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Susan Dottino and Ken Kalfus at KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

Susan Dottino and Ken Kalfus at KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

NY Writers Coalition: Inside Out

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Local nonprofit NY Writers Coalition provides free creative writing workshops for groups that have been historically silenced. To raise funds, they're hosting a sneak-peek evening of readings by Judy Chicurel, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Morgan Parker, Avra Wing, Patrick Ryan, Lissa Kiernan and Melody Nixon, all of whom will share the great stuff they've

  1. KGB Bar 85 E 4th St , between Bowery and Second Ave, 10003
  2. Tue Sep 16
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Late Night Library's Battle of the Books

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Round by round, eight debut books will be pitted against one another, until one is deemed the champion. Hosted by local author Julia Fierro, the cutthroat competition features selections from the works of Chloe Benjamin, Adrianne Harun, Celeste Ng, Sean Davis, Maria Mutch, Justin St. Germain and Josh Booton.

  1. Pacific Standard 82 Fourth Ave, between Bergen St and St. Marks Pl, 11217
  2. Thu Sep 18
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The Moth StorySLAM!

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Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific theme. Get in line early, as spots for raconteurs and spectators alike go quickly.

  1. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St, between E Houston and Prince Sts, 10012
  2. Thu Sep 18
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The Inspired Word Presents Titillating Tongues: NYC Erotica in Poetry and Prose

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Poets, authors and spoken-word artists bring their saucy, sensual best to this night of readings from locals and out-of-town guests. The monthly open-mike night, hosted by poet Aimee Herman, features pulse-quickening performances that have previously included a male stripper simulating masturbation onstage, and appearances by writers such as

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Mixing Genres with Eleni Sikelianos

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Taking notes from some of our earliest writers, like Herodotus and Sappho, poet and memoirist Sikelianos is a master of mixing genres. She talks tonight about the flow between materials and forms and her own stellar genre-bending book, You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek).

  1. Poets House 10 River Terr, at Murray St
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Jibz Cameron and Bhanu Kapil

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A legendary venue for New York's poetry scene, the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church was founded in the summer of 1966. Now, almost 50 years later, the organization kicks off its new reading season with must-see performance/video artist Jibz Cameron and experimental, genre-crossing poet Bhanu Kapil.

  1. The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church 131 E 10th St, at Second Ave, 10003
  2. Wed Sep 24
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Brooklyn Children's Book Fair

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The fifth annual fair will have tots discovering works from authors and illustrators that live right in Brooklyn or write about the borough. More than 30 new stories will be featured, with Kate Hosford (Big Bouffant), Laura Ljungkvist (Follow the Line to School) and John Rocco (Blackout) reading from their books. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Your $30 Saturday: East Village

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Get ready for some inexpensive weirdness! the Merchant's House Museum currently has an exhibition about the oddest Victorian fad we've yet come across: postmortem photography. That's photography of newly dead corpses placed in poses to appear lifelike; you know, for those times when a Banksy print or a blown-up photo of your last holiday just

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