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.
Tina Chang was raised in New York City. The first female to be named poet laureate of Brooklyn, she is the author of the poetry collections Hybrida (Norton, 2019), Of Gods & Strangers (Four Way Books, 2011), and Half-Lit Houses (Four Way Books, 2004). She is also the coeditor of the W.W. Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). She is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Van Lier Foundation among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong.
Called by Library Journal “an important voice in world poetry,” Ilya Kaminsky was born in the former Soviet Union and is now an American citizen. He is the author of the recently published Deaf Republic, which was called “riveting” by Publishers Weekly, “extraordinary” by NPR and “glorious” by Lit Hub. His previous poetry collection, Dancing in Odessa, won a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. Kaminsky is also the coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry and was recently named a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Octopus Museum (Knopf, 2019). 2012’s Our Andromeda was a New York Times 100 Notable Book and a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. She’s the recipient of a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, the Nation, the New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, the Yale Review and elsewhere. She is currently writing an opera libretto for the composer Paola Prestini, commissioned by the Atlanta Opera for production in the 2020 season. She is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Rutgers University–Newark and lives in Verona, New Jersey.