Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop Opens in Dumbo

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Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, an independent bookstore devoted entirely to poetry opened at 126a Front Street in Dumbo this month. Their particular focus is on micro-press publishing, book arts, letterpress, and contemporary handmade chapbooks and features the work of small and independent presses around the country and internationally as well as local to New York City.

Berl’s is the only poetry bookstore in NYC, and one of only a handful around the country. Jared White and Farrah Field, the owners said they chose Dumbo for the bookshop “in honor of the rich history of Brooklyn poetry going back to Marianne Moore and Walt Whitman and we aim to make our space a home for New York poetry communities past and present as well as travelers to New York. We hope to contribute to Dumbo’s status as a literary destination, with five independent storefront bookstores as well as numerous other literary organizations making their home here.”

You may have seen them as a regular weekend vendor of poetry books at the Brooklyn Flea. Farrah Field is the author of two books of poems: RISING, winner in 2009 of the Larry Levis Prize, and WOLF AND PILOT, both published by Four Way Books. Her recent poems appeared in THE BEST AMERICAN POETRY 2012, selected by Kevin Young. Jared White is the author of THIS IS WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE LOVED BY ME (Bloof Books, 2013) and several other chapbooks.

There is a Grand Opening event on November 2, 2013, 3-7pm with readings by many authors and poets. Stop by and welcome Jared and Farrah to Dumbo.

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126a Front Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
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Other book shops and publishers in Dumbo (updated with VII and N+1):

In addition to selling books from a wide variety of poetry publications, including a dedicated shelf of poetry for children, Berl’s features a gallery of artwork engaged with text and expanding the relation of book and art. For a list of upcoming events at Berl’s for the rest of 2013, click for more:

  • October 24, 7pm – Poor Claudia celebration featuring Andrew Durbin, Travis Meyer Emmalea Russo Lucy Ives
  • October 25, 7pm – Bratty Poets reading series hosted by Carina Finn with Arielle Greenberg, BC Edwards and Lauren Hunter
  • October 27, 7pm poetry reading with Stephanie Anderson, Zach Barocas and Karen Lepri
  • November 1, 7pm – Two Heads reading series hosted by Nada Gordon with Felix Bernstein and Cole Heinowitz
  • November 2, 7pm – Official Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop celebration and grand opening poetry marathon
  • November 3, 7pm – La Perruque performance series featuring Kirkwood Adams, Dale Megan Healey, Nalini Abhiraman, and Katya Grokhovsky
  • November 6, 7pm – The Song Cave press reading featuring Nate Klug and Eric Amling
  • November 7, 7pm – Cars are Real reading featuring Laura A Warman, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Alejandro Ventura, and Josef Kaplan
  • November 9, 7pm – Souther Writers Reading Series anniversary reading featuring Abraham Smith, Yusef Komunyakaa, Matt Rohrer, Catherine Lacey and others including a jazz band
  • November 12, 7pm – Poetry reading with Claire Donato, Whit Griffin, and Patrick Morrissey
  • November 14, 7pm – Poetry reading with Travis Cebula, Sarah Suzor, and Jamie Townsend
  • November 15, 7pm – Poetry Crush poetry reading with Joanna Penn Cooper and Todd Colby
  • November 19, 7pm – Diez Press chapbook release party with Ken Walker, Dan Owen and Erin Morrill
  • December 6, 7pm – Two Heads reading series hosted by Nada Gordon with George Quasha and Chuck Stein
  • December 14, 7pm – Black Ocean Press book release party for Elisa Gabbert’s THE SELF UNSTABLE
  • December 18, 7pm – Coconut Books book release party for Steven Karl’s DORK SWAGGER

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