Living in New York is great because there are wonderful things happening all the time. (Quick shout out to Center for Fiction’s Indie Press Summer Fridays series, which are free to attend!) But It’s also expensive as hell and bullshit as a lot of posting is centered here. So if you pay a relatively reasonable rent and aren’t battling cockroaches in your kitchen on a daily basis, but still want to tap into the literary community, hello buddy: this roundup of free virtual events is for you.
Mouth to Mouth: Queer Liberation 2022!
June 29 @7pm EST
Well, I know this event is technically June, but it’s definitely worth a visit: Hosted by the Asian American Writers Workshop, Mouth to Mouth is a safe community space for LGBT BIPOC and up-and-coming immigrant artists. This event is a celebration of queer emancipation and features Ariana Brown, Aurelio Blah, Keren Khan and Michael ‘MJ’ Jones. Register here.
Sex and single women: Rosemary Donahue and Nicole Perkins in conversation with Dean Michael Norris
July 1 @7pm EST
This new sound-driven feminist anthology (co-edited by Elisa Smith!) reimagines Helen Gurley Brown’s seminal work. Sex and the single girl Just in time to celebrate its 60th anniversary, featuring 24 essays from acclaimed and bestselling authors including Kristen Arnett, Morgan Parker, Yvette Dion and Melissa Phebus. This event takes place at Books Are Magic, but you can also stream it for free here.
In conversation: Morgan Talty and Ashley Bell Pedersen
July 12 @7pm EST
night live rez, a collection of stories told from multiple perspectives within an indigenous community in Maine, coming out this month. Its publication is the perfect spur to a conversation about the possibilities of the contemporary short story. Register for the free live stream link here.
In conversation: Ida Jensen and Martin Aitken
July 13 @1pm EST
Maybe you’re looking to travel in an armchair this month. We may interest you Postcard for Annie, a new collection of short stories from Archipelago Press, newly translated from Danish? Join the writer and translator in a conversation about the process of putting together this book about women on the brink. Register here.
In conversation: Jamil Jan Kuchai and Karan Mahajan
July 19 @7pm EST
The Hunt for Haji Hotak and Other Stories It is an exploration of the Afghan diaspora and modern Afghanistan. Join writer, PEN/Hemingway finalist Jamil Jan Kuchai, in conversation with Karan Mahajan. The first collection of stories is always a cause for celebration in our book! RSVP here.
In conversation: Ada Calhoun and Emma Strobe
July 26 @7pm EST
Renowned author Ada Calhoun is back with new memoirs, also a poet, about her relationship with her father and their mutual love for Frank O’Hara. Join the author in conversation with novelist and librarian Emma Straub! Hosted by Books Are Magic, this event will also be streamed for free here.
An Intertwined History: Freedom of Expression and Civil Rights from the 1960s to Today
July 28 @6:30pm CT
How was the First Amendment invoked to help or hinder the advancement of civil rights? This discussion, part of the PEN America Flash Point series, will examine how the mid-1960s was a turning point not only for the Civil Rights Movement, but also for the history of free speech in the United States From civil rights law to landmark Supreme Court decisions, First Amendment boundaries have been tested in ways that have influenced on civil rights in the following decades. Register here.