From the Department of Other Venues

Sunday Best’s official photographer Bonnie Walker is going to be reading from a memoir-in-progress at the Cornelia Street Cafe as part of the Greek American Writers Series hosted by the amazing poet, Dean Kostos. Saturday, October 20, at 6 PM–Admission is $8, which includes a drink. Davidson Garret, Christi Shannon, and Yolanda Koumidou Vlesmas will also be reading.

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Other Literary Events: Sunday Best Curator Patricia Eakins Reads with Mikhail Horowitz at the Liberty Free Theatre, July 20, 7:30 PM

Sunday Best Curator Patricia Eakins (left) and performance poet Mikhail Horowitz.

If you are spending part of your summer up in the Catskills, please drop in to the Liberty Free Theatre in Liberty, New York, on Friday, July 20 at 8PM.  Sunday Best curator Patricia Eakins will be reading alongside performance poet Mikhail Horowitz as part of the theatre’s First Hearings series.  Sunday Best fans may remember Mikhail from our April 2011 event “Words and Music Once Again” which featured Mikhail performing his stand-up poetry routine accompanied by his musical partner-in-crime Gilles Malkine.  The Liberty Free Theatre calls Eakins and Horowitz “two of the most original voices in American Letters.”   Both writers will read from already published work as well as new pieces. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. The audience is invited to gather after the performance for food, drink, and music. The theatre is located at 109 South Main Street, Liberty, New York.  Call 845 292-3788 for reservations and information or check out the theatre’s website.

Meanwhile, you can revisit Words and Music Once Again by listening to the audio of the event, hosted on WHFR’s website, and taking a look at photographs of Mikhail and the other performers on our Flickr page.

 The Sunday Best Reading Series will return in the fall with an exciting season of literary adventures.  Stay tuned for announcements on this blog and on our Facebook page.


Published in: on July 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poster for Sunday Best Curator Patricia Eakins’s Reading with Harold Jaffe at Word Up

Other Literary Events: Patricia Eakins to Read with Harold Jaffe in the Heights in March

Sunday Best curator Patricia Eakins will be reading her work at two literary events in Washington Heights this March. On both occasions, she will be joined by Harold Jaffe, editor of Fiction International and a reader at the Sunday Best Reading Series during the 2009-2010 season.

Patricia Eakins, curator of the Sunday Best Reading Series

The first event, Crisis: Writing in Wartime, will take place at Word Up Community Bookshop on Saturday, March 24 at 7PM. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of visiting Northern Manhattan’s community bookstore, Word Up is located on Broadway at West 176th Street. Take the A train to 175th Street or the 1 train to 181st Street. Admission to this event is free.

Author Harold Jaffe

The second event, Stories and Anti-Stories, is scheduled as part of Northern Manhattan’s newest literary reading series, The Local Word at Le Chéile, the Irish pub that is rapidly becoming one of the neighborhood’s hottest cultural hubs.  Stories and Anti-Stories will take place on Tuesday, March 27 from 8PM to 10 PM and will also feature the music of guitarist Charles Ramsey, who performed at the Sunday Best Reading Series last spring. Le Chéile is located on the northwest corner of West 181st Street and Cabrini Boulevard. There is no cover for this event.

Other Literary Events: Revolutionary Doctors, Word Up Rent Party, The Local Word at Le Cheile

Due to the rescheduling of “Cake Mix,” the writing and theater workshop for children with Mino Lora of the People’s Theater Project that was originally calendared in January, the next Sunday Best Reading Series will not take place until February 5. But Northern Manhattan is bustling with plenty of great literary events this holiday season.

If you are hankering for some deep literary discussion (with a film!), go hear Steve Brouwer talk about his book on revolutionary doctors in Cuba and Venezuela at Word Up Community Bookstore on Wednesday, December 14.  Speaking of Word Up, if you are as excited and relieved as we are that the bookstore remains open and want to help ensure it continues to survive, please attend Word Up’s 1st Rent Party on December 17.  And if you’re just in the mood to hear some good, old-fashioned great writing by authors who live in Northern Manhattan, stop in at the Irish pub Le Cheile at 181st Street and Cabrini Boulevard on December 13 for Washington Heights’ newest literary reading series, The Local Word. Read below for more details about these events.

Steve Brouwer at Word Up Community Bookstore: Wednesday, December 14th, 6- 9pm

Steve is the author of Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care. He will discuss the book and present a 27-minute documentary film about Cuban doctors in Nicaguara by Victor Casaus. Free. 4157 Broadway at West 176th Street. Take the A train to 175 Street.

Word Up Community Bookstore, First Month’s Rent Party: Saturday, December 17th, 6-9pm

Food, drinks, music. Celebrate the first six months of Word Up in Washington Heights! $10.

The Local Word: A Fortnightly Evening of Live Literature: Tuesday, December 13th, 8–10pm

The Irish restaurant Le Cheile (839 W. 181st, corner of Cabrini Boulevard) is hosting a new reading series featuring Northern Manhattan writers called “The Local Word.” Come out to hear and support local literary artists at The Local Word’s inaugural event on December 13, featuring the work of poets David Eye, Stephanie Berger, John Deming, and Lisa Marie Basile, and music by Tamara Jaton and John Deming. 

Holiday cheer to all friends of the Sunday Best Reading Series!

Other Literary Events: TODAY, Sunday, 11/20, at 2pm; UPTOWN NARRATIVES at WORD UP BOOKS

If you are in northern Manhattan today, please consider stopping by Word Up (4157 Broadway, at West 176th Street) at 2PM to hear Uptown Narratives,  a program of memoir and personal essay featuring some current and former Sunday Best Reading Series volunteers.  Among the readers will be Bonnie Walker, Sunday Best Reading Series photographer and blogger; Rita Calderon, Food Committee Member; and Risa Hirsch Ehrlich, front desk staff and all-around volunteer-extraordinaire.  All three have also read at the Sunday Best Reading Series.  The fourth reader on today’s program is Liam Drew, a new resident of Washington Heights whose work recently appeared in The Guardian. Please come welcome Liam to the neighborhood!

Read on for program details.



Readings of Memoir and Personal Narrative

By Writers from Washington Heights and Inwood

Sunday, November 20 at 2PM

Word Up: Community Bookstore

4157 Broadway (at West 176th Street)

Rita Calderon

Rita L. Calderon is a long-time Washington Heights resident and a psychotherapist. Her non-fiction work has appeared in several newspapers, including The Philadelphia Daily News and The New York Times. She has read her work at Above the Bridge Writers Café and the Sunday Best Reading Series.

Liam Drew

Liam Drew is a neuroscientist. In addition to writing memoir, he writes pieces that demystify science for the layperson. He was recently published in The Guardian.

Risa Hirsch Ehrlich

Risa Hirsch Ehrlich, who is primarily a visual artist, has been writing memoir for the past several years. She finds memoir to be a safe way to visit the past with the present adult conducting the vulnerable younger self backwards.

Bonnie Walker

Bonnie Walker is a writer and photographer, as well as an attorney. She is currently working on a book-length memoir.

Other Literary Events: Sunday Best Curator Patricia Eakins Reads in the Catskills, August 7, 7:30pm

Patricia Eakins, curator of the Sunday Best Reading Series, will be reading from her work alongside novelist Rilla Askew in Liberty, New York on August 7 at 7:30 p.m.  Eakins and Askew will be performing as part of the First Hearings Series held at the Liberty Free Theatre.  Admission is free.  The Liberty Free Theatre is located at 109 South Main Street in Liberty, New York.  For reservations and more information, call 845-292-3788.


Patricia Eakins, May 2011.


Patricia Eakins is the author of The Hungry Girl and Other Stories and The Marvelous Adventures of Pierre Baptiste (a novel) which won the NYU Press Prize for Fiction and the Capricorn Fiction Award of the Writer’s Voice. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Parnassus, Conjunctions, Fiction International and The Paris Review, which awarded her the Aga Khan Prize.  Eakins is working on a novel and a collection of stories.


Rilla Askew received a 2009 Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She’s the author of three novels and a book of stories, including an award-winning novel about the Tulsa Race Riot, Fire in Beulah. Her first novel,The Mercy Seat, was a finalist for the Pen-Faulkner Award. Her plays, short fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of venues, including Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards, World Literature Today, Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose.

Other Literary Events: Uptown Voices:NoMAA Literary Grantees, Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm

The Sunday Best Reading Series is currently on season hiatus until September 2011.  But opportunities to hear and support literary artists in Northern Manhattan still abound this summer.  On Tuesday, June 14, Sunday Best curator Patricia Eakins will emcee “Uptown Voices: NoMAA Literary Grantees,” a literary reading featuring recipients of NoMAA Literary Grants for 2011.  Among the writers sharing their work will be Will MacAdams, Christine Toy Johnson, and Lola Koundakjian, all of whom took part in the Sunday Best NoMAA Benefit held in March.  Joining them will be Danielle Lazarin (who was originally slated to read for the Sunday Best Reading Series in March but was forced to withdraw due to early labor), Dina Piera Di Donato Salazar, and Amir Parsa.

The reading will start at 6:30 in The Cornerstone Center at 178 Bennett Avenue (nearest cross street is West 189th).  A reception will be held afterward to honor the writers. This event is part of the annual Uptown Arts Stroll, and admission is free!

The Sunday Best NoMAA Benefit, March 6, 2011. From left to right: Patricia Eakins (Sunday Best curator); Christine Toy Johnson (NoMAA grantee); Sandra Garcia-Betancourt (Executive Director, NoMAA); Will MacAdams (NoMAA grantee); Lola Koundakjian (NoMAA grantee); Diana Caba (Program Director, NoMAA). Photo taken by Susan Sermoneta.

Community Happenings: Word Up: A Bookstore “Pops Up” In Northern Manhattan

June is here, and that means it is time for the annual Uptown Arts Stroll.  This year, the multi-talented Veronica Liu is making sure we remember that the “Arts” include the literary, as well as the visual and performing, arts. Veronica is the mastermind behind “Word Up,” a pop-up bookstore where uptown writers and artists will sell their books and other work on consignment and give performances and workshops open to the community.

Word Up will be open for one month, beginning Tuesday, June 14, at 4157 Broadway (at 175th Street).  Shop hours will be 4PM to 9PM on weekdays and noon to 4PM on weekends, with some scheduling variations to accommodate special events. To get information on selling your books, zines, and other goodies through consignment or on hosting a performance, event, or workshop, contact Veronica at or

Word Up is sponsored by NoMAA and Vantage Residential and coordinated by Fractious Press and Seven Stories Institute. Veronica is publisher of Fractious Press and Managing Editor of Seven Stories Press, which is affiliated with Seven Stories Institute.  She is also one of the creative forces behind Washington Heights Free Radio, which broadcasts the audio from events held by the Sunday Best Reading Series.  Read more about Veronica and Word Up at Karen the Small Press Librarian and Shelf Awareness.

The industrious and illustrious Veronica Liu (Word Up). Photo by Susan Sermoneta.

Other Literary Events: Howl Yowl, Monday, February 28, 6:30pm

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s Valentines to Earth reading and the community gardening panel that preceded it.  You made the afternoon’s festivities a great success.  If you enjoyed the  works of the local writers who read their environmental poetry at this event, you can hear more at Howl Yowl on February 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Yippie Museum Cafe in the East Village.

Photo from the Miami Dade College archives.

Howl Yowl, a celebration of the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, is being hosted and presented by Gordon Gilbert, one of the poets who participated in Valentines to Earth.  This tribute to a Beat-Generation legend will feature performances by an impressive gathering of writers, including Peter Martin, the event manager for the Sunday Best Reading Series and another of the poets who lent their voices to yesterday’s event.  Patricia Eakins, Sunday Best curator and MC, will also be reading.

The Yippie Museum Cafe is located at 9 Bleecker Street (between Elizabeth and Bowery Streets).  Other writers slated to perform at Howl Yowl include Big Mike, Brant Lyons, Angela Peluso, Puma Perl, Robert Gibbons, Brenda Morrisse, Michael Schwartz, Viviana Grell, Ronnie Norpel, Jackie Sheeler, Kim Kalesti, Orion 0.62, Zey Torres, David Lawton, and Jane Ormerod.  Admission is $2 at the door.  (Although you are invited to share your enthusiasm for Allen Ginsberg as an attendee, there will, unfortunately, be no open mic readings at this event.)


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