Cynthia Manick

Poet and Storyteller

Cynthia Manick - Poet and Storyteller

Author of Blue Hallelujahs, Curator of Soul Sister Revue, and East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing

Jun
13
to Jul 25

6 Week Workshop: The Self: Autobiography &/in Poetic Forms

June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, and July 25

What does it mean to be the cartographer of the self? To write about its multitudes when the body is a frequency of flesh and heart? We show different sides of ourselves to different people and we play different roles in our lifetime – sister, brother, wife, lover, worker, etc. The class will explore different ways to document those roles and challenge poets to move beyond them through memory, sense, and voice. Participants will look at the work of Lucille Clifton, Ross Gay, Terrence Hayes, Brenda Shaughnessy, Vievee Francis, Ocean Vuong and others who interrogate identity in various ways. We will use different forms including confessional, profile, praise, and direct address to explore the way the “self” can emerge on the page and create a suite of portraits.   https://poetshouse.org/programs-events/workshops-and-classes/

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Emotive Fruition presents: REBEL REBEL
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Emotive Fruition presents: REBEL REBEL

REBEL REBEL is a live performance of poetry written by some of New York's hottest poets and performed on stage by a cast of film and stage actors. Celebrate Pride with a night of electrifying poems that bring to life revolutionary lives and radical love.

Directed by Thomas Dooley.

Featuring poems by Geer AustinJuan Luis GuzmanAimee HermanMarjorie LipariCynthia ManickFrancisco MarquezMax McDonoughAnsley MoonSarah SalaJason SchneidermanChristina Quintana, and Monica Wendel.

Performed by a cast of stage and film actors. 

Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.
Tickets $15 in advance https://www.caveat.nyc/event/emotive-fruition-presents-rebel-rebel-6-11-2019
21+
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.
REFUND POLICY: Tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.

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Soul Sister Revue
May
22
1:00 PM13:00

Soul Sister Revue

Join Soul Sister Revue for its 6-year anniversary and Spring event at the Von Bar where we ask "what does Soul mean to you?" Readers include Mahogany L. Browne (Woke Baby, Black Girl Magic)Vincent Toro (Stereo.Island.Mosaic), Nabila Lovelace (Sons of Achilles), Zakia Henderson-Brown (What Kind of Omen Am I ), and Arriel Vinson. Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

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One Day Craft Workshop " Write Persona Poems Like You're Red Riding Hood and You Know How to Skin a Wolf"
Apr
27
12:30 PM12:30

One Day Craft Workshop " Write Persona Poems Like You're Red Riding Hood and You Know How to Skin a Wolf"

In this generative workshop students will take on characters, live in their shoes, and write from his or her perspective. Donning metaphorical masks, they will explore what they don’t know and question the world around them. What are the stars doing when you can’t see them? If you were an animal, a historical figure, or member of the Supremes what would you say? Persona poems encourage writers to stretch their imaginations where they can either follow the character’s original course of action or change it into something new. And in these explorations, what does one discover about the self? Persona poems will also take on the direct address approach where poets will address a character directly. If you wrote a poem to your favorite writer or superhero describing a problem, how would they respond? We will read and discuss poems by Lucille Clifton, Patricia Smith, Carol Ann Duffy, Chris Abani, Amanda Johnston and more.  The Hudson Valley Writers Center is located in the Philipse Manor train station. Cost $124.

https://tinyurl.com/yd58pbnc

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Book Launch for "Chime" by Len Lawson
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Book Launch for "Chime" by Len Lawson

Join us on Friday, March 29th, from 7-9PM at Langston Hughes House to celebrate Len Lawson's debut full length poetry collection, Chime.

Get Fresh Books is skipping AWP this year, and for good reason, come celebrate Len with Us!

Len will be joined by poets Cynthia Manick and Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie!!

Len Lawson is the author of Chime (Get Fresh Books, 2019) and the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press, 2017). His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the North Carolina Poetry Society. His poetry appears in Callaloo Journal, African American Review, Verse Daily, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Len is also a Ph.D. student in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches English at University of South Carolina Sumter and is a Poetry Reader for Up the Staircase Quarterly.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, Poets House, and the Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts among others. Winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and the 2018 Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award; Manick is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month and Reel 13 Shorts. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Strut (Agape Editions), Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). She served as Poetry Editor of African Voices from 2013 to 2017. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Tallie is the subject of a short film “I Leave My Colors Everywhere.” Her first children’s book Layla’s Book of Happiness will be published by Enchanted Lion Books in 2019. Tallie earned an MFA from Mills College. She’s currently a Ph.D. student at Brown University.

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Sunday Salon - Dark Tower Reading
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Sunday Salon - Dark Tower Reading

Shastri Akella earned his MFA in fiction at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). His story won the Bridging the Gap fiction contest at the Slice Writers' Conference in 2018. His works appears in Guernica, Electric Literature, The Common, Rumpus, World Literature Today, LA Review of Books, Danse Macabre, and European Stages, among other places. He is currently seeking agents for his novel, The Elephant Songs, a queer novel set in 1980s India with an an interracial love story at its core.

Zabe Bent is an engineer living in New York, while working as urban planner and pursuing an MFA at The New School. She is currently working on a novel about the impact of time travel on personal identity, along with a short story collection based on the mixed heritage of her Jamaican family. Zabe spends her free time pursuing creative interests, from silversmithing to cooking to illustration. Find her on social media using @zabebent across platforms.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, Poets House, and the Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts among others. Winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and the 2018 Elizabeth Sloan Tyler Memorial Award; Manick is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month and Reel 13 Shorts. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book, a non-profit publisher of culturally relevant children's books. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications.  She’s a graduate of Howard University and the University of Southern California, and is currently a Margaret Mead Fellow at Columbia University Teachers College, where she’s researching the impact of culturally relevant curriculum and learning aids in elementary classrooms of underrepresented groups. Moore is an Africana Studies lecturer at City University of New York’s John Jay College, and founding faculty member of the Randolph College MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jenny Xie is the author of EYE LEVEL (Graywolf Press, 2018), finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, and recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. She has been supported by fellowships from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and Poets & Writers.

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Cave Canem and the Brooklyn Museum
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Cave Canem and the Brooklyn Museum

Join poets Hafizah Geter, Cynthia Manick, and Nicholas Nichols at Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event in December, celebrating the “Best of the Borough,” or those that are Brooklyn-born/based. This program also celebrates the new exhibit Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983.

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Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

KGB Bar - George David Clark, Tomás Q. Morín, and Cynthia Manick!

George David Clark is an assistant professor at Washington & Jefferson College. His first book, Reveille (Arkansas, 2015), won the Miller Williams Prize and his more recent work can be found in AGNI, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Image, The New Criterion, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He edits the journal 32 Poems and lives in Washington, Pennsylvania with his wife, Elisabeth, and their four young children.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize. He translated Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Picchu and with Mari L’Esperance, he coedited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. A winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 recipient of the Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry; Manick serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem «Things I Carry Into the World» was recently made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Callaloo,The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Poetry in Translation

A reading with Sarah Riggs of Double Change, a collective dedicated to the translation of poetry from France and the United States,  and Marine Cornet, a member of the Sweet Action Poetry Collective, reading poems from Blue Hallelujahs in translation, Olivia Elias collection “Ton Nom de Palestine” (éditions al Manar). Sarah Riggs and Omar Berrada will also read from Etel Adnan’s forthcoming book in both English and French. 

Doors open 7:30pm

The reading starts at 8:00pm.

Free

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Jul
29
5:00 PM17:00

Cave Canem at the NYC Poetry Festival

Featuring Cornelius Eady, Rico Fredrick, Cynthia Manick at the White Horse Stage

Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave CanemFoundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

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No, Dear STATE Issue Launch
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

No, Dear STATE Issue Launch


STATES Issue 21
Click here for Facebook invite

>>>>> Featuring Readings by:
James Barickman
Emily Blair
Nicole Callihan
Carolyn Ferrucci
Phoebe Glick
Samantha Grenier
Savannah Hampton
Valerie Hsiung
Safia Jama
Caitlin McDonnell
Omotara James
Rami Karim
Tahira Khalid
Jean Lee
Arden Levine
Cynthia Manick
Sanjana Nair
Roi
Tidtaya Sinutoke
Julia Johanne Tolo
xtian w

Also in the issue: Lynne DeSilva-Johnson
 

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Sweet Action Collective Art Benefit for 350.org
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Sweet Action Collective Art Benefit for 350.org

"In praise of those who came before us, with hope for those who will come after us"

Please join us for an evening of poetry, dance, reading and art to benefit 350.org, a political action group that devotes its efforts to fighting climate change

Readings by R. J. Palacio, author of Wonder, and members of Sweet Action Poetry Collective. Dances choreographed by Cynthia Kalathas and Lori Ana Perez-Piazza and performed by Judy Schneier, Alicia Lafranchi, Lindsay Blake and Lori Ana Perez-Piazza

A silent auction with something for everyone, fine art, a weekend in a Woodstock Craftsman cottage, and more will be held as well to further benefit 350.org

Free refreshments, beer, and wine will be served. Click here for the Facebook invite

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Apr
6
to Apr 8

Hollins University Lex Allen Literary Festival

Saturday April 7, 2018

9:30 – check-in and refreshments, 2nd floor lobby

10:30 – reading by Jim Minick

11:30 – poetry panel discussing student-submitted work

12:45 – luncheon, Moody Dining Hall (pay at the door)

  2:00 – reading by Cynthia Manick

  3:15 – reading by Janisse Ray

  4:00 – public reception, 2nd floor lobby

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Mar
8
to Mar 11

AWP Conference and Bookfair

R266. This Pussy Fights Back: Poems of Witness and Resistance

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Despite significant advances made in the fight for women’s equality over the past fifty years, there still exists a deeply entrenched hatred of and prejudice against women and girls across the globe. As manifested during the 2016 US presidential campaign and election, sexism is not only alive and well, it is thriving. Five award-winning poets share poems of witness and resistance, shedding necessary light on the realities lurking behind the myth that we live in a postfeminist society. Join Lisa Dordal, Kendra DeColoWendy Chin-Tanner, Allison Joseph, and Cynthia Manick.

 

 

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Poetry & The Body with Chia-Lun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick and Adeeba Talukder
Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry & The Body with Chia-Lun Chang, Alex Cuff, Rico Frederick, Ricardo Hernandez, Cynthia Manick and Adeeba Talukder

Graduates of Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship read new work composed on the theme of the body as inspired by experiences working in the Poets House archives.

Presented as part of Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & The Body, the second annual initiative of the Poetry Coalition, a national poetry coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Jan
23
6:00 PM18:00

Underwater New York and the Brooklyn Historical Society

Current / Bodies: Art and Action on the Waterfront

Tue, Jan 23, 6:30 pm

$5/Free for Members

Brooklyn Historical Society and Underwater New York present six New York artists and writers whose works address the history and future of our waterways. Join photographer Chester Higgins, visual artists Barry RosenthalNancy Nowacek, and Francis Estrada, and poets Cynthia Manick and Wo Chan as they consider New York’s waterfront as a site of continuity and a threshold for political, social, and environmental change.Offered in connection with the new exhibition “Waterfront” at BHS DUMBO.

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Empire: henderson-brown, Manick, Melnick and Xu
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Empire: henderson-brown, Manick, Melnick and Xu

zakia henderson-brown is of starshine and clay lineage. She is the winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, and her manuscript What Kind of Omen Am I, selected by Cate Marvin, is forthcoming in the spring of 2018. She was a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poets fellow, and has received additional fellowships and support from the Fine Arts Work Center, Callaloo Journal, and Cave Canem. Her poems have appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Day One, North American Review, Vinyl, Washington Square Review, and others. She currently serves as associate editor at nonprofit publisher The New Press and lives in her native Brooklyn.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. A winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 recipient of the Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry; Manick serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was recently made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Clockhouse, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, St. Ann’s Review, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017) and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), both with YesYes Books, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere, and she has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, LA Review of Books, and Poetry Daily, among others. A 2017-2018 fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she also teaches poetry at the 92Y and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Born in Indianapolis, she grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Born in Shandong, China, in 1987, Wendy Xu is most recently the author of Phrasis (Fence, 2017), winner of the Ottoline Prize. The recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, her poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry, Boston Review, Poetry, A Public Space, and widely elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, teaches in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Columbia University, and is poetry editor for Hyperallergic.

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