Every year The Poetry Society of New York transforms Governors Island into the NYC poetry festival for an entire weekend. The festival this year is teeming with an assortment of NYC based reading series, literary journals, and performance groups. We encourage you to check out the festival both days to get the full poetry experience but below we've curated a list of some poetry readings that were founded or are currently curated by New School alumni that you will not want to miss.
For a full list of events and readings at this year's poetry festival check out the official webpage.
At the White Horse Stage
1:00 p.m. – EARSHOT!
Featuring Kiely Sweatt & J. Hope Stein
The EARSHOT! reading series is dedicated to the work and presence of the most gifted and exciting emerging writers in the greater New York City area. Founded in 2005 by Nicole Steinberg, each EARSHOT! event highlights the literary merits of breakout writers from all genres, and gives graduate writing students the unique opportunity to share their work with an audience beyond the MFA community. EARSHOT! features a diverse range of writers from all levels of achievement mingling freely in a supportive environment. EARSHOT! currently calls Manhattan’s Lolita Bar home, located at 266 Broome Street. The series is hosted and curated by New School MFA alumni Peter Bogart Johnson and Jillian Brall, as well as Gregory Crosby. It is sometimes advised/curated by founder and New School MFA alum, Nicole Steinberg.
At the Algonquin Stage
2:10 p.m. – Spilt Milk
Spilt Milk is a bi-monthly reading series and art event at Milk and Roses Restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This is a reading series created out of an observed need for conversation and community. Started in conversation working at the cafe itself, this is an attempt to weave together loose strings of conversation from strangers sitting in screen glare. An invitation to lift your chin and listen. Spilt Milk features emerging writers from diverse styles and backgrounds. We also exhibit art installations, including video projection, as we feel that poetry should be part of the artistic dialogue and not just one of academia. We consider ourselves part of a continued project to create something live, performative, provocative, poetic. Founded by New School Summer Writers Colony alum Carolyn Ferrucci.
At the Chumley's Stage
11:50 a.m. – Patasola’s Parlour
Featuring Kiely Sweatt, Joseph Quintela & Katie Longofono
Patasola's Parlor is a monthly, all-inclusive NYC literary event punctuated by burlesque, dance, music, and other art forms inspired by the bohemian parlors of bygone eras. The Parlor is founded and presented by New School MFA alum Lisa Marie Basile and Emily Linstrom (Miss Em). The event is produced by Patasola Press, a small, NYC-based press specializing in innovative poetry and prose with a special focus on female writers. Visit patasolapress.org for more details.
12:50 p.m. – ▲Triptych Readings▲
Featuring Laura Elrick, Tyler Flynn Dorholt & Becca Klaver
Triptych Readings was founded by Kaveh Bassiri and Mary Austin Speaker, former curators of Reading Between A&B, and is currently curated by New School MFA alum Alina Gregorian, Ted Dodson and Camilo Roldan, who promise to continue to bring you thoughtfully curated evenings of poetry celebrating the diversity of voice, aesthetic, philosophy, nationality, tone, politic, persuasion, race and gender that poetry offers. We hope you'll stop by, grab a pint, and listen up.
3:50 p.m. – Fou
Fou is an online poetry magazine edited by New School MFA alumni David Sewell and Cate Peebles, and designed by Brad Soucy. We're interested in work that's visually audacious, challenging, exciting,and a little nuts. Born in 2007, we're currently at work on our 5th issue.
At the White Horse Stage
1:00 p.m. – Coldfront Magazine
Featuring Cathy Park Hong
Coldfront Magazine, edited by New School MFA alum John Deming, provides exhaustive, expert, unbiased journalistic and critical coverage of contemporary poetry and lyricism for poets, musicians, publishing houses and the reading and listening public.
1:30 p.m.– Augury Books
Featuring David Friedman
Augury Books is an independent press based in New York City. Committed to publishing innovative work from emerging and established writers, Augury Books seeks to reaffirm the diversity of the reading public. The editorial board, including Kate Angus, Matthew Cunha, and New School MFA alum Kimberly Steele, is dedicated to fairness and quality of work.
At the Algonquin Stage
12:10 p.m. – The Poetry Brothel
Featuring New School MFA alum Lisa Marie Basile as Luna Liprari, Adrian Wyatt as Calico Cowl, Jennifer Williamson as Veronique Lascalle & Lynsey G as Fanny Firewater
The Poetry Brothel, a unique and immersive poetry experience, takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents poets as high courtesans who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on couches, chaise lounges and in private rooms. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience functions as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and clients can be themselves in private. The Poetry Brothel also explores and responds to the tendency of poets to undervalue themselves inside the creative marketplace by providing a seductive and intimate means of confirming for writers and audience alike the literal monetary value of such work.
1:10 p.m. – Jujo
Featuring New School MFA alumni Liz Axelrod, Roberto Montes, Caitlyn Pezza, Sean Damlos-Mitchell, Atoosa Grey, Chelsea Riley, Isaac Meyers, & Sylvia Bonilla
Founded in 2011, what started as an informal MFA tea house reading at the now closed Jujomuckti Lounge in the East Village has blossomed into a NYC bi-monthly series featuring New School MFA candidates but open to all. Everyone reads at JUJO! Much more than an open mic, it is a vibrant community of up-and-coming artists. The readings are often themed and based around the occasions of the year (i.e. reincarnation and death poems for Dia De Los Muertos, resurrection poems for spring, fire and ice for the summer), and questions/prompts are given for those that need them. This is the second year JUJO has been a part of the NYC Poetry Festival. Hosted by New School MFA alum Liz Axelrod.
2:10 p.m – Good Times Collective
Featuring Alison Roh Park, New School MFA alum Cynthia Manick, Maryam Afaq, Rio Cortez & Safia Jama Cross
We are women of color from the outer boroughs. We ride the train and take cabs. We eat empanadas, beef patties, and samosas, anything fried or filled with sugar. We listen to Vinyl records, Al Green, Melody Gardot, Fiona Apple, and Curtis Mayfield. We read Lucille Clifton, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Gwendolyn Brooks. We live in a world where silenced voices should be heard. We write poems. Visit us at goodtimescollective.tumblr.com
3:10 p.m. – Cave Canem & Kundiman
Featuring Angel Nafis, Laura Yes Yes, Tarfia Faizullah, & Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Cave Canem and Kundiman share a common commitment to affirming and cultivating the many voices of African American and Asian American poetry. Presenting together in such creative spaces as the New York Poetry Festival, Cave Canem and Kundiman poets demonstrate the importance of bringing diverse voices to the center of American culture and popular awareness, where excellent, often groundbreaking, poetry can be heard, read and valued.
At the Chumley's Stage
11:50 a.m. – The Mackinac
The Mackinac is an online poetry magazine seeking original work where the stakes are always high. Publishing quarterly, we strive to make a lasting impression as it bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices. The Mackinac Reading Series celebrates our writers throughout the year. The Mackinac was founded by New School MFA alumni Lenea Grace and Brookes Moody.
12:20 p.m. – Sixth Finch
Featuring Sasha Fletcher, Kit Frick, Melissa Broder & Allyson Paty
Sixth Finch is an online journal of poetry and art, founded in 2008 and updated quarterly. We are committed to bringing the best in contemporary art and poetry to our readers at no cost. Poems from Sixth Finch have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, and The Pushcart Prize. Hosted by New School MFA alum Roberto Montes.
12:50 p.m. – FACE2FACE: Sarah Lawrence College and The New School
Featuring Sharon Mesmer, Anthony Cappo, and Gabriel Don
Organized by Joseph A. W. Quintela (Deadly Chaps Press), Anthony Cappo, and New School MFA alum Gabriel Don, FACE2FACE is a series of friendly throw downs between New York's many fine MFA programs.
3:20 p.m. – Mental Marginalia
Featuring Lauren Hunter, Matthew Yeager, Katie Byrum & Francesco Grisanzio
Started in the Summer of 2011, Mental Marginalia brings four to five readers to the dented microphone of the West, in Williamsburg, on the last Tuesday of every month. The series strives to showcase both emerging as well as more established poets and writers, with the aim of supporting the literary community as a whole and providing a wider audience for the work. In doing so, the series strives also to inject some fun into the admixture: no one really wants to sit through a reading that feels like “church.” Hosted by New School MFA alumni Mark Gurarie and Alex Crowley.