Nov
23
Sat
A Special Storytime with Erin McGill @ Book Culture LIC
Nov 23 @ 11:30 am
A Special Storytime with Erin McGill @ Book Culture LIC | New York | United States

Join Book Culture LIC on Saturday, November 23rd at 11:30am for a special storytime with author Erin McGill, as she reads from her new picture books, Matchy Matchy and I Do Not Like That Name. The reading will be followed by a coloring activity.

About Matchy Matchy:

MARIA ALWAYS MATCHES, BUT MARIA DOESN’T WANT TO BE SO MATCHY MATCHY. ONE DAY SHE MIXES IT UP IN THIS COLORFUL AND QUIRKY PICTURE BOOK.
Thanks to Mom, everything about Maria matches—her clothes, her socks, her underwear, her backpack, and her lunchbox. Maria even matches the dog, the duvet, and the doilies. But Maria doesn’t want to be so matchy matchy. She wants to mix it up! Feathers and fringe! Pom-poms and plaid! Spikes and spots! Leopard and lace! Tie-dye and tutus! One day she does just that and asserts her very own unique style.

About I Do Not Like That Name:

This funny picture book about friendship, family, identity, and why we have names is illustrated with bright collage art and is a perfect selection for story time.

What’s in a name? Herb and Sophie are eating breakfast one day when they notice a coupon on the cereal box for an elephant. Imagine how much fun they could have with an elephant!

When the nameless elephant arrives in the mail, he announces that it is Herb and Sophie’s job to name him. Herb has many suggestions (String Bean, Sweet Potato) and so does Sophie (Buttercup, Twinkle Toes) but nothing seems quite right to the huge and very brave elephant.

Why do we need names anyway? Where do names come from? Where did your name come from? How do you make your name your own?

Erin McGill earned a BFA from Pratt Institute, where she discovered her love of patterns, textiles, and collage, just like Maria. She lives in New York City.

Jan
7
Tue
First Tuesdays Presents Mark Weiss @ Espresso 77
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Tuesdays Presents Mark Weiss @ Espresso 77 | New York | United States

Mark Weiss’ bilingual anthology, The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry, was published by the University of California Press at the end of 2009. Art dealer, former film maker (a film of his is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art), psychotherapist and social worker, occasional teacher of writing, literature, film making, history and psychology, he has published six books of poetry, most recently As Luck Would Have It(Shearsman Books, 2015) and As Landscape (Chax Press, 2010). Different Birds appeared as an ebook in 2004 (Shearsman Books).

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

Mar
3
Tue
First Tuesdays Presents Sarah Gambito @ Espresso 77
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Tuesdays Presents Sarah Gambito @ Espresso 77

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Loves You (Persea Books), Delivered (Persea Books), and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, POETRY, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from the Asian American Arts Alliance and grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving writers and readers of Asian American literature.

An open reading will precede the featured reader. Sign up starts at 6:30. Any genre; three-minute limit. The venue asks for a $5 counter purchase.

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