Q.E.D. Astoria presents a literary reading by "Queens Poets & Parents" on Sunday, October 25, 3:00-4:30PM. Wendy Angulo, Jared Harel, Paolo JAvier, Richard Jeffrey Newman, and K.C. Trommer will be getting together to read their own creative works and then discuss how their personal creative pursuits have been influenced by raising children. Funding from Queens Council of the Arts helped support this event.
Fee: $5 admission
27-16 23rd Avenue
Astoria, New York 11105
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Wendy Angulo is a New York City born Latina, raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Armed with a zeal for reading and writing since the age of seven and a law degree from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello, she made the decision to move back to New York City in 1998 where she began her career as a paralegal. After reading her poetry at various venues throughout New York City, Wendy felt the need to bring the arts back to her beloved borough of Queens. She created Canvas of Words, an art and poetry showcase that debuted October 12, 2013 to a sold out audience. The success of Canvas of Words motivated her to begin Wendy Angulo Productions, an organization whose goal is to support, encourage, and promote poetry and visual arts in the borough of Queens. Wendy continues to scout for new talent and build new connections to perpetuate the arts and strengthen the literary community. Her goal is for Canvas of Words to become a nationwide event that promotes the arts and the love of literature.
Jared Harel was awarded the 2015 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. Additionally, his poems have appeared in such journals asTin House, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Shenandoah and Ecotone. Jared’s chapbook, The Body Double was published by Brooklyn Arts Press in 2012, and he was awarded a 2015 Individual Artist Grant from Queens Council on the Arts. A graduate of Cornell’s MFA program, he lives in Astoria, Queens, teaches writing at Nassau Community College, and plays drums for the twang-rock band, The Dust Engineers.
Paolo Javier is the former Queens Poet Laureate (2010-14), and author of Court of the Dragon, a book of poetry published recently by Nightboat Books. His other full length books include The Feeling Is Actual(Marsh Hawk Press), 60 lv bo(e)mbs (O Books), and the time at the end of this writing (Ahadada Books), which received a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in Sunnyside.
Richard Jeffrey Newman writes about the impact of feminism on his life as a man and the relevance of classical Persian poetry to our contemporary lives. His books include The Silence of Men, a volume of his own poetry, and The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi's Shahameh, a translation of part of the Iranian national epic. He curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Queens and is on the Board of Directors of Newtown Literary Alliance, a Queens-based literary non-profit. In 2105, he was awarded a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to work on his second book of poetry, Words for What Those Men Have Done. Newman is Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. His website is www.richardjnewman.com.
KC Trommer is the author of the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). She has been awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize, the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize, and holds an MFA from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her poems have appeared in Agni, The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, and a number of other journals. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her son.