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Sun, Nov 03


Bowery Poetry Club

Why There Are Words - NYC

I'll be reading at the renowned national literary reading series Why There Are Words on Sunday, November 3, 2019, together with Olga Zilberbourg, Melissa Valentine, Marco Rafalà, Gillian Cummings, and Tina Cane.

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Why There Are Words - NYC
Why There Are Words - NYC

Time & Location

Nov 03, 2019, 6:00 PM

Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, USA

About the Event

Why There Are Words – NYC: November Reading

New York, NY (November 2019) Join us at the NYC branch of the renowned national literary reading series Why There Are Words on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the Bowery Poetry Club. Doors open at 5:45 pm; readings begin at 6:00. $10.00 at the door or $8 in advance. For more details, including the authors’ full bios, see or follow the Facebook page for the WTAW-NYC series.  Tickets available at

Tina Cane’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The Literary Review, Two Serious Ladies, The Tupelo Quarterly, Jubliat and The Common. She is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press), Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz (Skillman Avenue Press), Once More With Feeling (Veliz Books), and Body of Work (Veliz Books). In 2016, Tina received the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and she currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island.

Gillian Cummings is the author of The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, selected by John Yau as the winner of the 2018 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and My Dim Aviary, winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Boulevard, The Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, The Laurel Review. Visit

Marco Rafalà is a first-generation Sicilian American novelist, musician, and writer for award-winning tabletop role-playing games. He is a cocurator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City. How Fires End is his debut novel. Visit

Julie Zuckerman's debut novel-in-stories, The Book of Jeremiah, was published by Press 53 in May 2019. Her stories have appeared in Tikkun, Crab Orchard Review, Salt Hill, The SFWP Quarterly, Sixfold, descant, and The MacGuffin, among others. Visit

Melissa Valentine’s debut memoir, The Names of All the Flowers, won The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and is forthcoming from The Feminist Press in 2020. Her nonfiction has appeared in Guernica, Jezebel, Apogee, and Blackberry. Visit 

Olga Zilberbourg is the author of Like Water and Other Stories (WTAW Press, 2019) and three Russian-language collections of stories. Her English-language fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine, World Literature Today, Scoundrel Time, Confrontation, Epiphany, and elsewhere. Her criticism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Common, and Electric Literature. She serves as a co-facilitator of the San Francisco Writers Workshop. Visit

Why There Are Words – NYC is a branch of the award-winning national reading series founded by Peg Alford Pursell,  The series is also affiliated with the independent press, WTAW Press, WTAW-NYC is curated by poet and NYU Professor Michael Collins,  The Bowery Poetry Club is located at 308 Bowery just north of Houston.  Phone: (212) 614-0505.  For more information contact Michael Collins at

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