Notable New York, This Week 2/13-2/19


This week in New York, A Point of View on a Point of View, The Franklin Park Reading Series, SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Story Show, Page Meets Stage with Amy Lemmon and Lemon Anderson, Michael Showalter at WORD, Gameshow Speakeasy, An Homage to Piri Thomas, and KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction.

MONDAY 2/13: A Point of View on a Point of View will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge. Hosted by veteran editor Daniel Menaker of The New Yorker and Random House. Stony Brook Manhattan. 7 p.m. Free.

The Franklin Park Reading Series is kicking off Valentine’s Day with “Unconventional Love,” featuring Ben Marcus, The Flame Alphabet; Martha Southgate, The Taste of Salt; Kate Zambreno, Green Girl; Chiara Barzini, Sister Stop Breathing; and Will Snider, The Halloween Plays. $4 pints. Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden. 8 p.m.

TUESDAY 2/14: SMITH Magazine hosts another six-word story show with a focus on love and heartbreak, “Relighting Old Flame with New Matches,” featuring Rachel Shukert, Deborah Copagan Kogan, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Robin Gelfenbien, Mark Lukach, Shubha Bala and singer Tara O’Grady. There will also be a six-word slam following the main event. Also featuring DJ Spooky and special guests. 92YTribeca. 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

WEDNESDAY 2/15: Page Meets Stage will feature poet Amy Lemmon, author of Fine Motor and Saint Nobody, representing the page and spoken word and theater artist Lemon Anderson, who was featured eight times on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. Bar 13. $12, $6 for students. 8 p.m.

THURSDAY 2/16: Michael Showalter will celebrate the paperback release of Mr. Funny Pants at WORD. 7 p.m. Free.

FRIDAY 2/17: Gameshow Speakeasy, hosted by Neil O’Fortune, features a panel of nightlife artists who attempt to guess the occupation of regular New Yorkers. (Le) Poisson Rouge. 7 p.m. $5

SATURDAY 2/18: Speak Up! An Homage to Piri Thomas, poet and author of Down These Mean Streets. Hosted by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega and Felipe Luciano, and curated by Rich Villar. Poets include Martin Espada, Jesus Papoleto Melendez, Junot Díaz, Willie Perdomo, Mayda del Valle, Emanuel Xavier, and others. El Museo del Barrio. 7 p.m. Free

SUNDAY 2/19: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction presents Women on the Verge with Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl and O Fallen Angel; Helen Phillips, author of And Yet They Were Happy and the forthcoming children’s adventure novel Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green; and actress Suzanne Scanlon, author of Promising Young Women. 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 More from this author →