There are three things to consider when the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon sweeps you into its gracefully uncouth embrace – what it is, what it was, and who you will be when it’s over. An untamed gathering of the heart’s secret, wild nobility – over 150 poets, performers, and artists together revealing not just that a better life could exist, but that it already does, sexy and wise, rancorous and sweet, big hearted and mad as hell. An avenging engine of resistance and eager vehicle of the nascent year. The Marathon measures its success through insurrectionist reframings of the universe, an in-it-together courage that crafts a community out of the riot of lineages and traditions we all emerge from. This collective effort also helps fund as many as 65 additional events every year. It’s our largest fundraiser, and arguably the most inspired ongoing literary event in the city.
Performers: Andrea Abi-Karam, Laurie Anderson, Penny Arcade, Ivanna Baranova, James Barickman, Jaye Bartell, Becca Blackwell, Jim Behrle, Jen Benka, Chase Berggrun, Anselm Berrigan, Edmund Berrigan, Zach Blackwood, Liz Bowen, Ana Božičević, Ernie Brooks, Marissa Brostoff, Yoshiko Chuma, John Coletti, CA Conrad, Brenda Coultas, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Peter Cramer, Kyle Dacuyan, Constance de Jong, Lucas de Lima, ELAE:ELAE aka Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Camillo DiMaria, Amanda Duarte, Douglas Dunn, Bill Earle, Mel Elberg, Jerome Ellis, Bradley Eros, Ben Fama, Karen Finley, Ed Friedman, Phoebe Glick, John Godfrey, Arti Gollapudi, Stephanie Gray, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Ariel Goldberg, Molly B. Gross, Anahit Gulian, Deepali Gupta, John S. Hall, David Henderson, Laura Henriksen, S*an D. Henry-Smith, Hannah Hiassen, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Juliana Huxtable, Jason Kao Hwang, Stephen Ira, Lucy Ives, John Jarboe, Patricia Spears Jones, WHAT WOULD AN HIV DOULA DO?, Shiv Kotecha, Ben Krusling, Joan La Barbara, M. Lamar, Annabel Lee, Rachel Levitsky, Jimena Lucero, Ricardo Maldonado, Filip Marinovich, Francisco Márquez, Gillian McCain, Sam McKinniss, Tracey McTague, Caits Meissner, Bianca Messinger, Carol Mirakove, Roberto Montes, Fred Moten, Eileen Myles, Elinor Nauen, Nkosi Nkululeko, Edgar Oliver, Jeannine Otis, Deborah Paredez, William Parker, Trace Peterson, Pvssyheaven, Cathy Park Hong, Ethan Philbrick, Alina Pleskova, Molly Pope, Dan Poppick, Katy Pyle with Ballez, Ariana Reines, Alex Rodabaugh, Douglas Rothschild, Viva Ruiz, Sparrow / Foamola, Ilka Scobie, Thora Siemsen, Purvi Shah, Emily Skillings, Stacy Skolnik, Pamela Sneed, Anne Tardos, Alexandra Tatarsky, Steven Taylor, Rebecca Teich, Cindy Tran, Adrienne Truscott, Anne Waldman with Fast Speaking Music, Nicole Wallace, LA Warman, Lewis Warsh, Jack Waters, Rachel Rabbit White, Chris Udemezue, Ombro de Oro, Morgan Vo, Yanyi, and Peter Zummo
Book Donors: Belladonna, Black Sparrow, Book\hug, Commune Editions, Copper Canyon, Cuneiform, Ecco, Flood Editions, Graywolf, Litmus, NYRB, Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, Roof, Susan Mills Artist Books, The Operating System, The Song Cave, Ugly Duckling Presse, United Artists, Wave, Wesleyan University Press, and Wonder
Food Donors: Otto’s Tacos, Porto Rico Coffee, Two Boots, S’MAC, and Veselka
Volunteers: Adam O’Reilly, Adeena Karasick, Ana Božičević, Anna Kreienberg, Anna Vitale, Annabel Lee, Ariel Goldberg, Atticus Fierman, Batya Rosenblum, Ben Fama, Bianca Messinger, Brenda Coultas, Brenda Iijima, Brendan Lorber and Aurora McTague-Lorber, Chloe Zimmerman, Christine Elmo, Dave Morse, David Kirschenbaum, Diane Ludin, Dorothy Friedman August, Elæ DeSilva-Johnson, Elinor Nauen, Emily Toder, Erika Hodges, Farnoosh Fathi, Irene Villaseñor, Jackie Clark, Jacqueline Waters, Janna Dyk, Jeff Perkins, Jillian Mcmanemin, Joanna Furhman, John Coletti, John Kropa, Jonathan Aprea, Judah Rubin, Julia Knobloch, Julie Turley, June Rustigan, Katie Brunero, Katie Ebbitt, Kira Clark, Lonely Christopher, Marcella Durand & Ismael, Matt Longabucco, Morgan Vo, Ru Puro, Omotara James, Purvi Shah, Rachel Galperin, Rachel Valinsky, Rebekah Smith, Rider Alsop, Ry Dunn, Sarah Anne Wallen, Shane Hanlon, Sharon Lax, Simi Best, Stephanie Gray, Sue Landers, Suzanne Goldenberg, Trace Peterson, Tracey McTague, Will Farris, and Zachary A. Edminster