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11 free poetry readings, book signings, author readings in New York City (NYC) Fri, 04/12/2024 - and on...

Not a day goes by in New York City (NYC) without a free poetry reading or a book signing or a book reading by a famous or not yet famous author. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

        

Reading | Multipli Forti: Voices from Contemporary Italian Literature


The conclusion of this year's Multipli Forti: Voices from Contemporary Italian Literature, the third annual festival of contemporary Italian literature in New York. The festival, promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute in New York directed by Fabio Finotti, and curated by Maria Ida Gaeta is an initiative to promote Italian literature aimed at the reading public and the international publishing word. It is a transatlantic window on major literary trends of Italian fiction, told by the authors who have written and are writing it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Apr 12
2:00 pm

Free
Readings, April 12, 2024, 04/12/2024, Multipli Forti: Voices from Contemporary Italian Literature

Poetry Reading | To Leave for Our Own Country: Debut Poetry


John Linstrom will read a selection of poems from his new book, alongside readings by outstanding fellow poets Louis Bury, Mariposa Fernández, and Kendra Sullivan, all of whom have written about climate change in a genre that, on the whole, has been slow to explore it. After the readings, Sonya Posmentier, Associate Professor of English at NYU, will moderate a discussion and Q&A with the poets, exploring the role of poetry in activating civic engagement with climate change and social justice. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 16
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 16, 2024, 04/16/2024, To Leave for Our Own Country: Debut Poetry

Reading | Literary Lunch


Richard Deming and John Yau reading and in conversation with Claudia Rankine, including an informal lunch buffet and a book signing. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 18
12:00 pm

Free
Readings, April 18, 2024, 04/18/2024, Literary Lunch

Poetry Reading | Of Tyrant: Poems of Fury and Tenderness


Leah Umansky's lyric examination of fury and tenderness of self in the world asks how it is that we go on living in this, “our riddle,” our crisis: “in the city of anarchy, in the veil,” when all else fails and the proverbial—and not so proverbial—tyrant of each moment takes all the airspace. When “courage is vulnerability,” and when “everyone else in the room seems to be “thumbing their anger, and carelessly flipping off the quiet,”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 18
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 18, 2024, 04/18/2024, Of Tyrant: Poems of Fury and Tenderness

Reading | Alumni Fiction & Poetry Reading


With: Matthew Broaddus, Kate Doyle, Alisha Kaplan, and Alexandrine Ogundimu, Hosted by Darin Strauss  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 19
5:00 pm

Free
Readings, April 19, 2024, 04/19/2024, Alumni Fiction & Poetry Reading

Open Mike | Poetry Open Mic


Participants can share their original work for up to five minutes. Space is limited to 15 readers; show up on time to get a slot!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Apr 19
5:30 pm

Free
Open Mikes, April 19, 2024, 04/19/2024, Poetry Open Mic

Poetry Reading | The Poetry of Grace Schulman


A birthday celebration for Grace Schulman,  the recipient of the Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, and a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is considered “the highest form of recognition of artistic merit in this country.” Her ninth and latest book of poems is Again, the Dawn: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2022.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 23
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 23, 2024, 04/23/2024, The Poetry of Grace Schulman

Poetry Reading | Speaking with Queer Ancestors: A Poetry Night


This evening of poetry features Yamilett Vizcaino Rivera, Sarah Bridgins, Gabrielle Randall, Ty Little, Alexander Cavaluzzo, Mia Arias Tsung, & Sarah Drepaul (Video projection).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Apr 25
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 25, 2024, 04/25/2024, Speaking with Queer Ancestors: A Poetry Night

Poetry Reading | The God of Freedom: Ukrainian Poetry (in-person and online)


Yuliya Musakovska celebrates the upcoming release of her poetry collection in English translation from Arrowsmith Press. The event will feature a reading in both Ukrainian and English and a talk about the wartime reality of Ukraine under the Russian invasion and the role of cultural activism in the Ukrainian resistance. Yuliya and Olena will also speak about their translation process.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Apr 30
2:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, April 30, 2024, 04/30/2024, The God of Freedom: Ukrainian Poetry (in-person and online)

Poetry Reading | Ukranian Poetry


At this event, award-winning poet and author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa Ilya Kaminsky will introduce New Yorkers to Ukrainian poetry. He will be joined by Yuliya Musakovska, a fellow award-winning Ukrainian poet, and Olena Jennings, a NY-based poet and translator. In addition to recently published translations of Yuliya's poems, Ilya and Olena will read translations from Ukrainian poets that are part of the collection In the Hour of War, co-edited by Ilya and published by Arrowsmith Press. Poets whose works will be featured include Ostap Slyvynsky, Lesyk Panasyuk, Iryna Shuvalova, Kateryna Kalytko, Dmytro Blyznyuk, and Anastasia Afanasieva.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 9
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, May 09, 2024, 05/09/2024, Ukranian Poetry

Reading | Voices of a People's History: Heroic Voices


Voices of a People’s History continues a revitalization of the work of Brooklyn-born author and scholar Howard Zinn. This live event focuses on Zinn's timeless and insightful book, A People’s History of the United States, a document of the vital everyday epics of common men and women engaged in the life and death struggle for justice: abolitionists, activists, protesters, founders of the first American unions, suffragettes who advanced women's rights, and pioneers of gay liberation. All these heroic voices will be brought to life in performance by a chorus of young student activists who have been mentored by the center's creative staff to find personal meaning in these timeless texts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, May 30
7:30 pm

Free
Readings, May 30, 2024, 05/30/2024, Voices of a People's History: Heroic Voices
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Concert | Broadway Stars and Orchestra

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Classical Music | Orchestral Works Inspired by Mozart

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