The Brooklyn Poets Reading Series returns on Thursday, June 13, at 61 Local, featuring poets Derek Mong, Ladan Osman and Sally Wen Mao. The reading is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the 61 Local bar. Doors will open at 7:30 PM.

61 Local is a true public house where the community comes to eat, drink, celebrate and collaborate. They offer a locally-sourced menu that features premium products from passionate people. 61 Local is located at 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (off Smith St), right down the street from the Bergen F/G stop and a few blocks from the Borough Hall 4/5 stop, the Hoyt 2/3 stop, and the Hoyt – Schermerhorn A/C/G stop.

Derek Mong is the author of two poetry collections from Saturnalia Books, Other Romes (2011) and The Identity Thief (2018). His chapbook The Ego and the Empiricist (2017) was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. The Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of English at Wabash College, he holds degrees from Stanford, the University of Michigan and Denison University. His poetry has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Southern Review, New England Review and Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite (2017), among other places. A long poem about parenting and the painter Lucian Freud will soon appear in At Length. The recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Louisville, the University of Wisconsin, and the Missouri Review, he lives in Crawfordsville, Indiana, with his family. He and his wife, Anne O. Fisher, received the 2018 Cliff Becker Translation Award for The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin (White Pine, 2018).

Ladan Osman is a Somali-born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She is the author of Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press, 2019), The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize, and the chapbook Ordinary Heaven, which appeared in the box-set Seven New Generation African Poets (Slapering Hol Press, 2014). She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, Luminarts Foundation and the Michener Center for Writers, among other awards, and her work has appeared in numerous publications and been translated into over ten languages. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sally Wen Mao is the author of Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019) and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award. The winner of a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, the New York Public Library Cullman Center and Bread Loaf Writers Conference, among other awards, Mao holds an MFA from Cornell University.

For more information and to request accommodations (including ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices and the text of the poems read), contact Jason Koo at koo@brooklynpoets.org.

Note that by attending our events, you agree to the terms of our code of conduct below. Brooklyn Poets reserves the right to dismiss from our programs any participant found to be in violation of this code. Thank you for respecting our community.

Brooklyn Poets Code of Conduct

Brooklyn Poets Inc. will not tolerate any instances of discrimination, harassment, or any other form of abuse in conjunction with any of our programs. Respect and consideration for others, both within and outside our programs, are core values to be upheld by all participants. Harassment of community members on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status or disability is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Program participants are expected to adhere to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Should a board or staff member, independent contractor, volunteer or program participant be found to violate any aspect of the organization’s code of conduct, Brooklyn Poets reserves the right to dismiss them from the program. Consequences may include, but not be limited to, dismissal from the current activity, suspension, and/or ineligibility for all future activities.

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