Visiting Authors

Thu 15

Hanif Abdurraqib: A Fortune for Your Disaster

April 15 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Thu 22

Stephen Kuusisto: Old Horse, What Is to Be Done?

April 22 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Thu 29

Aricka Foreman: Salt Body Shimmer

April 29 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
May 06

Patrice Gopo: All the Colors We Will See

May 6 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
May 20

Elizabeth Everett: A Lady’s Formula for Love

May 20 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm

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Past Events



January 13,2021 – Akua Lezli Hope


A third generation New Yorker, firstborn, wisdom seeker, Akua Lezli Hope is a lifetime member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. A Cave Canem fellow, she is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Ragdale US-Africa.

December 10, 2020 – Rage Hezekiah


In conversation with July Westhale


November 10, 2020 – Jessica Cuello


Jessica Cuello is the author of Pricking (Tiger Bark Press 2016), winner of the 2017 CNY Book Award, and Hunt (The Word Works 2017), which received the 2016 Washington Prize.

October 29, 2020 – Paul Moyer


Focusing on witchcraft cases in New England, roughly 1640 – 1670, Detestable and Wicked Arts places the region’s battle against black magic in a transatlantic perspective. Informed by studies on witchcraft in early modern Europe.

October 26, 2020 – Destiny O. Birdsong


In her debut book of poems, Negotiations (Tin House, 2020), Destiny O. Birdsong writes fearlessly about what it means to live in this America, about Cardi B and top-tier journal publications, about autoimmune disease and the speaker’s intense hunger for her own body—a surprise of self-love in the aftermath of both assault and diagnosis.

October 22, 2020 – Kate Reed Petty


In conversation with Sally Bittner Bonn. An inventive and breathtaking exploration of a woman finding her voice in the wake of trauma, True Story (Penguin Random House, 2020) is part psychological thriller, part fever dream, and part timely comment on sexual assault, power, and the very nature of truth.

October 8, 2020 – Lucia LoTempio


The poems in Lotempio’s debut Hot with the Bad Things take a close look at violence against women, both physical and psychological.

October 3, 2020 – Rae-Ellen W. Kavey & Allison B. Kavey: Viral Pandemics


Rae-Ellen W. Kavey, MD, MPH is a pediatric cardiologist and public health practitioner with a career-long commitment to traditional medicine and a public health approach to the prevention of heart disease.

Allison B. Kavey, PH.D is a professor of history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Centre.

September 24, 2020 – Minda Harts


Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color, and an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner.

September 23, 2020 – Keith Wilson


Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem Fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.

September 8, 2020 – Kathy Engel


Over the past 40 years, poet, essayist, and educator Kathy Engel has worked in many of the major social justice, peace, and human rights movements in the United States.

September 3, 2020 – Lauren Camp


Lauren Camp is the author of five books of poetry, including One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016), selected for the Dorset Prize by David Wojahn and a finalist for the Arab American Book Award, Camp works in the confluence of sound, psychology and language.

August 6, 2020 – Melanie Conroy-Goldman


Melanie Conroy-Goldman is an author and educator. She has cemented her place in the literary world with fiction published in Southern Review, StoryQuarterly, and other anthologies and websites.