Looking for something fun to do in New York City within the next few weeks?
Check out these noteworthy upcoming literary events and writing workshops in the NYC area.

Prismatic Park Writing Workshop:
“Taking Your Voice for a Walk” with Emily Skillings

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Date: July 4, 2017
Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: Prismatic Park at Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010

This writing workshop event is free and open to the public, but it is requested that you register in advance here.
Emily Skillings will host the event. She is the author of two chapbooks, Backchannel and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants. She lives in Brooklyn and is a member of the 
Belladonna Collaborative which focuses on feminist poetry. Skillings is also an MFA candidate and teaching fellow at Columbia University.

Prismatic Park Writing Workshop:
“Walking Together, Talking Together” with MC Hyland

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Date: July 5, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location:  Prismatic Park at Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010

This writing workshop is free and open to the public, but it is requested that all attendees register in advance here.

Through a process of walking and talking exercises, this writing workshop focuses on the practice of writing and conversation, and how it shifts from speech to writing.

The host of this event, MC Hyland, is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature at New York University, with MFAs in Poetry and Book Arts from the University of Alabama.

Muslims in American Unscripted

Genre: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction Reading, Performance
Date: July 6, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012

Attend this open mic night to view the talents of Muslims in the Big Apple. With the aim of coming together during these challenging times, Muslims Unscripted creates a safe space to amplify the voices of resilience.
Admission if free but they have limited capacity, so RSVP here.

YA Coast-to-Coast: Kayla Cagan, Sarvenaz Tash, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Amy Spalding

Genre: YA Fiction Reading/Talk
Date: July 6, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: McNally Jackson Booksellers, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Kayla Cagan, Sarvenaz Tash, Elizabeth Eulberg, and Amy Spalding are talented writers from around the country, gathered together for this talk to speak about Young Adult Fiction. Kayla Cagan is a playwright from Los Angeles, Sarvenaz Tash is a writer of all sorts from Brooklyn, Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a full-time author in New York, and Amy Spalding manages digital media planning for an advertising agency that specializes in indie films. Spalding is also an author and is most often found in Los Angeles.

Learn more here.

Book Launch: Matthew Klam’s Who is Rich? in conversation with Meg Wolitzer

Genre: Fiction Reading/Talk, Book Launch
Date: July 6, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene Store), 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

During the launch of his latest book Who is Rich?, Matthew Klam will discuss the ins and outs of his long-awaited novel with New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer. This book launch event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. See more about the event here.

F-Bomb Reading Series

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction Reading
Date: July 7, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Hosted by Paul Beckman, the F-Bomb Reading series features Nancy Ludmerer, Francine Witte, Roxanne Hoffman, Jennifer Juneau, Philip Giambri, Carolyn Wells, and Susan Weiman. No cover, but there is a two drink minimum. See more here.

Thinkolio Presents Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder, and Artists at Home in the Theater

Genre: Creative Nonfiction Talk
Date: July 7, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: The Strand, 826 Broadway Street, New York City, NY 10003

Charles Riley II, author of Free as Gods, offers up the backstage secrets of Calder, Picasso, Leger, Chagall, Hockney, Kentridge, and more from contemporary theater artists. Admission fee is $20, either at the door or online here.
Make sure to reserve your seat!

Poet’s Country Club

Genre: Poetry, Fiction Reading
Date: July 9, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery Street, New York City, NY 10012

Poet’s Country Club is a quarterly reading series held by Poet’s Country, an interdependent, international journal of arts and literature.
Tickets are $6 online and $10 at the door. Get your ticket here!

Bryant Park Poetry with Poets and Writers

Genre: Poetry Reading
Date: July 11, 2017
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Reading Room in Bryant Park, 42th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York City, NY 10018

This poetry reading event is hosted by Poets and Writers and features poets Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Elana Bell, Duy Doan, and Oliver Baez Bendorf. See more information here.

Heather Chaplin Book Launch

Genre: Creative Nonfiction Reading/Talk, Book Launch
Date: July 12, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Launching her page-turning memoir Reckless Years, author Heather Chaplin will be at the Powerhouse Arena for open discussion and book signings. There is no cover fee but a RSVP is more than appreciated. You can RSVP here.

Poetry Reading

Genre: Poetry Reading, Talk
Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

Held in Kray Hall of the Poets House, this poetry reading event is free and open to the public. It will feature poets Elizabeth Arnold, Alan Felsenthal, Christine Shan Shan Hou, and Wendy Xu. See more about it here.

Trevor Noah and Chris Jackson

Genre: Creative Nonfiction Reading/Talk
Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 8:30pm
Location: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York City, NY 10025

TV show host and comedian Trevor Noah joins with Chris Jackson to discuss Noah’s latest book Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Tickets are $40-$52. Get yours here.

Check back for more upcoming literary events in NYC!

Selina R. Dukes

Book Critic & Editorial Assistant at NY Literary Magazine
Selina is a senior studying Public and Professional Writing and Management at Auburn University. She is set to graduate in December 2017.
Selina enjoys reading international literature and exploring community literacy, both real and virtual. She is an avid blogger and promotes the expression of social commentary.