Held on the first Tuesday of every month, September through June, First Tuesdays is a neighborhood reading series with a very hospitable open mic. Anyone who wants to read is welcome. Indeed, almost every month, someone gets up to read their work for the first time. Our featured readers have been among the finest writers in the area. So, if you have work you’d like to share, poetry or prose, or if you'd just like to get some literature into your life, please join us.
Sherese Francis is a southeast Queens-based published poet, writer, blogger and literary curator. She has published work in journals and anthologies like Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts Inspired by Octavia Butler and Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts. She was previously the literary director of the Queens Book Festival and currently is one of its literary advisors. Her current projects include her Afrofuturism-inspired blog, Futuristically Ancient; her southeast Queens based pop up bookshop/mobile library, J. Expressions, for which she received a 2017 Queens Council on the Arts grant; an upcoming fantasy novel, The E; and poetry collections in progress, "And the Water Breaks" and "Lady Liberty." Sherese can be found on Twitter at @afutureancient and @jexpressbooks, and on IG @jexpressionbookshop.