Queens Lit Resources

SUPPORT QUEENS LIT! – the literary world of Queens
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This list was created in 2013 and is maintained by Queens native poet/curator Audrey Dimolaemail her for more info.

* Want to read your work in public?

Boundless Tales Reading Series – Long Island City
Curated series – submit your work if you’d like to read
As of Fall 2017, now run by Newtown Literary as “Boundless Tales: A Series for Emerging Writers”

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

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.

Queens Poetic Alchemy Collective open mic at Red Pipe Cafe – Forest Hills (weekly)

Flower Power Fridays open mic with featured readers – Glendale
Twice a month, check their Instagram for more

Global Poets Corner – Queens-based group, open mics, pop-ups, artist features
Check their Instagram for more

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

Free Verse writing workshop and open mic – Jamaica
Weekly writing workshop and open mic held at 2nd floor Jamaica NeON space (162-24 Jamaica Ave.) on Wednesdays from 11am-4pm, email: freeversepoems@gmail.com.

Open Mic at Flor de Azalea Cafe – Astoria/LIC
Check their Instagram for updates on upcoming dates.

Friends of Maple Grove‘s Literary Sundays Reading Series – Kew Gardens
Mary Lannon is the contact, email maplegroveliterarysundays@gmail.com for more details.

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

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.

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).

Nature of the Muse reading & live writing, and other unique literary events
Curated by Audrey Dimola throughout Queens, stay updated on her events page.

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.

Book Culture LIC – Hunters Point/Court Square area branch of Book Culture in Long Island City.

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.

Flor de Azalea Cafe – arts supportive venue in Astoria/LIC.

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.

Topos Bookstore Cafe – space in Ridgewood.

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

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.

Queens Council on the Arts recommends these QUEENS VENUES to consider for your artistic/lit needs.

* 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, Kew & Willow Books, 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.

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).

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

Inspired Ink NY – Innovations in Creative Arts and Martial Arts Center – Southeast Queens
Inspired Ink NY is a writers group whose purpose is to provide established and emerging writers with the tools and support to achieve their full potential in the literary world. Members are provided with valuable resources, opportunities for collaboration, monthly workshops, speaking engagements, vending information and exclusive “member only” deals.

Astoria Write-In Series – Kinship Coffee on Steinway St, Astoria.
Organized by Stephanie M. Grossman, usually monthly- email her for more details grossman.stephaniem@gmail.com – “a write-in series where we all sit down together once a month at a coffee shop and get work done!”

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

Mindful Writing & other workshops with Emily Herzlin.

* 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 Writers Resist – multi-disciplinary arts series launched after the election in January 2017 that invokes spoken word, music and visual art to celebrate democracy, dissent and resistance.

J. Expressions – Jamaica/Southeast Queens
Mobile library and popup bookshop project dedicated to promoting Southeast Queens authors and writers and cultivating the literary community in the area through events and programming.

Queens author Sweta Srivastava Vikram’s wellness company, NimmiLife, helps writers and creative professionals attain their goals and improve their overall wellness by using yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic lifestyle counseling.

Idlewild Magazine – locally created Queens arts & culture magazine.

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

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.

Binders Full of Queens Women Writers – Facebook group.

Southeast Queens Artist Alliance – Facebook group.

Astoria Creatives – Facebook group.

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

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

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

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 their 3rd Space series. 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.