Governor's Island Reading with Yusef Komunyakaa recap

OTR poetry editor Jennifer Yeung with the incomparable Yusef Komunyakaa
The weather couldn't have been nicer for a day in the park with poetry. Poets House set up chairs and speakers around a colossal red steel structure, one of the many Mark di Suvero sculptures around Governor's Island this season. Transport to the island is free and it's open every weekend.

Paul Muldoon signs some books
Mark di Suvero sculptures dotted the island
And nearby, the Governor's Island Art Fair took over a row of abandoned buildings, with art installations filling rooms and hallways of old, institutional houses. It was quite something. The art fair runs every weekend in September.

Part of the installation "Foxmother" by Desiree Alvarez

Poetry this Weekend: Yusef Komunyakaa, Tan Lin, Paul Muldoon and Brenda Shaughnessy at Governor's Island

Spend Saturday Afternoon on

Governors Island with Poetry & Art

Poets House and Storm King Art Center Present
Poetry Reading on Governors Island Inspired by the Art of Mark di Suvero 


Yusef Komunyakaa
Tan Lin
Paul Muldoon
Brenda Shaughnessy

Yusef Komunyakaa, Tan Lin, Paul Muldoon and Brenda Shaughnessy, Poets, Poetry NYC

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 2:00PM
Nolan Park, Governors Island

Free and Open to the Public

Join Poets House for a rare opportunity to experience poetry inspired by Mark di Suvero’s sculpture on Governors Island. The exhibition Mark di Suvero at Governors Island: Presented by Storm King Art Center closes on September 30.

For ferry and other transportation details visit

Announcing Fall 2012 contests! Four of 'em!

In addition to fifty bucks, you may also win a cupcake

Announcing four separate contests for the Fall 2012 semester! 

We're having our first ever Drama contest: submit up to ten pages of any script or screenplay for the chance to win a $50 gift card. All rights remain with the author, and this in no way prohibits you from getting your play performed.

Also we have a new Art contest, where artists are encouraged to send in a series of works on the theme of the digital age. Our Prose contest is a short 1500 word, two-character scene with an unstated conflict. And our Poetry contest is an ekphrasis: a poem that describes or reacts to a work of art, be it painting, sculpture, dance, film, whatever.

For more info and how to submit, check out our Contests page. Contest deadline is November 11, so lets get those submissions coming in!

All contest submissions will be judged blind by the senior editors. Submissions can be considered for regular publication in OTR issue 52.

NYC Artist- This Weekend

Local NYC Artist Mike Ming has a FREE ART SHOW! He's worked with Bustin Boards (longboard manufacturer to design board art) and Dell (to design custom-laptop covers and build live-art sessions/spaces touring concerts nationally like Lollapalooza and SXSW).

Visitors can see the new form of Pop-Up Gallery and artist-driven network of spaces developing in the city, and discover first-hand the process connecting sketching to final popularly-manufactured design-work.

3 Days Only --'Scribbles, Doodles, Drips and Stuff' September 13 to Sept 15!! 
Battery Show Room  SR LTD!! (ring the bell for #605)
313 west 37th Street #605 (37th and 8th Ave.)
New York NY 10018

Just make the Art. Submissions to  The Olive Tree Review are now open.

Questions:  email olivetreeArt(at)

Poetry Events this week: Philip Levine, Rooftop Readings, NYC Lit Crawl!

Poetry from the Rooftops: Thursday, Sept 13

The Arsenal Building at Central Park
64th Street at 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Free and public reading on the roof of the arsenal building right down the street. With Anselm Berrigan, D. A. Powell, Ish Klein

"The Academy collaborates with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation each year to provide an intimate escape from the flow of traffic and offer New Yorkers the opportunity to hear a diverse group of contemporary poets read original work and 'bare their brains to heaven.'"

Red Hen Press reading at Poets House: Sat, Sept 15

Poets House
10 River Terrace, New York

With Philip Levine, Lisa Krueger, and David St. John.

2012 NYC Lit Crawl: Sat, Sept. 15

The East Village

The 5th annual NYC Lit Crawl takes over the East Village this Saturday.

"Saturday Night Fever kicks off in the East Village at 6 p.m. The mayhem that follows includes 3 hours, 23 venues, and 100+ authors in literary readings, conversations, games, music, burlesque, and more. On the roster of fabulous acts are Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and America’s sweetheart Molly Ringwald (discuss her new novel, When it Happens to You). An after party for the ages follows."

Art Info Session

Hello Artists/Photographers/Editors/and-Interested-Parties!

We're glad to have you on board. The Art section of the Olive Tree Review is happy to announce the first General Art Information Session will be on Wednesday, September 12, at Noon (12pm) in TH212 (Thomas Hunter Hall).  We're excited that you're interested in submitting or editing, or working with us this semester.

If you can't make it to the first meeting, you're welcome to Reply with feedback (  Additionally, the Olive Tree Review seeks to be a resource for students; so email us your art shows, poetry readings, and events.  Even interesting Art events around town! We'll post educational and art-related events on our Blog, as well as Hunter Student events.

We are also happy to offer our photography services for Fine Art and 3D artwork.  We know that it's hard enough to finish the work.  Submitting should be manageable.  Appointments can be made to bring your work in to photograph, or we can give advice on how to submit (stop by the Office and ask for Ana). 

Graphic Artists:  We love to have volunteers for making posters!

The General Art Information Meeting Agenda:
1) To present and answer general questions about how to submit
2) To answer questions about becoming an Editor-- It's easy!  Anyone can join, vote, and help out!
3)  Learn about our Workshops:  How to Photograph Your Work, How to Submit to Galleries, How to Sell Your Work in the City (taxes and permits)
4) To discuss interest in different events:  Art Gallery Walks (Lower East Side, Soho, Chelsea); Museum visits (Metropolitan Museum, MOMA, there are a million in the city, suggestions are welcome).
5) To learn how to get involved in other ways: Graphic Design, posters, tabling with us (you can also fill out the CONTACT INFO sheet on

Submission Information: Submissions for OTR Issue 52 are now open. We now accept email submissions.

Editor Information:  There's a meeting in December when the Submissions have closed, to vote on the submissions (they will have the submitter's information removed/anonymous to be fair).  You can be an editor, even if you submit work; it helps to understand the process and get anonymous feedback.  If you're unfamiliar with DropBox, just ask us for help.

Thanks for your interest!  See you on Wednesday!
Senior Art Editor

University Open House at the Rubin Museum

This weekend, the Rubin Museum is having Free Admission for all college students and faculty, which includes special tours, raffles and, apparently, a scavenger hunt!

The Rubin Museum of Art is a dynamic environment that stimulates learning, promotes understanding, and inspires personal connections to the ideas, cultures, and art of Himalayan Asia.

Check it out.

The Mortimer Levitt Essay Contest at Hunter

If you are a Hunter student you are invited to enter the 2012-13 Levitt Essay Contest sponsored by The Writing Center, CE. We highly encourage all eligible students to enter. Our own senior poetry editor, Jade, was even a runner up last year!

To enter please submit a 500 word essay on "The World of Tomorrow" to Lewis Frumkes, Director of The Writing Center CE at before January 1st, 2013. First place winner will receive $2,000, 2nd place will receive $1,000, 3rd place will receive $500, and runners-up will receive $100 each.

Essays will be judged on originality, style, and plain old good writing. Winners will be notified in early Spring. *Former winners are not eligible*