A salon-style presentation of readings from acclaimed writers and conversations about their work.

Ben Ratliff was the jazz critic at The New York Times from 1996 to 2016. He is the author of The Jazz Ear and The New York Times Essential Library: Jazz. His book Coltrane: The Story of a Sound was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. We'll discuss his latest book Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty. 

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem "Hestia" won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 from Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press. 

Friday, February 24th


7:30PM
The Cave at St. George’s
209 E. 16th St (east of 3rd Ave)
Side courtyard entrance
Free

Cave readings is curated and hosted by Maria Bowler - a writer and the Assistant Digital Editor at Commonweal Magazine

Rebecca Schiff graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program, where she received a Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Guernica, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter. We'll discuss her new book, The Bed Moved—a bawdy and brainy short story collection about sex and human connection.

Friday, January 27th

CAVE READINGS 2017 

Friday, March 17th

connecting culture and COMMUNIty 

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