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Poetry Events in NYC This Month - May 2018

May 12, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Interested in hearing some of the city's best spoken word? How about attending a poetry slam in Manhattan? New York City has a slew of poetry events happening every month, and City Guide's calendar is your personal guide to it all. From Poets House to the Nuyorican Poets Caf? to the Bowery Poetry Club, don't miss out on any of it!

In Between: Poem and Flash Fiction with Barbara Henning - Poets House
May 12, 2018 - New York

Attention to style and structure is very important to the writer of tiny fictions, just as it is to poets. That's why flash fiction and prose poetry are often described as borderline genres (between poetry and prose). In this class, you will write five poetic stories or narrative prose poems. Instead of working with the line, we will be working with the sentence and the paragraph. There will be assignments and examples from published writing and some theory. Assignments may include: auto-flash fiction, camera eye, long sentence, day dream story, sestina story, retelling and telling, story as list, etc. We will read tiny stories from writers such as: Lydia Davis, Fielding Dawson, Marcel Proust, Roberto Bolano, Gisèle Prassinos, Richard Brautigan, Laura Riding, Robert Walser, Julio Cortazar, Dale Herd, Clarice Lispector, and Jamaica Kincaid. We will enter into the writing through technique, constraints and forms typically used for writing poetry. In this way, perhaps the unexpected will occur: a story you didn't know you were going to write. Most of the class will be spent as a workshop responding to your writing. Barbara Henning is a poet and a fiction writer. She has published t... (read more)

Open Mic Monday - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 14, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Open Mic Mondays: Play us a song, show us your stand-up, read us a poem - perform in any genre you want! You get five minutes to show us one piece: Stun us, impress us, and make it count. But only the first 25 people can sign up! So get down, sign up, and show us what you got! $8 online and at the door.

Exhibition Opening: The Little Magazine - Poets House
May 15, 2018 - New York

Exhibition Opening: 6PM Talk with exhibition curator Sophie Seita: 7PM This exhibition celebrates the contributions small press magazines have made to the development of poets, as well as to national and international literary, cultural, and political movements. Emphasizing the material richness and collaborative spirit of experimental publications and publishing communities, the exhibition includes magazines associated with Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Mimeograph Revolution, Conceptual Art, Language Writing, and New Narrative, as well as feminist, queer, and other contemporary communities. On view through September 8.

Wednesday Night Poetry Slam Open Hosted by Jive Poetic - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 16, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Wednesday Night Slam Every Wednesday except the first Wednesday of the Month. Hosted by Jive Poetic! Line forms outside a half hour before doors open. Doors open at 9:00pm and admission is $10.

g/leaning: assemblage, quotation, intertextuality with Emily Skillings Emily Skillings - Poets House
May 16, 2018 - New York

In her 2012 essay "A Sort of Leaning Against," Maggie Nelson writes: "For a long time, I worried there was something wrong with me as a writer, because I leaned so heavily on the thinking and writing of others. And further, that instead of wanting to hide that leaning, my impulse has often been to showcase it, to make this thinking-with-others, this weaving of mine and others' words, part of the texture of my writing." Over the course of this six-week workshop, we will investigate this ethics of interdependence or "mutual aid" in writing. What happens when we make visible our attachments, associations, and connections—both critical, aesthetic, and sensory? This course will invite poets to engage the visual art practices of collage and assemblage, as well as list-making, quotation, and archival/ experiential research. Together we will collect the language and images that we encounter in our daily lives to make dynamic new writings that disturb the notion that when we write we are writing alone. Students will keep visual notebooks/scrapbooks and respond to weekly prompts. We will consult the projects and process(es) of artists, filmmakers, and writers, including Susan Howe, Dou... (read more)

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 18, 2018 - New York

Come check out the Nuyorican's most popular weekly event! Watch professional poets perform and our Wednesday night Slam winners spit! Judges of our Friday Night Slams are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience (in other words, it could be you!). $13 General admission at the door (a line forms outside an hour before admittance, general admittance starts at 10pm). Tired of waiting on line? Buy VIP Tickets online and mingle with da poets! $25 VIP admission (online only). Arrive at the Main Entrance (and not in the line) by 9:30pm SHARP!

Words: Hip Hop & Poetry Showcase & Open Mic with Wiseguy and Gaston - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 19, 2018 - New York

WORDS was created by Rocky LaMontagne & Bobbito the Barber to give young up-and-coming poets & emcees the opportunity to showcase their work to an audience of their peers. This showcase and open mic has featured Company Flow, Canibus, Mos Def, M.C. Search, Willie Perdomo, Saul Williams, and Suheir Hammad, among others. The open mic gives new artists a chance to perform in front of an audience. WORDS! is hosted by WiseGuy & Gaston and is held on the third Saturday of every month. $13 at the door, $10 with Student ID.

In Between: Poem and Flash Fiction with Barbara Henning - Poets House
May 19, 2018 - New York

Attention to style and structure is very important to the writer of tiny fictions, just as it is to poets. That's why flash fiction and prose poetry are often described as borderline genres (between poetry and prose). In this class, you will write five poetic stories or narrative prose poems. Instead of working with the line, we will be working with the sentence and the paragraph. There will be assignments and examples from published writing and some theory. Assignments may include: auto-flash fiction, camera eye, long sentence, day dream story, sestina story, retelling and telling, story as list, etc. We will read tiny stories from writers such as: Lydia Davis, Fielding Dawson, Marcel Proust, Roberto Bolano, Gisèle Prassinos, Richard Brautigan, Laura Riding, Robert Walser, Julio Cortazar, Dale Herd, Clarice Lispector, and Jamaica Kincaid. We will enter into the writing through technique, constraints and forms typically used for writing poetry. In this way, perhaps the unexpected will occur: a story you didn't know you were going to write. Most of the class will be spent as a workshop responding to your writing. Barbara Henning is a poet and a fiction writer. She has published t... (read more)

Open Mic Monday - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 21, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Open Mic Mondays: Play us a song, show us your stand-up, read us a poem - perform in any genre you want! You get five minutes to show us one piece: Stun us, impress us, and make it count. But only the first 25 people can sign up! So get down, sign up, and show us what you got! $8 online and at the door.

Wednesday Night Poetry Slam Open Hosted by Jive Poetic - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 23, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Wednesday Night Slam Every Wednesday except the first Wednesday of the Month. Hosted by Jive Poetic! Line forms outside a half hour before doors open. Doors open at 9:00pm and admission is $10.

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 25, 2018 - New York

Come check out the Nuyorican's most popular weekly event! Watch professional poets perform and our Wednesday night Slam winners spit! Judges of our Friday Night Slams are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience (in other words, it could be you!). $13 General admission at the door (a line forms outside an hour before admittance, general admittance starts at 10pm). Tired of waiting on line? Buy VIP Tickets online and mingle with da poets! $25 VIP admission (online only). Arrive at the Main Entrance (and not in the line) by 9:30pm SHARP!

Literary Partners Program: 17th Annual Marsh Hawk Press Book Launch - Poets House
May 25, 2018 - New York

"Sometimes time is the subject, sometimes materiality as these poems point us toward the strangeness at the heart of being. We are swept away, almost in spite of ourselves, by the hypnotic precision of language. The long opening sequence The Blue Hill stuns and delights. It veers through twists and turns of utterly simple phrases into its own incandescent music." —Meena Alexander, 2017 Marsh Hawk Press Prize Contest Judge

Open Mic Monday - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 28, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Open Mic Mondays: Play us a song, show us your stand-up, read us a poem - perform in any genre you want! You get five minutes to show us one piece: Stun us, impress us, and make it count. But only the first 25 people can sign up! So get down, sign up, and show us what you got! $8 online and at the door.

Wednesday Night Poetry Slam Open Hosted by Jive Poetic - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 30, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Wednesday Night Slam Every Wednesday except the first Wednesday of the Month. Hosted by Jive Poetic! Line forms outside a half hour before doors open. Doors open at 9:00pm and admission is $10.

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
June 01, 2018 - New York

Come check out the Nuyorican's most popular weekly event! Watch professional poets perform and our Wednesday night Slam winners spit! Judges of our Friday Night Slams are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience (in other words, it could be you!). $13 General admission at the door (a line forms outside an hour before admittance, general admittance starts at 10pm). Tired of waiting on line? Buy VIP Tickets online and mingle with da poets! $25 VIP admission (online only). Arrive at the Main Entrance (and not in the line) by 9:30pm SHARP!

Rome Neal's Banana Puddin' Jazz - Nuyorican Poets Cafe
June 02, 2018 - New York

Rome Neal's Banana Puddin' Jazz Featuring Jazz vocalist and musicians, first Saturday of the month! Followed by Open Mic/Jazz Jam and Complimentary Banana Puddin' For All!!!! At the world famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe Doors open at 9:30pm; $15 Admission.

Open Mic Monday - Nuyorican Poets Café
June 04, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Open Mic Mondays: Play us a song, show us your stand-up, read us a poem - perform in any genre you want! You get five minutes to show us one piece: Stun us, impress us, and make it count. But only the first 25 people can sign up! So get down, sign up, and show us what you got! $8 online and at the door.

Tuesday Night Latin Jazz with Chembo Corniel - Nuyorican Poets Café
June 05, 2018 - New York

All That! Hip Hop, Poetry & Jazz - Nuyorican Poets Café
June 06, 2018 - New York

"ALL THAT! Hip Hop, Poetry & Jazz is an open jam session for hip-hop, poetry and jazz. It brings together emcees, poets and musicians from diverse musical and racial backgrounds in a forum that is open creatively but structured so that you can have critically acclaimed jazz musicians such as Antonio Hart and legends like Weldon Irvine, performers like the Roots, Erykah Badu, O.C., and Rahzel as well as unknown emcees and poets performing on the same stage. Showcase: Keith "Wildchild" Middletown performing songs from his new release "Transitions" with special guests Hydra. ALL THAT! is hosted by WiseGuy & Gaston and is brought to you the first Wednesday of every month. All open mic performances are with the live band and/or DJ. Tickets $13/$10 w/Stud. ID"

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
June 08, 2018 - New York

Come check out the Nuyorican's most popular weekly event! Watch professional poets perform and our Wednesday night Slam winners spit! Judges of our Friday Night Slams are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience (in other words, it could be you!). $13 General admission at the door (a line forms outside an hour before admittance, general admittance starts at 10pm). Tired of waiting on line? Buy VIP Tickets online and mingle with da poets! $25 VIP admission (online only). Arrive at the Main Entrance (and not in the line) by 9:30pm SHARP!

Open Mic Monday - Nuyorican Poets Café
June 11, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Open Mic Mondays: Play us a song, show us your stand-up, read us a poem - perform in any genre you want! You get five minutes to show us one piece: Stun us, impress us, and make it count. But only the first 25 people can sign up! So get down, sign up, and show us what you got! $8 online and at the door.

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