Founded in 2011 by longtime collaborators, Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski, The New York City Poetry Festival showcases all of the different formats, aesthetics, and personalities of New York City reading series and collectives, in one place at one time. The festival intends to create branches between disparate poetry communities, and other artists and artisans, by taking poetry out of the dark bars and universities and by bringing together as many NYC poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, mingle, and collaborate. Fostering an open, accessible, diverse, innovative, hip, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of the festival’s mission. By opening doors to diverse and unique artistic interactions, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature, brings poetry to new light in the public eye, and ultimately, allows New York City the be rightful center of the poetry world.
The New York City Poetry Festival has been honored to present such important, award-winning writers as Mark Strand, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Patricia Smith, Mark Doty, Dorothea Lasky, Cornelius Eady and Matthea Harvey, but more importantly the festival has given poets and poetry lovers from all five boroughs and beyond an opportunity to hear, appreciate, and interact with poets whom they might never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
Learn all about this year’s New York City Poetry Festival at newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com, or read what The New York Times had to say about the 2nd Annual New York City Poetry Festival in 2012! You can follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.