Writing Aloud with Chris Lilley!

Join us as we come together and Write Aloud

Created by NY Writers Coalition in 2003, our Writing Aloud Reading Series is a free event that unites NYWC’s community of writers and activists with prominent literary figures to share prose, poetry, and other writings in safe and inspiring places. Here’s how it works:

  1. Listen and watch a performance by this month’s special guest, Chris Lilley
  2. Receive a writing prompt from our guest writer.
  3. WRITE.
  4. Hit the mic!–if you want to. Feel free to just sit back and listen, too!

Monday, May 21st, at 5:00 PM at NYPL Morningside Heights (2900 Broadway, Manhattan)

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to write and share in this safe space.


This month’s featured guest artist is Chris Lilley, a poet, spoken word artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Chris has performed as a featured artist in several famed venues across the country including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club, Union Square Slam, among others. He seeks to fuse music and poetry to create well-rounded and engaging stories with a focus on bringing mental health awareness to black, Christian, and otherwise marginalized communities.

He is a member of the Brooklyn Slam Team that placed second in the nation at the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado.

His writing most often reflects his love for God, his love for blackness, and his love for the hurting. He says that his writing seeks to encompass everything that he is in its entirety. When he is not writing, he teaches music and voice lessons in inner city schools. His work has been featured in Artifact Nouveau, HoneyBeNatural Magazine, Rigorous Magazine, and the Chagrin River Review.

Chris is the author of The Quiet Way, as well as one chapbook entitled je suis noir [i am black], available now on Amazon.



This event is FREE, wheelchair accessible and open to the public. All are welcome to write and share in this safe space. It will take place Monday, May 21st, @ 5:00 p.m. at NYPL Morningside Heights (2900 Broadway, Manhattan).