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14 free poetry readings, book signings, author readings in New York City (NYC) Thu, 10/06/2022 - 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 | Readings from Jerzy Ficowski's Everything I Don't Know (in-person and online)


A presentation of the first book-length selection in English of the poetry of renowned Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski (1924-2006). Recently published by World Poetry Books and selected as the winner of the 2022 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, the volume has been lauded by poet and translator Matthew Zapruder as "a marvel in its weird clarity and extraordinary range of styles and subjects." The event, moderated by Chris Caes, Lecturer in Polish, will feature translators Jennifer Grotz and Piotr Sommer, who will present and read from their translations of Ficowski's poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Oct 10
4:15 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 10, 2022, 10/10/2022, Readings from Jerzy Ficowski's Everything I Don't Know (in-person and online)

Poetry Reading | Power through Poetry: Voices to End Hunger (online)


Over 800 million people globally live in food insecurity, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, despite the fact that sufficient food is produced to "feed the world." Food insecurity is the result of a combination of factors, including political instability and policy decisions, war, climate change and, recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. While food insecurity, or hunger, tends to be concentrated in global regions with relatively less political and economic power, people and communities in wealthy and more powerful regions also experience these realities. This event will showcase powerful poems by 5-10 poets from New York City and beyond as they demonstrate the role that poetry is playing in speaking back to hunger. We’ll also hear from several food systems and social justice leaders who will briefly share insights about the heart-grabbing and mind-changing difference that poetry plays – or could play – in their efforts. The poems and commentaries will be followed by Q&A among the audience and panelists. Attendees will leave the event having heard, seen and felt – having learned – how poetry can contribute to strategies to fight hunger and food insecurity. With:: Sylvia Dianne Beverly aka Ladi Di Tony Treanor (Cathal Mac Thréinfhir) T. A. Niles Linda Wolfe Willeena Booker Taku Chikepe Jannet Cannon Henry Crawford
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 11
2:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 11, 2022, 10/11/2022, Power through Poetry: Voices to End Hunger (online)

Author Reading | Run and Hide: The Cost of Progress (in-person and online)


Pankaj Mishra’s powerful story of achieving material progress at great moral and emotional cost. It is also the story of a changing country and global order, and the inequities of class and gender that map onto our most intimate relationships.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 11
7:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 11, 2022, 10/11/2022, Run and Hide: The Cost of Progress (in-person and online)

Poetry Reading | American Primitive: Mary Oliver's Pulitzer Prize Winning Poetry


Join a discussion of Mary Oliver's Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poetry, American Primitive (1983). Mary Oliver (1935 - 2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is inspired by nature, rather than the human world, stemming from her lifelong passion for solitary walks in the wild. It is characterised by a sincere wonderment at the impact of natural imagery, conveyed in unadorned language. In 2007, she was declared to be the country's best-selling poet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 12
4:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 12, 2022, 10/12/2022, American Primitive: Mary Oliver's Pulitzer Prize Winning Poetry

Author Reading | City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town


Susan Hartman's intimate portrait of newcomers revitalizing a fading industrial town illuminates the larger canvas of refugee life in 21st century America. Many Americans imagine refugees as threatening outsiders who will steal jobs or be a drain on the economy. But across the country, refugees are rebuilding and maintaining the American Dream. Hartman shows how an influx of refugees helped revive Utica, New York, an old upstate manufacturing town that was nearly destroyed by depopulation and arson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 13
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 13, 2022, 10/13/2022, City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town

Poetry Reading | Whaddyacall the Wind?: Poetry of the Street


Annie Rachele Lanzillotto is a Bronx-born poet, performance artist, author, playwright, actor, director, songwriter, activist, cantastoria, whose stage presence has been called riveting and volcanic. Her work is inspired by the cacophonous opera of pushcart peddler street cries, the roots of theater in the agora, and the solo cantastoria in the piazza. She incorporates and puts metaphoric spins on iconic urban objects: the blue street corner mailbox, Spaldeens, the parking meter, traffic lights, block ice, casts of sewer caps.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 13
6:30 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 13, 2022, 10/13/2022, Whaddyacall the Wind?: Poetry of the Street

Reading | 2021-2022 Emerging Writer Fellows Reading (online)


The Center for Fiction / Susan Kamil 2021-2022 Emerging Writer Fellows come together to conclude their cohort year and share their works in progress, hosted by Randy Winston, Writing Programs Manager. The 2021-2022 fellows are Joshua Borja, Gina Chung, Caleb Gayle, Senny George, Jared Jackson, Jen Lue, Mary Wang, Katie Yee, and Na Zhong.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 13
7:00 pm

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Readings, October 13, 2022, 10/13/2022, 2021-2022 Emerging Writer Fellows Reading (online)

Poetry Reading | Writing the Land: Poetry Reading and Open Mic


A special outdoor poetry reading in the park, located on the unceded territory of the Lenape Nation. Featured readers will include poets who were commissioned to write about the Mansion and its grounds for the upcoming 2023 Writing the Land Anthology, and special community guest poets. Following this program, there will be a one-hour open mic poetry session.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Oct 15
1:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Writing the Land: Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Poetry Reading | 3 Poets Read and Discuss Their Work


Alex Dimitrov is the author of three books of poems, Love and Other Poems, Together and by Ourselves, and Begging for It. His poems have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Poetry. Robert Wood Lynn is a writer from Virginia. His debut collection, Mothman Apologia, was selected by Rae Armantrout for the 2021 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, and his chapbook How To Maintain Eye Contact is forthcoming from Button Poetry in January 2023. Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level, a finalist for the National Book Award and the recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and The Rupture Tense. She has been supported by fellowships and grants from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Kundiman, and New York Foundation for the Arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 20
7:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 20, 2022, 10/20/2022, 3 Poets Read and Discuss Their Work

Poetry Reading | Then & Now: A Documentary Reading of Pandemic Poetry


Two years ago, the literary journal 2 Horatio compiled the works of various established and emerging poets who were writing in the midst of the early stages of the pandemic. Now, those poems serve as a time capsule of a strange and scary time. At this reading the poets will read their poetry from then & now, as a true documentary of those early months of the pandemic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 25
6:00 pm

Free
Poetry Readings, October 25, 2022, 10/25/2022, Then & Now: A Documentary Reading of Pandemic Poetry

Poetry Reading | Apricots of Donbas: Poetry from Ukraine


Lyuba Yakimchuk is a poet, dramatist, and scriptwriter born in 1985 in Pervomaisk, Luhansk region of Ukraine. She currently living in Kyiv. She is the author of several full-length poetry collections, including Apricots of Donbas, which received the International Poetic Award of the Kovalev Foundation (NYC, USA). This book was listed in the Top 10 books about the war in Forbes Magazine, Ukraine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 25
6:30 pm

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Poetry Readings, October 25, 2022, 10/25/2022, Apricots of Donbas: Poetry from Ukraine

Author Reading | Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s


Join recording artist, performer, producer, professor, and author Richard Barone for a musical discussion of his new book about a little NYC neighborhood that became the epicenter of revolutionary developments in American music and culture duringthe 1960s. Joining Richard will be musician Terre Roche of the Roches, Mary Lee Kortes, authors and historians Stephen Petrus and Mitchell Cohen, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 27
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 27, 2022, 10/27/2022, Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s

Reading | Readings from Liber Magazine


Anna Godbersen holds an MFA in fiction from NYU, where she was the Axinn Foundation writer-in-residence and the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop fellow. She is the author of several bestselling historical novels for young adults, including the Luxe series. Laurie Stone writes the Streaming Now column for Liber and is the author of Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing that is Happening (Dottir Press, 2022). A longtime writer for The Village Voice, The Nation, and critic-at-large for NPR’s Fresh Air. Aline Mello's debut poetry collection More Salt than Diamond was published by Andrews McMeel in 2022. Originally from Brazil, she is an Undocu-poet fellow and a current MFA student at The Ohio State University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 28
5:00 pm

Free
Readings, October 28, 2022, 10/28/2022, Readings from Liber Magazine
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