The 8th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

July 28th & 29th, 2018

11am-7pm on Saturday / 11am-5pm on Sunday

Colonel's Row, Governors Island

Free & Open to the Public

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Get excited about our 2018 headliners! 

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An actor, author, podcaster, advocate, and dedicated champion of the LGBTAIA+ community, Nico Tortorella is a renaissance man for the modern day. Tortorella currently stars in the hit series, Younger, alongside Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, and he previously co-starred on Fox’s The Following with Kevin Bacon. Tortorella began his journey with activism when he debuted his podcast THE LOVE BOMB in 2016. As an outspoken advocate for sexual and gender fluidity, he has been featured in national media outlets, in print, online, and on television. With his debut poetry collection all of it is you., Tortorella presents a singular voice colored with love, wonder, and endless curiosity. all of it is you. surveys trending themes such as identity, feminism, polyamory, gender expression, astrology, and self-care, creating an exceptional entry into the vibrant millennial poetry category. Nico recently married his longtime partner, Bethany Myers, and they reside in NY with their two dogs. Nico is reading on the White Horse Stage at 3pm on Sunday, July 29th. 



Terrance Hayes is one of the most compelling voices in American poetry. He is the author of six books of poetry; American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins (2018); How to Be Drawn (2015), longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, two Pushcart selections, eight Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. Artist-in-residence at New York University, Hayes currently resides in New York City. Terrance is reading on the White Horse Stage at 3pm on Sunday, July 29th. 


Danielle Pafunda is the author of the new Beshrew (Dusie Press 2018), The Dead Girls Speak in Unison (Bloof Books, 2017), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press, 2010), My Zorba (Bloof Books, 2008), Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press, 2005), and the forthcoming experimental memoir The Book of Scab (Ricochet Editions). Her chapbooks are Cram (Essay Press, 2015) and When You Left Me in the Rutted Terrain of Our Love at the Border, Which I Could Not Cross, Remaining a Citizen of this Corrupt Land (Birds of Lace, 2014). Her poems have appeared in three editions of The Best American Poetry and have been anthologized in Beauty is a VerbThe Poetics of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011),  Gurlesque: The New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics (Saturnalia Books, 2010), Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting & Child Rearing (Fence Books, 2007), Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press, 2015) and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Penguin, 2015). She sits on the board of directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and lives in the Mojave desert with her children. Danielle is reading on the White Horse Stage at 3pm on Saturday, July 28th.


Ladan Osman is a Somali born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She is the author of The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (2015), winner of a Sillerman First Book Prize, and the chapbook Ordinary Heaven, which appeared in the box-set Seven New Generation African Poets (Slapering Hol Press, 2014). Her next collection Exiles of Eden, a work of poetry, photos, and experimental text, is forthcoming with Coffee House Press in 2019. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and has been translated into over 10 languages. Osman’s work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Roar, Rumpus, Transition, and Washington Square Review. She is a contributing culture editor for The Blueshift Journal. Osman has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, and Luminarts Foundation, Michener Center for Writers Fellowship, among numerous other nominations. Osman currently lives in Brooklyn. Ladan is reading on the White Horse Stage at 3pm on Saturday, July 28th.