Selections from “Pinkalicious the Musical”

Vital Theatre Company, Inc. presents selections from “Pinkalicious the Musical.” After eating one too many pink cupcakes, Pinkalicous wakes up with Pinkititis! Now pink from head to toe, this is a dream for pink-lover Pinkalicious. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out how to get out of this predicament.

Singing the Books 

Flor Bromley, a bilingual actress/singer/songwriter, storyteller and puppeteer, opens Children’s Day with her sing along fun, bringing books to life as songs – in Spanish and English!

FUN! Hula-Hooping, Games & More.

Join Polygon co-founder, Russ Frushtick, The Book of Fun, and professional, hula hooper, Ann Humphreys, The Tao of Hoop: On the Transformational Practice of Hula-Hooping (Seriously, Though) for an amusing and enlightening program about balancing out your life and enjoying a refresh with good old-fashioned fun. Moderated by Brian Vines, journalist and Festival board member.

Jazzed and Poetic

Music and language are a match for the ages. Begin the morning with jazz and poetry with poets Jay Deshpande and Jason Koo (More Than Mere Light), together with Kim Clarke and Friend. 

No, YOU Tell It! “Punch Up” True-Life Tales with a Twist (In-Person & Virtual)

Four storytellers who write for the page and the stage have worked together to develop true stories inspired by the theme “Punch Up”. Come watch as they trade tales and step into each other’s life experiences. Plus, a chance to win Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons’s No, YOU Tell It! Ten-Year Anthology. Storytellers include Maria Rubio, Matt […]

Carousel: Comics Performances (In-Person)

Join Carousel in presentations of graphic novels, gag cartoons, and comics as performed by the writers and artists, with slide projections. Followed by a book signing. Featuring Abby Denson (Kitty Sweet Tooth Makes a Movie), Katie Fricas (Checked Out), Matthew Thurber (Mr. Colostomy), Victor Varnado (The New Yorker), and more! Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Constitution […]

Alice Austen House Staten Island Poetry Reading (Virtual)

The Alice Austen House is a historic house and museum presenting the life and work of Victorian, lesbian photographer Alice Austen. The museum provides a platform for multidisciplinary arts programs and has become a home for Staten Island poetry readings, celebrating new voices and raising up the work of long-time Staten Island resident Audre Lorde. […]

We’ll Cry if We Want To: A Lit Party for Muthas and Others (In-Person)

Readings, theater, comedy, and comics (read live on projector screen!) from writers and artists of MUTHA Magazine, co-sponsored by Pen Parentis, featuring the awesome line-up of Emily Flake (The New Yorker and author of Mama Tried), Ariel Gore (Hip Mama and author of The Wayward Writer), Cheryl E. Klein (celebrating her debut memoir Crybaby), Lisa […]

Truth & Beauty: A Night of Readings, Music, Art, & Mingling (In-Person)

Join H.I.P. Lit, Bach & Bacchanalia, and The Coffee House for “Truth & Beauty” at Salmagundi, a social club founded by artists in 1871. Readings from author and philosopher Skye Cleary (How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment), debut novelist John Manuel Arias (Where There Was Fire), and poet Nancy […]

Crown Heights Literary Celebration (In-Person)

Come celebrate the thriving Crown Heights literary scene with a reading and mingle hosted by four of the neighborhood’s most exciting arts organizations: The Franklin Park and Big Words, Etc. reading series. World Trans Forum Open Mic, and book-centered garden salon Hypothetical Books. Hear poetry and prose from local authors Simeon Marsalis, Sarah Madges, Cat […]

WoW! Whitman on Walls! (In-Person)

Whitman on Walls! takes Walt Whitman’s radical vision and shapes it into a cri de coeur for justice in the world’s community. Using Whitman’s own artistic inspiration from opera, musicals, plays and journalism, WoW! is a hybrid event intermingling over 50 performers and 7 short films with local living poets to accept Whitman’s invitation to […]

Brooklyn Poets Reading Series (In-Person & Virtual)

Named one of the best reading series in NYC by Time Out New York, the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series takes place six times a year and is free and open to the public. Each reading features three poets, with at least one from Brooklyn and one from outside the borough, pairing emerging with more established […]

Walt Whitman Initiative Tane Poetry Library: Grand Opening Celebration! (In-Person)

The Walt Whitman Initiative is thrilled to welcome you to the opening of our free, open-access Tane Poetry Library! Come peruse our 600-plus-volume-and-growing-collection, built entirely from donations from our generous supporters. Stay to enjoy performances by Tim Cusack (“I Ping the Body Electric”) and Compagnia de’ Colombari in and around our historic reading space, and […]

Narratives On Gray Magic: A Suite On Age & Aging (Virtual)

Narratives bring together poets, spoken word artists, musicians and a song stylist. Multi-generational voices united in purpose. Dismantling imposed ageist stereotypes. Telling our stories, how we live and experience our lives and bodies. Creating new paradigms for living, aging and navigating our lives and spaces. Our ensemble of artists and truth tellers are powerful and […]

Who’s Afraid of Childhood? (In-Person)

Book bans are on the rise. Last year, the American Library Association tracked 729 attempts to remove library, school, and university materials, involving 1,597 titles—double the number in 2019. Shedding light on the most recent spate of censorship, “Who’s Afraid of Childhood?” explores books set in childhood to highlight denial and resistance to depicting its […]

Exquisite Corpse Queens Edition (Virtual)

Ten Queens poets will come together to create and perform an Exquisite Corpse poem on the theme of recollection, as well as to discuss our experiences of Queens lit and community. Hosted in partnership with the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing. Poets: Nadia Q. Ahmad, Moncho Alvarado, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Sherese Francis, Abeer Y. […]