Author Events

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 1:00-9:00 pm
The 25th Annual Alternative
New Year's Day Spoken Word/
Performance Extravaganza

St. John's Lutheran Church
81 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
stjohnsnyc.org

Bill will be one of more than 150 scheduled performers at the 25th Annual Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word/​Performance Extravaganza, which takes place on January 1, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Greenwich Village. This year's theme is "Before the Dawn."

(Note: Bill's 3-minute slot on the program will take place at some point between 7 and 9 pm.)

The Alternative, which is free to the public, features poets, prose writers, monologists, musicians, dancers and other performers in an eight-hour showcase that ranges from some of New York's most seasoned talents to emerging stars. The lineup evolves each year to keep the event fresh and democratic. The audience is encouraged to donate paperback books to Books Through Bars, for people incarcerated in prison, and canned or boxed food or drink for City Harvest, which provides for the hungry in New York.

The Alternative began on New Year's Day in 1995, and quickly became one of the most popular events on the city's poetry and literary scene. Founder Bruce Weber is ably assisted by a staff of writers, designers and curators. Each year a fresh group of performers are plucked from all corners of the Tri-State area to enliven and transform the Alternative in unexpected ways. Adding to the mix for the sixth consecutive year will be an anthology comprised of featured writers, published by Rogue Scholars Press under the guidance of C. D. Johnson.

"We're very excited to hold the event at St. John's on the 25th anniversary of the Alternative, and look forward to continuing to bring some light into our dark times," said Mr. Weber of this year's event.

Among poets scheduled to read on January 1 are Joel Allegretti, Jennifer Blowdryer, Steve Cannon, Michele Carlo, Steve Dalachinsky, Cornelius Eady, Bob Holman, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Nancy Mercado, Tracie Morris, and Bill Zavatsky.

In keeping with its spirit, there will be intervals within the day's program for audience members (who are not on the featured list) to sign up and perform on the open mic. The Alternative draws an overflow crowd every year.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 7:30 pm
Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
www.hopleaf.com

Bill will appear as part of the 120th episode of Tuesday Funk, Chicago's long-running eclectic reading series, at Hopleaf in Chicago. This special 10th-year celebration is hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins. Also appearing are Juan Martinez, JH Palmer, C. Russell Price, and Mare Swallow.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 6:30 pm
Poets of Queens Reading
Vintage
23-14 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.ditmarsvintage.com

On June 6, Bill will appear with Josef Kaplan at the Poets of Queens Reading Series at Vintage in Astoria, Queens. Poets of Queens was founded to celebrate the poets of Queens and to create a community around poetry in Queens.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 3:00 pm
Line Break Reading Series
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.qedastoria.com

On June 3, Bill hosts the eighth edition of Line Break, the eclectic live Queens literary magazine. The reading takes place at Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria, Queens, near the Ditmars stop on the N/W line. Lineup will include Daniel Braum, Vanessa Golenia, David Mills, Sarah Riccio, and special guest Bengt Washburn. Admission is $7.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 3:00 pm
Line Break Reading Series
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.qedastoria.com

On May 6, Bill hosts the seventh edition of Line Break, the eclectic live Queens literary magazine. The reading takes place at Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria, Queens, near the Ditmars stop on the N/W line. Lineup will include Marleen S. Barr, Malcolm Chang, John C. Foster, Dina Laura, and Richard Taylor Pearson. Admission is $7.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 7:00-7:10 pm
Queens Lit Fest
LIC Landing
52-10 Center Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11101

As part of the Queens Lit Fest, Bill will read a new short story at 7:00 pm sharp on Sunday, April 30. The festival itself runs for two full days, April 29 and 30, at LIC Landing in Queens. Admission for both days is free but does require an RSVP.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 3:00 pm
Line Break Reading Series
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.qedastoria.com

On April 1, Bill hosts the sixth edition of Line Break, the eclectic live Queens literary magazine. The reading takes place at Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria, Queens, near the Ditmars stop on the N/W line. Lineup will include Audrey Dimola, James Gordon, Kathe Koja, Jackie Sherbow, and Paul Witcover. Admission is $7.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 3:00 pm
Line Break Reading Series
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.qedastoria.com

On March 4, Bill hosts the fifth edition of Line Break, the eclectic live Queens literary magazine. The reading takes place at Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria, Queens, near the Ditmars stop on the N/W line. Lineup will include Keith R.A. DeCandido, Emily Alta Hockaday, Jonathan Sumpter, Andrew Willett, and Nebula Award nominee Barbara Krasnoff. Admission is $7.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 3:00 pm
Line Break Reading Series
Q.E.D.
27-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria, NY 11105
www.qedastoria.com

On February 4, Bill hosts the fourth edition of Line Break, the eclectic live Queens literary magazine. The reading takes place at Q.E.D.: A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria, Queens, near the Ditmars stop on the N/Q line. Lineup will include Sarah Riccio and more. Admission is $7.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 7:30 pm
Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
www.hopleaf.com

Bill will appear as part of the 100th episode of Tuesday Funk, Chicago's long-running eclectic reading series, at Hopleaf in Chicago. This special evening features all the past hosts and producers of the series, which is currently hosted by Andrew Huff and Eden Robins. Appearing with Bill will be Connor Coyne, Reinhardt Suarez, Hallie Palladino, and Sara Ross Witt.

Update: Watch video of Bill's reading below: