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: Hala Alyan
Hala Alyan is an award-winning Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in numerous journals including The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner and Colorado Review. She resides in Manhattan.
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).
image by Michael Kirby Smith for The New York Times