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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

Special guest: Ralph Nazareth

Ralph Nazareth is Professor of English at Nassau Community College on Long Island and Managing Editor of Yuganta Press in Stamford. For the past ten years he has been a volunteer teacher of creative writing at maximum security prisons in New York State. His poetry and prose have appeared in books, magazines, and journals here and abroad, including most recently in the award-winning collection Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry and Multilingual Anthology: The Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2014. His collection of poems Ferrying Secrets was published in 2005 in Hyderabad, India.

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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