The Poetry Project


Times Square Red, Times Square Blue 20th Anniversary

Join us to celebrate the 20th anniversary republication of Samuel Delany’s Times Square Red, Times Square Blue with an evening of readings from and poetic responses to this crucial text. A critique on the neoliberal pursuit of ‘morality’ and ‘safety’ for the sake of so-called urban renewal, Delany’s work is equally an examination of the radical potential created by moments of interclass urban contact and intimacy.

In the twenty years since its first publication, the social theory and personal stories contained in Times Square Red, Times Square Blue have become even more urgent, necessary, and galvanizing as we imagine other ways to be in relation to each other in a changing urban environment.

With readings by: Samuel Delany, Andrew Durbin, Karen Finley, Precious Okoyomon, and El Roy Red

Presented in partnership with New York University Press and Times Square Arts