Purvi Poets

Forewording Beauty


BeautyWelcome 2017! 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 43nd Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading on Sunday, January 1, 2017 between 5-6 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. You can check out the whole jaw-dropping roster and get tickets here. 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

Soul Sister Revue on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m.: It’s the 4-year anniversary of Soul Sister Revue and I’m delighted to be one of the amazing fiction and poetry readers alongside LeRonn P. Brooks, Janel Cloyd, Yadria De La Riva, and Noel Quiñones. We’ll ask and express: “what does soul mean to you?” The $10 entry includes a drink! Woot!!!

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St.

LMCC Open Studios on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 1-8 p.m.: Anjali Deshmukh and I are teaming up again for an art event — “Make Yourself Meek/Make Yourself Vast” — as part of my LMCC Workspace residency. We’re going to do an interactive participatory installation exploring the body and how we move in the world — and how we seek to move. We’d love to have you participate in our experimental piece (and you can see more fab art too!). Come!

This free, two-day, art-filled event shines a spotlight on the work of over 30 incredible artists who are working across all disciplines and genres from painting and sculpture to poetry and fiction to dance and theater. Artists, who have been working in their studios at 28 Liberty Street since last September, will open their studio doors to the public for two days only, offering a unique, behind-the-scenes window into their creative practices in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Open Studios with Workspace Artists-in-Residence
In LMCC’s Studios at 28 Liberty St., 24th Floor
Enter at the plaza level near the Jean Dubuffet sculpture

Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi (PEN World Voices Festival) on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 7:30-9 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 on the theme of Gender and Power.

Majda Gama, Rami Karim, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, and I will share original work, followed by an improvisational game channeling classical poets.

Purchase tickets here. Presented as part of the PEN World Voices Festival and in association with Ping Chong + Company and City Lore.

Dixon Place

161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

A Brooklyn Poets Anthology Reading on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 7-9 p.m.: Brooklyn has long been known as having one of the most vibrant poetry scenes in the world, yet there has never been an anthology devoted to celebrating the many contemporary poets who call it home. Now there is: the Brooklyn Poets Anthology is a landmark collection offering a panoramic snapshot of the Brooklyn poetry community—itself composed of many different communities—emphasizing a variety of voices, aesthetics, and traditions through writings from 170 poets. I will be reading along with other anthology contributors — Farrah Field, Lynn Melnick, Chris Slaughter, Leigh Stein, Mervyn Taylor, Charles Theonia, and Jared White — to celebrate Brooklyn and poetry!

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop

141 Front St., Dumbo