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Greenlight Poetry Salon
Myself, Angel Nafis along with the support and guidance of the brilliant events coordinator and co-proprietor Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo
Poetry, all kinds of it. All amazing and expansive and powerful.
The standard format: Audience attendees arrive between 7pm-7:30pm, they mingle, chat, buy books, enjoy the complimentary wine and snacks. 7:35 to 7:40ish we start the evening by the host (myself) welcoming everyone to the bookstore and specifically to the reading series, we announce who the readers will be and what the audience can expect for the evening. Then I introduce the readers up each one by one and each one reads a set of electrifying poetry. The evening commences to raucous applause and an author signing where participants can meet the poets and buy books and get them signed and also finish off any snacks and wine still left.
Always takes place at Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217)
The series is seasonal, quarterly to be exact. Though, we do make exceptions and add 1 or 2 extra installments in a year because there tends to be too many awesome new collections of poetry coming out to say no.
Series has been active in some form since 2011.
The series is run on an invitation-only basis, but you can contact the curation and booking at angel[at]greenlightbookstore.com for all possible future consideration!
We wanted to bring fresh, vibrant, relevant, poetry to the bookstore community circuit. So often when you go to bookstores (even MANY too too many independent bookstores) the poetry sections read like a 12th grade AP class library. Old dead white men with a couple of bestsellers like Mary Oliver (who rules, but still) and Billy Collins peppered in. We wanted a reading series that would reflect our diverse, contemporary, powerful, ever-growing and changing poetry section in the bookstore. And we still want that. We want that forever.
I’ve heard time and time again that entering the Greenlight Poetry Salon is like entering a poetry church. Where you can listen to some of the best writers in the world reading from their newest collections, and interact with the work and hoop and holler and catch the book worm holy ghost. PLUS THERE’S FREE WINE AND CUPCAKES.