Upcoming Events To Celebrate Literary Legends

The Albany Public Library Foundation will be hosting several events in the upcoming months to celebrate our 2019 Literary Legends. Save the dates!


May 30, 2019 – An Evening With The Authors

An Evening With The Authors is the first of several events this summer celebrating our Literary Legends- Peter Golden, Lyn Lifshin, and Dan Wilcox. A wine and dessert reception will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a special toast at 6:30pm.  Following the toast, Literary Legends Dan Wilcox and Peter Golden will hold court until 7:30pm, reading from their work and talking about their craft with APL Foundation Director Alexis Bhagat.  The event will take place in the Community Room in the Washington Avenue branch of the Albany Public Library. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at any branch or online at literarylegends.org after April 30th. Proceeds benefit the Albany Public Library Foundation.

May 31, 2019 – Leaves of Grass Bicentennial Reading

Literary Legend Dan Wilcox and the Poetry Motel Foundation present their annual reading of “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman each year on his birthday, rain or shine. Whitman turns 200 this year, so this should be an extra special reading. The event will take place near the Robert Burns statue in Washington Park at 6:00pm. It is an outdoor event, so bring your own blankets or chairs. This event is sponsored by the APL Foundation and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.

June 13, 2019 – Lyn Lifshin Not Made Of Glass Film Screening

“Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass” (Karista Films, 1987) is a documentary about one of our Literary Legends. Readings of Lifshin’s poems are interspersed with her own and others’ observations about her life and work. The documentary was produced, directed, and edited by Mary Ann Lynch. It is 55 minutes long and will include a Q&A. The screening will take place at the Opalka Gallery, 140 New Scotland Ave. Albany, NY 12208 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. For more information, visit literarylegends.org.

June 14, 2019 – Poets from Albany Read Their Favorite Lyn Lifshin Poems

Literary Legend Lyn Lifshin has written more than 125 books and edited 4 anthologies of women writers. For this special reading, local poets will select their favorite Lyn Lifshin poems to read aloud. The reading will take place in the Large Auditorium at the Washington Avenue branch of the Albany Public Library from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Please contact APL Foundation at 518-427-4367 if you are interested in reading!