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April 2017

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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July 2017

A Garden Variety – POETRY and PROSE

July 22 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
6 Street and Avenue B Garden, 6th Street and Avenue B
New York, NY United States
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I am happy to be reading in this lovely series along with—so far—Patricia Carragon and Arden Levine. I'll be sharing work from The Silence of Men and For My Son, A Kind of Prayer.

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November 2017

Words for What Those Men Have Done — The NYC Launch

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Kew <span class="amp">&</span> Willow Books, 81-63 Lefferts Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415 United States
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I cannot tell you how excited I am that Words for What Those Men Have Done, my second full-length collection of poetry, is officially in the world. And I am equally excited to announce the New York City book launch, which will be on Sunday, November 5th, from 7:00-8:30 PM, at Kew & Willow Books, 81-63 Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens. There’ll be wine and cheese; I’ll read some poems and sign some books; we’ll drink and chat; and it’ll…

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Reading at #YeahYouWrite

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bo’s Kitchen and Bar Room, 6 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10010 United States
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Found in Translation at The Lewis H. Latimer House

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lewis H. Latimer House, 34-41 137th Street
Flushing, NY 11354 United States
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Found in Translation brings together 3 published translators: Margaret Carson, Chia-Lun Chang, and Kyoo Lee, working in the 3 most common non-English languages spoken in Flushing—Spanish, Chinese, and Korean—to lead a workshop on the poetry translation process with the public, facilitated by poet and essayist Richard Newman. Participants will NOT need to know the original language. We will use the information provided by the translators to make a version that stands on its own as a poem in English. In…

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Words for What Those Men Gets Its Long Island Book Launch

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Matt <span class="amp">&</span> Terri’s House, 922 Thompson Drive
Bay Shore, NY 11706-7531 United States
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I am very fortunate to have friends and colleagues who support my work. Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss, wonderful poets in their own right, have very generously opened their house to help launch Words for What Those Men Have Done. If you can come, try to respond on the Facebook event page, so they have an idea of how many people to expect. It would be lovely to see you there.

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December 2017

Pete’s Big Salmon

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211 United States
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Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 302-3770 www.petescandystore.com petesbigsalmon@gmail.com

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Bright Hill Literary Center @ Poets House

December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282 United States
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I'll be reading at Poets House to help celebrate Bright Hill's 25th Anniversary.

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