JULY 21: Elm Tree Children's Poetry Reading

Join us on July 21st at 5pm for an evening of poetry readings by the children of Elm Tree Poetry.

About the Program:
Elm Tree Poetry is a place-based poetry program for children in and around Prospect Park. We aim to foster a positive relationship with poetry during early childhood, and to ignite an interest in the literary arts. On July 21, Unnameable Books will be hosting Elm Tree’s first poetry reading, featuring the works of our students, on subjects ranging from the personal to the political.

Founders and Teaching Artists:
Romy Feder: Romy is a co-founder of Elm Tree Poetry. She grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA. in Media Studies and Creative Writing. In 2011, she received a Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship and taught at the University of Costa Rica, San Jose. She led poetry workshops for students and faculty and gave lectures on North American history and culture. She is a 2013 recipient of the Truman Capote Foundation Scholarship and a Graduate Council Fellowship to study at the University of Alabama MFA in poetry. She is currently attending Hunter College for her Master's in Early Childhood Education. This upcoming school year, she will be a full-time assistant teacher at the Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School.

Rod Bastanmehr: Rod grew up in Marin County, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Film Theory and Cultural Criticism from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has been writing professionally ever since. After graduating in 2011, he worked as an Assistant Editor for a Bay Area metro newspaper before moving to New York the following year. Since arriving, he has served as a Copy Editor, a Managing Editor, and political blogger for a number of publications. He currently writes about film and media for VICE, and has contributed to The Atlantic, Salon, Slate, Los Angeles Review Of Books and more. He has been nannying in and around Park Slope for over two years, caring for children as young as six-months and as old as twelve. He’s excited for the chance to gallivant around the park with precocious kids.

Sally Rodgers: Sally is a co-founder of Elm Tree Poetry. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. For the past two years, she has taught at the elementary and middle school levels with the IDEA School in Tucson, Arizona. In the fall, she will begin a new position as the Executive Director at a literary arts nonprofit called Casa Libre. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University, she worked for two years as a preschool teacher at Tucson’s Second Street Children’s School. Her tenure at Second Street ended with a move to Alabama where she received her MFA in poetry. She founded the University of Alabama Writers in the Schools Program with her friend Kenny Kruse. In this program, she acted as both Associate Director and Director of Curriculum.

JUNE 1, 7PM: Shelter Speaker Series

Join us on June 1st at 7pm for the Shelter Speaker Series!

is a comedian and writer for Saturday Night Live. She's the editor-at-large of Reductress and coauthor of the books How May We Hate You? and How To Win At Feminism. She performs regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The PIT, and Union Hall. www.annadrezen.com

is a poet and educator, the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014) and the forthcoming Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019). Her poetry has appeared in The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Best American Poetry 2013, Poetry, Harvard Review Online, and A Public Space. Currently she is a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press 2011) and On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Her research has been supported by the Whiting Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Schomburg Center for Black Culture/ NYPL, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize of the American Studies Association. Currently, she is in residence at the NYPL Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, completing a book manuscript on art and visual culture in the era of mass incarceration.

SHELTER is a speaker series bringing different ideas together under one roof.

MAY 16TH, 7PM: The Australian by Emma Smith-Stevens Book Launch

Join us at the store on May 16th at 7pm for the book launch of Emma Smith-Stevens' The Australian.

About the Book:

In her humorous and emotionally resonant debut, Emma Smith-Stevens follows the exploits and evolution of a young man—known only as the Australian—over the course of a dozen years, from his time in Melbourne, posing as Superman for tourist photos, to his life in New York, where he spends years unemployed before stumbling into fame and fortune.

Readers include:
Emma Smith-Stevens
Rachel Khong
Nick Flynn
Aaron Their

MAY 15th, 6PM: Accompaniments: Music & Poems

Emily Melander and Joseph Imhauser making music, Farnoosh Fathi, on poems, and Mary Di Lucia with Accompaniments, will be in the garden at Unnameable Books on May 15th from 6-8pm.

Come celebrate the day of Emily Dickinson's passing and the day before Mary's new book Accompaniments, is released by Red Hook Editions.

You can find links to their work here:

Emily Melander & Joseph Imhauser
Farnoosh Fathi:
Mary Di Lucia:

And for the image, with gratitude:
Laura F. Gibellini

May 13th, 7pm: The Moon Reading

join us at the store on saturday, may 13th at 7pm for the Moon Reading!

Peformances by:
sparrow, eve, violet snow, carol wierzbicki, david huberman, christine timm, jim feast,
austin alexis, francine witte, tsaurah litzky, david pemberton, robert gibbons, yuko otomo, steve dalachinsky,
brendaliz guerrero, jason r. gallagher, lehman welchselbaum, mike topp: TBA

Short Open

curated by eve packer

theme: 'the moon' : whoever, or whatever that means to you. reading from someone else then, our own stuff.


Spring is Sprung and Brooklyn is in bloom!! Come experience the glow-up / bloom wave magic that is TRES FREEBORN (tres myers), LINGUA FRANCA (mariah parker), REXYLAFEMME (rex renee leonowitch). Music/tunes by TRES FREEBORN & LINGUA FRANCA, poetry/drag/weirdness by REXYLAFEMME. 

TRES FREEBORN is a songwriter, composer and conceptual artist. Gathering influence from conversations with future and past, Freeborn’s raw and passionate style of afro-future-grunge focuses on collective and relational liberation. Freeborn’s debut album, The Martyr Suite, will be released in Summer 2017.

LINGUA FRANCA is a linguist by day, lunatic lady rapper by night. Her music is a mix of literary wordplay, social commentary, personal confession drizzled over sulty boom-bap hip hop beats.

REXYLAFEMME (rex renee leonowitch) is a trans/queer/non-binary femme artist/performer/poet from queens, nyc. their art and performance work is grounded in a politics of radical resistance, healing, and witness. rex's book of poems/illustrations, when there is no one & there is everyone, is forthcoming from magic helicopter press this summer. 

APRIL 28th 7pm: Book Release Party for Snow Catcher by Ben Gantcher

Join us on Friday, April 28th at 7pm for the release party of Ben Gantcher's new book of poetry, Snow Catcher.

About the Author:

Ben Gantcher’s recently completed collection of poems, “Snow Farmer,” was a finalist in the 2014 Omnidawn Open book contest. His first chapbook, “Strings of Math and Custom,” was published in 2013 by Beard of Bees Press and is available online as a free PDF. “If a Lettuce,” his first manuscript of poems, was a finalist in the National Poetry Series and Bright Hill Press contests. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Tin House, Slate, Guernica, and The Brooklyn Rail. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a resident at Ucross and Omi, a correspondent with the Hyde Park Review of Books and a poetry editor of the journal “failbetter.” He teaches math, Language Structures and an interdisciplinary writing and visual art course at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, NY, where he lives with his wife and three children.