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.
The Youth Festival offers fun and interactive writing workshops, a poetry hike around Governors Island, a scavenger hunt, and staged readings.
Teens (ages 13+) can register for a one-day (either Saturday or Sunday) poetry workshop taught by a published poet. Participants meet in age-based groups to write and revise original poetry, and explore the island on a poetry hike. Each day ends with a staged reading for family and friends. Participants must bring their own lunch.
12pm to 1:30pm: Workshop 1 - Creating content
1:30pm to 2pm: Lunch break
2pm to 3pm: Poetry hike around the island
3pm to 4pm: Workshop 2 - Revision and performance techniques
4pm to 5pm: Staged reading
For All: Island-wide scavenger hunt. Read, write, and find poetry (at your own pace) throughout the island and make your way to Colonel's Row (just outside building 410) where participants can add a line or two to the 2018 Youth Poetry Festival collaborative poem. Participants can also sign up to read their original writing at staged readings taking place at 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Featured poets in 2018 include Nico Tortorella (TV Land's Younger series), Terrance Hayes, Danielle Pafunda, and Ladan Osman.
Register in advance to be entered in a lottery for Poetry Fest swag.