The Recluse #13 Launch Party

MAY 24, 2017

8:00 PM

Omotara James

Join us for a launch reading celebrating issue #13 of our online poetry magazine, The Recluse. 
2017 Editors: Laura Henriksen, Stacy Szymaszek, Nicole Wallace, and Simone White
Readers this evening will be:

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews
DJ Ashtrae
Elaine Equi
Lauren Hunter
Omotara James
Davy Knittle
Filip Marinovich
Emily Martin
Leila Ortiz
Bridget Talone


Lamprohonic: Emerging Writers Series

JUNE 2, 2017

8:00 PM

Omotara James

We're back again for the final Emerging Writers Series of the season. Come to Bar Thalia for some epically awesome new poetry and prose, $8 whiskey drinks, and other literary debauchery.

Location @ Bar Thalia

2537 Broadway, New York, New York 10025


Bohemian Funk Poets & Songwriters

JUNE 3, 2017

7:00 PM

Omotara James

Produced by arts collective, Axiom Nexus and hosted by Giovanni Corvinus, Samuel Bellamy & Ryan Jones, Bohemian Funk Poets & Songwriters sponsors showcases open mic and various community events.

Featured performers: Aurora Blue: music & poetry + Omotara James: poetry

About the event:
Our event is usually opened by our staff performers and special guests . Helping us kickoff the features will be our friend Jeff Watkins . Following Jeff you'll get to regaled by our features and then after a/quick break . Get to strut your own creative stuff on our open mic. All we ask is that your mindful of your environment and that your work is original. Beyond that the event is free ( no cover ) just buy a drink or three and you're good to go. Paid parking on main street: free parking behind the library and Patchogue theater. Full sound system provided by Axiom Nexus and run by our chief tech and Master of Metal Dan Otero.

This year’s SOMA (South Orange Maple Artists) Studio Tour will take place on the first weekend in June. Ananda Lima, the featured artist and host, will be show her photographs. There will be featured readings, music and revelry. Located in Maplewood, NJ. Please RSVP: here.


Join the staff and contributors of the Queens journal, Newtown Literary, as they celebrate their 5th anniversary and the publication of their landmark 10th issue. Since 2012, Newtown Literary has published the work of Queens writers and poets, several of whom will read their work. Event to be held in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Free and open to the publicNewtown Literary will also be hosting a roving workshop and reading at Socrates on July 16, 1-3 PM.

Featured readers include: 

Rob Hill
Omotara James
Meghan E.B. Lin
Phil Demise Smith

The reading will be hosted by Tim Fredrick, along with past contributors Sherese Francis and Bard Hovenga.

. RSVP: Here


Second Saturdays@CYRUS

JULY 8, 2017

7:00 PM

Hosted by Matt Pasca and Terri Muss, Second Saturdays@CYRUS is a monthly reading series, in downtown Bay Shore. An open mic follows the featured performers. Free and open to the public.


Selected Previous Events


Don't be afraid to cross the line and take a risk with your writing; it's easier than you think. Join us at Panera Bread for refreshments and writing prompts! The only thing you need to bring is your authenticity. All writing styles welcome! Meet leader, Omotara James, in the community room, at the back of the Panera. Feel free to email Omotara at omotarajames@yahoo.com with any questions.

Queens Writes Weekend is held at various locations around the borough where participants are inspired to come write for a few hours in a community setting. There are prompts and themes to inspire your writing and every Queens Writes Weekend site has a different one. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to meet new friends, reconnect with others in the writing community, or join our vibrant literary community that is waiting for you to be a part of it. Whether you’re a first-time writer or have been writing for years, this event is for you. We simply want Queens to write! 

Because this is a fundraising event, there is a suggested donation of $5, which goes to printing costs for future issues of Newtown Literary Journal, as well as a kids’ writing contest, writing classes and workshops, and community readings. 

Be sure to get your QWW 2017 t-shirt, tote bag, and mugs, too! A portion of every sale goes to fund future Newtown educational programs https://teespring.com/stores/newtown-literary 

For more information please visit www.newtownliterary.org

Participants in Joseph O. Legaspi's Fall Poetry Conversation's workshop, "Writing Across Cultures" share work honed in class. Potluck refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public.

RSVP: Here

Joseph Legaspi

Co-hosted by Newton Literary and the Queens Library. Free and open to the public.

RSVP: Here



Produced by Leah Umansky and DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side, featuring both emerging and established poets. No cover.


RSVP: Here


The Poetry Project

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

8:00 PM

Hosted by The Poetry Project, Allison Cobb and Omotara James read at St. Mark's Church.

General admission: $8

Student/Seniors: $7

Members: $5 or free -no one turned away because of inability to pay. RSVP: Here

Omotara James

Say Yes Electric Collective

JANUARY 21, 2017

9:00 PM

Trinity Tibe presents featured poets, writers, musicians, dancers and various artists for the first celebration of 2017. All are welcome!

RSVP: Here

Omotara James

Participants in Camille Rankine's Fall Poetry Conversation's workshop, "The Playing Field" share work honed in class. Potluck refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public.

RSVP: Here