Notable NYC: 4/15-4/21


We’re a day behind. We hope you made it through Monday without the sublime guidance of Notable NYC. A (user) error occurred yesterday and all was lost. But all is not lost, Notable NYC is here to make sure that you don’t go lonely for want of literature this week.

Tuesday 04/16:
The Belladonna* Collective hosts a book launch party for new tomes from LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and R. Erica Doyle. Accola Griefen Gallery, 6:30pm, free.

Wednesday 04/17:
In celebration of the release of the Collected Poems of Joseph Ceravolo, the Poetry Project hosts a reading of his work featuring David Lehman, Charles North, Ron Padgett, Anselm Berrigan, Peter Gizzi, David Shapiro, John Perreault, Eileen Myles, Susie Timmons, Timothy Donnelly, Jordan Davis, Ariana Reines, Corina Copp, Corrine Fitzpatrick, John Coletti, Thurston Moore, Anita Ceravolo, and Parker Smathers. St. Mark’s Church, 8pm, free.

Thursday 04/18:
Get a little Frank O’Hara in your life and join in the annual Poem In Your Pocket Day. There are events going on all day, but starting at 9am you can stop by the Poets House and grab a poem, to carry your heart in your pocket. Poets House, 9am-3pm, free.

Saturday 04/20:
The Russian avant-garde of the 1920s was never allowed to develop under Stalin’s repression of avant-garde art. The OBERIU poets were interesting, doing wonderful experimenting with form and resisting repressive laws. Poets like Alexander Vvedensky are certainly not well-known enough. Today the editors and translators of Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think and Daniil Kharms’ Notebooks get together to read from these collections and discuss the lives of OBERIU poets. Kray Hall, 2pm panel / 4:30pm reading, $10.

If you haven’t had enough OBERIU today, the Poetry Project is hosting a reading in celebration of english-language editions of the poems of Vvedensky and Vsevolod Nekrasov. Readers will include Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich, who translated Vvedensky, and Bela Shayevich and Ainsley Morse, who translated Nekrasov. The night will also feature an appearance from contemporary Russian poet Kirill Medvedev. St. Mark’s Church, 8pm, free.

Sunday 04/21:
Tin House celebrates the release of Issue #55: This Means War, an issue that explores the idea that war and stories are inextricable. That our earliest stories as a species are of war. The night will include readings of work from the issue by Colum McCann, Samantha Hunt, and Michael Helm. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

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 →