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There’s strength in numbers, but there’s fun in words. A lot of fun.

This weekend, authors, booksellers, essayists, poets, and other verse enthusiasts will head to LIC Bar for the Queens NYC Lit Fest, a two-day celebration of the borough and its booming writing scene. Organized by Michael Geffner from The Inspired Word, this first annual extravaganza will feature scheduled readings by residents from around the borough, including Maria Lisella, the newly appointed Queens poet laureate, and Audrey Dimola, hostess of the reading-and-live-writing series Nature of the Muse. Plus, both days will begin with open mic time at 11 am. (First come, first served. Five-minute slots.) More information and another photo on jump page.

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Wordsmiths, sharpen your pencils! On January 30th, Queens writers will gather by the fireplace at the LIC Bar carriage house to read their works and then compete in a unique, interactive exercise that combines spontaneity with literature. Dubbed “Nature of the Muse” and organized by Western Queens poet extraordinaire Audrey Dimola, the contestants — John “Chance” Acevedo, Jeff LaGreca, Malini Singh McDonald, Devin Doyle and M. Leona Godin — will write live responses to random prompts from the audience. It’s an exploration of inspiration; the juxtaposition between the work writers produce on their own time and what they do in almost no time. Musical, multi-disciplinary creative types Tyler Rivenbark and Thomas Graff will perform at other moments.

Details: Nature of the Muse, LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, January 30th, 7:30 pm, no cover, but attendees are encouraged to buy at least one drink.