Poetry is usually heard in dark bars and small coffee shops, but we’re excited to present poetry in a new venue – outdoors on Governors Island! We are proud to host the first annual New York Poetry Festival, a free celebration of the poetry world of NYC. The festival is this Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st, starting at noon each day and going until 5pm.
There will be over 30 reading series and 100 poets on the Island! For the poetry schedule, click here. There will also be food, wine, and beer vendors on site to keep you happy all afternoon.
For those of you who prefer your poetry at night, there will be a Pre-Fest Party and Fundraiser at the Bowery Poetry Club on Thursday, July 21st, 8pm-2am. Tickets to this event are $10 and help support the free festival. Listen to poetry and dance the night away to live jazz with Shawn Randall and tracks from DJ Eliel Lucero.
Whether you’re an avid poetry lover or don’t know the difference between a sonnet and a haiku, come enjoy the day in the middle of the New York harbor.