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Formed initially as a QCA Artist Peer Circle group, Queens Writers' Lab is a collective of Queens-based writers dedicated to developing new work and peer support.  On May 6th, members Catherine Fletcher, Jared Harel, Mary Lannon, Meera Nair, and Vaughn M. Watson present new work and work-in-progress. The readings of poetry and fiction will be followed by an audience Q&A. 

Friday, May 6th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101

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Catherine Fletcher is a poet and an editor for Rattapallax magazine. She recently served as the Director of Poetry Programs at the New York-based organization, City Lore.  Her work has appeared in journals such as Poetry Wales, The Raconteur, and The Offing, among others, and she has performed at venues at home and abroad.

Jared Harel was awarded the 2015 ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from the American Poetry Review. Additionally, his poems have appeared in such journals as Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Ireland Review 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. His website is www.jaredharel.com.  

Mary Lannon studied writing with Douglas Glover at the University of Albany.  Her work has been published in the Irish Echo and at Story and is forthcoming at literarymothers.tumblr.com.  An assistant professor of English at Nassau Community College, she is looking for a publishing home for her first novel.

Meera Nair is the author of Video (Pantheon) and a middle-grade series from Duckbill Publishing in India called Maya Saves the Day and Maya in a Right Royal Mess (Fall 2016). Video received the Sixth Annual Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction and was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her writing has appeared on NPR, The Washington Post, and The New York Times and in anthologies here and abroad. Her website is www.MeeraNair.net

Vaughn M. Watson is a writer and ESL educator greatly concerned with the topics of language and culture.  He has been featured on NPR/WNYC. He has participated in readings throughout Queens, including the Boundless Tales series and the worldwide Life and Freedom for Ashraf Fayadh reading hosted by the International Literature Festival Berlin and has work forthcoming in Newtown Literary. He is currently working on his upcoming short story collection, I am Here Until Good Things Come.


All responses will be kept confidential. Filling out this form helps us to learn more about you – our audience members – and provides us with the tools to demonstrate our impact to this program’s funders, encouraging them to continue to invest in subsidized cultural activities like this and in QCA. Questions? Please email: ArtService@queenscouncilarts.org