Select Events Going On This Weekend:

Friday February 27th at 7pm
Philip Fried
@Book Culture: 536 W 112th St (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway)
tel: 212-865-1588
Subway: 1 to 110th St–Cathedral Pkwy

Manhattan Review editor Fried welcomes contributors Mark Sullivan (Slag), Jeanne Marie Beaumont (Curious Conduct), Marc Kaminsky (Shadow Traffic) and D. Nurkse (The Border Kingdom).

Saturday February 28th at 6:30pm
Yusef Komunyakaa (Pulitzer Prize) + Juanita Torrence-Thompson
Price: $15
@American Association of University Women
111 E 37th St (between Lexington and Park Aves)
tel: 212-684-6068
Subway: 6 to 33rd St
Creole Dinner Buffet and Musical Interlude

Sunday March 1st @3pm

156 Rivington St. (Clinton/Suffolk Streets), 2 blocks south of Houston
Subway: F/V to Delancey/Second Avenue, then walk East and South
Price: A paltry $3
Open mic hosted by Bruce Weber, Eugene Ring, John Bredin, John Marcus Powell, George Spencer. No list, No Time Limit, No B.S., Workshop feel, Try out new work.
tel: 212-674-3585

Monday March 2nd at 8pm
Charles Simic
Price: $10 for 35yrs old and under
@92nd Street Y: 1395 Lexington Ave (at 92nd St)
tel: 212-415-5500
Subway: 6 to 96th St (better description)

rebecca k.
p.s. if you ever know of any events you want posted email:

More Hunter College Literary News:

Book Essay Competition: First Prize: $100 Gift Certificate!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hunter College Library

Has a book ever --
Changed your life? Increased your understanding of yourself or others? Broadened your outlook? Piqued your curiosity about something? Raised your consciousness? Changed the way you feel? Encouraged you to do something?

If so, tell us about it and you may win one of four prizes!

To celebrate National Library Week, the Friends of the Hunter College Library are sponsoring the annual Charlotte Katz Millenson Competition for students. Tell us about the influence of a book on your life in not more than 5 typed pages, double spaced. Your entry may be in the form of an essay or a book review. The book could be from your childhood, or one you just finished reading. It may have been a novel you read for pleasure or an assigned reading for a class, and it could have been written at any time, on any subject. The contest is open to all currently enrolled Hunter College students and will be judged in two categories, undergraduate and graduate, by a panel composed of members of The Friends of the Library.

A total of four gift certificates will be awarded:

Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
1st prize $100 1st prize $100
2nd prize $ 50 2nd prize $ 50

The cover page of the review should have your name, address and telephone number, and whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. So that anonymity is preserved during the judging process, do not type your name on the text of the review.

To enter the competition, any time between March 16 and April 10, 2009, place your entry in a sealed envelope in the box at the Circulation Desk (3rd floor) of Wexler Library, or at the Circulation Desks of the Health Professions or Social Work Libraries. Submitted entries will not be returned. Only one entry per student, please. Winners will be announced at the Hunter Library Day reception on April 21, 2009. If you have any questions about contest procedures, please contact Linda Dickinson at 772-4168.

Sounds great.... but I'd have trouble picking which Judy Blume book changed my life! (Or Kierkegaard, you know, whatever). Actually this is an awesome opportunity for people in Essay Writing classes (or Children's Lit) to double up on writing for class and submitting work that has had the opportunity to be proofread by a professor/someone at the writing center.


Going on this week:

Going on at Hunter:
Friday, February 20, 2009 The Olivetree Review V-Day Recovery mini open-mic. 5-7 pm
The Olivetree Review Office or next door (TH 212)

More HUNTER going-abouts>> Spring 2009 Distinguished Writers Series

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Irish poet and Pulitzer Prize winner, Muldoon is the poetry editor of The New Yorker. Horse Latitudes (2006) is the most recent of his ten collections.

All readings take place in the Faculty Dining Room, Eighth Floor, West Building. Most readings will begin at 7:30p.m (FREE)

---------------------------More from the collective literary Hutzpah:

Bluestockings Bookstore: 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington :: 212.777.6028

Sunday, February 22nd @ 7PM - FREE
Reading: “CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women”
While the calendar is yet again marking the birth of our first president, we are listening to the contributors tothe newest issue of “CALYX,” America’s foremost feminist literary journal. Join us for poetry and prose from Lynn Ahrens, Kathy Horowitz, Marie-Elizabeth Mali and Rhonda Zangwill. Nothing against ole’ George, but tonight we’re conjuring Abigail Adams who insisted that we “remember the ladies…lest they foment a rebellion.”


Wally Lamb
Previous works: I Know This Much is True and She's Come Undone
Monday February 23rd @ 6:30pm $5
The New School, J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 W 12th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, East Vllage
The prolific author reads from his latest, The Hour I First Believed, a story about the fallout from Columbine.

Tuesday February 24th @2pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave (at 34th St)
Midtown East tel: 212-817-1955
Subway: B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W to 34th St–Herald Sq
Tickets: FREE!
James Davis, currently at work on a biography of writer Eric Walrond, reads with Thulani Davis, herself writing about bluesy icons Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Alberta Hunter and Bessie Smith.

Do you fancy yourself an undergraduate playwright?

Since I am apparently still on the e-mailing list for Manhattan Theatre Club from the time I participated in one of their programs, I received word of a new contest that I think would be nice to divulge to other individuals. Please take note, participate if you fit into the guidelines, and the best of luck to you! :)


Dear past participants of MTC’s Write Now! program,

We wanted to let you know about an exciting new playwriting contest that MTC is co-sponsoring with Dentyne. The contest asks for short plays about sustaining personal relationships in the age of technology, and has a pretty spectacular grand prize - $7500 and a professional performance of your play at New York City Center. Some important things to note off-the-bat:

  • All entries must be postmarked by March 9
  • You must be 18 or older to enter
  • If you happen to be a full-time undergraduate student at Stanford University, Hunter College of CUNY, UCLA, or Northwestern University, there’s a separate contest for you (also listed on the Dentyne website).
Interested? Check out the Dentyne website ( for more details and specific contest rules. Be sure to read everything carefully… we’d hate for your submission to get disqualified on a technicality. We also strongly suggest that you get your submissions in sooner rather than later, so hop to it! Go write a play!

Best of luck,

Julia Davis

Education Assistant & TheatreLink Coordinator

Manhattan Theatre Club

311 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10036

(212) 399-3000 x4255


In the meantime, watch for upcoming entries pertaining to the Spring semester with us at Olivetree Review.