Events

Poetry & Coffee: saturday, october 28, 2017

POETRY OF THE MOMENT

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Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Avenue
Astoria, NY 11105

11am-2pm

Bring a poem that you feel is “of the moment.” It can be a poem that you feel represents the current political moment, the societal moment, or this current moment in our collective humanity.  Or it can be a poem that you feel represents your own current moment and what is going on in your own heart and mind.  Please interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome. **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Reserve your ticket here.

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Join the Poetry & Coffee team for Book Trivia Night on November 15th!

You don’t have to be good at trivia.  You just have to like having fun, winning prizes, eating good food, drinking good drinks, and being with fantastic people to support the literary journal of Queens!

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Poetry & Coffee: sunday, may 28, 2017

POETRY OF THE MOMENT

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Poetry discussion & BBQ

Middle Village, Queens

5pm-9pm

Bring a poem that you feel is “of the moment.” It can be a poem that you feel represents the current political moment, the societal moment, or this current moment in our collective humanity.  Or it can be a poem that you feel represents your own current moment and what is going on in your own heart and mind.  Please interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome. **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

This event is a BBQ at my private home.  Food and beverages will be prepared for you.

Please reserve a ticket and we will provide you with the address and directions.

Reserve your ticket here.

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Poetry & Coffee: saturday, april 15, 2017

POETRY OF PROTEST

Protest poetry

Q.E.D., Astoria, NY

12noon-3pm

Bring a protest poem.  Bring a poem that spoke out and changed the world. Bring a poem that said no, said yes, said, “I object!”  Bring a poem about socio-political issues. Bring a poem that addresses our history or comments on current events. Interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome.

**The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Reserve your ticket here.

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Poetry & Coffee: tuesday, march 28, 2017

FEMINIST POETRY

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

Bring a feminist poem or bring a poem written by a feminist.  Please interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome. **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Reserve your ticket here.

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Poetry & Coffee: thursday, january 26, 2017

POLITICAL POETRY

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

Bring a political poem.  Bring a poem that speaks to social injustice and conscience. Poems that speak to war, to nations, to the State.  Patriotic poetry.  A poem of witness, a poem of testimony and memory.  A poem of overcoming adversity, or of survival and endurance.  Please interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome. **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Reserve your ticket here.

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Poetry & Coffee: monday, december 19, 2016

BEGINNINGS

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

Bring a poem in the theme of beginnings, cycles, or new life. Please interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome! **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Reserve your ticket here.

COAT DRIVE: In gratitude, Poetry & Coffee will be collecting new or gently used (freshly laundered, please) coats on December 19th at the event. The donations will be made to the New York Cares Coat Drive. Don’t have a coat to donate? Text COAT to 41444. Just $20 buys a coat for a New Yorker in need.

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Poetry & Coffee: monday, november 21, 2016

POEMS OF THANK YOU

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

Bring a poem in the theme of “thank you.”  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome! **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Reserve your ticket here.

FOOD DRIVE: In gratitude, Poetry & Coffee will be collecting non-perishable food items on November 21st at the event. Please bring any non-perishable food items you wish to donate.  We will be donating them to the Community Alliance Initiative food pantry in Ridgewood, NY.

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Poetry & Coffee: monday, october 24, 2016

POEMS ABOUT ANIMALS

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

Bring a poem about an animal or animals.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome! **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Reserve your ticket here.

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Poetry & Coffee: monday, september 26, 2016

BACK TO SCHOOL: Poems you never understood- but want to!

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

This month’s Poetry & Coffee is for the brave and crazy!  It’s back-to-school time and we are celebrating poems that you read over and over and just never understood.  Maybe that means everyone else loved it but you just never did.  Maybe it means that there were lines in it that you found baffling or opaque.  Maybe it’s a poem that got lots of recognition but you could never understand why.  Maybe it’s a poem that you just could not find one thing in to identify with.  Maybe it’s a poem that you find extremely difficult to read closely and would benefit from a group reading of it.  Bring a poem that you never understood!   Interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome! **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Reserve your ticket here.

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Poetry & Coffee: sunday, august 14, 2016

Potluck Picnic and Poems about Food

 

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Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY

1pm-sunset*

*until we discuss all the poems and eat all the food or the sun goes down, whichever comes first!

Bring a poem about FOOD! Bring a poem about greens or beans or nectarines.  Bring a poem about eating, dining, or breaking bread.  Bring a poem about people who don’t have enough food to eat or people who struggle with food in some way.  Bring a poem about feeding people, feeding the world, feeding your own soul.  Interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome! **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Reserve your ticket here.

(Rain date sunday, august 21)

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Poetry & Coffee: july 25 2016

Poems about Peace

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

Bring a poem about peace.   Interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome!

Reserve your ticket here.

Poetry & Coffee: june 27 2016

MEN!: Poetry about men

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

Bring a poem about a man.  Or many men.  Or ALL men.  A poem about being a man.  Manhood.  Coming into manhood.  The masculine.  Masculinity.  Any poem that is MAN!  Interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome!

Reserve your ticket here.

Poetry & Coffee: monday, may 23 2016 @ 6pm
FUNNY POETRY

Communitea, LIC

Bring a poem that makes you laugh!  There are so many deeply funny, well-crafted poems out there and we don’t read nearly enough of them.  Come dispel the myth that poetry is dry, boring, and deadly serious.  Gather around the table and have a poem and a laugh!  Bring any poem you wish. There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome! **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Our hope is that you will leave with new poems to add to your own collections and with a deep sense of how poetry is a catalyst for inspiration and connection with the human experience.

Tickets are free but you must have one to attend: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2552084

Poetry & Coffee: april 18 2016

THE POEMS THAT I AM: Poems from your life poetry collection

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

At every Poetry & Coffee, new participants receive a personalized binder for their own “Life Poetry Collection.”  The idea originated with the poet Robert Pinsky who said, “One should be conscious of one’s own sources of inspiration.  Everybody should gather their favorite poems together as an exercise in self-knowledge.”  The “Life Poetry Collection” is a lifelong project and, essentially, if you handed your collection to someone they would have a sense of who you are and what is important to you by reading the poems it contains.

In honor of National Poetry Month, you are invited to come share one poem from your Life Poetry Collection.  Choose a poem that says “this is the poem that I am” or “this poem is about what is important in my life” or “this is the poem I have taped to my wall” or, simply, “this is my favorite poem.”  There is no wrong poem; all are welcome!  **The only rule is that the poem cannot be your own work.**

Our hope is that you will leave with new poems to add to your own collections and with a deep sense of how poetry is a catalyst for inspiration and connection with the human experience.

Reserve your ticket here.

Poetry & Coffee: march 21 2016 | WOMAN!

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Communitea, Long Island City, NY

6-9pm

Bring a poem about a woman.  Or many women.  Or ALL women.  A poem about being a woman.  Womanhood.  Coming into womanhood.  The feminine.  Feminism.  Any poem that is WOMAN!  Interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome!

Reserve your ticket here.

 

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Poetry & Coffee: february 21 2016 |

LOVE AND OTHER EUPHEMISMS

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Omonia Cafe, Astoria, NY

5-8pm

Bring a poem of passion, of desire, of unrequited love – or lust!  A poem that’s a little sexy, a little daring, or maybe one that “sings the body electric.”  A poem about the birds, the bees, the flowers, and the trees.  Feel free to interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong choice of poem.  Any and all strange and wonderful Valentines are welcome.  (And, please, don’t forget about limericks!)

Reserve your ticket here.

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Special Poetry & Coffee discussion of the book-length poem “Memorial: A Version of Homer’s Iliad” by Alice Oswald. This event will be held at Astoria Bookshop in Astoria, NY.  Tickets are free but you must have one to attend.  Participants are required to read the book-length poem prior to discussion.  The book may be purchased at Astoria Bookshop or ordered online.  If purchasing in-store, please call ahead to confirm they have a copy available for you.  If purchasing online, please allow approximately 5 days for delivery.

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 POSTPONED: new date TBA

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Poetry & Coffee | GRATITUDE.  GIVING.  FOOD!

sunday, november 22nd 2015

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POETRY & COFFEE IS TURNING TWO this month and celebrating with gratitude, giving, and food!   Bring a poem that is about giving and generosity.  Bring a poem about gratitude or one that just makes you feel thankful to be here.  Or bring a poem about food, glorious food!  There is no such thing as bringing the “wrong” poem.  All poems are the right ones.

FOOD DRIVE: In gratitude, Poetry & Coffee will be collecting non-perishable food items on November 22nd at the event.  Please bring any non-perishable food items you wish to donate.  We will be donating them to the Community Alliance Initiative food pantry in Ridgewood, NY.

 Reserve your ticket here.

 

Poetry & Coffee | HAUNTED POETRY

saturday, october 24th 2015

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HAUNTED POEMS IN THE PARK IN AUTUMN Bring a “haunted poem.” It can be a scary or ghostly or spooky poem.  It can be a creepy or unnerving poem.  It can be a poem about a place that is haunted, a person that is haunted by someone or something, or a poem that has haunted you and followed you for years.  Interpret the theme broadly.  There is no such thing as bringing the “wrong” poem.  All poems are the right ones.

Hot soup, fresh bread, apple cider, and dessert will be served!

 Reserve your ticket here.

 Poetry & Apple Picking | saturday, september 26th 2015WilkensA beautiful trip up to Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights, NY for apple picking, cold apple cider, hot cider doughnuts, and a some nourish-your-soul autumn poetry.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO DRIVE.  

Free transportation to and from the farm.  Tickets are limited to 4 people, unless we have another volunteer who will drive additional people.  Please contact poetryandcoffeenyc@gmail.com if you wish to volunteer as an additional driver.

Reserve your ticket: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2261282

9am: Meetup at location in Astoria, NY.

10:15am:  Arrive at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm.

10:30am-12:30pm: Apple picking & poetry!

12:30pm: Lunch and doughnuts and apple cider.**

2pm:  A visit to the country market at the farm.

2:30pm: Depart Wilkens Farm.

4pm: Arrive back in Astoria at subway station.

More information to follow when you reserve your ticket.

Apples are approximately $20 for a half-bushel.  There is no obligation to buy any.

**The bakery at the farm has hot dogs, popcorn, hot or cold apple cider, coffee, water, fresh-made doughnuts, and other baked goods.  If you do not wish to have a hot dog for lunch, please bring your own lunch.

~~This is a fruit orchard.  There are bees.  They will not bother you if you do not bother them but, if you are allergic to bees please come prepared with appropriate medical interventions.  If you detest bees mightily, this may not be the trip for you.  Participation in this trip is at your own risk.

There is no rain date for this event.  In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled and ticket holders will be notified by phone by 7am on the day of the event.

More information on the farm and what apples will be in season at http://wilkensfarm.com/

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Poetry & Coffee: sunday, september 13 2015 |

GRATITUDE

Brunch at de Mole restaurant, Astoria

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Bring the poem that says “thank you.”  A poem that is about gratitude.  A poem that reminds you to have gratitude.  Or one that just makes you feel thankful to be here.  Interpret the theme broadly.  There is no wrong poem.  All are welcome!

Two types of tickets:  
Read Poem / Discussion – You bring a poem to read to the group and bring photocopies to share.  You also participate in the discussion.
Discussion Only – You participate in the discussion of the poems.  You can also just listen, if you wish.

Reserve your ticket: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2261577

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Poetry & Trail Mix | POETRY HIKE
saturday, september 5 2015

A short hike through beautiful Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Pound Ridge, NY with in-woods poetry readings and writing prompts for writers and non-writers alike. There will also be periods of silent hiking and walking meditation.

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Transportation provided to and from the reservation. There is no charge for this event.

For more information and to reserve your ticket, please go to:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2109975

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Poetry & Coffee: thursday, august 20 2015 |

THE POEM THAT SAVED ME

Omonia Cafe, Astoria

Bring the poem that saved you. Do you have a poem that was a life raft for you? Lifted you out of a dark time? Gave you the wisdom you needed in a moment? Made you laugh when you had nothing to smile about? Understood you when it felt like no one did? Or maybe it literally saved your life. Bring a poem that has “saved you” in some way.

Two types of tickets:  
Read Poem / Discussion – You bring a poem to read to the group and bring photocopies to share.  You also participate in the discussion.
Discussion Only – You participate in the discussion of the poems.  You can also just listen, if you wish.

Reserve your ticket: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2100519

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Poetry & Trail Mix | POETRY HIKE
saturday, august 8 2015 

A short hike through beautiful Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Pound Ridge, NY with in-woods poetry readings and writing prompts for writers and non-writers alike. There will also be periods of silent hiking and walking meditation.

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Transportation provided to and from the reservation. There is no charge for this event.

For more information and to reserve your ticket, please go to:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2109975

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Please join us at the Queens Lit Fest!

Special presentation by Poetry & Coffee at

1:10 pm on August 1st.

August 1 & 2, 2015 @ LIC Bar in Long Island City, NY

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Poetry & Coffee: july 30 2015 | ARS POETICA: Poems about poetry

Omonia Cafe, Astoria

Bring a poem that is about poetry. It can be in praise of poetry, or about what’s wrong with poetry, about what’s right with poetry, about how poetry works, the craft, the art, the effect that poetry has on the human soul – any poem that is about poetry in some way.

Two types of tickets:  
Read Poem / Discussion – You bring a poem to read to the group and bring photocopies to share.  You also participate in the discussion.
Discussion Only – You participate in the discussion of the poems.  You can also just listen, if you wish.

Reserve your ticket: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1857095

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sunday, june 28th, 2015   |   Unconventional Love Poems

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Bring a poem that is NOT a romantic love poem.  Bring a poem that is anti-love, about love of oneself, is lusty, is bitter, is hilarious, is about reasons not to love, is naughty, is bizarre, is outlandish – ANYTHING but a conventional love poem.

Free tickets here:  Brown Paper Tickets

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