Poetry and music keep blending in NYC

Next week, two exciting new reading series that incorporate both live poetry and live music (in alternating sets) will be held in Manhattan — one uptown, one downtown. We suggest you experience both.

The first, “The Local Word,” will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at Le Cheile in Washington Heights. “The Local Word,” founded by Erin Lynn, is one of very few reading series held uptown, and allows Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood residents to see a great reading right down the street. Amy Holman, Lauren Hunter, and Michael T. Young will read, and piano/violin combo Jason Laney and Tami Jaton will provide music. Laney and Jaton also played last month when the series debuted with Stephanie Berger, David Eye and John Deming (author of this news brief), who performed a combination of music and poetry. The intimate and house-packing series is held in a hip, tranquil event room in Le Cheile, which boasts paintings of uptown Manhattan.

The second poetry-music combo, “Couplet,” will be held on Thursday, January 12 and will feature readings by Joanna Fuhrman, Rick Snyder, and Hanna Andrews, followed by a set by DJ Ceremony. “Join us for a poetry reading at 8pm and stay for the after-party. Drink specials,” the Facebook invite page suggests. In an e-mail, series founder Leah Umansky said that Couplet is “a quarterly event combining my two passions in life: poetry & music.” It will be held at The Delancey on the lower east side, one of the best live venues in the city.

Here are details for both events:

The Local Word

Date: Tuesday, January 10 (monthly)
Time for the reading: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Event Venue: Le Cheile
Venue Address: 839 West 181st Street, New York, NY
Venue Phone: 212-740-3111
Nearest Subways: A to 181st Street — two minute walk
Admission Price: FREE


Date: Thursday, January 12th. (Quarterly)
Time for the reading: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
[Time for the after-party: 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.]
Event Name: “Couplet” (A Poetry and Music Series)
Event Venue: The Delancey (Main / Street level)
Venue Address: 168 Delancey Street; NY, NY, 10002. (between Clinton and Attorney.)
Venue Phone: 212-254-9920
Nearest Subways: F: Delancey Street /// J, M, Z: Essex Street /// J: Bowery /// B, D: Grand Street.
Admission Price: FREE
Ages: 21 & up.
More info: www.djceremony.com http://iammyownheroine.wordpress.com, ;http://coupletreadingseries.tumblr.com/, http://www.facebook.com/events/282841648423907/