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All Write!



FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2023 | 11AM

Vision Out of the Corner of One Eye by Luisa Valenzuela

Performed by Dawn Akemi Saito

Collect Calls by Diana Bickston

Performed by Philip Estrera

Housecleaning by Nikki Giovanni

Performed by Pascale Armand

The King of Bread by Luis Alberto Urrea

Performed by Philip Estrera

Brown Furniture by Katha Pollitt

Performed by Dawn Akemi Saito

The Orange by Wendy Cope

Performed by Pascale Armand

The Performers (in alphabetical order)

The Authors (in alphabetical order)



“Vision Out of the Corner of One Eye” by Luisa Valenzuela, translated by Helen Lane and published in The Censors: A Bilingual Selection of Stories (Northwestern University Press, 1995). Copyright © Luisa Valenzuela 1988, 1978, 1976. Published by Curbstone Press. All rights reserved. Translation copyright © 1995 by Helen Lane. Used by permission of Northwestern University Press.

“Collect Calls,” by Diana Bickston. Copyright © 1982 by Diana Bickston.

“Housecleaning,” by Nikki Giovanni, from The Women and the Men (Harper Perennial, 1979). Copyright © 1970 by Nikki Giovanni. Used by permission of the author.

“The King of Bread,” by Luis Alberto Urrea, from Small Odysseys (Algonquin Books, 2022). Copyright © 2022 by Luis Alberto Urrea. Used by permission of the author.

“Brown Furniture,” by Katha Pollitt. Originally published in The New Yorker (January 31, 2022). Copyright © 2022 by Katha Pollitt. Used by permission of the author.

“The Orange,” by Wendy Cope (© Wendy Cope, 1992) is printed by permission of United Agents ( on behalf of Wendy Cope.


The All Write! adult literacy program is generously supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the MacMillan Family Foundation, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Vidda Foundation, and The Grodzins Fund.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

All Write! also receives support from an endowment established by the Steven Aresty Foundation.

Symphony Space thanks our generous supporters, including our Board of Directors, Producers Circle, and members, who make our programs possible with their annual support.

Floral arrangements are provided by PlantShed.

Symphony Space Staff

Kathy Landau Executive Director
Peg Wreen
Managing Director
Isaiah Sheffer
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)
Artistic Director (1988-2010)
Founding Artistic Director (2010-2012)
Allan Miller
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)

Lulu Fogarty Director of Education
Regina Larkin Manager of Education Programs
Madeline Cohen Director of All Write!

Jennifer Brennan Director of Literary Programs
Drew Richardson
Lead Producer of Literary Programs
Vivienne Woodward
Producer of Literary Programs
Mary Shimkin
Director of Broadcast & Literary Initiatives
Matthew Love
Consultant for Literary Programs
Magdalene Wrobleski
Literary Assistant
Mollie Gordon Program Assistant
Madeleine Hearn
Literary Intern
Gabriela Parra
Lambis Literary Intern


Teresa Bell NYC Department of Education–Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center
Madeline Cohen Symphony Space
Solange Farina City University of New York–Borough of Manhattan Community College
Mary Esther Malloy Consultant

*in memoriam

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