Summer is the season to take a break from essential reading, a chance to flip through lighter fare or tackle that hefty classic you’ve been putting off for years.

Typically, the Miser’s summer reading list is overly ambitious. Throughout the season books will be packed into suitcases or backpacks only to emerge with uncreased spines. This weekend, a handful of literary events offer an opportunity to expand your summer reading lineup.

Now in its fifth year, the free weekend-long New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island continues to grow — organizers are expecting 4,000 people this year — and gathers a book fair, food trucks, around 50 vendors and a children’s festival on Colonels’ Row.

Drawing on the variety of poetry groups from all five boroughs, readings at the event can be academic or high-minded, musical or theatrical — which will be the case for Kiss Punch Poem, a group that uses poetry readings as a foundation for improv.

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Links:

NY Times | New York City Poetry Festival | Governors Island

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