Reading Series Census: Oh, Bernice!

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 | 4,902 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

John Rice and Jenna Telesca have traded off responding for Oh, Bernice.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The reading series is named after our writers collective. The collective, originally nameless when started in 2010, eventually got its name from our email listhost.

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Reading Series Census: The Eagle and the Wren

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Monday, October 12th, 2015 | 4,006 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Our name is The Eagle and the Wren. It takes its name in part from Wren’s Day, which takes place in Ireland on Saint Stephen’s Day (December 26th). The history is complex, but apocryphally a wren is supposed to have betrayed Saint Stephen’s hiding place by singing, leading to his martyrdom. Thus, on Wren’s, or “Wran’s”, day, folk go out to “hunt the wren.” This involves “Mumming,” or dressing up to hide your identity, and visiting neighbors. There is also the Irish folktale of the wren that hitched a ride on the Eagle’s tail feather during the birds’ contest to see who could fly the highest. Once the eagle had done its best, the wren hopped off and flew higher, thus the wren is known as “the king of all birds.”

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Reading Series Census: FREE WATER

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Friday, October 9th, 2015 | 4,307 views

Free Water 9

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Well, it’s in all caps. FREE WATER. The name itself is loud. Like a RITE-AID sign whose bulbs are shot. RI E- ID. That’s good. FREE WATER is tongue and cheek and FREE WATER is a lazy political statement. I also love the way it sounds.

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Reading Series Census: Soul Sister Revue

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Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | 4,022 views

Soul Sister Revue

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The series is called Soul Sister Revue, a reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling. The series is meant to honor the African tradition of stories passing on through generations.

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Reading Series Census: Pete’s Reading Series

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Monday, October 5th, 2015 | 4,046 views

Katie Kitamura reading at Pete's Reading Series in 2012

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The series is called Pete’s Reading Series because it takes place at Pete’s Candy Store at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Reading Series Cenus: The Greetings Readings Series

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | 3,997 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The name of the series is, The Greetings Readings Series at Unnameable Bokes; the series is named after the literary journal, Greetings: a Journal of the Sound Arts.

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Reading Series Census: HiFi Reading Series

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 | 3,882 views

HiFi Reading Series

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The HiFi Reading Series is named after the HiFi Bar, where it is held once a month.

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Reading Series Census: COUPLET

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 | 4,146 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
“COUPLET”—A Quarterly Poetry Reading Series & Social

A COUPLET is a pair of lines in formal poetry. Here, COUPLET signifies the “coupling” of two things: poetry and music. When the series was created, Poet, Leah Umansky and Carlos Rey Sebastián, DJ Ceremony, bonded and became friends over a joint love for Britpop, Glam Rock and New Wave music. In developing a reading series, they “coupled” their two loves: poetry and music. COUPLET strives to curate events that “couple,” or bring together, both emerging and established poets.

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