* WORD/PLAY * is Medicine Show's writers' reading series, now in its 31st season.
It features 10 to15 readings of varied kinds: e.g. an established & an emerging writer; group readings for literary magazines or other groupings; stagings of a writer's work with. actors/musicians & author present & often performing; Words Worth Singing -- musical settings of poems. A reading committee chooses authors. We also solicit MSS on our website.
A bonus for us - after meeting the company at readings, writers often write for our plays (e.g. Denise Duhamel, Ben Miller, Simon Pettitt, Filip Marinovich.) A few particualrly noteworthy past readers: Allen Ginsberg, Rita Dove, Leonard Cohen, Harry Mathews, Terry MacMillan, Kenneth Koch, Kurtis Lamkin, Linda Gregg, Jack Gilbert, Ron Padgett, Stephanie Strickland, Grace Paley, Gerald Stern, D. Nurkse, Denise Duhamel, Mervyn Taylor, Barry Wallenstein, Meena Alexander, Kimiko Hahn, Susan Sherman, Tuli Kupferberg, Yusef Komanyakaa, Paul Muldoon, John Ashbery, and many you haven't heard of, yet.
Group readings have included Phat'itude, FLARF, Black Lotus, The Unbearables, Hanging Loose Press, Fish Drum Magazine, and student poets from Beacon High School, among others.
Our 2016 Word/Play schedule
All events are $7 at the door
Saturday, April 23rd, 4pm: Rich Villar & Ysenia Montilla
Sunday, May 1st, 3pm: Alicia Ostriker & Eliot Katz
Friday, May 6th, 7pm: Sixteen students from a Fordham University workshop led by Medicine Show's Chris Brandt
Saturday, May 14th, 2:30pm: Steve Bloom & spiritchild
Sunday, May 22nd, 3pm: The Dynamic Nuyorican Duo: Maria Alponte & Bobby Gonzalez
TBD, July 2016: Jean-Dany Joachim & friends