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Birches Lit Fest (Same Page partners with The Seventh Wave)


Formerly known as the Sunset Soirée, the newly rebranded Birches Lit Fest is now a day-long literary extravaganza that includes a silent auction, live music, food trucks, wine tasting, and of course, powerful readings in a gorgeous barn setting.

Join us for this special summer celebration on Sunday, July 21, the last day of the Rhinebeck residency. It will feature readings from the Seventh Wave’s four residents and from Mickie Meinhardt and Sarah Madges of  Same Page Reading Series along with three of their series’ guest readers: Sincere Brooks, Aditi Natasha Kini, and Aurvi Sharma. New this year, the Lit Fest has been expanded so that events such as a children’s reading will kick off earlier in the day, at noon, with featured readings beginning at 4 p.m. and wrapping up by 7 p.m., so that guests have ample time to make their way back into the city if need be. There will be food and drinks provided by local sponsors, and live music to enjoy in the fresh upstate air.

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Guernica Mag+Rally Reading Series: Hafizah Geter, Glynn Pogue, Sarah Madges


In collaboration with Guernica / A Magazine of Art and Politics, Hafizah Geter, Glynn Pogue, and Sarah Madges will be taking the Pete's Candy Store stage on Thursday, June 6th!

The Rally continues its season with Guernica Magazine presenting three leading literary warriors of the resistance. Come see our terrific slate of readers perform, and offer them your questions, comments, and reactions. We're the heart of a march in the body of a reading series—a whole new helping of overtly political discourse.

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. Closest trains are the L/G at Lorimer/Metropolitan.

Check out more about our terrific lineup for this month's event:

Hafizah Geter
Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter‘s poetry and prose have appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Longreads, among others. She is an editor for Little A and TOPPLE Books from Amazon Publishing and serves on the poetry committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Glynn Pogue
Glynn Pogue is a 27-year-old writer from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. A graduate of The New School’s MFA program, Glynn has written for National Geographic Traveler, Vogue, Guernica and Jezebel, among others. Glynn is currently at work on a collection of essays on race, class, identity and traveling while black, topics she regularly sounds off on on her podcast, #BlackGirlsTexting. Follow her moves on Instagram @bedstuybrat, and find more of her work at glynnpogue.com.

Sarah Madges
Sarah Madges is a Brooklyn-based writer and copy editor at Guernica with an MFA from The New School, where she won the 2016 Chapbook Contest for Nonfiction. She has written for The Rumpus, The Seventh Wave, A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM Press 2017), and the Village Voice (RIP). When she isn't writing about rape culture, she co-runs Same Page Reading Series every second Wednesday at KGB Bar, and plays guitar in her band, Jury Duty.

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Power and Breaking Silence


Join The Seventh Wave for an evening of breaking the silence around rape culture. There can be power in telling a story you aren’t supposed to tell or speak out against. But telling these stories is important, because speaking their truth can dismantle shame & isolation, and move us closer to ourselves, our bodies, and our communities.

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The Secrets of Historic Handwriting: Handwritten with Atlas Obscura & Sotheby's


On June 21, Atlas Obscura and Sotheby’s teamed up to provide exclusive access to items from an upcoming online auction of rare manuscripts including notes from Hunter S. Thompson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They invited Heather Wolfe, a Rare Book School educator and curator of manuscripts at the Folger Shakespeare Library, to share the hidden histories of handwriting and lead an ink-making session in the famous Woolworth Building before ending the evening with a free-writing session led by Sarah Madges of Handwritten.

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An Evening of Letter-Writing: Handwritten at the Morgan

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On Friday, June 15, 2018, Handwritten curated an evening of letter-writing at The Morgan Library for their exhibit, The Magic of Handwriting

We celebrated the energy of blank spaces, allowing characters of all kinds to surface. Over drinks in the lively Gilbert Court, we spilled our guts out to distant friends and family through letters & postcards. It was a joy to provide sheets of inspiration to those who joined, giving that gentle nudge toward creative connections. 

For more information about the workshop and exhibition, visit: The Magic of Handwriting: The Pedro Corrêa do Lago Collection 

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mental marginalia: spooky october edition!

I hosted my first Mental Marginalia a year ago this month, which means it's the one year anniversary of me saying my favorite word (spooky!) a million times into a microphone. Join us next Tuesday at the West!

Lauren Hilger’s debut poetry collection, Lady Be Good, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms, October 2016. Awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Harvard Review Online, and Kenyon Review Online, among other journals. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens.

Laura Buccieri lives in Manhattan, where she is currently working on her MFA in Poetry at The New School. She is a participant of Ashbery's Home School. You can find her forthcoming and most recent work in Prelude, Potluck, Word Riot, The Seventh Wave, Nourrir, Yes Poetry, Public Pool, Entropy, and FORTH. She works at Freeman’s Journal and Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. Check out more of her work here: laurabuccieri.com.

Amber Atiya is an interdisciplinary poet whose work incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual arts. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, PEN America, and elsewhere. A proud native Brooklynite, she is the author of the fierce bums of doo-wop and a member of a women's writing group that will be celebrating 15 years next spring.

Phillipe Martin is the founder of In Parentheses and a poet from New York City with a Master’s Degree in Poetry from The New School. He writes as someone in the tradition of the urban troubadour or the flaneur–wandering, taking notes. He believes that poetry of our generation has taking on a much more digital definition. His series taking shots alone was self published in 2012-2015. (@uptownvoice)

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mental marginalia: august edition

Amanda DeNatale was born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and lives in Brooklyn. In May she completed her MFA in poetry at The New School. She was awarded the American Society of Poet’s Prize in 2014. She’s the associate editor for Scholastic ART, a classroom magazine that brings art history to life in middle and high school visual arts programs. Her hobbies include drinking cheap beer on the beach and quoting The Office and/or Virginia Woolf in most conversation.

Sasha Smith is a literature and creative writing student at NYU. Her work has previously appeared in NYU’s Literary Journal: Dovetail, and CUNY Bronx Community College’s Journal: Thesis. Sasha is a native New Yorker and was born/raised in the Bronx where she runs the Bronx Blaqlist, a community organization that hosts and promotes local artistic events.

George Kovalenko received his MFA from New York University. His poetry has most recently appeared in At Length. He is the Co-Founder and Poetry Editor of Poet’s Country and teaches writing and literature at CUNY College of Staten Island, SUNY Westchester, and Union County College.

Bud Smith is the author of F250, Calm Face, and Dustbunny City, among others. He works heavy construction in NJ. www.budsmithwrites.com

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