Reading Series Census: Tea & Poetry

By on Friday, December 4th, 2015 at 9:01 am

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?

“Tea & Poetry”

As the series takes place at Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II, an Alice-in-Wonderland themed tea shoppe (of which there are three in NYC), it’s pretty self-explanatory…It’s a Tea-room setting with readings in poetry/fiction/non-fiction

Who founded the series, and who runs it now?

Linda Tieber, with Rosalind Palermo Stevenson.

What genres or mediums does the series include?

Poetry, fiction, non-fiction. Also, seminar/panel evenings based on a literary theme. There is a possibility we might consider other creative events in the future.

What is the format of the series?

Generally speaking, three or four readers at each reading. Each writer reads for about 15 minutes, with short intermission in between first two and second two readers.. Prior to the reading, there is 20-30 minutes for ordering food/drinks and mingling, and also during intermission. After the reading we have allotted time for selling of authors’ books, mingling, and imbibing. This is meant to be a social & literary event, a combination of great writing, great food/drink and opportunity for socializing.

Where does the series take place?

Alice’s Tea Cup, Chapter II, East 64th Street, New York, NY

When and how often is the series performed (and is it seasonal)?

Bi-monthly, third Wed of the month. I.e. our next reading is December 16, followed by February, April, June, etc.

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

How long has the series been active?

Our first reading occurred on third Wed in September 2015 and we subsequently had an October reading. We are now moving to bi-monthly so next reading is December 2015.

Where can people find information about series on the web?

By invitation. Also Facebook, though we do not have a page or website as of yet.

Do you take submissions, solicit material, or a combination?

We do not accept submissions; readers are chosen by invitation only. No open readings.

Did you set out with specific goals when the series was launched and have they changed over time? What distinguishes the series from others?

Our series is unique in that is a “marriage” of venue and event, i.e., the offering of poetry (or fiction or non-fiction) as a menu item in a very unique location, theme and offerings, based on the Victorian classic “Alice in Wonderland”. Readers’ material, however, does not have to be theme-based. This is a literary-type salon/dinner event of a more formal type than, for example, the “downtown” open readings or bar reading options.

The next Tea & Poetry reading is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 at Alice’s Tea Cup East 64th Street and will feature Sally McElwain, Jeanette Topar, and Jim Feast

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