“Waiting for Tables” is a lyric essay about the Armenian and Turkish communities in Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens. After moving to Woodside in 2007 and discovering Turkish and Armenian restaurants and groceries, not to mention corresponding communities, Agabian set out to discover the relationship between two nationalities historically at odds with each other, mashed together in a tiny neighborhood in New York City. This is a first-person account about life and death, the reality of immigration, and neighborhood diplomacy.
The reading takes place on Saturday, May 2, 2009, 3pm at TOPAZ ARTS. A question-and-answer session will follow the reading. Refreshments will be served. TOPAZ ARTS is located at 55-03 39th Avenue in Woodside, Queens. Subway directions: #7 train to 61 St. or the R, V, G trains to Northern Blvd.
Nancy Agabian is the author of Princess Freak, a collection of poems and performance texts on her bisexual coming-of-age, and Me as her again, a memoir of her Armenian-American family. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Birthmark: A Bilingual Anthology of Armenian-American Poetry, Hers 2: Brilliant New Fiction from Lesbian Writers, and KGB BarLit. A Fulbright scholar to Armenia for 2006-07, she's currently working on The Fear of Large and Small Nations, a book about nationalism, corruption, family and freedom in post-Soviet Armenia. Nancy lives in Astoria and teaches writing at Queens College and at the Gallatin School at NYU. For more info about the author, please visit www.nancyagabian.com. This summer she will lead “Our Side”, a creative nonfiction workshop on cultural identity at TOPAZ ARTS – applications are available at http://www.topazarts.org/.
“Waiting for Tables” is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.