Claire LaPlaca and her husband, Hugh Brammer, were just about to get ready to build a garden in the Enigma Bookstore’s — one of only two independent bookstores in western Queens — backyard before figuring out they would have to close down the store.
Conjuring Images Of Cyborgs and Fairies, Queens Literary Journal Urges Writers to Submit Fantastical Fiction
You know that story you had about a cyborg in futuristic Jamaica or that poem about flying fairies set in Jacob Riis Park? You might finally get a chance to see those pieces in print.
For the first time, Newtown Literary Journal, Queens’ only literary journal, is asking writers for speculative fiction and poetry submissions to publish in their fifth issue dedicated to that genre. Speculative fiction encompasses a range of the more fantastical fiction genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, the supernatural, and dystopian, among others.
Practice your stage voice, tinker with your comedy sketch, and prep that spoken word poem because Queens is getting a new monthly open mic series this June.
The rate of poverty increased the most in Queens compared to any other borough between 2008-12, according to a study by the by the city’s Center for Economic Opportunity.
New group hosts celebration to raise funds for local filmmakers
In the back room of the Enigma Bookstore in Astoria, Queens, a poetry reading on March 28 sparked discussions ranging from what it’s like to have a family member who was a political prisoner to how different minorities share similar experiences of discrimination.
Queens Writers is a new monthly reading series that hopes to serve the borough’s long-time scribes by nurturing a community that supports each other’s literary works.
Queens Museum of the Arts will host a day-long literary arts festival on March 15 that’s filled with more than a series of poetry readings.
Entitled “Eterniday,” the festival mixes curated readings and a book fair with other activities like hip-hop music, film screenings and even a bread-making demonstration.
Queens’ literary journal is asking underrepresented writers to submit for the 4th issue.
Study shows one in six New Yorkers don’t have access to enough food and suffer from hunger.