Brooklyn Poets Reading Series

Brooklyn Poets Reading Series Featuring poets Leila Chatti, Dell Lemmon, & Vievee Francis

The Brooklyn Poets Reading Series returns on Wednesday, September 23, at 7 PM via Zoom, featuring poets Leila Chatti, Dell Lemmon and Vievee Francis. The reading is free and open to the public. All guests must register through the link below to receive an invitation to join the event on Zoom.

Guests can register by choosing either a free ticket or a donation ticket (suggestion donation: $5–10). Donations will help us support three organizations doing vital work right now chosen by the three poets: American Red Cross’s Wildfire Relief (Leila Chatti), Food Bank NYC (Dell Lemmon) and YesYes Books (Vievee Francis). Brooklyn Poets will match the first $250 in donations and all donations will be split evenly among the three orgs.

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020) and the chapbooks Ebb (New-Generation African Poets) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she was the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. She is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Cincinnati, where she is a Provost Fellow. Her poems have appeared in the New York Times MagazinePloughsharesTin HouseAmerican Poetry Review and elsewhere.

Dell Lemmon is the author of two books, both published by Box Turtle Press: Are You Somebody I Should Know?, forthcoming this fall, and Single Woman (2016). Her poems have appeared in the Brooklyn Poets AnthologyCourt GreenCape Cod Poetry ReviewMudfishWSQ and Washington Square Review, among other publications. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart and several times recognized as a finalist for various poetry contests. She holds a BFA in acting and an MA and PhD in performance studies. She lives in Brooklyn and sometimes on Cape Cod, too.

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012, winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection) and Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2016, winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks and anthologies, including PoetryBest American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017 and 2019, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Live closed captioning will be available during the event, and texts of the poets’ poems will be screen-shared during their readings. To request additional accommodations or more information, please contact Jason Koo.


Sep 23 2020


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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