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.
Barry Wallenstein is the author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent being At the Surprise Hotel and
Other Poems [Ridgeway Press, 2016] and Drastic Dislocations: New and Selected Poems [New York
Quarterly Books, 2012]. His poetry has appeared in over 100 journals, including Ploughshares, The Nation,
Centennial Review, and American Poetry Review. His analytical text, Visions & Revisions: The Poets’
Practice [T.Y. Crowell, 1971], was reissued in a new and expanded edition by Broadview Press .
A special interest is his presentation of poetry readings in collaboration with jazz. He has made eight recordings of his poetry with jazz,
the most recent being titled What Was, Was (Audioscope, 2015) and Lucky These Days (Cadence Jazz Records 2013). A previous CD,
Euphoria Ripens, was listed among the “Best New Releases” in the journal, All About Jazz (December 2008).
Barry is Emeritus Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the City University of New York and an editor of the journal, American Book Review