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 and one from outside the borough, pairing emerging with more established poets and focusing on those from underrepresented communities. Readings are curated by Jason Koo. For inquiries, contact us.
Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books, forthcoming 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in Best American Poetry, Boston Review, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere. She’s in a band called The Old Year.
Tarfia Faizullah was born in Brooklyn and raised in Midland, Texas. She is the author of Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf, 2018) and Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of a VIDA Award, a GLCA New Writers’ Award, a Milton Kessler First Book Award and Drake University’s Emerging Writer Award, among other honors. Her poems have been published in periodicals and anthologies in the United States and abroad and have been translated into Persian, Chinese, Bengali, Tamil and Spanish. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and other honors. In 2016, she was recognized by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. Faizullah currently teaches in the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in Poetry.
Edward Hirsch has published nine books of poems, including The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems; Gabriel: A Poem, a book-length elegy that won the National Jewish Book Award; and Wild Gratitude, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also published five prose books, among them How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry, a national bestseller, and A Poet’s Glossary. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. He is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Prospect Heights.