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March 28 - 2015 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium (NBWC)
Voices of Liberation and Resistance
A Tribute to Danny Glover
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Symposium 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. + Reception 7:00 p.m.
FREE for Medgar Evers College Students (with ID)
General Donation: $10
Student/Senior/Faculty (with ID): $5
Evening Reception Donation: $30

April 6 - First Monday Program - Copyrights and Contracts with Susan E. Davis
Learn about your publishing rights, how to evaluate a contract and how to negotiate with a publisher for a better deal, with Susan E. Davis co-chair, Grievance and Contract Division of the National Writers Union.
6-9 pm, 256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan. 
Light refreshments served.

April 11-25, Insights into Book Publishing with Gary Heidt of Signature Literary Agency
Do you want your book to be published? The first step is usually to find a literary agent. Gary Heidt from Signature Literary Agency is presenting a seminar series of lectures and Q&A's to help the writer who would like to know more about how the book business really works and what concrete steps she or he could take toward getting published. This four-lecture seminar will consist of two lectures for all writers, one for writers of nonfiction (including memoir) and one for writers of fiction.
A subscription to the series, which takes place April 11 at 3pm, April 18 at 1pm and 4pm, and on April 25th at 3 pm, is available for $175-225 at Mr. Heidt will be joined by Jill Schoolman of Archipelago Books and Joshua Ellison of Restless Books in a panel discussion and Q&A on April 25th.
Union Members receive $25 off tickets.  
The Old American Can Factory
232 Third Street (corner of Third Ave & Third St)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

April 12 - NEC's Year of the Woman Reading, A Photograph: Lovers in Motion by Ntozake Shange
Join the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. 2015 Fund Raising
reading series for the Year of the Woman. The evening will
feature a benefit performance of A Photograph: Lovers in Motion
by Ntozake Shange, developed and directed by Ifa Bayeza
Talk-Back will follow directly after the reception in the Griffen Lobby.
For more information call 212-582-5860
Tickets $20 for reading only, $30 for reception and reading.
The Alice Griffen Jewel Box Theater
At the Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W. 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Street
7:30 PM

April 13 - Reading of Lettters to Zoey, A Play with Music
Join us as Garrett Buhl Robinson conducts a private performance
of his new musical Zoey, which is adapted from his second novel.  
Directed by Jerry James
Event begins at 6:30 PM
Reading begins at 7 PM.
The performance lasts 75 minutes.  
Light Refreshments provided
256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan.
This event is Free

April 16 - NWU-NY Steering Committee meeting 
All members are welcome to learn how we are advancing the interests of freelance writers and to offer your ideas. Volunteers welcome. 
6:30-9 pm, 256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan. 
If unable to be present, members are welcome to attend by phone conferencing. Email for the phone number: 
Light refreshments served. 

April 17-18 - Advancing Worker Rights, NYC Conference
Cornell University hosts this conference marking the 80th Anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act, the 70th anniversary of the ILR and the 150th anniversary of Cornell University.  This conference offers a unique opportunity to meet with experts and scholars in the world of work through interactive panels .
To view schedule see Advance Worker Rights Agenda
To view announcement for Conference and a list of panelist see Advance Worker Rights Poster
To register, go to
All events will take place at
UFT Headquarters
52 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

April 19 - The DeLoache Network presents a poetry reading by Bolade Shola Akintolayo
The DeLoache Network presents 
an afternoon of poetry by Bolade Shola Akintolayo 
Sunday April 19 
3-5 pm in Harlem 
1875 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, (Seventh Ave.) 
Ste 4L between 116th and 117th Streets
Lite Refreshments Donations Accepted
RSVP to:

April 18 - Open Mic at Muhlenberg Library
Join the one and only Lora Tucker for the "No Slamming, Just Jamming" open mic at the Muhlenberg Library. Bring your own material to read and perform or just attend and enjoy a celebration of poetry, literature, music and community.
Muhlenberg Public Library
209 W. 23rd Street, 3rd Floor. 2-4 PM

April 21 - Outreach to Members 
A Phone Bank Evening. Join us in chatting with current and lapsed members and help build union friendship and solidarity. 4-8 pm (come for whatever time you can spare.)
256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan.

April 23 - Book Launch, Valdivia Beauchamp, My Mesopotamia Notes of Gertrude Bell
Join us for the launch of Valdivia Beauchamp's new book.  
​256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan
6-9 PM

April 27 - Reading of the play The Green Book by Calvin Ramsey
Everyone is invited to the concert reading of the play
The Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey 
and directed by George Ferencz
Reading will be conducted at
The Actors Temple
339 West 47th
between 8th and 9th Ave. 
7:30 PM
for information call 678-760-9580
Admission is Free

May 3 - Book signing with Nuria Garcia Arteaga
Everyone is invited to the book signing and reading by Nuria Garcia Arteaga.  
Ms. Arteaga will be presenting her book Love Marathon and 3 Shades of Love.  
She will also give a reading/presentation with audios/videos from:
- "Intercultural Neurosis" which focus on domestic violence 
- "Nampitsi", about the difficult situation in which native communities 
of the Peruvian Amazone live.  The song of this story was selected 
to compete at 'Inspire Us', LA Times Festival of Books.
- "Oslo and thanatos" about racism and discrimination.
Several copies of books and musical cds will be given away for free.
Ms. Arteaga's publications are in Spanish, English and Dutch.
Drinks and hors d'oeurvres will be served.
256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan.
3-5 PM

May 7 - PEN World Voices Festival, Finding Security in Unsafe Passages: UN Event about Protecting Journalists’ Safety and Rights
Presented by the National Writers Union, along with the International Federation of Journalists, the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations, and the Metro New York Labor Communications Council.  Panelist for the discussion will include H.E. Mrs. Bénédicte Frankinet, Ambassador, Permanent Representative Of Belgium To The United NationsHerb BoydSusan E. DavisKarin Deutsch KarlekarCharles SeifeFrank Smyth.
Moderated by Jon Williams
United Nations Headquarters
46th Street and First Avenue
Conference Room 11
New York, NY, 10017
3 PM
Admission Free, RSVP HERE by May 3

May 16 - Louis Reyes Rivera Annual Tribute

June 6 - The Independent Publishers Book Fair 
The National Writers Union is sponsoring an all day fair featuring New York's best independent publishers and booksellers. Find the authors the big corporate publishing companies are afraid to put into print.
Author readings and discussions all day. 
10 am - 5 pm
256 W. 38th St., Manhattan
A Free event.

August 15 & 16 - The Dissident Arts Festival
Established in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival is the annual gathering of cultural workers offering a creativity as revolutionary as their politics, from liberation jazz and militant new music to protest poetry, radical film and performance art. Event founder and producer John Pietaro, a percussionist, writer and cultural organizer, is proud to present the Dissident Arts Festival to an ever-growing audience.
August 15, El Taller Latino Americano, uptown Manhattan
August 16, ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY
For information and registration for the event, contact John Pietaro at

NWU authors at the 2013 Harlem Book Fair
Lora Tucker introducing the monthly Open Mic a the Muhlenberg Libary in Manhattan. 
A dozen NWU members hawked their books and promoted the union at the 2014 Brooklyn Book Fair -  a glorious day for writers.
NY area NWU members carried the union banner for the annual Labor Day Parade...