Through my work in arts administration and as a writer and editor, I learn about contests, calls for submissions, calls for participants or applicants, employment opportunities, some particular events of interest (generally in the NYC area or online), and funding opportunities, which I am happy to post here freely and semi-frequently.


[06/15 deadline] 2023 Akron Poetry Prize

Each year, the University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of their book as part of the Akron Series in Poetry. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series. We will accept submissions for the 2023 Akron Poetry Prize competition from April 15, 2023 through June 15, 2023. The final judge for 2023 is Sandra Beasley. Full info:

[06/15 deadline] Palette Poetry Sappho Prize for Women Poets

The winning poet will be awarded $3000, publication, and a brief interview in Palette Poetry. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively, as well as publication. The top ten finalists will be selected by Palette editors, and Guest Judge Evie Shockley will then select the winner and two runners-up from among the ten finalists. Full info:

[06/16 deadline] 42 Miles Press Poetry Award (2023)

The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award was created in an effort to bring urgent and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize is offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full-length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome. The winning poet will receive $1,000, publication of their book, and 50 author copies. The winner will also be invited to give a reading at Indiana University South Bend as part of the release of the book. The final selection will be made by the Series Editor. Current or former students or employees of Indiana University South Bend, as well as friends of the Series Editor, are not eligible for the prize. Full info here:

[06/30 deadline] Ninth Letter The Regeneration Literary Contest

$1,000 prize and publication, judged by Craig Santos Perez. Theme: “What would it look like to live in a world where our food systems regenerated not only us, but the planet?” Full info:

[07/01 deadline] Bellevue Literary Review (BLR) Prizes

The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. Winners are published in the spring issue of BLR. For each genre, first prize is $1000 and honorable mention is $300. Submissions to the 2024 BLR Prizes are open through July 1, 2023. Please see here for guidelines and the links to submit.

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, judged by Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, judged by Edgar Gomez
John & Eileen Allman Prize for Poetry, judged by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

[08/31 deadline] Nine Syllables Press Chapbook Contest, judged by Leila Chatti

Nine Syllables Press is delighted to announce our first annual chapbook contest. Leila Chatti will be the final judge for 2023. The winner will be awarded $500 and author’s copies. The chapbook will be published within a year. Winners will be announced by February, 2024. Submissions are open June 1-August 31, 2023, using our Submittable. There is a $10 submission fee. Please read the guidelines carefully before sending us your work.


[06/10 deadline] Burrow Press Review

Burrow Press is the literary publisher of Stetson University's MFA of the Americas program, focusing on collaboration, translation, and literature in the expanded field. we're looking for traditional and experimental poetry and prose forms in all genres, including literary, horror, sci-fi/speculative, acknowledging that the best work often transcends these labels. We like work that takes risks, that isn't afraid of being weird, and that shines on the sentence level. Full info:

[06/15 deadline] Electric Lit Calls for Creative Nonfiction

CNF essays of 2,000-6,500 words. Open until June 15 or until we reach 500 submissions. More info here:

[06/30 deadline] Epiphany Fall/Winter 2023 print issue

We are now open for submissions for our Fall/Winter 2023 print issue in the categories of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. We are offering everyone who submits a free digital subscription to Epiphany. The submission window closes on June 30th at 12AM EST. Full submission info here:

[06/30 deadline] Split Lip Magazine

You know the drill. Read our issues to see if we’re a good home for your work. Get the full scoop before you submit! Then hit up our Submittable. All submissions are currently being considered for our monthly online issues. In an effort to promote Black voices, Split Lip Magazine is opening free submissions for Black writers in all genres.

[06/30 deadline] Jewish Currents Poetry Submissions

We’re excited to be open for poetry submissions during the month of June! Please send a short cover letter and 1-6 poems as a word doc or pdf to:

More info can be found at

[06/30 deadline] The Song Cave Open Reading Period (Poetry & Poetry in Translation)

It's time for our annual open reading period for manuscripts of poetry and poetry in translation! We're looking for your best work. Whether you're submitting the first full-length book you've ever written or your twelfth, you are eligible. Full submission info here.

[06/30] Rose Metal Press Summer Reading Period (Hybrid Genres)

From June 1 to June 30, 2023, we will be holding an open reading period for full-length hybrid and cross-genre manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2024 and beyond. We are interested in flash fiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse and novel(la)s-in-flash; flash nonfiction or memoirs-in-shorts; fragmentary works and lyric essays; image and text works; hybrid col­laborative works; and other literary works that move beyond traditional genres to find new forms of expression. We welcome submissions in all styles and on all subjects, and encourage a broad and expansive interpretation of hybridity. Surprise us with your innovation! Full details:

[06/30 deadline] Black Lawrence Press Summer Reading Period

During our June and November Open Reading Periods, we accept submissions in the following categories: novel, novella, short story collection (full-length and chapbook), poetry (full-length and chapbook), biography & cultural studies, translation (from the German), and creative nonfiction. Full info:

[06/30 deadline] Codhill Press Guest Editor Series

Codhill Press, currently celebrating its 25th year, wants your poetry manuscripts. The press is excited to announce a new series designed to both honor its past and expand its poetry offerings into the future. Beginning this year, the press will name a Guest Editor who will select two poetry manuscripts for publication during a two-year appointment period (one per year). Poets are invited to submit full-length collections focused on a specific theme between May 1- June 30, 2023. In choosing a theme for submissions, the press will select an area that feels rich with possibility, representative of the Guest Editor’s interests, and open enough to allow for a wide range of interpretation. For the 2023 submission period, the theme is: Dreams and the Subconscious. The submission call asks: “Where do dreams bleed into waking life? How do we maneuver the mundane with subconscious? How do we handle the anxieties of the world with dreams? We are interested in poems that share dreams in a tactile manner. Poems that explore the concrete world through the surreal touch of dreams. A dream presented with a skeleton of reality; reality handled with a cloak of a dream. Poems that use dreams not to escape the world around us—whether that is on a personal, communal, national, global levels—but to more fully understand it.”


[06/05 deadline] Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA) Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 50 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, housing, travel and living expenses. AIRs become part of a dynamic community of artists participating in Headlands’ other programs, allowing for exchange and collaborative relationships to develop within the artist community on campus. Artists selected for this program are at all career stages and work in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, dance, music, interdisciplinary, social practice, arts professions, and architecture. All Artist in Residence applicants are also considered for the following awards: • McEvoy Family Award • McLaughlin Children’s Trust Award • Project Space. Find application links at

Application Fees:
-Early Bird (April 3–May 8): $35
-Regular Application Fee (May 9–June 5): $45

[06/10 deadline] Wendy’s Subway 2023-24 Library Fellow

Duration: September 11, 2023 - May 17, 2024 (9 months, or 33 weeks)
Time Commitment: 2 days/week, including 1-hour weekly staff meetings and occasional events
Rate: $9,000
Deadline to apply: June 10, 2023 

Wendy’s Subway is seeking a Library Fellow. This fellow will work closely with Wendy’s Subway staff to ensure that our library collection of over 3,000 titles is an accessible resource for in-person and online audiences Our work seeks to promote open engagement with books and art through radical librarianship, collaboration, and solidarity. We are looking for someone who cares deeply about what we do: facilitating access to arts resources and practices and creating alternative spaces for learning and thinking with books. We are interested in your prior experiences in the field as well as an enthusiasm to learn and develop our collection. Full info:

[06/15 deadline] Vermont Studio Center Residencies

Vermont Studio Center (VSC) was founded by artists in 1984. We welcome writers and artists for residencies in Johnson, Vermont, and host online programs and events. Our mission is to provide studio residencies in an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form. Our buildings, many of them historic Vermont landmarks, overlook the Gihon River in the northern Green Mountains. Full info:

[06/26 deadline] Lighthouse Writers Book Project Fellowship

In 2018, we launched the Book Project Fellowship, which covers partial or full tuition for the entire two-year program. Book Project Fellows will receive all the benefits of the program, including one-on-one mentorship with a published author, classes with fellow Book Project participants, weekend intensives and retreats, and publishing advice from our in-house expert. The Book Project Fellowship is supported in part by the Amazon Literary Partnership along with generous individual donors. Writers of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, memoir, and hybrid texts can apply for a Book Project Fellowship. Each application is reviewed by Book Project faculty and rewarded based on merit and financial need. Full info:

[06/28 deadline] Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Every year, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program welcomes artists of all disciplines and grants them the gift of time and space: a four-week residency on our 583-acre ranch in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains. For full information, please refer to the Djerassi Program’s website or email the office at with any questions. Apply today to be one of 60 artists selected for our 2024 sessions!

[06/30 deadline] Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference

The Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference is a vibrant gathering that offers Morning Workshops in a wide range of genres. Afternoons are packed with craft seminars, panels, one-on-one consultations, and open mics; and every evening offers an opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie and connection that make this conference, in the words of one participant, “life changing.” The 2023 Conference will be held from August 3 to 5, 2023. Registration is now open and will close on June 30, 2023. To register, visit the Morning Workshops page and select your workshop of choice.

[07/01 deadline] The Frost Place Seminar (2023 over Zoom)

An Online Experience July 30 – August 4, 2023

As always, you’ll have access to instruction from our world-class faculty, focused attention on your work, and the vital exchanges of peers in workshop. Our goal is to support, refresh, and inspire you.
  • Spend five days with a select community of poets exploring your artistic work in the context of a rich variety of poetry ancestors and contemporaries.
  • Discover how poetic community can provide models, provocations and correctives to widen your thinking about your own efforts.
  • Learn from a distinguished and accomplished faculty how poets choose, imitate, enter into dialogue with, and sometimes argue with the work of our poetic ancestors and contemporaries.
The Seminar schedule features a daily presentation/discussion exploring aspects of craft and technique, an afternoon workshop of participants’ poems or individual, virtual meetings with faculty, and an evening reading, some by faculty poets and others featuring participants. Full info and application:


For general NYC-based reading series I love, some of which I am or have been affiliated with, check out the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Sarah Lawrence College Writing MFA Colloquium, Pigeon Pages Reading Series, the Asian American Writers’ Workshopthe Poetry Project, the Center for FictionSegue Reading Series, Red Ink Series, Koukash Review, Franklin Park Reading SeriesKundiman, and Cave Canem, and events calendars at favorite NYC-local independent bookstores like Unnameable Books, Black Spring Books, Yu & Me Books, and Books Are Magic, to name a few.

Friday, June 2, 2023

AAWW: [Workshop] Mapping the Met, Wilderness in Islamic Art
(4:30 Arrival) 5 PM ET – 7 PM ET | Sliding Scale $15- $30
In-Person | 1 Session | REGISTER HERE!
Sana Khan and Aaisha Bhuiyan, on behalf of AAWW, welcome you to a writing workshop exploring depictions of nature and wilderness in the Met’s Islamic art collection. In movement with AAWW’s workshops theme of forest and understory, Sana and Aaisha will facilitate a writing workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that centers meditations on narrative, style, and representation in the Islamic art on view. More info:

Books Are Magic: Chelsea G. Summers: A Certain Hunger w/ Nina Haines
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
A satire of early foodieism, a critique of how gender is defined, and a showcase of virtuoso storytelling, Chelsea G. Summers’ A Certain Hunger introduces us to the food world’s most charming psychopath and an exciting new voice in fiction.

Saturday, June 3, 2023

The Center for Fiction Café & Bar Presents EXHIBIT B IN NYC: A Reading
5pm ET, in-person only, RSVPs are optional and drink purchases are gently requested. Guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-seated basis
EXHIBIT B IN NYC: A Reading highlights outstanding authors with a focus on queer and trans writers and writers of color. We aim to bring established and emerging writers into the same events, conversations, and readership. Join host and Emerging Writer Fellowship alumna Claire Oleson for an evening of readings featuring Edward Ongweso Jr., Nat Mesnard, Jen Lue, and Gyasi Hall at The Center for Fiction Café & Bar.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

No, Dear #29 CHRONIC Launch Reading
2pm ET, in-person only (outside weather permitting) at Blinky’s, 609 Grand St., Brooklyn
Featuring poets from No, Dear Issue #29, hosted by editor T’ai Freedom Ford. Issue also edited by Ashna Ali and Emily Brandt.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Bluestockings, Lambda Literary, and AAWW Present: Queer Black & Asian Voices
5:30pm ET, in-person at Bluestockings, 116 Suffolk St, masks required
Celebrate Pride Month with the 2022 Lambda Literary finalists of color, organized by Lambda Literary and the Asian American Writers Workshop in co-partnership. Featuring readings by Akil Kumarasamy (Meet Us by the Roaring Sea, finalist in Bisexual Fiction), Courtney Faye Taylor (Concentrate, finalist in Lesbian Poetry), Golden (A Dead Name That Learned How to Live, finalist in Transgender Poetry), Bushra Rehman (Roses, In the Mouth of a Lion: A Novel, finalist in Bisexual Fiction), and Natalie Wee (Beast at Every Threshold, finalist in Lesbian Poetry). Full info:

NYPL: Author Talk: "The Weight" - Jeff Boyd in conversation with Xochitl Gonzalez
5:30-6:30pm ET, online only, register here
Join Castle Hill Library for an online Author Talk! Debut author Jeff Boyd will speak about his beguiling first novel, a piercing exploration of faith, racial identity, love, and friendship—The Weight is a book that's not to be missed!

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

The Center for Fiction: The Art of the Short Story: Magogodi oaMphela Makhene on Innards with Dawnie Walton
7pm ET, in-person and livestream, tickets here
Join writer Magogodi oaMphela Makhene for the launch of her new short story collection, Innards, in conversation with journalist and novelist Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal & Nev). Set in Soweto, the urban heartbeat of South Africa, Innards tells the intimate stories of everyday Black folks processing the savagery of apartheid with grit, wit, and their own distinctive bewildering humor. Enter into a discussion about an indelible cast of characters and their poignant journeys with forgiveness, rage, ugliness, and beauty, and the process of weaving together a moving set of narratives.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Books Are Magic: E. L. Shen: The Queens of New York w/ Jen Ung
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
Perfect for fans of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, this sun-drenched, cinematic contemporary YA novel follows three inseparable best friends as they navigate first love, grief, and racism during one life-changing summer apart.

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Wendy’s Subway: Lineage: Ana Božičević, Donna Masini, Ryan Skrabalak
7pm ET, in-person only at Wendy’s Subway, 379 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
LINEAGE is a quarterly event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage. This LINEAGE reading features Ana Božičević, Donna Masini, and Ryan Skrabalak. LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt and hosted by Wendy's Subway.

Community Bookstore: NYRB Classics: Susan Taubes' "Lament for Julia"
7pm ET, in-store
Join us at Community Bookstore (143 7th Ave., Brooklyn) for an in-person event in celebration of Susan Taubes' previously unpublished novel Lament for Julia (forthcoming from NYRB Classics). The author's son, Ethan Taubes, will discuss the book with Francesca Wade, who wrote the introduction.
This event is free and open to all. Masks are encouraged.

Books Are Magic: Javier Fuentes: Countries of Origin w/ Stacey D'Erasmo
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
This stunning debut chronicles a tumultuous, passionate love affair between two young men from vastly different worlds during one, extraordinary summer in Spain, in what is ultimately a meditation on identity, class, belonging and desire.

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Jersey City Reads Poems: Francisco Márquez, Kat Rejsek, Xan Forest Phillips
7pm ET, in-person at WORD Books (Jersey City), $10 tickets here

Books Are Magic: Pride Fest Adult Panel: Celebrating Queer Debuts w/ Jenny Fran Davis, Tembe Denton-Hurst, Sabrina Imbler, Amelia Possanza, & moderated by John Paul Brammer
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here

Monday, June 12, 2023

Books Are Magic: Greg Marshall: Leg w/ Chloé Cooper Jones
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
A hilarious and poignant memoir grappling with family, disability, and coming of age in two closets—as a gay man and as a man living with cerebral palsy.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Books Are Magic: Helen Ellis: Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge w/ Ann Napolitano & Hannah Tinti
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
New York Times bestselling author Helen Ellis paints a portrait of true romance for our times in these surprising, sexy, and hilariously frank essays about love, marriage, and her last first kiss.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

The Center for Fiction: The Art of the Short Story: M. Evelina Galang on When the Hibiscus Falls with Hannah Bae
7pm ET, in-person and livestream, tickets here
This June, join the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) and The Center for Fiction to celebrate When the Hibiscus Falls, a story collection by award-winning writer M. Evelina Galang that traverses borderlines, mythic and real, to delve into the lives of Filipino and Filipino American women and their ancestors. Galang will be joined by her former student and journalist, Hannah Bae, for a conversation about this collection—described by Lorrie Moore as “pioneering, lyrical, and full of life.”

Books Are Magic: Rita Chang-Eppig: Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea w/ Anna North
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
For readers of Outlawed, Piranesi, and The Night Tiger, a dazzling historical novel about a legendary Chinese pirate queen, her fight to save her fleet from the forces allied against them, and the dangerous price of power.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

The Center for Fiction: The International Library Part II: Translating Traditions / Translating the Book of Genesis
1:30 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT, in-person and livestream, tickets here
A striking example of translation and its many layers—of language, of myth, of tradition—Mexican author Carmen Boullosa’s The Book of Eve (El libro de Eva) twists, challenges, and ultimately revises a classic tale for a contemporary moment. As Eve, fueled by “fiery disobedience,” tells her own version of the Book of Genesis, she brazenly rejects the stories that have oppressed women across millennia. No, she was not created from Adam’s rib; no, she was not expelled from the Garden of Eden for nibbling a forbidden apple; and no, humanity was not deluged by a great flood. Join translator Samantha Schnee and Boullosa for a conversation about translation twice (and sometimes thrice) over.

Celebrating I. by Gerald Stern
3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET, online only via Zoom, free with registration
A reading with Chase Berggrun, Ross Gay, and Alicia Ostriker, co-sponsored by Ayin Press, Poets House, Jewish Book Council, Brooklyn Jews, and the New Jewish Culture Fellowship (NJCF)

Books Are Magic: Adorah Nworah: House Woman w/ Jane Pek
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
When Ikemefuna is put on a plane from Lagos, Nigeria to Sugar Land, Texas, she anticipates her newly arranged All-American life: a handsome husband, a beautiful red-brick mansion, pizza parlors, and dance classes. An unforgettably delicious thriller, House Woman is about a woman trapped in a dangerous web of conflicting desires, melting in the Texas heat.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

NYPL Schomburg Center Literary Festival 2023
11:30 AM - 6 PM ET, free, schedule and registration here
The Schomburg Center Literary Festival celebrates authors of African descent and champions literacy and books across genres to amplify Black history and culture. Festival programming features some of the most talented writers and influential figures in culture today. The festival is built on the foundation created by Arturo Schomburg–encouraging freedom of thought, the relentless pursuit of Black history, and the engagement of our imagination towards our collective freedom. This year marks its fifth year and will reconvene communities of book lovers to interact with their favorite authors in Harlem, USA. The festival hosts a marketplace of local organizations and vendors, NYPL mobile library, and programs for all ages. Readings, panel discussions, and workshops at the event range from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and nonfiction.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

The Center for Fiction: Ani Kayode Somtochukwu on And Then He Sang a Lullaby with Roxane Gay
7pm ET, in-person and livestream, tickets here
Join The Center For Fiction in welcoming Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, Hunger) to launch Ani Kayode Somtochukwu’s And Then He Sang a Lullaby, the inaugural title of her new publishing imprint, Roxane Gay Books at Grove Atlantic. Somtochukwu’s enthralling debut follows God-fearing track star August on his matriculation to university, where almost everything is going well–except that August cannot stop thinking about Segun, an openly gay student who works at the cyber cafe. In Nigeria, as a new anti-gay law is passed and Segun struggles to keep their new relationship behind closed doors, the pair fight to stay together with the power of love in a difficult landscape.

Table of Contents: Gabrielle Bates, Tamara Shopsin, Tyriek White

7-9pm ET, in-person only, tickets here
Hope you can join us Tuesday, June 20th back at Insa for this exciting lineup to welcome in the first week of Summer and a season of abundance. In addition to three small dishes inspired by the passages, this month we also have a special libationary touch:  TOC Cookbook illustrator and Cocktails In Color co-author Olivia McGiff and her partner in drinks Sammi Katz will be shaking up literary-inspired cocktails for the night!

Books Are Magic: Jenny Xie: Holding Pattern w/ Isle McElroy
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Books Are Magic: Lorrie Moore & Susanna Moore: I Am Homeless if This is Not My Home and The Lost Wife w/ Taylor Antrim
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here

Thursday, June 22, 2023

ALL PRIDE, NO PREJUDICE! A Literary LGBTQ+ Celebration
6-8pm ET, in-person only
Join us for a community game of Exquisite Corpse, music, happy hour specials, and readings from an exciting lineup of LGBTQ+ writers, including Jenny Fran Davis (Dykette), Eliot Duncan (Ponyboy), Henry Hoke (Open Throat), Haley Jakobson (Old Enough), Lancali (I Fell in Love with Hope), Amelia Possanza (Lesbian Love Story), Bushra Rehman (Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion), Candace Williams (I Am the Most Dangerous Thing), and Denne Michelle Norris, whose debut novel, When the Harvest Comes, is forthcoming from Random House! In addition to the readings, this event is the school book fair you always wished for, with all the colors of the LGBTQ+ rainbow represented in print. So bring your book sack and go home with new stories to read. Full info:

Saturday, June 24, 2023

NYPL: Poetry Reading: Eleven Poets
3 - 4:30 PM ET, in-person at Jefferson Market Library
Please join us for a reading featuring eleven poets. Free and open to the public! Readings by: Don Yorty, James Pergola, Jerome Ellison Murphy, David Groff, Octavio R. Gonzalez, Dave King, Ron Drummond, Guillermo Filice Castro, Corey Boykins, Antonio Addessi, and Scott Hightower.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

NYPL: Luis Alberto Urrea: Good Night, Irene
6:30pm ET, in-person and livestream,
The new novel by the award-winning author tells an overlooked story of women’s heroism in World War II, inspired by the experiences of his own mother. Full info and registration:

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

The Center for Fiction Café & Bar Presents Drink & Draft Night
6-7:30pm ET, in-person only, tickets here
Stuck in your writing? In need of a little more time or inspiration? Drink & Draft makes space for you to get out of your head and onto the page. Hosted by Josh Krigman, the night includes a series of visual prompts that lead you toward new creative choices in your work, and the chance to experiment with different styles of writing. You’re invited to write something new, continue a work-in-progress, or see where the evening takes you. We’ll finish with optional time to share what you’ve written. All genres welcome, no experience necessary.

Books Are Magic: Megan Fernandes: I Do Everything I'm Told w/ Maggie Millner
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
Restless, contradictory, and witty, Megan Fernandes’ I Do Everything I’m Told explores disobedience and worship, longing and possessiveness, and nights of wandering cities. Its poems span thousands of miles, as a masterful crown of sonnets starts in Shanghai, then moves through Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Palermo, Paris, and Philadelphia—with a speaker who travels solo, adventures with strangers, struggles with the parameters of sexuality, and speculates on desire.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Books Are Magic: Helen Elaine Lee: Pomegranate w/ Michelle Herrera Mulligan
7pm ET, in-store at Montague St. location, tickets here
The acclaimed author of The Serpent’s Gift returns with this gripping and powerful novel of healing, redemption, and love, following a queer Black woman who works to stay clean, pull her life together, and heal after being released from prison.

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