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Apr 18 2018

Writers Speak Wednesdays with Daniel Alarcón and Debora Kuan

Daniel Alarcón is a novelist and journalist whose work has been published in The New Yorker and Harper's. A Columbia Journalism School professor, he's the author of The King is Always Above the People.
Debora Kuan is the author of two collections of poetry, XING and Lunch Portraits. She has been awarded a Fulbright, an Iowa Fellowship, as well as Yaddo and MacDowell residencies.


Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton
39 Tuckahoe Road
11968 Southampton, New York
Apr 29 2018


Amy Plettner’s poetry has been published in a variety of anthologies and journals, most recently burntdistrict, Rattle, Prairie Wind, and Undoing Orion’s Belt. Amy received an MFA from the University of Nebraska. Her poetry can be heard, live, once a month on KZUM. Amy and Marge Saiser have been writing together for fifteen years and both of their work appears in 2018’s The Woman in the Moon, published by The Backwaters Press, Omaha, in 2018. Her website is poetmarge.com

Free admission (donations welcome).

Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
11700 SW 100th St
68339 Denton, Nebraska
May 03 2018

Watch Your Tone: A Reading

Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain‘s workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

Cave Canem
20 Jay Street, Suite #310-A
11201 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 04 2018

Warrior Writers at Greenfield Public Library

In honor of National Poetry Month, Warrior Writers will present a poetry reading featuring several local military veterans as well as a Q&A session. This event is free and open to the public.

Warrior Writers is a national non-profit. Their mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans' experiences, build a collaborative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to war and the full range of military experiences.

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Greenfield Public Library
402 Main Street
01301 Greenfield, Massachusetts
Apr 27 2018

Tyler Coburn & Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Tyler Coburn is an artist and writer based in New York. His work has been presented at South London Gallery; Kunsthalle Wien; CCA Glasgow; Western Front, Vancouver; Grazer Kunstverein; UCCA, Beijing; and Sculpture Center, New York. Coburn participated in the 11th Gwangju Biennale and in the 10th Shanghai Biennale. His writing has appeared in e-flux journal, Frieze, Dis, Mousse, and Rhizome.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist and audio investigator currently living in Berlin as guest of DAAD. Abu Hamdan’s interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background as a touring musician and facilitator of DIY music. The artists audio investigations has been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International and Defence for Children International. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are conducted as part of his research for Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths College London where he received his PhD in 2017. Abu Hamdan’s Rubber Coated Steel 2016 won the short film award at the Rotterdam International Film festival 2017 and his exhibition Earshot at Portikus Frankfurt (2016) was the recipient of the 2016 Nam June Paik Award. Other solo exhibitions include Hammer Museum L.A (2018), Kunsthalle St Gallen (2015), Beirut in Cairo (2013), The Showroom, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2012). Abu Hamdan is the author of the artist book [inaudible] : A politics of listening in 4 acts and a forthcoming ebook produced as part of his 2015-17 fellowship at the Vera List Centre for Art and Politics at the New School in New York. His works are part of collections at MoMA New York, Guggenheim New York, Van AbbeMuseum Eindhoven, Centre Pompidou Paris, Tate Modern.
Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York


In the middle of every field,
obscured from the side by grass
or cornhusks, is a clearing where
she works burying swans alive
into the black earth. She only
buries their bodies, their wings.
She packs the dirt tight around
their noodle necks & they shake
like long eyelashes in a hurricane.
She makes me feed
A cry was heard among the trees,
not a man's, something deeper.
The forest extended up one side
the mountain and down the other. 
None wanted to ask what had made
the cry. A bird, one wanted to say,
although he knew it wasn't a bird.
The sun climbed to the mountaintop,  
and slid back down the other side.

I sit and meditate—my dog licks her paws
on the red-brown sofa
so many things somehow
it all is reduced to numbers letters figures
without faces or names only jagged lines
across the miles half-shadows
going into shadow-shadow then destruction         the infinite light

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