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October 2015
$12

Khonsay: Poem of Many Tongues at Margaret Mead Film Festival

October 24, 2015 @ 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Margaret Mead Film Festival,
American Museum of Natural History
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Both a celebration of the world’s languages and a call to action to preserve global linguistic diversity, Khonsay is a unique document: a motion poem written in 50 endangered languages, from Yiddish to Nuer (South Sudan) and Adnyamathanha (Australia). Compiled by the poet and activist Bob Holman, who calls it “a cento in film,” the work is tour de force of poetic styles and cinematic techniques, and its effect is at once delightful, melancholic, and mesmerizing. Purchase tickets here.

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May 2016
$10.00

In Search of Finah Misa Kule US Premiere

May 14, 2016 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Maysles Cinema,
343 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Join us at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem for the US Premiere of In Search of Finah Misa Kule! In Search of Finah Misa Kule chronicles the quest of poet Kewulay Kamara to reconstitute an ancient epic handed down in his family. Kamara takes us back to his native Village of Dankawali in northeast Sierra Leone where the epic was written out by his father in the 1960s only to be destroyed when the village was razed during the recent Civil War in…

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July 2016
Free

Verbal Duels: A Reading and Poetic Game

July 15, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
City Lore Gallery,
56 E. 1st Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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City Lore and Ping Chong + Company present a reading and poetic game, Verbal Duels: Classical and Contemporary Poets from the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, and Diaspora! Join us for a reading of work by poets Rami Karim, Robert Karimi, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, and Amir Parsa, followed by an improvisational game channeling classical poets. Free, but RSVP required. Click here to RSVP.  This event made possible, in part, by support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, New…

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October 2016
Free

Bronx Rising! Edgar Allan Poe to a Salsa Beat: El Cuervo

October 22, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bronx Music Heritage Center,
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
Bronx, NY 10459 United States
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Celebrate Halloween early with Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry set to Latin rhythms performed by Bobby Sanabria & Project X, with guest vocalist Jenn Jade Ledesna. Opening poems read by Bronx Council of the Arts’ Charlie Vazquez. Produced in partnership with the Bronx Council on the Arts. Free Saturday, October 22nd Bronx Music Heritage Lab, 1303 Louis Niñé Boulevard, Bronx Performance begins at 7:00 pm, but come early (6:00pm) dressed in costume, and get your portrait taken by Seis del Sur photographer,…

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November 2016
$7 - $10

The Art of Awareness with Steve Zeitlin

November 29, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Poets House,
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282 United States
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City Lore’s executive director, Steve Zeitlin, will take the stage at Poets House on November 29th at 7pm to talk about his new book The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness. In his talk, Zeitlin urges us to break down the barriers between our everyday selves and our creative selves, and choose the creative life. Joining Zeitlin will be some of his “teachers”—people who he met who exemplify living poetically, such as Haitian poet Denize Lauture…

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February 2017
$5.00

Reimagining the Beloved: Love Poems to X

February 14, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
City Lore,
56 E. 1st Street
New York, 10003 United States
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Reimagining the Beloved: Love Poems to X A Reading, Writing, & Sharing Event Valentine’s Day is for consumers. And love poems for losers. Or are they? Let’s re-claim—and re-conceptualize—LOVE. This is an invitation on that most rosy of holidays and in a dark time to RETHINK the love poem and REIMAGINE the beloved. Have you anti-love poems? Love poems to resistance?  To self/self-care? Ghazals for Gaza and lyrics for labor rights? Who is your beloved? READING | Featured Poets: Arhm…

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Free

Bronx Rising! Black History Month Double-Header: Afro-Latino Identities

February 18, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bronx Music Heritage Center,
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
Bronx, NY 10459 United States
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Bronx Rising! Double-Header February 17th & 18th! Two evenings celebrating Black History Month with an exploration of Afro-Latino identities in the Americas Saturday, Feb 18th, 7pm @ Bronx Music Heritage Center Dreaming Rhythms, Despertando Silencios Book release party and poetry reading by Nuyorican poet Carmen Bardeguez-Brown. With guest poets Jesús “Papoleto” Meléndez, Modesto “Flako” Jiménez, Sandra Maria Esteves, and Nancy Mercado, accompanied by Bobby Sanabria on percussion. Free and open to the public.

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March 2017
$10

Resistance is Existence: NY Youth Storytelling Slam

March 11, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
City Lore,
56 E. 1st Street
New York, 10003 United States
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  One of the most important things we can do right now is to tell our own stories. To this end, City Lore and Muslim Writers Collective will be hosting Resistance is Existence: NY Youth Story Slam, an evening of dynamic storytelling on Saturday, March 11, 2017. We solicited applications from young people who wanted to share their genuine stories–stories that reflect awkward, poignant, frustrating, and joyful moments in their lives. We selected 5 great storytellers, who then received coaching…

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May 2017
Free

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Poet’s Tour of the Exhibit (PEN World Voices Festival)

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
City Lore Gallery,
56 E. 1st Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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From East Village bars to laundromats, park benches, and bookstores, Lit Crawl NYC brings literature to the streets with readings, discussions, and events full of readers, writers, and all-around literary merriment. Since 2015, Lit Crawl NYC has been jointly produced by Litquake and PEN America, an organization dedicated to defending free expression, supporting persecuted writers, and promoting literary culture. City Lore is proud to partner with PEN America to present Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Poet’s Tour of the Exhibit. The Poetic…

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October 2017

Poetic Voices: Re-Opening & Poets’ Tour

October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
City Lore Gallery,
56 E. 1st Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Poetic Voices of the Muslim World explores an art form central to the lives of Muslims around the world. The exhibition highlights poetic traditions from four major language areas—Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu—and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa, and diaspora communities in the U.S. The exhibition also includes multi-media works by the late Samina Quraeshi, who was dedicated to creating greater cultural understanding of her native Pakistan, as well as artwork created by students of teachers who participated in our…

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