TONIGHT: The Quetzal Quill Reading, Launch in NYC

i am very bummed that i can;t make this reading but the rest of you should heed the words from the brooklyn ethical & cultural center– Run! Don’t Walk! (ding! ding! inside joke bell times two)

Folks, join me for this great event and launch of a
new reading series. The Quetzal Quill is on a mission
to connect poets and/or small press authors to an
audience that seeks out and appreciates exceptional
contemporary literature. This series will have
satellite venues across the country including Chicago,
Seattle, Austin and Los Angeles. Venues will be
available for writers of all colors (hence that name,
Quetzal–the most colorful bird of the Americas).

The Quetzal Quill
@ The Cornelia Street Café

Thursday, July 14, 6-8 pm
(admission $6, includes drink)
Gabrielle Calvocoressi, The Last Time I Saw Amelia
Peter Covino, Cut Off the Ears of Winter
Matthew Thorburn, Subject to Change
Michelle Yasmine Valladares, Nortada, The North Wind

Gabrielle Calvocoressi
has received a 2002 Rona Jaffe Woman Writer’s Award, a
Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, where she was also a
Jones Lecturer in poetry, and The Paris Review’s
Bernard F. Connors Prize for her poem “Circus Fire,
1944.” Her work has recently appeared in Literary

Peter Covino
was born in Italy and educated there and in the
States, where he earned an M.S. degree from the
Columbia School of Social Work and a PhD in English
from the University of Utah. He received the 2001
Frank O’Hara Chapbook Prize and is a founding editor
of Barrow Street and Barrow Street Press.

Matthew Thorburn
‘s first book Subject to Change was selected by Brenda
Hillman for the New Issues Poetry Prize. His other
honors include the Mississippi Review Prize and a
fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the
Arts. His website is He lives
and works in New York City.

Michelle Yasmine Valladares
was born in India and grew up in Kuwait and Arizona.
She has produced award-winning films in Brazil, Mexico
and on Native American Reservations. She lives in
Brooklyn and teaches writing and literature at The
City College of New York.

Your Host: Rigoberto González

Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St between Bleecker
and W 4th Sts (212-989-9319). Subway: A, C, E, B, D,
F, V to W 4th St. 7pm, $6 includes one drink. Host
Rigoberto Gonzalez welcomes poets Gabrielle
Calvocoressi (The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart),
Peter Covino (Cut Off the Ears of Winter), Matthew
Thorburn (Subject to Change), and Michelle Yasmine
Valladares (Nortada, the North Wind).

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