May
16
Sat
Free Virtual Poetry Workshop: Boundless Devotion for Home & Self @ Lewis Latimer House Museum
May 16 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Free Virtual Poetry Workshop: Boundless Devotion for Home & Self @ Lewis Latimer House Museum | New York | United States

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Lewis Latimer House Museum, is now offering free creative writing classes ONLINE.

Our next virtual workshop in our “Writing on Race & Immigration” series with Lewis Latimer House Museum will be led by Trace DePass on Saturday, May 16th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m:

“Boundless Devotion for Home & Self”

In this poetry workshop for Queens writers, we will read works that affirm love, dual heritage, and what it took for our ancestors to occupy a land we had no claim, including poems from Ocean Vuong, Aracelis Girmay, and Thiahera Nurse. We will also discuss various poetic forms—and disruptions of those forms—such as contrapuntals, poetic parentheticals, etc. Participants will walk away with poems around self-love & love for our communities, both of which would be able to be read in multiple ways.

RSVP to receive instructions on how to join the virtual workshop here: http://bit.ly/NewtownMay16.

Trace Howard DePass is the author of Self-portrait as the space between us (PANK Books, 2018), which was a finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Prize. He served as the editor of Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2017 & as the 2016 Teen Poet Laureate for the Borough of Queens. His work has been featured on screen and radio—BET Next Level, Billboard, Blavity, Poetry Foundation and NPR’s The Takeaway—and in print—Anomalous Press, Entropy Magazine, Platypus Press, Split This Rock!, The Poetry Project, & Bettering American Poetry. DePass is a Poetry Incubator, Teaching Artist Project, & Poets House Fellow.

This program is in partnership with Lewis Latimer House Museum and 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, please visit newtownliterary.org/writingclasses.

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

Aug
8
Sat
Missives: A Poetry Craft Class @ Online
Aug 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Missives: A Poetry Craft Class @ Online

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, is offering free creative writing classes ONLINE through the summer.

Our next virtual workshop will be led by Safia Jama on Saturday, August 8th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m:

“Missives: A Poetry Craft Class”

Poems can be written, and read, as letters. The epistolary form is one way to put it, yes, but the sound of the term “missives” holds and delivers a certain longing to the ear. Something is unresolved that needs our attention. There is the hope of a response, but no guarantees. We’ll read letter-poems while employing the letter form as a lens for reading work that is both urgent and thrilling in its plea for a reply. We’ll read work by Emily Dickinson, Lucille Clifton, and Rhina P. Espaillat and then dive into some writing exercises. Expect to leave with a prompt: a letter, unwritten.

RSVP to receive instructions on how to join the virtual workshop here: https://bit.ly/NewtownAug8.

Safia Jama was born to a Somali father and an Irish American mother in Queens. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she has published poetry in Ploughshares, RHINO, Cagibi, Boston Review, Spoken Black Girl, and No Dear. Her poetry has also been featured on WNYC’s Morning Edition and CUNY TV’s Shades of US series. Jama was a semifinalist in the Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry and she is the author of Notes on Resilience included in the New-Generation African Poets chapbook box set, an African Poetry Book Fund project, edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, released through Akashic Books (2020).

This program is made possible 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, please visit newtownliterary.org/writingclasses.

Sep
27
Sun
Literary Sundays Reading Series @ Friends of Maple Grove - Online Event
Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Literary Sundays Reading Series @ Friends of Maple Grove - Online Event | New York | United States

Queens writers, poet Ama Birch and novelist Rene Georg Vasicek, will read from their latest work. There will also be a Q & A after the readings. Hosted by Mary Lannon

Feb
20
Sat
2nd 1st Ever International Black & Brown Film Festival @ TBA - Small Number Of In-Person Tickets on Website
Feb 20 – Apr 24 all-day
2nd 1st Ever International Black & Brown Film Festival @ TBA - Small Number Of In-Person Tickets on Website

The Queens Underground Red Carpet Film Festival Begins in February to Celebrate Black & Brown along with all Creative Talents in Film, Music, Dance, Poetry, Web Series Production and Networking with Industry Professionals, Community Groups, Entrepreneurs and Neighbors.

Join us In-Person and/or Virtually for Movies, Music, Dance, Poetry Videos, Web Series Episodes and Business Commercials from around the World!

There’s still time to Submit your Movie, Video, Series Episode or Business Commercial – More Info on the Website below. Perfect to let the world know your still Open, Active and looking for Customers, Followers and/or Connections.

We’re the most fun non-profit group of creatives ever and we love meeting and sharing with new people!

Apr
10
Sat
THREADS @ Flux Factory
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
THREADS @ Flux Factory | New York | United States

Flux Factory is happy to be hosting THREADS, an exhibition curated by an international collective of arts organizations from Bogotá, NYC, Manila, and Chicago: Bliss on Bliss Arts Projects, Maleza Proyectos, Nodo 51 Area Cultural, Poets of Queens, and Yara Arts Group.

The THREADS Project and its expanding global network help artists and audiences establish a dialogue between images and poetry to find greater connections and understanding in these difficult times. This exhibition at Flux Factory is an introduction to a THREADS future and an opportunity to stand in solidarity against the violence being enacted upon our Asian family members and communities.

THREADS is curated by Virlana Tkacz, founding director of Yara Arts Group, a resident company at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York since 1990. Olena Jennings, the curator, and founder of Poets of Queens, acts as a poetry
curator.

Threads clothe us, threads expose us, threads bring us together.

Participating Artists:
Catalina Bolivar, Juliana Canal, Waldemart Klyuzko, Cayla Lockwood, Isabella Lopez, Ged Merino, Nadenka Art Group, Aze Ong, and Jevijoe Vitug.

Participating Poets:
Pichchenda Bao, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Olena Jennnings, and Wanda Phipps.

One of the homes for THREADS is Bliss on Bliss Art Projects founded by Ged Merino. Bliss on Bliss Art Projects has been bringing arts and culture to the Sunnyside neighborhood in Queens since 2011. It provides a venue for new and established artists. The shows at Bliss on Bliss Art Projects have consistently led to cross-cultural collaboration.

Other core participants of THREADS include Nadenka Art Group made up of members from Omsk, Novosibirsk, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. They were formed in 2014 in Omsk. The group includes Anastasia Makarenko, Masha Alexandrova, Maria Rybka, Nadezhda Valetskaya, and Alena Isakhanyan. Videos of their textile book projects will be shown at Flux Factory. The poets will address awareness of anti-Asian sentiment and acts. Artists Cayla Lockwood and Jevijoe Vitug will unveil a banner to encourage action against Asian hate.

Finally, videos by Waldemart Klyuzko, Aze Ong, and Nadenka Art Group will be shown, bringing another aspect of textile art to life. In his video, Waldemart Klyuzko weaves the words of Serhiy Zhadan’s poem “Home” in tape. Aze Ong performs to Wanda Phipps reading an excerpt from her poem “Womb Dreams.” Nadenka presents textile books that allow us to experience the pages along with them.

Apr
16
Fri
Queens Underground Black and Brown Film Festival – New Dates @ In-Person in Jamaica, Queens, NY 11433
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm
Queens Underground Black and Brown Film Festival - New Dates @ In-Person in Jamaica, Queens, NY 11433

Red Carpet Comes To Queens, NY. Join Us In-Person or Virtually for the Best of Indie Movies, Dance, Music, Poetry Videos, Web Series Episodes with Live Performances and spectacular Vendors for 4 Days of non-stop Action, Comedy, Drama, History and Networking with Filmmakers, Business Leaders and Neighbors.

DATES: April 16, 17, 24 (6pm -10pm) & 25 (3pm – 6pm)

New Projects Each Day

Filmmaker Panels on both Saturdays
Outdoors, Rain or Shine

Limited Space In-Person and Tickets are Selling now.

This is the “Don’t Miss Event” Of The Season with projects submitted from 15 countries. This is where Indie Filmmaker Talent Lives.

Still Time To Submit Before March 15th. Visit Website For Details.

Oct
16
Sat
A day of art-making, performance, screenings, and poetry readings @ Queens Museum
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm
A day of art-making, performance, screenings, and poetry readings @ Queens Museum | New York | United States

Please join us for an Outdoor Series of Art-making, Performance, and Poetry on the museum lawn, and a Indoor Screening Series featuring a selection of 8 short to full length films and video art projects. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artists.