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First Tuesdays

September is right around the corner! 

The lineup of fea­tured read­ers this year includes poets, mem­oirists, fic­tion writ­ers, and trans­la­tors. I am espe­cially happy to be host­ing a book launch for Arch­i­pel­ago Books on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 29th. Archipelago Books is a not-for-profit press devoted to pub­lish­ing excel­lent trans­la­tions of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary world lit­er­a­ture, and we will be cel­e­brat­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of a bilin­gual edi­tion of Land­scape with Yel­low Birds, selected poems by Jose Angel Valente, trans­lated by Thomas Chris­tensen. More details on all the readers will follow. For now, please make sure to save the dates below.

The First Tuesdays reading series is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


September 3rd: Audrey Dimola

A lifelong writer and performer born and raised in Astoria/Long Island City, Queens, Audrey is a journalist, editor, poet, and curator working in the NYC area. Her work has appeared in Newtown Literary, Missfits, Words Dance, Whiskey Dregs, Glitter and Doom, QRO Mag, and Ins&Outs. She is the author of Decisions We Make While We Dream.

September 29th: Thomas Christensen

Thomas Christensen's translation of Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Ballets Without Music, Without Dancers, Without Anything was a finalist for the PEN America West translation award. He will read from his most recent translation, Landscape with Yellow Birds, selected poems by Jose Angel Valente. He is director of publications at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Co-sponsored with Archipelago Books.

October 1st: Joan Cusack Handler

Publisher and senior editor of CavanKerry Press, Joan Cusack Handler has two published poetry collections--GlOrious and The Red Canoe: Love in Its Making--and two additional volumes that she’s edited, The Waiting Room Reader: Stories to Keep You Company and The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from The Robert Frost Place. She will be reading from her memoir, Confessions of Joan the Tall.

November 5th: Nicole Cooley

Nicole Cooley is the author of four books of poems, most recently Breach and Milk Dress. She is currently working on a  new collection of poems and a book of non-fiction, My Dollhouse, Myself. She directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York where she is a professor of English.

December 3rd: Bhisham Bherwani

Bhisham Bherwani is the author of The Second Night of the Spirit, from which he will be reading.

January 7th: Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey is an award winning screenwriter whose one act plays have been staged at The New Works Festival in Newburyport, Massachusetts. His first book of poems, from which he will be reading, is the author most recently of The One Fifteen to Penn Station. He teaches in the English Department at Salem State University.

February 4th: Shannon Kline

Arkansas native and New York resident Christi Shannon Kline, is a poet, playwright, and performer. Her play, Reunion, was performed at the National Conference on Adoption. Her book of poems, No Child More Perfect, from which she will read, was published by Nirala Publications.

March 4th: Aida Zilelian

Aida Zilelian’s work has has appeared in, among other places, The Writer's BlockNiche MagazineWilderness House Literary Review and Red Fez JournalShe is the curator of Boundless Tales reading series, a reading series in Astoria, NY, and she is also on the editorial board of Newtown Literary, a new literary magazine that strives to represent new and emerging writers from Queens, NY. 

April 1st: Norman Stock

Norman Stock is the author of two books of poetry: Pickled Dreams Naked and Buying Breakfast For My Kamikaze Pilot, which won the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest in 1994. Formerly the Acquisitions Librarian at Montclair State University, from which he retired  in 2005, he lives with his wife, Lydia Chang, a clinical psychotherapist, in Jackson Heights, New York.

May 6th: Peter Marra

Peter Marra has had approximately 100 poems published in print or online in journals such as Caper Literary Journal, Danse Macabre, Maintenant 4 and 5, Yes, Poetry, Literary Orphans, The Carnage Conservatory, Carcinogenic, Calliope Nerve,Unlikely Stories and Why Vandalism? His chapbook, Sins of the Go-Go Girls, was published in April 2013. Peter is currently compiling his first full-length collection of poetry.

June 10th: Nancy Agabian

Nancy Agabian is the author of Princess Freak, a collection of poems and performance texts on sexuality and rage, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter, a memoir that casts her bisexual coming-of-age within her Armenian-American family history. From her living room in Jackson Heights, she coordinates "Heightening Stories," a workshop for stories that are personally brave and socially conscious.
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