By the East River of Manhattan Island Where once the Iroquois canoed in style— A clear liquid caressing another name for rock, Now the jumping Stretch of Avenue D housing projects Where Ricans and Afros Johnny Pacheco / Wilson Pickett The portable radio night— Across the Domino sugar Neon lights of the Brooklyn
Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, in January 2016 Governor Cuomo appointed Yusef Komunyakaa as New York's 11th state poet, taking over for Marie Howe. Throughout his two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.
In 2016 Rebecca Black was appointed the poet laureate of Albany, New York. Black is the author of Cottonlandia (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.
Jul 15 2017
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.
10:00am to 6:00pm
W 135th St10030 New York, New York
Jul 23 2017
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).
12:00pm to 5:00pm
110 South Front St12534 Hudson, New York
Sep 08 2017 to Sep 10 2017
The Festival of Women Writers has become a highly anticipated event, unique among cultural happenings in the Catskill Region, especially in Delaware County. The Festival will celebrate its fourth year in the Hobart Book Village, “the reading capital of New York State.” Since its inception, the Festival has created space for established and emerging women writers to share their insights and skills through a variety of writing activities and public readings with audiences throughout Delaware County, the state of New York, and beyond.
Poet Cheryl Clarke, novelist Breena Clarke, and Barbara Balliet are festival’s cofounders.
This year's festival features poets Elana Bell, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Cheryl Clarke, Esther Cohen, Kathy Engel, Julie Enszer, Margot Farrington, Jewelle Gomez, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Marianela Medrano, and Kamilah Aisha Moon.
10:00am to 6:00pm
Main St13788 Hobart, New York
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|Small Press||Four Way Books||New York|
|Writing Program||New York University MFA||New York|
|Landmark||The American Poets' Corner at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine||New York|
|Small Press||Turtle Point Press||New York|
|Poetry-Friendly Bookstore||Community Bookstore||New York|
|Writing Program||Stony Brook Southampton||New York|
|Writing Program||City College (CUNY)||New York|
|Poetry-Friendly Bookstore||Mast Books||New York|
|Literary Magazine||African Voices||New York|
|Literary Magazine||A Gathering of the Tribes||New York|
In that lit window in Bushwick halfway through the hardest winter I cut plexiglass on a table saw, coaxing the chalked taped pane into the absence of the blade, working to such fine tolerance the kerf abolished the soft-lead line. I felt your eyes play over me but did not turn—dead people were not allowed in
Now that our hero has come back to us in his white pants and we know his nose trembling like a flag under fire, we see the calm cold river is supporting our forces, the beautiful history. To be more revolutionary than a nun is our desire, to be secular and intimate as, when sighting a redcoat, you smile and