Brooklyn Poets Friday Night Open: Gray Davidson Carroll & Nardine Taleb

Join us for the Brooklyn Poets Friday Night Open, which begins with an open mic and culminates in readings by two featured poets. Our featured poets on September 8th will be Gray Davidson Carroll and Nardine Taleb.

6:00 PM: open mic signup begins

6:30 to 7:45 PM: open mic

8 to 8:30 PM: featured readers

Each reader for the open mic can read for up to a four-minute set. Participants can purchase one of eight tickets in advance to reserve an open mic spot. Once those tickets sell out, all other participants who’d like to read for the open mic can purchase a ticket to sign up at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be time for about 16–18 readers.

Guests can purchase tickets to attend in person at 144 Montague Street or virtually via Zoom (note: virtual guests cannot read for the open mic). For in-person attendance, advance online ticket sales end at 5 PM on the day of the event. After that, tickets for in-person attendance can be purchased at the door until we reach capacity. Tickets for virtual attendance will be available until 6:30 PM. A Zoom link will be emailed to all ticket holders. Participants are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for in-person attendance, as there are limited seats. Brooklyn Poets members take $5 off.

Note that by participating in the Friday Night Open, you agree to abide by our code of conduct and COVID-19 policy. We strongly encourage all attendees to wear masks (regardless of vaccination status) except readers at a safe distance on stage. Our full policy can be found at the end of the event description. Brooklyn Poets reserves the right to dismiss from our programs any participant found to be in violation of these policies. Thank you for respecting our community.

Closed captions will be available for the event through the Zoom livestream. For more information and to request additional accommodations, contact us at [email protected].

Featured Poets

Gray Davidson Carroll is a writer, dancer, singer, activist, cold water plunger and hot chocolate connoisseur hailing from the beautiful nowhere land of western Massachusetts. They have a masters degree in community health education from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and can typically be found drinking copious amounts of coffee at all hours of the day, or otherwise pedaling a bicycle down forgotten backroads while singing at the top of their lungs. They are the author of the poetry chapbook Waterfall of Thanks (Bottlecap Press, 2023).

Nardine Taleb is a writer, editor and speech-language pathologist from Cleveland, Ohio. Her debut chapbook warda will be published in early September by Passengers Press. Her work has been featured in Rattle, Frontier Poetry, Mizna, Electric Literature and others places.