Featuring Sherine Gilmour, Rachael Nevins, Lisa Badner, & Liz Kingsley
Founded in 1987 by Philip Schultz, The Writers Studio welcomes beginning and experienced fiction writers and poets to ongoing writing workshops designed to help them discover and nurture their own voices. Hailed by The New York Times as “the most personal of the programs,” The Writers Studio is founded on the belief that when the desire to write is strong enough, anyone can learn the craft necessary for full creative expression. For the past 26 years The Writers Studio has developed a unique approach to teaching writing by encouraging students “to try on voices” and attempt a variety of different narrative techniques as a way of discovering their own material and personal voices.
Featuring Victoria White, Jeanann Verlee, Gabriella Gonzales & Rachel Calnek-Sugin
Winter Tangerine Review is a literary journal dedicated to the electric. To the salt. The sugar. We want bitter honey, expired sweets. We want catalysts. We want raw, aggressive, violently soft. We want the pieces that leave sawdust in your mouth, the pieces that disintegrate your enamel, that strike matches against your palm. We don’t care who you are, where you’re from, or how you got to us; we want your artistry, we want your emotions, and we want you to make us feel.
So leave your artistic boundaries behind. You won’t need them here.
Featuring Bill Kushner, Tom Savage, Bob Holman, Yuko Otomo
WHITE RABBIT is an ongoing zine that has been publishing for seven years. Every issue has a specific theme. All writers are included by invitation.
Some of the writers we have featured are: David Lehman, Colette Inez, Judith Malina, Bill Kushner, Sapphire and many others.
Featuring Rosebud Ben-Oni, Hafizah Geter, Trace Peterson, & Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
VIDA seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.
Featuring Jeremiah Walton, Mebane Robertson, Saira Viola, Matthew Moseman, & James Browning Kepple
Underground Books has been making street books since 1997. Trapped in the Subconsicous somewhere downstairs, the printers ink still runs. We aim to aim it. Based in New York City, Houston, Virginia, and Gothenburg, we aim to please,poetry,please,poetry,please,poetry please we say, Publishing Artists on the Fringe, Check out all of our new original poetry manuscripts at www.undergroundbooks.org and join the subterranean poetry scene of your mind 2013.
Featuring Josh Medsker, Bill Lessard, Robert Moulthrop, Eryk Wenziak, Andria Alefhi
TWENTY-FOUR HOURS is a group of writers, visual artists, and musicians that share some common ground: aesthetically, politically, artistically or otherwise. Since 2001 we have published the literary magazine Twenty-Four Hours (TFH). Through our art, we seek to break through the fog of everyday life, to something else.
Twenty-Four Hours’s participation at the festival will be a joint effort, in collaboration with the activist group 100,000 Poets For Change. We will be reading political poems in solidarity with their July Reading in Rome.
Featuring Andrea Talarico, Dale Wilsey Jr., Kait Burrier, Stanton Hancock, Dawn Leas, Barbara DeCeasare, Jim Warner & Sarah Lewis
SwanDive Publishing Company is a micro-press that was brought to life in September of 2013. We aim to publish the best poetry available to us, by dedicated working poets who will strive to bring their work to new audiences by not only being strong stage poets but by showing excellence on the page as well. Our first collection, a compilation of nine amazing poets, is due out in March of 2014 and will be a perfect bound standard volume of work. We aim, as a company, to put out three to five full-length poetry manuscripts a year, along with a biannual anthology compilation. We are not interested in publishing chap books at this time because, quite simply, we believe that poetry deserves a spine. One of our goals as people in a strong writing community has been to bring poetry back into the forefront of literature as it has been throughout history.
Featuring Rachel Therres, Bryan Roessell, Kelly Gallagher, & Tiffany Woodley
Suffern Poetry is a multifaceted poetry series, running in Rockland County, NY. We host monthly Open Mics and Poetry slams, along with special events which include writing workshops, performance workshops and special events such as Haiku slams. Last summer we sent our first team to the National Poetry Slam in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our community is growing and that is our focus, growing community and connections through art and poetry. Find us on the street corners of Nyack during Nyack Art Collective’s first Fridays spouting poetry from atop milk crates, handing out stickers at slams and giving out hugs at the many regional events our team attends.
Featuring Nadia Alexis, Iman Byfield, Safia Jama, Ed Toney, & Cynthia Manick
A reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.
Featuring T. Fleischmann & Lonely Christopher
Shitluck Reading Series debuted Fall 2012 at Tip Top Bar and Grille in Bed Stuy. It has quickly amassed a loyal following thanks to consistently killer line ups and the most posi vibes in Brooklyn. Shitluck never puts on airs nor does it ever start on time and when the poetry portion of the evening ends, the whole scene dissolves into an all-out dance party. No other reading series offers you the opportunity to witness the best contemporary poets reading their work AND getting down to Beyonce.
Featuring gracie leavitt,katie jean shinkle, lysette elizabeth simmons, monica mcclure, samuel slaton, jonterri gadson, vanessa jimenez gabb, sarah feeley & christina drill
The sensation feelings journal is an online literary magazine publishing poems, essays, art (all formats), audio recordings and personal ads.
curated by connie mae oliver.
Featuring Britt Gambino, Sarah Bridgins, & Joseph Quintela
Rue de Fleurus began in 2013 by The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review so we could hang out with the authors, artists and musicians we love. Come join us. You might fall in love, too. The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is an online and print literary and arts journal housed at The Johns Hopkins University, M. A. in Writing Program.
Featuring Eric Sasson, Peter Longofono, & Maris Kreizman
Five emerging writers from Brooklyn and beyond read their prose and poetry, drink our cheap wine, eat our homemade cookies at a community space on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights. Oh, and their friends come too. We host our series every third Wednesday of the month, from 8-10pm, and we have an email address (!), a Facebook page (!!), and a twitter account (!!!)
Featuring Safiel Vonay, Saroya Marsh, Daniel Matos, Galina Espinel, & Santana
Reformed Talent is a bi-monthly showcase of poets and talents artists who come together to share their talents with a welcoming and open audience. Our shows have been generating over 100 audience members, and has bought talented individuals from all over the tri-state area (even Michigan.) We showcase a set amount of poets and talented individuals and have an open mic for any audience members that want to share their work. Our shows are expanding through Queens and growing in numbers.
Featuring Claudia Serea, Zorida Mohammed, John Barrale, Mark Fogarty, Anton Yakovlev
The Red Wheelbarrow Poets have a weekly poetry workshop and hold two readings every month: one at the Williams Center and another one at Gainville Café in Rutherford, NJ.
Featuring Miguel Algarin, Nancy Mercado, Edwin Torres, Mia Hansford, Liz von Klemperer, and Bob Holman
RA “R!” Araya & company kick off the festival on Saturday and Sunday with some spoken word that is sure to get the muses leaping out of bed.
Featuring Christine Stoddard, Deniz Ataman, Ghia Vitale, Kristen Rebelo, Jeanne Joe Perronne, Jessica Reidy
Quail Bell Magazine is a place for real and unreal stories. Our readers are curious, creative, and compassionate fairy punks who are citizens of the world. All members of The Quail Bell Crew respect and embrace all cultures, excluding only the sexist, racist, homophobic, and otherwise unkind and uncompromising. It is because of this open-mindedness and positivity that Quail Bell Magazine is fortunate enough to publish content by contributors from across the globe. Quail Bell Magazine encourages original thought, open dialogue and community-building through content that explores the relationship between The Real and The Unreal. We value the arts, history, folklore, and other oddities often not mentioned in mainstream magazines. As a woman-run publication, we strive to publish only the highest-quality content that not only challenges readers, but lets them have a little fun and maybe enjoy a little cuteness, too. We are not attempting to produce a magazine that is purely literary or purely journalistic, but, rather, somewhere in between for results that are inspiring and informative. In all that we write, draw, photograph, and otherwise make, The Quail Bell Crew will honor this editorial mission statement.
Featuring Keith Ash, Harvey Pacht, Emanuel Pinkhasov, Alicia Adams, Cathy James, Carol Weekes, Erica Picchanti, & Danny Marrero
Poets of Corsi is a writing group based at a senior center in Harlem. The group is made up of seniors and people with developmental disabilities. We come together faithfully once a week to write and read and share our work. We work slowly and carefully and lovingly. Everyone that comes to our group participates. That means we are made up of direct support workers, people with disabilities that receive support, and seniors. We have described our weekly gatherings with the following words: Creative, emotional, encouraging, fantastic, supportive, eclectic and noisy. We believe strongly, whole-heartedly that our disabilities are part of who we are but do not define us. We work hard to produce poems of meaning and merit.
Featuring Megan DiBello, Dan Dissinger, & Aimee Herman
Poetry Teachers NYC defines “poet” as any maker/doer across multiple disciplines (art, writing, music, etc.) and is based on the belief that artists should be able to teach as a job and create as a career. PTNYC offers affordable classes and workshops, taught by a talented faculty of trained artists dedicated to advancing the employment of creative professionals.
Feauting Paul Muldoon & The Wayside Shrines, Mark Doty, Matthea Harvey, & Joyelle McSweeney
The Poetry Society of New York has a simple three-fold mission: a.) to unite New York poetry communities, b.) to bring the works of New York poets to the world and c.) to never bore you. The New York City poetry world has largely isolated itself to a small and Balkanized circle. The Poetry Society of New York moves through and opens up that circle to unite the community of makers with the community of appreciators in new and mysterious ways.
Featuring Morgan Parker, Adam Fitzgerald, Danniel Schoonebeek, Wendy Xu
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, founded in 1966, is dedicated to fostering and promoting the reading and writing of challenging, exciting contemporary poetry and creating audiences for writers.
Featuring Joanna Penn Cooper & Todd Colby, Joe Hall & Cheryl Quimba, & Sasha Fletcher
Poets reading from the Poetry Crush chapbooks and the best of Poetry Crush book, The Book of Crushes.
Featuring Jillian McManemin as Ophelia J., Lucia Stacey as Penelope Strangelight, Rachel Boyadjis as Cosette Chapiteau, Lynsey G as Fanny Firewater, Rachel Herman-Gross as Simone, Jordana F. as Jyanovar LeMonstre & Chelsea Fond as Obsidienne
The Poetry Brothel, a unique and immersive poetry experience, takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and locates it in the lush interiors of a figurative bordello. Based in concept on the fin-de-siècle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel presents poets as “whores,” each operating within a carefully constructed character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on couches, chaise lounges, and in private rooms. Poets performing at the Brothel are male and female, emerging and established, local and international, and they engage audiences in an immersive experience that flows seamlessly through the Brothel’s public spaces into its private poetry readings. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience function as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and audience can be themselves in private.
The poets of The Poetry Brothel The Poetry Brothel rarely come out in the daylight, so for the lucky audiences at the New York City Poetry Festival, they have made a midnight manor of building 408 on Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row. For a tiny fee, you can sit down with a poet and enjoy a private, one-on-one poetry reading inside a dark and mysterious, candlelit room.
Featuring Rodney Jehu, Delaney Gibbons, Ken Molloy, Vanessa Jimenez Gabb & Brigit Kelly Young
Pieces of Cake is an illustrated online literary magazine for writers who have something in common. Our focus is not thematic or content-based, but tonal. Nothing has to be true, but it all has to be honest. We aren’t sappy and we’re not sacrificing quality for comfort: we just want a home for sincerity without pretension. Essentially, Pieces of Cake is a place to come find pretty things that make you say woooooah, whether you consider yourself a “lit mag person” or not.
For the past two years, Pieces of Cake has hosted lively readings in the West Village that draw a unique crowd of people. Our issue contributors read their poetry and prose poems that haven’t been published in our issue, and we limit each reader to four minute slots. The result is an interesting, fast-paced series of talented writers reading their new work aloud to an audience who has not yet heard it or read it in our mag.
We are an online poetry journal and chapbook press based in Chicago, DC, and New York.
Featuring Jennifer Leigh Oprihary, Joseph Quintela, Kiely Sweatt, & Dena Rash Guzman
Patasola Press publishes beautiful, stunning and courageous work by established and emerging authors on no particular schedule. Our secondary goal is to represent the underrepresented, with a special, though not exclusive, focus on promoting female and multicultural voices.
Featuring Maryam Parhizkar, Casey Scott Leach, & Peter Milne Greiner
THE OPERATING SYSTEM is a creative empowerment engine: a constantly evolving array of interdisciplinary experimentation, with participants from all over the world. IRL, The OS hosts readings, panels, workshops and salons, curates shows, and publishes a print journal as well as a yearly chapbook series. Our robust virtual platform is home to original editorial, journalistic, and multimedia content from a wide range of creators and organizations from every discipline imaginable. Our next PRINT volume will exclusively feature sound recordings (of all possible types)…curious? check us out online to get involved! or tweet at us: @the_OS_
Featuring Alison Powell & Roger Sedarat
The annual Hollis Summers Poetry Prize has been awarded since 1996. Now into its eighteenth year, the prize awards $1000 to winning manuscripts which are then published by Ohio University Press, the sponsoring organization.
Featuring Kimiko Hahn, Rosebud Ben-Oni, John Reid Currie, & Leila Ortiz
This is not like other series. We are multi-genre, multi-cultural, multi-purpose.
Oh, Bernice was started by the writing collective of the same name, to give work life after workshop. We are committed to sharing the work we develop in conversation reflective of the diversity of the place we live in. Each month is curated by a different Bernician, and features at least one reader from Oh, Bernice. We then bring in friends, heroes, strangers with talent, etc. to read alongside us, to give our work new context and to give ourselves new challenges to rise to. In this way, everything you’ll see and hear is new. This is innovation. You’ll see the same faces but never get the same reading twice. We’ve had the privilege of reading with Guggenheim Fellows and True Crime writers, Obie Award nominees and former ACT UP activists, Grammy Award Winners and the Queens Poet Laureate. And we’ve become better for it.
Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe champions the use of spoken word and music as means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Our community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City’s diverse population. Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet,” the Wall Street Journal says the Cafe is a “thriving arts center with partnerships across the city,” and John Leguizamo says the Cafe “put the street on stage. Made our lives real, our emotions real.”
The Cafe recently received a capital grant from the City of New York to renovate our East 3rd Street building; this renovation will more then double the Cafe’s capacity over the next few years.
Featuring Jeremiah Walton, Tere Fowler-Chapman, Christopher Mullins, C.A. Morgan
Nostrovia! Poetry is a Tucson based publishing house, & father of Books & Shovels, a traveling pop-up bookstore that debuted at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival. Nostrovia! pushes Passionate Living > Making a Living.
No, Dear publishes a twice yearly journal, as well as limited edition chapbooks, all featuring NYC poets.
Featuring The Winners of the 2015 NYC HS Poetry Competition
The New York Browning Society was founded in 1907 to study the poetry, life, and times of Robert Browning (1812-1889), and of his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1851).
Our programs reflect the extraordinary diversity of their interests and restless intellects and also encompass most of Victorian literature and culture, for the Brownings knew practically everyone in that extraordinary era. The Society also founded The Browning Institute, which saved the poets’ Florentine home, Casa Guidi, from commercial development.
We welcome visitors to our meetings at the National Arts Club, which are held at 1:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of October through May.
Featuring jess cording, bambi levine, matthew hupert, robert gibbons, & linda fung
We are a long running Workshop/Collective in New York city, geared mostly, though not exclusively to Performance Poets. We have a developed a fairly tight aesthetic, believing that what does not add, subtracts. It is an open Workshop, free of charge, and anyone is welcome to attend. We tend to operate very informally, (we meet in a bar, a poet’s natural habitat, after all)and people are encouraged to participate whether they have brought any work that week or not, as all voices are welcome. we have hosted a few reading series, and readings over the years, and most of us are regular features and performers in the NYC poetry and Open Mike scene. we are currently in the process of producing and publishing our first workshop anthology, with poets of many backgrounds and styles.
Featuring Raymond Nat Turner, Lora Tucker, Garrett Buhl Robinson
The National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981, is the nation’s leading labor union for freelance writers. The NWU advocates for writers’ rights and fights to improve the income, contracts and working conditions for all freelance writers, including journalists, book authors, business and technical writers, essayists, poets, playwrights, script writers, writers for the web and campus writers.
Featuring Corinne Schneider, Sally Wen Mao, and Chris Hosea
Mental Marginalia has been a fixture in Brooklyn for over two years, showcasing emerging and established poets and writers in a decidedly un-churchlike setting. A monthly, the series has also co-curated off-site readings at both the Chicago and Boston AWPs (and was part of the NYPF last Summer). The series strives to provide another space for independent/off-beat lit communities, without privileging any one specific aesthetic or school. It’s been the cause of over 10,000 hangovers!
Featuring Susana H. Case, Eleanor Lerman, Toni Mergantine-Levi, Lorraine Schein
Mayapple Press is a highly-selective small press established in 1978 by poet and editor Judith Kerman. The press focus on literature not often celebrated by either the mainstream or the avant-garde. This includes poetry which is both challenging and accessible; women’s writing; the rustbelt/rural culture that stretches from the Hudson Valley to the Great Lakes; the recent immigrant experience; poetry in translation; science fiction poetry.
Featuring Brooke Ellsworth, Tiffany Gibert, & Sean Damlos-Mitchell
The Mackinac is an online quarterly poetry magazine seeking original work where the stakes are always high.
The Mackinac strives to make a lasting impression as it bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.
The Mackinac reading series celebrates our contributors’ voices and verse. Curated by editors Lenea Grace and Brookes Moody.
Featuring Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein, Joanna C. Valente, Margaret Bashaar, Lisa Marie Basile, Liz Axelrod, & Dena Rash Guzman
Luna Luna Mag is an online, finely-curated, feminist arts & culture magazine focused on creativity, dialogue and honesty. Our reading series aims to promote poetry by our staff and the poetry we feature on the site.
Featuring Amy Virginia Buchanan, Timothy DuWhite, Safia Elhillo, Anna Gothard, Kate Foster, Adam Falkner, Nicole Goodwin, Michelle Thompson, Cat Valencii (aka Safiel Vonay), Justin Woo, Kit Yan, & Sarah Duncan
Conceived by Sarah Duncan, The Lot I’ve Got: Poetry on Privilege is for all to attend and enjoy (or perhaps not enjoy, but hear, and digest, and talk about later on to others.) She chose the prickly subject of privilege very purposefully because she believes in order to fully address the onion like layered complexity of issues like racism, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, agism, sizeism, classism, people with certain privileges (including herself) must listen and not speak at all! — to the life experiences, pain, joy, anger, and calls to action of people without those privileges. Conversely, it can be equally important for those who have recognized and checked their privilege to talk about their process (without dominating the conversation or seeking validation) in an honest, non-self-congratulatory way.
In an effort to facilitate just such a challenging but necessary conversation mandating the above components, Sarah chose poetry and music as the perfect mediums for an artistic dialogue. She then rounded up wonderfully talented, powerful, insightful poets and musicians, modern day prophets, really– who the world should be listening to. So this show invites you, the audience, to sit back, listen, and know that you are loved and that this is a safe space for beauty, anger, confusion, dialogue, and exploration. A safe space — and still, oh, how it will crackle with fire.
Featuring Tammy Buckins, Iris Yip, Carlos Caban, Mwimba Nelson, Mercy Adjei, Darin Ricks, Ruben Cabot, Rohannie Persaud, Lysna Paul, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Chaz Frazer & Christina Torossian
Literacy Partners is an adult literacy organization in New York City with locations in the Bronx and Manhattan. Last academic year, we served over 1,500 students in our programs, which include: English for Speakers of Other Languages and High School Equivalency (formerly GED) Preparation.
Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy for New York City families by providing adult education programs free of charge to adults in need.
Epicurus believed that what he called “pleasure” is the greatest good, but the way to attain such pleasure is to live modestly and to gain knowledge of the workings of the world and the limits of one’s desires. In resistance, she supposes, Amy Lawless has chosen to not limit her desires–not by a long shot–by asking the most fantastic poets in the United States to read for her and for you. These poets were chosen for their high quality work, reading success, their heavenward middle finger to the scholarly notion of the “line break,” and how awesome they will be as they read for her (oh, and I guess for you too…) in a festival-specific atmosphere in order to bring her pleasure and perhaps some knowledge. This is a selfish endeavor! This is a one-time event. Don’t miss it.
Featuring liz clark wessel, morgan parker, kirkwood adams & safiya sinclair
“La Perruque” takes its name from Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life. He defines the tactic thus:
“It differs from absenteeism in that the worker is officially on the job. La perruque may be as simple a matter as a secretary’s writing a love letter on ‘company time’ or as complex as a cabinetmaker’s ‘borrowing’ a lathe to make a piece of furniture for his living room.”
The series is an interdisciplinary/multi-genre event that will put literature in conversation with other art practices: translation with music, fiction with photography, poetry with painting, criticism with performance art.
Featuring Cynthia Manick & April Heck
Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American poetry. Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American poets can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively what legacy we will leave for our future generations as individuals and as a community.
Featuring Meghann Plunkett, Thomas Fucoloro, Jared Singer, Megan Falley, April Ranger, Corrina Bain
Some of New York’s top improvisers collaboration with the city’s best poets to create a completely unique show every single week.
Part theater, part poetry feature, and totally unpredictable, the improvisers build entire worlds around each poem, inhabiting them with a cast of characters that are wildly funny, heart-breakingly tragic, and everything in between.
Featuring Liz Axelrod, Sylvia Bonilla, Gabriel Don, Joshua Fredkin, Steven Klett, Chelsea Riley, Chelsea Whitton, & Hamna Zubair
Jujo started as an informal MFA Tea House reading at the now closed Jujomuckti Lounge in the East Village. Founded in 2011, Jujo features New School Creative Writing MFA Candidates and Graduates. Some of the best and brightest New School poets will be on hand.
Featuring J. Hope Stein, Sarah Kain Gutowski, & Lisa Marie Basile
Hyacinth Girl Press is a micro-press that publishes between 4 and 10 poetry chapbooks each year. We specialize in handmade books of smaller press runs. We consider ourselves a feminist press and are particularly interested in poetry and performance dealing with topics such as radical spiritual experiences, creation/interpretation of myth through a feminist lens, magic, and science. We think outer space, in particular, is pretty darn cool.
Hyacinth Girl Press is also particularly interested in collaboration — collaboration between poets, collaboration between a poet and other artist type, poetry in translation, collaboration with other presses.
An eclectic event of performance and poetry showcasing a diverse range of poets from various communities. Curated by Gabriel Don.
Featuring Sabina Ibarrola, Christina Rodriguez, CristinaPreda, Annette Estevez & Sonia Guiansaca
#GrowFierce is a moving poetic showcase featuring New York-based emerging women poets. Springing from the Digging Deep, Facing Self writing course to light up the stage, these alumni women weave moving narratives of star dust, open veins, blossoming gardens, poetic switch blades, roller skates and prophetic tea leaves. The series has appeared at La MaMa Experimental Theater, and in a three part series at Bluestockings Bookstore.
Digging Deep, Facing Self is a 30 Day Intensive online writing course designed to uplift, heal & transform women into their boldest selves.
Hosted by Caits Meissner.
Featuring Thomas Fucaloro, Aimee Herman, Joe Roarty
Every Sunday from 4-6pm Great Weather for MEDIA presents Spoken Word Sundays at the fabulous Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street @Attorney, NYC. The event includes a feature program plus an open mic where members of the spoken word community share their work. Great stage, great sound, and amazing talent. What’s not to love?
Featuring Nick Benson, Emily Sklar, Mebane Robertson, Gabriele Tinti, & Robert Margolis
Frankmatter publishes concert, performance, and book reviews, poems, translations, excerpts from novels, stories, plays, graphic novels, photographs, essays, marginalia, found art, & correspondence from all over.
Frankmatter is especially interested in dispatches from/about places & literatures that are overlooked, lesser-known, or misunderstood, cross-genre & genre-convention-bending work, micro and oral history, and the documentary.
Frankmatter has been online since June 11, 2013. New content is added three times a year, in February, June, and October.
Featuring Justin Woo, Michael Kovacs, & Carol Brown
The Fractal Ensemble are pioneering a new sound that combines spoken word, alternative rock, punk, and ambient music – they call it wordcore. Guitar, drums, bass, cello, keys, and poems grow together and fall apart beautifully.
Featuring Gregory Pardlo, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Cynthia Cruz, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., and Daniel Wolff
In 1993, four writers—Jane Brox, Helen Fremont, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Martha Rhodes—laid the groundwork for a small publishing enterprise that would become a highly respected literary press. Four Way Books published its first list of three poetry books in 1995, and currently publish fourteen to fifteen aesthetically diverse titles annually of poetry and short fiction. In the twenty plus years of operation, Four Way Books has not veered from its mission. We are comprised of five primary programs: a literary press, a sponsored residency, Pay a Book Forward, a prize program, and an electronic literary journal, Four Way Review.
Featuring Rosebud Ben-Oni, Ashley Lambert, Connie Mae Oliver, Christina N. Drill, & Vanessa Gabb
Founded in 2012, Five Quarterly is an online literary project that invites readers of all kinds to participate in our editorial process and offers writers a place where they can feel comfortable and excited about submitting their most personal work. Each quarter, five new guest editors ultimately select five poems and five pieces of fiction for online publication. We hope that this model will help to introduce fresh perspectives, diversify the face of publishing, and encourage an expanding literary community. Issues are published in January, April, July, and October.
While we have a commitment to highlighting writers from Queens, our featured readers have come to us from other boroughs, other states, and even other countries. Our open mic is one of the most hospitable around. Almost every month, there is someone who gets up to read her or his work for the first time, and we have regulars who come to read not their own work, but the work of others who are important to them, like the woman who has, for the past three years, been keeping her mother’s memory alive by reading her poetry for us. So if you have poetry you’d like to share, or if you just want to have some poetry in your life, please join us. We’re at the Terraza Cafe from 7-9 PM (sign up for the open mic starts at 6:45).
Featuring Annie Finch, Ron Kolm, Larissa Shmailo, Marc Vincenz
Founded in 1993,The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses are a loose (sic) organization of men, women, and others who bring their wit and wisdom to the poetic arts in their hometown of NYC. Together and individually, the Feminist Poets have performed on behalf of Girls Write Now, the Bread and Life Soup Kitchen, 100,000 Poets for Change, The New York City Poetry Calendar, Share Our Strength/American Express, Poets in Need, and just for the hell of having a good literary time.
Featuring Francine Hendrickson, Samuel Henry, Taylor Steele, Tyrek Greene, & Sean Desvignes
evoLution NYC is a new, independent press that specializes in the publication of poetry, fiction & art. We believe the narrative is a force to be reckoned with and it takes many forms. We’re looking to give up and coming artists the opportunity to share with a bigger audience. We publish works that express the true complexity of being alive and the possibilities for personal and social change through literary art.
Featuring Joanna C. Valente, Nicole Steinberg, & B. C. Edwards
The EARSHOT! reading series is dedicated to the work and presence of the most gifted and exciting emerging writers in the greater New York City area. Founded in 2005 by Nicole Steinberg, each EARSHOT! event highlights the literary merits of breakout writers from all genres, and gives graduate writing students the unique opportunity to share their work with an audience beyond the MFA community. EARSHOT! features a diverse range of writers from all levels of achievement mingling freely in a supportive environment.
EARSHOT! currently calls Brooklyn’s Over the Eight bar home, located at 594 Union Avenue in Williamsburg. The series is hosted and curated by Peter Bogart Johnson, Jillian Brall, and Gregory Crosby.
Featuring Charles Coe, Suzanne Frischkorn, Teisha Twomey, Eric Nelson, & Timothy Gager
The Dire Literary Series is a series which has been held in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the past thirteen years at The Out of the Blue Art Gallery and was named The Best in Boston in 2008. The series features an hour of open mic and three featured authors/writers/poets, where the requirement to feature is having a book published.
Through the years, the series has hosted Sue Miller, Steve Almond, Tom Perrotta, Franz Wright, Julianna Baggot, Jenna Blum, Regie Gibson, Elizabeth Graver, Jennifer Haigh, John Hoppenthaler, Ilya Kominski, and Laura Zigman.
The series started in 2001 by Timothy Gager who realized there was no open mic that allowed fiction to be read, beginning to end. The open mic slots can be four, up to fifteen minutes slots but can be broken into sixty one-minute slots if those that sign up want that for their time. Poets have taken a full fifteen minute slot in order to read a full variety of their work.
Featuring Michael Demyan, Brian VanRemmen, Lucas Hunt, Ryan Buynak, Constance Renfrow, Julia DeGuzman, Matt Proctor, Kevin Wyler, Eric Gelsinger, Jake Cosden, Brian Alvarado, & Kate DeLuca
DenimSkin is the shadow of the city, where America’s underground poets, storytellers and visual artists create in defiance of conventional form and content. Free from the need to satisfy the editorial demands of “establishment” media outlets that cater to an audience of conventional tastes. DenimSkin refuses artistic boundaries.
DenimSkin pursues a provocative, visceral style unrestricted by form, content, or meaning. Question everything. Begin anywhere.
DenimSkin is planting the bombdeath of bourgeois art in the back pocket of the city.
Featuring Sarah Bridgins, Todd Anderson, & Lisa Marie Basile
Derangement of the Senses is a multimedia literary reading featuring some of New York’s most exciting writers, storytellers, musicians, and burlesque performers. The result is an atmosphere where new artforms flourish and incredible acts of literary and artistic dynamo amaze and astound. Inspired by the French proto-punk poet Arthur Rimbaud, Derangement focuses on the innovative new genres that are born when transgressive, transdisciplinary collaborations happen. Burlesque performers dance as their favorite literary characters while psychedelic visuals swirl and acoustic and electronic music cacophonously collide. You haven’t seen this kind of literary reading before.
Derangement is hosted by Kevin Carter and Miracle Jones, and it takes its name from a letter written by Arthur Rimbaud, who believed that a poet makes himself a seer by an immense, long, deliberate derangement of the senses. Its focus is on the necessity of cross-pollination between artists that work in different genres and the explosive interactions that take place when this occurs. Shows in the past have boasted everything from laser harps and electroencephalographs to cakes and LED butterfly wings. The show began in January of 2010 and previously took place at Happy Ending Lounge in the Lower East Side. Some of New York City’s most talented young writers and performers have performed pieces that recall the NYC theatrical and artistic performance art renaissance of the 80s and 90s while also managing to make that spirit their own in an entertaining, contemporary atmosphere.
Featuring Lisa Marie Basile, Thomas Fucaloro, & Barbara Rosenthal
Deadly Chaps Press was established with the launch of Short, Fast, and Deadly in 2009, a literary magazine devoted to short form fiction and poetry inspired by the respective constraints of Facebook (then limited to 420 characters per post) and Twitter. Rapidly evolving into a chapbook house and conceptual publishing project, the Deadly Chaps Press imprints have expanded to include a series of artist’s sketchbooks (a5), two creative commons publishing collectives (rIgormort.US and WorkingDefinitions.com), the living #Bookdress project, a series of books created by illegal activities (ill eagle), and most recently, an art book series with single or limited edition releases currently slated from Antoine Lefebvre and Barbara Rosenthal (Dr. Faustus & Co.).
Produced by Leah Umansky & DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & after-party by DJ Ceremony. No cover.
Featuring John Deming, Melinda Wilson, Graeme Bezanson, Jackie Clark, DJ Dolack, Sam Woodworth, & Seth Graves
Coldfront, founded in 2006, reviews poetry books, reports on poetry and music, and publishes visual poetry.
Featuring Stephanie Berger, Leopoldine Core, Natalie Eilbert, Carina Finn, Alexis Pope, Emily Toder, & Leah Umansky
Coconut Magazine, founded in 2001, was one of the first web-based poetry magazines. Its sibling press, Coconut Books, has become one of the country’s leading small presses, now publishing ten poetry titles per year. Recent books and chapbooks include Shelly Taylor, Andrea Rexilius, Lauren Ireland, and Steven Karl; earlier titles include Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Natalie Lyalin, Reb Livingston, Jen Tynes, Denise Duhamel, Kimiko Hahn, Megan Kaminski, Wendy Xu, Nick Sturm, and others. Coconut is home for the Elizabeth P. Braddock and Joanna Cargill Book Prizes.
Featuring Cynthia Manick & April Heck
Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady founded Cave Canem in 1996 with the intuition that African American poets would benefit from having a place of their own in the literary landscape. Over the past 17 years, that intuition has become a conviction. In Cave Canem, emerging poets find sustenance, a safe space to take artistic chances. The organization’s community has grown from a gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty and high-achieving national fellowship of 344. In addition to an annual writing retreat at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, programs include two book prizes with prestigious presses; workshops in New York City and Pittsburgh; Legacy Conversations with such poets and scholars as Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Arnold Rampersad and Derek Walcott; a Poets on Craft series; nationally based readings and panels; and the publication of three anthologies, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South and Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 2008-2009.
Featuring Natalie Eilbert, Joshua Mehigan, & Cynthia Cruz
Brooklyn Poets is a nonprofit literary organization celebrating and cultivating the poets, poetry and literary heritage of Brooklyn, the birthplace of American poetry. Readings are free and open to the public and curated by Founder & Executive Director Jason Koo.
Featuring Sarah Bonifacio, Leona Godin, and Joe Yoga
Curated in 2011 by writer Aida Zilelian, Boundless Tales is a monthly Queens-based reading series for poets, writers, spoken word artists, and monologists. While not limited to Queens writers, Boundless does place a strong emphasis on the diverse voices found in Queens. The series is held on the third Thursday of every month (except July & August) at the Waltz-Astoria in Astoria. It is hosted and organized by writers Aida Zilelian, Audrey Dimola, and Devin Doyle. Submissions are open year-round.
Featuring Stacey Balkun, Robert Balun, Jay Deshpande, Brian Trimboli & Kelly Forsythe
Founded in 2012, Bodega releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month, featuring poetry, prose, and quarterly interviews by established and emerging writers. We’re here to give you a handful of essential pieces you can digest in one sitting.
Featuring Ryann Stevenson, Jay Deshpande, Hilary Vaughn Dobel
Blunderbuss is a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics that publishes poems, fiction, essays, photography, comics, art, and other bits of aesthetic shrapnel.
Featuring Becca Klaver, Kirsten Kaschock, Sharon Mesmer, Justin Marks & Shanna Compton as Dawn Sueoka
Bloof Books is collective poetry press, publishing perfect-bound paperbacks as well as limited-edition handmade chapbooks and ephemera.
Featuring Bunny Rogers, Anna Kamerer, Matt Nelson, Jacob Perkins, Mattie Hillock, & Sofia Le Fraga
Blackmail Reading Series is a monthly series held at Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn, NY. Established in January 2014, Blackmail series aims to provide listeners with an eclectic list of performers from across the indie lit, alt lit, and performance art fields. Our readings do not maintain the tired and worn-out feel of some traditional literary events, where readers seem constrained, and the atmosphere stuffy. Blackmail readings encourage multi-media and experimental performance styles, and a laid-back, sophisticated environment where readers and listeners can equally engage in the work.
Partnering with Mellow Pages Library strengthens our ability to build community, and allows Blackmail to provide a physical meeting space for people who value experimental literature, internet-based art, and shared artistic experience. While the Brooklyn art scene seems to be the focus of much of the art world’s attention, there are few places that provide creative events, free of charge, to the general public. Blackmail Series prides itself on free admission, and an open door policy. Our readings do not check out at the door; rather, we encourage new faces, novel thinking, and a positive attitude. Founder and curator Kalli Mathios is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY.
Featuring Christine Hou, Jordan Scott, & Carina Finn
Birds of Lace is a DIY feminist press founded & edited by Gina Abelkop. Born in 2005 and currently based in Athens, GA, Birds of Lace publishes chapbooks and books by emerging writers that, placed and spaced just so, gush right through the middle of your willing guts and spit out into the ocean, dragging you happily behind them.
Featuring Aimee Herman, Shane Hanlon, Cooper Wilhelm, Devin Kelly, Brian Birnbaum
Hosted by Stacey Kahn and Jess Martinez, Big Words Etc. is a monthly reading series that embraces democracy by letting each audience vote for the following month’s theme. Started in 2012 to give under-the-radar and emerging/aspiring writers a platform, we’ve developed into a community that lets everyone – from the professional writer to the lawyer or hair stylist with a poetic bent, to the audience member who’s not into writing but likes participating by voting on the theme – get involved.
Featuring Kiki Black, Sue Brady, Sue Calvert, Robin Locke Monda, Nina Rose, Dorinda Wegener
We’re Staten Island Sweeties who met in a memoir class and write poems about our island from cicadas to Sandy to the sunrise and sunset rides on the ferry.
Featuring Randall Horton, Joe Pan, and Carey Mchugh
Augury Books is an independent press that publishes innovative work from emerging and established writers.
Featuring Mark Hillringhouse, Maria Gillan & Loren Kleinman
At The Inkwell is a NYC-based organization created to help published authors promote their books through feature articles, book reviews and readings. Monique Antonette Lewis founded the organization in 2013. The feature articles offer readers an intimate side of the authors and their experience with traditional and e-publishing. Our reviewers have an eclectic genre expertise from comedy to romance.
Our readings are held every second Wednesday of the month at KGB Bar in Manhattan. The organization has featured high-caliber writers that include Claudia Serea, Andrei Guruianu, Jo Sarzotti, Donna Minkowitz, Kaylie Jones, Beverly Donofrio, Lee Bacon, Gabriel Cohen and more.
Featuring Marina Blitshteyn, Amber Atiya, & Montana Ray
Argos Books is an independent literary press, founded in 2010 by three poet-translators. Our aim is to support poetry, hybrid genres, translation, and collaboration, with a special interest in work that crosses cultural and national borders. While publishing innovative work is our primary focus, we are also invested in facilitating critical dialogues among communities, genders, and languages.
Featuring J. Scott Brownlee, Caleb Kaiser, Matthew Wimberley, Talin Tahajian, & Sam Ross
The Adroit Journal was founded in November 2010 by Peter LaBerge during his sophomore year of high school. At its foundation, the journal has its eyes focused ahead, seeking to showcase what its student-age editors see as the future of poetry, prose, and art. We publish the innovative and inventive work of writers from diverse backgrounds, and maintain an international staff of nearly seventy accomplished readers between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four. As of Winter 2014, the journal has converted to an annual publishing schedule of two online issues (Winter and Summer) with an accompanying print issue (Spring, beginning in 2015) selected from online releases. In the meantime, we will be releasing Best of Adroit: 2010-2013, comprised of staff-selected work from our first seven print issues. This will be released in Spring 2014 as a .PDF, and will be available in print upon request.
Since inception, the journal has featured the voices of Dorianne Laux, Ned Vizzini, Laura Kasischke, Kirk Nesset, NoViolet Bulawayo, Bruce Bond, Lydia Millet, Kyle McCord, and beyond. In the past year, the journal has merited five inclusions in Verse Daily, as well as eight inclusions in the Plain China: Best Undergraduate Writing Anthology. Funded in large part by the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, The Adroit Journal sponsors the annual Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose to specifically recognize secondary and undergraduate writers, while hosting annual humanitarian features in each of its winter issues. Finally, The Adroit Journal is partnered with the Fill-A-Room Campaign, a youth-run initiative dedicated to ameliorating illiteracy in low-income communities around the United States.
Featuring Lynn Melnick, Kamilah Aisha Moon, & Danniel Schoonebeek
The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, the Academyâ€™s popular website; American Poet, a biannual literary journal; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. Since its founding in 1934, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization.
Featuring Danniel Schoonebeek, Andrew Seguin, Lonely Christopher, James Browning Kepple, Filip Marinovich
A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA is Ukraine’s finest children’s book publisher and one of the most esteemed producers of children’s literature in Central and Eastern Europe. The first privately owned children’s publishing house to be established in an independent Ukraine.
A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA is also one of the few Eastern European publishers to have successfully entered the global market, selling and buying rights to and from countries around the world — from the UK (Тemplar Publishing) and the U.S. (Alfred A. Knopf) to Australia, Russia and South Korea. The demanding creative and production standards applied to our many prize-winning titles have attracted readers worldwide.
An internationally acclaimed author Paulo Coelho considered our edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”, illustrated by the highly lauded graphic artist Vladyslav Yerko, as “perhaps one of the most extraordinary children’s books I have ever seen.”
A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA’s Ukrainian-language editions of the last three volumes in the Harry Potterseries came out before any other translations in the world in our own distinct covers. Perhaps the nicest compliment we could receive was when author J.K. Rowling chose to display our translated edition of the first volume of her Harry Potter series during a television interview.
A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA is proud to present here the soon-to-be-published Anthology of the best of the young American poets translated into Ukrainian.