Nic Brown is the author of the novel Doubles and the story collection Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review. A new novel, In Every Way, is forthcoming from Counterpoint in February 2015. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Review, Garden & Gun, Glimmer Train, and Epoch, among many other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University, he has been the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi (2012-13) and an assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Clemson University. http://www.nicbrown.net/About
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Apito Press, founded by poet Carlos iro Burgos, is a new community publisher based in Philadelphia and New York City. At this reading, Apito will launch David Backer’s first short story collection, The Yolk, and iro’s second book of poetry, Spanglibonics.
David Backer founded fictiondaily.org, the online fiction aggregator, and has published his own fiction, non-fiction, and translation in Swink, Granta.com, n+1 online, Words Without Borders, Metazen, StoryChord, New Dead Families, kill author, and the collection Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial. He has a PhD in philosophy and education, enjoys old-timey banjo, and was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1984.
Carlos iro Burgos is a father, avid questioner of masculinities, explorer of emotion and realities, and recently moved to Philadelphia to continue studying higher education. Spanglibonics follows From Boy to IRO, as the newest collection of poems exploring the hybrid experiences of Afro-Nuyoricans.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
VIJAY SESHADRI is the author of Wild Kingdom (1996), The Long Meadow (2003), which won the James Laughlin Award, and 3 Sections (2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The Pulitzer committee described the book as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.” Seshadri has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and has taught at Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program.
MARK DOTY’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections....Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts....Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island. He is Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Two new books are forthcoming, both from W.W. Norton: What Is the Grass, a prose meditation on Walt Whitman and the ecstatic, and Deep Lane, a new volume of poems.
Author John Straughsbaugh and other invited authors read from THE VILLAGE:400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Scott Adlerberg is the author of the crime novel Spiders and Flies, and his short fiction has appeared in Thuglit, All Due Respect, and Spinetingler Magazine. Each summer he hosts the Word for Word Reel Talks film commentary series in Bryant Park in Manhattan. His new book is the genre-blending noir/fantasy novella Jungle Horses, out now from Broken River Books. It’s his second work that has to do with the Caribbean, a place where he spent a lot of time and became a connoisseur of rum. He lives in Brooklyn.
Dan Burstein was nominated for an Edgar Award for his 2011 book, The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time. He is the creator, editor, and author of the Secrets series, which includes the world’s bestselling guidebooks to the fiction of Dan Brown, with over four million copies in print worldwide, in over thirty languages. The books have appeared on more than a dozen bestseller lists, including twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times list, and have been the basis for three documentary films. His most recent book is Secrets of Inferno: In the Footsteps of Dante and Dan Brown. He is also the author of fourteen books on subjects ranging from global economics and technology to pop culture, and is cofounder and managing partner of Millennium Technology Value Partners, a New York City-based venture capital firm.
Tom Coffey is a writer and editor who has worked a long time—perhaps too long—in journalism. He’s been an MWA member since 1999, when his first novel, The Serpent Club, was published. His second novel, Miami Twilight, came out in 2001, and his third novel, Blood Alley, came out in 2008. His next book, Bright Morning Star, will be published in April. Along the way he’s somehow managed to stay married and raise a now-teenaged girl—who loves mysteries!
Matt Cook is the author of Sabotage, which he wrote at nineteen while an undergraduate at Stanford. There he also published two nonfiction books and cofounded a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. Now a doctoral candidate in Economics at Penn, he enjoys travel, scuba, and Latin dancing for fun. A professional close-up magician trained at the Hollywood Magic Castle, he has performed in over 80 countries, and will gladly show you a trick if asked.
Jeff Markowitz is the author of the Cassie O’Malley Mysteries, an amateur sleuth mystery series set deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. He loves to write early in the morning…you can usually find him at his computer at 5:30 in the morning plotting someone’s murder. When he’s not out looking for dead bodies, Jeff keeps busy as the founder and Executive Director of a network of programs and services for adults with autism. Jeff is a proud member of the Mystery Writers of America. His new book, Death and White Diamonds, is a darkly comic mystery/thriller.
H. T. NAREA is an international investment banker with 20+ years of experience, primarily at JP Morgan Chase in New York. He has advised governments, companies, and banks around the world on sovereign risk, debt restructuring, infrastructure projects, M&A, private equity, debt trading, and syndicated finance. He got his start in fiction by researching and editing several books by his father-in-law, Paul Erdman, the New York Times bestselling creator of the financial thriller. The Fund is Narea’s first novel and was nominated for best debut novel by the International Thrillers Association.
James D. Robertson was first published as a columnist in his high school newspaper. Later, he wrote a Fortune 500 company newsletter and took assignments as a freelance reporter. He was a substantial contributor to two non-fiction works, Doc: Platoon Medic, a Military Book Club selection by Daniel Evans Jr., and Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts, a New York Times bestseller by Colonel David H. Hackworth. James served with the authors in Vietnam. James is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Long Island Writers’ Guild and co-founder of a critique group that call themselves, with tongue in cheek, the Future Best Selling Novelists of Long Island. The group published an anthology of short fiction in 2012 entitled Chapter One. He has completed two novels—For Good Reason, a Vietnam War story and The Woodstock Murders, a thriller. He lives on Long Island where he is working on his third novel.
New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than eighty books and a two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist. The Good Sister, first in a trio of social networking suspense novels for HarperCollins, was on Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2013 list and optioned for television, followed The Perfect Stranger (August 2014) and The Black Widow (coming 2/24/15). Lily Dale, a new adult cozy mystery series from Crooked Lane, along with her next HarperCollins suspense trilogy, Mundy’s Landing, will launch in the fall of 2015. Wendy lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of twenty-three years and their two children.
PATRICIA SPEARS JONES was named by Essence.com as one of its “40 Poets They Love” in 2010. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and four chapbooks, the most recent Living in the Love Economy. Her work is widely anthologized....Spears Jones has been a culture maven for four decades. She was the first African American programmer as Program Coordinator at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. She served as Mentor for Emerge, Surface, Be, a new fellowship program at The Poetry Project. She ran the esteemed New Works Program for the Massachusetts Council of Arts and Humanities (1989-1991) and was Director of Planning and Development at The New Museum of Contemporary Art (1994-96). She is also actively involved in a variety of formal and informal organizations involved with progressive politics, social justice, feminism, the environment, and multi-culturalism, best seen in her appointment as Senior Fellow for The Black Earth Institute. She teaches for CUNY. Her art, theater, poetry and music essays, reviews and interviews can be found in print and online at www.tribes.org, Bomb, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Black Issues Book Review, The Boston Globe, and Essence and www.Essence.com.
SHANNA COMPTON is the author of the poetry collections Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, and several chapbooks. The Seam, a book-length speculative poem, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2014. She is also the editor of a collection of essays on the topic of video games, Gamers. Her work has been widely published, including in the Best American Poetry series and other anthologies.
Joseph Fasano’s most recent collection of poems is Inheritance (Cider Press, 2014). He is the author of Fugue for Other Hands, winner of the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award, and Vincent, a book-length poem forthcoming in July, 2015. His recent poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Boston Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, Passages North, FIELD, and other publications. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he won the 2008 RATTLE Poetry Prize, and he has been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, the Autumn House Press Book Award, and the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books. He teaches at Manhattanville College and in the graduate and undergraduate writing programs of Columbia University.
Raphael Dagold’s first book, Bastard Heart, was published by Silverfish Review Press in February, 2014. His poems, fables, and photographs have appeared in Indiana Review, Frank, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, and other publications; a fable is included in Persea Books’ Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories. He has taught writing and literature at the University of Utah, Lewis and Clark College, Mt. Hood Community College, and other institutions, and has won fellowships and awards from the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, Oregon Literary Arts, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and other organizations. He is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. Visit www.raphaeldagold.com for more information.
Sara Eliza Johnson’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Ninth Letter, New England Review, Best New Poets 2009, Crab Orchard Review, Pleiades, Meridian, TriQuarterly Online, Southern Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Winter Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Utah, where she is Ph.D student in the Literature & Creative Writing program. Her first book, Bone Map, was selected for the 2013 National Poetry Series.
Kenneth Hart’s book Uh Oh Time won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Kenneth’s poems have been published in such journals as Mississippi Review, North American Review, and Barrow Street, and he has won numerous poetry prizes. He teaches at NYU and for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. See http://www.kennethhartpoet.com/ for more information.
JUSTIN MARKS’ second book of poems, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, is forthcoming from Barrelhouse Books in 2014. His first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009), and his latest chapbooks are We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, forthcoming) and Best Practices (Greying Ghost, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Matter Barrelhouse, Leveler and Interrupture. He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their 4 year-old twin son and daughter.
TIMOTHY LIU (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California, to parents from the Chinese mainland. He studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Houston, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
He is the author of Polytheogamy (Saturnalia, 2009); Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (Talisman House, 2009); For Dust Thou Art (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005); Of Thee I Sing (University of Georgia Press, 2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Hard Evidence (Talisman House, 2001); Say Goodnight (Copper Canyon Press, 1998); Burnt Offerings (Copper Canyon Press, 1995); and Vox Angelica (Alice James Books, 1992), which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award.
His newest volume, Don’t Go Back to Sleep will be released in Oct. 2014 from Saturnalia.
Liu’s honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry in 2002, and the Open Book Beyond Margins Award. He also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry, (Talisman House, 2000).
He has served as a core faculty member at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars, and is currently an associate professor at William Paterson University. He lives in Manhattan.
Elizabeth Kadetsky is author of a memoir (First There Is a Mountain, Little Brown), a story collection (The Poison that Purifies You, C&R Press) and, forthcoming, a novella (On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, Nouvella Books). Her fiction has been included in the Pushcart Prizes, Best New American Voices, and the Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Penn State, and can be found at www.elizabethkadetsky.com
Advance praise for The Poison that Purifies You:
This thought-provoking collection explores the variety of ways that we seek personal and spiritual connections-and the ways that we can poison ourselves and others in our quests. Elizabeth Kadetsky is a writer of keen insight and graceful prose.
-Dan Chaon, Stay Awake
“Elizabeth Kadetsky deftly constructs fully realized places--some foreign, some familiar--and fully realized characters--some of them more like us than we’d like to admit. She tugs gently on these places and people until she finds their loose strings, and begins spooling out quiet strands of damage or dread. Before you know it, the dread is your own. These stories sneak up on you, hijack you, and before you know it, it’s too late. A stunning first collection. ” Brian Evenson, Windeye
KARIN LIN-GREENBERG - Faulty Predictions
“Karin Lin-Greenberg is a conoisseur of screwy family dynamics and outrageous sitatuions. The ten innovative and diverse stories in this debut collection cover a lot of territory, from a pig on a city bus to the special event ‘Things Inside of Other Things’ at the Half and Half Multicultural Club of Sun Meadow High School. Here you will meet the man who smashes loaves of grocery store bread for the good of society, and you’ll witness the Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement. Lin-Greenberg makes joyful sense of it all. What a pleasure it has been to read these wise and wonderful stories.” —Bonnie Jo Campbell, bestselling author of Once Upon A River
Karin Lin-Greenberg’s story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the 2013 Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press. Her short stories have appeared in such literary journals as The Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Epoch, Five Chapters, Kenyon Review Online, and North American Review. She earned an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Temple University, and an AB from Bryn Mawr College. She has taught composition, literature and creative writing courses at Missouri State University, the College of Wooster, and Appalachian State University. Currently, she lives in upstate New York and is an assistant professor in the English Department at Siena College. Visit her website at www.karinlingreenberg.com.
MONICA MC FAWN - Bright Shards of Someplace Else
“Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, McFawn’s debut employs different narrative voices to create something singular. . . . McFawn approaches each story differently, not as an author imposing a single voice on disparate narratives but as an artist listening to her characters and finding the particular voice each one requires. . . . McFawn’s empathy is astounding. . . . The rarest kind of literary debut—unpredictable and moving."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
”Bright Shards of Someplace Else glimmers with emphatic power...is Monica McFawn’s first collection of short stories, and it’s already won [the] Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Perhaps it was her idiosyncratic voice, or her flair for distinctive characters that the judges recognized. Or maybe it was her empathetic power. Either way, McFawn has talent. In these eleven stories she manages to range from fantastic to satiric to poignant.” —Jane Ciabattari, NPR Books
Monica McFawn is a writer and playwright living in Michigan. Her short story collection Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of a hybrid chapbook, “A Catalogue of Rare Moments,” and her fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Gettysburgh Review, Web Conjunctions, Missouri Review, and others. Her plays and screenplays have had readings in Chicago and New York. She teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Visit her website at www.monicamcfawn.com.
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD JUDGES: EILEEN MYLES + ROBERT POLITO + KATIE PETERSON + ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS
EILEEN MYLES is a poet who lives around the corner from KGB. Snowflake/different streets (Wave, 2012) is her most recent book of poems and her new & selected I Must Be Living Twice will be out in 2015.
ROBERT POLITO’s most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God and Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber. Hollywood & God was chosen by Barnes and Noble as one of the top five poetry books of 2010. Polito received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art: A Biograpy of Jim Thompson. He is also the author of the poetry collection Doubles, as well as A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, and a study of Byron’s poetry. His poems and reviews, criticism, and essays on literature, film, and popular music have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Harpers, The Believer, Bookforum, The Poetry Foundation website, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, and Best American Film Writing. The founding Director of the Graduate Writing Program at the New School in New York City, he is now President of the Poetry Foundation.
KATIE PETERSON is the author of two new collections of poetry, Permission (New Issues, September 9 2013) and The Accounts (University of Chicago, September 24, 2013). Her first book, This One Tree, was selected by William Olsen for the New Issues Poetry Prize and published in 2006. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at Tufts University. She has reviewed poetry for the Chicago Tribune, the New Orleans Review, and the Boston Review. Her most recent essay on contemporary poetry, “New Nature,” was published in the Boston Review this spring and featured on the website Poetry Daily. A new poem, “Filibuster to Delay the Spring,” received the 2013 Stanley Kunitz Award from the American Poetry Review. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Summer Literary Seminars and Yaddo.
ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS is the author of THE GROUND: poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. He is also the author of a book of criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010), and the translator of Salvador Espriu’s classic Catalan collection of short stories, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (Dalkey Archive Press, 2012). Born and raised in New York City, he is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brown University, where he attained his doctorate in English Literature. Phillips has taught in Harvard’s History and Literature Program and Columbia’s Graduate School of the Arts, and is currently an associate professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Poetry Center.
Patry Francis is the acclaimed author of The Liar’s Diary, (Dutton 2007), which The New York Daily News called “outright chilling,” and which was a Booksense notable book and Target pick. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and The American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant.
She reads from her book: The Orphans of Race Point
“This beautifully wrought novel is a sometimes wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of murder and betrayal in the face of faith, family in its truest sense, and—most of all—love.”
—Booklist (starred review)
Kimberly Elkins was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and has published fiction and nonfiction in theAtlantic, Best New American Voices, Iowa Review, Chicago Tribune, Glamour, and Village Voice, among others.What is Visible is her first novel. She lives in New York City.
Puerto Rican-born novelist, Eleanor Parker Sapia, was raised in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Eleanor’s life experiences as a counselor, alternative health practitioner, a Spanish language social worker, and a refugee case worker inspire her passion for writing. When Eleanor is not writing, she facilitates creativity groups, and is making plans to walk El Camino de Santiago a second time. A Decent Woman is her debut novel. Eleanor has two adventurous and loving grown children, and lives in wild and wonderful West Virginia.
Rachel Kambury was born in Portland, Oregon and began writing at the age of five. Growing up in Ashland surrounded by the arts, inspiration struck when she read Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano when she was eleven years old.Rachel has been committed to being a novelist ever since. Rachel self-published her first work of WWII historical fiction, GRAVEL, at the age of seventeen. She moved to New York City for college the following semester with her first novel in tow.In September 2010, she began her second novel, The War Bound, writing the entire first draft and part of the second while in school. Four years later, the novel is in its third draft stage currently undergoing rewrites. Rachel graduated from Eugene Lang College – The New School for Liberal Arts with a BA in Literary Studies in May 2013. She lives in New York City.
George Lerner worked as a reporter for Reuters through the mid-1990s, covering financial crises in the Latin America and East Asia. Joining CNN in 1999, he spent many years as a field producer for CNN’s New York newsgathering division. As an independent documentary producer, George traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to shoot a piece for PBS Frontline World on the country’s historic 2006 elections, the first democratic vote in more than three decades. The people whose voices ring through “Congo: Hope on the Ballot” — human rights advocates, the victims of violence, political campaigners, and Congolese citizens of many ethnicities — helped to inform The Ambassadors. George holds a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University and a Masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn.
FIZZ presents Pure Slush Books Year-long Project ‘2014 A Year In Stories’ in which 31 Authors each write a story on their ‘designated day’ of the month. Each month the same author on the same date, continuing their story, which can also be read as a stand-alone piece. 12 gorgeous and glossy books (a book a month) have been published.
The 2014 Books Project is the brain-child of Australian Editor/Publisher Matt Potter who founded Pure Slush, first as an online press, then quickly moving into themed print anthologies, a multi-author novel called ‘gorge’ plus books by individual authors. Read about Matt Potter and his vision at this Huffington Post Interview: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/loren-kleinman/matt-potter-talks-pure-sl_b_5668607.html
Tonight’s reading will feature flash fictions from ‘2014 A Year in Stories’ read by some of the 31 authors who participated.
Expected to read are writers: Lynn Beighley, Gary Percesepe, Andrew Stancek, Teresa Burns Gunter, Derek Osborne, John Wentworth Chapin, Margaret Bingel, Rachel Ambrose, Stephen V. Ramey and Susan Tepper.
The project also includes authors: Nathaniel Tower, Gloria Garfunkel, Guile Castillo-Oriard, Gay Degani, Gill Hoffs, Jessica McHugh, Shane Simmons, Michelle Elvy, Michael Webb, James Claffey, Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz, Sally-Anne Macomber, Darryl Price, Joanne Jagoda, Kimberlee Smith, Vanessa Weibler Paris, Townsend Walker, Heather Nelson, Len Kuntz and Matt Potter.
For more info about Pure Slush visit: http://pureslush.webs.com/
STEVEN KARL is the author of Dork Swagger, winner of the Joanna Cargill Prize for a first book (Coconut Books). His second book is forthcoming from Noemi Press. He is the features editor for Coldfront Magazine and a poetry editor for Sink Review. Recent writings have appeared in jubilat, Sprung Formal, and The First Time I Heard My Bloody Valentine. He lives in Miami, Florida.
LISA JARNOT is the author, most recently, of A Princess Magic Presto Spell (Solid Objects, 2014), as well as five full-length books of poetry. Her Joie de Vivre: Selected Poems 1992–2012 was published by City Lights in 2013, and her biography of Robert Duncan (Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus) was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her husband and daughter.
WILLIAM WENTHE’s most recent book of poems is Words Before Dawn (LSU Press, 2012); his other books are Not Till We Are Lost (LSU Press) and Birds of Hoboken (Orchises Press). He has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Open City, Tin House, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, The Southern Review, Shenandoah; and other journals and anthologies. Critical essays on the craft of poetry have appeared in The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review. Born and raised in New Jersey, he teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Texas Tech.
MernaLyn is the award-winning author of THE 10 SECOND DIET; a book so self-empowering it was sent to the White House to work with the First Lady’s initiatives. As the word ‘diet’ refers not only to the food we eat but also to the life we live, THE 10 SECOND DIET is a humanitarian and sociological retrospective of our current society. It stresses the importance of incorporating values and ethics in daily life.
As MernaLyn believes; “It is important not only what you put into your body, but what you put out into the world.”
THE 10 SECOND DIET is as compelling as the author herself, with an eclectic background, MernaLyn’s provocative perspective is motivating, thoughtful and at times ironically humorous and always genuinely engaging!
MernaLyn was a lead Shakespearean actress at The Globe Theatre, had a recurring role on a primetime ABC-TV sitcom, a research assistant at Wayne State University’s Medical School Psychology Department and was the P.R. Bunny for Playboy International (selected from over 450 other young women in Los Angeles). She is a popular guest on television and radio talk shows from FOX and ABC TV to Bloomberg Radio with over 18.5 million listeners. As Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association, MernaLyn donates a generous percentage of the profit from every book she sells at her public engagements directly to Alzheimer’s Research.
MernaLyn is currently on a National Book Tour speaking from Beverly Hills and San Diego up the West Coast to Sacramento on to Las Vegas, Phoenix, the state of Florida, Atlanta and earlier this year was asked to address the entire Community of New Orleans. As a featured author at New York’s Book Expo and the 66th Annual JCC Book Fair, she has had several successful engagements in New York and as a former resident, is always happy to get back to the Big Apple!
Stephen S. Mills is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012) and A History of the Unmarried (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). He earned his MFA from Florida State University. His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, PANK, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Assaracus, The Rumpus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. He lives in New York City. Website: http://www.stephensmills.com/
Matthew Hittinger is the author of two poetry collections, The Erotic Postulate (2014) and Skin Shift (2012) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and three chapbooks. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan where he won a Hopwood Award for poetry. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, has been adapted into art songs, and in 2012 Poets & Writers Magazine named him a Debut Poet on their 8th annual list. Matthew lives in Astoria, Queens.
Brent Calderwood is a writer and editor living in San Francisco. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Journal, Bloom, Crab Creek Review, Knockout, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, The Squaw Valley Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology. His essays have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and the San Francisco Examiner. He is Literary Editor for A&U Magazine.
Ann Anderson Evans had two careers, two kids, two divorces, a pile of friends and a spot in the church choir. But after twelve years single, she was sick of celibacy.
With no mentors or guidebooks for “women of a certain age” re-entering the dating scene, Ann Anderson Evans, a legal secretary turned writing professor, dove into the internet dating pool head-first. DARING TO DATE AGAIN: A Memoir (She Writes Press, November 2014, $16.95) recounts her boundary-pushing, soul-searching journey. It’s a compelling, sometimes racy memoir of one woman’s adventures with sex and dating after a nineteen-year hiatus.
As she began her journey, Ann wondered what she was searching for. Over the course of dozens of dates, hundreds of emails, and several online matchmaking sites, she dated a much younger policeman, had a brief encounter with a transvestite, and cyberstalked a man she met while on another date in a bar. She met bankers, lawyers, consultants, professors, unemployed guys, and stay-at-home dads from 26 to 83. She even traveled to Zimbabwe to spend three weeks with a man she’d only communicated with by email!
Passionate, articulate, funny and insightful, Evans tackles touchy topics with grace, including:
• the morality of dating married men
• whether women over sixty should consider having children
• what age difference is too much
• what is the sexual etiquette when you’re 60
• when to introduce your friends and children
• sex clubs, nude beaches, relationship retreats
…and much more.
Adventurous, frank, gutsy, and a just a bit nutty, DARING TO DATE AGAIN tells what happens when a sex-starved woman with an AARP card puts herself on the market again – on her own terms.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ann Anderson Evans is a writer, linguist, and professor of Writing. A B.A. and M.A. graduate of New York University, with a second masters degree from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she was born and raised, Ann Anderson Evans’s writing has been published widely in both academic and literary magazines. Featured on the Discovery Channel’s Sex in America in 2012, she was also on the cover of Eldr magazine’s issue on “Sex and Intimacy over the Age of Sixty.”
A wife, mother, and grandmother, she has traveled widely and lived in Spain, Israel, Italy, Austria, Germany and Greece. She speaks six languages. Ann lives in Hoboken, NJ with her (third) husband.
More about Ann Anderson Evans can be found on her website and blog: www.annandersonevans.com. She is also on Facebook (Fan and personal pages), LinkedIn (Ann Anderson Evans), and Twitter (@annwriter).
Jericho Brown in the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry, and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poets. Brown holds a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was published by Copper Canyon Press. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.
Sampson Starkweather is the author of The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. His most recent chapbooks are Flowers of Rad by Factory Hollow Press, and Until the Death Hits, pop/love GIF poems (a collaboration with Ana Božičevic) appearing somewhere soon on the Internet. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Nancy Esposito’s most recent book is Lamentation with June Bug, Word Poetry, 2013. Her first book of poems was Changing Hands(Quarterly Review of Literature Contemporary Poetry Series, 1984). Mêm’ Rain, a winner of the National Looking Glass Poetry Chapbook Competition, was published in 2002 by Pudding House Publications, which also published Greatest Hits 1978-2001 in 2003. She received the Discovery Award, Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant, the Colladay Award, Poetry Society of America Award, a Fulbright Grant to Egypt, and grants to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos as well as an NEH to study the Vietnam War. She lived in Mexico and Nicaragua in the 1980s where she translated contemporary Nicaraguan poets. Her own work has been translated into Spanish and Vietnamese.
Cynthia Cruz’s poems have been published in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review and others. Her first collection of poems, RUIN, was published by Alice James Book and her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published by Four Way Books in the fall of 2012. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her third collection of poems, Wunderkammer, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2014. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
DAVID LEHMAN is the author of many collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013), Yeshiva Boys (Scriber, 2011), When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), and The Evening Sun (2002). Among his books of non-fiction are A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998), which was named a “Book to Remember 1999” by the New York Public Library. He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and is the series editor of The Best American Poetry. He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, NY.
DARA WIER’s most recent book is You Good Thing from Wave Books, 2013, a Believer’s readers’ choice for 2014. Her previous books include Reverse Rapture (Poetry Book of the Year, American Poetry Center, San Francisco St. University, 2009), Remnants of Hannah, Voyages in English, and Blue for the Plough. She writes a sporadic blog for Flying Object, flying-object.org/, a community arts space and project in Hadley, Massachusetts, and she leads workshops and seminars for the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers.
Dallas Hudgens novelist and publisher of Relegations Books will read from Wendi Kaufman’s ”Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories” (Stillhouse Press)
Atticus Lish is the author of two books, Preparation for the Next Life, a novel about a Chinese Muslim who immigrates illegally to the United States and the Iraq War veteran with whom she becomes involved; and Life Is with People, a series of drawings with captions. He’s at work on a second novel, which will have a criminal theme. He makes his living as a Chinese-English translator (of technical, not literary, subject matter). In the past, he worked in a Styrofoam factory, as a construction laborer, personal trainer, moving man, security guard, fast food counter person and telemarketer--in short, in every entry level job in the Help Wanted section, except taxi driver. He served a brief stretch in the Marine Corps in the war-free period between Gulf One and 9/11. Both his military experience, negligible as it was, and his study of Chinese have informed his writing. He reads from his debut: In Preparation for the Next Life
The “next life” of Atticus Lish’s novel is the one you have to die to know. It’s also the next civilian life of a soldier ravaged by three tours in Iraq, and the dodgy life of an immigrant in the city’s sleepless boroughs. The work is violent, swift, and gloriously descriptive. It is love story and lament, a haunting record of unraveling lives. Lish says starkly and with enormous power: the spirit prevails until it doesn’t. A stunning debut.--Noy Holland,
Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion) invites some of NY’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s a challenging trivia game and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from:
Tara Clancy (The Paris Review, The Moth)
Thomas Pryor (The New York Times, author “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys")
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times
Gary Ray Bugarcic -. Is a writer, actor, and stage director who is best known as the founder of the critically acclaimed 1980’s lower eastside club Darinka, where Steve Buscemi & They Might Be Giants first started their careers. As a writer he’s had his poetry published in New Blood Magazine and has recently finished his 3rd stage play titled The Hostess. A period work set in Greenwich Village in 1959. As actor he’s worked extensively on stage, film, TV and in over two-dozen commercials. He’s also toured nationally with performance artist Karen Finley in her play The Theory of Total Blame.
STAR BLACK founded the KGB Poetry Series in 1997 with David Lehman. Her most recent books of poems are Ghostwood (Melville House) and Velleity’s Shade (Sarurnalia Books). Her collages were recently exhibited at John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literature.
JAMES RICHARDSON is the author of many collections of poetry, criticism, and aphorisms, including Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, (Ausable Press, 2004) and By the Numbers (Copper Canyon, 2010). He has been awarded or nominated for some of the top awards in American literature, including the Jackson Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry, and in publications including The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Slate. He is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1980.
Will Chancellor grew up in Hawaii and Texas. In order to research A BRAVE MAN SEVEN STOREYS TALL, he collaborated with conceptual artist Daniel Subkoff on a 14-foot clay sculpture for the New Museum, completed a two-month solo traverse of Iceland from westernmost to easternmost tip, crashed Art Basel, joined a water polo team, wore an eyepatch for weeks at a time, and learned Ancient Greek.
He is currently at work on his next novel, TO TEST THE MEANING OF CERTAIN DREAMS.
“A triumphant literary debut with notes of both The Art of Fielding and The Flamethrowers, which introduces the striking figure of Owen Burr, a gifted Olympics-bound athlete whose dreams of greatness are deferred and then transformed by an unlikely journey from California to Berlin, Athens, Iceland, and back again.” Goodreads
Dia Felix reads from her novel: Nochita
* Daughter to a divorced new age guru, Nochita wanders through the cracks of California’s counter-culture, half feral child, half absurdist prophet. When tragedy strikes she is sent to live with her father, a working-class cowboy with a fragile grasp on sobriety and a dangerously mean fiancée. Stuck with adults chillingly unable to care for her, Nochita takes to the streets, a runaway with nothing to run from, driven forward by desperation, hope and an irrepressible wonder.
* Dia Felix was born in California where the book takes place, but currently lives in Brooklyn where she teaches and mentors teens in experimental documentary filmmaking at Reel Works teen filmmaking continuum. She is also the founder and editor of Personality Press.
* The book trailer for Nochita is here: http://vimeo.com/93093956
“Nochita shimmers with humor and delight, she burns with stark raving intelligence."—Mary Gaitskill
“In Nochita, Dia Felix builds an extraordinarily rich and inventive language to carry the kaleidoscopic point of view of her young protagonist. What a pleasure to open a book and find such exuberant and committed artistry. A stunning debut.” —Janet Fitch
“With its California counterculture setting, frank descriptions of teenage sex, and colorfully intriguing characters . . . Felix has written a modern fairy tale with a dark side . . . [Her] inventive prose makes the journey worth it.”— BUST Magazine
“Felix’s triumphant first novel falls somewhere between poetry and prose . . . which sparkles and snaps with verbal vitality.” — Booklist
Laura Antoniou has been writing erotica for over twenty years. Best known for her Marketplace series, she has also edited and appeared in many anthologies and is the author of the Rainbow Award winning comedy-kinky mystery, The Killer Wore Leather.
Linda Maria Frank’s first love was teaching science, ranging from Middle School to graduate courses at Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. It was the forensic science courses that gave her the story lines for her Annie Tillery mysteries, which launched a new career as an author. The Madonna Ghost has earned “Editor’s Choice” and “Rising Star” awards. In Girl With Pencil Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, Annie continues to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. Frank is also the producer of “The Writer’s Dream,” a YouTube series covering different aspects of the writing profession.
As a child, Frank Hickey could not make change from a dollar until he was eight. Shoelaces formed another trauma. Today, computers give him the same feelings. With these skills, naturally he became a writer, and five of his crime novels now scar the landscape. But before that, for almost forty years, Frank worked as a police officer and a private eye. His books tell of Max Royster, an oddball, fat, divorced, cigar smoking and casually brilliant New Yorker. Stay tuned for more of his adventures through Pigtown Books, on the website of the same name.
Tracey Landau began her writing career at the age of three, dictating stories to her mother. Twenty-one years later her first novel, The Queen of Diamonds, has been published by Wildside Press. Tracey started writing this book, her third novel and the first to be published, when she was 17 years old, writing on receipt paper during her job at Friendly’s. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and is now working on a new novel.
Larry Kelter never expected to be a writer. In fact, he was voted the student least likely to visit a library. Well, times change, and now he’s authored several novels including the internationally best-selling Stephanie Chalice thriller Series. Early in his writing career, he received support from novelist Nelson DeMille, who reviewed his work and actually put pencil to paper to assist in the editing of the first book, telling him, “Kid, your work needs editing, but that’s a hell of a lot better than not having talent. Keep it up!” Larry has lived in the metro New York area most of his life and relies primarily on locales in Manhattan and Long Island for his stories’ settings.
Sharon Linnea worked as a journalist for two decades before something snapped and the bodies started piling up. Her Eden thrillers—Chasing Eden, Beyond Eden, and Treasure of Eden—which she writes with Chaplain (Colonel) B.K. Sherer, have sold more than half a million copies and been translated into 6 languages, including Russian. The fourth Eden thriller, Plagues of Eden, came out last summer.
Alison von Rosenvinge is an attorney, academic and writer. She received both her J.D. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Scotland, she has lived in Utah, France, Germany and Russia. Alison is a Daughter of Utah Pioneers whose British and Swedish ancestors converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1840s and 1850s. When Alison is not reading mysteries, she can be found searching for the best deals in consignment shops on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She’s a natural homebody and loves binge-watching movies and old TV shows with her husband and kids while devouring salty-buttery popcorn.
Triss Stein is a small–town girl from New York State’s dairy country who has spent her adult life living and working in New York City. This gives her the useful double vision of stranger and resident for writing mysteries about Brooklyn, her ever fascinating, ever changing, ever challenging adopted home. Brooklyn Graves was published by Poisoned Pen Press in March and is second in the series, after Brooklyn Bones. Triss has been co-chair of Mystery Writers of America/New York chapter library committee and served many times with the mentor program.