Apr
4
Sat
Free Writing Class for Kids: Finding Poetry Through Collage @ Queens Public Library at Briarwood
Apr 4 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Free Writing Class for Kids: Finding Poetry Through Collage @ Queens Public Library at Briarwood | New York | United States

Attention Queens parents, teachers, and kids: free creative writing classes available at Queens Library!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the writing of prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Public Library, is offering free creative writing classes for kids and teens.

The next class is Saturday, April 4th from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Queens Public Library in Briarwood, located at 85-12 Main St, for kids ages 8 through 12:

“Finding Poetry Through Collage”

In this workshop, students will learn to find poems in unusual places. We will combine visual media, collaging with newspapers, magazines, and even published poems themselves to find poetry in words, phrases, and other writings. Through this, we will create an entirely new “found” poem. We will learn different ways of making a found poem through blacking out words, and incorporating drawings and decorations within the text.

Jaymi Leah Grullon is an Afro-Dominican poet based in Queens. She has been published in Newtown Literary and Sequoya.

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For more information, visit newtownliterary.org/writingclassesforkids.

Apr
7
Tue
First Tuesdays Presents Sokunthary Svay @ Espresso 77
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Tuesdays Presents Sokunthary Svay @ Espresso 77

Sokunthary Svay is a Khmer writer from the Bronx. She is poetry editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal for the borough of Queens, and a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA). She has received fellowships from American Opera Projects, Poets House, Willow Books, and CUNY. Her first collection of poetry, Apsara in New York, is available from Willow Books. She is a doctoral student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her first opera, in collaboration with composer Liliya Ugay, will premiere in January 2020 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

An open mic will precede the featured reader. Any genre, three minute limit. Signup starts at 6:30. The venue asks for a $5 counter purchase.

May
5
Tue
First Tuesdays Presents Antoinette Brim @ Espresso 77
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Tuesdays Presents Antoinette Brim @ Espresso 77 | New York | United States

Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me (Indolent Books), Icarus in Love (The Main Street Rag), and Psalm of the Sunflower (Aquarius Press/Willow Books), is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry, memoir, and critical work has appeared in various journals and magazines, as well as, in anthologies including Villanelles, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Critical Insights: Alice Walker, 44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States, Not A Muse, Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta, and The Whiskey of Our Discontent: an anthology of essays commemorating Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks.

An open mic will precede the featured reader. Any genre, three minute limit. Signup starts at 6:30. The venue asks for a $5 counter purchase.

Jun
2
Tue
First Tuesdays Presents Duane Esposito & Ralph Nazareth @ Espresso 77
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
First Tuesdays Presents Duane Esposito & Ralph Nazareth @ Espresso 77

Ralph Nazarethis a poet, teacher and publisher. Born and raised in Mangalore, with a brief spell in Bombay, Nazareth got his Ph.D. in English Literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1974. After forty years of teaching at SUNY Stony Brook & Purchase, UT Austin & Nassau Community College, he retired from academia in 2015. He is now in his second decade of volunteer-teaching in maximum security prisons in New York State. He has published four books of poetry, most recently Dropping Death(in collaboration with Duane Esposito). In addition, his writing has appeared in books, magazines, and journals in the US and abroad, including the award-winning collection Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. He has participated in poetry festivals in Palestine, Ecuador, Colombia & El Salvador. The Managing Editor of Yuganta Press, he currently also heads GraceWorks, Inc., an international nonprofit charitable foundation.

Duane Espositois a Professor of English at Nassau Community. He has an M.A. from SUNY Brockport and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. His work was selected by Diane Glancy for an Academy of American Poets Award & his poems have been published in dozens of journals. His collections are The Book of Bubba(Brown Dog Press, 1998), Cadillac Battleship(brokenTribe Press, 2005), Declaration for Your Bones(Yuganta Press, 2012), Dropping Death, a collaboration with Ralph Nazareth (Yuganta Press, 2018), & Panic’s Hymn, a reissue/re-imagining of Cadillac Battleship (GloveBox Poems, 2018). He lives on Long Island—on Lopsided Farm—with his wife, daughter, son, & many animals.

An open mic (any genre) will precede the featured reading. There’s a three-minute limit. Sign up starts at 6:30.

The venue requests a minimum $5 counter purchase