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Dec 12 2017

LIC Reading Series: Ashley Ford, Abeer Hoque, Sarah Perry, & Jason Tougaw

Let's talk memoir! It's a special night at LIC Reading Series - we will have FOUR writers reading from their work and taking part in a panel discussion about their memoirs.
 
FREE!
Closest subway: 7/E/M/G to Court Square
Books will be for sale at the event courtesy the Astoria Bookshop.
Raffle prizes for the audience!
A fire in the fireplace!
 
About our readers:
 
ASHLEY C. FORD lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. She is (mostly) a writer, editor, and public speaker. She is currently writing a memoir, and hosting Brooklyn-based news & culture show, 112BK. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, and various other web and print publications. She also taught creative non-fiction writing at The New School and Catapult.co. Ford previously worked as a development executive for Matter Studios, where she focused on web series and documentaries, and was also the host of the first season of Audible.com's literary interview series, Authorized. She has been named among Forbes Magazine's 2017 30 Under 30 in Media, and Brooklyn Magazine's 2016 Brooklyn 100.
 
ABEER Y. HOQUE is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She likes sliding doors and choosing your own adventure. Her books include a travel photography and poetry monograph (The Long Way Home, 2013), a linked collection of stories, poems, and photographs (The Lovers and the Leavers, 2015), and a memoir (Olive Witch, 2017). See more at olivewitch.com.
 
SARAH PERRY holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and was a member of the journal's nonfiction editorial board. She is the recipient of a Writers’ Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, and has attended residencies at Norton Island in Maine and PLAYA in Oregon. Perry’s prose has appeared in Blood & Thunder magazine, Bluestockings Literary Journal, Elle.com, and The Guardian. Her memoir After the Eclipse was published in Fall 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She lives in Brooklyn.
 
JASON TOUGAW is a professor of literature at City University of New York. He is the author of two nonfiction books, Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel and Touching Brains: Literary Experiments in 21st-Century Neuromania. Tougaw’s memoir The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism is the winner of the 2017 Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. Excerpts from The One You Get have appeared in Boys to Men: Gay Men Write about Growing Up and Electra Street: A Journal of the Arts and Humanities. He blogs about the relationship between art and science at Californica.net.
 
This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
 
 
8:00pm
LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Blvd
11101 Long Island City, New York
Dec 13 2017

A Memorial for John Ashbery

Featuring Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.
 
Longtime friends and fellow artists pay tribute to the life and work of poet John Ashbery, who died in September at the age of 90. Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, PennSound, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America.
 
This event is free. You must reserve your tickets online or the 92Y Box Office.
 
 
7:30pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
10128
Dec 13 2017

BETTER READ THAN DEAD: Booksellers Read from their Shelves

Booksellers are unsung heroes of the poetry universe. More than independent, purveyors of out-of-print, hand-stapled or sewn, barely printed materials that circulate among us keep works alive outside the interest and view of regular commerce. 
 
Jen Fisher (Vortexity Books, Ave A & 8th), Hadley Gitto (Book Disorder, Bushwick) and Dave Morse and Matty D'Angelo (Book Row, 867 Broadway, Bushwick) read from their collections and offer some rare finds for sale.
 
General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay
 
Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
St Mark's Church
131 E 10th Street
10003
Dec 14 2017

Sarah Blake, Shane McCrae, and Catie Rosemurgy

Sarah Blake is the author of two poetry collections, Let's Not Live on Earth and Mr. West, both from Wesleyan University Press. An illustrated workbook accompanies her chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her debut novel, Naamah, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.
 
Shane McCrae is the author of, most recently, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books). His poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Best American Poetry series, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize, and teaches at Columbia University.
 
Catie Rosemurgy is the author of My Favorite Apocalypse and The Stranger Manual, both poetry collections published by Graywolf Press. Her work has appeared in such places as The American Poetry Review, The Boston Review, and Ploughshares. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The College of New Jersey.
 
7:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front Street
11201
Dec 14 2017

A Reading by Sarah Blake, Shane McCrae, and Catie Rosemurgy

Sarah Blake is the author of two poetry collections, Let's Not Live on Earth and Mr. West, both from Wesleyan University Press. An illustrated workbook accompanies her chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her debut novel, Naamah, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.
 
Shane McCrae is the author of, most recently, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books). His poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Best American Poetry series, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize, and teaches at Columbia University.
 
Catie Rosemurgy is the author of My Favorite Apocalypse and The Stranger Manual, both poetry collections published by Graywolf Press. Her work has appeared in such places as The American Poetry Review, The Boston Review, and Ploughshares. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The College of New Jersey.  
 
 
7:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front St
11201
Dec 15 2017

Poetry Reading: Lisa Marie Basile, Monica Lewis & Catherine Kyle

Join us for a poetry reading at Berl's! 
 
About the readers:
 
Lisa Marie Basile is an editor, writer and poet living in NYC. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, 2014), as well as a few chapbooks. Her book NYMPHOLEPSY (co-authored with poet Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein), was a finalist in the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards and will be published by Inside the Castle. She is working on her first novella, to be released by Clash Books/Clash Media. Work can be found in Spork, Atlas Review, Grimoire, Queen Mobs Teahouse, and more. She is very much the embodiment of the Scorpio.
 
Monica Lewis lives in Brooklyn, New York and holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Both her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Apogee Journal's Perigee, and The Margins, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, The Boiler Journal, PUBLIC POOL, Yes, Poetry, FLAPPERHOUSE, (b)OINK, among others. She is a VONA/Voices alumna and 2017 "Best of the Net" poetry nominee. Her full collection of poetry, Sexting the Dead, will be published January 2018 by Unknown Press.
 
Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017), the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015) and Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). She also writes the monthly creative nonfiction column "Save Point" for the online journal Cartridge Lit. Her writing has been honored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations, and she recently served as a writer-in-residence at the Boise Library at Bown Crossing. She teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho, as well as through The Cabin, a literary nonprofit.
 
 
7:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front St
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Dec 15 2017

Barbara Browning & Malik Gaines

Barbara Browning teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. In addition to her scholarly publications, she is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (winner of a Lambda Literary Award), I'm Trying to Reach You (short-listed for The Believer Book Award), and, most recently, The Gift (or, Techniques of the Body). She also makes poems, dances, videos, and ukulele cover tunes.
 
Malik Gaines is an artist and writer based in New York. His essays have appeared in Art Journal, Women & Performance, and in numerous exhibition catalogues and arts publications. His book, Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left (NYU Press, 2017), traces a circulation of political ideas in performances of the 1960s and beyond. Since 2000, Gaines has performed and exhibited extensively with the group My Barbarian, whose work has been included in the Whitney Biennial, two Performa Biennials, the Montreal Biennial and the Baltic Triennial, among others. Gaines also makes performance and video work solo, and in other collaborations. He is assistant professor of Performance Studies in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
 
General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay
 
Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
St Mark's Church
131 E 10th Street
10003
Dec 17 2017

Carrie Mae Weems' The Shape of Things

Armory artist-in-residence Carrie Mae Weems curates "The Shape of Things," a day-long convening that critiques the history of violence and questions the shape of things to come in the context of our current political state on Sunday, December 17, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Thompson Arts Center at Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY.
 
In "The Shape of Things," Weems continues to grapple with the history of violence in our country—personally and within her body of work. Audiences are invited to join participants in interrogating this complex topic through a series of readings, performances, conversations, and other artistic responses held throughout the day in the Armory’s first and second floor historic rooms.
 
Notable participants include: choreographer and dancer Kyle Abraham; poet Elizabeth Alexander; performance and installation artist Tania Bruguera; urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter; architect Elizabeth Diller; The Met’s Kimberly Drew; photographer John Edmonds; juvenile justice reformer Adam Foss; writer and performance artist Malik Gaines; social practice artist Theaster Gates; filmmaker Tony Gerber; FLEXN dance pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray; trombonist Craig Harris; vocalist Nona Hendryx; playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins; cinematographer Arthur Jafa; gaming pioneers Navid and Vassiliki Khonsari; NYU Professor and musician Jason King; Wooster Group founing member and director Liz LeCompte; philosopher Gregg Lambert; composer and Bang on the Can co-founder David Lang; Harvard Professor Sarah Lewis; filmmaker John Lucas; poet Aja Monet; jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran; visual artist Shirin Neshat; playwright Lynn Nottage; professor of contemporary rhetorical theory Kendall Phillips; poet Claudia Rankine; poet Carl Hancock Rux; guitarist and composer Marvin Sewell; trumpeter Jawwaad Taylor; performance artist Carmelita Tropicana; conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas; puppeteer Basil Twist; theater director Roberta Uno; vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri; and Wooster Group founding member and actress Kate Valk, among others.
 
 
 
 
Admission fee: $45.00
12:00pm
Thompson Arts Center, Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
10065
Dec 17 2017

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: A Reading by Nicole Cooley and Roger Sedarat

Join Nicole Cooley and Roger Sedarat as they read from their work at The Creativity Caravan, 28 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, on Sunday, December 17, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Nicole Cooley is a poet and non-fiction writer and the author of eight books: five books of poems, a chapbook, a novel, and an artist’s book. Her newest collection Girl after Girl after Girl was just published by LSU Press in 2017, and her book Of Marriage comes out with Alice James Books in 2018. Essay Press published her digital chapbook Frozen Charlottes, A Sequence last year. Her poetry and non-fiction has appeared most recently in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Narrative, and Drunken Boat. She is a professor of English and the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College - City University of New York. 
 
Roger Sedarat, an Iranian-American poet and translator, is the author of four poetry collections: Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP’s 2007 Hollis’ Summers’ Prize, Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011), Foot Faults: Tennis Poems (David Robert Books, 2016), and Haji as Puppet: an Orientalist Burlesque, which won the 2016 Word Works’ Tenth Gate Prize for a Mid-Career Poet. He is a recipient of the Willis Barnstone Prize in Literary Translation, and his renderings of classical and modern Persian verse have appeared in such journals as Poetry, World Literature Today, and Brooklyn Rail. The co-author and translator of Nature and Nostalgia in the Poetry of Nader Naderpour (Cambria, 2017), he teaches poetry and translation in the MFA Program at Queens College - City University of New York.
 
 
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3:00pm
The Creativity Caravan
28 South Fullerton Ave
07042 Montclair, New Jersey
Dec 18 2017

Tyree Daye & Diamond Janese Sharp

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns. Daye is a 2017 Ruth Lilly Finalist and Cave Canem fellow and longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review. He received his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Nashville Review, and has poems in Four Way Review and forthcoming in Ploughshares. Daye recently won the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for his poems in the Fall 2015 issue.
 
Diamond Janese Sharp is a poet and essayist from Chicago. She has performed at Chicago's Stage 773 and her work has been featured on Chicago Public Radio. She has been published in Vice, Pitchfork, Lenny, PANK, The Offing, Fjords, Winter Tangerine, JoINT Literary, Wellesley Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, BLACKBERRY and others. A Callaloo fellow, she has also attended the Wright/Hurston workshop, and is a member of the inaugural Poetry Foundation Incubator class. Diamond is the features editor for Rookie and an alumna of Wellesley College.
 
General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay
 
Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
St Mark's Church
131 E 10th Street
10003

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