The Voices of #MeToo
Jan 24, 2018
7 PM - 10:00 PM
In honor of the #MeToo movement and stories, a reading to honor and provide a safe space for these voices. Joanna C. Valente hosts, in conjunction with the anthology, A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM), and the Yes, Poetry series.
Among the writers and artists showcasing their work:
Lisa Marie Basile, Stephanie Valente, Joanna Valente, Lior Zaltzman, Lynn Melnick, Jessica Reidy, Darley Stewart, Leza Cantoral, Claudia Cortese, Laura-Marie Marciano, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Christine Stoddard, Omotara James, Jason Montalvo, Dallas Athent
American Chordata, Issue 6 Launch Reading
February, 1, 2018
Time: 7 - 8:30 PM
American Chordata is the home for emerging writers, a magazine of bright voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as outstanding art and photography. They are founded on the belief that a literary magazine can celebrate sophisticated design and earnest expression on the same page, and seek to publish work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed.
Please join us here at the Bookstore Cafe for an evening of readings and revelry in celebration of their third birthday and the launch of their sixth issue!
Poetry and prose readings by Issue 6 contributors including:
and Tom McGlynn
Discounted subscriptions and limited print editions of the new issue & back issues will be on sale!
Candace Williams: Spells for Black Wizards
February, 5, 2018
Time: 8 PM - 10 PM
Rather than a traditional chapbook that opens and closes in the gestures of a left-right book experiences, Spells for Black Wizards for how its content resists linear histories, will be experienced as a fold-out map, with a broadside index of spells, all nestled in a spell-book portfolio. Tonight, we celebrate its launch.
Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she's a middle school humanities and robotics teacher. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyperallergic, Bennington Review, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017), Bettering American Poetry 2016 (Bettering Books, 2017), and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018), among other places. Candace's first chapbook, Spells for Black Wizards, is a winner a winner of the TAR Chapbook Series and is forthcoming from the Atlas Review in 2018. She's devised performances, read poetry, and given lectures at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Bushwick Starr Theater, New Museum, Eyebeam, Dixon Place, American Jewish Historical Society, and other venues.
In addition to readings by Williams, the evening will feature readings by Camonghne Felix, Precious Okoyomon, and Omotara James, and with gif art featured by Rafia Santana, and more special guests TBA. Guests from our earlier event, Art21: New York Close Up with Doreen Garner, are welcome to stick around all night.
Paperback Launch for Abandon Me, by Melissa Febos
February, 16, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Melissa Febos celebrates the paperback release of Abandon Me, named one of the best books of 2017 by outlets including Esquire, Refinery29, LitHub, BookRiot, Medium, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Largehearted Boy, The Coil and The Cut.
To help celebrate her paperback, Melissa will be joined by a panel of emerging queer writers including:
Jordy Rosenberg, Omotara James, T Kira Madden
Admission is free!
The Future of Queens Poetry 2018:
a benefit for Newtown Literary Alliance
March, 18, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
[Upon registration the exact address will be sent to you.]
"The Board of Directors of Newtown Literary Alliance proudly presents a benefit honoring three outstanding Queens poets, all representative of the future of poetry in our borough:
Daughter Tongue, by Omotara James, chronicles the process by which this British-born daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants finds and asserts her voice ..."
In Go Because I Love You, Jared Harél’s poems explore, in a kind of braided structure, his life as a young father....
The poems in Sokunthary Svay’s Apsara in New York navigate what it’s like to survive a genocide, flee your home country (Cambodia), immigrate to a new one (here, in the United States)...
A reading by each of our honorees will be followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing. Appetizers, wine, and other refreshments will be enjoyed, as well as the poetry! Books by the readers—along with copies of Newtown Literary—will be available for purchase at the event. Newtown Literary strives to support and promote the talents of our borough’s literary community—you can help by joining us at the benefit.
Big Words, Etc.
April 10, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public. Big Words Etc. is a new reading series based in NYC for under-the-radar writers.
Hosted by Jess Martinez and Stacey Kahn, themes are determined for each reading and voted on by those who attended the event.
Features include Stevie Howell & Omotara James.
NYC | Sunday Salon
April 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
"In celebration of National Poetry Month and the arrival of spring at long last, Sunday Salon is thrilled to welcome to the mic five amazing, award-winning poets with brand new books and the return of the incomparable DJ Doublesix! Join us on April 15th for a divine evening of poetry and music. At Von Bar 3 Bleecker St. 7pm."
Features include, Omotara James, Joseph O. Legaspi, Andrew Levy, Carly Joy Mille, & Anna Rose Welch.
GUEST DJ: DOUBLESIX
April 18, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mixer Reading and Music Series
FREE & open to the public
with readings by Melinda Moustakis, Omotara James, Paul Lisicky, Sarah Perry
and music by
with your hosts, Michelle Campagna, Rebecca Keith, and Melissa Febos
Find out more info, here.
Pen America: World Voices Festival | CLMP Press Fest
April 20, 2018
Daughter Tongue reading and book signing at PEN World Voices Press Festival at NYU, for American Chordata!
American Chordata will be there from 4PM & reading will start at their table at 6PM.
Washington Mews (between 5th Ave & University Place), New York, NY
All are welcome!
Find out more info, here.
LAUNCH READING FOR LAURA BUCCIERI'S ON BEING MISTAKEN (PANK)
April 27, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
"On On Being Mistaken:
LAURA BUCCIERI observes, confronts, and explores queer womanhood in her collection On Being Mistaken. Buccieri writes, “i am the only thing i will carry,” but she manages to not only carry us through the implications of a society that “others,” but she also drops us into language that resists and jabs at that exact act of “othering.” This is an exciting, experimental, and rhythmic voice that creates a space in which we can explore how we are labeled and how we ourselves label. Buccieri doesn’t beg for answers but rather urges us to expand our language, assumptions, and ideologies. Proceeds from on being mistaken will benefit the Audre Lorde Project and The Lower East Side Girls Club."
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