Brooklyn Poets Friday Night Open: Zora Satchell & Lara Atallah

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 December 1st will be Zora Satchell & Lara Atallah.

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

Zora Satchell (she/they) is a Black and Chinese American queer poet and cinephile who writes about mental illness, film, family and friendship. She holds a degree in ethnic studies from Colorado State University and was awarded a Brooklyn Poets fellowship for winter–spring 2021. She lives on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.

Lara Atallah is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. Her practice explores the political dimensions of landscape, probing both the futility and fluidity of borders as manmade constructs. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally, and is in the collections of the NYU Langone Art Program and the Met Museum, among others. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Camera Austria, Flash Art Italia, Split This Rock, the Koukash Review, 128 Lit and elsewhere. She is the author of Edge of Elysium, Vol. 1 (Open Projects Press, 2019) and Exit signs on a seaside highway (Everybody Press, 2023). You can follow her on Instagram @lara__atallah and subscribe to her monthly newsletter Blue Metropolis on Substack.