Brooklyn Poets Reading Series: Luther Hughes, Lynn Melnick & Carl Phillips

Join us for our final Brooklyn Poets Reading Series event of the year featuring poets Luther Hughes, Lynn Melnick and Carl Phillips! Free and open to the public, the event will also be livestreamed via Zoom. Wine reception for in-person attendees will begin at 6 PM and readings will begin at 6:30. Book signing to follow.

Guests can select a free ticket to attend in person at 144 Montague Street or make a donation to reserve a seat. Advance online ticketing for in-person attendees will end at noon (ET) on the day of the event. After that, guests will be admitted at the door until we reach capacity. In-person guests are encouraged to get a ticket in advance, as there is limited capacity.

Guests can also select a free ticket to attend virtually via Zoom. Advance online ticketing for virtual attendees will end at 5 PM (ET) on the day of the event, after which ticket holders will be emailed a Zoom link to watch the livestream.

Note that by attending the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series, you agree to abide by our code of conduct and COVID-19 policy. 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.

Luther Hughes is the author of the debut poetry collection A Shiver in the Leaves (BOA Editions, 2022) and the chapbook Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018), recommended by the American Library Association. They are the founder of Shade Literary Arts, a literary organization for queer writers of color, and cohost the Poet Salon podcast. Recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize, their writing has been published in American Poetry ReviewParis ReviewOrion and more. They were born and raised in Seattle, where they currently live.

Lynn Melnick is the author of the memoir I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton, from the University of Texas Press's American Music Series (2022). She is also the author of three poetry collections, Refusenik (2022), Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017), and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), all with YesYes Books, and the coeditor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her work has appeared in APR, the LA Review of BooksNew RepublicNew YorkerParis ReviewPoetry and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture.

Carl Phillips is the author of sixteen books of poetry, most recently Then the War: And Selected Poems 2007-2020 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2022). His honors include the 2021 Jackson Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Lambda Literary Award, the PEN/USA Award for Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets. Phillips has also written three prose books, most recently My Trade Is Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in Writing (Yale University Press, 2022), and he has translated the Philoctetes of Sophocles (Oxford University Press, 2004). He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.