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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Activists of the Past: What Have We Learned?

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm

The Graduate Center Public Programs (CUNY)
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

What can today’s activists learn from the successes and failures of their precursors? First in this series, we welcome Larry Kramer, an award-winning playwright (The Normal Heart) and author, and a celebrated public health and gay rights advocate. As a pioneering AIDS activist, he co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987. He speaks with Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Part of the series “The First 100 Days.” Presented with the CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), and the Ph.D. Program in History.

Admission is free, reservations are required. To make a reservation, click here.

Tim O’Leary: Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face

Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Unexpected, humorous, sometimes dark, and surprisingly heartfelt, here are tales that explore the secret life of men as they pass into adulthood, middle age, and old age confronting lust, pain, guilt, bewilderment, and mortality. O’Leary has won numerous literary awards for his stories and his title story was a finalist for the Mark Twain Award for Humor Writing. The collection fearlessly distills for the reader tinctures of joy, pain, madness, heartbreak, greed, and other components of the human capacity for good and evil, for beauty and ugliness. O’Leary showcases humanity in a fluent, fun read, which will let you peek into the most intimate and the well familiar entrails of existence. Few books around these days possess the capability to bring both a tear to your eye and smile to your lips, within the span of a few chapters, such as this work does.

Tim will be joined in conversation by Stuart Elliott, former advertising/media reporter turned freelance writer at Media Village.

Prior to the talk guitarist Christopher White will perform his song “Dick Cheney Shot Me In The Face.”

Admission is $15. Please click here to purchase admission.

What Editors Want: Writing for the Web

Tuesday February 28 at 7:00 pm

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

A must for emerging writers: we’ve partnered with Electric Literature and The Authors Guild to present a series of events aimed at giving you the essentials when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, our panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult,) Michelle Legro (formerly of New Republic,) and James Yeh (VICE) will discuss how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy of Electric Literature.

Admission is free. Feel free to RSVP for this event.