A Guide to Poetry Open Mics in Brooklyn

09/20/2013 9:30 AM |

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I emailed a few poets I know and asked them what the poetry hotspots to know in Brooklyn were—and most of them told me they pretty much just read in Manhattan. Is our borough really so poetry negative? Not really: a bookstore devoted to the form will soon open in DUMBO, and in the meantime there are regular open mic nights from Williamsburg to Dyker Heights (most of which I heard about through Ricardo Hernandez, a regular on the circuit who impressively memorizes all of his poems). This is by no means exhaustive: there are always new ones popping up, one-offs and seasonal events, like a recent reading by the water in Bay Ridge; share what we missed in the comments.