Exciting Upcoming Poetry Events in NYC

With spring in full swing, there’s no shortage of poetry events popping up all over the city. Book discussions, writer’s workshops, and festivals abound! Whether you prefer to attend in person or online, there’s sure to be something for every type of poetry participant. 


Poetry Writing Workshop at the Hudson Park Library

Tuesday, May 16 at 4 p.m. 

Write the afternoon away in person twice a month at this beginner-friendly workshop. This stress-free and supportive environment is the perfect place to start writing, share your work, and discover new writing exercises. Advance registration is required. 


‘Why I Am Not A Painter’ Ursula Issue 8 Launch X The Poetry Project at the Houser & Wirth’s Project Space

Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. 

Celebrate the release of Ursula No. 8 with The Poetry Project and Hauser & Wirth. This stellar event with feature readings by Bahaar Ahsan, Mirene Arsanios, John Coletti, Menjamin Krusling, Ted Rees, Anne Waldman, Laurie Weeks, and Mohammed Zenia Siddiq Yusef Ibrahim. Copes of the magazine will be available for purchase, and advance RSVP is required due to limited space. 


TeenLIVE: Respect the Mic at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, Teen Center, Online

Friday, May 19 at 11 a.m. 

Teens and their caregivers are invited to join this online series of author talks. YA authors will share their work, discuss their writing process, answer questions, and more. Speakers include Asia Calcagno, Jesus Govea, and Peter Kahn. Advance registration is required. 


The Living Voice: Building a Poem’s Unique Speaker with Yerra Sugarman (via Zoom) 

Saturday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. 

This exciting poetry workshop will explore the often mystical element of voice. Participants will analyze and discuss how voice can excite and engage readers. They will also spend time generating poems focusing on voice as a connective tissue. Tickets are available for purchase at $124 each. 


Pandemonium at the Library: An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Art at the Jefferson Market Library

Monday, May 22 at 6 p.m.

Presented by Puma Perl, Pandemonium at the Library brings together artists and enthusiasts of many mediums for a night of conversation and discovery. In addition to music by Puma Perl and Friends, featured poets include Nancy Mercado, Jane Ormerod, and Nicca Ray. Additional photographers, writers, and independent presses will be participating as well. 


50th Anniversary of Hip Hop: Hip-Hop Open Mic Hour at the Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library

Tuesday, May 30 at 2 p.m. 

Poets, wrappers, singers, comedians, and spoken word artists are all encouraged to participate in this exciting open mic night. This celebration of hip-hop pays homage to the cultural movement and its rich legacy of art, culture, and music in New York and worldwide. All levels of experience are welcome. 


Poetry Discussion: “O” by Zeina Hashem Beck at the Jefferson Market Library

Wednesday, June 14 at 4:30 pm. 

This in-person poetry discussion book has selected Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck’s 2022 collection, “O,” for this month’s meeting. Themes of faith, family, aging, and mental health are analyzed in not just odes and triptychs, but also ghazals (a traditional Arabic lyric form). Copies of the collection are available for pick up at the Jefferson Market Library circulation desk. 


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