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25 free poetry readings, book signings, author readings in New York City (NYC) Fri, 07/12/2024 - 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!

        

Poetry Reading | The 13th Annual New York City Poetry Festival


Celebrate 13 years of uniting New York City's vast and diverse poetry community. Escape to a poet's paradise this summer. The New York City Poetry Festival unites the vibrant and diverse poetry community of NYC, inviting poetry organizations and collectives of all kinds to bring their unique styles and voices. Amidst the picturesque Victorian houses and the wide, green canopies of century-old trees, the festival grounds provide a serene and inspiring setting for poets and poetry lovers alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Jul 13
11:00 am

Free
Poetry Readings, July 13, 2024, 07/13/2024, The 13th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

Poetry Reading | All That Names Us by Keith Walker


Celebrate the release of Keith Walker's collection of poems All That Names Us with a reading. The poems in All That Names Us enfold memory, loss, yearning, and those moments of feeling at home in this world, those moments of not only feeling, but of being felt. The poems attempt to embody the beauty and brokenness and the healing that make up this mysterious human journey, to hold the paradoxes of both the isolation and the love, the suffering and the healing, the emptiness and the grace.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 13
2:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 13, 2024, 07/13/2024, All That Names Us by&nbsp;Keith Walker

Poetry Reading | Civic Speakeasy: Music and Poetry


Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, inaugural poet-in-residence, this event is dedicated to celebrating the intersection of art and democracy, embracing shared values, and building joyful communal civic traditions through music, poetry, keynote speeches, and reflection. Together, we can foster relationships and rebuild belief in each other. Hosted in collaboration with Citizen University, this gathering is designed for those seeking new ways to strengthen civic culture in their community through art. FEATURING: Mahogany L. Browne Tongo Eisen-Martin Treya Lam Anthony McGill
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 13
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 13, 2024, 07/13/2024, Civic Speakeasy: Music and Poetry

Poetry Reading | The 13th Annual New York City Poetry Festival


Celebrate 13 years of uniting New York City's vast and diverse poetry community. Escape to a poet's paradise this summer. The New York City Poetry Festival unites the vibrant and diverse poetry community of NYC, inviting poetry organizations and collectives of all kinds to bring their unique styles and voices. Amidst the picturesque Victorian houses and the wide, green canopies of century-old trees, the festival grounds provide a serene and inspiring setting for poets and poetry lovers alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Jul 14
11:00 am

Free
Poetry Readings, July 14, 2024, 07/14/2024, The 13th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


Poetry with David Groff, Tony Leuzzi, Eric Tran
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 16
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 16, 2024, 07/16/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | A Tranquil Haven for Poetry and Meditation


In the middle of the city’s most stressful hustle, there lies a simple oasis of gentle sound, creative energy, and common consideration called Our Echos Be Bloom. This is a tranquil and inclusive haven for a poetry and audio meditation bath to clean out your mind, your chakras, and your soul. Poet in residence Mahogany L. Browne hosts this free symposium, featuring innovative performance artists and wellness activations, further supported with arboreal sculptural pieces and arrangements by local floral designers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 18
5:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 18, 2024, 07/18/2024, A Tranquil Haven for Poetry and Meditation

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Garden


A bi-weekly poetry program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jul 21
4:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 21, 2024, 07/21/2024, Poetry in the Garden

Poetry Reading | La Casita: Poetry and Music Festival


La Casita is a citywide, intentionally inclusive festival celebrating poetry and music, grounded in the principle that New York City is best represented by presenting the artistic traditions of its most underserved communities. This year, La Casita's curators have assembled a stellar cast of poets and musicians around the themes of lineage and heritage, mining tradition and bloodline through the lens of provenance. This year's line up, hosted by 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion Eboni Hogan, includes reading from Bronx-born "lingualisualist" Edwin Torres, Latinx educator and "artivist" Jessica Diaz, poet and playwright Nancy Mercado, and cultural organizer and author Sonia Guiñansaca. This installment of La Casita also features musical performances from the dynamic Brazilian singer-songwriter Luca Mundaca, and the enchanting New York City-based traditional Bulgarian women's choir, Yasna Voices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Jul 21
4:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 21, 2024, 07/21/2024, La Casita: Poetry and Music Festival

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


With: Lynnell Edwards, Jessica Greenbaum, Ae Hee Lee, Aaron Poochigan
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 23
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 23, 2024, 07/23/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | Three Modern Voices


Edgar Oliver, Theodore Schroetter, and Ron Riddell. Edgar Oliver first started performing in New York City at the Pyramid Club in the mid-1980s. Oliver has written at least a dozen plays, including The Poetry Killers, The Ghost of Brooklyn, When She Had Blood Lust, The Master of Monstrosity; I Am A Coffin, My Green Hades, and Chop Off Your Ear.  These have often been produced at La MaMa, etc. Oliver has published two poetry collections: A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There, Summer, and the novel The Man Who Loved Plants. His style has been characterized as 19th Century romantic. Theodore Schroetter is a Native New Yorker. At Berkeley in the 1960s he was considered the chief anti-Vietnam-War poet. Ron Riddell is a New Zealand poet, musician and writer with a deep commitment to ecology, on all possible levels: natural, social-temporal, philosophic and spiritual. He believes and works in the spirit of the transformative power of poetry and all creative human expression. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. Recently, his poems have featured in several large international anthologies, in Kenya, Bangladesh, Japan and Nepal. His latest book, a collection of poems entitled Awakening to Timelessness was published in 2024. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 23
6:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, July 23, 2024, 07/23/2024, Three Modern Voices

Poetry Reading | Civic Speakeasy: Music and Poetry


These events, hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, inaugural poet-in-residence, are dedicated to celebrating the intersection of art and democracy, embracing shared values, and building joyful communal civic traditions through music, poetry, keynote speeches, and reflection. Together, we can foster relationships and rebuild belief in each other. Hosted in collaboration with Citizen University, this gathering is designed for those seeking new ways to strengthen civic culture in their community through art. FEATURING Mahogany L. Browne Eric Liu
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 27
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 27, 2024, 07/27/2024, Civic Speakeasy: Music and Poetry

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


Celebrating teen poets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 30
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, July 30, 2024, 07/30/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Garden


A bi-weekly poetry program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Aug 4
4:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 04, 2024, 08/04/2024, Poetry in the Garden

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


With: Mary Brancaccio, Michael Klein, Bruce E. Whitacre, Shelley Wong
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 6
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 06, 2024, 08/06/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | An Evening of Poetry


Join acclaimed poets Emily Lee Luan and Jimin Seo for a poetry reading and conversation. In Return, Luan "is engaged in the act of looking back... The poems ask: What is feeling? What is melancholy? Can language translate either?" In his forthcoming collection OSSIA, Seo crafts poems written "across English and Korean" that are "rich with grief and radiant with the vivid charisma of specific people, specific love." Seo and Luan will read from their work and discuss themes of translation, diaspora, memory, grief, and history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 7
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 07, 2024, 08/07/2024, An Evening of Poetry

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


With: Kate Gale, Erika Meitner, Sebastian Merrill, Jason Schneiderman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 13
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 13, 2024, 08/13/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Garden


A bi-weekly poetry program.
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Sun, Aug 18
4:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 18, 2024, 08/18/2024, Poetry in the Garden

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


With: Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), Jenny Factor, Daisy Fried, Rodney Leonard, Tom Sleigh
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 20
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, August 20, 2024, 08/20/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


With: Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein), Jenny Factor, Daisy Fried, Rodney Leonard, Tom Sleigh
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 27
6:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, August 27, 2024, 08/27/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Garden


A bi-weekly poetry program.
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Sun, Sep 1
4:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 01, 2024, 09/01/2024, Poetry in the Garden

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


With: Jiwon Choi, Joan Larkin, Alicia Ostriker, Sandra Simonds
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 3
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 03, 2024, 09/03/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


With: Malachi Black, JP Howard, Linda Susan Jackson, Monica Sok
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 10
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 10, 2024, 09/10/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Garden


A bi-weekly poetry program.
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Sun, Sep 15
4:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 15, 2024, 09/15/2024, Poetry in the Garden

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


With: Malachi Black, JP Howard, Linda Susan Jackson, Monica Sok
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 17
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, September 17, 2024, 09/17/2024, Poetry in the Park

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Garden


A bi-weekly poetry program.
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Sun, Sep 29
4:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, September 29, 2024, 09/29/2024, Poetry in the Garden
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