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Why There Are Words

  • Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery New York, NY 10012 USA (map)

Join us at the NYC branch of the renowned Bay Area literary reading series Why There Are Words at the Bowery Poetry Club for readings from a specially curated lineup of acclaimed writers.

Hosted by Michael Collins

Doors open at 5:30 pm; readings begin at 6:00 sharp.

$8 in advance, $10 at the door

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This month's features:

Hawa Allan writes cultural criticism, fiction and poetry. She is an essay editor at The Offing and her writing has appeared, among other places, in The Baffler, Transition, the Chicago Tribune, Lapham's Quarterly and Tricycle magazine, where she is a contributing editor. Visit

Robert Gibbons resides in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He moved to New York City in the summer of 2007 in search of his muse, Langston Hughes. Since then Robert recently received his MFA in Creative Writing from City College in the Spring of 2018. During that time he received the prestigious Robert Dejur Award in Poetry at City College. In addition, he received at fellowship from the Norman Mailer Foundation. He has been published in Brooklyn Poets, Suisun Valley Review, Killer Whale, Paragram, Deep Literary, Stain Sheets, Turtle Island Quarterly, About Place Journal, and Fruita Pulpa. His first collection, Close to the Tree, was published in 2012 by Three Rooms Press.

Scott Hightower is the author of four books of poetry in the US and two bilingual collections published in Madrid. His most recent is Tartessos. He lives in Manhattan and teaches at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Nancy Mercado is the recipient of the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. She was recently named one of 200 living individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Frederick Douglass by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. She is the editor of the Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology. A guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics, Mercado is also assistant editor and board member of Featured on National Public Radio’s The Talk of the Nation, and a PBS NewsHour Special, America Remembers 9/11, Mercado has authored: It Concerns the Madness (a poetry collection), Las Tres Hermanas (a children’s coloring book), and is the editor of if the world were mine (a young adult anthology). Published in numerous anthologies throughout the United States and abroad, she also authored seven plays. Visit

Jane Rosenberg LaForge is the author of two full-length poetry collections and four chapbooks; an experimental memoir; and a new novel, The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War. The Hawkman has been named a book to watch by Publisher’s Lunch BuzzBooks 2018. Her memoir, An Unsuitable Princess: A True Fantasy/A Fantastical Memoir, received an honorable mention for the best books of the (Jewish) year 5774 in HEEB magazine. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, a storySouth Million Writers Award, and the Best of the Net collection.

George Wallace is author of 34 chapbooks of poetry, writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, and adjunct professor of English at Pace University in New York City. Winner of the CW Post Poetry Prize and Bluelight Press book award, he travels internationally to share his poetry.

Editor of and co-editor of Great Weather for Media, he is recipient of the Greece-based Alexander The Great Gold Medal, awarded for significant contributions to the development of culture in their respective fields. Wallace has also recently been recognized as Laureate of the Ditet e Naimit poetry festival, Orpheus Prize winner, and winner of the Centro Studii Archivio d'Occidente Award.

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