Events & Readings


Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 11:30 PM
Tune in to 90.1 WUSB to listen to Destinies: The Voice Of Science Fiction to hear me chat with Dr. Howard Margolin.

Friday, February 8, 2019 @ 6 PM
Poetry Out Loud: Regional Competition — Hosting
Nassau Community College, CCB

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 6 PM
Poetry Out Loud: Regional Competition — Judging
Walt Whitman Birthplace

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Sit Around And Write
Ground Central Coffee Company (Philips Plaza 659 Sunrise Highway Lynbrook)
OR wherever you may be!
This is not a workshop. There are no prompts. Writers don’t even have to sit together. There’s no fee and no commitment.
The goal is to simply write something.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 5:30 PM
Literary Sundays Reading Series
Featuring Christina M. Rau and Vijay R. Nathan
Kew & Willow Books
81-63 Lefferts Blvd, Kew Gardens, NY
RSVP to guarantee a seat:

Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Why They Keep Coming: Examining Two-Year College Creative Writing Students
with moderator Dan Portincaso and panelists Sharon Coleman and Kathryn Kysar
AWP Conference 2019: Portland
Oregon Convention Center, Level 1, F152

Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Restoring the Spirit: Yoga, Meditation, and Poetry Workshop for LIWP
Nassau Community College, CCB Building, Room 254


Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 2 – 4 PM
Sit Around And Write
Henry Waldinger Public Library (6 Verona Pl, Valley Stream) OR wherever you may be!
This is not a workshop. There are no prompts. Writers don’t even have to sit together. There’s no fee and no commitment.
The goal is to simply write something.

Monday, November 5, 2018 @ 7 – 8 PM
How To Write A College Essay
Oceanside Public Library

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 11 AM
National Day On Writing Conference: Collaboration
Goodwin College, Community Room
East Hartford, CT

Sunday, August 5, 2018 @ 2 PM – 4 PM
Drop-in-pay-what-you-wish-one-on-one-poetry-feedback sessions
Dunkin Donuts: 120 E Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream, NY 11581
First come, first served for 10-15 minutes each.
You can bring one poem, up to two pages long using regular-sized font.
You must buy something from DD.
You can pay whatever amount you wish for the time and feedback.
In celebration of my updated Services page.

Sunday, July 1, 2018 @ 3:00 PM-5:00PM
Joaquin Miller Poetry Series sponsored by The Word Works
Rock Creek Nature Center Auditorium

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 7PM
Summer Gazebo Reading Series presented by the Oceanside Kiwanis Club
Christina M. Rau, Robert McKenna, Rohini Ramanathan, and Mike O’Keefe
Schoolhouse Green, 65 Foxhurst Street, Oceanside, NY 11572

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Word Thursday Reading Series
Bright Hill Press — 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846
Open mic begins at 7 followed by features
More info here:

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Celebrating Valley Stream through the Eyes of a Poet
Poetry Reading and Discussion
Henry Waldinger Memorial Library
60 Verona Place
Valley Stream, NY  11582
(516)  825-6422

27788185_10155124395300736_7604607859612953858_oSaturday April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Panelist/Moderator for “Fantasy as Reality: Activism and Catharsis through Speculative Writing” with Marlena Chertock, Alex DiFrancesco, and Rita Banerjee
Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018
National Housing Center Room B
Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Disobedient Futures hosted by Cambridge Writers’ Workshop
Rita Banerjee, Alex Carrigan, Marlena Chertock, and Christina M. Rau
The Colony Club
3118 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC 20010

Friday, April 13, 2018   7:30 – 9:00 PM
The Science of Poetry & The Poetry of Science
PLACE (Program for Learning and Community Engagement) Closed Workshop and Open Reading and Discussion
Texas A&M Texarkana

29571199_366579647176731_2317687519641449337_nSunday, April 8, 2018  7:30 – 9:30 PM
Visible Poetry Project Screening
KGB Bar Red Room
85 E 4th St, NYC, NY
No cover but 2 beverage min

Sunday, February 11, 2018@ 2 PM – 4 PM
Yoga and Writing Workshop
Revolution Yoga –7 North Village Ave, Rockville Centre, NY
Join Christina for a yoga practice combined with short writing, and meditation.
Participants should bring a pen and a notebook.
$25 [click on schedule, click on workshops]

Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 6:30 PM (festivities) / 8:00 PM (reading)
Delayed Book Launch for Liberating The Astronauts
Come to Sip This to participate in poetry prompts, an open mic, sci-fi-fem trivia, and read along with your own copy of Liberating The Astronauts. There will be stickers and prizes as always.
In conjunction with Poets In Nassau’s First Fridays hosted by Dd. Spungin
64 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, NY

November 18, 2017 @12 Noon – 1 PM
Submit Your Stuff Workshop
Christina M. Rau and Peter V. Dugan will lead you through twists and turns of publication.  — Oceanside Public Library

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Poets In Port  Caffe Portofino, 249 Main St, Northport, NY

Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
The Brownstone Poets present Alice B. Fogel, Howard Pflanzer, and Christina M. Rau
Park Plaza Restaurant  Hosted by Patricia Carragon w limited open mic

Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 7 PM
The Summer Gazebo Reading Series
featuring Christina M. Rau et. al.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 @ 7 PM
Second Saturday @ Cyrus Series
Cyrus Chai & Coffee Company

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
Lit, Live! presents Barbara Barnard, Christina M. Rau, and Pramila Venkateswaran
Nassau Community College 1 Education Dr, Garden City, NY
FREE — Please visit Public Safety for a visitor parking pass

Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 7 PM
Boundless Tales Reading Series at The Local NYC

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ TBA
Panel: Putting Together Your Poetry Collection at  Oceanside Public Library

April 7-9, 2017
SATURDAY at 7 PM: Erasing SF+ Fantasy: Writing Found Poetry
Hudson with Christina M. Rau (moderator)
Cross out, cut out, and get creative with sf, fantasy, and science-based textbooks, novels, short stories, and plays to create new poems. A great way to either write a poem for the first time or change up the way you read and write poetry. All ages welcome.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 @ 2 PM
Poetry Reading at East Islip Library,  Open mic follows features

Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
The Mid-Island Y Poetry Series 45 Manetto Hill Rd, Plainview, NY

Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 2 PM
Author Fair! Rockville Centre Library, 221 N. Village Ave, RVC

Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ 2 PM
Celebrate Poetry and Prose with Valerie G. Keane, Christina M. Rau, and Peter Arevalo
Oceanside Public Library

Sunday, October 2, 2016 @ 2 PM
Cedamere Reading Series with Micah Zevin, Ron Kolm, and Christina M. Rau
225 Bryant Avenue, Roslyn, NY 11575


Saturday, October 1, 2016 @ 8 PM
Literary Vaudeville as part of the Pen America LitCrawl NYC
Bluestockings Bookstore  172 Allen St.
Join the show at the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop’s Literary Vaudeville! The evening will feature tantalizing performances from writers Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Megan Fernandes, Claire Ince, Emily Smith, Christina M. Rau, and Frederick-Douglass Knowles II. Enjoy the dexterity of our word-artists and their poetic & prose literary feats!

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 8 PM
Barnes & Noble of East Northport

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

Curley’s Diner in Stamford 62 West Park Place, Stamford, C

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ 11 AM
Reading and Q&A at Goodwin College in CT

Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 7:00 PM**

The Summer Gazebo Reading Series
featuring Christina M. Rau, Peter V. Dugan, Isabel Espinal, and Patricia Carragon

**Arrive at 6:20 to join a mini poetry workshop I’ll be offering for FREE!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
The Poets Of Dancing Girl Press feature at The BookMark ShoppeKatie Longofono, Susan Lewis, Vicki Iorio, Abigail Welhouse, Christina M. Rau, and Janeen Pergrin Rastall will read poetry including poems from their DGP chapbooks.8415 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Workshop: Lists, Pop Culture, And Playing With Language Closed engagement.
If you’re interested in this workshop, contact me to set up another one .

Wednesday, June 1, 2016@ 7 PM
HOSTING: Poets In Nassau presents Writers Raise A Glass
Turn of The Corkscrew in Rockville Centre

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 5:30 PM
Confluence/Confluencia — Naugatuck Valley Community College
Palace Theatre, 165 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 @ 7 PM
In Loving Memory – An Evening of Poetry & Music in Memory
Bryant Library, 2 Paper Mill Road, Roslyn, NY 11576

Monday, April 18, 2016 @ 7 PM
Poetry Writing Workshop
Oceanside Public Library

Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 2 PM
Reading Your Poetry Out Loud: A Panel Discussion
Oceanside Public Library 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 7 PM
Beat Poetry Group Reading
Sip This, 64 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580

Monday, April 11, 2016@ 7 PM
HOSTING: Poets In Nassau presents Writers Raise A Glass
Turn of The Corkscrew in Rockville Centre

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 @ 7 PM
First Tuesdays reading series at the Terraza Cafe

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 7 PM
FLAPPERHOUSE reading featuring Leona Godin, Stephen Langlois, William Lessard, Emily Linstrom, and Christina M. Rau as contributors to Issue 9, plus T. Mazzara, Joanna C. Valente, and Anthony Michael Morena
Pacific Standard, 82 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 7 PM
HOSTING: Poets In Nassau presents Writers Raise A Glass
Turn of The Corkscrewin Rockville Centre

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
The Poets of Finishing Line Press
KGB Bar 85 E 4th St NYC, NY 10003

Thursday February 11, 2016 @ 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Poets In Nassau presents Aviators, Poets, and Dreamers
Cradle of AviationMuseum

Sunday, December 13, 2015 2 – 4 PM
Queens Public Library Central Branch

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 7 PM
Poetry: Verse In Person
Sachem Public Library

Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 2PM
Gatsby On East Egg: A Reading of Poetry and Prose
Hempstead House on Sands Point Preserve during its Shop for a Cause Weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 6:30 PM
Early Bird Reading at Hicksville Public Library

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Risk of Discovery Reading Series at Astoria Coffee

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 7:30 PM
Celebrating “Howl” a group reading
Sip This, Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream NY

Thursday, October 1, 2015 @ 7 PM
Presentation: Writing The Basic Essay (not poetry!)
Oceanside Library

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 1-3 PM
Valley Stream Author Fair
Henry Waldinger Memorial Library

Sunday, August 23, 2015 @ 4 PM
Great Weather For Media Featuring Christina M. Rau and Denis Gray
The Parkside Lounge in NYC

Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 7 PM
Summer Gazebo Reading: Featuring Christina M. Rau, Jerry Zezima, Jack Anderson, and Walter Wagner Schoolhouse Green Gazebo, Foxhurst Rd, Oceanside

Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 7 PM
Poets In Nassau Presents Sip A Cup of Poetry
Sip This ,64 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580

Thursday, April 30, 2015 @4 PM
Literature, Live! Faculty Reading
Featuring Professor Christina M. Rau
Bradley Hall Ballroom
Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr, Garden City, NY 11530

Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 1 PM
How To Get Your Poetry Published: A Panel Presentation
Oceanside Public Library, 30 Davison Ave, Oceanside, NY 11572

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
Reading at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead

Sunday, April 12, 2015 @ 1:30 PM
Celebrate Poetry
Featuring lots of poets and musicians, including Christina M. Rau
Oceanside Public Library, 30 Davison Ave, Oceanside NY11572

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
For The Girls, I Book Launch
Sip This,  64 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580
FREE, but grab a cup of coffee or a waffle or something else delicious
For more info:

Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 7 PM
Summer Gazebo Reading: Featuring Christina M. Rau, Jonathan Harris, JR Turek, and George Wallace
Schoolhouse Green Gazebo, Foxhurst Rd, Oceanside

Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 7 PM
Poetry Affair: In Celebration of National Poetry Month
with Rosalind Brenner, Grace Schulman, Julie Sheehan, Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, Janet Kaplan, Joanne Pilgrim, Michelle Murphy, Lucas Hunt, Monique Enders, Pamela Kallimaris, Fran Castan, and Michelle Whittaker
East Hampton Studios, 75 Industrial Road, Wainscott, NY

Sunday, April 26, 2014
Presenting: The New Cartography: Geo-Tagging Maps As Creative Composition
Transitions and Transactions II: Literature & Creative Pedagogies in Community Colleges
Hosted by BMCC
Registration required

Sunday, September 15, 2013 @ 3 PM
Poetry Day at Molloy College
Featuring: Amber Tamblyn, Derrick C. Brown, Megan Falley, Peter V. Dugan, Vicki Iorio, and me
Madison Theatre, 1000 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre, NY
FREE for students who register
$10 for adults

Monday, July 29, 2013 @ 7 PM
Summer Gazebo Reading
Schoolhouse Green, Foxhurst Road, Oceanside

Saturday, May 11, 2013 @ 2 PM
Long Island Writers Guild
East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front St in East Meadow NY

Friday, March 8, 2013 @ 7PM
Speaking of Poetry & Prose
Hosted by Peter V. Dugan
Oceanside Public Library, 30 Davison Ave in Oceanside NY
Open mic follows

Friday, October 5, 2012 @ 8 PM
Inspirations at The Vault
Hosted by Michael Alpiner
The Vault, 90-21 Springfield Blvd, Queens Village, NY 11428

Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 7:30 PM
The Ekphrastic Poster Show
A Photography and Poetry Exhibit OPENING
Kaeti Wigeland, photographer, and Christina M. Rau, poet, have teamed up to present the visual and the written word.  Opening includes a little reading, a little writing, a little music-making, a little laughing.
Sip This, 64 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, NY

Thursday June 14, 2012
It’s Poetry, Baby!

Wyld Chyld Tattoo and Cafe
1708 Sunrise Hwy
Merrick, NY
7:30 PM
Hosted by Peter V. Dugan

Monday July 11, 2011
Summer Gazebo Reading Series
Schoolhouse Green
Foxhurst Rd
Oceanside, NY
7 PM
Bring a lawnchair or a blanket

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Poetry, Tattoos, and Coffee (all in one place)
Wyld Chyld Tattoo and Cafe
1708 Sunrise Hwy.
Merrick, NY 11566
Open mic follows feature
7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Two Sisters: poems of two nun-poets
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and Sister Hildegard Von Bingen
presented by the Northport Library
7:00 PM

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Poetry, Tattoos, and Coffee (all in one place)
Wyld Chyld Tattoo and Cafe
1708 Sunrise Hwy.
Merrick, NY 11566
Open mic follows feature
7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Northport Village Library
Tribute to Walt Whitman
Several features sponsored by the Northport Arts Coalition
7-9 PM
Northport, NY

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Smalls Jazz Club: Poetry Feature
Christina M. Rau & Stephen Willems
Hosted by Lee Kostrinsky
5 -7 PM