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The Belladonna* Reading Series

A reading series and independent press that promotes the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, and dangerous with language.

Belladonna* was founded as a reading and salon series by Rachel Levitsky at Bluestocking's Women's Bookstore on New York City's Lower East Side in 1999. In 2000, in collaboration with Boog Literature, Belladonna* began to publish commemorative 'chaplets' of the readers' work. Erica Kaufman joined Levitsky as co-curator/editor in 2002. Then in 2005, the series moved its events to the downtown performance venue, Dixon Place. Since 2010, the group has operated as the Belladonna* Collaborative, a ten-woman editorial board. The bulk of the group's NYC activity is coordinated by Emily Skillings and Krystal Languell. A list of the entire board can be found here.

February 18, 2014: HOT TEXTS, Third Factory


January 31, 2014: Philly Fabulosas, Unnameable Books


September 7, 2013: HOT TEXTS, The Way Station, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

May 20, 2013: HOT TEXTS, The Way Station, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

March 5, 2013: Queer Masculinity

February 19, 2013: Made of These: Belladonna Honors Our Interns

September 27, 2012: Transfeminism in Literature

February 20, 2012: HOT TEXTS, The Way Station, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY

February 7, 2012: Voices of Belladonna

December 13, 2011: Belladonna* Annual Benefit, Hi! Art Gallery, New York

September 13, 2011: Our Material Lives: Feminism and Poetry at Various Ages

April 29, 2011

April 19, 2011: Flux Poetics; Writing in Cultural Duality

December 14, 2010: The Wide Road Reading & Book Release Party

January 13, 2009

December 9, 2008

May 6, 2008

April 8, 2008

March 11, 2008

December 11, 2007

Fiona Templeton's The Medead, Dixon Place, New York

November 6, 2007

October 9, 2007

September 11, 2007

May 8, 2007

April 10, 2007

March 13, 2007

February 13, 2007

  • general introduction (0:34): MP3
  • introduction to Tim Peterson (3:06): MP3
  • Tim Peterson (17:19): MP3
  • note: Deborah Meadows' portion of this reading is sadly unavailable

December 12, 2006

November 15-17, 2006: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Women Poets

  • November 15
  • general introduction (4:27): MP3
  • personal introductions (3:05): MP3
  • question & answer session (1:00:26): MP3
  • some readings, more discussion (38:09): MP3
  • November 16
  • general introduction (3:05): MP3
  • introduction by Sawako Nakayasu (3:22): MP3
  • introduction to Takako Arai (2:27): MP3
  • introduction to Takako Arai's first poem (1:21): MP3
  • first poem (5:27): MP3
  • second poem (4:16): MP3
  • translation of second poem (2:01): MP3
  • introduction to poems three and four (0:51): MP3
  • poem 3 (4:09): MP3
  • poem 4 (3:56): MP3
  • introduction to Kiriu Minashita (2:34): MP3
  • "Sonic Piece" (6:19): MP3
  • "Border Z: Delete and Rewrite" (6:35): MP3
  • introduction to Kiriu Minasita's final piece (0:23): MP3
  • final piece (4:05): MP3
  • introduction to Kyong-Mi Park (2:52): MP3
  • introductory comments by Kyong-Mi Park (0:18): MP3
  • first poem (5:27): MP3
  • "Weather Patterns" (5:27): MP3

October 10, 2006