Category: Poetry Readings

Peace in Soho, Moans in Brooklyn

1. I attended an outstanding group reading last night at the McNally Robinson bookstore in Soho. The theme was Israeli-Palestinian dialogue, and the event was sponsored by a group called Seeds of Peace. The event began with a bang when Leora Skolkin-Smith read a surprising personal document, a passionate … Read the rest

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That Brooklyn Mystique

This weekend’s Brooklyn Book Festival was a breath of fresh air for downtown BK, and I’m pretty sure everybody who showed up was impressed by the turnout and the enthusiasm. I couldn’t even get into the room to see Jonathan Ames, Gary Shtuynegart and Ben Greenman, so thick was the … Read the rest

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PEN World Voices: Bulgarian Coda

Saturday, Noon I’m in the Bowery Poetry Club meeting Lyubomir Levchev, a poet famous in Bulgaria and mostly unknown around the world. He’s here in New York City for an onstage conversation with hometown poet Bob Holman in Holman’s own downtown dive, the Bowery Poetry Club. It’s all part of … Read the rest

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PEN World Voices: Friday Dispatch

I took Thursday off to rest, and then I jumped back into the madness of PEN World Voices. And madness it is — but quiet madness, because we are writers. I stood at the crowded top step of the New York Public Library tonight and watched bemusedly as a security … Read the rest

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PEN World Voices: Faith and Reason

“Faith and Reason” is the theme of the PEN World Voices festival currently taking place in New York City. Here’s how faith and reason are making out so far:

Tuesday Evening: Orhan Pamuk is the big story, and New York City knows it. The Great Hall at Cooper Union is … Read the rest

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