On Air Fest 2018, "Conversations With People Who Hate Me" (all images courtesy On Air Fest)

On Air Fest 2018, “Conversations With People Who Hate Me” (all images courtesy On Air Fest)

On Air Fest 2019 is headed to Brooklyn this weekend with Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, author Roxane Gay, and author Ashley C. Ford as headliners. The festival, taking place at the Wythe Hotel from March 1–3, features over 50 events, including performances, conversations, listening parties, art installations, live podcasts, and more.

Other headliners and guests include New York Times writer Jenna Wortham; poet laureate Tracy K. Smith; actress, author, and activist Amber Tamblyn; podcast host and comedian Dylan Marron; poet Danez Smith; and so many more.

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

Tracy K. Smith will host a live recording of her new public radio segment and podcast, The Slowdown, followed by a session of “Dear Poetry,” in which Smith helps audience members solve personal problems by prescribing poems or poem excerpts. Ashley C. Ford, writer and Buzzfeed News host, will lead a live session of “Animal Meditations,” transporting the audience into the mind of an animal. Roxane Gay will be interviewed by Debbie Millman, the host of Design Matters, for a live recording of the podcast. The two will discuss Gay’s creative process, contemporary writing, and some of her most recent projects. These events and so much more will be going on all weekend.

A full schedule of events can be found here, and tickets can be purchased online here.

When: Friday, March 1–Sunday, March 3, various times
Where: Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue at North 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Deena ElGenaidi is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden in 2016, and her work has appeared in Longreads, Electric Literature,...