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Boundless Tales Reading Series

Join us Dec. 9th at 7pm for the return of the Boundless Tales Reading Series! We are excited to welcome four Queens-based writers and celebrate their latest releases.

This series was founded and curated by Aida Zilelian-Silak; a Queens-based educator, writer, storyteller, and on the Board of Directors for Newtown Literary. 


Free to RSVP here


About the authors

Nancy Agabian is a writer, teacher and literary organizer who works in the intersections of queer, feminist, and Armenian identity. She is the author of The Fear of Large and Small Nations, a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, published by Nauset Press in May 2023. Her previous books include Princess Freak, a collection of poetry and performance art texts, and Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter a memoir honored as a Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Prize. In 2021 she was awarded Lambda Literary Foundation’s Jeanne Cordova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction. A former resident of Queens, she taught workshops from her home in Jackson Heights, co-organized the reading series Queens Writers Resist, and served on the board of Newtown Literary Alliance. In 2019 she moved to the Boston area, where she currently resides and writes.

Jared Harél is the author of Let Our Bodies Change the Subject, which was selected by Kwame Dawes as the Winner of the 2022 Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry (U. of Nebraska Press, 2023) and Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018.) He’s been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, as well as the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review. An editorial board member and co-curator for Queensbound – a collaborative audio project – Harél’s poems have recently appeared in such journals as 32 Poems, Beloit Poetry Journal, Electric Literature, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, The Southern Review and The Sun. For more information, visit: jaredharel.com   

Sokunthary Svay is a Cambodian poet, essayist and librettist from New York City. A founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), she has received fellowships from the American Opera Project, Poets House, Willow Books, and CUNY, as well as commissions from Washington National Opera, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the Chautauqua Institution, and ISSUE Project Room. She is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Lecturer at CCNY in Harlem. Author of a poetry collection and three opera libretti, her hybrid memoir, Put it on Record: A Memoir-Archive, is forthcoming from Willow Books this fall. 

Richard Jeffrey Newman has published three books of poetry, T’shuvah (forthcoming from Fernwood Press in October 2023), Words for What Those Men Have Done (Guernica Editions 2017) and The Silence of Men (CavanKerry Press 2006), as well as a chapbook, For My Son, A Kind of Prayer (Ghostbird Press 2016). In addition, he has co-translated three books of classical Persian poetry, most recently The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (Junction Press 2011). Newman has served on the executive board of Newtown Literary, a Queens-based literary non-profit, and he curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Jackson Heights, NY. He is Professor of English at Nassau Community College. His website is www.richardjnewman.com.

Event date: 
Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
81-63 Lefferts Blvd.
Kew Gardens, NY 11415-1728
The Fear of Large and Small Nations By Nancy Agabian Cover Image
ISBN: 9798985969238
Availability: On Our Shelves Recently
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Nauset Press - May 9th, 2023

Let Our Bodies Change the Subject (The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) By Jared Harél Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496237293
Availability: On Our Shelves Recently
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2023