FIRST TUESDAYS / READING SERIES / Aida Zilelian
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
On Tuesday May 3rd Aida Zilelian
Aida Zilelian is a New York writer and English teacher. Her debut novel The Legacy of Lost Things was released in March 2015 (Bleeding Heart Publications) and was the recipient of the 2014 Tololyan Literary Award. Her work has been published in several anthologies and over twenty-five literary journals including Per Contra, Red Fez, Wilderness House Literary Review, Theurgy and others. She has read her work at various reading series’ in Queens and Manhattan including Sunday Salon, Phoenix Reading Series, Gartal, Rez Reading Series, Oh, Bernice!, and First Tuesdays. She is the curator of Boundless Tales, a reading series in Queens, NY. In 2011 her first novel THE HOLLOWING MOON was one of the four semi-finalists of the Anderbo Novel Contest.. She is currently working on her third novel.
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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