The Soundtrack Series We can all name a song that brings back a joy (Led Zeppelin, "D'Yer Mak'er"-first kiss) or heartache (Pink Floyd, "Wish You Were Here"-first breakup). At the Soundtrack series at (Le) poisson rouge, the worlds of writing and songs come together as host Dan Rossi invites five writers to tell stories about the songs that impacted their life. Fourth Thursday of every month; free. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., www.soundtrackseries.com. Locations Vary The Moth StorySlam The Moth is more like Mothra: It has shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It's got an NPR show, and it just hosted a recent gala featuring Martin Scorsese. The Moth's bread and butter is still good storytelling, though, and that's exactly what you'll find when you attend one of their shows. Venues and times vary. For more information, visit themoth.org. Midtown Word for Word at Bryant Park Bring your bug spray for this summer-long festival celebrating writers at Bryant Park. The Word for Word Book Club is reading Madame Bovary, while writers like This American Life contributor Dave Hill talks with Janeane Garofolo about his book Tasteful Nudes, comedian Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain discuss their book, America, You Sexy Bitch, and classic folkie Pete Seeger chats about his newest book, In My Own Words. Through Sept. 29. Bryant Park, 42nd St. betw. 5th & 6th Aves., www.bryantpark.org.
Half King Reading Series This weekly Chelsea institution features a plethora of new and up-and-coming writers as well as more established acts such as Bret Easton Ellis, while its semi-regular magazine night offers underappreciated journalists a chance to strut their stuff. Every Monday; free. The Half King, 505 W. 23rd St., thehalfking.com. Governors Island(http://nypress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/NYC-Poetry-Festival.jpg)
NYC Poetry Festival Bringing together more than 100 poets, the second year of the NYC Poetry Festival, hosted by the Poetry Society of NewYork, promises to be bigger and bolder. From an arts and crafts village to an open mic for newbies to a beer garden where you can discuss the merits of Coleridge over Wordsworth, this event is for the bard within us all.
July 21-22; $5. Governors Island, poetrysocietyny.org.
Upper East Side Poetry from the Rooftops You can almost hear Walt Whitman's "Barbaric Yawp" from the new rooftop of the Central Park Arsenal as the Academy of American Poets presents its annual summer poetry reading series. Second Thursday of every month; free. Arsenal Building at Central Park, 64th St. at 5th Ave., poets.org.
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