celebrating poetry and handmade objects...

Upcoming Events

  • April 18, 2014 Agricultural Reader Issue 6 Launch featuring Greg Purcell, Leopoldine Core, Polly Bresnick, and Alec Niedenthal, 7 pm
  • April 24, 2014 Brookly Arts Press Night with Bill Rasmovicz & Joanna Penn Cooper, 7pm
  • April 25, 2014 Jessica Bozek, Nathan Hoks, Katie Peterson, and Alexis Pope, 7 pm
  • April 26, 2014 Laura Sims Fence book release w Rodrigo Toscano, Christian Hawkey, Jesse Seldess, 7 pm
  • May 1, 2014 La Perruque 6, 7 pm
  • May 2, 2014 TWO HEADS with Rodrigo Toscano and Kit Robinson, 7 pm
  • May 3, 2014 Hyperallergic Event with Joanna Fuhrman, Dan Magers, Debora Kuan, and Ana Božičević, 7:30 pm
  • May 4, 2014 NaPoWriMo Reading, 5 pm
  • May 5, 2014 Four Way Books Spring Launch Event with Karen Brennan, Kevin Prufer, Daniel Tobin, Joy Katz, David J Daniels, and Brett Fletcher Lauer, 7 pm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 26 Laura Sims, Christian Hawkey, Jesse Seldess, Rodrigo Toscano

In celebration of the publication of Laura Sims's new book, MY GOD IS THIS A MAN (Fence Books), Christian Hawkey, Jesse Seldess, Laura Sims, and Rodrigo Toscano will read their poetry at NYC's only poetry-only bookstore.
April 26
7 pm

CHRISTIAN HAWKEY is the author of VENTRAKL (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), CITIZEN OF (Wave Books, 2007), and THE BOOK OF FUNNELS (Verse Press, 2004), winner of the 2006 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In 2006 he was given a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award and he has also received awards from the Poetry Fund and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

JESSE SELDESS is the author of two books, Who Opens (Kenning Editions, 2006) and Left Having (Kenning Editions, 2011), as well as chapbooks on Hand Held Editions, Instance Press, Answer Tag Press, and the Chicago Poetry Project Press. His work has recently appeared in the journals The Recluse, EOAGH, Jacket, Little Red Leaves, and out of nothing.

LAURA SIMS is the author of My god is this a man, Stranger and Practice, Restraint, all from Fence Books, and of Fare Forward: Letters with David Markson (Powerhouse Books, 2014). She co-edits Instance Press and teaches literature and creative writing in NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

RODRIGO TOSCANO's latest books are DECK OF DEEDS (Counterpath Press, 2012) and COLLAPSIBLE POETICS THEATER (Fence Books, 2008). His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, and in McSweeny's "Poets Picking Poets." He was a 2005 recipient of a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. Toscano is also the artistic director and writer for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). Toscano has worked in labor politics and environmental justice movements for over fifteen years.

April 25 Jessica Bozek, Nathan Hoks, Katie Peterson, Alexis Pope

Come welcome to our space four poets!

April 25, 2014
7 pm

Jessica Bozek is the author of The Tales (Les Figues, 2013) and The Bodyfeel Lexicon (Switchback, 2009), as well as several chapbooks. She runs the Small Animal Project Reading Series and lives with her small family in Cambridge.

Nathan Hoks is the author of Reveilles, winner of Salt Publishing’s Crashaw Prize in 2010, and The Narrow Circle (Penguin, 2013), winner of the National Poetry Series. He is an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions, and lives with his wife and son in Chicago.

Katie Peterson is the author of This One Tree (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2006), The Accounts (University Of Chicago Press, 2013) and PERMISSION (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2013). She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at Tufts University.

Alexis Pope lives in Brooklyn. She is the author of BONE MATTER (Lettered Streets Press, 2014). Her first full-length book was selected for the Joanna Cargill First Book Prize and will be published by Coconut Books this year as well. Her poems can be found in Washington Square, Guernica, Octopus, Columbia Poetry Review, and RHINO, among others. She curates BANQUET: A Reading Series alongside Joshua Kleinberg and Dana Jaye Cadman.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 24 with Joanna Penn Copper and Bill Rasmovicz

Two amazing books, one book party.

Brooklyn Arts Press is pleased to invite you to a reading by Bill Rasmovicz & Joanna Penn Cooper at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop at 7pm.

Bill will be reading from his newest collection of poetry, IDIOPATHS, a dark, lustrous book of hardscabble living, & wandering meditations on living & dying.

Joanna will be reading from her debut collection of lyrical prose, THE ITINERANT GIRL'S GUIDE TO SELF-HYPNOSIS, a book of brief, existential entries by a speaker investigating self as an act of re-creation.


Praise for these two books:


"The poems in this book provide a vision of a world fallen nearly apart, but not completely, and there’s the metaphysical rub. By all accounts—the doomed family, the material detritus, the ruination of nature—we deserve the full-blown apocalypse. Its absence is eerie but ultimately instructive, in a punishing way. This is a book that takes the reader not down an inescapable hole but through a physical and spiritual darkness, if not to the light then dimly to the lesser dark. This is a stark and electric book, full of honesty, intelligence, and a kind of grace."
- Maurice Manning


"Everything in these gathered pieces—vatic as poetry, confidential as prose—is a music broadcast from the imminent future, say, five minutes from now. Here, even memory has been subtly, irreversibly changed by events just now underway. The music is troubled and troubling. It is certainly true."
- Donald Revell

Poetry-on-Demand Four Twenty With Kate Schapira

Come and see poetry as it is written!
Come collaborate with a poet as she's writing!
Do some writing yourself!
Read a little from the shelf!

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Kate Schapira presents her
Poetry On Demand

Before your very eyes she will
  • write using her typewriter carried all the way from Providence 
  • read from current and ongoing work that incorporates or responds to works by other writers 
  • give a talk about her love for collaborative and responsive writing 
  • lead us in a writing exercise that includes books at Berl's 

You don't want to miss this Sunday!

No matter what's happening, come on in.
The typewriter starts at 5 on the dot.

Kate Schapira is the author of four books, most recently The Soft Place, and nine chapbooks of poetry. She lives in Providence, RI, where she writes, teaches, and co-runs the Publicly Complex Reading Series. She's done poetry-on-demand and other participatory poetry events at the RISD Museum and for the Frequency Writers Workshops, and her first book, TOWN, was a semi-collaborative project about community and change. This summer, she plans to offer writing, art and climate anxiety counseling at a Lucy-from-Peanuts style booth in downtown Providence.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 18 The Agriculture Reader + Coldfront Mag

THE AGRICULTURE READER & COLDFRONT MAGAZINE present an evening of poetry, fiction, translation, and conviviality, featuring Greg Purcell, Leopoldine Core, Polly Bresnick, and Alec Niedenthal. 

April 18, 7 pm

The Agriculture Reader is a limited-edition arts annual, Coldfront is a a vibrant website where poets and critics write about new poetry and poets write about music. We're throwing ourselves a party to celebrate two milestones: The sixth issue of the Agriculture Reader and Coldfront's shiny new redesign. Hear new work by our amazing contributors! Meet our editors! Raise a glass! Buy the new AGR for less than it says on the website! Look at the new Coldfront on your phone while you're standing around at Berl's if you want to. Anything goes!

Hecht, Becker, Wolf Reading April 17

Berl's invites you to attend a poetry reading!

April 17, 7 pm

Featuring the works of Jennifer Michael Hecht, Priscilla Becker, and Michele Wolf.

About the poets:

Michele Wolf is the author of Immersion (selected by Denise Duhamel, Hilary Tham Capital Collection, The Word Works), Conversations During Sleep (Anhinga Prize for Poetry, Anhinga Press) and The Keeper of Light (Painted Bride Quarterly Poetry Chapbook Series). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Hudson Review, Boulevard, North American Review and many other journals and anthologies, as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She is a contributing editor for Poet Lore and teaches at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. A longtime New Yorker, she now lives with her husband and daughter in Gaithersburg, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C.

Priscilla Becker’s first book of poems, Internal West, was the winner of The Paris Review book prize. Her second collection, Stories That Listen, was released from Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in the following literary journals, among others: Fence, Open City, Boston Review, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Verse, Dossier, Aufgabe, and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets; her fiction in The Literary Review, winner of The Charles Angoff prize; in 2013 her collection of essays: Morbid Dyslexia [and other word disorders] was selected as the finalist in the GrayWolf Press Nonfiction contest; her music reviews have been published in The Nation and Filter magazine; her essays in Cabinet magazine and Open City. Her non-fiction has also been anthologized by Soft Skull Press, Anchor Books, and Sarabande. She has completed her third book, Pure Brown, and a chapbook, A Very Young Black Hole.

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, historian and commentator. She is the author of the bestseller Doubt: A History, a history of religious and philosophical doubt all over the world, throughout history. Her new book is Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, out from Yale University Press. Her The Happiness Myth brings a historical eye to modern wisdom about how to lead a good life. Hecht’s The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology won Phi Beta Kappa’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “For scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Her first book of poetry, The Next Ancient World, won three national awards, including the Poetry Society of America’s First Book award for 2001. Her new poetry book called Who Said, just came out from Copper Canyon in November 2013. Hecht has written for Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New Yorker.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Farrah & Jared Make an Appearance Sans Baby

Monday April 7
at 8 pm

You are invited to attend
The 8th Annual Young Poets' Evening
at the National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South

with poetry readings by
Farrah Field, Jared White, Dan Magers, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 16 Brenda Hillman & Evelyn Reilly

Belladonna* Presents 
Brenda Hillman
and Evelyn Reilly
at Berl's
April 16, 7 pm

BRENDA HILLMAN is an activist, writer, and teacher. She has published nine collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press, including Practical Water, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, and most recently Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, as the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry.

Evelyn Reilly's recent books of poetry are Apocalypso and Styrofoam, both published by Roof Books. Essays and poems have appeared lately in Omniverse, Jacket2, The Eco-language Reader, Interim, and The Arcadia Project: Postmodernism and the Pastoral. She has taught poetics at St. Marks Poetry Project and the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University, and has been a co-curator of the Segue Reading Series.