I’ll be moderating a conversation between poets Jacqueline Johnson and Iain Haley Pollock about their work and the legacy of Langston Hughes at the 10th annual Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival at the Langston Hughes Community and Cultural Center in Corona, Queens. Free!
Join me next week at SAG-AFTRA, where I'll be moderating a conversation with actor and writer Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, who plays Ronnie on Showtime's The Chi. Open to SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity members :D
Read my review of Lena Waithe's new show in The Guardian.
Coming up later this month, I'll be a part of Bloomfield College's Writing from the Margins festival, featuring headliner Sonia Sanchez! (She'll be reading the evening of March 22 at 6pm, and doing a moderated Q&A at 12:15 on March 23, both in Franklin Hall). I'm leading a workshop on using your secondary interests in your writing called Everybody's Got Multitudes, and doing a reading alongside Nicole Franklin, Benilde Little, and Roberto Carlos Garcia. All events are free and open to the public.
Everybody's Got Multitudes
March 23, 2-3 pm
March 23, 3:30-5pm
Both events will be held in the Bloomfield College Library,
74 Oakland Ave
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Join me and Kathleen Alcott, Sarah Bridgins, Aparna Nancherla (!) and Karen Rinaldi on 9/28 at Ramona for the Freya Project, a benefit reading series that supports causes that help women in need. This month, the theme is "A Secret I Couldn't Keep" (ooh...) and all ticket proceeds and a portion of the bar will support the North Dakota Women in Need Abortion Access Fund.
"826NYC, a nonprofit providing free writing programs to under-resourced New York City students, is back with its eighth installment of the 826NYC Reading Series at Pete's Candy Store! This month features writers Jess Keefe, Kyla Marshell, Demetri Raftopoulos, and Wyatt Bertz, and is hosted by Danielle Sinay.
Entry is FREE and Happy Hour runs 'til 7: $2 Yuengling and $3 well drinks and Brooklyn Lager." RSVP on Facebook!
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 House, Jewelle Gomez, Junot Diaz, Thaddues Howze, Sheree Renée Thomas, Dera Williams, Sharan Strange and Victor LaValle.
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.
$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)
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
Catapult Workshop Reading Series
Thursday, July 14, 7 pm
Sid's Gold Request Room
New York, NY 10001
RSVP on the 'book.
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
Martin Library - Family Place
159 East Market Street 17401
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. :-)
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. Ford, Jenna Wortham, Morgan Parker, Camille Rankine, Nicole Sealey, Bsrat Mezghebe, Nicole 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.
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
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
152 Ludlow St., bet. Stanton and Rivington
New York, NY
F to 2nd Ave., J, M to Delancey/Essex
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!!)
Esosa Ighodaro (CoSign)
Yoliswa Cele Luthuli (Ndosi Strategies)
Kwame Dougan (Iya ventures)
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.
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