***The stages at 2018's New York City Poetry Festival are now full. If you would like to read at the festival, come read at the Open Mic! You can also volunteer for us.if you'd like to be even more involved. Please find the timetable of festival readings below. (Scroll a little further, the organizations are also listed alphabetically.) Click on an organization to learn more about them and see a list of their readers. ***

SUNDAY, JULY 29TH

 

THE WHITE HORSE

11:00 AM: Nothing Monks

11:30 AM: Red Lips Woman Productions

12:00 PM: Newtown Literary Alliance

12:30 PM: The Adroit Journal

1:00 PM: Argos Books

1:30 PM: Intersections Mag

2:00 PM: Red Hen Press

2:30 PM: Darklight Publishing

3:00 PM: The Poetry Society of New York

4:00 PM: Brooklyn Poets

 

THE ALGONQUIN

11:00 AM: Art Kibbutz

11:30 AM: Live Big Girl

12:00 PM: Writing About Art in Barcelona

12:30 PM: Blaqlist Group

1:00 PM: No, Dear

1:30 PM: First Tuesdays

2:00 PM: NYRB Poets

4:00 PM: Neuronautic Institute Poetry Workshop

4:30 PM: Breadcrumbs Magazine

 

CHUMLEY'S

11:00 AM: Warrior Writers

11:30 AM: Easy Paradise

12:00 PM: FreyPan Productions

12:30 PM:  Slapering Hol Press

1:00 PM: St. Rocco's Readings for the Dispossessed

1:30 PM: Thomas & Taylor

2:00 PM: Lastbench

2:30 PM: Couplet Reading

3:30 PM: Anomaly

4:00 PM: New York Writers Worshop

4:30 PM: Poets of the Island

 

The Poetry Brothel

12:30 PM: The Poetry Brothel

1:00 PM: Dysfunctional Theater Company

1:30 PM: Dysfunctional Swing Dancing Lesson

2:30 PM: The Poetry Brothel

4:00 PM: Yes Poetry

4:30 PM: The Poetry Brothel

 

Milk Press Outdoor Gallery

11:00 AM: Cereal + Milk

12:00 PM: The Thing to Miss Most

1:00 PM: Soft & Stark

2:00 PM: The Thing to Miss Most

2:30 PM: Soft & Stark

 

4:00 PM: Youth Festival Teen Workshop Readings

5:00 PM: Youth Festival Scavenger Hunt Readings

 

SATURDAY, JULY 28TH

 

THE WHITE HORSE Stage

11:00 AM: Zahava Ministries  

11:30 AM: Books & Smith

12:00 PM: Antrim House Books

12:30 PM: Artful Dodgers

1:00 PM: Hidden House Press

1:30 PM: Sarah Lawrence College

2:00 PM: Great Weather for Media

2:30 PM: Metatron Press

3:00 PM: The Poetry Society of New York

4:00 PM: Jackie Robinson Poetry Day

4:30 PM: At the Inkwell

5:00 PM: La Pluma Y La Tinta

5:30 PM: Cave Canem

6:00 PM: Anomaly

6:30 PM: Beijing Trondheim Press

 

THE ALGONQUIN

11:00 AM: Galli Theater

11:30 AM: Rimes of the Ancient Mariner

12:00 PM: Pen Pal Poets

12:30 PM: Poets, Of Course

1:00 PM: The NY Browning Society

1:30 PM: Reedemer Writers Group

2:00 PM: Queer Art Organics

2:30 PM: AOWIE 

4:00 PM: Pelekinesis

4:30 PM: Radio Free Brooklyn

5:00: Italian American Writers Association

5:30 PM: Columbia Alumni Poets Group

6:00 PM: Red Wheelbarrow

6:30 PM: Mad Gleam Press

 

CHUMLEY'S

11:00 AM: NAMI NYC Metro Poetry Workshop

11:30 AM: DALAB NY

12:00 PM: The Poetry Table

12:30 PM: Soulteri

1:00 PM: Lima Writer's Community

1:30 PM: Underground Books

2:00 PM: Strange Fangs Song Factory

2:30 PM: The Writer's Studio

3:00 PM: Three States of Mind Press

3:30 PM: Stairwell Books

4:00 PM: Sweet Action Poetry Collective 

4:30 PM:Vegetarian Alcoholic Press

5:00 PM: Short Line!

5:30 PM: Indolent Books

6:00 PM: Three States of Mind Press

6:30 PM: Stairwell Books

 

The Poetry Brothel

12:30 PM: The Poetry Brothel 

2:30 PM: The Poetry Brothel

4:30 PM: The Poetry Brothel

 

Milk Press outdoor gallery

11:00 AM: Cereal + Milk

12:00 PM: The Thing to Miss Most

2:00 PM: The Thing to Miss Most

2:30 PM: Soft & Stark  

4:00 PM: Youth Festival Teen Workshop Readings

5:00 PM: Youth Festival Scavenger Hunt Readings

5:30 PM: Soft & Stark

6:00 PM: The Thing to Miss Most

 

 

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 M. Carmen Lane, Seema Reza, Raena Shirali, Sara Grossman, Ashley Yang-Thompson.

Anomaly is committed to actively seeking out and promoting the work of marginalized and underrepresented artists, including especially people of color, women, queer, differently abled, neurodivergent, and gender nonconforming artists. We recognize that, as Kazim Ali wrote brilliantly to Aimee Nezhukumatathil: “The notion of an unbiased concept “literary merit” is an inherently and inescapably racist principle. An institution that relies on it is by definition a white supremacist institution.” Anomaly recognizes that aesthetics are not neutral, and that difference tends to be marginalized.

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 artfuldodgerspoetry@gmail.com. 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 Mathias R. Samuelsen, Rune F. Hjemås, Morten Langeland, Hilde Susan Jægtnes, Amalie Kasin Lerstang, Henning Bergsvåg.

We are a small press located in Trondheim Norway. For the five years, we have been publishing chapbooks and an annual magazine. Our main focus has been new Scandinavian experimental literature and translations of North American poetry. Poets we have published include CAConrad, Julian T. Brolaski, Ariana Reines, Thalia Field, Leah Umansky, Maggie Nelson, Franny Choi, Matthew Roher and John Freeman.

This year, through the Norwegian publishing house Samlaget, Samuelsen and Hjemås, curated and edited an anthology of new North American poetry in translation. This anthology contains poems from Danez Smith, Monica Mcclure, Paul Legault, Kate Colby, Sara Wintz, Ocean Vuong, Brandon Brown and Corina Copp.

The Norwegian poets appearing on stage will be reading their own work, newly published or in progress, in English.

Featuring Marcella Durand, Pamela Sneed, Jennifer Firestone.

The Belladonna* mission is to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, 
multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language.

Featuring Oscar Sanders, Akeema Lottman, Dior Howard, Rosaly Ruiz.

We are a collective of artists that work to highlight local creativity in the Bronx.

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 Ariel Francisco, Analicia Sotelo, Angel Nafis.

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. Since our inception in 2012, our core program of small, intensive poetry workshops taught by award-winning poets in their own homes has served over 700 students and employed over 40 teachers, and we’ve grown to host 22 events per year attracting over 1400 attendees annually, fostering a more homegrown, close-knit, diverse community of poets and readers than what we see traditionally offered by graduate writing programs and the American literary community at large. Our community extends through The Bridge, a unique online network connecting poets and mentors throughout the world.

Featuring Cornelius Eady, Rico Fredrick, Cynthia Manick.

Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave CanemFoundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

Coldfront publishes reviews and essays focusing on contemporary poetry and music.

Featuring Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Jennifer O'Grady, Cynthia Atkins, Elizabeth Cohen, Lisa Rhoades, Laura Smyth, Lynn McGee.

The Columbia Alumni Poets Group (also known as Columbia Book Grrrls) consists of 5 alumni from Columbia University 1989-1991, all with recent or forthcoming books this summer.

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 Atif A K.

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

Featuring Bernard Block, Arthur Gatti, María Ángeles Juárez, Jessica Nooney, Iliana Rodríguez, hosted by 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.

 FishFood Magazine is an independent literary and arts magazine dedicated to all forms of creative expression and talent. 

FishFood encourages self-expression from daily life through art. Art tends to serve as a coping mechanism from regular shenanigans and obstacles, and FishFood's main goal is to create a community where artists and authors can share their personal meditation through creativity. The online platform serves as a gateway for multimedia artists to become recognized for their poetry, fiction, art, etc. 

Featuring Pichchenda Bao, Yesca Martinez, Dan Fleshler.

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

Featuring Rebel, B.F. Spath, Julie Bentsen, Kirk Colon.

FreyPan Productions produces literature, videos, art, music, and theatrical events. Writer & Village musician Rebel (Rebecca Frey) is directly connected with Chumley's history in NYC, as her uncle Ray Santini, WPIX Sportscaster, owned the literary landmark since 1970, and it is still in the family. All of the talent are superb artists in their own writes.

The Galli Theater communicates important social issues through modern adaptations of fairy tales from around the world. The plays highlight their symbols and help to illuminate wisdom that is highly relevant in today’s society. They awaken a sense of liveliness in audiences and actors alike that can help reveal the genuine person and his inner vision and power, thus celebrating childhood. Galli achieves this mission through its mainstage productions, educational programs and itsDr. Fairytale Program.

Featuring Steve Dalachinsky, Sergio G. Satélite, melissa christine goodrum, 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 Mónica Sarmiento Castillo, Linda Morales Caballero, Carlos Aguasaco, Yrene Santos, Marisa Russo, María Palitachi, rmand Ruhlman, Lea Diaz.

Intersections Mag is a creative community of artists in NYC specially involved in the promotion of the arts through 1) participating in city and neighborhood initiatives; and 2) organizing events and activities (readings, cultural conferences, gallery openings). Intersections Mag members are multicultural, both men and women, highly engaged in human(ism) and social values.

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 27th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2ndSaturday of the month. 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. Visit and join us at iawa.net.

Featuring Bob McNeil, Marc Polite, Jana Astanov, Gregg Dotoli, James Browning Kepple w/ Edgar Allan


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 undergbooks@gmail.com! We look forward to seeing you participate this year and for many years to come!

Featuring JoAnn DeLuna, Samantha Grullón, Ashanti Muñiz, Raquel Penzo, and more.

La Pluma y La Tinta is a home for writers, providing literary resources and opportunities for marginalized voices, specifically writers of color and the LGBTQ community, who otherwise would not have a platform for sharing their work.

Featuring David Lee Morgan, Rose Drew, Ali Harwood, Tanvir Ratul.

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.

MGP is a traditional small press publisher based in New York City and Paris, which publishes various genres of literary and visual art, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art books, and the magazine POST(blank). 
Mad Gleam Press was created to demonstrate the constant dialogue that exists between the visual, literary, and performance arts through the working collaborations of its editors and contributors. With the participation of hundreds of artists in NYC, Paris and internationally, we curate high quality print publications and live showcases which conjoin the powers of text, image, speech and physical movement in visual/poetic pieces, performances, dialogues on arts and ideas, and excerpts of artist books. We also want to celebrate, document and foster the physical communities that come together around small press publications in our respective cities and help connect them. We hope to offer a space for visual, literary and performance artists, in and outside of the art institutions, to compliment each other’s work and to make new connections across mediums, genres, cultures and demographics.

Featuring Sarah Jean Grimm, Sennah Yee, Liz Bowen, Marcela Huerta, Georgia Faust

Metatron Press (2014) is an indie literary publisher based in Montreal, Canada that specialize in publishing edgy and spirited poetry and fiction by young, rising writers. They publish 6-8 titles per year in beautifully-designed pocketbooks that feature cover artwork by an array of up-and-coming artists. Their press, books and authors have been featured on and written about in places like Remezcla, Dazed, PAPERMAG, Bustle, Rookie Mag, Flare Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Walrus, National Post, Best Canadian Stories and Quill & Quire.

Featuring Stephanie Berger, Bernadette McComish, Emi Bergquist, Jackie Braje.

Milk Press publishes collaborative books of poetry and visual art by emerging artists and underrepresented voices. Spilt Milk, the press' online publication, publishes a poem and artwork of the week alternately. All of the work is fluid, nourishing, embodied; spilt and split-open.

Milk Press is a project of The Poetry Society of New York. 

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 Ellie Behling, Kezban Gebetas, Yueying Guo.

Newtown Literary Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting writers and writing in Queens, NY. Our flagship project is the publication of a semiannual literary journal featuring new work by writers living in or originally from the largest borough in New York City. We also hold free writing classes for adults, teens, and kids around the borough, and a biennial writing contest for kids and teens. Throughout the year, all over Queens, we hold readings, workshops, and other literary events.

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 Chloe Garcia Roberts, Lawrence Kramer.

NYRB Poets is an imprint of New York Review Books which publishes classic works and new translations. The reading will be joined by Chloe Garcia Roberts, a poet and the translator for a book of poetry by the late Tang poet Li Shangyin, and Lawrence Kramer, the editor for NYRB Poets' series Drum-Taps by Walt Whitman. 

Featuring Caroline Beasley-Baker, Katrinka Moore, Eric Edelman.

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 Terrance Hayes, Nico Tortorella, Ladan Osman, Danielle Pafunda.

The Poetry Society of New York is a non-profit dedicated to promoting poetry within our culture. The society accomplishes its mission by producing engaging, one-of-a-kind poetry experiences; by creating strategic partnerships in the worlds of art, literature, and design; and by fostering healthy and progressive poetry communities in cities across the globe. Our projects include the The New York City Poetry Festival, The Poetry Brothel, The Typewriter Project, Milk Press, and the newly launched Micro-Residency program. 

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 Moncho Alvarado, Tara Dalbow, Lucille Walker, Amanda Volel.

An ethos of generosity guides the MFA Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence—a belief that thriving as a writer can go hand in hand with helping other writers thrive. Sarah Lawrence's MFA Writing faculty members are both distinguished writers and devoted mentors. At the heart of our program are bi-weekly, one-on-one student-teacher conferences, in which our faculty engages with your work in depth, accompanying you every step of the way as you explore the possibilities of your art. Our vibrant community of writers features monthly student readings, the student-run literary magazine Lumina, and a student-run annual poetry festival, as well as our literary colloquium, a weekly series of talks by faculty members, visiting writers, and publishing-industry professionals. 

Featuring Jayy Dodd, Samira Sadeque, Lauren Halbert, Joseph Capehart, Nanee.

 Short Line! is an organization dedicated to connecting artists to their communities, to each other, to resources, and to themselves. Through podcasts, workshops, articles, publishing opportunities, and live events within the tri-state area, we help poets, musicians, and visual artists navigate their current fields and grow their current network all while raising the voices of marginalized communities. We have created two literary anthologies that raised money for Baton Rouge flood victims and New Brunswick homeless, interviewed poets and community builders, and collaborated with Write About Now, Muslim Writers Collective, Muslim Girl and SlamFind to curate an American Muslim Video Cypher for Muslim poets and storytellers that is also available on YouTube.

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 Julie Hart, Annie Hulkower, Julia Knobloch, Leslie Seldin, Emily Wilkinson, Nikki Ritchie, AKaiser, Dell Lemmon, Marietta Brill, Tess Congo.

Sweet Action is a poetry collective that supports each member’s unique voice through respectful discussion and critique, public readings, and our anthologies. We seek to create a welcoming space for a diverse group of women, non-binary, and LGBTQIA poets. The group was founded in 2014 by Mirielle Clifford and Julie Hart and is based in Brooklyn.

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 Robert Kramer, Olena Jennings, Kathy Elizabeth Owens, James Browning Kepple, Gregg Dotoli, Oleksandra Kepple and Bob McNeil

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 Denise Jarrott, Maura Lee Bee, Noah Burton, Kelly Sexton, Lindsey Frances Pellino.

VA Press specializes in quality poetry by new authors, with a focus on work that transcends the ether. We publish many styles and genres of verse that makes us whoa.

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. 

Writers Studio celebrates the publication of Faculty Member Lisa Bellamy's collection The Northway (Terrapin) with a reading by her and two other faculty members, Sherine Gilmour & Julianne Bond. 

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 Lisa Marie Basile, Stephanie Valente.

We publish LGBTQIA-identified people, people of color, and women. We're a lifestyle, art, and literary magazine.

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