TODAY! Governor’s Island Poetry Festival

Let the sky rain poems all over your perspiring flesh! All day, POEMS and IMAGINATIONS torn open and amplified. I’m excited to be featured alongside other great writers for Big Words, Etc. reading series. We go on at 4pm on the Algonquin stage.

Catch the 3pm ferry…..or come much earlier and take in all the magnificence of this magical land.

I’ll be reading some new poems, two inspired by the great Nan Goldin, whose exhibit I just caught at the Museum of Modern Art. She always always blows me away.

Summer NYC Performances!!

Saturday, June 11th:
Word Cabaret 
The BWAC exhibition space
499 Van Brunt St. Red Hook, Brooklyn
4pm (FREE!)
Featuring: Sara Fetherolf, Aimee Herman, Mike Jurcovic, Janice A. Lowe, and Michael Handler Ruby
Tuesday, June 14th:
Union Square Slam presents Thomas Fucaloro’s “Depression Cupcakes” book release!!!!
Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
208 W. 13th St. NYC
Open mic $5
Spotlight features @ 8pm
Elisabet Velasquez
Aimee Herman
Patrick Roche
Roya Marsh
Featured poet @ 8:45pm
Thomas Fucaloro
Delicious cupcakes by poet Trae Durica
Thursday, June 23rd:
Emotive Fruition: Live performance series merging actors and poets
in collaboration with Lambda Literary
Actors will be performing 2 of my poems
Botanic Lab 
86 Orchard St. NYC
Thursday, June 23rd:
Small Press Love Fest
Hell Phone 
247 Varet St, Brooklyn
A celebration of small presses with great weather for MEDIA, NYSAI press, Nomadic Press and Rivet Journal
Featuring: Elizabeth Ribar, Abigail Welhouse, Steve Castro, Stephanie Dickinson, Julie Bentsen, Craig Kite, Aimee Herman and Puma Perl
Saturday, June 25th
Staten Island Arts’ LUMEN Festival
Atlantic Salt Company
For tickets, click HERE  
I’ll be performing a movment/textual piece exploring the many versions of gender through body and language. What it means to be human, pressed into boxes, pushed down and the sound of (re)emergence.
Saturday, 23 July
Hot! Festival
Dixon Place
161 Chrystie St. NYC
Cleaning Out Our Closets featuring Trae Durica and Aimee Herman
Stories exploring the multitude of ways in which we come out to friends, lovers and ourselves.
7pm/ Show at 7:30pm
Sunday, 31 July
Governor’s Island NY Poetry Festival
I’ll be reading alongside other great poets for Big Words, Etc reading series
4pm @ The Algonquin Stage
Sunday, August 7th
BOOG Poetry Festival
Sidewalk Cafe
94 Ave A NYC
I’ll be performing my poetic play, “postulation” alongside the marvelous Trae Durica

Governor’s Island Poetry Festival JULY 25th and 26th!!!

I was recently talking with a writer from Seattle named Anastacia Tolbert who blew my mind with her explosively thought-provoking poetics.

Before the reading, she asked me about places to see during her brief visit. I gave her a list and then she asked me, “how do you feel about living in New York?”

I said, “I love it and it frustrates me simultaneously.”

“What frustrates you?” she asked.

“That,” I say, pointing to a ginormous heap of garbage bags on the curb.

“But what I love,” I said, “is finding graffiti on buildings and the endless amount of museums. I love being queer in a city that so often celebrates it. I love the art and music. I love the pockets of magic (not so secretly) hidden in so many corners.”


And I LOVE Governor’s Island……this magical spot that can only be reached via ferry. With art and bike paths and food trucks and……POETRY.

Every summer, Governor’s Island houses an impressive poetry festival featuring reading series and the poets who frequent them. It is FREE and open. A place to listen, write, share, connect.

Find the The New York City Poetry Festival in the Colonel’s Row area of the island – it will be well-signposted from the ferry ($2 round trip, morning ferries free, takes 10 mins.)

Info and directions (Easy and fun!)

This free two-day festival celebrates New York City’s vibrant poetry community. The event includes over 65 poetry organizations and 250 poets on its three main stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craft makers sell their wares; healthy and delicious food options; a beer garden sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery; poetry-inspired installation art throughout; the Ring of Daisies open mic; and, of course, the Children’s Festival at NYCPF!

It is Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th from 11-5pm. I’ll be reading with Poetry Teachers NYC, great weather for MEDIA and the great reading series, Big Words!

I am excited to be reading BOTH days. Find me here:


1pm @ Chumley’s Stage reading for Big Words!

4pm @ The White Horse Stage reading for great weather for MEDIA with Jon Sands and Corrina Bain



2:30pm @ The Chumley’s Stage reading for Poetry Teachers NYC w/ Megan DiBello, Dan Dissinger and Colin Clough




Governor’s Island Poetry Festival!!

A weekend explosion of poetry on the beautifully, magical Governor’s Island on Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm!

Join Poetry Teacher’s NYC faculty members Megan DiBello, Dan Dissinger and I at this year’s festival where we will be performing poetry and offering free on-site workshops as well!

On Saturday, find us on Chumley’s Stage at 12:30pm!!!