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The New York City Poetry Festival 2019

  • Colonel's Row Governors Island New York 10004 (map)

Saturday, July 27th, 11am-7pm and Sunday, July 28th, 11am-5pm!

great weather is proud to return as a sponsor of the fabulous New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island. Find us at our vendor tent the whole weekend.

We have a featured reading on Sunday, 1:00 - 1:30 pm, on the Chumley’s stage with Billy Cancel, melissa christine goodrum, Ngoma Hill, and Mario Poncé Pagán.




14,000 PEOPLE.




We'll be selling books and tee-shirts at our vendor table - and we are thrilled to showcase our hot-off-the-press anthology, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea.

Submissions for our next anthology are open October 15 2019 to January 15 2020.


Governors Island is accessible by three ferries, one leaving from Manhattan ($3 roundtrip), one leaving from Brooklyn ($3 roundtrip), and one that makes several stops along the East River ($2.75 each way).

The Manhattan and Brooklyn ferries are both operated by Governors Island, and you can find the complete, up-to-date ferry schedules for each route on their website.

The Manhattan Ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, New York, NY. The Ferry landing is immediately east of the Staten Island Ferry (but not the same building). It is 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.

The East River Ferry is operated by NYC Ferry. A complete, up-to-date ferry schedule listing the locations of all stops is available on their website.

Here is a link to a downloadable PDF map of Governors Island that shows you the walking routes from each of the ferry landings on the island to Colonel's Row.

Our readers for Sunday at 1:00 pm, Chumley’s stage:

Billy Cancel is a poet / performer and sound / collage artist. His work has appeared in Boston Review and PEN America. His poetry collection MOCK TROUGH RASPING CROW is published by BlazeVOX. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Thursday Fernworthy (Lauds) and together they perform as the noise-poetry duo Tidal Channel.

melissa christine goodrum’s experiences include Guest Editor of Other Rooms Press’ first print anthology: The Or Panthology (Ocellus Reseau), Co-Editor of The Brooklyn Review, Designer/Publisher/Editor of Cave Canem’s “Writing Down the Music” and “Letters to the Future,” Co-President of the Cambridge Poetry Awards, Administrative Director of Bowery Arts & Science, and recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Her second full-length collection, something sweet & filled with blood was published by great weather for MEDIA in 2019 with praise from Sapphire and Tyehimba Jess .

Ngoma Hill is a performance poet, multi-instrumentalist, singer / songwriter, and paradigm shifter, who for over fifty years has used culture as a tool to raise socio-political and spiritual consciousness through work that encourages critical thought. A former member of Amiri Baraka’s The Spirit House Movers and Players and the contemporary freedom song duo Serious Bizness, he weaves poetry and song that raises contradictions and searches for a solution to a just and peaceful world. Ngoma was selected as the Beat Poet Laureate of New York for 2017 by The National Beat Poetry Foundation. Conversation with Esu, his latest CD, features poetry, jazz, funk, reggae, and blues.

Mario Poncé Pagán is founding member of the Títere Poets, a writing collective that explores the boundaries of masculinity, vulnerability and male trauma. He is the guy in every boricua neighborhood that everybody knows: generally to be found on the corner, sometimes with other títeres, commenting on people, politics, the news, the hood rumors, the universe’s mysteries, and stories from the past. Mario follows in the tradition of Capicu, Nuyorican, and Black arts movements. He is LaSopaNYC: School of Poetic Arts alum and his work has been published on Sofrito for Your Soul.

Earlier Event: July 21
Spoken Word Sundays NYC
Later Event: July 28
Spoken Word Sundays NYC