Previous Poetry Readings

Sunday, March 19, 3:00 PM at Private Public Gallery
“A Poet, a Novelist, and A Playwright”
in conjunction with George Lawson, Snowman: Recent Paintings

Sara Berkeley

Sara Berkeley reads from her 7th volume of poetry, Some of the Things I’ve Seen, just released by Wake Forest University Press. Molly Prentiss reads from her second novel, Old Flame, coming out in April from Simon and Schuster. Maya Lawson reads from her newest play, For Du, selected for reading in the Bushwick Starr Reading Series.

Sara Berkeley grew up in Ireland. The Last Cold Day is her seventh collection of poetry. She has also had a collection of short stories and a novel published. Her poetry has been widely anthologized, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and for the Irish Times Poetry Now award alongside Seamus Heaney. The Last Cold Day will be published in spring 2023 by Wake Forest University Press, North Carolina. She lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where she works full time as a hospice nurse.

Publications: Penn (poems, Raven Arts Press, Dublin/Thistledown Press, Saskatchewan, 1986), Home-movie Nights (poems, Raven/Thistledown, 1989), The Swimmer in the Deep Blue Dream (stories, Raven/Thistledown, 1992), Facts About Water (poems, Bloodaxe Books, UK/New Island Books, Dublin, 1994), Shadowing Hannah (novel, New Island Books, 1999), Strawberry Thief (poems, Gallery Press, 2005), The View from Here (poems, Gallery Press, 2010), What Just Happened (poems, Gallery Press, 2015/Sentient Publications, Boulder, 2016). The Last Cold Day (poems, Gallery Press, 2022), Some of the Things I’ve Seen (poems, Wake Forest University Press, North Carolina, 2023).

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Molly Prentiss 

Molly Prentiss is the author of Old Flame (forthcoming this April) andTuesday Nights in 1980, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and shortlisted for the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine in France. Her writing has been translated into multiple languages. She lives in Red Hook, New York, with her husband and daughter. You can find her at or on Instagram @MollyPrentiss.

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Maya Lawson 

Maya Lawson (she/her) is a San Francisco native playwright and performer. Her plays include Come Home to Me; Lotusland; Iphigenia: A Play for Adults; and When We Were Small No One Noticed. She has performed regionally across the country, and in world premieres in NYC with artists such as The Mad Ones (The Essential Straight and Narrow, New Ohio Theatre); William Burke (Untitled American Flag Craft Project, The Brick); Johnny Klein (Auto Graphic Novel, Theater for the New City); Christiana Axelson (Tundra, Invisible Dog Art Center, BAX, Dixon Place), and Lily Gold (Lily Gold Project, Art@Renaissance). Films include: Brand Upon the Brain! directed by Guy Maddin and ZBird, co-written with director Wyatt Troll. She has a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts and is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA in Playwriting program. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two children. Her newest play, For Du, will have a reading in the Bushwick Starr Reading Series on April 4th.

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Frank Holiday’s “The Spirit of the Thing”
Closing Reading & Reception
Saturday, November 19th, 2022

Featured Poets
John Yau
Billie Chernicoff
Jared Daniel Fagen

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Kathryn Lynch’s “Restless”
Poetry Reading
Saturday, May 7, 2022

Featured Poets
Kim Cutter
Jeanne McCulloch
Elissa Schappell
Rob Spillman


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