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April 2017

First Tuesdays Presents Sokunthary Svay

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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$5

Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand after her parents fled Cambodia once the Khmer Rouge regime collapsed. She is a Pushcart-nominated Khmer writer (poetry and nonfiction) and musician from the Bronx, New York. Her writing has appeared in FLESH (Fixi Novo, 2016), Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time (Seal Press, 2006), and more recently in Prairie Schooner, Women's Studies Quarterly, LONTAR, and Mekong Review. She is the recipient of the First Friday Residency at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and the…

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I’m Reading at Word Thursdays at Bright Hill Literary Center

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church Street
Treadwell, NY 13846-4607 United States
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Treadwell, NY - On Thursday, April 13, at 7 pm, Word Thursdays at Bright Hill Literary Center of the Catskills will continue its celebration of National Poetry Month, hosting an open mic, during which all those present are welcome to read for up to five minutes from their own work or that of others, followed by an intermission, then readings from their books by poets Richard Jeffrey Newman and Matthew J. Spireng. The readings will take place in the Word…

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May 2017

First Tuesdays Presents Maria Lisella

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Queens born and bred, Maria Lisella is the sixth winner in the competition for Queens Poet Laureate 2015-2018 and the first Italian American. She is the author of the collection, Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books), and two chapbooks Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). She is a CUNY alum of Queensborough Community College and Queens College; and earned a Master's at NYU-Polytechnic in Specialized Journalism. She did not follow a straight trajectory from Queens to the 62 countries…

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Queens Writers Resist

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street
Elmhurst, NY 11373 United States
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I am very happy to be reading in the third installation of Queens Writers Resist with these fine Queens writers: Elisabeth-Elena Caitlin Cataleen Malcolm Chang Alison Roh Park Sweta Srivastava Vikram There will also be a musical performance by Goussy Célestin Bring pen and paper - we will make time to write together, inspired and prompted by the readings. Readings by Queens Writers Event is FREE. Donations will be collected to support a Queens nonprofit.

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June 2017

Queens Library: 31-Hour Open House at Corona Branch

June 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Queens Library Corona, 38-23 104th Street
Corona, NY 11368 United States
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Queens Poet Laureate, Maria Lisella, and a group of poets of various ethnic backgrounds, add their voices to the public discourse around today’s climate which leaves many people in our communities feeling vulnerable and afraid. Through the power of poetic expression, we affirm that Queens Library is here for everyone, no matter where you come from, who you love or what you believe. Come and join us for an open mic format and read your own poem of inclusion. Readings…

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First Tuesdays Presents Sherese Francis

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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Sherese Francis is a southeast Queens-based published poet, writer, blogger and literary curator. She has published work in journals and anthologies like Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts Inspired by Octavia Butler and Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts. She was previously the literary director of the Queens Book Festival and currently is one of its literary advisors. Her current projects include her Afrofuturism-inspired blog, Futuristically Ancient; her southeast…

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