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  • KGB Bar 85 East 4th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

NYWW's First Thursdays @ Red Room reading series, Thursday, Feb 7, 7:00 PM

Shayla Lawson is the author of three books of poetry—I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean, A Speed Education in Human Being, and the chapbook PANTONE—and a forthcoming essay collection, published by Harper Collins, in 2020. Her work has appeared in ESPNGuernicaSalonThis is Africa. She is a 2018 Yaddo Artist Colony Fellow, a 2017 MacDowell Colony and Oregon Literary Award Fellow, and former nonfiction editor of the Indiana Review. She currently serves as Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College and co-curates The Tenderness Project ( with poet Ross Gay.

Jee Leong Koh's Steep Tea was named a Best Book of the Year by UK's Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary in the USA. He is the author of three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. His new book of essays Bite Harder: Open Letters and Close Readings blends the personal and the political in its examination of poetries from Singapore, the UK, and the USA, three countries he calls home.

Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, is author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich, 2015), and Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016). Her poems and essays have been published widely in the United States, Canada, and India in journals such as Prairie Schooner,  Atlanta ReviewThe Writer’s Chronicle, and in anthologies of literature, culture and politics. She is Professor of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY), is actively involved in giving workshops and readings across Long Island and beyond, and is the co-founder of Euterpe, the poetry venue in Emma Clark Memorial Library. 

Pushcart-prize winning poet and educator Ravi Shankar has published 13 books, including most recently The Many Uses of Mint: New and Selected Poems 1997-2017 (Recent Works Press). His work has appeared in such venues as The New York TimesThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Paris Review and on the BBC, NBC, and PBS Newshour. He currently holds a fellowship from the University of Sydney. 

Red Room, 85 East 4th Street, one flight above KGB Bar, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues

--no cover, two-drink minimum--