The seventh annual New York City Poetry Festival commences later this month on Governors Island. The two-day festival runs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30. Co-founded by New School MFA alumni Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski in 2011, the festival aims to "liberate poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and coffee shops and their halogen-lit college campuses, and to bring together as many NYC poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, mingle, and collaborate."
The festival has always featured numerous New School MFA graduates, students, and faculty, and this year is no exception. New School alumni reading at this year's festival include: Lisa Marie Basile, Thomas Fucaloro, Stephanie Nikolopoulos, Jamara Mychelle Wakefield, and Matthew Yeager along with faculty Sharon Mesmer and former continuing education student Leah Umansky.