Around Town | Dec. 5th – Dec. 11th

Utopia / Dystopia: Accidental Dystopia

When: December 6, 2017 from 7–9pm
Where: Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY, 10011

This series is presented by Hauser & Wirth Publishers in association with Morbid Anatomy, a blog that surveys “the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture.” At each panel, speakers and readers question whether the idea of utopia is always doomed to become dystopia. “Is there always, truly, a serpent in the garden?” Continue reading “Around Town | Dec. 5th – Dec. 11th”

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. 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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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Around Town: Sept. 26th – Oct. 3rd

This week is Banned Books Week. If you want to participate in this celebration, then go to National Coalition Against Censorship’s website, or click here. More to come tomorrow!

Now with the Brooklyn Book Festival over, here are some great events to attend  and enjoy if you are feeling a withdrawal from literature.

Joshua Cohen on the American Circus, comedy, and his new novel, “Moving Kings”

When: September 26, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: Book Culture, 536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025

Cost: Free

Joshua Cohen is an American essayist, novelist, and story writer who was named one the Best Young American Authors in 2017 by Granta Magazine.

The Point magazine’s Jesse McCarthy talks to Cohen about his latest essay in their comedy issue: “It’s a Circle,” on the death and afterlife of the American circus. Attendees will also get a look at his new book, Moving Kings, a novel that’s garnered much praise. The Washington Post says that Moving Kings is:

“A svelte comic triumph that concentrates [Cohen’s] genius . . . a fantastically agile style . . . Cohen explores themes of power and Jewish identity with the same insight that has justly attracted praise from some of the country’s most sophisticated writers.”

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Gotham Writers Fall Open House

When: September 26-27, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: EC NY, 1450 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Cost: Free with Registration

Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. They’ve been teaching creative writing and business writing since 1993. Gotham Writers Workshop has been the go-to place for writers wanting expert instruction and an artistic community.

At this event, you will get the chance to find out what goes on in a Gotham class. They are offering 24 free one-hour classes in a wide variety of courses. You’ll meet the instructors, do a little writing, and, as a thank you, receive $30 off your first 6 or 10-week class.

Note: You may sign up for one or two free classes, but no more than two. Registration is required, but if the class you want is full, feel free to walk in. Odds are good that they will find you a seat.

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The Best American Poetry Reading 2017

When: September 28, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: The New School, 66 West 12th StreetThe Auditorium, New York, NY 10011

Cost: Free

The Best American Poetry is an anthology that is published each year which contains the best poetry of the year. This year’s editors include series editor David Lehman and guest editor Natasha Tretheway, the nineteenth US Poet Laureatte.

Lehman joins Trethewey to launch the latest volume of the anthology. With readings by the contributors: Dan Albergotti, David Barber, Jericho Brown, Allison Cobb, Carl Dennis, David Feinstein, Vievee Francis, Jeffrey Harrison, W. J. Herbert, David Brendan Hopes, John James, Rodney Jones, Meg Kearney, John Koethe, Jamaal May, Judson Mitcham, John Murillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Matthew Olzmann, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Taije Silverman, Emily Van Kley, and Crystal Williams.

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