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Pen + Brush at the NY Poetry Festival
Pen + Brush at the NY Poetry Festival

Sat, Sep 10


Colonel's Row

Pen + Brush at the NY Poetry Festival

Pen + Brush will be at this year's NYC Poetry Festival! Special performance on September 10th at 4pm on The White Horse stage!

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Time & Location

Sep 10, 2022, 11:00 AM – Sep 11, 2022, 6:00 PM

Colonel's Row, Governors Island, New York, NY 11231, USA

About the Event

Pen + Brush is proud to be participating in this year's NYC Poetry Festival. We will be there both days, with the added bonus of having the opportunity to showcase readers Deborah Jack, Erika Morillo, and Selamawit Worku on the White Horse stage on September 10th at 4pm!   

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Join The Poetry Society of New York at Colonels Row on sunny Governors Island September 10th and 11th at the free-to-attend, 11th Annual New York City Poetry  Festival. Enjoy local vendors, delicious food, and iconic headliners at the largest free gathering of the poetry community in the country. September 10th & 11th, 2022 / 11am-6pm Colonel’s Row, Governors Island New York, NY Free & Open To The Public

After a smashing success in 2021, the Poetry Festival is back and bigger than ever; the

Poetry Society of New York is adding a fourth stage to accommodate for their influx of

artist applications. This year, the festival’s itinerary will feature readings from four

mainstages—The Brinkley, The Blackbird, The White Horse, and The Algonquin—as well as

recurring festival institutions: the Poetry Brothel stage, the Youth Poetry Festival, the

Ring of Daisies Open Mic, and immersive art headlined by the Poetry Society’s own Milk

Press Gallery. The four mainstages will house 30-minute readings from over ninety

tri-state area based literary organizations, including Cavankerry Press, Slapering Hol

Press, and Wilkes University’s MFA Program.

From 3:00pm - 4:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, The Brinkley will feature our

dazzling, internationally-renowned headliners: Mahogany Browne (Vinyl Moon, Chlorine

Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice), Major Jackson (The Absurd Man, Roll Deep, Holding

Company), Sharon Olds (Pulitzer Prize Winning Stag’s Leap, Arias), and Monica de la Torre

(Repetition Nineteen, The Happy End/All Welcome).

As per its mission statement, the Poetry Festival is one of the most accessible large-scale

events New York has to offer. Not only is it completely free to attend (besides a ferry fee

of $2.75), its programming was specifically designed to cater to audiences of all ages no

matter their knowledge of poetry. While our 18+ audiences can submerge themselves in

The Poetry Society’s famed Poetry Brothel, a literary cabaret with the glitz and glamour of

the 1920s and the bodily autonomy of the 2020s, toddlers, teens, and everyone in

between can flex their artistic muscles at The Youth Poetry Festival. Organized by

Writopia, the Billion Oyster Project, and the Poetry Society, this year’s Youth Poetry

Festival—a highlight of every Poetry Festival—is specially centered around sustainability,

environmental agency, and imagination.

If being enveloped in poetry plants in you an intense longing to share your own work, have

no fear; the Ring of Daisies Open Mic is here! Devised to bring together as many poets as

possible to foster community and collaboration, the Ring of Daisies Open Mic is a

welcoming, safe space for any artist—even those completely new to the poetry world—to

perform inside a giant ring of daisies. The Open Mic will run approximately from 11:00am

- 3:00pm and 4:00pm - 7:00pm on Saturday, and 11:00am - 2:30pm on Sunday.

The Poetry Festival strives to create an enveloping poetry wonderland in which poetry

has no restrictions or bounds. This would by no means be possible without the festival's

hundreds of visual, installation, and performance artists. At this year’s Poetry Festival,

PSNY’s Milk Press Gallery will be featuring daring New York-based artists who specialize

in everything from soft sculpture to lighting design. Imagine chambers containing an

intentional mix of poetry and visual art, performance and lighting design, climate control

and music, fragrances and soundscapes, all unified in their mission to awaken your

aesthetic impulse. These wonderful artists are constructing a new universe on Governors

Island, and we can’t wait to see what they will dream up.

Lastly, the Poetry Society will be launching two new initiatives at this year’s festival: an

interactive workshopping series entitled Poetry Picnic in the Park, led by PSNY staff and

Yvonne de St. Croix, and Echo of Voices/Eco de Voces, a bilingual, hour-long micro-festival

at The White Horse featuring live translations by Madeline Millan and her company.

We can’t wait to see you at PSNY’s most ambitious celebration of poetry yet.

To learn more about the New York City Poetry Festival, you may visit or contact The Poetry Society of New York for more

information about covering the event.

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