Join us on Friday, May 4, at 6:30pm, for a LAB presentation featuring Queens Writers' Lab, a collective of Queens-based writers dedicated to developing new work and peer support. Members Nancy Agabian, Catherine Fletcher, Jared Harél, Mary Lannon, Meera Nair & Vaughn M. Watson will be presenting new literary works and work-in-progress. The writing topics will deal with everything from personal and family narratives to works that investigate issues such as race, class and immigration, to pieces that aim to make sense of the current state of our union. 

Queens Writers' Lab readings of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction will be followed by an audience Q&A. Attendance is free to QCA members and $5 for nonmembers.

Friday, May 4th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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

Admission: $5

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Jared Harél is the author of Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) and The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012). He’s been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review, and an 'Individual Artist Grant' from Queens Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in such journals as Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Poetry Daily, Bennington Review and Newtown Literary. Harél teaches writing at Nassau Community College, plays drums for the rock-band Flyin’ J & The Ghostbrobber, and lives in Rego Park, NY with his wife and two kids. 




Mary Lannon has work published at Story, New World Writing, and Prick of the Spindle. At work on a second novel, she is looking for a publishing home for her first novel.  She lives in Kew Gardens and teaches writing and women's studies at Nassau Community College in Long Island.




Nancy Agabian is the author of a poetry and performance collection, Princess Freak and a memoir, Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter. Her novel “The Fear of Large and Small Nations” was a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially-Engaged Fiction. Her essays have been published in The Margins, Hyperallergic, Kweli, The Brooklyn Rail and elsewhere. Nancy teaches creative writing at NYU and through her own writing workshops, Heightening Stories, offered online and most recently at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in SoHo. With writers Amy Paul and Meera Nair she coordinates a bimonthly reading series, Queens Writers Resist.




Catherine Fletcher is a writer and an editor for Rattapallax magazine.  Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hopkins Review, Entropy, The Offing, and others, and she has performed at venues in the United States, Mexico, and India.  She is currently a TWP Science and Religion Fellow at Arizona State University. Originally from Virginia she lives in New York City.  For more information, please visit




Vaughn M. Watson is a New York-based emerging writer. His work has been featured on NPR, Flying South, and Newtown Literary, among other outlets. He was the winner of the 2016 Winston-Salem Writer's Flying South competition and has given readings throughout Queens. He is currently working on his first short story collection, Payaos, and (maybe) a novel.




Meera Nair is an author of Video (NY:Pantheon) and two middle-grade children's books published in India with Duckbill Publishing. Video won the Sixth Annual Asian-American Literary Award and was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her essays and stories have appeared most recently in Guernica, the New York Times and the Guardian and NPR's Selected Shorts.  Meera has won Residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, and writing fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the New York Times, and the Queens Council for the Arts. She teaches writing at NYU and Brooklyn College, and is a co-founder of the reading series, Queens Writers Resist.