Every year on the last weekend in July, the New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse New York City poetry community on the idyllic summer paradise that is Governors Island.
The festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees.
Best for kids and families:
- Island-wide scavenger hunt
- Read, write, and find poetry (at your own pace) throughout the island
- Add a line or two to the 2019 Youth Poetry Festival collaborative poem.
Participants can also sign up to read their original writing at staged readings taking place at 4pm both Saturday and Sunday.