We at Saranac Review feel the loss of open mic night as much as the next person. But despite social distancing, we believe it’s possible to stay connected to the literary communities you miss. We see art organizations adapting to online formats and applaud it.
That’s why each week, we hope to promote free online readings or workshops to help you engage with literary communities across the country.
This week, we’d like to highlight The Antibody: A Quarantine Reading Series. Hosted by Brian Gresko—a Brooklyn based writer and editor—this recurring event is held Thursday nights, 8pm EST. The June 2 event features writers Clare Beams, Melissa Ragsly, and Mary South.
Beams has authored several works, including We Show What We Have Learned (2016), for which she won the Bard Prize, and The Illness Lesson (2020). A resident of Hudson Valley, Melissa Ragsly penned the collection We Know This Will All Disappear (2020). Mary South is the author of the collection You Will Never Be Forgotten (2020) and is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA in fiction program.
June 2, 6:30pm, Virtual Poetry Salon Workshop with the American Jewish Historical Society.
This workshop will be led by Lynn Melnick. You can find more information here.
June 2, 7:00pm, Book Launch of Sejal Shah’s This is One Way to Dance.
Hosted by Brookline Brooksmith and moderated by Cathy Park Hong, you can sign up for this book launch here. Sarah Gambito will also make an appearance.
June 3, 7:30pm, Wild & Precious Life Series: LGBTQ Reading of Sibling Rivalry Press Poets
Hosted by Dustin Brookshire, this night features Sibling Rivalry Press authors including Kay Ulanday Barrett, Dustin Brookshire, Andrew Hahn, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Matthew Hittinger, Bushra Rehman, Steven Reigns, Jesse Rice-Evans, & Savannah Sipple. Click here for details.
Also: Sign up with WPLS for a free workshops with Denise Duhamel or Emma Bolden. Applications are due June 6!
June 5, 7:00pm, Virtual Poetry Reading: Virtual Poetry Reading: Krygowski, Ahmed, Collins, Suárez.
June 5, 8:30pm, A Time You Surprised Yourself: A Reading to Support Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children.
The Freya Project, an organization dedicated to community activism through storytelling, will sponsor this reading. Chanice Greenburg-Hughes, Leah Johnson, Kyle McCarthy, Lynn Steger Strong, and Neda Toloui-Semnani will read. While the event is free, donations are encouraged, and will bolster a good cause. We encourage you to sign up for the night of literature on Eventbrite.