Poetry Reading in NYC

We had so much fun hosting an alumni poetry reading in NYC on April 16, 2015. Four poet alums based in New York City read from their work at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Stay tune for details regarding a 2016 reading!

The reading featured poets Elana Bell (’14), Emily Brandt (’13), Tina Chang (’05), and David Groff (’12).


This event was free and open to the public. Readings usually begin in early evening, but we encourage guests to come early and enjoy refreshments with Saltonstall staff and our poet alums.


Stay tuned for details regarding our third annual NYC alumni reading in 2016!

Join us in NYC next spring! Details TBA.

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Elana Bell‘s first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones, was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.


She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her work has recently appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, and the Massachusetts Review.


Elana leads creative writing workshops for women in prison, for educators, for high school students in Israel, Palestine and throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as for the peace building and leadership organization, Seeds of Peace.


She was a recent finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, an award which recognizes and honors a poet doing innovative transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. Elana also teaches literature and creative writing at CUNY College of Staten Island and curates public art installations with Poets in Unexpected Places.

1535438_10152056325154123_1171294337_nEmily Brandt is a Brooklyn based poet and teacher. She is the author of two chapbooks:  ManWorld (dancing girl press) and Behind Teeth (Full Court Books). Her poems have appeared in Sink ReviewCoconutH_NGM_N, The Atlas Review, Epiphany, and others.


She earned her MFA from New York University where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop. She has been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony (NY) and Elsewhere (NC).


Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, a contributor at Weird Sister, and Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA.

Tina-Chang_Author-Photo_2014Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate, is the author of the poetry collections Half-Lit Houses (2004) and Of Gods & Strangers (2011). She is also co-editor of the Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle  East, Asia, and Beyond.


Her poems have been published in journals such as American Poet, McSweeney’s,The New York Times, and Ploughshares.  She has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Poets & Writers, among others.


She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong, the first low-residency MFA program to be established in Asia.

GroffDavid2400David Groff is a poet, writer, independent book editor, literary scout, and teacher.


His book of poems, Clay, was chosen by Michael Waters as winner of the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence and was published in 2013 by Trio House Press. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series, was published in 2002 by the University of Illinois Press, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards.


David’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Chicago Review, Court Green, Georgia Review, Great River Review, Inkwell, The Iowa Review, Margie, Mead, Phat’itude, Poetry, and other magazines.


He has received residencies and fellowships from The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, The Hall Farm Center, Hidden River Arts Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Ragdale, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Saltonstall Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Wildacres Retreat.


(photo credit: Alan Barnett)