The 19th Annual Brevitas Festival of the Short Poem
HYBRID Event featuring poets LIVE & VIRTUALLY
Featuring an Open Mic!
Sunday, November 6, 2022 • 1:30 – 4:30 pm
The Bowery Poetry Club (aka Duane Park)
308 Bowery (between Bleecker & Houston), New York, NY 10012
Poet-members Jim Pignetti and Steve Zeitlin (founder of City Lore) launched Brevitas when they invited a small circle of poet-friends to email original, short poems (14 lines max) to each other on the 1st and 15th of each month. Now in its nineteenth year, this community has grown to over 50 poets, and a dynamic incubator of new work. This annual festival is a performance plus book party for the release of the 2022 Brevitas 19 Anthology of the Short Poem featuring a selection of each member-poet’s selections from the year’s exchange. Flash Rosenberg will host. Poems will be projected. Words will gush with pith, piety, and playfulness. Books will be signed.
Brevitas members are a feisty mixture of well-known, emerging, and irrepressible artists and poets including: Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman, New Yorker poet Sparrow, Sensitive Skin contributing editor Ron Kolm, writer, teacher and cultural activist Esther Cohen, Director of the Ordell Public Library John J. Trause, Queens Poet-Laureate Maria Lisella, Live Mag publisher Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Green Pavilion Poetry Event host Evie Ivy, CLWN WR editor Bob Heman, Brownstone Poets host Patricia Carragon, Mobius editor Juanita Torrence-Thompson, First Literary Review-East editors Cindy Hochman and Karen Neuberg, Downtown poetry editor Dorothy Friedman-August, Purgatory Pie Press publisher Esther K. Smith, AND many more highly-accomplished wordsmiths including Hal Sirowitz, Tanya M. Beltran, Zev Shanken, Carolyn Wells, Jan Garden Castro, Tsaurah Litzky, Leslie Prosterman, Dorothea Hutton Scher, George H. Northrup, Susanna Lee, Chime Lama, Kit Kennedy, Marjorie Hanft, Kathryn Fazio, Jan Emerson, William Considine, David Eugene Brown Jr, Gene Bild, Mark Johnson, Erica Mapp, Eve Packer, Thomas Rigney, Angelo Verga, Austin Alexis, David Lawton, Steve Lutrell, Pat Lee, Helen Peterson, Mindy Matijasevic, Christian Garaud, Mindy Levokove, Stephen Paul Miller, Arthur Russell, Tom Savage, Ed Smith, Mike Topp, Alice Twombly, Alicia Vasquez, Francine Witte, Anton Yakovlev, and Don Yorty.
$10 admission includes a copy of the 2022 Brevitas 19 Anthology of the Short Poem.