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NYC Readings Roundup :: April 15-21

Editor’s note: welcome to the 8th iteration of our new weekly series, the Readings Roundup…which you might notice is growing steadily! Sorry if I’m repeating myself to some of you but if this is your first time here it bears noting that it’s long been a pipedream of ours to revive the NYC Poetry Calendar (started in 1977 by Bob Holman), to provide for the community here a true and cohesive overview of the vibrant scene that seems to birth a new event every day.
How does a poet new to New York or just new to the readings landscape figure out where to go, what these different events and organizations represent and offer?
We have a habit of biting off more than we can chew, so even though we have an overwhelmingly robust spreadsheet we’re working on making into an interactive page on the site, in future, we decided not to wait. In the meanwhile, we’ll start small — featuring in particular long running events and venues, making sure always to keep a healthy balance between styles and associations. We are judgement free and love filled, we’re just excited people are writing, reading, and sharing this important form. Come out!

– Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Poetry/Managing Editor

7-9pm | free admission
Monday Night Poetry
@ KGB Bar
Poets will read from their most recent collections.
7:30-10pm | free admission
louderARTS Poetry Open Mic / Semi-Final #2 / Mahogany L. Browne
@ Bar 13
The second set of Semi-Final slams toward Team louderARTS 2013. Featuring Mahogany L. Browne.
starts 8pm | $8, $7 students and seniors, $5 members.
Ana Božičević & Don Mee Choi The Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church
Poets will read from their recent work.
8-10pm | free admission
Saturn Series Poetry @ Revival Bar
Saturn Series Poetry is a writers’ open mic every Monday night. This is not a slam, it is simply poetry, prose and sometimes a song or two in a listening room. The styles are varied with poets, playwrights, screenwriters and novelists.
6-7:30pm | free admission
Author Reading: Scott Korb NYU Bookstore
The author will read from his most recent work Light without Fire: The Making of America’s First Muslim College.

6:30-8:30pm | free admission

Book Launch Party for LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and R. Erica Doyle
Accola Griefen Gallery
Belladonna* celebrates the launch of their two newest titles, Proxy by R. Erica Doyle and TweRK by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.
7-9pm | free admission
True Story Nonfiction
An evening of non-fiction featuring Alfred Nerz.
6-7:30pm | free admission
Poetry Reading: Frederick Feirstein & David Dalton Yezzi NYU Bookstore
Poets will read from their most recent collections.
Academy of American Poets Presents: The 11th Annual Poetry & the Creative Mind @ Lincoln Center (Alice Tully Hall)
Some of America’s leading artists, scholars, and public figures will come together on one stage in April for an evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture. Poetry & the Creative Mind raises money for the programs of the Academy of American Poets, including National Poetry Month, which was established by the Academy in 1996 and is now the largest literary celebration in the world.
Cave Canem FellowsLillian Vernon Creative Writers House (NYU)
Readings from new poetry collections by Cave Canem Fellows featuring Colleen J. McElroy, Remica Bingham and Dawn Lundy Martin.
7-9pm | free admission

Drunken! Careening! Writers! @ KGB Bar
A reading series that believes “readings should be 1) by good writers; 2) who read their work well; and 3) something in it makes people laugh (nervous laughter counts). And 15 minutes tops.” Featuring Guillermo Filice Castro, Patricia Spears Jones and Amy Lemmon.

starts 7:30pm | free admission

Pete’s Reading Series
@ Pete’s Candy Store
For ten years running, Pete’s has earned a reputation as one of Brooklyn’s premier reading series. Readings by Nick Flynn and Sam Lipsyte.


starts 10pm | $10
Friday Night Slam
@ The Nuyorican Poets Cafe
NYC’s first poetry slam was held at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in 1989 and 20 years later it is still going strong. Watch poets perform and compete. Judges are 5 randomly chosen audience members.


4:30-6:30pm | $5
The Segue Reading Series
@ Zinc Bar
Segue hosts this experimental reading series that has run continuously for 25 years. Featuring readings by Richard Sleburth and Helen Mirra.
5:30pm | $5 admission goes to the readers
Zinc Bar Reading Series: Curated by Lungfull!
@ Zinc Bar
This week: Langston Hughes Celebration.
7-9pm | free admission
Sunday Night Fiction
@ KGB Bar
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers. Featuring Brando Skyhorse, Soren Stockman and Mary Hanlon.
Resources: Events Calendar
Poets and Writers (P&W) Literary Events Calendar (Filter by City, State)
Poetry Project Calendar
Belladonna* Reading Series
KGB Bar Calendar
Nuyorican Poets Cafe Calendar
Poets House Calendar
Time Out New York | Book Events

The series is overseen by Managing/Poetry Editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson and maintained by Taylor Quilty, Exit Strata Program Assistant. Please email to submit your event/organization with READINGS ROUNDUP in the subject line for inclusion in future listings!

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