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First Tues­days is Jack­son Heights Poetry Festival’s monthly open mic read­ing series. Held on the first Tues­day of the month, from Sep­tem­ber through June, the series fea­tures some of the finest writ­ers from New York City and the sur­round­ing areas. While we have a com­mit­ment to high­light­ing writ­ers from Queens, our fea­tured read­ers have come to us from other bor­oughs, other states, and even other coun­tries. Our open mic is one of the most hos­pitable around. Almost every month, there is some­one who gets up to read her or his work for the first time, and we have reg­u­lars who come to read not their own work, but the work of oth­ers who are impor­tant to them–like the woman who has been keep­ing her mother’s mem­ory alive by read­ing her poetry for us. So if you have poetry you’d like to share, or if you just want to have some poetry in your life, please join us. We’re in Queens, at the Ter­raza Cafe in Elmhurst, from 7–9 PM (sign up for the open mic starts at 6:45).

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