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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Made in Queens

Made In Queens

Monday, July 23, 2018

Summer Gazebo Readings




Schoolhouse Green

65 Foxhurst Road

Oceanside, NY

Directions: here


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Second Saturdays @

Cyrus Chai & Coffee Company 


Cyrus Chai

September 9, 2017

1 Railroad Plaza
Bay Shore, NY 11706


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Sunday, July 30th, 2017

1pm on the White Horse stage

NYC Poetry Festival 

nyc poetry festival

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sip This


sip this

June 2, 2017

64 Rockaway Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017


April 22, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Queens Library at Ridgewood
20-12 Madison Street, (718) 821-4770

Forget everything you think you know about poetry! Students will focus on simple observations of concrete objects in daily life as a means of metaphor and simile.  We will also let go of rhyme and encourage creativity with line break, imagery, repletion, and language. You will be free to express yourself through poetry without worrying if you are “doing it right.”


About the Instructor: Valerie G. Keane is the founder of Poetry & Coffee. Her work has been published in Newtown Literary, where she also currently serves on the editorial review board for poetry. She speaks at high schools about how to love poetry without an MFA.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

lab LAB: New Poetry & Fiction Reading

LAB at QCA presents a literary reading hosted by writer Catherine Fletcher. Queens-based writers and the participants in the 2016-17 QCA Artist Peer Circle program will read new poetry and fiction. Featured writers include Sherese Francis, Safia Jama, Valerie G. Keane, and Camila Santos. Audience members will have the opportunity to provide the writers feedback on their work and ask the presenters about their creative process.

Sunday, January 15th, 2017 15878706_10154277997752685_1923475558_n

Rain Dogs   1045 Park St.   Jacksonville, FL.



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The 23rd annual Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/ Performance Extravaganza.

JANUARY 1, 2017

2:00 PM



Poetry Celebration at Oceanside Library

November 12th, 2016 @ 2pm

Oceanside Library


October 7th, 2016 @ 6:30pm

What Difference Does Poetry Make?  

Presented by First Tuesdays Reading Series


Queens Council on the Arts

37-11 35th Ave (Entrance on 37th Street), Astoria, New York 11101


 August 31st, 2016 @ 6pm

Rimes of The Ancient Mariner


Three of Cups Restaurant, downstairs lounge

83 First Avenue @ Fifth Street, NYC


Sunday, July 31 @ 1pm

NYC Poetry Festival

The Algonquin Stage

Governors Island


Monday, June 6th @ 6pm

Monologues and Madness

Cornelia Street Cafe

Cornelia Street Cafe

29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

“For my money, the theatre is up there in the ten top reasons to be human. I leave my home and to sit in a dark room with complete strangers and watch actors do their stuff because I want to be inspired. I’m asking to be involved. I’m volunteering to be lead down any old path they choose as long as they don’t let go of my hand.
Monologues and Madness is a place where the text gets to be heard – sometimes for the first time.  It’s a place where theatre is being born.” – Tulis McCall, host of Monologues and Madness

Wednesday, June 1st @ 7pm

Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine

Turn of the Corkscrew


Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 @ 7pm

Mistress of Ceremonies at Jazz Moon book release party

with author Joe Okonkwo

jazz moon
Book Culture
536 West 112th Street
New York, NY


April 2nd 2016

Brownstone Poets


Park Plaza Restaurant | 220 Cadman Plaza West | Brooklyn Heights


March 11th 2016

Celebrating Queens Women Artists

march 11 2016

6:30pm @ Queens Council on the Arts



Astoria, NY

Saturday, January 19 @ 8pm

More info


fancy1November 10th 2015


LIC reading series 11 10 15

Saeed Jones, Valerie G. Keane, and Molly Rose Quinn

The November 10th LIC Reading Series is a special poetry event! We are excited to be hosting amazing poets Saeed Jones, Valerie G. Keane, and Molly Rose Quinn for a night of readings and discussion.

About our readers:

Saeed Jones’ debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was the winner of the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and a winner of a 2015 PEN Literary Award. His work has appeared in publications like Guernica, The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Blackbird among others. Saeed is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Art / Mentors.

Valerie G. Keane is honored to be part of the Queens literary scene. Her work has been published in Newtown Literary Journal and she is the founder of Poetry & Coffee, a discussion group for writers and readers of all levels of experience where people are reading and talking about poetry for the joy of it. Valerie has been featured at numerous reading series in Queens, the International Women Artists’ Salon, and the NYC Poetry Festival. She speaks at high schools and colleges about how to love poetry from the bottom of your soul without an MFA, and she currently serves on the editorial review board for poetry for Newtown Literary. Find out more at www.valeriegkeane.com.

Molly Rose Quinn is a poet living in Brooklyn and the Director of Public Programming at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, PEN Poetry Series, The Offing, Everyday Genius, Two Serious Ladies, The Agriculture Reader, and other places. Her interviews and criticism appear in The Atlas Review, The L Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail, and she is a contributor to Scout poetry review. She is a fiction committee member for the Brooklyn Book Festival and co-organizer of the Moby-Dick Marathon NYC. She was raised in Memphis, Tennessee.

LIC Reading Series

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/834261196693099/

LIC Reading Series at LIC Bar

45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY


September 1st 2015

First Tuesdays

Reading at First Tuesdays at Terraza 7

40-19 Gleane Street, Jackson Heights, NY




Reading for Poetry & Coffee, at the Queens Lit Fest

August 1 & 2, 2015 @ LIC Bar in Long Island City, NY


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Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at 3pm

Reading for Newtown Literary on the Chumley Stage

NYC Poetry Festival 

nyc poetry festival



Featuring at the Risk of Discovery reading series on Thursday, July 21st, 2015 at 6:30pm at Q.E.D. Astoria.QED



Valerie will be hosting the

Newtown Literary Journal Launch for Issue #6

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 @ 7pm

Queens Council on the Arts | 37-11 35th Street, Astoria, NY

(entrance on 37th Street)

Event information



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