The Cinema Is Cruel Like a Miracle: A Spoken Word Night

A Saturday evening of spoken word at a tiny storefront in the East Village, with poetry and poetry-adjacent things on stage. Our theme for the event is more or less "film and TV": this may encompass tentpoles, sweaty detectives, hot priests, the counterculture scrapheap, the streaming celestial video jukebox, postapocalyptic anime teens brandishing psychic scars. Readers will likely abandon the conceit at some point and use the rest of their time chasing down their various different thematic squirrels.

FEATURED READERS Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue, The Extra Lens, The Human Hearts) Joanna Valente (Yes Poetry, Luna Luna Magazine, "Sirs and Madams," the forthcoming "The Operating System") Michael Grace Jr. (My Favorite, The Secret History) Brad Nelson (host of Every Now and Then I Fall Apart: A Karaoke Reading Series; bylines including Bright Wall/Dark Room, The Guardian, Pitchfork) Jody Beth LaFosse (the poetry/photography zine The Grammar of Ornament; bylines including The Quietus, Consequence of Sound, The Los Angeles Review of Books).

With OPENING KIBITZING by Jody and film writer/CUNY professor Kevin Bozelka about The Movies Of The Day and whatever else we've caught recently on screens around town. Refreshments will be served; short to follow. Ground floor, wheelchair accessible. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a recommended donation of $5 (plus Eventbrite fees or face value at the door).