VSC Stands With Planned Parenthood of New York City

In April of 2017 VSC held a fundraiser reading featuring favorite poets Dorianne Laux and Dennis Nurkse. With the generous support of our audience through ticket sales and door donations, we were thrilled to be able to donate $600 to Planned Parenthood of NYC to help sustain their valuable mission of providing access to reproductive health care services to women. Pictured below at the nonprofit's donor celebration party held on October 19, 2017, are Sean Sutherland of VSC, Alexandra Natale, special events manager at Planned Parenthood NYC, and Andrea Hines of VSC.

I was energized by the positivity and energy of women in the room, talking for some time to Carolina Wheat of the Nasty Women Art Exhibition, who raised over $52,000 with an exhibition that has spawned sister shows around the globe. "Gathering with other like minded souls and supporters at the Planned Parenthood celebration last night was a balm for the ongoing 45 news cycle," shared Sean. We look forward to holding future fundraisers so we can continue to support community-enriching causes that matter to VSC members and audience alike. 


You are invited to a very special reading

Please join us for a very special reading by Dennis Nurkse, poet laureate of Brooklyn on Saturday, December 7th, at 1:30pm. (Adminission is free) At Halyards Bar, 406 3rd Ave, (at 6th street) Brooklyn, New York, 11215 F,G, or R trains to 4th Ave. 9th Street Station.

Dennis Nurkse is a Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, a recipient of a National Endowment for The Arts fellowship, Current poet laureate of Brooklyn, and the author of nine collections of poetry. The reading is being given to commemorate the launch of Verbal Supply Company's new website: www.verbalsupplycompany.com

Verbal Supply Company Website Launch Party

Please join us at 1:30pm, Saturday December 7th for a gathering to celebrate our new Verbal Supply Company website (www.verbalsupplycompany.com ), with a very special reading by  the acclaimed poet Dennis Nurske. (location - Halyards Bar in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn) http://www.barhalyards.com/

Nurkse is the son of the eminent economist Ragnar Nurkse. He has taught workshops at Rikers Island, and his poems about prison life appeared in The American Poetry Review, Evergreen Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, and other magazines. He has taught at The New School University and Columbia University, and is currently on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He has translated anonymous medieval and flamenco Spanish lyric poems and has written about the Spanish pastoral poems by contemporary Giannina Braschi. His work has appeared in The Evergreen Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Ploughshares, The Paris Review.


•2007 Guggenheim Fellow

•1990 Whiting Writers' Award

•NEA fellowship

•NYFA fellowships


"Novel To Be Read With Closed Eyes"; "Letter From Pico", Ars Interpres International

Staggered Lights, Owl Creek Press, (July 1990), ISBN 978-0-937669-42-6

Voices Over Water, Graywolf Press (July 1993), ISBN 978-1-55597-188-5