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Jul 11 2017

Red Hen Press Reading at the Annenberg Beach House

Join Red Hen Press authors Diane Gilliam, t'ai freedom ford, Genevieve Kaplan, Jessica Piazza, and Lynnell Edwards for a FREE reading in Santa Monica at the Annenberg Community Beach House! Also featuring a singing performance by Caitlyn Conlin. 
Learn more about the event and performers on our website:
Annenberg Community Beach House
1335 N Lake Ave, Ste #200
91104 Pasadena, California
Jul 15 2017

Harlem Book Fair

The Harlem Book Fair was to create access to the transformative power of reading by celebrating, encouraging, and promoting literacy and literacy awareness through public programs, community participation, corporate partnerships and in-school programs that broaden and strengthen the vitality of the African American community. The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops.

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Contact: hbf@qbr.com
10:00am to 6:00pm
W 135th St
10030 New York, New York
Jul 16 2017

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is a FREE, outdoor, celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora. It is Chicago’s only living “author-centric” festival, filled with OUR stories told through books, spoken word, storytelling, songwriting, play writing and art!

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61st Street
from Cottage Grove to King Drive
60637 Chicago, Illinois
Jul 18 2017

Poet Laureate's Showcase Reading with Kathryn Nuerenberger, Noah Blaustein & Kate Buckley

Kate Buckley, Laguna Beach’s inaugural poet laureate, is launching a Poet Laureate’s Showcase series of readings, aimed at bringing nationally known poets to Laguna Beach. She’s kicking off the series with two events featuring such literary luminaries as Christopher Merrill, Kathryn Nuernberger, and Noah Blaustein. The first event, featuring readings by Blaustein, Buckley, and Merrill, followed by a Q&A, will be held this Wednesday evening, June 21th, at the Laguna Beach Public Library, 363 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

The reading and Q&A with the poets will be held from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. The second event currently scheduled will feature readings by Blaustein, Buckley, and Nuernberger, and will be held on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:30pm at The Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. The reading will last one hour and be followed by an audience Q&A with the poets, as well as a book signing. The event is open to the public, and free with admission to the Sawdust Festival.


The Sawdust Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
92651 Laguna Beach, California
Jul 23 2017

Read & Feed!

Join Girls on the Run, a performance by Whiting Award-winning poets Simone White and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, as they cook collard greens and salmon cakes. There will also be a discussion with renowned literary chefs led by celebrated author and restauranteur Rozanne Gold, and many more. The event will feature a marketplace of small press books and literary magazines, local food products, and craft beverages. READ & FEED will take place from noon to 5 pm on Sunday, July 23rd at Basilica Hudson (110 S. Front St Hudson, NY 12534). Tickets $15 ($10 students/seniors with valid ID). 

Admission fee: $15.00
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Basilica Hudson
110 South Front St
12534 Hudson, New York

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James Merrill House



Fly envious Time, till thou run out thy race,   
Call on the lazy leaden-stepping hours,   
Whose speed is but the heavy Plummets pace;   
And glut thy self with what thy womb devours,   
Which is no more then what is false and vain,  
And meerly mortal dross;   
So little is our loss,   
So little is thy gain

this was a vision: humans
world emerging from an egg
a shepherdess is our voice victim of sorrow
victim of sorrow is our own mind
took our stations to the street
buildings on fire, create the anterior mindset
anywhere out of this world

No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five