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Why There Are Words

  • Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery New York, NY 10012 USA (map)

Join us at the NYC branch of the renowned Bay Area literary reading series Why There Are Words on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at the Bowery Poetry Club for readings from six acclaimed writers.

Doors open at 5:45 pm; readings begin at 6:00 sharp. 
$10.00 at the door or $8 in advance. 

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Arden Levine’s poems have recently appeared in Sycamore Review, The Missouri Review, Barrow Street, RHINO, and River Styx, and been featured in American Life in Poetry (a partnership of The Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress). Arden is a D.C. native, an Advisory Editor for Epiphany, and an adorer of all things avian. She lives in New York City, where her work focuses on the development and preservation of affordable urban housing and neighborhoods.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart nominee with an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School, she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the MacDowell Colony among others. She is East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing and founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. A winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry, her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day Series, Callaloo, Los Angeles Book Review, Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Visit

David McLoghlin is the author of Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2012), part of which was awarded second prize in The Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and Santiago Sketches (Salmon Poetry, 2017). Sign Tongue, his rendering of the work of Chilean poet Enrique Winter, won the 2014 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize. David is also a contributor to Suns, an anthology of translations of Winter’s poems (Cardboard House Press, 2017). His third collection, Crash Centre, is forthcoming from Salmon. David has received grants and fellowships from New York University, Ireland's Arts Council, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His work has appeared in journals like Poetry Ireland Review, Copper Nickel, Hayden's Ferry Review, Cimarron Review, Barrow Street, and Poetry International. Visit

Sue Mell holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and several of her stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine. Recently returned to New York from San Francisco, she’s currently seeking representation for her novel, Hurley, and working on a collection of short stories. Visit

Sahar Muradi is a NYC-based writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of the chapbook [ G A T E S ] from Black Lawrence Press and co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press). Sahar is co-founder of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association and has been the recipient of the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award, a Kundiman Poetry Fellowship, and an Asian American Writers’ Workshop Open City Fellowship. Her work has appeared most recently in The Origins Journal, KAF, and Brooklyn Rail. She has an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, an MPA in international development from NYU, and a BA in creative writing from Hampshire College. Sahar works in the poetry and education programs at City Lore and dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot. Visit 

Eric Sasson is the author of the short story collection Margins of Tolerance and the novel Admissions. His stories have been nominated for the Robert Olen Butler prize and the Pushcart prize, and one is in The Best Gay Stories 2013. For three years, he wrote “Ctrl-Alt,” a column on LGBT culture for the Wall Street Journal, and he is now a regular contributor to Vice, The New Republic and GOOD magazine. His articles have been featured on “Meet the Press” and “Morning Joe Scarborough,” and in February 2017, he was part of the team that was awarded the National Magazine award “Ellie” for Personal Service. Other publications include pieces in them., Salon, Five Points, William and Mary Review, The Puritan, BLOOM and Nashville Review. He received his MA in Creative Writing from NYU and has taught fiction writing for the Sackett Street Writers Workshop in Brooklyn, where he was born, bred, and still resides. Visit

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