2017 Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat Reading Series: WEHO

AUG 9, 2017

7:00 PM

Featuring 2017 Lambda Fellows in Poetry, Fiction,young Adult Fiction, Playwriting,and Nonfiction.

@ West Hollywood Library: City Council Chambers. 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069


In This Body: Say Yes / Seventh Wave

AUG 15, 2017

7:00 PM

A performative evening, embracing the human body: hosted by the Say Yes Electric Collective and inspired by The Seventh Wave's current Dangerous Bodies issue.

@ Dixon Place, Brooklyn

"Safety and security are not afforded to every body. Many communities live under a certain pressure and terror exerted by their surroundings. We want to confront those pressures, and allow personal struggles to surface and strengthen our bonds with our own bodies and those around us. We are focused on creating a safe environment, where performing artists and audience alike can share insecurities about the micro-aggressions they face on a daily basis because of the bodies they exist in."


The Other Side of Violet Anthology Release PArty

AUGUST 17, 2017

8:00 PM

Join us for Great Wether for Media's Latest Anthology: The Other Side of Violet

@ Parkside Lounge, Brooklyn

Featuring E.J. Antonio, C. Bain, Billy Cancel, Isa Guzman, Omotara James, I.S. Jones, Kearah-Armonie, Nkosi Nkululeko, and Shane O’Hanlon

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro

The Other Side of Violet is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.


Poetry 99 - Monthly Poetry Reading Series

SEPT 11, 2017

7:00 PM

Spoonbill Studios presents a great night of Brooklyn Poetry in a monthly poetry reading series, hosted by JC Hopkins.

Wine and Commiseration

@Spoonbill & Sugartowpn Booksellers, Brooklyn


Selected Previous Events

Honeysuckle Magazine: HERS issue Launch

JULY 26, 2017

6:30 PM

The event will be held at private arts club, Norwood: RSVP only. There will be live music, readings, art and more! 


Join the staff and contributors of the Queens journal, Newtown Literary, as they celebrate their 5th anniversary and the publication of their landmark 10th issue. Since 2012, Newtown Literary has published the work of Queens writers and poets, several of whom will read their work. Event to be held in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Free and open to the publicNewtown Literary will also be hosting a roving workshop and reading at Socrates on July 16, 1-3 PM.

Featured readers include: 

Rob Hill
Omotara James
Meghan E.B. Lin
Phil Demise Smith

The reading will be hosted by Tim Fredrick, along with past contributors Sherese Francis and Bard Hovenga.

. RSVP: Here


This year’s SOMA (South Orange Maple Artists) Studio Tour will take place on the first weekend in June. Ananda Lima, the featured artist and host, will be show her photographs. There will be featured readings, music and revelry. Located in Maplewood, NJ. Please RSVP: here.


Lamprohonic: Emerging Writers Series

JUNE 2, 2017

8:00 PM

Omotara James

We're back again for the final Emerging Writers Series of the season. Come to Bar Thalia for some epically awesome new poetry and prose, $8 whiskey drinks, and other literary debauchery.

Location @ Bar Thalia

2537 Broadway, New York, New York 10025


The Recluse #13 Launch Party

MAY 24, 2017

8:00 PM

Omotara James

Join us for a launch reading celebrating issue #13 of our online poetry magazine, The Recluse. 
2017 Editors: Laura Henriksen, Stacy Szymaszek, Nicole Wallace, and Simone White
Readers this evening will be:

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews
DJ Ashtrae
Elaine Equi
Lauren Hunter
Omotara James
Davy Knittle
Filip Marinovich
Emily Martin
Leila Ortiz
Bridget Talone



Don't be afraid to cross the line and take a risk with your writing; it's easier than you think. Join us at Panera Bread for refreshments and writing prompts! The only thing you need to bring is your authenticity. All writing styles welcome! Meet leader, Omotara James, in the community room, at the back of the Panera. Feel free to email Omotara at omotarajames@yahoo.com with any questions.

Queens Writes Weekend is held at various locations around the borough where participants are inspired to come write for a few hours in a community setting. There are prompts and themes to inspire your writing and every Queens Writes Weekend site has a different one. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to meet new friends, reconnect with others in the writing community, or join our vibrant literary community that is waiting for you to be a part of it. Whether you’re a first-time writer or have been writing for years, this event is for you. We simply want Queens to write! 

Because this is a fundraising event, there is a suggested donation of $5, which goes to printing costs for future issues of Newtown Literary Journal, as well as a kids’ writing contest, writing classes and workshops, and community readings. 

Be sure to get your QWW 2017 t-shirt, tote bag, and mugs, too! A portion of every sale goes to fund future Newtown educational programs https://teespring.com/stores/newtown-literary 

For more information please visit www.newtownliterary.org

Participants in Joseph O. Legaspi's Fall Poetry Conversation's workshop, "Writing Across Cultures" share work honed in class. Potluck refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public.

RSVP: Here

Joseph Legaspi

Co-hosted by Newton Literary and the Queens Library. Free and open to the public.

RSVP: Here



Produced by Leah Umansky and DJ Ceremony, and hosted by poet Leah Umansky, COUPLET is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side, featuring both emerging and established poets. No cover.


RSVP: Here


The Poetry Project

FEBRUARY 1, 2017

8:00 PM

Hosted by The Poetry Project, Allison Cobb and Omotara James read at St. Mark's Church.

General admission: $8

Student/Seniors: $7

Members: $5 or free -no one turned away because of inability to pay. RSVP: Here

Omotara James

Say Yes Electric Collective

JANUARY 21, 2017

9:00 PM

Trinity Tibe presents featured poets, writers, musicians, dancers and various artists for the first celebration of 2017. All are welcome!

RSVP: Here

Omotara James

Participants in Camille Rankine's Fall Poetry Conversation's workshop, "The Playing Field" share work honed in class. Potluck refreshments to follow. Free and open to the public.

RSVP: Here