Thursday, June 2, 2011

Some Literary Events / June 2 - 10

June 2 (6:30 pm) Mike Geffner presents The Inspired Word. Every Thursday night, Mike Geffner presents this poetry/spoken word event showcasing well-known artists and new talent from around the country, followed by a 15-slot open-mic. This week is the ninth annual show of Poetic People Power. At One and One, 76 East First Street. For registration and more information, click here.

June 2 (6:30 pm) Book Launch: Hispanic Poets in D.C. The American Academy of the Spanish Language celebrates the release of a new book, At the Foot of the Whitehouse: Hispanic Poets in Washington D.C., with a reading by editors Luis Alberto Ambroggio and Carlos Parada, writer Nuria Morgado, Gerardo Piña-Rosales, whose photographs create a visual dialogue with the poems. At Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 East 49th Street. For more information click here.
June 4 (10:00 am – 10:00 pm) 4th Cultural Marathon: Celebration of Diversity. Colectivo Poetas en Nueva York, in conjunction with the artistic project Movemiento Inmigrante Internacional, present a twelve-hour marathon of poetry, music, cinema, photography, and more. At Immigrant Movement International, 108-59 Roosevelt Avenue. For more information click here

June 5 (11.30 pm) García Lorca in New York: Columbia University Walking Tour. On ocassion of the anniversary of the birth of Federico García Lorca, Pié Derecho's director Norberto Bogard gives a walking tour through the Columbia University campus, where the poet studied between 1929 and 1930. It comes accompanied by anecdotes, history, music and performed excerpts from his visionary work Poet in New York, written during his stay here. Part of the “5 on the 5th” program, an Internet simulcast of independent celebrations to be held in the 5 cities that marked the poet’s life, starting in his hometown of Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Madrid, New York, Havana, and Buenos Aires. Meeting at 11.30 at the main gates of Columbia University, Broadway and 116. Contribution: $25. For reservations, call 646-342-6427 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            646-342-6427     

June 5 (12:00 pm – 2:00 pm) Acentos Writers Workshop.This acclaimed hands-on writing series welcomes a new guest facilitator every Sunday. RSVP is required; please send an email to and bring photo ID to the event. At Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Room A-329, 475 Grand Concourse.

June 6 (7:00 pm) Book Presentation: Oscar Hijuelos.Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Oscar Hijuelos presents his latest book, Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir, tracing his life from a childhood in 1950s New York. At Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway. For more information click here.

June 6 (7:30 pm)  LouderArts. New York-based poet Corrina Bain kicks off a month of LGBTQ poetry and poets. Followed by the annual cover slam, in which poets can perform the work of anyone but themselves. At Bar 13, 35 East 13 Street. For more information click here.

June 8 (6:00 pm) Celebrating the Natural Beauty of Puerto Rico in Photos and Poems. A benefit for the Sierra Club of Puerto Rico, featuring the photography of Laura Melissa Cortes, Emilio Font, and José “Cano” Menéndez, and poetry and music by  Eric Landrón and Raulo Coló. At Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd. Street. For more information click here.


Todas Las Sangres en Nueva York (All of the Races in New York). This art exhibition celebrates the centennial of the birth of Peruvian writer José María Arguedas with new artworks by contemporary artists from Peru and other parts of Latin America. Showing through June 20 at the American Indian Community House, 11 Broadway, second floor. For more information click here.

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