6:30 pm18:30

Pete's Candy Store

  • Pete's Candy Store

Reading at Pete's Candy Store infamous reading series with Jess Keefe and Lucas Hunt. More info soon!

"Let's Play" Exhibition in Oakland
Jun 29

"Let's Play" Exhibition in Oakland

  • Pro Arts Gallery

I have an audio exhibition of my poem "A Loser Love" in the exhibition Let's Play, curated by Rochelle Spencer of AfroSurreal Writers which features audio and visual work by black artists with a focus on how "play can disrupt conventional ways of thinking and serve as a form of rebellion through both joy and creativity." Opening reception is June 2, 6-9 pm PDT.

Exhibiting Artists include Kiss My Black Arts Collective, Renee Alexander Craft, Jacqueline Bishop, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, James David Lee and Serenity HouseJewelle Gomez, Junot DiazThaddues Howze, Sheree Renée Thomas, Dera Williams, Sharan Strange and Victor LaValle

3:00 pm15:00

Sunday Matinee at Dance Theatre of Harlem

  • Dance Theater of Harlem

Come have an interdisciplinary experience with me! I'll be reading an excerpt from my memoir-in-progress, alongside dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, The Harlem Chamber Players, and RudduR Dance.

More info here :)

$15 General Admission
$10 Seniors/Children/Students w/ID.

Dance Theatre of Harlem - Everett Center for the Performing Arts
466 West 152nd Street (between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues)
Telephone: 212-690-2800

7:00 pm19:00

Cave Canem at the National Book Awards

Hey! Come hear National Book Award winners & finalists/Cave Canem faculty members Terrance Hayes, Yusef Komunyakaa and Marilyn Nelson read and discuss their work with moi, next month at this Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event. They're all lovely legends and I can't wait to ask them stuff!

Cave Canem at the National Book Awards
Terrance Hayes, Yusef Komunyakaa & Marilyn Nelson. Kyla Marshell, moderator
Wednesday, September 14, 7 pm
Weekville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

7:00 pm19:00

Catapult Workshop Reading Series, hosted by Leigh Stein

  • Sid Gold's Request Room

I'll be sharing work from my book-in-progress as part of Catapult's workshop reading series, alongside writers Saxon Baird, Jason Choi, Shaunacy Ferro and Alisson Wood, headlined and emceed by awesome teacher, writer & BinderCon co-founder Leigh Stein!


Catapult Workshop Reading Series
Thursday, July 14, 7 pm
Sid's Gold Request Room
New York, NY 10001
RSVP on the 'book.

3:00 pm15:00

IMPACT Arts & Culture Conference: Talk & Writing Workshop, York, PA

  • Martin Library

On Saturday, June 25 in York, PA, I'll be part of Big Idea Saturday, a day-long symposium of the IMPACT Arts & Culture Conference. I'll be talking about how writing and the arts can positively influence your life, and I'll also be leading an all-ages workshop. This event is organized by Abigail Kageni, the 14-year-old founder of Tiered Innovations Initiative, a youth program that nurtures teens towards global citizenry through creative arts.

If you or someone you love is in the York area, please register and attend this fabulous day of free events! Register for the workshop here.

Writing, Comics & You (Click for more info)
Saturday, June 25
3-5 pm
Martin Library - Family Place
159 East Market Street 17401

8:00 pm20:00

No, Dear Magazine Launch: Issue 17: DOCUMENT

No, Dear Magazine, a limited edition journal that publishes the work of New York poets, is launching its new issue DOCUMENT this month. I'll be reading at Over the Eight with contributors Rae Leone Allen, Rachel Bennett, Yana Calou, Joseph Cuillier, Anna Gurton-Wachter, zakia henderson-brown, Candice Iloh, Citron Kelly, Ben Krusling, Montana Ray, MJ Santiago, Chris Slaughter, Marina Weiss and Candace Williams. Ooh, and editors Emily Brandt, Alex Cuff, t'ai freedom ford, and Leila Ortiz.

Come thru. :-)

7:00 pm19:00

Well-Read Black Girl presents: Reimagining the Literary Canon

  • Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

It's Black History Month and I'm still Black, so come out to this fiyah reading hosted by le awesome online Black lady literary community, Well-Read Black Girl! This is gonna be a poetry-fiction-nonfiction mashup, meaning something for everyone. As long as they like books and stuff. Featuring Ashley C. FordJenna WorthamMorgan ParkerCamille RankineNicole SealeyBsrat MezghebeNicole Dennis-Benn, and Kyla Marshell (that's me!)

It's free and it's lit.

Thursday, February 25, 7pm
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St. NYC.

6:30 pm18:30

Reading at: Vica Miller Nonfiction Salon

  • Susan Eley Fine Art

Curated by novelist Vica Miller, these bi-monthly salons feature writers of all genres in an intimate art gallery setting. November's nonfiction salon will feature Melissa Febos, Amy Fusselman, Tré Miller Rodriguez & Kyla Marshell (ME!) Come out, there will be sentence-writers & wine.

November 18, 7pm
Susan Eley Fine Art
46 W. 90th St, 2nd Floor (b/w Central Park West & Columbus Ave)
New York, NY 10024


Mixer Reading and Music Series 11/11 @ 7pm
7:00 pm19:00

Mixer Reading and Music Series 11/11 @ 7pm

  • Cake Shop

Guys & Dolls! I'm reading with Sofia Quintero, Andrea Kleine, & Val Wang Wednesday, November 11 at Cake Shop as part of the Mixer Reading Series. There will also be MUUUSIC from Breanna Barbara. Come through! I think there's cake there?

MIXER Reading Series
Hosted by Michelle Campagna and Rebecca Keith
7 pm

Cake Shop
152 Ludlow St., bet. Stanton and Rivington
New York, NY
F to 2nd Ave., J, M to Delancey/Essex


7:00 pm19:00

Afropolitan Presents...

  • Meridian 23

A monthly installation of ideas, conversations, poetry and music. This month's theme is startup culture, entrepreneurship and the business ecosystem as a whole, especially amongst people of color.

$7 in advance. $10 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

Music: Kim Mayo, Olivia Harris, Osekre (acoustic set).
Poetry: Kyla Marshell (that's me!!)
DJ: Soleil
Esosa Ighodaro (CoSign)
Yoliswa Cele Luthuli (Ndosi Strategies)
Kwame Dougan (Iya ventures)

Afropunk After Dark: SPOOK @ Night
8:00 pm20:00

Afropunk After Dark: SPOOK @ Night

  • Do or Dine

SPOOK Magazine hosts a reading of poetry and prose about all manners of unexpected vice. Featuring Elise Peterson, Morgan Parker, Jenna Wortham, Ian F. Blair, Josie Duffy, Kyla Marshell (reading first!!!!), Matthew McKnight and Rembert Browne.

Live performance by Decora. Sounds presented by Scratch Academy. Cash only. All ages.

7:00 pm19:00


I'll be kicking off this month's BROTHERS & SISTERS salon with a word libation. Come thru! Art! Poetry! People! Wine!

Founded in fellowship and designed as a space to propel conversation, Brothers & Sisters arrives as a remix to the fabled literary salons of 1920s Harlem. A mix of readings and discussion, Brothers & Sisters will act as a forum where art, political ideology, religious belief, and personal conviction coexist as a means to inform and challenge attendees. Each month, a different theme—typically surrounding a current news item—will be introduced in an effort to thread discussion together.

This month's theme: POLITICS