various locations throughout the city.
Featuring Amber Galeo, Kirkwood Adams, Eva Maria Saavedra, Isaac Fornarola
“la perruque” takes its name from Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life. Initially a multimedia interdisciplinary performance/reading series, it serves as a community of poets engaging with other art practices.
Featuring Charan P. Morris & Sam LaRoche
Poetic Theater Productions Artists Sam LaRoche and Charan P. Morris will be performing excerpts from the Breaking Our Silence program. Breaking Our Silence is a celebration of LBGTQ voices sharing their experiences of coming out, finding love, breaking the silence and speaking out.
Poetic Theater Productions seeks to define the modern genre of “poetic theater” by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating a conscious theater of language. Poetic Theater Productions offers resources and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to create new work and see it through to production via educational workshops, developmental readings and performance. PTP seeks out and creates opportunities to connect with communities affected by the issues of topic within our productions, in NYC and nationwide, through collaborative projects and exchanges of art and ideas.
Charan P. Morris is a New York based poet/educator. She has facilitated poetry workshops with diverse groups of writers including formerly incarcerated youth and graduate students at Columbia University. Her work fuels public dialogue around colorism, homophobia and the effects of war. Of course, sometimes she writes about being human.
Sam LaRoche is a spoken word poet and rap artist out of Brooklyn. Sam has toured with Cupid Ain’t @#$%! poetry show over the past four years as well as being the featured poet at different venues and Universities. Still active in the spoken word community, Sam is currently working on her EP album as the follow-up to her mixtape.
Featuring Obsidienne, Lux Aeterna, Victoria Copperfield, Pavlina Vera, Hypatia Wonderland, Litha Adelphos, Penelope Strangelight, and more!
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 Jericho Brown, Camille Rankine, & Matthew Yeager
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 Harvey Pacht, Catherine James, Lenin Dominguez, Gerard Grant, Karen Lepatner, Ev, Lil, Keith Ash, Emanuel Pinkhasov, Alvena Wilson, Angela Maul
We are a group of poets that meet weekly in Harlem, New York City. Our reason for getting up in the morning is to challenge outdated notions of ‘ability’ one poem at a time.
Featuring Amy King, B.K. Fischer, Anne Gorrick, Joanna Fuhrman, Kate Lutzner, & Christina Mengert
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 Christine Stoddard, Jessica Reidy, Deniz Ataman, Ghia Vitale
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. In all that we write, draw, photograph, and otherwise make, The Quail Bell Crew will honor this editorial mission statement.
Featuring Ellen Foos, Vasiliki Katsarou, Lynne Shapiro, Hayden Saunier, Amy Lemmon, Carlos Hernandez Pena, Dean Kostos, Arlene Weiner, Charlotte Nekola, Cynthia Yoder
Ragged Sky is a small, highly selective cooperative press. Since 1992, Ragged Sky Press has focused on publishing mature voices, overlooked poets, and women’s perspectives. Books published recently include the anthology Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee & Chocolate Poems, City Bird by Arlene Weiner, The Remaining Ingredients by Ellen Foos, and Behind God’s Back, a bilingual collection of poems by Hungarian poet Sandor Kanyadi.
Featuring Jessie Janeshek, Tony Mancus
REALITY BEACH is a purveyor of new poetry. Poetry is an expansive term.
REALITY BEACH believes in the possibility of spontaneous transcendence through poetry.
REALITY BEACH lives by the credo PLUR: Peace, Love, Unity & Respect.
REALITY BEACH doesn’t care about credentials, but appreciates those who have dedicated their lives to the study and practice of poetry.
REALITY BEACH is a proud publisher of limited edition handmade poetry products. All of our hand numbered products are made utilizing the highest quality papers, inks, and binding materials. We make broadsides in a variety of formats and chapbooks that are roughly the size of a sheet of LSD. We have published works by Dan Magers, William Lessard and Kyle Harvey, and have titles forthcoming by S Cearley, Sommer Browning, Adam Tedesco and Jessie Janeshek.
REALITY BEACH advocates for the destruction of the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.
REALITY BEACH practices Not Knowing.
REALITY BEACH is a dream within a dream.
Featuring Claudia Serea, Zorida Mohammed, Anton Yakovlev, Wayne Miller, Mark Fogarty
The Red Wheelbarrow Poets have a poetry workshop which meets at the Rutherford NJ Municipal Building. Their monthly poetry reading series “First Wednesdays” is held at 7:00 PM at the Williams Center for the Arts, One Williams Plaza in Rutherford. “First Wednesdays” is a free program featuring noted poets and open readings from the floor.
Featuring Linda Kleinbub, Pauline Findlay, Kevin Becker, Anthony Murphy, Janet Restino
A monthly “Spoken Word” venue for Performance Poets, Writers, Monologists, Memoirists, Barroom Bards, and Storytellers.
Featuring Susan Weiman, Peter Marra, Jared Harel, Abigail Welhouse, Ron Kolm, Craig Kite, Valerie J. Keane
This OPEN MIC SHOW led by Micah Zevin @ Astoria Coffee opens its caffeinated doors at 7:30 for a 30 minute workshop. Participants will be given creative prompts to stimulate the writer’s poetic noodle. Following the workshop, any and all other poetic/literature/prose/
nonfiction writer enthusiasts, singers, songwriters, rappers, acoustic guitar players and slam poet peeps! can signup for the 15 slot open mic! Each person will have 5 minutes to read one of their brand new workshop creations or another piece they have ready. Then 3-4 featured readers (depending on the month) are introduced. A 10 dollar cover towards food/drink is collected at the door.
Featuring Rashaun Allen
Royal Blue Publishing’s mission is to inspire creative expression by:
-Creating compelling non-fiction, fiction and poetry print and Ebooks
-Offering Creative Workshops for writers, teachers and organizations
-Offerings Editing Services for writers and non-writers alike from resumes to manuscripts
Featuring Robert Ostrom, Jason Zuzga, Debora Kuan, Stephanie Rogers, Timothy Liu, Sebastian Agudelo
Saturnalia Books publishes exciting new poetry by new and established authors.
Featuring Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Susana H Case, Lynn McGee, HeidiLynn Nilsson
The primary mission of Slapering Hol Press is to advance the national and international conversation about poetry and poetics principally by publishing and supporting the work of emerging poets. Since 1990, Slapering HolPress (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. Current series co-editors are Peggy Ellsberg, Jennifer Franklin, and SHP founder Margo Taft Stever.
Slapering Hol Press launched its first publication, the anthology, Voices from the River (1990), which featured established poets and soon-to-become luminaries such as Hayden Carruth, Jean Valentine, Dana Gioia, Stephen Dunn, and Billy Collins. Since 1991, SHP has conducted a yearly and anonymously judged national competition for the publication of a chapbook by an emerging poet who has not previously published a book or chapbook (Find guidelines: www.writerscenter.org).
In 2005, the Slapering Hol Press Advisory Committee created a literary series with the mission of providing an audience for emerging poets. Two annual highlights of the series are the War and Peace Reading and the Poetry MFA Spotlight.
A lit Journal and podcast based in West Virginia attempting to bridge arts from low density to high density populations.
Featuring AKaiser, Betsy Guttmacher, Cory Nakasue, Cynthia Manick, Julie Hart, Phoebe Lifton, Mirielle Clifford
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 James Browning Kepple, Jennifer Abreu, Bob McNeil, Kaitlin Mae Schultz, Michael Gangelou, Emily DeSa Leslie, Mebane Robertson
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, 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 www.undergroundbooks.org and join the subterranean poetry scene of your mind 2016.
UB Books will also be sponsoring this years inaugural Jackie Robinson Poetry Day (check out a new open mic in Manhattan by stopping by out tables!) #JRPD2016
Featuring Josh Adler, and others TBD
The USDAC is the nation’s first people-powered department, founded on the truth that art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change. Radically inclusive and vibrantly playful, the USDAC aims to spark a grassroots, creative change movement, engaging millions in performing and creating a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination.
Featuring Nkosi Nkululeko, Raad Alam, Aaya Perez, Keanna Hunter
Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college preparation and performance opportunities.
Featuring Carla Criscuolo, Denise Evans Durkin, Michael Klein, Victorio Reyes, Carl Rosenstock, Sarah Van Arsdale
VCFA is a small non-profit fine arts college in Monpelier, VT composed of all graduate fine arts programs, unique in the U.S. It houses the MFA in Writing Program, one of the first low-residency MFA in Writing programs in the country.
Featuring Mary Jo Bang, Shanna Compton, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
VIDA’s mission as a research-driven organization is to increase critical attention to intersectional, contemporary women’s writing as well as further transparency around gender equality issues in contemporary literary culture.
Featuring Jan Barry, Kevin Basl, Nicole Goodwin, Sarah Mess, Walt Nygard, Jenny Pacanowsi
Warrior Writers is a national non-profit. Our mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans’ experiences, provide a creative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to the lived experiences of warriors.
WEIRD SISTER is an online publication and community that explores the intersections of feminism, literature and pop culture.
Featuring Heather Dubrow, David Galef, & James B. Nicola
WordTech Communications LLC is one of the nation’s largest poetry publishers, bringing out approximately 50 titles per year. Our six imprints focus on lyric, narrative, formal, social, and experimental poetry. We strive to publish a wide variety of poetry that is diverse in style, subject and technique but is unified in its excellence.
Featuring Lucas Hunt, Robert Balun, Iva Ticic, Hannah Lee Jones
We are a poetry magazine that encourages all types of poetry. We do not publish based on age, gender, location, or race, but only on quality. That being said, we strongly encourage women, queer, non-binary, and POC to submit.
Featuring Sarah Katz, Jennifer Bartlett, Kathi Wolfe, Jessica Hand, Anne Kair, Karenne G Wood
The purpose of Zoeglossia is to promote writers with disabilities nationally by sponsoring and sponsoring a residency for writers, seeking out publication opportunities, establishing endowments for literary purposes, providing literary fellowships and/or related types of support, and providing other literary services to writers with disabilities.