Brooklyn Poets Anthology Reading

Thursday, May 4th @ 7PM
KGB Bar, Red Room
85 E 4th St 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10003

In alliance with the New York Writers’ Workshop, Brooklyn Arts Press & Brooklyn Poets invite you to join us for a reading featuring eight poets from the Brooklyn Poets Anthology on Thursday, May 4, at the KGB Red Room. Doors open at 7 PM. Free admission (21 and over) with a 2-drink minimum.

Featured readers from the anthology include Laura Eve Engel, Robert Gibbons, Donna Hunt, Sheila Maldonado, Tommy Pico, Tom Sleigh, Tim Tomlinson and Yun Wei.

The Red Room is a speakeasy-style club on the 3rd floor of KGB, the legendary East Village literary bar. 85 E. 4th Street, NY, NY, 10003. Nearby train stops include the Bleeker St 4/6, the 2nd Ave F, the Broadway-Lafayette B/D/F/M, the Prince St N/Q/R/W and the 1st Ave L.


Brooklyn has long been known as having one of the most vibrant poetry scenes in the world, yet there has never been an anthology devoted to celebrating the many contemporary poets who call it home. The Brooklyn Poets Anthology is a landmark collection offering a panoramic snapshot of the Brooklyn poetry community—itself composed of many different communities—emphasizing a variety of voices, aesthetics, and traditions.

Gathered here are 170 poets, including Philip Levine, Bernadette Mayer, Vijay Seshadri, Edward Hirsch, Aracelis Girmay, Martín Espada, Gregory Pardlo, Kimiko Hahn, Tom Sleigh, Lemon Andersen, Kim Addonizio, Patricia Spears Jones, Timothy Donnelly, Tyehimba Jess, Matthea Harvey, Cathy Park Hong, Matthew Rohrer, Dorothea Lasky, Anselm Berrigan, Angel Nafis, Joanna Fuhrman, Leigh Stein, Morgan Parker, Ocean Vuong, Tommy Pico, Wendy Xu, former Brooklyn Poet Laureate D. Nurkse, current Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, and many more.

As the inaugural volume of a new series, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology offers readers a sense of the richness and diversity of the poetry to be found within this historic borough.


Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go, forthcoming from Octopus Books in 2018. A recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in Boston Review, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere.

Robert Gibbons is the recipient of a 2016 Norman Mailer Poetry Fellowship. He has been published in About Place Journal, Fruita Pulp, Hyperallergic, Promethean, Suisun Valley Review, and as a Brooklyn Poets “Poet of the Week.” His first collection, Close to the Tree, was published in 2012 by Three Rooms Press.

Donna Hunt was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, which gave her a great love for both Lake Erie and the Cleveland Indians. Her chapbook The Coastline of Antarctica was published by Finishing Line Press. She has received grants and fellowships including a four-week Full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Donna currently lives, writes, and teaches in Brooklyn.

Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collection one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011). Her second publication, that’s what you get, is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She lives in uptown Manhattan, where she is working on an ongoing project about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya.

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), and Junk (Tin House Books, forthcoming 2018). Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn, where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker at the Ace Hotel, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

Tom Sleigh’s many books include Station Zed, Army Cats (John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), and Space Walk (Kingsley Tufts Award). He’s received the PSA’s Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim, two NEAs, and many other awards. In 2018, Graywolf will simultaneously publish his book of essays The Land Between Two Rivers: Poetry in an Age of Refugees and his book of poems House of Fact, House of Ruin. He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa.

Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. He is also the author of the chapbook Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse, and the poetry collection Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire. In the fall of 2017, his collection of short fiction This Is Not Happening to You will appear. He is a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators and teaches in the Global Liberal Studies program at New York University.

Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and a bachelor’s in international relations from Georgetown University. Her writing awards include the Geneva Literary Prize in both fiction and poetry and the Himan Brown Poetry Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in decomP Magazine, Roanoke Review, apt, Word Riot, the Brooklyn Review and other journals. For the last few years, she worked on global health in Switzerland, where she consistently failed at mountain sports. Currently in Brooklyn, she is working on her first novel.

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