This year we’ve got more series, more poets, more headliners, more vendors, an additional arts and crafts village, healthy and delicious food options [though, yes iced coffee and yes ice cream], and a brand new children’s festival! Oh, and we plan on more sun too, though last year would be hard to beat! For a complete schedule of events click here, and be sure to click the banner below to check out the children’s festival!
Some poets we can’t wait to see: Mark Strand, Patricia Smith, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Amber Tamblyn, Valzhyna Mort, Cornelius Eady, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Joanna Furhman, Jennifer L. Knox, CAConrad, Dorothea Lasky, Timothy Donnelly
Poetry organizations and reading series include: A: Argos Books, Augury Books, B: Boundless Tales, Bowery Books, Bow Wow @ BPC,Blue Flower Arts, The Bratty Poets Series, C: Cave Canem, Coldfront, Cornelia Street Graduate Reading Series, COUPLET, D: DDay Productions, Deadly Chaps, Drunknsailor,E: Earshot, Exit Strata, Explosion Proof, F: Feminist Writer’s Organization, Fireside Follies, Futurepoem, G: Gigantic, great weather for media H: The Highwaymen NYC, I:InDigest Magazine, Italian American Writer’s Association, The Inspired Word, K:Kundiman L: Local Word, louderARTS, M: Madhat, Metro Rhythm, The Mom Egg, Moonshot Magazine, My Brother’s Keeper, N: New School Poets Corner, New York Quarterly, No Dear Magazine, O: La Otra Orilla, P: Patasola’s Parlor, PEN American, PeopleHerd, Ping Pong,The Poetry Brothel, The Poetry Society of New York, Poets House, R: The Red Wheelbarrow Poets Series S: Southern Writers Reading Series, Stain of Poetry,Stonecutter, T: TOTEM, The Truth Urban Theater Group & I Am the Voice, U:Underwater New York, V: Vets and Poets, W: The White Swallows Reading Series
Vendors include: A: Action Books, A Place To Stand, Action Books, Alison Prince Jewelry, B: Brooklyn Arts Press, E: Exit Strata, Explosion Proof F: Faces & Faces, G: Gathering of the Tribes, great weather for media, H: HuckDuck, K: Kimchi Taco Truck, M: Madhat, Morris Grilled Cheese, Mudtruck, My Horse My Hound, N: New York Quarterly, O: owl&bone, P: Palenque Columbian Food Truck, Painted Bride Quarterly S: Stonecutter, W: Wave Books
Thanks to our sponsors: B: Blue Flower Arts, Brooklyn Brewery, C: Cave Canem, Coldfront, F: Fractured Atlas, Futurepoem, G: great weather for media, I: iDataware, N: New York Quarterly, New York State Council on the Arts, P: Poets & Writers, Poets House, T: Teenage Writers, Trader Joe’s
What should I bring to the festival?:
- A blanket to lounge on [there won't be chairs]
- An appetite for food and books, and cash to remedy it [though there are ATM's on the island, and we will be accepting credit cards for all merchandise]
- Your own poetry to read at our open mic Ring of Daisies!
Governors Island has a rich military history, but is now home to festivals, art installations and bike riding throughout the summer among the trees, grass and rows of old colonial houses. Its free ferry leaves from both Manhattan [Battery Maritime Building] and Brooklyn [Brooklyn Bridge Park]! Below is a map from both landings in Manhattan and BK to Colonels Row, the area of the island where the festival is held.
[To use map for directions on your computer, zoom out to show mainland ferry landings, click on either of the blue pins, and click "Directions". Google will not give you directions from the mainland to any of the pins on the actual island. If you're on your iPhone the following links will open up in your map app: Battery Maritime Building/Brooklyn Bridge Park/NYCPF. For all other smartphones: "view larger map" below -> circle/triangle icon in the upper right corner -> directions -> type in appropriate ferry, or click here to just view map.]
For more information please email Stephanie Berger.