Word for Word

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

*Rescheduled from January 21, 2013

Charles North
Monica de la Torre
Alan Felsenthal

Presented in partnership with Song Cave Press

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

April Naoko Heck
Purvi Shah
Ocean Vuong

Presented in partnership with Kundiman

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Michael Broder
Julie Enszer
Cheryl Clarke

A presentation of the Bryant Park Reading Room.

 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jan Conn
Nyla Matuk
Jim Nason
Leanne Averbach

Presented in partnership with Tightrope Press

This program will be held at:
Kinokuniya Bookstore
1073 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018

 
Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Reading Room invites student poets and poetry lovers to New York City's 12th Annual Poem in Your Pocket Day. This day long celebration of poetry kicks off the Reading Room's 2014 Word for Word series and is free and open to the public.

Students from NYC's elementary, intermediate and high schools will have the opportunity to read their latest poems during the open mic forum. If you are 18 or under, and a student at a NYC school, you may register for our Poem In Your Pocket Open Mic. Please email nng@urbanmgt.com if you are interested in participating.

Featuring:

Emcee: Daniel Kitrosser
NYC Youth Poet Laureate: Ramya Ramana
Music by: The Peace Poets and HumUni
DJ: Flip Bundles

Produced in cooperation with the NYC Votes, UrbanWordNYC, and the Office of the Mayor.

 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Coffee House Press:

Lightsey Darst
Sarah Fox
Sun Yung Shin

Presented in partnership with Coffee House Press

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Carl James Grindley
Alex Long
Salita Bryant
Isaac Goldemberg

Presented in partnership with Anne Lovering Rounds.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Blue Flower Arts:

Stephen Burt

Presented in partnership with Blue Flower Arts

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Another pawfect day as Clifford returns to Bryant Park with stories and a photo-op with the Big Red Dog himself.

Produced in partnership with The Scholastic Store

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Michael Klein
Kathryn Levy
Filip Marinovich
Danniel Schoonebeek

A Bryant Park Reading Room Production.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Featuring the Poets of WordTech Communications:

Charlotte Mandel
Rachel Hadas
Colette Inez

Presented in partnership with WordTech Communications

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hey Everybody, come on down to Funkytown Playground for sunshine, jumping and jamming galore.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Club discussion on The Odyssey by Homer.

Facilitated by Barry B. Powell, The Odyssey(Oxford University Press Translation).

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

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The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

David Tomas Martinez
Carmen Calatayud
Pablo Miguel Martinez
Barbara Brinson Curiel

Produced in partnership with Letras Latinas.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Featuring the Poets of CavanKerry Press:

Teresa Carson
Dawn Potter
January O'Neill

Presented in partnership with CavanKerry Press

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band with songs that typify being a kid - from losing your lunchbox to having a loose tooth.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Featuring the Poets of Poetry Society of America:

Kimiko Hahn
Rebecca Gayle Howell
Alicia Ostriker

Presented in partnership with Poetry Society of America


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

Patricia Spears Jones
Lydia Cortes
Sharan Strange
Jocelyn Lieu
Jessica Greenbaum

A Bryant Park Reading Room Production.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Book Club discussion on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Facilitated by Maura Kelly, Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not-So-Great Gatsbys, and Love in the Time of Internet Personals.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

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TBD

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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Joshua Zeitz - Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Featuring the Best Canadian Poetry:

TBD

Presented in partnership with Tightrope Books

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Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sing, dance and play air guitar with Starfish - The Greatest Rock Band in the World...For Kids!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Rain information:
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TBD

Presented in partnership with W. W. Norton

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Book Club discussion on Middlemarch by George Eliot.

Facilitated by Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
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Featuring the Poets of Song Cave Press:

Jane Gregory
Nate Klug
Sara Nicholson
Todd Colby

Hosted by Alan Felsenthal

Presented in partnership with Song Cave Press

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lee Child - Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel,
Linda Fairstein - Terminal City,
Lisa Gardner - Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel,
John Lescroat - The Keeper: A Novel.
Moderated by Steve Berry - The Lincoln Myth: A Novel



Rain information:
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John Mckee Barr - Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Rain information:
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Featuring the Poets of Poetry Society of America:

Mary Jo Bang
Tim Donnelly
Julie Sheehan

Presented in partnership with Poetry Society of America


Rain information:
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Rain information:
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Book Club discussion on Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.

Facilitated by Jenny Davidson,Professor English at Columbia University.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
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TBD

Presented in partnership with Kundiman

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Rain information:
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Voilà! Justin The Magician reappears with more tricks up his sleeve and magic from his hat.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

TBD

Presented in partnership with Sibling Rivalry Press

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Jonathan W. White - Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Music, stories and more music with singers that make New York proud.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Book Club discussion on A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition by H.W. Fowler and edited by David Crystal.

Facilitated by Ammon Shea, Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
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TBD

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Rain information:
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

A perfect recipe of rock, funk and folk to keep you eating healthy and staying active.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Rain information:
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Featuring the Poets of McSweeney's Poetry:

Matthea Harvey
Carl Adamshick
Dan Chelotti
Victoria Chang

Presented in partnership with McSweeney's Poetry

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Rain information:
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TBD

Facilitated by Garnette Cadogan, Arts & Culture Writer.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

Rain information:
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Featuring the Poets of Red Hen Press:

Douglas Kearney
LaTasha Diggs
Andrea Scarpino

Presented in partnership with Red Hen Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Produced in partnership with The Scholastic Store

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In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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TBD

Presented in partnership with Cave Canem

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Featuring the Poets of BOA Editions:

Aracelis Girmay
Katy Lederer
Anthony Tognazzini

Presented in partnership with BOA Editions

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Poets & Writers:

Rich Villar
T'ai Freedom Ford
Kamilah Aisha Moon
Tung-Hui Hu

Presented in partnership with Poets & Writers

Rain information:
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Make essay writing easy - for teen and 'tweens who need to brush up on their skills.

Rain information:
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Poetry Society of America:

Timothy Liu
Catherine Barnett
Mark Doty

Presented in partnership with Poetry Society of America

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Featuring the Poets of Poets Wear Prada:

Joel Alleghretti
Erik La Prade
Hilary Sideris
John J. Trause
Tantra-Zawadi

Presented in partnership with Poets Wear Prada

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With special thanks to Condé Nast, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Time Inc., and Rodale, who have steadily supplied the Reading Room with magazines since 2003.

Special thanks to the New York Public Library for providing us with a rain venue for some of our events.

Special thanks also go to Hachette Book Group; Harper Collins; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Little, Brown and Company; MacMillan; Penguin Group; Random House; Rodale Books; Scholastic, Inc.; Scribner Group; Simon and Schuster; St. Martin’s Press; Blue Flower Arts; Cavankerry Press; Cave Canem; Coffee House Press; FAWC; Kundiman; Letras Latinas; Poets & Writers; Tightrope Books; and W.W. Norton for their invaluable support.

And to all of you, thank you.

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