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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Around Town | May 1 – 7

Watch Your Tone: A Reading

When: May 3, 2018 @ 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Cave Canem, 20 Jay StreetSuite #310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cost: Free

Nathan McClain’s “Watch Your Tone” is an eight-session writing workshop where “participants focus their attention on the function of tone in their poems as a way of communicating and deepening their emotive charges.” To hear what the participants have been learning about craft in poetry, come out to this reading event to hear their poems that feature both playful and serious tones. Continue reading “Around Town | May 1 – 7”

Around Town | April 24 – 30

Bette Rockmore | David Pecker Lecture

When: April 26, 2018 @ 6–8pm
Where: Pace University, 163 Williams Street, 18th Floor

Bette Rockmore is the David Pecker Distinguished Professor of Publishing for 2017/18. Last semester, she gave an inspiring lecture on transitioning from the classroom to corporate America. This semester, she is coming back to continue providing advice to M.S. in Publishing students on post-graduation and how to prepare for corporate life. Continue reading “Around Town | April 24 – 30”

Around Town | April 17th – 23rd

PEN America | World Voice Festival

When: April 16–22, 2018
Cost: Varies per event (ticket prices can be found here)

PEN America is an organization that “stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide.” Each year, PEN America hosts its World Voices Festival, an international literary festival that brings together well-known writers from across the globe. The festival was founded “in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the aim of broadening channels of dialogue between the United States and the world—a mission that, today, has never been more relevant.” Continue reading “Around Town | April 17th – 23rd”

Around Town | April 10th – 16th

Pen Parentis | Heroes & Superheroes

When: April 10, 2018 @ 7–9:30pm
Where: The Andaz Wall Street, 75 Wall Street, New York, NY
Cost: Free

Pen Parentis Literary Salons “break the stereotype of parent-author by presenting the vast diversity of creative writing by authors who happen to also be parents.” However, you don’t have to be a parent or writer to enjoy its events, including this evening filled with questions about heroes and superheroes. Authors Lex Williford, Andrea Lawlor, and Donna Levin will read their own works, while also answering these questions: What is a superhero? When does a bigger-than-life character become hard to believe? How can you take a fresh look at a trope? Continue reading “Around Town | April 10th – 16th”