Notable NY: 4/8-4/14

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Monday 04/08:
Monday Night Poetry features award-winning poet Major Jackson and author of the great What Is Amazing, Heather Christle. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

The Franklin Park Reading Series welcomes Heidi Julavits, Fiona Maazel, Teddy Wayne, David Gilbert, and Maris Kreizman. Franklin Park, 8pm, free.

Tuesday 04/09:
The Poets House welcomes POETRY Magazine editor Don Share, who will spend Tuesday evening discussing and reading from the work of Miguel Hernandez, a poet simultaneously revered and under-appreciated. Share will read from his new translation of Hernandez’s work titled, simply, Miguel Hernandez. Kray Hall, 7pm, $10.

Wednesday 04/10:
Ashton Applewhite reprises her talk about ageism in America and why Americans are so ambivalent about longer life. The talk, called This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life, will be hosted by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

The Coffin Factory celebrates the release of their fifth issue with Joshua Cohen and Kathleen Alcott. Housing Works Bookstore, 7pm, free.

PowerHouse and Penguin Classics bring in Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding) and Will Leitch (Deadspin) to discuss Christy Mathewson’s insider’s account of baseball, Pitching in a Pinch. PowerHouse Arena, 7pm, free.

Thursday 04/11:
Ugly Duckling Presse hosts an event called The End of the Avant-Garde in celebration of their release of Eugene Ostashevsky’s translation of Russian OBERIU poet Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think. The event will feature a discussion with Richard Sieburth, Michael Kunichika, Ostashevsky, and Matvei Yankelevich. 20 Cooper Square, 6pm, free.

Volume One Brooklyn presents Comedy in Fiction, a discussion with Sam Lipsyte, Jim Shepard, and Fiona Maazel, moderated by Vol. 1 editor Jason Diamond. The Center for Fiction, 7:30pm, free.

Friday 04/12:
Though it’s pretentiously named, the Strand’s event “Celebrated Writer Junot Diaz Talks Openly with the New Yorker’s Hilton Als” should be a good event for early on a Friday night. Strand Books, 7pm, free with book purchase.

Sunday 04/14:
All day Sunday McNally Jackson and Housing Works team-up to present the Downtown Literary Festival. The day includes readings, a tribute to Frank O’Hara, a walking tour led by Lit Crawl NYC, drinks, and tons more. All over SoHo and the Lower East Side, all day, free (though meals, drinks, and other extras may cost).

At the other end of the island you can catch Gregg Bordowitz: “In the Life”: a reading of works by gay black men from the 1980s and 90s. The readers include Ari Bania, John Keene, Rickey Laurentiis, Glenn Ligon, Eileen Myles, and others who will read the work of Donald Woods, Essex Hemphill, Marlon Riggs and many more. Whitney Museum, 2pm, free with museum admission.


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 blogsareaboutego.blogspot.com. More from this author →