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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: Catherine Fletcher

Catherine Fletcher is a poet and an editor for Rattapallax magazine. She recently served as the Director of Poetry Programs at the New York-based organization, City Lore. She is a Queens Council on the Arts 2015 Artist Peer Circle fellow and has been awarded an artist residency by the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Fletcher’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Poetry Wales, The Offing, The Raconteur, Bird’s Thumb, among others, and she has performed at venues in the United States, Europe, and India. Her chapbook Daughter Cell is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Jackson Heights, NY.

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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