Brooklyn Poets Reading Series: Noah Arhm Choi, Rio Cortez & Terrance Hayes

Join us for the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series at 144 Montague on Friday, August 25, featuring poets Noah Arhm Choi, Rio Cortez and Terrance Hayes! Free and open to the public, the event will also be livestreamed via Zoom (closed captions available). Wine reception for in-person attendees will begin at 6 PM and readings will begin at 6:30. Book signing to follow.

Advance online ticketing for in-person guests will end at 5 PM on the day of the event. After that, in-person guests will be admitted at the door until we reach capacity. In-person guests are encouraged to get a ticket in advance, as space is limited. Virtual tickets will be available until start time at 6:30 PM (ET). A Zoom link will be emailed to all ticket holders.

Noah Arhm Choi is the author of Cut to Bloom, the winner of the 2019 Write Bloody Prize. They received an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and their work appears in Apogee, the Rumpus, Split this Rock and elsewhere. Noah was nominated for Best of the Net in 2022 and shortlisted for the Poetry International Prize, and they also received the 2022 Ellen Conroy Kennedy Poetry Prize, alongside fellowships from Kundiman, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. A Lambda Literary Writer in Schools, they work as the director of the Progressive Teaching Institute at a school in New York City. For more information, visit or @noah.arhm.choi on Instagram.

Rio Cortez is the New York Times–bestselling author of picture books The ABCs of Black History (Workman, 2020) and The River Is My Sea (S&S, 2024). Her debut poetry collection, Golden Ax, was longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Poetry and the Pen America Open Book Award and was a finalist for Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. It is available now from Penguin Books.

Terrance Hayes is the author of seven poetry collections: So to SpeakAmerican Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, a finalist for the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award and TS Eliot Prize; How to Be DrawnLighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series; and Wind in a Box. His prose collection, To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. His new book of essays, Watch Your Language: Visual and Literary Reflections on a Century of American Poetry, was just published by Penguin Random House this July. Hayes has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and Whiting Foundation and is a professor of English at New York University.