Events/Press

June 2019

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Please join us for the launch of Art Like Air and Water, a mobile museum just for southeast Queens! Our Launch Party weekend celebration will include readings and zine making workshops.
Contributors include:
Damali Abrams
Natali Bravo Barbee
Sherese Francis
Jacqueline Herranz Brooks
Marvenia Knight
Rejin Leys
Carla Lobmier
Barbara Lubliner
Sara Nichols
Micki Spiller
Courtney Surmanek
and many more local artists and community members!

May 2019

HOW TO BUILD A FIRE: RENEWAL

How to Build a Fire: Renewal

May 31, 2019
8:00pm

STORYTELLERS:
Jackie Reason
Sherese Francis

Inspired by artist Monica Jahan Bose whose works revolve around our bond with nature, our footprint both carbon and journeys of immigrants and refugees; and the interconnected essence of communities. Bose – “Water is an enduring theme, speaking to life, climate, sustenance, death, and renewal.”

Spring is a time to return to abundance, the warmth of the weather and our souls; the awakening of things that drive us to be out doors , commune with each other and nature. It is the beautiful propagation of life.

What is your spiritual bond with nature? Has it influenced/changed your carbon footprint? what are some habits/practices/thoughts/projects/rituals, i.e. walking a dog , singing in the rain, you will renew this spring? How will it revive you? How will it uplift and move forward into a season, promote joy, togetherness, fucking and bees? What have you learned from storms? Has the openness and wildness of Mother Nature defines/redefined your gender? Does the little boy/girl within you dream beyond the clouds?

Created five years ago, How to Build a Fire is a community storytelling series where a diverse group of individuals share real-life, personal narratives centered around a different theme each month. At times funny, at times sad, their stories weave together a broad illustration of the human experience. How to Build a Fire takes place at Open Source Gallery -a welcoming, nurturing, intimate, safe environment- where, monthly, one can see a new exhibition installed by an array of up-and-coming and established visual artists. Every year, poet and event founder Terence Degnan partners with Open Source Gallery to select two new co-hosts/curators of HTBAF. This year’s curators are poets Shafina Ahmed and Phillip J. Ammonds.

 

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All/Terras: Science Fiction Art Lab Workshop and Tour for Families
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A league of time-traveling beings from alternate worlds is heading towards earth to restore peace in the universe!

Join us at Queens Museum for the culminating workshops in a series organized together with Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. Children and their families will respond to a series of writing and storytelling prompts inspired by the work in the Queens Museum exhibition, Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas and create their own science fiction story of time travel inspired by their family, neighborhood, and culture!

This workshop and tour is ideal for children ages 6 to 10!

The workshop includes a special children’s tour of the Mundos Alternos exhibition where families will interact with the various works in the exhibition. The tour will be led by teaching artists Sherese Francis and Greg Corbino, as well Director of Exhibitions and Curator Hitomi Iwasaki.

 

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April 2019

Art Transforms New Artists

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March 2019

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February 2019

J. Expressions and Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning Present (1)

February 24th, 2019 2:00-3:00pm: Fel Santos: I of Newtown Performance
(QM Theater, 2nd Floor)
Join us at Queens Museum for the culminating performance of Fel Santos: I of Newtown, a multimedia installation by poet Paolo Javier (former Queens Poet Laureate, 2010-14) and musician David Mason (also known as Listening Center) for the Queens Library LeFrak City branch that explores the sound poetry and elusive identity of Woodside poet Fel Santos. Javier and Mason’s installation at LeFrak focuses on the expansive sound poetry of Fel Santos, which draws from his immigrant Pilipinx history, encounters with the occult, and his mother’s own private language. Spanning film, video, sound poetry, and music, Fel Santos: I of Newtown shares the abundant intimacy and innovation of language and communication that is unique to multilingual speakers and postcolonial cultures.
Javier and Mason will be performing with poet Sherese Francis and artist/writer/teacher Emerald Carter.
This performance will be recorded by Montez Press Radio and broadcast on March 31st, 12-1pm.
Image: Film still, Paolo Javier and David Mason, Not Sure You Have One, 2018, digital video. Sean Hanley, editor/dp. Courtesy of the artists.

1Words and Voices Reading

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January 2019

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IAWA’s MLK Salon on January 22nd

IAWA’s Blog Recap 

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December 2018

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November 2018

CC Reading

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Fundraiser Gala for Arts Transform Inc. I am an honoree for the Community Service Award!

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Join us and Harlequin Creature as it travels to Queens for the first time to host the third installment of its Social Justice Subscription Series readings! This will be the official launch event for the latest chapbook in the series, Zahura Akter’s “Unparallel.” In addition, the other two books in the series, Sherese Francis’ “Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling” and Pamela Laskin’s “Found, But Really Lost,” will be available for sale.

All proceeds for each chapbook will go to an organization of the poet’s choice: purchases of Unparallel go to Voices of Bangla, Found, But Really Lost to Fortify Rights & Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling to DARDA Dominica.

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QUEENSBOUND is a collaborative audio project curated by KC Trommer and supported by a New Work grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. From Long Island City all the way to Jamaica, the poems of QUEENSBOUND map the neighborhoods and the vibrancy and diversity of the borough, embedding audio recordings from leading Queens poets and writers on a subway map, designed by Kyle Richard. Technical support for QUEENSBOUND was provided by Maham Faisal Khan.

QUEENSBOUND Reading and Site Launch – 11/3 at 2 pm

The 7 train, first car

On November 3, 2018, the QUEENSBOUND project will launch with a reading on the 7 line and reception at the Queens Museum.

Join leading Queens writers and poets, including Rosebud Ben-Oni, Malcolm Chang, Catherine Fletcher, Sherese Francis, Jared Harél, Nicole HaroutunianAbeer Hoque, Safia Jama, Paolo Javier, Joseph O. Legaspi, Ananda Lima, Maria Lisella, Vikas K. Menon, Belal Mobarak, Meera Nair, Maria Terrone, and curator and host KC Trommer, for QUEENSBOUND, a borough-wide writing project. Poets and writers will read original work on the 7 train, beginning at Vernon Blvd Jackson Av stop, before stepping off at Mets-Willets Point and heading over to The Queens Museum for a reception.

See you on the 7! RSVP

October 2018

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September 2018

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SEQAA (C)Art Fest

August 2018

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SEQAA Parsons pop ups 2018

July 2018

FROM APARTMENT TO BRYANT PARK: A POETRY SALON GROWS UP on LitHub

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June 2018

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May 2018

Print Fest and Panel Discussion

Queens Council on the Arts Interview: WHEN ARTISTS UNITE IN A CHANGING COMMUNITY….

Truth to Power Interview: The Speculative Mystery

April 2018

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March 2018

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Celebrating the upcoming International Women’s Day, March First Friday lines up four inspiring female artists from diverse backgrounds: Takia “Judah” Parham, a United States Army Combat Veteran, theatre artist and poet, will present her poem where she seeks to expose the reality of war, prison, mental illness and self-love; Jamaica-based writer, poet, and literary curator Sherese Francis will display her J. Expressions Popup Library, a literary project that encourages the communications among Southeast Queens authors. The collaboration reflects their passion for innovation via their choreography, composition, and stagecraft. Come and gather around for an evening of feminism, activism, and art! Free and open to all.

No Rest In This Skin + Oxana Chi & Layla Zami + J is a Expressions Popup Bookshop on Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:30 pm at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, New York 11432.

CLAUDIA AND ME

Queens Soup Interview

 

February 2018

A Literary Afternoon with Malcolm Boyd and Sherese Francis

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January 2018

Episode 197, The Exceptional Scribble Show
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December 2017

Queens Library Open Mic for Poets Feature

Gwen Beloti Cocktail Fundraiser

November 2017

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October 2017

Bright Young Collectors: Sherese Francis Interview on Fine Books & Collections Blog

J. Expressions Flyer Final

September 2017

Six Young Women with Prize-Winning Book Collections

Night Of Poetry Reading At Jamaica PAC Thrills

August 2017

Three Legged Elephant Book Reading at Jamaica Performing Arts Center

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June 2017

First Tuesdays

April 2017

Women Writers in Bloom 6th Anniversary Celebration

Poetic Queens

March 2017

Queens Council on the Arts Lab: New Poetry and Fiction Reading

February 2017

Newtown Literary contributor: Sherese Francis

January 2017

Local Writers Host ‘Re-Inaugurate Democracy’ Event

December 2016

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No Longer Empty

November 2016

Here in Jamaica Interview

September 2016

June 2016

Celebrating Books: The Queens Book Festival on Huffpost

Poetic Inventions Workshop

May 2016

Brownstone Poets’ Queens Spectacular 

April 2016

Poets from Queens event with Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

March 2016

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