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Dec 12 2017

LIC Reading Series: Ashley Ford, Abeer Hoque, Sarah Perry, & Jason Tougaw

Let's talk memoir! It's a special night at LIC Reading Series - we will have FOUR writers reading from their work and taking part in a panel discussion about their memoirs.
 
FREE!
Closest subway: 7/E/M/G to Court Square
Books will be for sale at the event courtesy the Astoria Bookshop.
Raffle prizes for the audience!
A fire in the fireplace!
 
About our readers:
 
ASHLEY C. FORD lives in Brooklyn by way of Indiana. She is (mostly) a writer, editor, and public speaker. She is currently writing a memoir, and hosting Brooklyn-based news & culture show, 112BK. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, Lenny Letter, and various other web and print publications. She also taught creative non-fiction writing at The New School and Catapult.co. Ford previously worked as a development executive for Matter Studios, where she focused on web series and documentaries, and was also the host of the first season of Audible.com's literary interview series, Authorized. She has been named among Forbes Magazine's 2017 30 Under 30 in Media, and Brooklyn Magazine's 2016 Brooklyn 100.
 
ABEER Y. HOQUE is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She likes sliding doors and choosing your own adventure. Her books include a travel photography and poetry monograph (The Long Way Home, 2013), a linked collection of stories, poems, and photographs (The Lovers and the Leavers, 2015), and a memoir (Olive Witch, 2017). See more at olivewitch.com.
 
SARAH PERRY holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and was a member of the journal's nonfiction editorial board. She is the recipient of a Writers’ Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, and has attended residencies at Norton Island in Maine and PLAYA in Oregon. Perry’s prose has appeared in Blood & Thunder magazine, Bluestockings Literary Journal, Elle.com, and The Guardian. Her memoir After the Eclipse was published in Fall 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She lives in Brooklyn.
 
JASON TOUGAW is a professor of literature at City University of New York. He is the author of two nonfiction books, Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel and Touching Brains: Literary Experiments in 21st-Century Neuromania. Tougaw’s memoir The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism is the winner of the 2017 Dzanc Nonfiction Prize. Excerpts from The One You Get have appeared in Boys to Men: Gay Men Write about Growing Up and Electra Street: A Journal of the Arts and Humanities. He blogs about the relationship between art and science at Californica.net.
 
This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
 
 
8:00pm
LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Blvd
11101 Long Island City, New York
Dec 13 2017

A Memorial for John Ashbery

Featuring Elizabeth Hazan, Ann Lauterbach, Dara Wier, Trevor Winkfield and musical performances by Dashon Burton and the Brentano String Quartet.
 
Longtime friends and fellow artists pay tribute to the life and work of poet John Ashbery, who died in September at the age of 90. Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, PennSound, Poets House and the Poetry Society of America.
 
This event is free. You must reserve your tickets online or the 92Y Box Office.
 
 
7:30pm
Kaufmann Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave
10128
Dec 13 2017

BETTER READ THAN DEAD: Booksellers Read from their Shelves

Booksellers are unsung heroes of the poetry universe. More than independent, purveyors of out-of-print, hand-stapled or sewn, barely printed materials that circulate among us keep works alive outside the interest and view of regular commerce. 
 
Jen Fisher (Vortexity Books, Ave A & 8th), Hadley Gitto (Book Disorder, Bushwick) and Dave Morse and Matty D'Angelo (Book Row, 867 Broadway, Bushwick) read from their collections and offer some rare finds for sale.
 
General Admission: $8
Students/Seniors: $7
Members: $5 or free; no one turned away for inability to pay
 
Admission fee: $8.00
8:00pm
St Mark's Church
131 E 10th Street
10003
Dec 14 2017

A Reading by Sarah Blake, Shane McCrae, and Catie Rosemurgy

Sarah Blake is the author of two poetry collections, Let's Not Live on Earth and Mr. West, both from Wesleyan University Press. An illustrated workbook accompanies her chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her debut novel, Naamah, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.
 
Shane McCrae is the author of, most recently, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books). His poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including The Best American Poetry series, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize, and teaches at Columbia University.
 
Catie Rosemurgy is the author of My Favorite Apocalypse and The Stranger Manual, both poetry collections published by Graywolf Press. Her work has appeared in such places as The American Poetry Review, The Boston Review, and Ploughshares. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The College of New Jersey.  
 
 
7:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front St
11201
Dec 15 2017

Poetry Reading: Lisa Marie Basile, Monica Lewis & Catherine Kyle

Join us for a poetry reading at Berl's! 
 
About the readers:
 
Lisa Marie Basile is an editor, writer and poet living in NYC. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, 2014), as well as a few chapbooks. Her book NYMPHOLEPSY (co-authored with poet Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein), was a finalist in the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards and will be published by Inside the Castle. She is working on her first novella, to be released by Clash Books/Clash Media. Work can be found in Spork, Atlas Review, Grimoire, Queen Mobs Teahouse, and more. She is very much the embodiment of the Scorpio.
 
Monica Lewis lives in Brooklyn, New York and holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Both her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Apogee Journal's Perigee, and The Margins, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, The Boiler Journal, PUBLIC POOL, Yes, Poetry, FLAPPERHOUSE, (b)OINK, among others. She is a VONA/Voices alumna and 2017 "Best of the Net" poetry nominee. Her full collection of poetry, Sexting the Dead, will be published January 2018 by Unknown Press.
 
Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017), the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015) and Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). She also writes the monthly creative nonfiction column "Save Point" for the online journal Cartridge Lit. Her writing has been honored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations, and she recently served as a writer-in-residence at the Boise Library at Bown Crossing. She teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho, as well as through The Cabin, a literary nonprofit.
 
 
7:00pm
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front St
11201 Brooklyn, New York

poems

poem

I.

   The Shepherds went their hasty way,
        And found the lowly stable-shed
   Where the Virgin-Mother lay:
        And now they checked their eager tread,
For to the Babe, that at her bosom clung,
A Mother’s song the Virgin-Mother sung.

II.

   They

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Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the
        water,
Or stand under trees in the

poem
No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five