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First Tuesdays is Jackson Heights Poetry Festival’s monthly open mic reading series. Held on the first Tuesday of the month, from September through June, the series features some of the finest writers from New York City and the surrounding areas. While we have a commitment to highlighting writers from Queens, our featured readers have come to us from other boroughs, other states and other countries. Our open mic is one of the most hospitable around. Almost every month, there is someone who gets up to read her or his work for the first time, and we have regulars who come to read not their own work, but the work of others who are important to them, like the woman who has been keeping her mother’s memory alive by reading her poetry for us. So if you have poetry you’d like to share, or if you just want to have some poetry in your life, please join us.

Directed by Richard Jeffrey Newman

On April 5th Christina Rau

Christina M. Rau is the founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY. She teaches English at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Editor for The Nassau Review and is a former Coordinator of the Creative Writing Project. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at LIU Southampton, her MA in English and Creative Writing at Hofstra, and her BS in English at SUNY Oneonta.

She has taken workshops with Billy Collins at Southampton’s Summer Writing program and Rachel Wetzsteon at the 92nd Street Y. Christina has also conducted poetry writing workshops through LIU Post’s Hutton House Lectures and for a small group of writers in the Graphic Eye Gallery.

Publications and Prizes


WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015), For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, Chicago, 2014)


Contemporary American Voices, Exercise Bowler, Jerseyworks, Jones Av., Metazen, Redheaded Stepchild, right hand pointing, River Poets Journal, Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society, Temenos Journal, Thick With Conviction, Verdad


SUNY FACT2 Award for Excellence in Teaching, May 2015 Goodreads Poetry Contest winner, July,2014 Best of the Net nominee, Sept 2014

An open mic will precede Catherine’s reading. Bring 3 minutes of poetry or prose that you’d like to share. Signup starts around 6:30.

FIRST TUESDAYS READING SERIES at Terraza 7, on Every first Tuesday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (sign up for the open mic starts at 6:45).

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image by Michael Kirby Smith for The New York Times


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