The application period to host a reading at 2019’s New York City Poetry Festival opens on February 4th.

Please note: this section is not for poets looking to perform at the festival. If you are hoping to read poetry at the festival, please contact an organization with which you are affiliated about applying to host a reading. You can also sign up for the open mic on site.

All accepted organizations will be given a 30 minute time slot on a stage with two mics, two mic stands, two music stands, and full PA system with additional inputs. (If you’re interested in having more time on stage, consider becoming a sponsor of the event.) We will do our best to accommodate requests for particular days, times, and technical additions but we cannot guarantee those requests. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis while time slots are available with only a few stipulations:

1) Applications must be 100% complete, and each line item should be filled out with a sufficient level of detail. We will ask you for the following:

  • Organization Name, Website, & Description (250 words or less)

  • Your Name, Email, & Phone Number

  • Host Name, Email, & Phone Number (if other than yourself)

  • Reader Names, Emails, & Bios

  • Additional Notes (this is where you note any technical or scheduling requests, participant disabilities, or any other pertinent information)

2) Each organization must feature at least two poets other than the host. Organizations may feature as many additional poets & performers as they’d like during their 30 minute time slot.

3) A single poet or host can be featured on stage by no more than two different organizations. Your application may be rejected if it includes a poet who is already reading for two other organization (or if you yourself are already reading for two other organizations), so please make sure to ask your prospective readers if they have already committed to read for another organization at the festival before confirming them.