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9th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

The Poetry Society of New York’s 9th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

Reading with the Hobart Festival of Women Writers on the Chumley’s Stage on Governors Island

For more details about the 2019 New York City Poetry Festival, visit newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.

Every year on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island. The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees.

Fostering an approachable, engaging, diverse, progressive, lively, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of the festival’s mission. Poets bring to light issues of vital importance; they create avenues of intellect, introspection, political awareness, and artistic communication for anyone to enjoy. The purpose of the New York City Poetry Festival is to liberate New York’s poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstores, and universities and to bring together as many poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, read, teach, learn, listen, perform, and collaborate in the festival's very own poetry village.

By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.

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Bryant Park: Stonewall Legacy Poetry Reading
7:00 PM19:00

Bryant Park: Stonewall Legacy Poetry Reading

Poets and friends of the LGBTQ+ community honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots

Featuring the poets:

Francisco Aragón
Chase Berggrun
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Michael Broder
Guillermo Filice Castro
Steven Cordova
Lou Pam Dick
r. erica doyle
Alan Felsenthal
t'ai freedom ford
David Groff
Alyssa Harley
JP Howard
Donika Kelly
Michael Klein
Dean Kostos
Joan Larkin
Paul Legault
Timothy Liu
Charan P. Morris
Zachary Pace
Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes
Jason Schneiderman
Elaine Sexton
Daniel Shapiro
LB Thompson
Don Yorty

The reading is free and open to the public

Part of the Poetry program.

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Lineage: Hunt, doyle, Velasquez
7:00 PM19:00

Lineage: Hunt, doyle, Velasquez

LINEAGE is a seasonal event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.

The inaugural LINEAGE reading features Erica Hunt, r. erica doyle, Elisabet Velasquez.

LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt for Wendy's Subway.


Erica Hunt is a poet, essayist, and author of V Suite, Local History and Arcade, Piece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes and A Day and Its Approximates. Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, FENCE, Hambone, In the American Tree and Conjunctions. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women and The Politics of Poetic Form, The World, and other anthologies. With poet and scholar Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt is co-editor of the 2018 anthology Letters to the Future, Black Women/Radical Writing from Kore Press. Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry, and the Djerassi Foundation and is a past fellow of Duke University/University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. Currently, Hunt is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University in downtown Brooklyn.

r. erica doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents. Her debut collection, proxy (Belladonna* Books, 2013), won the 2014 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America and was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing. Her poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and reviews appear in various journals, including Ploughshares, Callaloo, Apogee and Sinister Wisdom. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers. In addition, she has read her work at the Kennedy Center, the National Black Arts Festival, Joe’s Pub, the Nuyorican, the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica, WI and various colleges and universities. Erica received her MFA in Poetry from The New School, and lives in New York City, where she is an administrator in the NYC public schools, teaches creative writing to adults, has been a Poets House and St Marks Poetry Project mentor.

Elisabet Velasquez is a Boricua writer from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her work has been published by NBC, WeAreMiTu, AJ+. She is the 2017 Button Poetry Video Prize Winner. She is a VONA Alum, and a 2017 Poets House Fellow. She is the author of the chapbook PTSD.


This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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1:30 PM13:30

Panel at AWP: The Life of the Poet in the World

Samuel Ace, r. erica doyle,  CA Conrad, Sueyeun Juliette Lee,  Saeed Jones

Only recent history has put poets into universities. In the past, poets have traveled, begged, and worked in insurance companies or as lawyers, surveyors, merchants, doctors, census takers. Although some of us now teach in universities, this is a gathering of poets who have worked outside of the academy—by choice, chance, struggle, and/or luck, surviving through audacity, guile, starvation, and love. Come hear the reasons, histories, work, and trajectories of these writing lives in the world.AWP Conference: Room 502 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

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1:00 PM13:00

Beyond Bold and Brave - Black Lesbian Conference 2016 at Barnard College

"Black Lesbian Poets Bringing the Political to the Page and Stage.” with JP Howard, Amber Atiya and Monica Hand. This panel will examine and celebrate Black lesbian poets and our ongoing participation in justice movements throughout history. We will explore how Black lesbian poets have continuously been at the intersection of political issues affecting the Black community from the 1970's through today. 

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6:00 PM18:00

Word Bookstore

  • 126 Franklin Street Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States (map)
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Confirmed Readers: Michael Klein, Cory Silverberg, Bushra Rehman, Chielo Okparanta, Jane Hoppen, Richard Bowes, Jerry Rosco, Derek Palacio, Donna Minkowitz, Kathleen Warnock, Jaime Woo and r. erica doyle

Co-sponsored by LLF and Riverdale Avenue Books

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6:30 PM18:30

Reed College Visiting Writing Series

  • Reed College, Elliot Hall Chapel (map)
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The Visiting Writer Series at Reed College is sponsored by the Department of English. The intent is to bring interesting and diverse writers of prose and poetry to Reed to enhance our courses with readings and discussions.

r. erica doyle's reading was held in conjunction with students in Samiya Bashir's workshop studying the recently published proxy.

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