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Saturday, June 1, 2019
Made in Queens
Monday, July 23, 2018
Summer Gazebo Readings
65 Foxhurst Road
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Second Saturdays @
Cyrus Chai & Coffee Company
September 9, 2017
1 Railroad Plaza
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Sunday, July 30th, 2017
1pm on the White Horse stage
Friday, June 2, 2017
June 2, 2017
64 Rockaway Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
THE POETRY THAT I AM:
FOR KIDS, AGES 8-12
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: 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
Rain Dogs 1045 Park St. Jacksonville, FL.
The 23rd annual Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/ Performance Extravaganza.
JANUARY 1, 2017
Poetry Celebration at Oceanside Library
November 12th, 2016 @ 2pm
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
Monday, June 6th @ 6pm
Monologues and Madness
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
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 @ 7pm
Mistress of Ceremonies at Jazz Moon book release party
with author Joe Okonkwo
JAZZ MOON BOOK RELEASE PARTY
536 West 112th Street
New York, NY
April 2nd 2016
Park Plaza Restaurant | 220 Cadman Plaza West | Brooklyn Heights
March 11th 2016
Celebrating Queens Women Artists
6:30pm @ Queens Council on the Arts
Saturday, January 19 @ 8pm
November 10th 2015
LIC READING SERIES
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 at LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY
September 1st 2015
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
Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at 3pm
Reading for Newtown Literary on the Chumley Stage