May 31 —  Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration

6:00 PM Walt Whitman Birthday:  Reading of “Song of Myself” at the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park, Albany, NY.  Bring chairs, blankets to sit on.  Sign up to read at the event. Free.

March 1
— Short Fiction Contest opens.  See Guidelines.

7:00 PM, Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St., Troy, NY
The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, presents Bookmarks, a series of group readings featuring writing that is grounded broadly in personal experience. March’s theme is “Are You Experienced?” curated by David Wolcott.  This session presents an unusual collection of prose and poetry recollections of “self-experiments in chemistry,” inspired by a personal history article by Dr. Oliver Sachs, “Altered States,” in the August 27, 2012 New Yorker.

March 23 — a series of 5-minute readings by mystery writers from the Albany and Berkshire areas at East Greenbush library, 1:00 p.m., sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and Sisters in Crime/New England chapter.  Readers must be members of either organization to read and material must be timed to 5 minutes or less.  All material must be mystery-related but may include a mystery poem.  If interested in reading please contact Marilyn Rothstein (aka: M.E.Kemp) at 583-9571 or


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