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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.


September 11, 2017: and/with Series co-presented with Makhzin at Abrons Art Center, New York

curated by Ana Paula and Asiya Wadud, w/ guest curator Mirene Arsanios

  • Complete Reading (38:06): MP3
  • Roundtable Discussion, moderated by Youmna Chlala (31:10): MP3

June 8, 2017: and/with Series at Pioneer Books, Brooklyn, New York

hosted by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
featuring Adjua Greaves and Joseph Cuillier

  • Complete Recording (2:05:50): MP3

May 1, 2017: and/with Series at CUNY Queens College, New York

featuring Camille Rankine, Hoa Nguyen and Eléna Rivera