Notable New York: 5/6-5/12


Monday 05/06:
Ben Greenman heads to the Franklin Park Reading Series to celebrate the release of his new novel The Slippage along with Sam Lipsyte, Toure, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Amelia Gray. The first fifty people at the reading get a Ben Greenman-themed tote bag, with quotes from his short stories. Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden, 8pm, free.

Tuesday 05/07:
The Poets House presents prolific poet and novelist Stephen Dobyns, who will talk about the life and poetry of Pulitzer-winning poet James Wright. Kray Hall, 7pm, $10.

Screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner talks about his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Lincoln with Oskar Eustis. Strand Books, 7pm, free with book purchase.

The KGB Bar presents an evening titled Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence that will feature Susana H. Case, Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Elayne Safir, Larissa Shmallo, Margo Taft Stever, Alison Stone, and Amber West. The Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts will also perform. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

Wednesday 05/08:
Wednesday, catch a reading celebrating the release of the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Readers include Aimee Herman, Ariel Goldberg, EC Crandall, Eileen Myles, Ely Shipley, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jake Pam Dick, Joy Ladin, and Kit Yan, and host / co-editor Tim Trace Peterson. Bureau of General Services – Queer Division, 7pm, free.

The Southern Writers Reading Series welcomes poets Melissa Broder, Rio Cortez, Amanda Smeltz, and Iris Cushing. Happy Endings Lounge, 8pm, free.

Thursday 05/09:
Thursday is packed full of great events, starting with literary legends Edward Albee and Paul Auster discussing the life and writing of Samuel Beckett. Strand Books, 7pm, $30 seats / $15 standing room.

Literary Death Match returns to New York for their first-ever Brooklyn-based event. The evening will feature Tayari Jones, Alina Simone, Alexander Chee, and Dan Wilbur as the competitors, with Elissa Bassist, Dale Seever, and Baratunde Thurston serving as judges. Union Hall, 8pm, $12.

Adam Fitzgerald celebrates the release of his debut poetry collection The Late Parade. Conversation to follow, moderated by Robert Polito. The New School, 6:30pm, free.

Friday 05/10:
W.S. Merwin makes a rare New York appearance to read and discuss work from his recently released Collected Poems from the Library of America. A discussion with J. D. McClatchy will follow the reading. 92Y, 8pm, $24.

No, Dear launches their 11th issue — themed “Hair” — with readings from Nalini Abhiraman, Lee Ann Brown, Cathy Che, Francesco Grisanzio, Paul Hlava, Caitie Moore, Morgan Parker, Natalie Peart, Evan Gill Smith, and Elizabeth Clark Wessel. La Sala, 7pm, free.

Saturday 05/11:
David Sedaris makes an appearance to read from his brilliantly titled Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. powerHouse Arena, 2pm, $35.

Dustin Luke Nelson is a founding editor of InDigest and the host of the InDigest Reading Series. He is a 2012 National Poetry Series finalist and has recently had work published in the Greying Ghost Pamphlet Series, Opium, METRO Twin Cities, Scud, 3:AM, and elsewhere. He has been a writer and producer on Radio Happy Hour and Geocachers. He lives in Astoria, tweets at @dlukenelson, and blogs at More from this author →