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Reading Venues

This database of venues that host readings and author events includes bookstores, bars, cafes, libraries, literary arts centers, and more. Here you'll find information about how to schedule your own reading, admission fees, audience size, parking and transit information, and more. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that you use to plan your own reading tour or simply keep track of your favorite reading venues.

  • Brooklyn , NY

    Brooklyn Historical Society offers a wide array of public programming that celebrates the diversity of Brooklyn's past and present and takes a close look at where the borough is headed. With panel discussions with Brooklyn luminaries, screenings...

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  • New York, NY

    The Bryant Park Corporation has repeated history by recreating the Bryant Park Reading Room. It is modeled after the original with the additions of custom-designed carts for an extensive and eclectic selection of books, periodicals and newspapers...

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  • New York, NY

    A monthly reading and music series featuring talented writers and bands. Brought to you by Melissa Febos and Rebecca Keith, MIXER's co-founders and curators.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

  • New York, NY

    The Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program presents several stimulating events, readings and conversations throughout the year.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Community Bookstore in Park Slope is one of Brooklyn's oldest bookstores, offering an array of new titles for adults and children. The store hosts book clubs, readings, and book signings. Home to a friendly staff and equally friendly cat, there...

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  • New York, NY

    Over the last thirty years Cornelia Street Cafe has quintupled in size, it has won numerous awards both for its food and for its performances, but it has remained at heart an artists’ café. Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega started out here, as did...

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  • Flushing, NY

    A writer and lecturer at Queens College, founder and director Joe Cuomo started the Evening Readings series with a modest goal in the spring of 1976. The reading series has since featured award-winning writers and attracted packed audiences...

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  • New York, NY

    Dia’s monthly readings in the Contemporary Poetry series, curated by poet and author Vincent Katz, highlight commonalities between poets and puts their diverse voices in conversation with one another. 

  • New York, NY

    Dixon Place, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience.

  • Brooklyn, NY

    Dumbo Sky is a beautiful loft space on the Brooklyn waterfront which hosts the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series, among other events. Most readings are free and open to the public.

  • Staten Island, NY

    Home of used books and organic espresso, organic chocolate, stage events, garden patio, vinyl records, local art, and CD's. Events include open mic nights.

  • New York, NY

    Poets Out Loud is a community of poetry at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. POL's mission is to provide opportunities for the creation, dissemination and enjoyment of poetry. The POL Reading Series presents free, year-round public readings...

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  • Brooklyn, NY

    Join us on the second Monday of each month for readings from emerging and established fiction writers, memoirists, poets, and storytellers. We showcase local talent and host authors from around the world.

  • New York, NY

    Founded by longtime journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, The Inspired Word began as strictly a poetry series in March 2009, on a blizzard of a Monday night at a sleepy vegan organic restaurant along Queens Boulevard in...

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  • Brooklyn, NY

    Owners Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo have a combined twenty-six years in the bookstore and publishing industry. In 2009, they opened Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with the support of the Fort Greene Association and...

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  • Brooklyn, NY

    The Prospect Lefferts Gardens location of Greenlight Bookstore, which opened in 2016, is another proud independent bookstore in Brooklyn that hosts literary events including readings, book signings, and interviews with renowned and debut authors...

  • New York, NY

    We live in a city full of writers: some with galaxy-sized influence and literary acclaim, some with a modest book or two out, and others who have yet to see their work recognized in print. In the hopes of giving lesser-known voices a spotlight to...

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  • New York, NY

    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is one of downtown New York’s most vital cultural institutions, presenting an eclectic mix of events -- from readings and concerts to comedy nights and storytelling competitions – featuring many of today’s most...

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  • New York, NY

    The Writing Center presents special events that are free and open to the public. A question and answer session plus book signing and reception will follow most lectures. Hunter College's MFA Creative Writing program also holds literary events...

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  • New York, NY

    Founded in 1972, Irish Arts Center is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st century, building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging...

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  • New York, NY

    Every last Wednesday of the month in The Back Room @ Jimmy's No. 43 The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series is curated by: Lee Matthew Goldberg graduated with an MFA from the New School. He is a regular contributor to The Montreal Review and The...

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  • New York, NY

    In the 1940s, the space currently occupied by KGB Bar was a Ukranian socialist club. KGB opened in 1993 as a Soviet-era themed bar, and it remains a well-known literary venue. The bar hosts fiction and poetry readings most nights of the week, and...

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  • New York, NY

    La Casa Azul Bookstore is dedicated to providing cultural, and educational programs via literature and art in East Harlem. It is our vision to foster public awareness and appreciation of the arts by being a focal point where people come to find...

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  • New York, NY

    Beginning in spring 2007, the New York University Creative Writing Program launched a series of intimate salons at the newly dedicated Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House. Students responded with enthusiasm to the events, especially to the...

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