**I will be reading during the 6:00 - 8:00 pm slot. **
One of New York City's biggest literary events, featuring more than 160 scheduled performers, returns to the historic Nuyorican Poets Cafe on New Year's Day. The 23rd Annual Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word / Performance Extravaganza takes place on January 1st, 2017, from 2 p.m. to midnight. The event continues to be free to the public.
This year's theme is “Forever Night / Siempre Noche”.
The audience is encouraged to donate paperback books to Books Through Bars for people incarcerated in prison.
The Alternative features poets, prose writers, monologists, musicians, dancers and other performers in a 10-hour showcase that ranges from some of New York's most seasoned talents to emerging stars. The lineup evolves each year to keep the event fresh and democratic.
The Alternative began on New Year's Day in 1995, and quickly evolved into one of the most popular events on the city's poetry and literary scene. Founder Bruce Weber is ably assisted by a staff of writers, designers and curators. Each year a fresh group of performers are plucked from all corners of the Tri-state area to enliven and transform the Alternative in unexpected ways.
In keeping with its open spirit there will be intervals within the day's program for audience members (who are not on the featured list) to sign up and perform. The Alternative draws an overflow crowd every year and this year's event will be no different