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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.


March 19, 2018: Belladonna Staff Reading at Queens College

  1. Introduction (5:06): MP3
  2. Javier Zamora (25:00): MP3
  3. Aracelis Girmay (22:01): MP3
  4. Q&A Moderated By Christine Ramkarran (26:20): MP3

March 1, 2018: Belladonna Intern and Staff Reading, Out-Of-Office, at Brooklyn Art Library