Around Town: Oct. 31st – Nov. 6th

Open in Emergency: Asian American Mental Health with Tanwi Nandini Islam, Wo Chan & Mimi Khúc

When: November 1, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Cost: Free

The Asian American Literary Review published a special issue in 2016 to open-up about mental health among Asian Americans. Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health “decolonizes mental health” and features a “deck of tarot cards, a ‘hacked’ mock DSM, a foldout testimonial tapestry and more” to reveal what qualifies as “unwellness and wellness in Asian American communities.” Continue reading “Around Town: Oct. 31st – Nov. 6th”

Around Town: Oct. 24th – Oct. 30th

CFA Master Class: Colin Harrison

When: October 25, 2017 @ 7–8:30pm

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Critically acclaimed author Colin Harrison will give a Crime Fiction Master Class, discussing his latest novel You Belong to Me, the challenges of writing crime fiction, and the influence of New York on his work with his editor Sarah Crichton of Sarah Crichton Books. Continue reading “Around Town: Oct. 24th – Oct. 30th”

Around Town: Oct. 17th – Oct. 24th

An Evening with the 2017 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows

When: October 18, 2017 @ 7-8:30pm

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

Every year, the NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship selects promising, new writers and grants them money along with a mentorship, in order for them to succeed in their careers. Continue reading “Around Town: Oct. 17th – Oct. 24th”

Around Town: Oct. 12th – October 19th

Four Way Books Seminar: Seamus Heaney’s The Spirit Level

When: October 15, 2017 @ 1pm – 4pm
Where: Puffy’s Tavern, 81 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
Cost: $95

We usually think about the college student’s budget when posting events, but this one is worth attending if you have some extra spending money for an afternoon of poetry and good conversation.

Four Way Books is hosting a seminar on Seamus Heaney‘s The Spirit Level (it is recommended that you read the book before attending the event). Heaney was regarded as one of the world’s best poets when he passed away in 2013. He was the author of twelve individual poetry collections, as well as selected volumes, translations, plays, and four collections of prose. In this seminar, attendees “will look closely at the artfulness of individual poems.” The event “will not be a lecture on one of Heaney’s signature books, but an interactive conversation about the work and what it can teach us about the art of poetry.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Center for the Study of Women and Society and Women Writing Women’s Lives present:

When: October 16, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm
Where: Room 9204/9205, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. (at 34th St.)
Cost: Free, Open to the Public

Deirdre Bair was a newly minted PhD who thought she would write a critical study of Samuel Beckett. One thing led to another, and she – who had never read a biography – suddenly found herself writing one. Her talk will describe the privilege (and the trials and tribulations) of working with two living subjects. It will include her coming-of-age as a scholar and feminist, and why now is the right time to tell these stories.

Bair is the critically acclaimed author of award winning biographies: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, Anais Nin, C. G. Jung, Saul Steinberg and Al Capone. She is also the author of the cultural study Calling it Quits: Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over. Her innumerable, prestigious prizes include the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett. Bair also serves on Pace University’s M.S. in Publishing Advisory Board.

For more information, see the Women’s Studies website: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/womencenter/

LMHQ Women’s Breakfast

When: October 19, 2017 @ 8:30am to 10:30am
Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10038
Cost: Free

If you want to make connections and learn how to network in the publishing business, both as an editor and writer, then you should defintely consider going to LMHQ Women’s Breakfast. Kelly Hoey, author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World, will be in attendance and share her experience on how she wrote and book and got published. She will talk about “why aspiring authors need to think strategically and entrepreneurially before they even put pen to paper.”

Hoey started her career as a corporate attorney. By actively networking, she has gone on to have leadership roles in legal management, a leading global business networking group, and the startup community. As an influencer, Hoey works with inclusive companies such as Comcast and Capital One. She writes for publications such as Inc.com and Fast Company, and is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of New York City’s Girls Geek Club.

For more information, click here.

Around Town: October 3–10

The Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2017

When: October 4th–6th
Where: Center For Worker Education City College of New York, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Cost: Free

The Americas Poetry Festival of New York is the fourth annual festival of multilingual poetry that features 60 poets who represent 22 countries and 5 languages. The festival is organized by poets and professors Carlos Aguasaco, Yrene Santos, and Carlos Velásquez. This year the festival will take place at these venues: Center For Worker Education CCNY, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, Consulate of Argentina in New York, and Instituto Cervantes NY. If you would like to experience poetry from across the world, this festival is for you.

For more information, click here.

Poets Network & Exchange, Inc & Bronx Library Center present Tongue Shakers with Author Margie Shaheed

When: October 5, 2017 @ 6pm
Where: Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458
Cost: Free

Tongue Shakers provides an inside look into the state of “speaking mother tongue in America’s multicultural society.” Through a series of interviews and first person narratives in the voices of city dwellers who are immigrants, Americans born into immigrant families, and African Americans, the book uncovers the personal challenges faced by those learning a new language and celebrates their triumphs. Margie Shaheed will discuss Tongue Shakers with Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director, Poets Network & Exchange, Inc., followed by a reading of personal narratives by contributing participants Mercy Tullis Bukhari and Lorraine Currelley.

For more information, click here.

LIC Reading Series: Cheuk, Derr-Smith, Shirk

When: October 10, 2017 @ 8pm–10pm
Where: LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101
Cost: Free

The LIC Reading Series was founded in April 2015 and takes place the second Tuesday of every month. This event is always free and takes place at the LIC Bar, a 100-year-old watering hole in Long Island City. LIC Reading Series partners up with Astoria Books in order to sell authors’ works. At this event, three small press authors will be reading from their works.

Leland Cheuk is the author of The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong. Cheuk’s fiction work has appeared in VICE, The Millions, and The Rumpus, and appears or will appear in Salon, Catapult, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

Heather Derr-Smith is a poet who has published four books: Each End of the World, The Bride Minaret, Tongue Screw, and Thrust, which just won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award and will be published on October 10, 2017.

Adrian Shirk is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy, a hybrid-memoir exploring American-women prophets and their theologies. She is a columnist at Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, among others.

For more information about this event, click here.