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NYC Readings Roundup :: March 11-17

Editor’s note: welcome to our new weekly series, the Readings Roundup! 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


Monday Night Poetry KGB Bar
Prospective readers will be invited to sign up in the week before the event, and will get to read based on order of signing up. Admission: buy a drink.
louderARTS Poetry Open Mic @ Bar 13
Sign up for open mic and form slam at 7PM.  Arrive early for pre-show workshop (6-7pm), an informal drop in workshop series. All free admission.
John Keene & Chris Vitiello @ The Poetry Project at Saint Marks Church
begins 8pm
Poets will read from their most recent collections. Free admission.
Saturn Series Poetry @ RRevival Bar
Saturn Series Poetry is a writers’ open mic every Monday night.  This is not a slam, it is simply great poetry, prose and sometimes a song or two in a great listening room. The styles are varied with poets, playwrights, screenwriters and novelists. Admission: buy a drink.
Jerome Rothenberg & Heriberto Yépez @ The Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church
begins 8pm
Poets will read from their most recent collections. Free admission.
The New Salon: Tina Chang in Conversation w/ Alice Quinn @ Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House (NYU)
The lively public Reading Series hosts a wide array of writers, translators, editors and poets, and connects NYU’s creative writing program with to the local community. Free admission.

Friday Night Slam @ The Nuyorican Poets Cafe
begins 10pm
Watch professional poets perform and spit! Judges are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience. Tickets for General Admission are $10.


Red Hen Press @ Poets House
begins 4pm
Red Hen Press presents a day of readings by Eloise Klein Healy and Jane Hirshfield.  $10 regular admission, $7 student.
The Segue Reading Series @ Zinc Bar
Featured poets Leopoldine Core and Ted Rees will read from their recent collections. $5 admission
Zinc Bar Reading Series, Curated by Lungfull!
Sundays at 5:30 pm
This sunday features PRINT! Vol. 2 contributor and long time East Village denizen Jack Tricarico alongside Rachel Rahme. $5 admission goes to the readers.
KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction
7 – 9 PM
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers. Featuring Howard Pflanzer, Robert Roth and Pitchaya Sudbanthad. Admission: buy a drink.
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

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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