Bryant Park


Word for Word Poetry at Kinokuniya Bookstore

Don't wait until April to enjoy free poetry readings. Beginning January 21, and continuing the third Tuesday of each month until April, free indoor poetry sessions will be held at 1073 Avenue of the Americas.

Angelito Jusay

Over the last decade, Word for Word Poetry at the Bryant Park Reading Room has emerged as the city’s premier outdoor poetry series. Traditionally kicking off with Poem in My Pocket Day in April, Word for Word Poetry brings renowned, up-and-coming, and novice poets to Bryant Park throughout the warm weather months for appearances, live readings, and book signings. Now, we are pleased to announce that poetry lovers won’t have to wait until spring to enjoy free readings.   

Word for Word Poetry at Kinokuniya Bookstore is designed to quell the thirst for poetry readings through the cold winter months. Beginning on January 21, the event will be held the third Tuesday of each month through April. The sessions will be held on the street level floor of Kinokuniya Bookstore, our retail partner for all Word for Word events. Kinokuniya Bookstore is located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas (between 40th and 41st Streets), across the street from Bryant Park. The readings are free and open to all.  

The first reading is at 6:00pm on Tuesday, January 21, and is co-partnered by Song Cave Press. It will feature readings by Charles North, Monica de la Torre, and Alan Felsenthal. The February session, co-partnered by Kundiman, will include appearances by Ocean Vuong, April Naoko Heck, and Purvi Shah. In March, Bryant Park welcomes Michael Broder, Julie Enszer, and Cheryl Clarke. For more information, check the Word for Word calendar on our website.

Look for the Bryant Park Reading Room to reopen to the public on April 1. Sponsored by HSBC Bank since its inception in 2003, the Reading Room provides free use of newspapers, magazines, books, and children’s literature to anyone who drops by. We are currently putting together the 2014 Word for Word series, which will include author appearances, poetry readings, children’s events, Reel Talks, and much more. Keep informed by checking for poetry-related posts on the Bryant Park blog, or by signing-up for the Reading Room newsletter.

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