Queens Lit Resources

SUPPORT QUEENS LIT! – the literary world of Queens
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This list is maintained by Audrey Dimolaemail her for more info.

* Want to read your work in public?

Boundless Tales Reading Series – Long Island City (monthly)
Curated series – submit your work if you’d like to read.

First Tuesdays Reading Series & Open Mic – Jackson Heights (monthly)
Share your work at the open mic; featured reader is curated.

Oh, Bernice! Reading Series – Long Island City (monthly)
Curated series – submit your work if you’d like to read.

The Risk of Discovery Reading Series – Woodside (monthly)
Poetry workshop + open mic + featured readers.

LIC Reading Series – Long Island City (monthly)
Curated series in the carriage house at LIC Bar – debut event invite.

Line Break Reading Series – Astoria
An “eclectic live literary magazine” hosted by William Shunn.

Poets of Queens Reading Series – Astoria (monthly)
Curated by Olena Jennings at Ditmars Vintage.

Mike Geffner’s The Inspired Word open mic produces the annual Queens Lit Fest in Long Island City and select pop-up events in Queens (more on Facebook too).

Queens Central Library Open Mic – Jamaica (monthly)
2-4pm from October through June, every second Sunday of the month (with feature).

Mission to (dit)MARS’ Launch Pad Reading Series (for plays)
Curated series for playwrights’ work to be staged – submit your work if you’d like to be considered.

Nature of the Muse reading & live writing – Long Island City (fall/winter months)
Curated series featuring reading mixed with live writing from audience-written prompts.

Need space for an event/reading/performance?

Astoria Bookshop with ongoing events, book signings, readings & workshops.

Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell – offering shows, classes, workshops & lit opportunities – Astoria.

Kew & Willow Books – bookstore managed by The Queens Bookshop Initiative – Kew Gardens.

Queens Council on the Arts – space and support for literary events/workshops – Astoria.

Art House Astoria – affordable art programs for the community AND open to literary events. Offering ongoing free salons open to public to perform their work. Check out the newly renovated space featuring the Broom Tree Theatre.

Local Project – an LIC stalwart and beacon for the arts, you can stage your lit events (and almost any other kind of event) with the fine folks at LP.

Astoria Coffee – lit/arts friendly venue on 30th Ave, contact them about hosting an event/collaborating.

The Local NYC – is a hostel, bar, and event/gallery space in Long Island City.

Book Culture – LIC location with forthcoming programming.

Topos Bookstore Cafe – space in Ridgewood.

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum is part of the Historic House Trust AND a leader in the #museumanarchy program – Flushing.

Mission to (dit)MARS recommends these QUEENS SPACES to consider for your theatre/lit projects.

* Did you know Queens has its own literary journal?

Newtown Literary Journal
Semi-annual literary journal, published in hard copy & e-book. Submit your work when they have open calls!

The Lark
Online only, published in Ridgewood.

* Want to chat, workshop, and meet with other writers/lit fans?

Ongoing, varying classes & workshops at Q.E.D.Astoria Bookshop, and Queens Council on the Arts – visit their sites for more details.

Newtown Literary Journal offers free or low-cost writing workshops & classes (check their site), and ALSO organize the annual QUEENS WRITES weekend featuring writing meet-ups across Queens.

Poetry & Coffee – organized by Valerie G. Keane, writers & lit lovers meet to discuss poetry in Queens.

Heightening Stories workshop for creative nonfiction/autobiographical fiction with Nancy Agabian – Jackson Heights.

Mission to (dit)MARS’ Propulsion Lab writers group/workshop for playwrights.

Mindful Writing & other workshops with Emily Herzlin.

The Enchanted Goddess: Literary Creative Arts Community – founded by Joan Willette of Astoria, produces a Reading Series (a women’s book discussion group) AND a Writers Series (for new and emerging writers – workshop/discussion with special guests).

* Looking for more?

Queens Poet Laureate: 2010-2014, Paolo Javier; 2015-2018, Maria Lisella.

Canvas of Words Annual Queens poetry & art festival, and other ongoing literary events.

Five Boro Story Project sharing stories, poems & other art about our NYC neighborhoods.

THE GRIND (formerly known as Reformed Talents) – produces eclectic local lit & arts events.

Queens Book Festival – supporting the Queens lit community, debuted in 2016. Other projects include local Queens Lit Crawls.

Sullivan Street Press – changing the publishing paradigm, based in Queens.

Queens College MFA in Creative Writing & Translation – the program and their readings & events.

Ridgewood Artists Coalition – artists and writers of all sorts coming together for support, events, and projects. Email ridgewoodartists@gmail.com or join their group on Facebook.

Open Mic Storytelling (& lots of other events) at The Creek & The Cave in Long Island City.

Poetry Teachers NYC based in Queens – workshops & readings.

Fresh Meadows Poets founded in ’86 – readings, teen contests.

Art, Food & Soul – Jamaica, Queens open mics, spoken word, events & more.

I Live Here Mural Project recording the many languages spoken in Queens.

Archive for Astoria Stand Up – promoting equality and diversity with music and poetry events, projects, and collaborations.

Want your Queens lit organization/workshop/event/reading series listed here? Send an email!


Audrey Dimola curated/hosted the first ever Queens Literary Town Hall at the then-new Queens Council on the Arts space in Astoria on 10/18/13 as part of Queens Council on the Arts’ 3rd Space series, which offers artist-led performance and exhibition opportunities the third Friday of the month. Many of the individuals and organizations on this page were represented there – to see the program, photos, and a video of highlights from the event, click here.