Notable New York, This Week 1/30-2/05

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This week in New York, poet Phil Kaye at Louder Arts, Corset Busters reading, Dave Isay at Greenlight, poet Billy Collins at Strand Books, Nerd Nite speed-dating, James Shapiro on William Shakespeare, and KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction.

MONDAY 1/30: Louder Arts hosts poet Phil Kaye, author of A Light Bulb Symphony, and a persona poetry slam. Two for one drinks. Bar 13. 7 p.m. $6; $5 with student ID.

TUESDAY 1/31: The Next Chapter Reading Series theme for January is “Corset Busters,” featuring Jo “Boobs” Weldon, The Burlesque Handbook: A Backstage Guide; Jack Silbert, The Modern Con Man: How to Get Something for Nothing; and Jennifer Ostrega; hosted by Lisa Kirchner. (Le) Poisson Rouge. 7 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY 2/01: Greenlight Bookstore is hosting a book launch party for a new book, All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps, by Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps. 7:30 p.m. Free.

THURSDAY 2/02: Poet Billy Collins will read from his most recent book, Horoscopes for the Dead, at Strand Books. 7 p.m. If you’d like to attend you must buy Horoscopes for the Dead or a $10 Strand gift card in order to attend.

FRIDAY 2/03: Find your nerd date at Nerd Nite speed dating, followed by presentations on small wind, dystopias, and a metal primer. Galapagos Art Space. Speed dating begins at 6:30 p.m. $25 Nerd Nite presentations begin at 9 p.m. $10 (for Nerd Nite only).

SATURDAY 2/04: Poets House presents, Passwords: James Shapiro on William Shakespeare. Shapiro, author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, will focus on the late sonnets of Shakespeare. Part of Poets House 25th Anniversary Program. 2 p.m. $10; $7 for students and seniors. Free to Poets House Members

SUNDAY 2/05: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction presents authors Carter Sickels, The Evening Hour, and Stephen Stark, The Final Appearance of America’s Favorite Girl Next Door, reading from their books. 7 p.m.

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LaToya Jordan is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays 2016. Her writing has appeared in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mom Egg Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and more. Visit her at latoyajordan.com. More from this author →