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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.

  • New York, NY

    The louderARTS Project is an arts organization committed to developing constructive and challenging spaces for artists to create, critique, present, and teach poetry.

  • New York, NY

    Bar Thalia is a 46-seat bar offering signature cocktails and a New American menu in a relaxed and intimate setting. Adjacent to the Leonard Nimoy Thalia, the bar is open Monday through Saturday from 4:00pm to midnight, and 4:00pm to 10:00pm on...

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  • New York, NY

    Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room hosts many special events, including private parties, live music, and the #YeahYouWrite Literary Reading Series in their Garden District Lounge. Each evening event has author readings and literary cocktails, dining and...

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  • New York, NY

    Bowery Arts + Science is a non-profit organization with a venue – Bowery Poetry – in downtown Manhattan.

    Our mission is to encourage cooperation among and advancement of artists and cultural workers; to develop and produce works by...

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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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    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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  • Brooklyn, NY

    Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Pete's Candy Store is a performance space, bar, and club. The venue hosts weekly poetry readings and other performances.

  • Elmhurst, NY

    Terraza 7 is a live music venue and community center; the perfect hub for local art, political expressions and your favorite coffee or mixed drink. Located in the heart of Queens, New York, between Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, two locations...

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  • New York, NY

    The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. Based in concept on the fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of...

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  • New York, NY

    A live series featuring storytellers, writers + comedians. Created, produced + hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley. It's the best thing for you right now.

    Since 2009, the How I Learned series has featured writers, storytellers, comics, and...

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  • New York, NY

    COUPLET is a quarterly poetry and music series at The Delancey on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Readings feature three poets and a DJ after party.

  • New York, NY

    We are a monthly poetry series that pairs more page-oriented, academic poets with poets who come from a more spoken-word or performative background. Both poets are on stage at the same time and read back and forth, poem for poem, sometimes...

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  • New York , NY

    The Half King hosts about 50 literary events a year. Our weekly Monday Reading Series is a Chelsea institution. Our semi-regular Magazine Night has brought in writers and editors from some of the most prominent publications on the planet. Reading...

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  • New York, NY

    The Segue Foundation has been serving the community as a multi-service arts organization since 1977. As publisher of Roof Books, Segue now has published over 150 titles of contemporary poetry and criticism. In the late 1970s/early 80s, Segue...

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