Purvi Poets

Forewording Beauty


BeautyWelcome 2018! It’s a year for joyful resistance.

Main Street (between Plymouth and Water Streets)
Main Street (between Plymouth and Water Streets)Brooklyn, NY 11201

Upcoming Events:

You can also get my recent advocacy & poetry 411 right now here & here.

And in Movement to Power, you can watch my recent work to transform our relationships to violence — and ourselves.

If you desire more poetry right now, no need to wait! You can find my poem “Mira unfurls her hair into a bell when – from this ringing – mirror emerges” here or hear.

Past Events:

Poetry Project’s 44th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading on Monday, January 1, 2018 between 4-5 p.m.: Kick the new year off with the write stuff. 😉 I’m part of the most incredible slate of poets bringing beauty to the beginnings of your years. Come early, stay late (the event goes from 3 p.m.-2 a.m. the next day!) and support this amazing home for poetry!

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
131 E. 10th St. New York, NY 10003

Ghost-Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology Reading (Split This Rock Poetry Festival) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 1:30-3 p.m.: Join me and Camille T. Dungy, Tiffany Higgins, Elizabeth Jacobson, Nancy K. Pearson, Gretchen Primack, Katy Richey, Danez Smith, Javier Zamora, and anthology editor Melissa Tuckey for a fabulous reading!
National Housing Center AuditoriumWashington, DC

Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi (Split This Rock Poetry Festival) on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 3:30-5 p.m.: Poetic duels are found worldwide across cultures and times, with vibrant traditions throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. The Afghan tradition is called “sheyr jangi,” or “poetry fighting,” and has its roots in the early medieval Central Asian Courts. We pay homage to this tradition — but with a twist. We have curated a “deck” of poems by classical poets writing in Arabic, Persian, Turkic, and Urdu. With our audience’s help, we invite our featured poets to battle with these literary ancestors. Majda Gama, Rami Karim, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sahar Muradi, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Zohra Saed, and I will share original work, followed by an improvisational game channeling classical poets.

National Housing Center Conference Room B, Washington, DC