The organizations hosting readings at the festival are listed alphabetically below. The timetable of readings for each day of the festival will be released in mid-June. Apply to host a reading here!

Featuring Carly Joy Miller, Ben Purkert, Nkosi Nkululeko, Megan Fernandes, Lauren Clark, and hosted by Andy Powell. 

The Adroit Journal (ISSN 2577-9427) was founded in November 2010 by poet Peter LaBerge. At its foundation, the journal has its eyes focused ahead, seeking to showcase what its global staff of emerging writers sees as the future of poetry, prose, and art. Recently featured in Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prizes: Best of the Small Presses, Poetry Daily, Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Verse Daily, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Teen Vogue, and NPR, the journal has featured the voices of Terrance Hayes, Franny Choi, D. A. Powell, Alex Dimitrov, Lydia Millet, NoViolet Bulawayo, Ocean Vuong, Ned Vizzini, Fatimah Asghar, Danez Smith, and beyond.

Featuring Ellen Rachlin, Myra Shapiro, Joan Kantor

Antrim House Books, founded in 2001 by Rennie McQuilkin, publishes the work of established and emerging poets as well as memoirs and novels.

Featuring Samantha Zighelboim, Marina Blitshteyn.

Argos Books is an independent literary press, founded in 2010 by three poet-translators. Our aim is to support poetry, hybrid genres, translation, and collaboration, with a special interest in work that crosses cultural and national borders. While publishing innovative work is our primary focus, we are also invested in facilitating critical dialogues among communities, genders, and languages. We have two curated series with the goal of engaging with diverse work in unexpected ways: the Little Anthology series, small anthologies that capture a community, subject or point of view, and Side by Side, collaborations between artists and writers.

Featuring Patricia Eszter Margit.

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 - has been a neighbor on Governor's Island and participant at the festival for years.

Featuring Harvey Soss, Sweet Action.

Artful Dodgers Poetry, founded in June of 2017 and curated by Harvey Soss, hosts monthly poetry readings, with a mix of open mic and featured readers, at the Montauk Club, a Landmarked historical treasure styled in 1891 after a Venetian palazzo. The Montauk Club is located at 25 8th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, just around the corner from the Grand Army Plaza 2/3 subway stop and an easy walk from the 7th Avenue Q and F stations (8th Avenue exit at the latter). Readings are held each month except August in the Fontana Room under an ornate chandelier, against a backdrop of stained glass windows, grand piano and original wall friezes. Brief tours of the Montauk Club may be available upon request at the conclusion of each reading. The mission of Artful Dodgers Poetry is to bring the best poetry available in NYC and beyond to as wide an audience as possible, bridging generations, in a setting remarkable in its own right for its unique, and likely never again to be duplicated, aesthetics. Open mic readers are generally given five minutes to read, more if time permits. For information, or to confirm an interest in reading their work, poets should contact us at A schedule of upcoming events will be posted on Artful Dodgers Poetry's Facebook page and also on the Facebook page of Harvey Soss.

The Association Of Women Inventors And Entrepreneurs "AOWIE" is a non-profit organization founded by Lisa Ascolese, AKA "The Inventress" of QVC shopping network. Understanding the difficulties of inventing and entrepreneurship, Lisa was inspired to organize a program that is designed to help women inventors and entrepreneurs reach their goals through mentorship and financial guidance, it’s all about giving back. AOWIE is a musically inspired conference that elicits sisterly love and a lifetime of friendships all while making great business connections. AOWIE, serves a vast network of women with their Products, Services, and Artistic endeavors. Many of AOWIE members enter with little resources and often through encouragement and mentorship rise to a level that exceeds their own expectations. Our Bi-Annual Conference has included Guest speakers such as Celebrity Songstress Dionne Warwick, Brandon Andrews (Shark Tank Scout), Carla Hall (The Chew TV series), Dolores Catania (Real Housewives of New Jersey). Our Membership core includes: Inventors of patented and evolving products, Authors, Chefs and Celebrity Stylists.

Featuring Lisa Marie Basile, Omotara James, Liv Mammone, Andi Talarico.

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 and Seattle

Featuring Juan Matos, Felix Garcia, Yolanda Hernandez, Cesar Sanchez Beras, Belkis M. Marte, Osiris Mosquea, Edgar Smith, Jaime Pachas, Maria Palitachi, Ana Martinez, Eunice Castillo, Daniel Baruc Espinal. 

We're a fast-growing publishing house based in New York City since 2015. With a focus on promoting our contemporary Hispanic literature, both in English and Spanish, as well as in French and Portuguese, we've managed to release over twenty books in all genres. We have joined forces with a medley of cultural organizations; worked closely with some of the most renowned poets and writers from Latin America; and made it our mission to showcase the literary depth of our writers in as many stages as possible.

Featuring Elizabet Velasquez, Terence Degnan, Loraine Doran, Brionne Janae.

COUPLET is a quarterly poetry and music series and social at The Delancey on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Readings feature six poets and an after party. Hosted curated and produced by Leah Umansky.

Featuring Arthur Gatti, Bernard Block, Jessica Nooney, Roberto Mendoza Ayala

Darklight Publishing LLC was created in 2016 based in New York City to disseminate the poetic work of contemporary Latin American an American authors. Translation, editing and illustration of the books are in the capable hands of writers and artists in Mexico and the United States. The bilingual series of books named "Bridges" was conceived for readers in our geographic hemisphere, where there is a broad exchange between the English and Spanish languages. These books are distributed in many American and European countries, in printed or digital formats, through the Amazon website. They are also now available on demand at the Barnes & Noble bookstores located throughout the U.S.A.

Featuring Raymond Nat Turner, Yelena Tylkina, Madelyne Y. Montes-Reyes, Adam McGovern.

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). 2018 is the fourth 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 Mary Boo Anderson, Daniel Jones, Jordan Franklin, Zoe Macintosh.

Poetry magazine out of New York City featuring work by Camilo Roldán, Bridget Talone, Jordan Franklin, Cat Tyc, Olivia Mardwig, Chris Roberts, Todd Colby, Arlo Quint, Daniel Jones and many more. Edited by Matt Proctor.

Featuring Pichchenda Bao, Yesca Martinez, Dan Fleshler.

First Tuesdays is a neighborhood, open-mic/featured-reader reading series in Jackson Heights.

Featuring Rebel

FreyPan Productions produces literature, videos, art, music, and theatrical events. I am the Executive Director, and I'd like to get involved with the Chumley Stage, as Chumley's is a personal favorite literary landmark & NYC hangout. My uncle Ray Santini, WPIX Sportscaster, owned Chumley's in the West Village, and it is still in the family name. I am a published writer, have done many performances in NYC & the US, and would love to perform one of my original works, or write something topical for the occasion, but would be happy to volunteer.

Featuring Steve Dalachinsky, Sergio G. Satélite, John W. Snyder, Michelle Whittaker

great weather for MEDIA focuses on the unpredictable, the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the innovative. Based in New York City, we showcase both national and international writers through solo poetry collections and a yearly anthology selected from open submission. Join us every Sunday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, for our reading series at the Lower East Side's Parkside Lounge.

Featuring Billy Cancel, Magnus Barnard, Nesta Broad, Parisa Kernow.

Hidden House Press are an experimental poetry press & small indie label founded by Genevieve Fernworthy in Brooklyn in 2007. They host cross-disciplinary poetry & fiction readings as well as avant-garde music performances & happenings in the NYC area. Hidden House Press design, print & distribute their own broadsides, chapbooks, zines & full length collections as well as making spoken word recordings & field recordings with a lyrical bent. Hidden House Press are happy to have been a vendor at the New York Poetry Festival for the last 3 years & have also hosted a reading of some of our favorite (& urgent) contributors each time.

Featuring Lisa Andrews, Michael Broder, Nicole Callihan, John Deming, James Diaz, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Karen Hildebrand, Stephen Zerance.

Small nonprofit poetry press in Brooklyn championing underrepresented voices writing innovative, provocative, and risky poetry addressing racial, social, and economic justice themes.

Featuring Bob McNeil, Marc Polite, Jana Astanov, Gregg Dotoli, James Browning Kepple.

In our third year, The Jackie Robinson Poetry Day September 15th 12pm - seeks to continue to foster a large and growing audience of dynamic members of our community to come out and participate in reading, listening, and kids creating their own books of Harlem Renaissance Poetry. The Jackie Robinson Bandshell theater is the perfect location for Poetry, Discourse and Community. Sponsored by Underground Books, We invited you to come out and join us on stage and share your poetry. A Poetry Contest is also up for grabs by submitting poems to! We look forward to seeing you participate this year and for many years to come!

Featuring Tanvir Ratul, Aaron Murdoch, Peter O'Neill.

Lastbench works closely with other non-profit organisations to promote and facilitate the opportunity to be involved in creative activity among local community and beyond Lastbench is a virtual hub, a neutral mediator between writers/artists and readers/audiences by organising regular publications and events We have a regular literary magazine, which gets published quarterly, featuring translated text from promising writers and poets without any borders, and most importantly which is for free distribution. 'Lastbench' magazine in available in both printed (ISSN: 2045-3299) and online (ISSN:2047-0231) versions. We have 10000 regular subscriber including individuals, universities, poetry society and various organizations around the world.

Featuring Carlos Carrio, Jacob King.

Located in Lima, Ohio, we are a community of writers who gather in a friendly, supportive and informal environment. We welcome anyone who loves to write from all genres! In addition to weekly writing salons, we host workshops and readings.

Featuring Rebeca Lois Lucret, Karina G-Lopez, Vanessa Chica.

It began as an idea: 3 poets writing together to take their bodies back from the mouths of critics, that resulted in the creation of "Live Big Girl", a play reviewed as "Touching unrealistic expectations of society as it relates to everything from fashion , religion , relationships, culture , food and sexuality, telling the stories of our childhood and the process of understanding one's true self identity". "Daso" To continue this movement of living big, A "Live Big Project" was created, we are connecting with other poets to share their "live big" message, we are offering community writing workshops to help others find and share their message. Our message is to live big at any size!! and we hope to bring this message to The New York Poetry Festival.

Featuring Angel Rodriguez, Hannah Craven, Randy Liban, Tanya Robinson, Ijazza El-Nuwaubun, Cecil Williams.

Since 2003, The NAMI NYC Metro Poetry Workshop is where poets gather to share their stories, experiences, tips, & techniques. A place to learn and experiment while encouraging others to keep reading and keep writing. Participants study and read their poetry and get feedback on their work, share and talk freely in a safe & inclusive space without fear of judgment and allow the collective process to help with both communication and socialization skills.

Featuring Matthew Hupert, Robert Gibbons, Thomas Fucaloro, Puma Perl, Bambi Levine, Jess Cording

A group of NY writers, mostly focused on poetry, who meet weekly, for the last 8 or 10 years, to look at each other’s work for workshopping. We tend to have a very tight minimalist aesthetic, and a very loose approach to workshopping.

Featuring the winners of the 2018 NYC HS Poetry Contest.

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). Their programs reflect the extraordinary diversity of the couple’s restless intellects and also encompass most of Victorian literature and culture. The Society also founded The Browning Institute, which saved the poets’ Florentine home, Casa Giudi, from commercial development. The meetings at the National Arts Club, which are held at 1:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of October through May, are open to the public. Programs last about 45 minutes, and are followed by a question and answer session with the speaker and refreshments. The only requirement for membership is an interest in the poets. Their 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 speakers, they present the awards for our annual citywide high school poetry contest, which will read their work.

Featuring Jennifer Celestin, Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz, and xtian.

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. 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.

Featuring Caroline Beasley-Baker, Katrinka Moore, R.S. Deese, Marc Zegans.

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 "The Ancient Mariner" Phillip Giambri, Jennifer Juneau, Claudia Mercurio, Burt Baroff hosted by Linda Kleinbub.

Pen Pal Poets was established in 2013 to promote and celebrate poetry in New York City.

Featuring Evie Ivy, Griselda Steiner, Erica Mapp

The Poetry Table hosts workshops and readings. The first part of the evening, poets read a poem of theirs or someone else's, and the second half is devoted to writing an original poem - on the spot! We don't give critique unless the writer asks. We don't discourage new writers - we encourage them and give them an opportunity to grow.

Featuring Courtney S.

Long island poets who do weekly open mics around the area.

Featuring Catherine James, Harvey Pacht, Michael Guillen, Keith Ash, Tony Yancey, Ackeem Webster, Jamal Bright, Karen LePatner, Gerard Grant, Kristen Klosinski, Lenin Dominguez.

We are a group of poets that meet weekly in Harlem. Our reason for getting up each day is to challenge all outdated notions of ability, one poem at a time. Poets, of Course is a collective of poets with intellectual disabilities. We pride ourselves on our creativity and rigor. We hope that by hearing us read, you begin to question all you think you know about boundaries and capabilities. Oh yes we can.

Featuring Marty Correia, Nichole Acosta, John W. Snyder.

A monthly reading and performance series at Dixon Place which features LGBTQ writers and performers.

Featuring hosts and members of the Radio Free Brooklyn Community.

To give a global voice to local artists, residents, community organizers and other non-profit institutions by providing a commercial-free free form Internet Radio platform.

Featuring Jason Schneiderma, Jim Tilley, John Barr.

Red Hen Press is an American non-profit press specializing in the publication of poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Founded in 1994, Red Hen is now located in Pasadena, California. The press was founded in 1994 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull with the intention of keeping creative literature alive. Their focus as a literary press is to publish poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Red Hen Press is committed to publishing work of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.

Featuring Lachlan The Bray, Chinaka Hodges.

Our brand of theater brings people together to share in a cathartic experience meant to inspire action and provoke thought. It may even change someone when they walk out of the theatre, back into their lives and our shared world. They weren't lying when they said what the world needs now is love. Experiencing someone else's story is how RLW promotes love, empathy, peace and art. It is not for profit, escapism or solely entertainment. Our theatre is for change. RLW has successfully presented poetry-based theatre at the New York International Fringe, the Hollywood Fringe Festival and in theatres both in San Francisco and New York.

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

The Red Wheelbarrow Poets is 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, hosted by Mark Fogarty. Their annual journal "The Red Wheelbarrow" is celebrating ten years of relevant poetry in NY and NJ.

Featuring Michael Berg, David Casavis, Tricia Clarke, Carisa Cotera, Norma Hopcraft, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, Rachel Printy, Ellen Stedfeld.

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 Linda Kleinbub, John Trigonis, Janet Restino, Mas Walker, Pauline Findlay.

In our fifth year as a premium East Village spoken word, poetry, and storytelling event occurring monthly with two featured readers and twenty open mic spots. Will be publishing a five year anniversary anthology of more than 120 writers who've featured at our venue.

Featuring Tamiko Beyer and Lynn McGee. 

Founded in 1989 by Margo Taft Stever, Slapering Hol Press is the imprint of the Hudson Valley Writers' Center. Known for its beautifully designed, quality poetry collections, Slapering Hol Press holds a yearly chapbook competition for poets who have not yet published a chapbook or full-length collection, and also publishes conversational collaborations between established and emerging women poets. It has published a boxed set of seven new African poets and several anthologies as well.

Featuring Nicole “SG” Oquendo , Orlandina “The Fitter Woman” , Taino Brigs.

Souletri started out as a small monthly showcase offering a stage for up-and-coming artists of all types. Over the course of a year, with careful curation, and a consistent family-like fanbase, Souletri has grown into an extravagant event offering original and thought provoking poetry and musical talent. These artist through their special ways of expression, continue to captivate the minds of the fast growing crowds in attendance who leave every show speechless.

Featuring Douglas Rothschild, Alifair Skebe, Alexis Bhagat, Aimee Harrison, Kenning JP Garcia, Michael Peters.

We are a group of poets in Albany, NY, who, having discovered that there are not that many readings in Albany that bring poets from outside the Capital District to read, decided to form a collective to bring poets to Albany to read.

Featuring David Lee Morgan, Faith Vicinenza, Alan Gillott. Rose Drew to host.

We bring passionate poets to audiences in beautiful books, both in York England and Connecticut. Several authors with ties to New York are keen to come and read at the next New York City Poetry Festival. Our authors tend to be political activists, feminists, and anthropologists who want to change the world.

Featuring Mario Moroni, James Glasgow.

Strange Fangs Song Factory (SFSF) is an internationally acclaimed music composition and production company based in New York. Owned and operated by James Wright Glasgow, SFSF also operates as a platform for promoting, supporting, and connecting other creative professionals, including musicians, poets, dancers, and visual artists. SFSF’s work has been performed in Italy, Brazil, and across the United States, with productions scheduled in the UK in the fall of 2018. Clients Glasgow has composed for include Galumpha (Edinburgh Fringe Critic’s Choice winners for Dance), Sound Engineer Ryan Meadows (Game of Thrones, the Revenant), award-winning poet Mario Moroni, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous universities, media companies, and private commercial entities. Information on how to connect with Strange Fangs Song Factory can be found at

Featuring Chelsey Van Der Munnik, Aimee Baker, Elizabeth Cohen, Jose Torres.

The Writing Arts program of SUNY Plattsburgh has numerous working poets and a number have new books this year. In addition to classes,, we sponsor frequent readings and slams, workshops and other activities. Our mission is to offer young poets the exposure to poetry, via readings and workshops as well as through the publishing arm of our magazine Saranac Review.

Featuring Carrie K. Thomas, dancer, and assistant.

Thomas and Taylor is a music & publishing company. Known for poetry into songs “You Cant Blame Love, True Love, Winners, Together” The company has artist, Thomas and Taylor, Judy Thomas, Lamar Thomas, Hop,Skipand Jump, Gladys, Johnny Bristol, Carrie K. Thomas etc.

Featuring Anna Quimpo Maguire, Nereida J. Gutierrez, Destiny Muse

Three States of Mind Press is an inclusive press that focuses on publishing women and people of color.

Featuring Ron Whitehead, Saira Viola, Kathy Elizabeth Owens, James Browning Kepple, Clifford Brooks

Underground Books was started in 1997. Countless wars, solo albums, and a hefty mortgages later, and entering 20--, our love for books remain undiminished. We love books and we love poetry. Our primary goal is to make books of poetry (it is our belief that a good book is always poetry.) Representing Writers from all over the world, this truly is the Underground. Join us.

Featuring Jan Barry, Walt Nygard, and others.

Warrior Writers is a veteran-focused arts organization that fosters artistic exploration and expression through casual, welcoming workshops, retreats and public performances.

Featuring Lisa Bellamy, Sherine Gilmour, Julianne Bond, Lisa Badner.

Lisa Bellamy & the Writers Studio faculty & students reading. This half hour program will celebrate the publication of Lisa Bellamy's poetry collection as well as showcase a number of Writers Studio teachers and students reading their original work

Featuring Sharon Dolin, Ann Kaiser, Sarah Key, Arlyn Miller, Rashida Williams, Ellen Wright

Writing About Art in Barcelona is an annual writer's workshop that brings English-speaking poets in contact with the art and culture of Barcelona each spring (late May-early June). Located at Jiwar, an international artists' residency in Barcelona, and directed by award-winning poet Sharon Dolin, this 10-day workshop teaches poets at all stages of their career the art of ekphrasis: poetry in dialogue with art. The Director and alumnae of the program, now in its fifth year, will read work inspired by and composed during the workshop.

Featuring Jennie, Tina, Kasandra.

ZAHAVA MINISTRIES is a interdenominational Inc. that s purpose is to enlighten, encourage spiritual growth, social growth and responsibilities to the community and abroad. The ministry started in 1996 expanded to Israel than became an incorporation here in New York in 2013. Will become a 501(c) 3. Encouraging people's artist skills, mentality, physically and emotionally. The ministry has been involved in numerous park beautification and clean-ups. Headed a "Stop Child Trafficking" WALK/RUN A-thon on Staten Island. Volunteering @ different functions such as "Toys For Tots motorcycle runs, visiting nursing home attendees, volunteering at Thankgiving to provide for those without families who would other wise spent a lonely Holiday. Also with Jewish elderly in Israel. Going on outreaches into BETHLEHEM also villages in Israel.l