NYCPF 2012

The 2nd Annual New York City Poetry Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 21st & 22nd, 11am-5pm
Governors Island, Colonel’s Row
Pre-sale tickets are closed.
Day-of tickets: $5 per day

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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 BooksAugury BooksB: Boundless TalesBowery BooksBow Wow @ BPC,Blue Flower ArtsThe Bratty Poets SeriesC: Cave CanemColdfrontCornelia Street Graduate Reading SeriesCOUPLETD: DDay Productions, Deadly ChapsDrunknsailor,E: EarshotExit StrataExplosion ProofF: Feminist Writer’s OrganizationFireside FolliesFuturepoemG: Giganticgreat weather for media H: The Highwaymen NYCI:InDigest MagazineItalian American Writer’s AssociationThe Inspired WordK:Kundiman L: Local Word, louderARTSM: Madhat, Metro RhythmThe Mom EggMoonshot Magazine, My Brother’s Keeper, N: New School Poets Corner, New York QuarterlyNo Dear MagazineO: La Otra Orilla, P: Patasola’s ParlorPEN AmericanPeopleHerdPing Pong,The Poetry BrothelThe Poetry Society of New YorkPoets HouseR: The Red Wheelbarrow Poets Series S: Southern Writers Reading Series, Stain of Poetry,StonecutterT: TOTEM, The Truth Urban Theater Group & I Am the VoiceU:Underwater New YorkV: Vets and Poets, W: The White Swallows Reading Series

Vendors include: A: Action BooksA Place To StandAction Books, Alison Prince Jewelry, B: Brooklyn Arts Press, E: Exit Strata, Explosion Proof F: Faces & Faces, G: Gathering of the Tribesgreat weather for media, H: HuckDuck, K: Kimchi Taco TruckM: 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, ColdfrontF: Fractured Atlas, Futurepoem, G: great weather for media, I: iDataware, N: New York QuarterlyNew York State Council on the ArtsP: Poets & Writers, Poets House, T: Teenage WritersTrader Joe’s

Other participating artists include: Lisa FlanaganMatthew CooperLiz BelomlinskySteven CliffordKate FireAl Gori

What should I bring to the festival?:

  • A blanket to lounge on [there won't be chairs]
  • Sunscreen!
  • 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.


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