Poetry Street meets on the 4th Sunday of the month from 2-4 at the Blue Duck Bakery Café,
309 East Main Street in Riverhead NY, as poets and the community listen to featured poets and perform three minutes of original poems, stories or stand-up, at the open mic.


Poetry Street…
where every voice is heard!

Poetry Street is not allied with any organization or institution. It’s an informal gathering of poets and friends of all ages from every culture and community. Together we create a safe and welcoming space, “a room without a roof” where every voice is heard. Together we are Poetry Street.

Started by Susan Dingle with Robert A. Brown as a project for the East End ArtsJumpstART program, Poetry Street’s first reading in June 2014 celebrated Juneteenth. In July we honored the legacy of Maya Angelou, and ever since Poetry Street has featured poets from all over Long Island reflecting the diversity of our community.

Poetry Street on the Road was born in August 2015 when we were invited by the Anti-Bias Task Force of Southold Town to perform at the 6th Annual Unity Picnic. Poetry Street on the Road was featured in October at the Riverhead Free Library, and at Riverside Rediscovered’s Arts at the Park event, part of the National #Dare to Imagine event series.




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Arts take center stage in Downtown Riverhead as East End Arts’ JumpstART artists unveil their public art projects created during six months of professional development study. READ MORE…

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Poetry Street

February 28, 2018. Photos by Peggy Spellman Hoey

The open mic forum Poetry Street celebrated Black History with the poetry of Coyote Lee at the Blue Duck Bakery in Riverhead Sunday afternoon. The event was hosted by Bubbie Brown, Chip Wilford, Susan Dingle, and Maggie Bloomfield. Grab the mic on the fourth Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 PM to present three minutes of original material.

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Get to Poetry Street at the Blue Duck Bakery in Riverhead

February 15, 2017 by Brian Cudzilo

The Chicago poet Carl Sandburg once defined poetry as the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Yes, it’s tough being a poet, especially in the digital age. But now is no time for poets to sulk alone, idle, blue and unheard. Even in the former Soviet Union, after all, poets recited their work to overflowing crowds packed into sports stadiums. If ever there was a time for poetry in our own country, now is it. READ MORE…

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