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This Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th, 2015 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, The 5th Annual New York City Poetry Festival is going to be the HOTTEST POETRY EVENT of the SUMMER for poets and poetry-lovers, with 65 organizations and 250 poets expected to hit the stages. At this FREE, two-day poetry celebration on Governor’s Island, in NYC, among the many poets and spoken word poetry organizations, at the festival, will be a few spoken word poetry favorites of Spoken Word New York:

Capicu Cultural Showcase, Great Weather for MEDIA, Robleswrites Productions, and C. Bravo Productions of Spoken Ink Online Open Mic.

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It will be wonderful to see all of the poets and art/poetry organizations out there: doing their individual thing while working together (supporting one another as creators of ART) to build bridges – keeping unity in the community – representing their love of ART through their heART, to keep ART alive and growing for their supporters; for the people — for the ART and POETRY-LOVERS.

Read the messages below from Capicu Cultural Showcase, Great Weather for MEDIA, Robleswrites Productions, and C.Bravo Productions of Spoken Ink Online Open Mic, to see which poets/featured artists will be performing for you at the festival; including times and location (which stage). There is even an OPEN MIC available for all you poetry-lovers and for you poem-in-your-pocket poets out there, on some of these stages. Check the Information Desk for OPEN MIC sign-up! Here at Spoken Word New York, our motto is: Read. Write. Get out & recite. EnJOY POETRY! So, get out and ENJOY/CELEBRATE THE ART of POETRY THIS WEEKEND! 😉
(Individual times and locations of performances are listed below, and can be found at http://newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/event-schedule/)


“Join Capicu Culture for some fun on Governor’s Island this Sunday, July 26th. Nuyorican Poet, Dean Jani Rose will host our Sopitas, at The White Horse Stage, 12:30pm. For the first time ever the ‪#‎LaSopaNYC‬ Poets will be reading at The New York City Poetry Festival! Bring chairs and blankets, beverages, pack a lunch and snacks and enjoy a great afternoon at the biggest poetry event of the year! Free Admission to ‪#‎NYCPOFEST2015‬ (Free ferry ride to Governors Island before 12noon, $2 after) ***OPEN-MIC sign up at Information desk***”


“Great Weather for MEDIA is thrilled to be one of this year’s sponsors of the The New York City Poetry Festival on NYC’s fabulous Governors Island.

DATES: Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. FREE!

Great Weather poets CORRINA BAIN, AIMEE HERMAN, JOE ROARTY, and JON SANDS will perform on The White Horse stage at 4:00 pm on Saturday 25th.

We will also be selling books in the vendor area throughout the weekend – catch an early look at our hot-off-the-press anthology “Before Passing”, Corrina Bain’s “Debridement”, Aimee Herman’s “meant to wake up feeling, and more.”



“As part of the celebratory festival hosted by NYC Parks on Saturday, July 25, 2015, Robleswrites Productions presents: “Poets Recite from the Boogie Down to the The Heights!” – A free outdoor reading open to the public, sponsored by Poets and Writers and NYSCA, to commemorate the re-opening of the iconic High Bridge that connects Manhattan and the Bronx. Peggy Robles-Alvarado will host poets Urayoan Noel, Roya Marsh, Bonafide Rojas, Rashawna Wilson and El David from the spoken word percussion band Machete Movement, as they pay homage to this landmark and make poetic history 140 feet above the Harlem River.

Hope to see you all Saturday as we celebrate The re-opening of the High Bridge uniting my home, The Bronx and my motherland, Washington Heights!

Our set is sponsored by Poets and Writers and Robleswrites Productions
and will be hosted by Peggy Robles-Alvarado.

Poets are set to perform as follows:

12 p.m. first set opening the festival – (15 min. set)

1:40 p.m.- second set of the festival – (20 min. set)

***Erik “Wordz” Maldonado will be documenting the event so please say hello!

The stage is located on the Manhattan side of the Park just south of the recreation center. The fastest way to get there would be to enter the park at 172 and Amsterdam and just walk up the path.

If you choose to come through the Bx side it is on 173 and Shakespeare Ave. and you would have to walk across the High Bridge and up the steep stairs to get to the stage. Please note that parking is not available.”


Saturday, July 25th, 3 to 4:00 pm Spoken Ink, Carmen Bravo and James ‘Mr. Speaker’ Sears will host an OPEN MIC @ The Algonquin Stage. Featuring, James ‘Mr. Speaker’ Sears, Tonie ‘Quit Storm’ Sheeley.”

OPEN MIC slots open. Email: [email protected]

“THE PURPOSE of the New York City Poetry Festival has been to liberate poets and their work from the dark corners of bars, bookstore, and coffee shops and their halogen-lit college campuses, and to bring together as many NYC poets as possible, in the bright light of day, to meet, mingle, and collaborate.

Fostering an open, approachable, diverse, innovative, sharp, and culturally prominent literary community lies at the core of The Poetry Society of New York’s mission. While there are still a few entrenched poetry establishments, for many writers and artists, and even the general public, they can seem remote and inaccessible; The Poetry Society of New York aims not only to bridge these gaps, but to unify this city’s poetry community in ways never before thought possible.

By opening doors to diverse and unique artistic interactions, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.

THIS FREE two-day festival celebrates New York City’s vibrant poetry community. The event includes over 65 poetry organizations and 250 poets on its three main stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craft makers sell their wares; healthy and delicious food options; a beer garden sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery; poetry-inspired installation art throughout; the Ring of Daisies open mic; and, of course, the Children’s Festival at NYCPF!”

More details about this year’s New York City Poetry Festival can be found on the website: newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.

Find the The New York City Poetry Festival in the Colonel’s Row area of the island – it will be well-signposted from the ferry ($2 round trip, morning ferries free, takes 10 mins.)

***BE SURE TO register via Eventbrite for a chance to win an NYCPOFEST tote bag filled with signed copies of books by this year’s featured readers, Nick Flynn, Patricia Spears Jones, David Matlin, and Fran Quinn:

Full Event Schedule: http://newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/event-schedule/.

Info and Directions (Easy and fun!): http://newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/general-info/info-faq/.

The 5th Annual New York City Poetry Festival
DATES: Saturday, July 25, 2015 & Sunday, July 26, 2015
TIMES: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Governor’s Island National Monument
10 South St
New York City, NY
[email protected]

TRAVEL: Manhattan Ferry leaves from terminal next to the Staten Island, Brooklyn one from Brooklyn Bridge Park. http://newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/general…/directions/

The Manhattan Ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street. The Ferry landing  is immediately east of the Staten Island Ferry (but not the same building). It is literally at the very  southern tip of Manhattan and easily accessible from the 1,4,5,N,R,J or Z trains.

The Brooklyn Ferry disembarks from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the foot of Atlantic Avenue (corner of Columbia Street). It is accessible via the R,2,3,4,5 trains and the B23, B65, B61 buses.

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