Monday, September 17, 2012

QC/Italian American Poetry Event in Manhattan:

Writers Read Series: Jonathan Galassi reads from Left-handed: Poems. Thursday, September 20, 6 pm, Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd St. (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), 17th floor. Information: 212-642-2094 or AND Documented Italians Film and Video Series: Painting Rules (2012), 30 min. and The Poetry Deal: A Film with Diane di Prima (2011), 27 min. Post-screening discussion with directors led by Fred Gardaphé (QC). Monday, September 24, 6 pm, Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd St. (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), 17th floor. Information: 212-642-2094 or

Monday, July 2, 2012

Two couples. Two homes. Two evenings. Endless drama.

NYU's Studio Tisch and Graduate Acting Alumni Assocation present a reading of Stay With Us by Jonathan Karpinos Mon 7/9 @ 3pm Walker Theater, 721 Broadway, 5th floor FREE

Friday, June 15, 2012

See You in September (that is, August!)

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Oh, Bernice!

The Oh, Bernice! Writers Collective welcomes you to our final reading of the season. When: 7:30pm June 16th, 2012 Where: Cafe Marlene ( 41-11 49th Street, Sunnyside, NY ( Closest to the 52nd Street 7 train.) ... ... Who: John Weir, prose Brian Kim, prose Pete Vanderberg, poetry Richard Schotter, drama With Bernician, John Reid Currie, as your emcee! Please check out our tumblr and twitter pages, twitter@ohbernice for information on the readers and excerpts of their work.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

New Works by Louis Armstrong/MFA Writers-in-Residence

The MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation Reading Series Spring 2012 New Works by Louis Armstrong/MFA Writers-in-Residence: Deborah Fried-Rubin, Jonathan Karpinos and Jonathan Kravetz Wednesday, May 23rd 6:30 pm, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, NY 11368, 718-478-8274 Join us for a wonderful evening of readings by our program’s forth Louis Armstrong/ Queens College MFA Writers-in-Residence in the beautiful garden of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. In case of rain, reading will be moved inside. Writers will be reading from new works that were created in response to the Armstrong House Museum & Archives, which houses Armstrong’s recordings, films, letters, photographs, and collages in a world renowned collection. Deborah Fried-Rubin is a third-year graduate student in the Queens College MFA program, pursuing her interest in poetry after many years of practicing law, and is a recipient of Queens College’s Silverstein-Peiser Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter published by Argos Books and online at Broadsided Press, and will appear this spring in WSQ’s VIRAL issue. Her chapbook Language of the Lost and Found is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She lives on Long Island with her husband and three children. Jonathan Karpinos is a playwright, improviser, and teacher based in New York. His plays include Stay With Us (Freeplay/NYU Tisch School of the Arts), Fifty Cents to Touch the Sky (finalist, Barter Theatre’s Shaping of America Series), and Suicide/Joke (FringeNYC). He is also the co-author (with Benji Goldsmith) of The Averageachievers Club, which was featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Songwriters Showcase and workshopped by the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts. An experienced improviser, Jonathan is a veteran of Chicago's iO Theater and a regular player in The Scene at the Peoples Improv Theater. He has been a playwriting mentor for Hunter College High School's Brick Prison Playhouse and a Teaching Artist at Acting Manitou, a theater camp in Oakland, ME. He is thrilled to be a writer-in-residence at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, where he has, finally, commenced getting hep to the jive. Jonathan Kravetz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of (1999), a biannual literary webzine devoted to publishing engaging personal essays, memoirs, art, fiction, humor and more. His play, Prayer, was recently produced in March, 2012 by Nouveau 47 in Dallas, Texas. It was first produced to sold-out houses at the New York City Fringe Festival, 2008 and was a semi-finalist in the annual Reverie Productions Play competition in New York, 2008. His play, Better Lucky Than Smart was produced last year by Manhattan Theatre Source in New York City. His comedy, The Beast in My Pants, has received two staged readings: one in NYC by Emerging Artists Theater, and the other by Nouveau 47 in Dallas. Violins, a ten-minute play, was one of the winners of the Bite-Sized International Playwriting Competition and was performed at the Brighton And Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, 2008, and was an audience favorite at the 2010 InGenius short play festival in New York City. His play, Jim and Dana, was a 2009 finalist in the Oxford, MS Ten-Minute Play Contest, and several of his short plays, including the award winning, Get Bruised, have been produced in New York. He has several published short stories and has written a dozen science non-fiction books for children. Mr. Kravetz has edited and ghostwritten several essays and and one memoir, The Missing Cub, the story of Chicago Cub lefty Darcy Fast. Mr. Kravetz is one of the founding members of the prestigious Writers Forum at the Manhattan Theatre Source in New York. Mr. Kravetz is also the founder of the monthly reading series, Trumpet Fiction, which is held the second Saturday of every month at KGB Bar in the East Village. Jonathan is currently pursuing his MFA in playwriting at Queens College. He holds a Masters Degree from NYU where he studied cinema and screenwriting, and he teaches fiction and screenwriting in New York City.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"KGB" and Anne ...

Come Enjoy Trumpet Fiction! *Sponsored by KGB BAR 85 East 4th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Ave) Saturday, May 12, 6:45 p.m. FEATURED READERS: ANNE POSTEN Like Michel Foucault, Anne Posten describes herself as a Nietzschean. She also describes herself variously as a translator, a writer, a musician, a mediocre but enthusiastic tennis player, a veteran barista/bartender, and an excellent cook, so it’s hard to know what to believe, really. She most certainly lives in Astoria, while in (hot) pursuit of an MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College. Her first book-lengt h translation from the German, This Beautiful Place by Tankred Dorst, was recently published by Hanging Loose Press. DANIEL B. MELTZER Daniel B. Meltzer is a playwright, fiction writer, and journalist. He has won the O. Henry and Pushcart Prizes for his stories and a New York Newspaper Association Award for his columns. His plays have been staged across the U.S. as well as in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His stories, memoirs, essays and poems have appeared in many journals, magazines, and newspapers here and abroad. Daniel has been a newspaper editor, a TV news writer, a comedy writer, a speechwriter, a college professor, and a community organizer. He lives in Manhattan. The story LES IS MOR is from his new collection, OUTSIDERS, published this year. SARAH ENELOW Sarah Enelow was raised in Central Texas and May 12th is her six-year anniversary of moving to New York, where she currently works at a string instrument shop. Sarah’s writing has been published by Not For Tourists among other travel websites and a couple of very obscure literary magazines. She has an infatuation with travel, which led her to do an i nternship in Moscow, a Fulbright Grant in rural Argentina, and a month-long stint in Beijing. She plans to read a personal essay about a migraine she had during her first summer here. Hope to see you there! Jonathan Kravetz Editor-in-Chief *New York Writers Resources is the parent corporation of New York Writers Workshop, a collective of writers and teachers working in New York City and elsewhere; Ducts, a literary webzine; and Greenpoint Press, an independent publishing house devoted to quality fiction and nonfiction. Contact: New York Writers Workshop, P.O. Box 2062, Lenox Hill Station, New York, N.Y. 10021.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

LOST & FOUND Launch at Grad. Ctr.

May 3, 2012, 5:00pm | Martin E. Segal Theatre Lost & Found Launch with Joanne Kyger and Michael Rumaker Come celebrate the publication of Series III of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, & hear the editors present their projects: Anne Donlon’s work on "Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard & Louise Thompson: Poetry, Politics & Friendship in the Spanish Civil War" John Harkey’s facsimile edition of Lorine Niedecker’s "Homemade Poems" Seth Stewart's recovery of the John Wieners / Charles Olson Correspondence Ana Božičević’s presentation of a Diane di Prima Lecture on Charles Olson Lindsey Freer’s transcription and annotation of lectures by Ed Dorn Megan Paslawski’s edition of Michael Rumaker’s "Selected Letters" Ammiel Alcalay’s edition of "Letters To & From Joanne Kyger" Join poet Joanne Kyger for a rare East Coast appearance, as she reads with her old friend, prose writer and former Black Mountain College student Michael Rumaker, Ammiel Alcalay and the Lost & Found editors. *Series III will be available for purchase, along with two free broadsides printed especially for the event.* At The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Ave and 34th St New York, NY 10016 Venue fully accessible

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thomas and Beulah

THE POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA announces it's inaugural installment of Poets in the Playhouse on Friday, May 4th, 7pm at Queens College. This year’s program will be a theatrical adaptation, staged by Queens College students, of the Pulitzer-prize winning collection, Thomas & Beulah by Rita Dove. The performance will include music and movement (dance). Ms. Dove will be in attendance and participate in a moderated Q&A with cast and crew after the show.
Thomas and Beulah tells the semi-fictionalized chronological story of Rita Dove’s maternal grandparents in the form of a two-part book of narrative poems set during the period of the Great Migration - the movement of 6 million African Americans out of the south from 1910 to 1970. Her grandfather Thomas is featured in “Mandolin,” the book’s first part, and his wife, Beulah is the focus of “Canary in Bloom,” the second part. The two sections are meant to offer the male and female perspectives on some seventy years of American history. “This isn’t simply a reading of Rita Dove’s poems, but our attempt to invent a new form,” explains playwright and QC professor Richard Schotter. “Tyler Rivenbark, an MFA student, has shaped the poems through the use of music, movement, slides, etc. A director/choreographer will further dramatize the material. As far as I know, this is a first for Thomas and Beulah.” Friday, May 4, 7 pm Free and open to the public Queens College—The Little Theater, King Hall, Room 115 Map/directions: Rita Dove’s Thomas and Beulah Adapted for the stage by Tyler Rivenbark Directed and choreographed by Nicco Annan Music by Barry Mitterhoff

MFA Student Plays at THE FLEA

Four rehearsed readings of MFA student plays at The Flea Theater in May. Note that readings take place during the day at the following times below: Tuesday May 8: Plays by Nancy Ramos and Sean O'Connor 11:30am and 2pm Wednesday May 9: Plays by Jonathan Kravetz and Brian Blader, 11:30am and 2pm The Flea is at 41 White Street in Tribeca:

Saturday, April 21, 2012


The series, put on by the Guggenheim, is like any other day walking around Jackson Heights or sitting with friends in their apartment, except, well... you don’t know these people and at each location there’s an author or actor waiting with a story in mind to tell you. Stillspotting NYC is a two-year-long project that takes museum-goers with a map in hand to city streets. They will hear stories from writers including poets, professors, a chaplain and a pair of rappers. For this edition of Stillspotting NYC: Queens, called Transhistoria, the architects at New York-based Solid Objectives–Idenburg Liu — that found locations and writers for the event — bring visitors to Jackson Heights. Ticket holders take two-hour self-guided tours starting from the Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Ave. transit hub on 75th Street and Broadway. Guests choose four of six locations to visit on their tour. A family program will be offered May 5 from 12 to 3p.m. with a story written for the little ones and adults alike. Visit the project’s website for more information. Stillspotting participant Roger Sedarat said writers were prompted by the questions: “How do New Yorkers escape the intensity of the city? We are interested in a story about transition and making a place in one’s home through language,” and “What connection does this story have to the ideas of stillness and quiet?” A “stillspot” was different for each author, but in his or her own way it’s a place in which each felt calm with a sense of belonging. And it’s not always easy to find moments of still in a neighborhood with a lack of green space, pointed out poet and participant Maria Terrone. Jackson Heights is also one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in city, according to the Guggenheim. “A place where ‘peace and quiet’ is elusive and ever more precious when it’s found,” as excerpted from Terrone’s piece. Three of the Stillspotting authors — Sedarat, Terrone and Premilla Nadasen — work at Queens College and in some way or another speak about food as an example of culture or a unifier in this diverse neighborhood. ... Stillspotting’ When: April 28–29, and May 5–6, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Walking tours start at Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Ave. transit hub Tickets: $10, cash only