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NYC Readings Roundup :: March 25-31

Jacob Burckhardy reading at The Poetry Project at St Marks, 1968

Jacob Burckhardy reading at The Poetry Project at St Marks, 1968 

Editor’s note: welcome to the 5th 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: Indra Novey + Daisy Fried
Poets will read from their most recent collections.
begins 7:30pm | free admission
An Evening with The Believer @ Greenlight Bookstore
Monthly magazine The Believer, published by McSweeney’s, has become a staple of the literary world in the last ten years. Greenlight joins in celebrating that optimism and longevity, along with a decade of great writing, with an evening of readings and discussion featuring The Believer’s editors and contributing authors.
louderARTS Poetry Open Mic @ Bar 13
7:30-10pm | free admission
Sign up for open mic and form slam at 7PM.  Arrive early for pre-show workshop  [6-7pm],  an informal drop in workshop series.
Saturn Series Poetry @ Revival Bar
8-10pm | free admission
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.
Nine Lives: The Moth supports Ed Gavagan and the Artisans of the Greenwich St Studio @ Housing Works
begins 7pm | $20 – $50 suggested donation. All proceeds go to rebuild TriBeCa artisans studios lost in a recent fire.
A few weeks ago, a 3-alarm fire destroyed the studios of a group of artisans in TriBeCa. Join with the Moth and spend an evening with ten New York storytellers all to benefit this community as they try to start again after the fire.
Taiye Selasi in conversation with SapphireMcNally Jackson
begins 7pm | free admission
Taiye Selasi visits McNally Jackson with her debut novelGhana Must Go, the story of a Ghanian-Nigerian family which moves across continents and generations. Selasi will be joined in conversation by Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid.
Festival of Iraqi Culture Event: “We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War” @ Alwan for the Arts
begins 7pm | $5 suggested donation
The Book Reading of “We Are Iraqis” is an Alwan-sponsored and hosted event that is part of a multi-disciplinary Festival of Iraqi Culture. Curated by Alwan for the Arts and hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Book Launch: “The International Bank of Bob” THE POWERHOUSE ARENA
7-9pm | free
Bob Harris shares his story of making hundreds of microloans online, and then traveling to see the results first-hand.

Reading: David Ferry, Morri Creech and Matthew Thornburn @ McNally Jackson
begins 7pm | free admission
2012 National Book Award winner for poetry, David Ferry will be joined by Morri Creech and Matthew Thorburn for an evening of readings hosted by Waywiser Press.

The How I Learned Series Presents: How I Learned To Let Go @ Happy Ending
begins 8pm | free admission
Blaise Allysen Kearsley stuffs this hip, energetic evening of readings with writers, comics and bloggers, each of whom recounts a story that’s tied to a specific lesson.


NYU Creative Writing Presents: Paul Muldoon @ Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House (NYU)
begins 7pm | free admission
Pulitzer Prize–winner and “New Yorker” poetry editor Paul Muldoon reads from his new book, “The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics,” released in February by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Introduced by Deborah Landau.
Kick Assonance @ KGB Bar
7-9pm | free admission
Award-winning storyteller and Huffington Post blogger Leslie Goshko hosts a curated evening of original poetic works. Join co-creators Kyle Erickson (“Enduro’s Lament”) and Steven Leyva (“Low Parish”) as they welcome fellow authors Sarah Bridgins, Andy Christie, and B.C. Edwards for an evening of original poetry that Time Out New York magazine named a “Critics’ Pick.”
Main Reading Series: Aleksander Hemon and Wenguang Huang @ 92nd Street Y
8:00pm | $19+
Authors will read from their most recent work.
NYU Emerging Writers Series @ KGB Bar
7-9pm | free admission
The Emerging Writers Reading Series showcases graduate students of the NYU Creative Writing Program and features established writers as special guests. This week features novelist Siri Hustvedt’s reading from her most recent work “Living, Thinking, Looking” a collection of essays.
Friday Night Slam @ The Nuyorican Poets Cafe
begins 10pm | $10
Watch professional poets perform and spit! Judges are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience. Tickets for General Admission are $10.
Zinc Bar Reading Series: Curated by Lungfull! @ Zinc Bar
5:30pm | $5 admission goes to the readers.
Readings by Bianca van der Meulen, Bob Hart and Jack Nachmanovitch.
Sunday Night Fiction @ KGB Bar
7-9pm | free admission
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
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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