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Jan 22 2019

CLMP Face Out Emerging Writers Showcase

Featured authors include Youmna Chlala (The Paper Camera, Litmus Press); T’ai Freedom Ford (& more black, Augury Books); Shiv Kotecha (The Switch, Wonder); and Zahra Patterson (Chronology, Ugly Duckling Presse). Wine reception to follow.

For over 50 years, The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has been the service organization for small independent literary publishers across the nation and beyond. CLMP is proud to bring readers and writers of literature—including print, digital, and online publishers—together in the true spirit of community. With support from the Jerome Foundation, CLMP's Face Out Program empowers writers and their publishers by sharing essential tools that enhance digital visibility and marketing presence. Greenlight is excited to host a showcase of this year’s emerging writers introduced by editors from their presses. 

Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene
686 Fulton St
11217-1609 Brooklyn, New York
Jan 24 2019


Join us for the first Opolis Poetry Night.  Our Vegan | Vegetarian Kitchen and Full Bar opens at 6 p.m., and we are hoping to start readings at 7 p.m. Please bring and share what you write.
113 North Crawford
73069 Norman, Oklahoma
Jan 26 2019

Grief, and What Comes After Book Launch Party

The poet Ailey O’Toole will be reading from her debut collection, Grief, and What Comes After (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2018).

This fierce first collection, a compilation of pain, rejuvenation and rebirth, pioneers landscapes of forgiveness, where Ailey O’Toole’s poems ascend to create a resting place of self-compassion and atonement. Follow along as O’Toole recounts her journey from emotional decimation to a place of redemption and self-love. Her shuttles of reckoning dive-bomb and crash, but never fail to pull passengers from the wreckage. These poems are a punch to the gut, a heart beating on the page, a nightmare turned daydream, as Ailey O’Toole buries what we hope to find and helps us see grace in the wild. How do we heal after re-injuring ourselves the same way? Following any major collapse, O’Toole helps us to find resiliency within ourselves in her debut collection.

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Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
19119 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 27 2019

Screening of The Web Opera

A special event and screening of the first episode of THE WEB OPERA, a collaboration between Michael Ross and Kate Gale about issues of cyberbullying and cyber abuse. The event is free.

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Red Hen Press
1540 Lincoln Ave
91103 Pasadena, California
Jan 29 2019

January U35 Reading with Mass Poetry

U35 is a bi-montly reading series for poets under 35. The series seeks to promote and bolster Massachusetts poets under the age of 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets. If you are a poet under 35, sign up to read at a future event!
January's U35 reading will be on Jan. 29, 7-8:30pm at Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Our readers are Cassandra de Alba, Aly Pierce, and David G. Walker. Read all about them below!
Cassandra de Alba's work has appeared in Gabby, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Smoking Glue Gun, Spy Kids Review & The Shallow Ends, among other publications. Her chapbooks habitats (Horse Less Press, 2016) and ORB (Reality Hands, 2018) are about deer and the moon, respectively. She is a co-host at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge and an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press.
Aly Pierce lives in Salem, Massachusetts where she waits tables and mails you records from Deathwish Inc.
David G. Walker is married to the love of his life and is the father to two precocious kids. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Pause: A Collection of Moment Poems and Donating Organs in Boxes from Finishing Line Press, and Ifs, Ifs, Ifs from Cervena Barva Press. He teaches high school in Springfield, MA and edits the podcast literary magazine Golden Walkman Magazine.
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
338 Newbury Street
02115 Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 01 2019

Words Out Loud at Glen Echo Park: A Spoken Word Series

Words Out Loud at Glen Echo Park: A Spoken Word Series will present a reading by Kristin Kowalski and Michelle Stokes at Glen Echo Park - North Arcade Building, Room 302 in Glen Echo, Maryland, on Friday, February 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Kristin Kowalski Ferragut has been a featured reader at DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry and is a regular contributor to open mics, at venues such as Words Out Loud. She participates in local poetry and prose writing workshops, in addition to reading, biking, hiking and teaching. Her work has appeared in Beltway Quarterly and Mercurial Stories.

Michelle Stokes is an in-progress novelist, aphorism author, poetess, and sometimes essayist. Much of her work has echoes of an earlier time as she developed a love for classic literature and the poetry of Bronte, Poe, Byron, Shakespeare, and Tennyson at an early age. Reading these authors, as a child, did not give her her voice, but showed her where her voice had a home. Even more than their prowess with language, the classical masters were able to change atmosphere, quicken the pulse, and open up the human heart. Michelle has once said “The heart, if it cannot be melted, must be cracked with an axe!”

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Glen Echo Park - North Arcade Building
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Room 302, Third Floor
20812 Glen Echo, Maryland
Feb 02 2019

Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum

Enjoy a night with Cave Canem fellows Naomi Extra, Stephanie Jean and Karisma Price, as they read in honor of Black History Month. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event series and celebrates the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which highlights Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. Free and open to the public.

Naomi Extra is a poet, writer and doctoral candidate in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. In both her creative and scholarly work she explores themes of agency and pleasure in the lives of black women and girls. Naomi has been awarded fellowships by Cave Canem, Poetry Incubator, the African American Intellectual History Society and Imagining America. Her writing has appeared in Broadly, Apogee Journal, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018), The Rumpus and elsewhere.Stephanie Jean is a Cave Canem Fellow and a member of the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Her poems have appeared in the Journal of Poetics Research. She also runs The Nomads - a literary series where writers are invited to read in their native tongue and in English.
 Karisma Price is a Cave Canem fellow and 2018 Best of the Net Nominee. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, she holds a BA in creative writing from Columbia University and is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University where she is a Public Schools Fellow. Her work has appeared in Four Way Review, Narrative Magazine, Wildness, Glass, Cotton Xenomorph, and elsewhere. In 2018, Karisma was named one of the writers on Narrative Magazine’s “30 Below 30” list of new and emerging authors. Karisma lives in Brooklyn and is a reader for Winter Tangerine. Along with Kwame Opoku-Duku III, she is a founding member of the Unbnd Collective. 

Brooklyn Museum
The Americas Galleries
200 Eastern Parkway
11238 Brooklyn, New York
Feb 04 2019

Cafe Muse Readings: Collective Voices

The poetry group Collective Voices (poets Sistah Joy, Ladi Di, Brenardo) will perform their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar by Michael C. Davis, and includes refreshments. The Writer's Center is about a 10-minute walk from Metro Rail's Bethesda stop on the Red Line. It is handicapped accessible.

Cafe Muse is a longstanding, monthly reading series in downtown Bethesda, MD, featuring widely recognized poets. It is sponsored by The Word Works (, a non-profit literary organization publishing contemporary poetry and sponsoring programs for more than 40 years. The Writer's Center ( has been hosting and providing literary programs in the Washington DC Area since 1976.

7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Writer's Center Bethesda
4508 Walsh St
20815 Bethesda, Maryland
Feb 06 2019

Six Points Reading Series ft. Faisal Mohyuddin & Suman Chhabra

The Chicago Poetry Center will host a reading at Bookends & Beginnings featuring poets Faisal Mohyuddin & Suman Chhabra from 6-7:30 PM. 
The poets will read from 6-7:30 PM and books will be available for purchase. As always, our readings are free and open to the public. Curated and hosted by Natasha Mijares.
We will also be featuring student poets Felicity Hector-Bruder and Jacob Hersh from Highland Park High School. 
FAISAL MOHYUDDIN is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), which won the 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry and was a 2018 Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society. Also the author of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017), Faisal serves as an educator adviser to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4 and teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois.
SUAMN CHHABRA is a multigenre writer. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chhabra is the author of Demons Off, a chapbook through Meekling Press. She is a Kundiman Fellow and her work has been supported by Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, The Massachusetts Review, TAYO, Poemeleon, WINDOW, Hair Club, and Homonym. Chhabra teaches courses in Reading and Writing at SAIC.
Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley 1
60201 Evanston , Illinois
Feb 08 2019

Winter Edition of the COUPLET Reading Series

“COUPLET”—A Quarterly Poetry Reading Series & Social
Winter Edition: FRIDAY, February 8, 2019, 6 to 8 p.m.
Produced, curated and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, since 2011, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held in the East Village featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & an after-party.
@couplet_Series (Twitter) #CoupletNYC #poetry #NYC
Full bar!
This edition’s featured poets:
Catherine Barnett is the author of three poetry collections, Human Hours, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced and The Game of Boxes, winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her honors include a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a member of the core faculty of New York University's Creative Writing Program, a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, and an independent editor in New York City.
Monica Ferrell is the author of three books of fiction and poetry, most recently the collection You Darling Thing (Four Way, 2018). Her novel The Answer Is Always Yes (Dial Press/Random House) was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Debut Novels of the Year. Her first collection of poems, Beasts for the Chase, was a finalist for the Asian American Writers Workshop Prize in Poetry and won the Sarabande Books Kathryn A. Morton Prize. She has been recognized with residencies at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the MacDowell Colony, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. She has taught fiction and poetry for the MFA Program at Columbia University, and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Purchase College (SUNY). She was born in New Delhi, India, and lives with her husband and children in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Jennifer Franklin is the author No Small Gift (Four Way Books, 2018) and Looming (Elixir Press, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in Blackbird, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Nation, Paris Review, “Poem-A-Day” on, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She holds an AB from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University where she was the Harvey Baker Fellow. She teaches poetry workshops and seminars at Hudson Valley Writers Center, where she serves as Program Director and co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. She lives in New York City.
Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook AVIARIUM (fivehundred places 2017), and the full-length collection BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for poetry, and the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. BESTIARY was long listed for the National Book Award (2016) and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Publishing Triangle Award (2017). A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center, Donika received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is an Assistant Professor at Baruch College, where she teaches creative writing.
Sophie Klahr is the author of Meet Me Here At Dawn (YesYes Books, 2016) and the chapbook _____ Versus Recovery (Pilot Books, 2007). Her poetry appears in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and other publications. Currently, she is the Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry and Literary Arts.
Tyler Mills is the author of two books of poems, Hawk Parable (winner of the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize) and Tongue Lyre (winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Poetry, and her essays have appeared in AGNI, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. The recipient of residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center, and scholarships/fellowships from Bread Loaf and Sewanee, the Chicago native is an assistant professor at New Mexico Highlands University, editor-in-chief of The Account, and a resident of Santa Fe, NM.
Red Room
85 East 4th street
3rd floor
10002 New York, New York