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Now in its sixth season, Park-Lit is an outdoor summer reading series sponsored by Open City, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Each reading takes place in a different park and is curated by the editors of an independent local literary magazine.

This year's participating magazines are:

Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, A Public Space, Opium, New York Tyrant, Mosaic, and Bomb.

(details below)

A PUBLIC SPACE in Ft. Greene Park

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 6:30pm

Readings by:
Michael Schwartz
Elizabeth Gaffney
L. J. Davis

Ft. Greene Park, Brooklyn
The reading will take place outside the Visitor's Center toward the North East side of the park, nearest to Myrtle avenue and Washington Park
Directions: Subway: M, Q, R, or B Trains to Dekalb Avenue,
#4 or #5 to Nevins Street, C Train to Lafayette Ave or G Train to Fulton St.
Map here:

BOMB in Tompkins Square Park

Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:30 pm

Join the editors of BOMB Magazine and its contributors to the Summer Issue 108 for an evening of readings from First Proof, BOMB’s literary supplement, featuring fiction and poetry by up-and-coming and established writers.

Readings by:
Pam Dick
Alan Gilbert
Raphael Rubinstein
Matthew Sharpe
Frederick Tuten

Avenue A and 7th street
Band Shell Area on the South Side of the Park nearest to 7th street
Directions: Subway: #6 to Astor Place, R to 8 Street – NYU, L to 1st avenue,
F or V to 2nd avenue

Pam Dick—aka Mina Pam Dick—is a writer, artist and philosopher. She lives in New York City. As Mina Pam Dick, she is the author of Delinquent, forthcoming from Futurepoem books in the fall of 2009. Excerpts from Delinquent appeared in the 2008 issue of Tantalum.

Alan Gilbert is the author of Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight. His writings on poetry, art, culture, and politics have appeared in a variety of publications, including Artforum, Modern Painters, and the Village Voice; his poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, and Chicago Review, among other places. He lives in New York City and is a 2009 NYFA Fellow.

Raphael Rubinstein’s most recent book is a collection of poems titled The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces (Make Now). He is a frequent contributor to Art in America and a professor of critical studies at the University of Houston.
He lives in New York City.

Matthew Sharpe is the author of the novels Jamestown, The Sleeping Father, and Nothing Is Terrible. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope, McSweeney’s, The Los Angeles Times, Art on Paper, and elsewhere.

Frederic Tuten is the author of the novels The Adventures of Mao on the Long March; Tallien: A Brief Romance; Tintin in the New World: A Romance; Van Gogh’s Bad Café; and The Green Hour. His short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and art catalogues. He is a Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction and has been given the Award for Distinguished Writing from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York City.

Contact Paul Morris with questions at 718.636.9100 x104


NEW YORK TYRANT Reading with Rachel Sherman in Jackson Square Park
Wednesday, June 10th, 6:30 pm
W 13th street and 8th avenue Directions: subway: Take the 2 or 3 A C or E to 14th street, or L to 8th ave.

in Sara Delano Roosevelt Park

The launch of Opium v. LDM Wiffle Ball World Series, in which anyone can play. Join writers and judges and editors and agents in this wild-time at
The bases will be books. The ball will have poetry written on it. The base coaches will be writers. We'll have announcers. It will be great. And you will laugh. We will play until the sun goes down, then we will all go have drinks.

Also, we'll film bits of it for an Opium commercial, making it even more fun!

After? We head to see Mathieu Hocine at Pianos,

Wednesday, June 17th, 6:30 pm

Sara D. Roosevelt Park (an enclosed concrete area at Chrystie & Broome).
Directions: Subway: D or B to Grand Street, F or V to 2nd avenue, or J to Bowery, #6 to Bleecker Street

MOSAIC in Saint Mary’s Park

Readings by winners of Mosaic's annual Chapter One contest:
Laura Buchwald
Laura Vernikoff

Wednesday, July 1st, 5:30 pm

Mosaic is a quarterly magazine exploring the literary arts by writers of African descent. Each issue contains a unique blend of essays, profiles, and reviews.
Saint Mary’s Park, The Bronx
Saint Mary's Street, Saint Ann's Avenue
Directions: Subway: #5 or #2 to 3 Avenue - 149 Street or #6 to Brook Avenue

MR. BELLER’S NEIGHBORHOOD Reading In Washington Square Park

Readings from the new Mr. Beller's Neighborhood anthology,
LOST AND FOUND: Stories from New York
Jonathan Ames
Thomas Beller
Rachel Cline
Thomas R. Ziegler

Wednesday, July 8th, 6:30 pm

Macdougal Street and Washington Square West
Round Plaza Area West of Fountain Area near the Alexander Holley statue
Directions: Subway: A, B, C, D, F, or V to W 4 Street - Washington Sq


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