Brooklyn Poets Reading Series: Mark Bibbins, Jordan E. Franklin, & Cea

The Brooklyn Poets Reading Series returns on Thursday, June 3, at 7 PM (EDT), featuring poets Cea, Jordan E. Franklin and Mark Bibbins. Copresented by the Brooklyn Public Library as a BPL Presents event, the reading is free and open to the public. All guests must register through the link below to receive an invitation to join the event on Zoom.


Cea / (Constantine Jones) is an interdisciplinary Greek-American thingmaker. They are a member of the Artist+ Registry at Visual AIDS, where they also serve on the Archives Committee, as well as a member of the collective What Would An HIV Doula Do?. They facilitate creative writing workshops at the City College of New York, Brooklyn Poets, Liminal Lab and elsewhere. They are the author of the hybrid text In Still Rooms (The Operating System, 2020) and a collaborative chapbook with Portuguese visual artist Vicente Sampaio, BALEEN: A Poem In Twelve Days (Ursus Americanus, 2021). Their work has been performed or exhibited at various venues across NYC and Tennessee.

Jordan E. Franklin is a Black poet and educator from Brooklyn, NY. An alumna of Brooklyn College, she earned her MFA from Stony Brook Southampton, where she served as a Turner Fellow. Her work has appeared in the Southampton ReviewBreadcrumbseasy paradiseTinderbox Poetry JournalFrontier and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2017 James Hearst Poetry Prize offered by the North American Review and a finalist for the 2019 Furious Flower Poetry Prize. Her first poetry collection, when the signals come home, was selected by Prageeta Sharma as the winner of the 2020 Gatewood Prize and published by Switchback Books in March 2021. Her first poetry chapbook, boys in the electric age, is forthcoming from Tolsun Books in August 2021.

Mark Bibbins is the author of four poetry collections, most recently 13th Balloon from Copper Canyon Press. His first book, Sky Lounge, received a Lambda Literary Award. Bibbins lives in New York City and teaches in the graduate writing programs of the New School and Columbia University and in NYU’s Writers in Florence program. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, his work has appeared in the New YorkerPoetryParis Review and Best American Poetry.

Texts of the poets' poems will be screen-shared during their readings. To request additional accommodations or more information, please contact Jason Koo.

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