Join us at the 2019 Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City, on Sunday, September 22 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Participating poets include Hala Alyan, Jericho Brown, Tina Chang, Nick Flynn, Rigoberto González, Sally Wen Mao, Ladan Osman, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, American Poets Prize winner Ilya Kaminsky, and more. 

Drop by the Academy of American Poets booth (#321) to pick up your free issue of American Poets magazine, purchase $5 copies of American Poets Prize–winners' books, and peruse discounted items from the Poets Shop!

209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. 


New Works: A Poetry Reading

Main Stage on Borough Plaza Hall, 3 p.m.

Poets Nick Flynn (I Will Destroy You), Julia Guez (In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame), Jake Skeets (Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers) and Ashley Toliver (Spectra) will read from their recently published volumes of poetry. Introduced by Jen Benka, Academy of American Poets.

Real and Imagined Worlds

Brooklyn Historical Society Library, 128 Pierrepont St, 5 p.m.

Rigoberto González (The Book of Ruin), Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic), Sally Wen Mao (Oculus), and Ladan Osman (Exiles of Eden) read poems from their new collections, employing allegory, invention, myth, and parable to illuminate the realities of today’s world. Introduced by Craig Morgan Teicher, The Paris Review.

About the Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

About the Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. The organization produces, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; originated and organizes National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; creates and distributes Teach This Poem and other award-winning resources for K-12 educators; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and awards the American Poets Prizes. In addition, the Academy of American Poets coordinates a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.