Curated by James Ruggia


Riverview Neighborhood Association

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April Reader

Anton Yakovlev

Anton Yakovlev’s chapbooks include Chronos Dines Alone (SurVision Books, 2018), winner of the 2018 James Tate Poetry Prize; Ordinary Impalers (Kelsay Books, 2017); The Ghost of Grant Wood (Finishing Line Press, 2015); and Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015). The Last Poet of the Village (Sensitive Skin Books, 2019) is a collection of Yakovlev’s translations of poems by Sergei Yesenin. Anton’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Amarillo Bay, Measure, Posit, and elsewhere. Originally from Moscow, Anton is a graduate of Harvard University, a co-host of Carmine Street Metrics and the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow reading series, and former education director at Bowery Poetry Club.

April Reader

Gena Gruz

Gena Gruz, a poet and an artist, has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from NYU. Born in the Soviet Union, she moved to the US in her early teens. Her artwork was part of a traveling exhibition “The Modernism and Post-Modernism: Russia Art of the Ending Millennium.” She is the author of two poetry books: Earthly Entities, 2019, and Radiant Solitude, 2018 both from Liberty Publishing House. Her poems have appeared in Interopezia, National Translation Months, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.

Curator | James Ruggia

James Ruggia is the creative curator of this spoken word series. As we attempt to return to our in-person series, James is our featured reader and if there is enough interest and room (social distancing rules will apply) we will have an open period as well. Watch this page for developing information.

With over four decades of writing and travel experience he is uniquely suited as our curator and we are lucky to have him! You can read more of his work at

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