Notable NYC: 4/19–4/25


Saturday 4/19: Chris Sylvester, Holly Melgard, Joey Yearous-Algozin, Jordan Dunn, and Eddie Hopely read at part three of the Brooklyn Poetry Summit. BookThugNation, 7:30 p.m., free.

David Abel, Anna Vitale, Dana Ward, and Suzanne Stein close out the Brooklyn Poetry Summit. Wendy’s Subway, 10 p.m., free.

Cassandra Gillig and Alice Notley join the Segue Series. Notley’s Culture of One (2011) is inspired by Marie, a woman living beside a dump. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Monday 4/21: Futurepoem, Guernica, and The Atlas Review present some non-literary entertainment along with Lit Crawl NYC for a literary party that should not be missed. Kickstarter Headquarters (58 Kent), 7 p.m., free.

Michael Nava reads from his new novel The City of Palaces (April 2014) set in the years before the Mexican revolution. Bluestockings, 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/22: George Saunders launches Congratulations, by the Way. Powerhouse, 7 p.m., free.

Benjamin Anastas, Dina Nayeri, Kiese Laymon, and Jennifer Acker read from journals Guernica and The Common. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Poets Angela Carr and Lisa Robertson celebrate Carr’s new collection Here in There (April 2014), which explores the relationship between tension and distraction. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/23: Ivy Pochoda and Alafair Burke discuss Visitation Street (2013), a literary mystery set in Red Hook. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Michael Nava reads The City of Palaces (April 2014) again. NYU Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Ben Lerner and Anna Moschovakis host Anne Portugal and Pierre Alferi for a night of poetry. Poets House, 6 p.m., free.

Jon Sands, Kevin Pilkington, Sarah Dohrmann, Peter Vanderberg, and Kate Ward Sugar launch the latest issue of LUMINA. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Thursday 4/24: Helen Benedict, Cara Hoffman, and Katey Schultz discuss women, war, and literary culture. Hoffman’s new novel, Be Safe I Love You (April 2014) follows a returning war veteran. WORD Brooklyn, 7 p.m., free.

Akhil Sharma and Nell Freudenberger discuss Family Life (April 2014), Sharma’s semi-autobiographical second novel based on an immigrant Indian family dealing with a son’s tragic accident. McNally Jackson, 7 p.m., free.

Ruth Ozeki, Kimiko Hahn, and Tao Lin will launch Granta Issue 127: Japan. BookCourt, 7 p.m., free.

Chiara Barzini and Kayla Blatchley celebrate the 15th anniversary issue of NOON. Center for Fiction, 7 p.m., free.

Rachel Kushner talks with Darin Strauss. Kushner’s The Flamethrowers (2013) explores New York City’s 1970s artworld and Italian motorcycles. NYU Creative Writing House, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 4/25: Christine Hamm and Aurvi Sharma read as part of the Paragraph series. KGB, 7 p.m., free.

Nancy Agabian, Jared Harel, Norman Stock, Shelley Ettinger, and Jenna Lê read from the latest issue of Newtown Literary Journal. Astoria Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Tom Healy, William Brewer, and Jason Koo join the Multifarious Array series. Koo’s America’s Favorite Poem (January 2014) attempts to answer the question asked. Pete’s Candy Store, 7 p.m., free.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →