Around Town | May 8 – 14

Writers & Artists Respond: Dorothea Lasky

When: May 10, 2018 @ 6:30–8:30pm
Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Cost: Free (with museum admission)

The Jewish Museum is hosting a reading with poet Dorothea Lasky, followed by a discussion with Associate Curator Kelly Taxter. Lasky earned her MFA at the University of Massachusetts and has published three poetry collections: AWE (2007), Black Life (2010), and Thunderbird (2012). She has also had several chapbooks and poems published throughout various journals and magazines, such as the New YorkerParis Review, and American Poetry Review.

The poetry reading will be in conjunction with an exhibition of new paintings by artist Eliza Douglas. Douglas creates paintings “that teeter between realism and abstraction, balletic grace and slapstick humor.” The new works created for the Jewish Museum lobby, Shadow and Light, and Blood and Bones are part of a series Douglas began in 2016. They are titled with lines from the poems of Dorothea Lasky.

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Kirsten Imani Kasai | The House of Erzulie: Reading, Signing, and Q&A

When: May 12, 2018 @ 7–9:30pm
Where: Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street, New York, NY
Cost: Free

Kirsten Imani Kasai’s The House of Erzulie is an African-American Gothic novel deemed “both a delight and a real heartache to read.” After a reading by Kasai, there will be a discussion about othering, spiritualism, female empowerment, and the mixed experience. There will also be a Q&A with Kasai and a book signing.

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W.IN. Forum New York

When: May 21, 2018 @ 8am–4pm
Where: Parsons School of Design, 63 5th Ave, New York, NY
Cost: $250 ($60 for WNBA/NY members)

The Women In Innovation Forum is an annual conference “that is sure to leave you inspired, motivated, and filled with positive energy.” Educational and inspirational, W.IN. Forum’s theme is “Diversity Powers Innovation” and “will focus on how diversity and inclusion are a strategic imperative for innovation.” Attendees are “corporate change makers,” founders, and students of all ages, gender, culture, ethnicity, and backgrounds.

Speakers for this year’s W.IN. Forum include: Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi; Beth Comstock, former GE Vice Chair; Mayra Gonzalez, CEO at Nissan Mexico; Georgia Garinois-Melenikiotou, Senior Vice President at Estée Lauder Inc.; Andrew Yang, U.S. Presidential Candidate; Ion Yadigaroglu, Partner at Capricorn Investment Group and an early investor in eBay, Tesla, SpaceX; Odile Roujol, Ex L’Oréal CEO Lancôme; and Y-Lan Boureau, Research Scientist AI at Facebook.

While tickets are $250, W.IN. Forum is discounting tickets down to $60 for members of the New York City chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. If you’re not a WNBA/NY member yet and would like to be, you can sign up for $20.

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