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December 2021

Nancy Perloff in conversation with Antonio Sergio Bessa

December 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Nancy Perloff celebrates the launch of her new anthology Concrete Poetry: A 21st-Century Anthology published by Reaktion Books Concrete Poetry: A 21st-Century Anthology is the first overview of concrete poetry in many years. Selective yet wide-ranging, this anthology re-evaluates the movement, singling out its most distinctive and influential works. Nancy Perloff, curator of an important Concrete Poetry exhibition at the Getty Research Institute, includes examples from the little-known Japanese concretists and the Wiener Gruppe—groups that, together with the Brazilian poet…

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Christopher W Shaw discussing FIRST CLASS: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat

December 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Christopher W Shaw discusses his new book First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat published by City Lights Books The fight over the future of the U.S. Postal Service is on. Political ideologues and corporate interests have long sought to remake the USPS from a public institution into a private business, and in 2020, during an election dependent on mail-in votes, the attacks escalated. This year, with mid-term elections fast approaching and the next presidential contest…

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Eduardo Berti with Daniel Levin Becker

December 13, 2021 @ 2:00 pm
Free

City Lights in conjunction with Fern Books present Eduardo Berti reading from his new novel An Ideal Presence Translated by Daniel Levin Becker published by Fern Books In 2015, the Argentinian novelist Eduardo Berti spent several weeks in a “medico-literary” residency at the University Hospital Centre in Rouen, France, observing and conversing with the staff and volunteers of its palliative care department. From that experience he created this series of lightly fictionalized testimonials from nurses, nursing aides, doctors, administrators, porters,…

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Amitav Ghosh in conversation with Raj Patel

December 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Free

Amitav Ghosh in conversation with Raj Patel discussing his new book The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis published by University of Chicago Press In this ambitious successor to The Great Derangement, acclaimed writer Amitav Ghosh finds the origins of our contemporary climate crisis in Western colonialism’s violent exploitation of human life and the natural environment. A powerful work of history, essay, testimony, and polemic, Amitav Ghosh’s new book traces our contemporary planetary crisis back to the discovery of…

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Gloria Gervitz with Mark Shafer

December 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Free

City Lights in conjunction with New York Review Books celebrate Gloria Gervitz’s new collection of poetry MIGRATIONS Translated by Mark Shafer Forty-four years in the making, Migrations is considered by critics to be a masterpiece of modern Mexican literature. Gloria Gervitz’s book is an epic journey in free verse through the individual and collective memories of Jewish women emigrants from Eastern Europe, a conversation that ranges across two thousand years of poetry, a bridge that spans the oracles of ancient…

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TWW Workshop

December 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until January 8, 2022

The TWW workshops are free and open to the public. Writers of all genres and anyone who appreciates the written word are welcome. Work is submitted a week prior to workshop (Tuesday), and a workshop notice is emailed (Thursday/Friday). The pieces to be critiqued can then be dowloaded and read. We critique a maximum of fifty total pages per workshop. At the beginning of each workshop, the group spends some time discussing "Trials and Tribs." This provides the opportunity for…

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January 2022

TWW Workshop

January 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until January 8, 2022

The TWW workshops are free and open to the public. Writers of all genres and anyone who appreciates the written word are welcome. Work is submitted a week prior to workshop (Tuesday), and a workshop notice is emailed (Thursday/Friday). The pieces to be critiqued can then be dowloaded and read. We critique a maximum of fifty total pages per workshop. At the beginning of each workshop, the group spends some time discussing "Trials and Tribs." This provides the opportunity for…

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TWW Workshop

January 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 29, 2022

The TWW workshops are free and open to the public. Writers of all genres and anyone who appreciates the written word are welcome. Work is submitted a week prior to workshop (Tuesday), and a workshop notice is emailed (Thursday/Friday). The pieces to be critiqued can then be dowloaded and read. We critique a maximum of fifty total pages per workshop. At the beginning of each workshop, the group spends some time discussing "Trials and Tribs." This provides the opportunity for…

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Gina Apostol

January 18 @ 6:00 pm

About this event Gina Apostol in conversation with Malaka Gharib celebrating the launch of Gina Apostol's debut novel Bibliolepsy published by Soho Press Moving, sexy, and archly funny, Gina Apostol’s Philippine National Book Award-winning Bibliolepsy is a love letter to the written word and a brilliantly unorthodox look at the rebellion that brought down a dictatorship. Gina Apostol’s debut novel, available for the first time in the US, tells of a young woman caught between a lifelong desire to escape into…

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Hawa Allan

January 20 @ 6:00 pm

Insurrection: Rebellion, Civil Rights, and the Paradoxical State of Black Citizenship by Hawa Allan published by W.W. Norton A brilliant debut by attorney and critic Hawa Allan on the paradoxical state of black citizenship in the United States. The little-known and under-studied 1807 Insurrection Act was passed to give the president the ability to deploy federal military forces to fend off lawlessness and rebellion, but it soon became much more than the sum of its parts. Its power is integrally…

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