The Voices of #MeToo

Jan 24, 2018

7 PM - 10:00 PM

Spoonbill Books

In honor of the #MeToo movement and stories, a reading to honor and provide a safe space for these voices. Joanna C. Valente hosts, in conjunction with the anthology, A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM), and the Yes, Poetry series.

Among the writers and artists showcasing their work:

Lisa Marie Basile, Stephanie Valente, Joanna Valente, Lior Zaltzman, Lynn Melnick, Jessica Reidy, Darley Stewart, Leza Cantoral, Claudia Cortese, Laura-Marie Marciano, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Christine Stoddard, Omotara James, Jason Montalvo, Dallas Athent

Omotara James

American Chordata, Issue 6 Launch Reading

February, 1, 2018

Time: 7 - 8:30 PM

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

American Chordata is the home for emerging writers, a magazine of bright voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as outstanding art and photography. They are founded on the belief that a literary magazine can celebrate sophisticated design and earnest expression on the same page, and seek to publish work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed.
Please join us here at the Bookstore Cafe for an evening of readings and revelry in celebration of their third birthday and the launch of their sixth issue!

Poetry and prose readings by Issue 6 contributors including: 
Omotara James
Isadora Spangler
Seth King
Alex Ebel
and Tom McGlynn

Discounted subscriptions and limited print editions of the new issue & back issues will be on sale!


Candace Williams: Spells for Black Wizards

(Launch Party)

February, 5, 2018

Time: 8 PM - 10 PM

Ace Hotel New York

Rather than a traditional chapbook that opens and closes in the gestures of a left-right book experiences, Spells for Black Wizards for how its content resists linear histories, will be experienced as a fold-out map, with a broadside index of spells, all nestled in a spell-book portfolio. Tonight, we celebrate its launch.

Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she's a middle school humanities and robotics teacher. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyperallergic, Bennington Review, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2017), Bettering American Poetry 2016 (Bettering Books, 2017), and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, 2018), among other places. Candace's first chapbook, Spells for Black Wizards, is a winner a winner of the TAR Chapbook Series and is forthcoming from the Atlas Review in 2018. She's devised performances, read poetry, and given lectures at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Bushwick Starr Theater, New Museum, Eyebeam, Dixon Place, American Jewish Historical Society, and other venues.
In addition to readings by Williams, the evening will feature readings by Camonghne Felix, Precious Okoyomon, and Omotara James, and with gif art featured by Rafia Santana, and more special guests TBA. Guests from our earlier event, Art21: New York Close Up with Doreen Garner, are welcome to stick around all night.

Paperback Launch for Abandon Me, by Melissa Febos

February, 16, 2018

Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Books Are Magic

Melissa Febos celebrates the paperback release of Abandon Me, named one of the best books of 2017 by outlets including Esquire, Refinery29, LitHub, BookRiot, Medium, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Largehearted Boy, The Coil and The Cut.

To help celebrate her paperback, Melissa will be joined by a panel of emerging queer writers including: 

Jordy Rosenberg, Omotara James, T Kira Madden

Admission is free!


Sinister Wisdom 107 Black Lesbians:

We Are the Revolution

Feb 27, 2018

6:00 - 8:30 PM

Celebrate the launch of Sinister Wisdom 107 Black Lesbians: We Are the Revolution, at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in Soho. 

Order your copy of the journal: here!

Stay tuned for details!


Hostos Community College Reading Series:

Reading by Omotara James, with Q&A

March, 13, 2018

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Hostos Community College, CUNY

Free and Open to the Public. More details TBA

Omotara James

The Future of Queens Poetry 2018:

a benefit for Newtown Literary Alliance

March, 18, 2018

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

[Upon registration the exact address will be sent to you.]

"The Board of Directors of Newtown Literary Alliance proudly presents a benefit honoring three outstanding Queens poets, all representative of the future of poetry in our borough: 

Daughter Tongue, by Omotara James, chronicles the process by which this British-born daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants finds and asserts her voice ..."

In Go Because I Love YouJared Harél’s poems explore, in a kind of braided structure, his life as a young father....

The poems in Sokunthary Svay’s Apsara in New York navigate what it’s like to survive a genocide, flee your home country (Cambodia), immigrate to a new one (here, in the United States)...

A reading by each of our honorees will be followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing. Appetizers, wine, and other refreshments will be enjoyed, as well as the poetry! Books by the readers—along with copies of Newtown Literary—will be available for purchase at the event. Newtown Literary strives to support and promote the talents of our borough’s literary community—you can help by joining us at the benefit. 

Selected Previous Events


Poetry Conversations: A Reading at Cave Canem with Camille Rankine, Brooklyn Nov 14, 2016

Say Yes Electric Collective, Three's Brewing, Brooklyn Jan 21, 2017

The Poetry Project, St Mark's Church, NYC, Feb 1, 2017

COUPLET - a Quarterly Reading Series & Social, The Delancey, NYC April 21, 2017

Poetic Queens with Newton Literary, Queens Library at Sunnyside branch, Queens April 8, 2017

Writing Across Cultures: A Reading at Cave Canem with Joseph O. Legaspi, Brooklyn May 2, 2017

The Recluse #13 Launch Party, The Poetry Project, St Mark's Church, NYC May 24, 2017

Lamprohonic: Emerging Writers Series, Bar Thalia, NYC June 2, 2017

Open Studio 2017: SOMA Artists Studio Tour with Ananda Lima, Maplewood NJ June 4, 2017

Newton Literary: Issue 10 Launch Reading, Socrates Sculpture Park, June 25, 2017

Honeysuckle Magazine: HERS issue Launch, Norwood Club NYC, July 26, 2017

2017 Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat Reading Series, West Hollywood Library, WEHO Aug 9, 2017

In This Body: with Say Yes Electric Collective & Seventh Wave, Dixon Place Brooklyn, Aug 15, 2017

The Other Side of Violet Anthology Release Party, Great Weather for Media, NYC Aug 17, 2017

Cool As F*** Reading Series, Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn Aug 22, 2017

Poetry 99 - Monthly Poetry Reading Series, Spoonbills & Sugartowpn Booksellers, Brooklyn Sept 11, 2017

XXO Reading ft. DJ Ashtray and All His Friends, BGSQD, NYC, Oct 13, 2017

Cooper Wilhelm presents Dumbheart/Stupidface, WORD Brooklyn, Dec 2, 2017

Love Within Love Anthology Launch, Spoonbill & Sugartown, Brooklyn, Dec 11, 2017

The 44th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading, The Poetry Project, January 1, 2018


Queens Writes Weekend: "Write Without Fear" workshop with Newton Literary, Queens May 20, 2017