This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Happy New Year, NYC! Here’s five upcoming, cross-borough readings to start 2013 off on the right ear.

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39th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading
St. Marks Church, 131 E 10th St, NYC
Tuesday Jan 1st, 2013 @ 2pm

There are three things to consider when the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon sweeps you into its gracefully uncouth embrace — what it is, what it was, and who you will be when it’s over. A benefit that is also a transformative experience for artist and audience, with: Adeena Karasick, Andrew Boston, Anne Tardos, Anne Waldman & Ambrose Bye, Anselm Berrigan, Aria Boutet, Ariel Goldberg, Arlo Quint, Arthur’s Landing, Avram Fefer, Beth Gill, Betsy Fagin, Bill Kushner, Bob Holman, Bob Rosenthal, Bobby Previte, Brenda Coultas, Brenda Iijima, Brett Price, Bruce Andrews & Sally Silvers, CA Conrad, Camille Rankine, Carley Moore, Carol Mirakove, Charles Bernstein, Christine Elmo, Church of Betty, Clarinda Mac Low, Cliff Fyman, Corrine Fitzpatrick, David Henderson, David Vogen, Dawn Lundy Martin, Denize Lauture, Diana Hamilton, Don Yorty, Douglas Dunn, Douglas Rothschild, Dynasty Handbag, E. Tracy Grinnell, Ed Friedman, Edgar Oliver, Edmund Berrigan, Edwin Torres, Eileen Myles, Elinor Nauen, Elizabeth Devlin, Elliott Sharp, Emily XYZ, Erica Hunt & Marty Ehrlich, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo, Ethan Fugate, Filip Marinovich, Frank Sherlock, Gordon Gano, Jackie Clark, James Kaston , Jamie Townsend, Jason Hwang, Jen Benka, Jennifer Bartlett, Jennifer Firestone, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Nelson, Jeremy Hoevenaar, Jessica Fiorini, Jim Behrle, Joe Ranono, John Coletti, John Giorno, Jon Glaser, Jonas Mekas, Josef Kaplan, Judah Rubin, Judith Malina, Julian T. Brolaski, Karen Weiser, Katy Lederer, Ken Chen, Kim Rosenfield, Kristin Prevallet, Larissa Shmailo, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Laura Elrick, Laura Henriksen, Laurie Weeks, Lee Ranaldo, Lenny Kaye, Leopoldine Core, Lewis Warsh, Litia Perta, Lynn Behrendt, LZ Hansen, Macgregor Card, Marc Nasdor, Marcella Durand, Martine Bellen, Matt Longabucco, Erica Kaufman & Nicole Eisenman, Nina Freeman, Matthew Pennock, Mike DeCapite, Murat Nemet-Nejat, Nathaniel Otting, Nathaniel Siegel, Nick Hallett, Nicole Peyrafitte, Nicole Wallace, Nurit Tilles, Patricia Spears Jones, Peter Milne Greiner, Pierre Joris, Poez, Rachel Levitsky, Rangi McNeil, Reuben Butchart, Ricardo Maldonado, Rob Fitterman, Rodrigo Toscano, Sarah Sarai, Secret Orchestra, Serena Jost & Dan Machlin, Simone White, Steve Earle, Steven Taylor, Steven Zultanski, Sue Landers, Suzanne Vega, Tammy Faye Starlight, Taylor Mead, Ted Greenwald, Tim/Trace Peterson, Tony Towle, Tracey McTague, Tracie Morris, Uche Nduka, Vyt Bakaitis, Will Edmiston, Will Yackulic, Yoshiko Chuma, Youmna Chlala, Yvonne Meier and others TBA.

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n+1 Book Release
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, NYC
Thursday January 3, 2013 @ 7pm

If your new year’s resolutions are to become politically active, poetically literate and (even more) culturally engaged, then come to McNally Jackson and celebrate n+1’s latest print publications: n+1 Issue 15 (“Amnesty”), The Trouble is the Banks: Letters to Wall Street, and It’s No Good: Poems / Essays / Actions by Krill Medvedev, co-published by n+1 and Ugly Duckling Presse. Rare and out-of-print back issues of n+1 will also be available On Demand at the McNally Jackson BookMachine. There will be wine.

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Futurepoem Presents: Late In The Antenna Fields, A Response
St. Marks Church, 131 E 10th St, NYC
Friday January 4, 2013 @ 10pm

Inspired by Alan Gilbert’s book, Late in the Antenna Fields, Futurepoem presents Paul Chan, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, Alan Gilbert, Stephanie Gray, DJ Rupture, Benjamin Santiago, and Mónica de la Torre in a night of intermedia work that offers a take on the poetics that have influenced and surround Gilbert’s book. Guest hosted by Futurepoem’s Ted Dodson.

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Caribbean Literary Showcaes with David Mills, Samantha Thornhill, Gaiutra Bahadur, and Yolaine M. St. Fort
Queens Muesum of Art, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY
Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 4-6pm

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World has currently enjoyed a five month long run opening on June 17, 2012 as unprecedented collaboration organized by Queens Museum of Art with El Museo del Barrio and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Highlighting over two centuries of rarely-seen works from the Haitian Revolution (c. 1804) to the present, the show features more than 400 works including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, video and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States. On Saturday January 5, 2013 from 3-6pm, QMA is hosting a celebration with free tours from 2-3pm and a literary showcase from 4-5pm of creative writers of Caribbean descent, marking the culmination of the exhibition. Writers were encouraged to combine not only their own work but also those of other writers with whom they share an affinity, as well as choose images either from the exhibit or from their personal collections to act as a visual counterpoint to their readings. Confirmed Writers Include: David Mills (Jamaica); Samantha Thornhill (Trinidad & Tobago); Gaiutra Bahadur (Guyana); and Yolaine M. St. Fort (Haiti) About Our Co-Presenters: The Caribbean Cultural Theatre presents a balanced rendering of Caribbean culture and the Caribbean-American experience in work of the highest artistic merit. The Theatre uses the performing arts to preserve artistic legacies, nurture professional growth, inspire audiences, and empower communities while remaining sensitive to the varied influences that shape Caribbean culture. Join us for light refreshments & conversation from 5-6pm.

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Leah Umansky Book Release Party
KGB BAR, 85 East 4th Street (at 2nd Avenue), New York, NY
Saturday January 5, 2013 @ 7-9pm

Book Release Party for Leah Umansky’s first book of poems: DOMESTIC UNCERTAINTIES out by BlazeVOX Books. ***Opening Reader: Poet, Patricia Carlin *** Where: KGB BAR (upstairs-East Village, NYC) When: January 5, 2013 at 7pm order here.


– SAW