Poetry at Fifth Avenue Blooms, Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels in Partnership with the Academy of American Poets

Join us on Sunday, May 19, from 11:40 a.m to 2 p.m. for free hourly poetry performances by Diannely Antigua, Omotara James, and Maya C. Popa at Fifth Avenue Blooms. This annual festival celebrating spring is presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and the Fifth Avenue Association, in partnership with the Academy of American Poets.

Diannely Antigua is the author of the poetry collections Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019) and Good Monster (Copper Canyon Press, 2024). She hosts the podcast Bread & Poetry and is currently the Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, NH.

Omotara James is the author of the poetry collection Song of My Softening (Alice James Books, 2024) and the chapbook Daughter Tongue (Akashic Books, 2018). James’s poems have been featured in NPR’s Morning Edition, Poem-a-Day, and Poetry Daily.

Maya C. Popa is most recently the author of Wound is the Origin of Wonder (W. W. Norton 2022; Picador, 2023) and the chapbook Dear Life (Smith|Doorstop, 2022). Her newsletter, Poetry Today, is a Substack bestseller and featured publication.


  • 11:40 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Maya C. Popa
  • 12:40 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Diannely Antigua
  • 1:40 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Omotara James