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!


Launch Party for Candace Williams' Spells for Black Wizards

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.

 Guests from our earlier event, Art21: New York Close Up with Doreen Garner, are welcome to stick around all night.

RSVP here.

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. 


Big Words, Etc.

April 10, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

61 Local

Free and Open to the Public. Big Words Etc. is a new reading series based in NYC for under-the-radar writers.

Hosted by Jess Martinez and Stacey Kahn, themes are determined for each reading and voted on by those who attended the event. 

Features include Stevie Howell & Omotara James.

Omotara James

At The Inkwell NYC Poetry

April 11, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

KGB Bar & Lit Mag

Free and Open to the Public. Features include, Omotara James, Nicola Maye Goldberg, Victor Alcindor,Tamara Hart & Cooper Wilhelm.

RSVP here.

Omotara James

NYC | Sunday Salon

April 15, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


"In celebration of National Poetry Month and the arrival of spring at long last, Sunday Salon is thrilled to welcome to the mic five amazing, award-winning poets with brand new books and the return of the incomparable DJ Doublesix! Join us on April 15th for a divine evening of poetry and music. At Von Bar 3 Bleecker St. 7pm."

Features include, Omotara James, Joseph O. Legaspi, Andrew Levy, Carly Joy Mille, & Anna Rose Welch.


RSVP here.

Omotara James

MIXER Series

April 18, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Our Wicked Lady

Mixer Reading and Music Series
FREE & open to the public
with readings by Melinda Moustakis, Omotara James, Paul Lisicky, Sarah Perry
and music by
Amy Klein
with your hosts, Michelle Campagna, Rebecca Keith, and Melissa Febos
Find out more info, here.

Omotara James

Pen America: World Voices Festival | CLMP Press Fest

April 20, 2018

6:00 PM

Washington Mews

Daughter Tongue reading and book signing at PEN World Voices Press Festival at NYU, for American Chordata!
American Chordata will be there from 4PM & reading will start at their table at 6PM.

Washington Mews (between 5th Ave & University Place), New York, NY

All are welcome!

Find out more info, here.



April 27, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop

"On On Being Mistaken:

LAURA BUCCIERI observes, confronts, and explores queer womanhood in her collection On Being Mistaken. Buccieri writes, “i am the only thing i will carry,” but she manages to not only carry us through the implications of a society that “others,” but she also drops us into language that resists and jabs at that exact act of “othering.” This is an exciting, experimental, and rhythmic voice that creates a space in which we can explore how we are labeled and how we ourselves label. Buccieri doesn’t beg for answers but rather urges us to expand our language, assumptions, and ideologies. Proceeds from on being mistaken will benefit the Audre Lorde Project and The Lower East Side Girls Club."

Find more info here. RSVP here.

Omotara James

The Rally Reading Series

May 3, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Pete's Candy Store 

"The Rally continues its exciting sophomore season with three leading literary warriors from the pages of The Seventh Wave Magazine. Come see our terrific slate of readers perform, and offer them your questions, comments, and reactions. The heart of a march in the body of a reading series—it’s a whole new helping of overtly political discourse."

Featured readers: Katie Longofono, Laura Buccieri & Omotara James

RSVP here.


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No, Dear *States* Launch Reading

May 11, 2018

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

LA SALA at Cantina Royal

"!!! Join No, Dear in celebrating the launch of  STATES Issue 21  !!!

>>>>> Featuring Readings by:
James Barickman, Emily Blair, Nicole Callahan, Carolyn Ferrucci, Phoebe Glick, Samantha Grenier, Savannah Hampton, Valerie Hsiang, Safia Jama, Caitlin McDonnell, Omotara James, Rami Karim, Tahira Khalid, Jean Lee, Arden Levine, Cynthia Manick, Sanjana Nair, Roi, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Julia Johanne Tolo, xtian w

Also in the issue: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

Issue Edited by:
Emily Brandt * Chia-Lun Chang * t'ai freedom ford * Leila Ortiz

Layout by Alex Cuff
Art by Ming-Jer Kuo"



Red Pubes: Reading the Queer Body

May 17, 2018

7:00 PM

Bureau of General Services-Queer Division


Details TBD

Curated by Christopher Atamian.

Free admission.


Picasso Machinery

May 18, 2018

Doors at 8:00 p.m., Show at 9:00 p.m.

45 Broadway @ Wythe

Multi-disciplinary artist showcase.

Curated by Evan Rehill.

Free admission.



May 20, 2018

7:00 PM

Quimby's Bookstore

Details TBA


QT: Rainbows Across the Diaspora

May 22, 2018

7:30 PM

Dixon Place

Queer Text reading series: featuring Omotara James & Pamela Sneed.

Curated by Phillip Ammonds.

Free admission. Find more info here. Get tickets here.

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