The 7th Annual New York City Poetry Festival @ Governors Island (Nolan Park)
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm

great weather for MEDIA is thrilled to be one of the sponsors of the 7th Annual  New York City Poetry Festival on NYC’s fabulous Governors Island. 

Saturday and Sunday, July 29th and 30th, 11:00 am to 6:00 pmPB7-2

great weather poets  C. BainJohn Paul Davis,  Isa Guzman, Kearah-Armonie, Eliel Lucero, and Michelle Whittaker will perform Saturday  4:00pm on the White Horse stage.

We will also be selling books in the vendor area throughout the weekend – including our latest anthology, The Other Side of Violet.


Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. It’s only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn.

Info and directions (Easy and fun! Only $2 roundtrip!)

The 7th Annual New York City Poetry Festival will be held on Governors Island’s Nolan Park on July 29th and 30th, 2017. The event includes over 75 poetry organizations and 250 poets on its three main stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craft makers sell their wares; healthy and delicious food options; a beer garden sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, poetry-inspired installation art throughout; the Ring of Daisies open mic; and the Children’s Festival at NYCPOFEST, sponsored by Writopia Lab!

Visit the official website for details about the 2017 lineup, vendors, and other participants:


“The New York City Poetry Festival, the largest gathering of its kind, returns to Governors Island this summer — and with exciting news. After six years wrapped in the breezy embrace of Colonel’s Row, The New York City Poetry Festival is migrating east across the island to picturesque Nolan Park. The move is designed to give our growing festival a little breathing room and some new possibilities. Nolan Park is more than twice the size of Colonel’s Row, ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses, and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees. This summer we will transform our festival into a poetry village! In addition to our three main stages, along with the The Ring of Daisies Open Mic and The Children’s Poetry Festival, Governor’s Island has invited us to occupy and program the trellised porches that circle the park. With all this new space to explore, we are working harder than ever to bring more poetry and poetry lovers to the island. With that in mind and with the help of our newest festival partner, The Strand Bookstore, we are redoubling our outreach in order to make this the biggest and most culturally significant festival we have ever produced.”

great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Extra Special Guest Host: Kat Georges from the fabulous Three Rooms Press

Celebrate the birthday of legendary goth author EMILY BRONTË at an afternoon of Contemporary Gothic Poetry and Fiction

073017-EmilyBronte-Bday-ParksideLounge-Flyer-simple-v3.inddThe event will feature the phenomenal poet and author Chavisa Woods, whose new book Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country, was described by Booklist as “This book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical twenty-first-century voices.”

In addition, Deirdre Coyle (author of How to Talk to Writers at Parties), and Constance Renfrow (author and editor of Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Writers) will read from their work. We’’l also talk about the weird and mysterious life of Emily Brontë, whose only novel,Wuthering Heights, is considered a goth classic.

Plus open mic


Chavisa Woods is the author of three books of fiction: Things To Do When You’re Goth in the Country (Seven Stories Press, 2017) The Albino Album, (Seven Stories Press, 2013); and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly by Night Press, 2009). The second edition of this book was released by Autonomedia Press under the Unbearables imprint in 2013. Woods has presented lectures and conducted workshops on short fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.

Deirdre Coyle is a goth living in Brooklyn. She is the author of the chapbook HOW TO TALK TO WRITERS AT PARTIES, and her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Hobart, Joyland, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @DeirdreKoala.

Constance Renfrow‘s writing has appeared in such places as Portland Book Review, Huffington Post, Cabildo Quarterly, Denim Skin, and Petrichor Machine. She is editor-in-chief of Three Rooms Press, and hosts a monthly open mic series at New York’s Merchant’s House Museum. Her first book, Songs of My Selfie, an anthology of millennial fiction, was a 2016 IndieFAB finalist. She is pursuing her MFA in fiction from Pacific University.

Three Rooms Press is a fierce New York-based independent publisher inspired by dada, punk, and passion. Founded in 1993, it serves as a leading independent publisher of cut-the-edge creative, including fiction, memoir, poetry translations, drama and art. In addition, Three Rooms Press produces and promotes a variety of literary and cultural events worldwide, including readings, plays, workshops, and concerts.

Three Rooms Press

great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring  Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and Jamie Lerner parkside lounge2

Hosted by Aimee Herman

 Plus open mic, 21+
Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is a nonbinary artist and author working in performance, exhibition/installation, and publication in conversation with new media. She is a visiting assistant professor at Pratt, founder and Managing Editor of The Operating System, and Libraries Editor at Boog City. She is author of Ground, and Blood Atlas, and co-author of A GUN SHOW with Adam Sliwinski / So Percussion. Lynne also publishes zines and artist books under The Trouble With Bartleby; she recently released “Progeny Restoration Corporation,” as Vol.I of the Fighting Words series (May 2017).
Jamie Lerner is a musical comedian based in NYC and has performed at various venues, including Dangerfield’s, Broadway Comedy Club, Knitting Factory, The Standing Room, and more. She recently performed her solo comedy show, “Another White Girl Playing Ukulele” at The PIT and regularly produces the Mel’s Brewhaha Comedy Show on the Upper East Side.
great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Jennifer Juneau and Rick Mullin

Hosted by David Lawton

Plus open mic

21+Jennifer Juneau

Jennifer Juneau has published numerous short stories and poems in journals such as the American Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review, Evergreen Review, Off The Coast, Pank Magazine, Passages North, Portland Review, Seattle Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Fiction, The Million Writers Award and a Sundress Best of the Net award. She has won two prizes from the California State Poetry Society and her poetry collection, More Than Moon, was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. Jennifer has lived and traveled in Europe for over a decade where she became a sports journalist. Her articles have appeared in the Bleacher Report, 90:00 Soccer Magazine and Fox News Sports.
Rick Mullin 2Rick Mullin is a poet, painter and journalist whose poetry has appeared in The New Criterion, American Arts Quarterly, Measure, Epiphany, Unsplendid, and other journals, as well as in several anthologies including Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (New York Quarterly Press), and Meta-Lands (Poets of the Palisades). His books include Huncke, a romp through the American end-game inspired by Beat progenitor Herbert Huncke, published by Seven Towers, Dublin, Ireland, in 2010; and Soutine, a terza-rima life of the Belorussian painter Chaim Soutine published by Dos Madres Press in 2012. His Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle has since been published by Dos Madres, as have his collections, Coelacanth, Stignatz and the User of Vicenza, and Transom, which debuted earlier this year. His two chapbooks are Aquinas Flinched (Exot Books, New York, 2008) and the Stones Jones Canzones (Finishing Line Press, Germantown, KY, 2013).


The Other Side of Violet – Book Release Party @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for the release party for great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology, The Other Side of Violet The Other Side of Violet front cover

Featuring E.J. Antonio, C. Bain, Billy Cancel, Isa Guzman, Omotara James, I.S. Jones, Kearah-Armonie, Nkosi Nkululeko, and Shane O’Hanlon

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro

The Other Side of Violet is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.


2 drink minimum (alcoholic or non)

Submissions for our next anthology open October 15 2017

E.J. AntonioE.J. Antonio is a recipient of fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Cave Canem Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the author of the chapbooks Every Child Knows (Premier Poets Chapbook Series, 2007) and Solstice (Red Glass Books, 2013) and a CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session.

Corrina Bain by Syreeta McFaddenC. Bain is a Brooklyn-based gender-liminal writer-performer. His poetry collection Debridement (great weather for MEDIA, 2015) was a finalist for the 2016 Publishing Triangle Awards. He has published poems, reviews, and interviews in anthologies and journals including Muzzle Magazine, PANK, The Rumpus, BOOTH, and the Everyman’s Library book Villanelles. He is an Artistic Associate with Sacred Circle Theatre Company, holds a mental health focused master’s degree, and works extensively with embodiment, trauma and sexuality. But he’d rather just dance with you.

Billy CancelBilly Cancel has recently appeared in Pouch, Boston Review, and Skidrow Penthouse. His latest body of work, PSYCHO’CLOCK, is out on Hidden House Press. His collection MOCK TROUGH RASPING CROW will be published by BlazeVox in 2017. Billy Cancel is half of the noise duo Tidal Channel.

Isa Guzman is a poet from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Invading the invisible borders of his mind, he writes to explore his puertorriqueñidad in all its rich history and personal testimony. He recently received his BA in English Literature from Hunter College. He has been published in journals including The Same Magazine, Symmetry Pebbles, Inclement Poetry, Tribe Magazine, and Underground Voices; and is also the recipient of The Edith Goldberg Paulson Memorial Prize for Creative Writing.

Omotara James is a British-born American poet and essayist. The daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants, she is an MFA candidate at NYU. A 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow, she is Third Place Winner of the 2017 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, the recipient of Slice Literary’s 2016 Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets, as well as the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work appears in Winter Tangerine, The Recluse, Cosmonauts Avenue, Luna Luna, and elsewhere. Omotara has received scholarships from Cave Canem and the Home School.

I.S. Jones is a writer, educator, and hip-hop head hailing from Southern California. She is a fellow with The Watering Hole and BOAAT Writer’s Retreat. I.S. is very Blk & loud about her joy. She is the Assistant Editor at Chaparral, a literary magazine based in Southern California. Her works have appeared in The Harpoon Review, Fat City Review, Qua Magazine, The Blueshift Journal, SunDog Lit, Matador Review,, and other publications.

Kearah-Armonie is a poet, spoken word artist, MC, filmmaker, blogger, and writer from Brooklyn. She recently completed her B.A. in Documentary Film Production at Brooklyn College, where she hosted and facilitated events as part of the school’s poetry slam team. Having performed spoken word since 2011, she is now a mentor and teaching artist, continuing to perform all over NYC. Her most recent documentary short, BLK GRL POET, a spoken word-driven chronicle of the Black Lives Matter protests in NYC, has been featured in the Women of African Descent Film Festival and the 34th Annual Brooklyn College Film Festival.

Nkosi NkululekoNkosi Nkululeko is a Callaloo fellow and a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry. He was featured on TEDxNewYork and his work can be found in No Token, VINYL, Before Passing (great weather for MEDIA, 2015), PANK, and other publications. Nkosi lives in Harlem, New York City.

Shane O’Hanlon is a logistician for Doctors Without Borders. He has worked in Lebanon, Uganda, Central African Republic, India, and throughout Central America. Shane says, “Whether writing about the refugees I currently live and work with, nostalgia for home, or writing a language poem, I strive for an art that is free and striving: free from expectations or rules, and striving to express the part of ourselves which is impossible to describe but—as humans—we are trying to describe all the time.”


great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Andy Clausen, Pamela Twining, and Vincent Bad Stanza Mussemilla Andy Clausen 2016

Hosted by George Wallace

Plus open mic


ANDY CLAUSEN has traveled and read his poetry all over North America and the world. (New York, California, Alaska, Texas, Prague, Kathmandu, Amsterdam and elsewhere) He was co-editor of, POEMS FOR THE NATION, with Allen Ginsberg and Eliot Katz (Seven Stories Press). He was an editor at LONG SHOT Magazine. Andy has written about his adventures with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Ray Bremser, Janine Pommy Vega, Peter Orlovsky, and many others of the Beat Generation. He is the author of 40th Century Man and Home of the Blues, among other books of poetry. His new book, The Latter Days of the Beat Generation: A First Hand Account will be published in the fall.

pamela twining 2016PAMELA TWINING has traveled the US with her partner, poet Andy Clausen, performing her work in California, Colorado, New York City, Michigan, Wisconsin and places in between. Her work has appeared in Big Scream, Big Hammer, poetrybay, The Café Review, Napalm Health Spa, and Heyday!, among others. With Andy Clausen, she is co-curator of  “The Invisible Empires of Beatitude” page at The Museum of American Poetics ( In addition, she is author of three chapbooks, i have been a river…, utopians & madmen and A Thousand Years of Wanting; the Erotic Poetry of Pamela Twining.

great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Aug 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Yael Baron, Damian Rucci, and Sykes Hartmann

Hosteyahl barrond by Thomas Fucaloro

Yael Baron is a Performance Artist and Mental Health Advocate and Activist whose goal is to Educate the public and highlight the more human side of those living with Mental Illness.

sykes hartmannSykes Hartmann began performing spoken word in 2010 and is the current slam master of the Jersey Shore Poetry Slam. His writing is the product of a steady intake of punk music, surrealist art, and post-modern literature, and touches on topics such as dreams, UFO sightings, and a love/hate relationship with the suburbs of New Jersey. Sun sign: Leo. Musical accompaniment of choice: singing bowl. Favorite movie: 1991’s Point Break. He maintains a blog at and distributes self-published zines at whatever slams and open mics he finds himself at.

damian rucciDamian Rucci is a writer and poet from New Jersey whose work has recently appeared in Beatdom, Eunoia Review, Horror Sleeze Trash, and basements and coffee shops across the country. He is the author of The Former Lives of Saints, Tweet and Other Poems, and A Symphony of Crows. Damian is the host of the Poetry in the Port reading series.





Plus open mic, 21+

The Other Side of Violet, Manchester, UK @ 3MT
Sep 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

7:00pm – 9:00 pm GMTThe Other Side of Violet front cover

Hello Manchester! 

great weather for MEDIA is thrilled to return to Manchester, England and 3MT!

Join us to celebrate the publication of our sixth annual anthology, The Other Side of Violet, with contributors and guest performers. Plus open mic!

Readers include Rosie Garland, Lew Kelly, and Rebecca Audra Smith. Hosted by great weather for MEDIA editor, Jane Ormerod.

We love meeting and hearing new poets and writers!




great weather presents spoken word sundays NYC @ The Parkside Lounge
Sep 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring  Oliver Baer and James McMenaminparkside lounge2

Hosted by David Lawton

Plus open mic



great weather at The Poetry Café, London, England 2017 @ The Poetry Café (The Poetry Place)
Sep 6 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This is the other side of expectation. This is the other side of memory. This is The Other Side of Violet. The Other Side of Violet front cover

Join us at  London’s Poetry Café to celebrate the publication of our sixth annual anthology, The Other Side of Violet, with contributors and guest poets and writers.

Featuring Joshua Idehen, Martin Ouvry, Gayle Richardson, Joolz Sparkes, Chris Stewart, Roddy Williams, plus great weather editor Jane Ormerod.

The Other Side of Violet is a fearless and dynamic collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers .The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.

“These annual anthologies and other work by great weather for MEDIA are an admirable contribution to arts and culture.”- The Compulsive Reader

Submissions for our next anthology open October 15 2017

Joshua IdehenJoshua Idehen is a poet, teacher and musician. A British born Nigerian, Joshua was the founder of one of the most successful poetry events in London, Poejazzi. His poetry has been published alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph and he has performed at festivals and respected venues across the UK and Europe. He has done workshops in prisons alongside Slambassadors and English Pen. He is a member of electro/R&B band: Hugh, recently been championed by Huw Stephens, Diplo and Aluna George, who’ve just released their debut album “Love, Hugh”. He recently collaborated with The Comet Is Coming on their debut album ‘Channel The Spirits’ which was nominated for a Mercury Award. He recently performed his sold out show at the Roundhouse, ‘Last Night’ to ecstatic reviews.

Martin OuvryMartin Ouvry worked as a musician in America and Europe (where his band had a hit single) before studying English and Creative Writing at UEA. His awards include UEA’s Alumni Prize for Fiction, an Arts Council Individual Writer’s Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Wingate Scholarship in literature. He has reviewed books for the Sunday Times, the FT, and the Observer. His fiction has been published in anthologies and magazines such as Picador’s New Writing, The London Magazine, and Esquire. Martin also teaches, at City University, Kingston University, and with the British Council. His band, Indian Summer, does occasional performances in and around London. Martin is writing his novel Frugality with the generous assistance of Arts Council England.

Gayle Richardson 2Gayle Richardson is a writer and proud crazy cat lady who spends her free time writing poems, just like her late Grandpa, Donald. She has been published in the great weather for MEDIA anthologies The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker and   I Let Go of The Stars in My Hand  and currently lives in Suffolk, England. When she isn’t busy speaking her mind, Gayle enjoys sharing precious moments with the most important man in her life—Paul.

joolz.sparkesJoolz Sparkes is a north London writer based near the Arsenal soccer stadium. To date, none of her work is about soccer. As a poet, Joolz has featured at Ledbury Poetry Festival 2016, Ronnie Scott’s Bar, Fourth Friday, great weather for MEDIA at Parkside Lounge in New York City, Gallery Café Poets in Chicago, and was also a Transport For London Poet-in-Residence at Leicester Square tube station. In addition, she has been shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize and her work can be found in Loose Muse, South Bank Poetry, and Ink Sweat and Tears. Joolz is a member of the collective Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, is working on a joint poetry project called London Undercurrents, and is attempting her first novel. Find Joolz’s work in The Other Side of Violet.

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a functional meta-reprogrammer of human bio-computers, a poet, and a life coach. His work has been anthologized in Break-Out: A Calling Card From The Rising Stars Of The Tees-side Scene (Ek Zuban, 2013) and in the great weather for MEDIA anthology The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker. Chris lives in Yorkshire, England, and is presently converting his life into a text-based adventure. Photo of Chris Stewart by Kev Howard.

Originally from North Wales, Roddy Williams lives and works in London. His poetry has appeared in Magma, The North, The Frogmore Papers, The Rialto, Envoi, and great weather for MEDIA’s The Other Side of Violet. He has had two of his plays performed onstage in London and is a keen surrealist photographer and painter.

Jane Ormerod, London Jane Ormerod is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press, and the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books). Her work also appears in publications including Maintenant, AND/OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Post (BLANK),Sensitive SkinThe Nervous Breakdown, and Paris Lit Up. Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and beyond.