Presenting: Your June Readers

This Saturday is the last Oh, Bernice! reading of the season. But hold on to your hat — we’ll be back in July at the Governors Island Poetry Festival, then back again for another season in the fall. So join us at the Astoria Bookshop at 7pm on Saturday, June 21st, to hear work by these lovely readers.


Purvi Shah furthers the art of transformation as a non-profit consultant, anti-violence advocate, and writer. In 2008, she won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Service Excellence Award for her leadership fighting violence against women. Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006) is her award-winning book of poetry. In 2013, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and selected as a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. She believes in the miracle of poetry and the beauty of change. Discover her work at or @PurviPoets.

(Photo credit: Charles Fornara)

Bill Zavatsky was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He holds B.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Columbia University, and has lived in New York since 1965. He is the author of two books of poems, Where X Marks the Spot and Theories of Rain and Other Poems.

Deborah Emin is the author of the Scags Series, with Scags at 7 and Scags at 18 already in print and the forthcoming Scags at 30 due out winter of 2014. She is the founder of Sullivan Street Press. Deborah also curates the REZ Reading Series in Kew Gardens and the Reading Series at Richmond Hill Library.

Jenna Telesca is a short story writer and digital journalist. She writes about the business of being human and about supermarkets, but usually not at the same time. She likes to swim. You can find her online at

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