exquisites is a queer reading series in Brooklyn, NY co-hosted by danilo machado and Em Marie Kohl. The curatorial style of the series is inspired by the surrealist game exquisite corpse, where the whole is made collaboratively. 

In that spirit, danilo and Em select an initial writer for each reading who begins a chain of nominations (they nominate a poet, who nominates another, and so on). As the series grows, a nonheirarchical constellation of intersectional queer and trans poets at various stages of their careers—from awarding-winning published writers to emerging poets for whom exquisites is amongst their first readings—grows. 

In exquisites first year (2022-2023) we hosted 67 readers, distributed $6,150 in honorariums and raised $1,772 for organizations. exquisites readings are held first Thursdays at Art Cafe + Bar on Pacific St in Brooklyn. Summer 2023 exquisites  expanded into a micro-anthology publication series & community workshops. exquisites is supported by Poets & Writers and the Brooklyn Arts Council.


Dec 7th 7pm doors exquisites reading at Art Cafe & Bar

Dec 8th 6pm Mimi Tempestt book signing at Cafe Con Libros, co-produced with City Lights publishing.

Dec 9th 6pm Poets & Playwrights in coversation with Mimi Tempestt's the delicacy of embracing spirals. A co-produced event with City Lights publishing at Brooklyn Art Haus theater. 


For images, videos, reader line-ups, and more visit us on IG: @exquisitesbk