KGB: MWA Reading

December 17, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: FREE WATER # 16

December 16, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: NYU Emerging Writers

December 09, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Hofstra MFA Program

December 09, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League - Dreams & Aspirations

December 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: great weather for MEDIA

December 06, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: [no event listed]

December 02, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

November 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Best in Horror

October 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman. Several of Keene’s novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option. Keene also serves as Executive Producer for the independent film studio Drunken Tentacle Productions. Keene also oversees Maelstrom, his own small press publishing imprint specializing in collectible limited editions, via Thunderstorm Books. Keene’s work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher’s Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 World Horror Grandmaster Award, 2001 Bram Stoker Award for Nonfiction, 2003 Bram Stoker Award for First Novel, 2004 Shocker Award for Book of the Year, and Honors from United States Army International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) 509th Logistics Fuels Flight. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA. The father of two sons, Keene lives in rural Pennsylvania.

MARY SAN GIOVANNI is the author of the THE HOLLOWER trilogy (the first of which was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), THRALL, CHAOS, and the forthcoming CHILLS (aka THE BLUE PEOPLE), and the novellas FOR EMMY, POSSESSING AMY, THE FADING PLACE, and NO SONGS FOR THE STARS, as well as the collections UNDER COVER OF NIGHT and A DARKLING PLAIN. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, where she studied under genre greats. She is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The International Thriller Writers, and Penn Writers, and was previously an Active member in the Horror Writers Association.

CHRISTOPH PAUL is a musician and YA & Bizarro Fiction author including books “Great White House Vol.1 & Vol.2” and “Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks” published by Eraserhead Press.  He is an editor for Clash/Clash Books including their anthology “Walk Hand In Hand Into Extinction: Stories Inspired by True Detective”. He is c0-publisher and editor of New English Press. He was guitar player/singer of The Only Prescription and Moses Moses, but still wishes he was a gangsta rapper. He is currently finishing a poetry collection titled “Horror Film Poems” and a YA Bizarro book about Cosplay. 


KGB: Jenna & Emma

October 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: MWA Reading

October 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

October 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: FREE WATER #15

October 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: The Green Fairy

October 06, 2016
9:30 pm -

Doors open at 9:30.
$20 with Dress Code
$15 with Suggested Attire
2 drink minimum

Join us as we launch our monthly showcase of absinthe tasting and entertainment, featuring a new brand of absinthe and a variety of risqué and bawdy performances each month, along with an academic illustration of what makes absinthe a unique and mysterious liqueur.

Our first sponsor is Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure from Philadelphia Distilling.

With Special Guests to be determined, presented by Zelda Magazine.


KGB: Liars’ League - Truth & Consequences

October 05, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Spuyten Duyvil

September 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jorge Armenteros reading from AIR
http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/air.html

“Imena, a student of perfumery, arrives in Marrakech in an attempt to free herself from the overbearing intensity of her boyfriend Patricio, a philosophy professor at l’Université Paris-Sorbonne. She takes residence behind the red door of a hotel whose attendant, the striped tunic, officiates life under an aura of mysticism and danger.”

and

Martin Nakell reading from The Lord of Silence
http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/the-lord-of-silence.html

“In The Lord of Silence, a thrilling espionage and adventure novel, focused as much on the people involved in such danger as on human history...”

and friends!


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

September 23, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Red Hen Press

September 16, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: MWA-NY

August 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: FREE WATER #14

August 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Buck and A Quarter Quartet

August 11, 2016
9:30 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: WFMU Readers

August 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Liars’ League - Short & Sweet Flash Fiction

August 03, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: [no event listed]

July 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

July 14, 2016
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
http://www.buckandaquarterquartet.com/


RR: Spaghetti Eastern Music

July 08, 2016
9:30 pm -


RR: The Siren Salone

July 08, 2016
7:30 pm -


KGB: Joe Okonkwo and Kia Corthron

July 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joe Okonkwo is a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in theatre. He made his living in theatre for a number of years as an actor, stage manager, director, playwright and youth theatre instructor. His poems have appeared in a variety of print and online venues including Van Gogh’s Ear, Anthology Magazine, Priapus magazine, timbooktu.com, queerpoets.com and poetism.com. Joe’s interviews with opera stars such as Jane Eaglen, Samuel Ramey and Susan Graham have appeared in High Notes, the e-newsletter of The Metropolitan Opera. He is a proud resident of the New York City borough of Queens.

The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, KIA CORTHRON came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning. Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible, her plays paint a disturbing picture of American history and its repercussions on our most intimate relationships. Corthron’s most recent awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright (Honored Playwright) Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and she has developed work through various international residencies. She has also written for television, receiving a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter is her first novel. She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and now lives in Harlem, New York.


KGB: MWA Reading

June 30, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Salty Brine

June 29, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Robert Burke Warren

June 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writer, performer, and musician Robert Burke Warren reads from his debut novel Perfectly Broken.

“Robert Burke Warren’s sensory acumen and keen eye for detail – emotional and physical – make Perfectly Broken a wonderful ride. Fantastic, sharp dialogue and vivid characters, all in a distinctive, captivating voice. A stunning debut novel. —Rosanne Cash, multi-Grammy winner, author of New York Times bestseller “Composed”

“Whether writing about music, parenthood, or life in the sticks, every page crackles with been-there-done-that verisimilitude. At turns funny and suspenseful, heartwarming and heartbreaking, Perfectly Broken hits all the right notes, covering fame and fortune, love and death, success and failure, and fatherhood and marriage. A triumphant debut.”—Greg Olear, author of Los Angeles Times bestseller “Fathermucker”

“Parenthood, adultery, love, lust, ambition, loss, friendships gone to seed, a marriage at the turn of this century in full tilt midlife madness, with rock and roll in the bones and on the soundtrack. Warren creates a sensory world so sharply observed, the experience of reading becomes visceral. It pulled me in and I didn’t want to let go.” —Beverly Donofrio, author, New York Times bestseller “Riding in Cars with Boys”


RR: Salty Brine

June 24, 2016
7:00 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:00pm
Shows at 7:30pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Book Launch for The Other Country

June 24, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come join Terin Tashi Miller, author of the multiple-award-winning John Colson-narrated trilogy set largely in India, celebrate the U.S. launch of the last book in the trilogy, The Other Country, published by Inspire India.


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

June 23, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Salty Brine

June 22, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Ohio Edit

June 21, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Paragraph

June 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sarah-Jane Stratford’s most recent novel is Radio Girls; her previous books are The Midnight Guardian and The Moonlight Brigade. She has also written articles and essays for a range of publications, including The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Marie-Claire, Bitch, Slate, Salon, Guernica, and BOMB.

Allison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is the author of the Independent Publisher’s Award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love and the novels Stations West, A Nearly Perfect Copy, and Enchanted Islands. She lives in New York City.


RR: TNS After Hours

June 17, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The New School MFA program reading.
No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: FREE WATER #13

June 17, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Salty Brine

June 15, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

June 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

June 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Daniel Braum book launch

June 12, 2016
7:01 pm - 9:01 pm

Please join us as author Daniel Braum celebrates the release of his first short story collection of strange tales.

Like a vinyl record from days gone by author Daniel Braum spins a unique blend of speculative fiction that effortlessly blends fantasy, science fiction and horror and mysticism in every verse. Weaving a tapestry of quantum intelligence Braum’s multi-dimensional characters are drawn into dark worlds of spiritualism where concepts of advanced science collide with magic realism to investigate the unexplainable at the edges of civilization.  Defying conventional categorization his work thrives in the grey area between many genres.

“Daniel Braum is a master at capturing the feel of a place and a time. From the jungles of South America to the mean streets of New York’s suburbs his stories wind through territories that feel at once familiar and strange, exotic and dangerous or maybe just dangerously personal.”

-David Wellington, Author of Monster Island and Positive

“Straddling the fine line between dark fantasy and horror, Braum’s masterful prose is a thing of stunning beauty and utmost dread, transporting readers into dark and unseen territories that exist just beyond the boundaries of human perception. Shining a light into an unknown we both yearn to embrace yet are equally terrified to experience, he exposes our primordial fears with the unrelenting threat that some horrifying truth will be revealed that will shatter our fragile grasp on reality.”

– Anthony Rivera, Bram Stoker Award (r)-nominated editor.

“The strength of Daniel Braum’s writing is the strength that comes from patience, from a writer trusting his audience with a steady, slow pace that allows details to accumulate in the mind so that the story becomes consistently more vivid until it reaches a conclusion that is profound in its subtlety and restraint.”

– Matthew Cheney, Editor of The Best American Fantasy


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

June 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Marie Marie Marlene

June 10, 2016
7:00 pm -

RR: Buck and a Quarter Band

June 09, 2016
9:30 pm -

KGB: Behind the Book - Dana Spiotta, Idra Novey, and Sari Wilson

June 09, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Salty Brine

June 08, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Amy Silverman book launch

June 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Laurie Notaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, then spent the remainder of her formative years in Phoenix, AZ, where she created something of a checkered past. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the humor memoirs The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club, I Love Everybody and Housebroken, along with numerous others; two humor novels; and a novel of historical fiction due to be published in October. She resides in Eugene, Oregon, has a cute dog, a nice husband and misses Mexican food like it was her youth.

Amy Silverman is managing editor at Phoenix New Times and a commentator for KJZZ, the National Public Radio affiliate in Phoenix. Her work also has appeared on NPR’s This American Life and in The New York Times. Amy holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She lives in Arizona with her husband Ray and daughters Annabelle and Sophie. For more information, visit myheartcantevenbelieveit.com


KGB: Poetry by Hilary Sideris, Christine Potter, & Rick Mullin

June 05, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rick Mullin is a journalist, poet, and painter. His latest collection, Stignatz & the User of Vicenza, was published this year by Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. He is the author of three other books published Dos Madres, including Soutine and Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle. He is a senior editor at Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

Christine Potter is a writer and a poet who lives in a haunted house in Rockland County.  Her poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (David Roberts Books, 2006) and Sheltering in Place (WordTech, 2013).  Her young adult novel, Time Runs Away With Her, was published last fall by Evernight Teen.  In addition to writing, Christine has been a teacher, a DJ, and a ringer of tower bells.

Hilary Sideris is the author of Most LIkely to Die, poems in the voice of Keith Richards, from Poets Wear Prada Press (2014). Her forthcoming collections are A House Not Made with Hands from Poets Wear Prada Press, and The Inclination to Make Waves, from Big Wonderful Press. She lives in Brooklyn, and works as a professional developer for the CUNY Start Program at The City University of New York. 


KGB and RR: The Writer’s Hotel Reading Series 2016

June 04, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

KGB Bar is a legend. Buy some drinks and tip your bartender well. Come ready to drink, listen and cheer. 21+ over.

Friday, June 3: KGB Bar & Red Room 7-9
Saturday, June 4: KGB Bar & Red Room 7-9

Come hear new fiction and nonfiction performed by established and emerging authors at a venue that has launched so many writers’ careers.
These writers are fiercely talented. You don’t want to miss this incredible weekend of readings on both floors of the amazing KGB Bar.

The Writer’s Hotel is a hybrid writers conference set in a Midtown hotel campus, at The Algonquin, Library Hotel and Bryant Park Hotel. Writers bring their work from desk to marketplace in NYC. They meet agents and editors, participate in workshops, go on literary walking tours, attend a gala game of “Wink, Murder” at The Algonquin and more. And each writer reads their own original work in the city.

More on TWH:
TWH video trailer: https://vimeo.com/161219560
TWH Website: www.writershotel.com


RR: Spaghetti Eastern Music

June 03, 2016
9:30 pm -

$5 cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB and RR: The Writer’s Hotel Reading Series 2016

June 03, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

KGB Bar is a legend. Buy some drinks and tip your bartender well. Come ready to drink, listen and cheer. 21+ over.

Friday, June 3: KGB Bar & Red Room 7-9
Saturday, June 4: KGB Bar & Red Room 7-9

Come hear new fiction and nonfiction performed by established and emerging authors at a venue that has launched so many writers’ careers.
These writers are fiercely talented. You don’t want to miss this incredible weekend of readings on both floors of the amazing KGB Bar.

The Writer’s Hotel is a hybrid writers conference set in a Midtown hotel campus, at The Algonquin, Library Hotel and Bryant Park Hotel. Writers bring their work from desk to marketplace in NYC. They meet agents and editors, participate in workshops, go on literary walking tours, attend a gala game of “Wink, Murder” at The Algonquin and more. And each writer reads their own original work in the city.

More on TWH:
TWH video trailer: https://vimeo.com/161219560
TWH Website: www.writershotel.com


KGB: Launch for R. Nemo Hill’s No Man’s Ear

June 02, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

R. Nemo Hill is the author, in collaboration with painter Jeanne Hedstrom, of an illustrated novel, Pilgrim’s Feather (Quantuck Lane Press, 2002); a poem based upon a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, The Strange Music of Erich Zann (Hippocampus Press, 2004); a chapbook in heroic couplets, Prolegomena To An Essay On Satire (Modern Metrics/Exot Books, 2006); and two collections of poems, When Men Bow Down (Dos Madres Press, 2012 ) and In No Man’s Ear (Dos Madres, 2016).  He is editor & publisher of EXOT BOOKS.

Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems and a book of essays, including Steep Tea (Carcanet), named a Best Book of 2015 by UK’s Financial Times, and a Lambda Finalist. He organizes the biennial Singapore Literature Festival in NYC. 


RR: PEN Readers

June 02, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$10 for PEN non members.  Free for PEN members.  2 drink minimum.
https://www.facebook.com/events/595412933967347/
https://pen.org/event/2016/05/09/pen-live-nothing-compares-2-u

PEN America is excited to announce PEN Live, a monthly series taking place on the first Thursday of every month in the Red Room. PEN Live will give writers, artists, and performers the opportunity to address a specific themes through music, multimedia, and the written word, bringing PEN’s mission of celebrating the literature and art that free expression makes possible.

The series will kick off on Thursday, June 2 with a tribute to icon and music legend Prince, featuring storytelling, readings and live performances from Porochista Khakpour, Lincoln Michel, Elissa Schappell, James Yeh, and others. Writers and performers will share memories of their first encounters with Prince’s music and discuss his influence and impact on their own art.

Purchase $10 tickets here. (PEN Members should email membership@pen.org for a special discount.)


KGB: Liars’ League - Borders & Boundaries

June 01, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Black Lawrence Press

May 31, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

May 28, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Host V Ghost

May 27, 2016
9:30 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


[no event listed]

May 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

May 26, 2016
8:30 pm - 12:00 am

Doors 8:30.  Music 9-midnight.  No cover.  2 drink minimum per person.  Reservations recommended.  Email lori@kgbbar.com to reserve a table.


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

May 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Sirius XM radio) 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:

Brad Lawrence (Moth GrandSlam Champion, Dear Show podcast)

Joey Novick (MTV, Comedy Central)

Gail Thomas (Law and Order SVU, voiceover artist for Beavis and Butthead)

* New York Times “Critic’s Pick”
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times


KGB: Songs of My Selfie—Millennial Writers

May 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Constance Renfrow is a New-York-based writer and editor. She is the lead editor for Three Rooms Press and a freelance editor and writing coach. She also hosts a monthly open mic series at the Merchant’s House Museum. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in such places as Cabildo Quarterly, Denim Skin, Petrichor Machine, Restless, and Two Cities Review, and her articles have been featured on DIY MFA and LitroNY, among others. A lover of nineteenth-century literature, she’s currently completing a three-volume governess novel, her first full-length work.

Jared Shaffer’s stories have appeared in Cellar Door, Red Cedar Review, and West Trade Review. He received an English degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he won the George B. Wynne and Max Steele Awards for Fiction. He works in publishing in New York.

Angus McLinn graduated from Macalester College in 2012 with a degree in Creative Writing and German Studies. He is currently an MFA candidate and Teaching Fellow at Long Island University Brooklyn. Additionally, he is an editor at Visceral Brooklyn, Long Island University’s online literary journal. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Those That This, Visceral Brooklyn, Tempered Magazine, Tiger Train Magazine, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, the 2013 Saint Paul Almanac, and elsewhere. His articles have been featured in the Wisconsin State Journal, the Capital Times, Local Sounds Magazine, and the Liberator Magazine. He is the author of the fiction chapbook Your Heart Really Does Explode (Cloud City Press, 2012).

Angela Sloan received her Bachelor’s as well as Master’s Degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing from Longwood University in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She grew up on a farm in Virginia and has an identical twin sister; she lives and works in New York City. This is her second publication by Three Rooms Press.

Xingyue Sarah He is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies English and creative writing, both in prose and script form. She enjoys writing about disabilities and illnesses and also hopes to bring a new voice into the canon of Asian-American literature. She has previously published a short story in UNC Chapel Hill’s literary magazine Cellar Door, and is hoping to publish many more works to come.

Aaron Thorpe is a New York native living in Georgia. He is an alumni of Borough of Manhattan Community College, where he also worked as an English tutor for two years. In 2013 he received the W.W. Norton Award for Excellence in Fiction. Currently, he is a grassroots organizer for Bernie 2016. For more of his work, visit his blog at cockroachesandbutterflies.wordpress.com.

Stephanie Bramson is an Orlando based writer, playwright, and occasional stand-up comedian with a creative writing degree from Franklin and Marshall College. Her plays have been performed in Pennsylvania, New York, Minnesota, and Florida. She has also written for cracked.com under the pseudonym “Lauren Ipsum.” Visit her website, www.stephaniebramson.com or her Tumblrs, iamlaurenipsum.tumblr.com and laurenipsumfiction.tumblr.com for more information.

Tara Isabella Burton’s work on religion, culture, and place can be found at National Geographic, Al Jazeera America, Smithsonian Magazine, The BBC, The Atlantic, and more. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tor.com, PANK, Shimmer, and more. She is the winner of The Spectator’s 2012 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing. She has recently completed her first novel.

Suzanne Herman is a recent graduate of Barnard College in New York City, where she majored in English. She is currently pursing all forms of literary involvement. Suzanne’s work appears in Rainy Day Magazine (Fall 2015) and the anthologies Connected: What Remains as We All Change (Wising Up Press, 2013) and Dumped (She Writes Press, 2015). She is the winner of the Howard M. Teichmann Writing Prize (2015), the second place winner of the Peter S. Prescott Prize for Prose Writing (2015), and a finalist for The Southampton Review Comic Fiction Prize, judged by Daniel Menaker (2015).

Theresa Buchta received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Hofstra University in 2015. She grew up in Connecticut and is currently completing a Masters of Arts degree in Writing at Columbia University. She lives in New York City. This is her first publication.


KGB: Baby Chick Flies The Coop - A Night of Stories

May 24, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Adam Sachs, Farley Katz & Adam Moerder

May 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Farley Katz is a staff cartoonist at The New Yorker where he’s been publishing cartoons since 2007. He most recently co-authored and illustrated “The Married Kama Sutra—the world’s least erotic sex guide.”

Adam Moerder is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn. His writing has appeared on Pitchfork, Grantland, and the New Yorker blog, and he’s most recently released music as Fitness on the Brooklyn music label GODMODE.

Adam Ehrlich Sachs is the author of “Inherited Disorders.” His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, n+1, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. 

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

May 21, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Sirens Salone

May 20, 2016
10:00 pm -

An alluring and magical evening of music and dance!
10:00pm doors, 10:30pm show
$10 cover.  2 drink minimum.
Dancers:
Brenna Crowley, Erica Joan, Giselle, Karen Wahl, Matt Elliot, Melanya, and Samantha


KGB: Book Release - “Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory”

May 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Book Launch, Reading & Signing!

“Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory,” a groundbreaking work by UNC-Chapel Hill English and French scholar Hassan Melehy (Bloomsbury, Spring 2016) explores how native French speaker Jack Kerouac’s much misunderstood method of “spontaneous prose” actually had its roots in a more elaborate poetics of exile. Through meditations on moving between territories and languages, the Beat Generation author sought techniques to overcome the restrictions he encountered in writing in a single language, English, thus contributing to some of the major twentieth century aesthetic and philosophical currents that have yielded such concepts as otherness and nomadism.

Melehy has lectured extensively on the subject of Kerouac’s bilingualism in places ranging from the University of Kansas to the Universität Regensburg in Germany. In 2013, he teamed with Joyce Johnson, author of the Beat memoir “Minor Characters” (1983), and the Kerouac biography “The Voice Is All” (2012), for joint presentations at Barnard College and the Smithsonian Institution.

From Bloomsbury Publishing:
Given Jack Kerouac’s enduring reputation for heaving words onto paper, it might surprise some readers to see his name coupled with the word “poetics.” But as a native speaker of French, he embarked on his famous “spontaneous prose” only after years of seeking techniques to overcome the restrictions he encountered in writing in a single language, English. The result was an elaborate poetics that cannot be fully understood without accounting for his bilingual thinking and practice.

Of the more than twenty-five biographies of Kerouac, few have seriously examined his relationship to the French language and the reason for his bilingualism, the Québec Diaspora. Although this background has long been recognized in French-language treatments, it is a new dimension in Anglophone studies of his writing. In a theoretically informed discussion, Hassan Melehy explores how Kerouac’s poetics of exile involves meditations on moving between territories and languages. Far from being a naïve pursuit, Kerouac’s writing practice not only responded but contributed to some of the major aesthetic and philosophical currents of the twentieth century in which notions such as otherness and nomadism took shape. Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory offers a major reassessment of a writer who, despite a readership that extends over much of the globe, remains poorly understood at home.

Reviews:
“Melehy aims to revitalize our thinking on one of the most widely and enthusiastically read of twentieth-century American authors. Through excellent exposition, careful analysis, and valuable critical readings that draw on recent French notions of ‘minority’ and ‘nomadic’ writing, Melehy explores the role of the French language in Kerouac’s life and work, bringing this important and fascinating topic to formal academic discussion” – Jonathan Arac, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh, USA

“Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory argues persuasively that Kerouac’s literariness is thoroughly sophisticated, and that his relationship to French and French Canada are at the root of this literary achievement. Melehy’s examination of Kerouac’s countercultural poetics and the relationship of those poetics to social locations and dislocations will be of interest to both scholars and Kerouac aficionados.” – Maria Damon, Professor of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute of Art, USA

“Hassan Melehy’s Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory offers a much-needed reassessment of Kerouac’s work. Through a groundbreaking analysis of Kerouac’s vexed relationship to his Québécois ancestry and his experience of exile from his own history, Melehy provides a context in which many of the main features of Kerouac’s writing come alive anew. Melehy shows why Kerouac is a central figure for a re-imagination of American literature that would-for the first time-take into account our multilingual and vagabond past.” – Timothy Hampton, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley, USA


RR: TNS After Hours

May 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The New School MFA program reading.
No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Drunken Careening Writers

May 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, THE GILDA STORIES from Firebrand Books. The novel was recently reissued in an expanded 25th anniversary edition by City Lights Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage “BONES & ASH: A GILDA STORY,” was performed by the Urban Bush Women. Her fiction, essays, criticism and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals. Among them: The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, The Village Voice; Ms Magazine, ESSENCE Magazine, The Advocate, Callaloo and Black Scholar. Her work has appeared in such anthologies as HOME GIRLS, READING BLACK READING FEMINIST, DARK MATTER and the OXFORD WORLD TREASURY OF LOVE STORIES. She was on the original staffs of “Say Brother,” one of the first weekly, Black television shows in the U.S. (WGBH-TV, Boston) and “The Electric Company” (Children’s Television Workshop, NYC) as well as and on the founding board of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). She was an original member of the boards of the Astraea Foundation and the Open Meadows Foundation. Her other publications include three collections of poetry, a fantasy fiction anthology edited with Eric Garber, entitled SWORDS OF THE RAINBOW and two stints as guest judge for BEST LESBIAN EROTICA in 1997 and 2013 (Cleis). She is also the author of a book of personal and political essays entitled FORTY-THREE SEPTEMBERS and a collection of short fiction, DON’T EXPLAIN. She has presented lectures and taught at numerous institutions of higher learning including San Francisco State University, Hunter College, Rutgers University, New College of California, Grinnell College, San Diego City College, The Ohio State University and the University of Washington (Seattle). Her play WAITING FOR GIOVANNI was given a reading by TOSOS in NYC. A dream play exploring the inner life of author James Baldwin, it has its world premiere at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in the Fall of 2011.

Charles Rice-Gonzalez, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College - CUNY. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel Chulito (Magnus Books) received nearly a dozen awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards - Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor and a “Small Press Highlights” mention from the National Book Critics Circle. He co-edited with Charlie Vazquez, From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture/Lethe Press). His writing’s been published in Los Otros Cuerpos (Tiempo Press), Best Gay Stories 2008 (Lethe Press), The Best of PANIC!: En Vivo from the East Village (Fireking Press), Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (University of Wisconsin Press), Love, Christopher Street (Vantage Point), Who’s Yer Daddy (University of Wisconsin Press), Untangling the Knot (Ooligan Press/Portland State University), as well as articles in El Diario and The Nation. His play I Just Love Andy Gibb will be published in Blacktino Queer Performance: A Critical Anthology (Duke Press). In addition, Mr. Rice-Gonzalez has written several plays including Los Nutcrackers: A Christmas Carajo (produced each year at BAAD! since 2004). He’s attended Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, VONA: Voices of Our Nation, Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat and Sandra Cisnero’s Macondo Writing Workshop, and has done residencies at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. He received an Audre Lorde scholarship from the ZAMI Foundation, a P.R.I.D.E. (Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment) Award and the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. In 1998, Charles co-founded, with award-winning choreographer/dancer Arthur Aviles, BAAD! - The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, a cultural organization and theater that presents empowering works for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. In 2014, he was appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer in the English Department at Hostos Community College - CUNY, where he is also Associate Artistic Director of Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture.  He serves on the boards of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the National Association of Latino Art and Cultures.

Carmelita Tropicana is an Obie award winning performer and writer. Her work has been produced/presented at INTAR Theatre, Performance Space 122, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, El Museo del Barrio, NYC, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin. In 2016 she received a Creative Capital grant for a collaboration with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and in 2015 co-edited with Holly Hughes and Jill Dolan “Memories of the Revolution- The First Ten Years of the WOW Café Theater” nominated for a Lambda Award. Her book “I, Carmelita Tropicana - Performing Between Cultures” is a collection of work that includes “Memorias de la Revolucion” directed and co written by Uzi Parnes, “Milk of Amnesia” and “Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst is Your Waffen” directed and co written with Ela Troyano winner of the Teddy Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Her latest collaboration with film maker Ela Troyano was Post Plastica a multi disciplinary work commissioned by Performance Space 122 that combined performance, video, art installation, photography and lectures presented at el Museo del Barrio.


RR: New York Writer’s Workshop

May 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.

KIM ADDONIZIO

Kim Addonizio is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry, The Poet’s Companion (with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius. She has received fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundations, two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Two new books are out this summer: Mortal Trash: Poems (Norton) and a memoir-in-essays, Bukowski in a Sundress (Viking/Penguin).  She teaches and performs internationally. www.kimaddonizo.com

AMY MADDEN

Amy Madden is a poet/bassist/songwriter who began her career as a writing member of various punk/new-wave bands in the hey-day of CBGB’s and Max’s.  She also spent every spare moment hanging around Dan Lynch’s where she met and played with Bill Dicey, Charles Otis, Paul Butterfield, John Campbell and various NYC bluesmen.  As part of Jon Paris’ trio for some 35 years, she has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Johnny Johnson, Johnny Copeland, Mick Taylor, Chris Spedding and many others. For her work with many blues artists, including and especially John Lee Hooker, she was inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.  Currently she appears weekly with Jon Paris at BB King’s as well as solo gigs, and as bassist/vocalist with Ricky Byrd and Deuces Wild, the Dive Bar Romeos and the Alan Merrill trio.  She is working on a double album of original music, and will release her second volume of poetry this summer. 

TYEHIMBA JESS

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two poetry collections, the 2004 National Poetry Series award-winning Leadbelly and Olio, heralded as “encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant” by Publisher’s Weekly. The Library Journal has praised both books calling Leadbelly one of the “best poetry books of 2005” and Olio a “daring collection, which blends forthright, musically acute language with portraiture.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference. Jess is Poetry and Fiction Editor of African American Review, faculty at Pacific University MFA program, and Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island. Jess’ fiction and poetry have appeared in many journals, as well as anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Beyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex, Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry.


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

May 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Victor LaValle is the author of three novels, a collection of stories and two novellas. His most recent novella The Ballad of Black Tom was recently published by Tor. He has won the Shirley Jackson Award and an American Book Award among other awards for his novel Big Machine. He teaches at Columbia University.

Damien Angelica Walters is the author of Paper Tigers, recently published, and Sing Me Your Scars. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in numerous anthologies and magazines. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls


KGB: Lera Auerbach & David Lehman

May 17, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Poet David Lehman is a prominent editor, author and literary critic. He serves as the editor of The Best American Poetry series, which he initiated in 1988, and teaches at The New School. His many honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award.

Lera Auerbach, Excess of Being, a book of aphorisms and original artwork. Lera is a renowned Russian-American composer, writer, visual artist and concert pianist. She has published more than 120 works for orchestra, opera and ballet, as well as choral and chamber music. Her work is championed worldwide by leading artists, conductors, stage directors and choreographers. The World Economic Forum selected Lera in 2007 as a Young Global Leader and in 2014 as a Cultural Leader, inviting her to give presentations on the fascinating topic of borderless creativity.​​


Don’t Eat That! Banned and Taboo Foods

May 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Don’t Eat That!
Banned and Taboo Foods


An evening with writers on going beyond the forbidden apple, from smuggling food through religions and international borders to making and consuming prohibitive foods.

Elissa Altman will read from her upcoming memoir, Treyf:  My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw. She is also the author of Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and The Art of Simple Cooking. The James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name; she has contributed to publications ranging from O: The Oprah Magazine and Tin House to the New York Times, Dame, and the Washington Post, where her column, Feeding My Mother appears monthly.

Max McCalman was America’s first restaurant-based Maître Fromager, and has taught, judged, and lectured about cheese across the world. He has written four books on cheese, including Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best, which won the James Beard Award, and Mastering Cheese won Best Cheese Book in the World at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards in Paris. Max is the Director of Cheese Studies for the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.

Ava Chin is the author of Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal, which won 1st Prize in the 2015 M.F.K. Fisher Book Awards. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times (“Urban Forager”), the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Marie Claire, Saveur, and the Village Voice, among others. The Huffington Post named her one of “9 Contemporary Authors You Should Be Reading.”

Anastasia Cole Plakias is co-founder and Vice President of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. A published writer and photographer, Anastasia is a passionate and outspoken crusader for fresh, healthy foods and greener, more sustainable cities. She will read from her book, The Farm Roof:  What Brooklyn Grange Taught Us about Entrepreneurship, Community, and Growing a Sustainable Business.

Anna Dunn, Editor-In-Chief of Diner Journal since its inception, and a bartender at Diner, Achilles Heel, and Roman’s for almost as long. She co-authored the Saltie cookbook, as well as the forthcoming Dinner at the Long Table. She will be reading from Joy Santlofer’s upcoming book, Food City:  Four Centuries of Food Making in New York.

Books will be available for purchase.

Don’t Eat That is a traveling food reading series created by Jane V Hsu, who has combined her work with food and curator of censored Chinese films into a collection of readings and dialogues on banned and taboo foods.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

May 14, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

May 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This past year, Brian Birnbaum has read at the NYC Poetry Festival, the Big Words Reading Series, and the Dead Rabbits Reading Series, where he got to read alongside literary hero Sergio De La Pava. He’s just finishing up a novel, from which he has work forthcoming in Potluck Mag. He will be reading an excerpt from that novel, called Emerald City.

Laurence Klavan has published short work in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, Pank, Failbetter, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, among many others. His collection, “‘The Family Unit’ and Other Fantasies,” was published in 2014 by Chizine. An Edgar Award winner, Laurence’s mystery novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” were published by Ballantine Books. His graphic novels, “City of Spies” and “Brain Camp,” co-written with Susan Kim, were published by First Second Books at Macmillan and their Young Adult fiction series, “Wasteland,” is currently being published by Harper Collins.  He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of “Bed and Sofa,” the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London. His one-act, “The Summer Sublet,” is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.

Jonathan Papernick is the author the story collections The Ascent of Eli Israel, There Is No Other and the novel The Book of Stone. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including, Nerve, Post Road, Green Mountains Review, Night Train, Blunderbuss, Folio and Confrontation. His work had been anthologized in Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Scribblers on the Roof, The Moment, Sudden Flash Youth and Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life.  Papernick is currently a Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston.


KGB: Live Mag! Presents Issue #13

May 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bill Evans is dangerously alive and intuitively in tune. He is the author of Modern Adventures (Spuyten Duyvil). “These are the heartbeats of an ancient man looking at history from left to right and now staring us right in the eye. We are not alone.” Eileen Myles

Martha King was born in Virginia in 1937. She attended Black Mountain College in the summer of 1955, married Basil King in 1958, and has been living with him in Brooklyn since 1968. Her collections of short stories include North & South (2007), Separate Parts (2002), and Little Tales of Family and War (1999). A 50-page excerpt from her memoir Outside Inside was published in the fall 2015 issue of A Public Space. She blogs now and then at www.blog.basilking.net and, with co-curator Elinor Nauen, runs the Prose Pros reading series at SideWalk Café on the Lower East Side.  Tonight she’ll read poems she’s Found in a Drawer.

Kimberly Lyons is the author of several books of poetry, including Calcinatio (Faux Press, 2014), and, most recently, Approximately Near (an e book that may be downloaded at (http://www.metambesen.org/wp- content/uploads/2016/02/Approximately-Near.pdf). She has had poems recently at pallakasch. Pallakasch.; Talisman, and Unarmed magazines. Her essay on the work of Joseph Ceravolo may be found at Jacket 2 at https://jacket2.org/feature/lyrical-personal-joe-ceravolo. In May 2015, Lyons co-hosted a first screening of George Quasha’s poetry is video portraits of poets with related panel discussions, at Anthology Film Archives. She publishes Lunar Chandelier Press and lives in Chicago.

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is an eco-activist, artist, critic and impresario and is best known as a poet. Recent books include Party Everywhere and Triple Crown, Sonnets (Spuyten Duyvil). He has served on the boards of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and the Dias y Flores Community Garden. From 1987 to 2000, he published Cover Magazine. He currently publishes Live Mag! www.livemag.org He also gives sleepwalking tours, plays zombie trombone and admires woodpeckers.


RR: WFMU Readers

May 12, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.

The quarterly WFMU Literary Guild reading series celebrates its 2nd anniversary with readings of essays, fiction, poetry and more by WFMU DJs:

* Jesse Jarnow of The Frow Show - reading from his new Da Capo book Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America
* Bronwyn Carlton of Sportsy Talk
* Micah Moses of Music of Mind Control (New reader! Welcome him.)
* Erick Bradshaw H of Spin Age Blasters (New DJ & new reader! Welcome him.)
* Yvonne Szymczak of Dance With Me, Stanley
* Cheyenne Hohman of Ephemeral Riffage
* Dan Bodah of Vocal Fry


KGB: At The Inkwell

May 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MARK DE SILVA is the author of the debut novel Square Wave, which was released by Two Dollar Radio in February of 2016. He holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). After several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion pages, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine, while also serving as a contributing editor for 3:AM Magazine.

KATHY ANDERSON is a fiction writer and playwright. Winner of the 2015 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, her debut short story collection, Bull and Other Stories, was published in 2016. She was a finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the New Rivers Press Many Voices competition, among other awards. Her short stories have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Tahoma Literary Review, and other literary journals. A Dramatists Guild member, her plays have been produced and staged nationally and internationally. She lives in Philadelphia. www.kathyandersonwriter.com.

RASHIDAH ISMAILI is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction and plays. She is a member of faculty for the MA and MFA Creative Writing at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Her latest work of fiction is “Autobiography of the Lower East Side” published by North Hampton Press. She hosts Salon d’ Afrique at her place in Harlem, a gathering of national and international artists and scholars.


KGB: True Story Nonfiction with Lucas Mann

May 10, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join True Story: Nonfiction for an event with Lucas Mann, author of the memoir LORD FEAR.

Lucas Mann’s brother, Josh, died of a heroin overdose when Lucas was only thirteen years old. Charismatic, ambitious, cruel,and sadistic, violent and vulnerable, Josh’s brief life was ultimately unknowable. Yet, Josh is both a presence and absence in the author’s life that will not remain unclaimed. Told in kaleidoscopic shards of memories assembled from interviews with Josh’s friends and family and the raw material of the Josh’s own journals, a revealing, startling portrait unfolds. At the same time, Mann pulls back to question and examine his own complicated feelings about and motives for recovering memories of his brother’s life, searching for a balance between the tension of the inevitability of Josh’s life and the “what-ifs” that beg to be asked. Unstinting in its honesty and profound in its conclusions, Lord Fear more than confirms the promise of Mann’s earlier book; with it, he is poised to enter the ranks of the best young writers of his generation.

LUCAS MANN was born in New York City and received his MFA from the University of Iowa, where he was the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. He is the author of Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, and his essays and stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and The Kenyon Review. He teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Robyn Schiff + Brenda Shaughnessy

May 09, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of Interior with Sudden Joy (1999), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, Our Andromeda (2012), and So Much Synth (2016). Her work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Boston Review, McSweeney’s, and Best American Poetry, among other places. With C.J. Evans, she edited the anthology Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House Magazine (2009).  Shaughnessy has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute, where she was a Bunting Fellow, the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission, and the Howard Foundation of Brown University. She has taught at universities including Columbia, the New School, Princeton, and New York University. Poetry editor-at-large of Tin House, Shaughnessy is currently an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, where she also teaches in the MFA program. 

Robyn Schiff is the author of the poetry collection A Woman of Property, newly released from Penguin.  Previous volumes include Revolver (2008) and Worth (2002).  Her work has been represented in several anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande, 2006), and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (Iowa, 2007). Her poetry has been published widely in journals, including in The New Yorker, Poetry, and A Public Space.  She teaches at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City.

Last Monday Night Poetry reading of the season.


Mammas, Mares, Mères & Mutters: Mother’s Day Around the World

May 08, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mammas, Marres, Mères & Mutters: Mother’s Day Around the World

An Evening With the PEN America Translation Committee

Mary Ann Newman will read from Private Life by Josep Maria de Sagarra
Mary Ann Newman is the Director of the Farragut Fund for Catalan culture in the U.S. She is a translator, editor, and occasional writer on Catalan culture. She has translated a novel and a short story collection by Quim Monzó, essays by Xavier Rubert de Ventós, and a collection of poems by Josep Carner. Her latest translation is Private Life, a Catalan classic by Josep Maria de Sagarra, published by Archipelago Books.
Vivian O’Shaughnessy will read from Woman I Am by Giovanni Dotoli
Vivian O’Shaughnessy’s designed, authored, handmade books (which include French, Spanish and hand Braille translations) are in many collections, including the Louvre, Centre George Pompidou, BNF-Mitterand, and the World Arab Institute in Paris; the Southbank Centre Poetry in London; the Xul Solar Museum in Buenos Aires; and the Cultural Center in Quito, as well as the Library of Congress, MOMA, the Morgan Library, the New York Public Library, and Pratt Art Institute.
Michael Moore will read from Lost Words by Nicola Gardini
Michael F. Moore is a translator/interpreter from the Italian. He has translated both contemporary and classic works, including, most recently, Lost Words, by Nicola Gardini (New Directions, 2016), The Drowned and the Saved, by Primo Levi (Liveright, 2015), Agostino, by Alberto Moravia (NYRB Classics, 2014), and Live Bait, by Fabio Genovesi (Other Press, 2014). He is currently working on a new translation of the 19th-century classic, The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni (Modern Library, 2017).
Lara Vergnaud will read from France, story of a childhood by Zahia Rahmani
Lara Vergnaud is an editor and translator who has translated works from the French by Ahmed Bouanani, Mohand Fellag, Joy Sorman, Marie-Monique Robin, and Scholastique Mukasonga. Her translation of France, story of a childhood, by Zahia Rahmani, is forthcoming from Yale University Press in May 2016. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Sophie Seita and Uljana Wolf will read from i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where by Uljana Wolf
Sophie Seita is a poet, translator, and scholar. She is the author of Meat (Little Red Leaves, 2015), Fantasias in Counting (BlazeVOX, 2014), 12 Steps (Wide Range, 2012), and i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where (Wonder, 2015, a translation from the German of Uljana Wolf, which won the Second Wonder Book Prize). She received a 2015 PEN/Heim Award to translate Wolf’s selected poems, forthcoming from Belladonna in 2017, and is currently editing a reprint of The Blind Man (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017). Her videos and poets’ theatre pieces have been presented in the
US, UK, Ireland, and Germany. Sophie Seita’s academic research focuses on avant-garde little magazines, small-press publishing, print history, and experimental autobiography from the 18th to the 21st century. She is the recipient of awards and scholarships from Yale, Princeton, Cambridge, Columbia, Queen Mary University of London, SUNY Buffalo, DAAD, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, among others. From October 2016, she will be a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Uljana Wolf, born in 1979 in Berlin, lives and works in Berlin and Brooklyn. She has published three volumes of poetry, kochanie ich habe brot gekauft (2005), falsche freunde (2009), and Meine schönste Lengevitch (2013) as well as the essay BOX OFFICE (2010) and a joint sonnet erasure project with Christian Hawkey, Sonne From Ort (2012). Among the English-language poets she has translated into German are Matthea Harvey, Erín Moure, John Asbery, Yoko Ono, and Cole Swensen. Her own work has been translated into more than thirteen languages. She has received numerous prizes for her literary works and translations, including the Peter Huchel Prize and the Adalbert-von-Chamisso Prize. Wolf teaches German and literary translation at New York University and the Pratt Institute.

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: James Delano Trio

May 07, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

May 07, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Spaghetti Eastern Music

May 06, 2016
9:30 pm -

$5 cover.  2 drink minimum.

Next KGB Red Room soiree by critical acclaimed Spaghetti Eastern Music will be epic, with comedy legend Chris Rush riffin’/some new quantum metaphysical schtick.

Called “one of the true comedy greats” by George Carlin and named Best Male Comic by the Association of Comedy Artists, Chris Rush belongs to a select cabal of comedy masters. His career rocketed when he became one of the first comedians the legendary Ahmet Ertegun signed to Atlantic Records. The resulting album, First Rush (1973), went gold, selling more than 500,000 copies. Rush released two other albums: Beaming In (1981) and There’s No Bones in Ice Cream (1997). All three are available at iTunes and Amazon.com. This comedian’s comedian, known for his fast-witted, awe-inspiring, stream-of-consciousness comedy consistently garner raves. Variety called him “universal and intellectual without being elitist.” The New York Post said, “His outlook is refreshingly novel, with an informational wit and wisdom reminiscent of early Lenny Bruce and a prophetic irreverence.”

Spaghetti Eastern Music is the solo project of NYC based guitarist/keyboardist Sal Cataldi. Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “triumphantly funkified” by UPI and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel.


RR: Hybrid Beast Poetry Reading

May 06, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No Cover. 2 drink minimum

Join special guests Rio Cortez, Jessie Montilla, and Sarah Lawrence College’s featured readers for “The Hybrid Beast”, a multimedia poetry experience. Readers include Sage Anderson, Harry Barrick, Genevieve Brown, Mimi Brown, Sarah Burkham, Katie Cheeseman, Deane Silsby, Palmer Smith, and Daniel Wallock. This reading is curated and hosted by Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate.

Special Guest Readers:

Rio Cortez, a Pushcart-nominated poet, is a graduate of the MFA program at NYU and co-founder of the Good Times Collective and BLKGRP.  Rio Cortez has been selected by Ross Gay as the inaugural winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains, available from Jai-Alai Books.

Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots.  Her poetry has appeared in the Chapbook For the Crowns of Your Head, as well as the literary journals 5AM, Adanna, The Wide Shore and others. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and her first collection The Pink Box is published by Willow Books.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers featuring Bianca Stone

May 06, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bianca Stone is the author of several chapbooks, most recently I Saw The Devil With His Needlework, and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant. Her first full-length collection is Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (2014). Stone is the editor of Monk Books, and is also a regular contributor for The The Poetry Blog. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, Crazyhorse, and Tin House. She collaborated with Anne Carson on Antigonick (2012), and is the chair of the Ruth Stone Foundation. A graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program and former curator of this reading series, she lives in Brooklyn.


KGB: Columbia Selects

May 05, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our lineup this month:

Allison Dalton is a writing professor and the faculty director of Integrated Studies at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She has received an AWP Intro Journals Award for a story published in the Indiana Review, and a grant to write and design Skin Doll, an ergodic e-book. Her current project (excerpts of which were finalists in both Glimmer Train’s Family Matters and Diagram’s hybrid essay contests) is a fictionalized memoir of her unknowable paternal grandmother, a child actress in Chicago’s Yiddish theatre.

Marni Berger’s most recent short story “Waterside” was published in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Glimmer Train. Her fiction has been a finalist in four Glimmer Train contests and one New Millennium Writings contest. Her work has also appeared in The Common, The Days of Yore, The Millions, and Fringe Magazine. Marni’s first novel Love Will Make You Invincible is a dark comedy about a precocious tween, who, refusing to believe his long lost father has committed suicide, instead becomes convinced that his father is a citizen of a secret underwater village.

Bridget Potter was just maybe, well, maybe not, but almost, the oldest living person to receive her MFA from Columbia. Before that she had a long career in television, as an executive and as a producer, most prominently as the head of Original Programming at HBO. Now she’s a writer. Her work has been published in Guernica, Quarto and The Wall Street Journal. Her essay “Lucky Girl” was selected by Edwidge Danticat for publication in Best American Essays. She is currently at work on a book length memoir of New York in the 1960’s, when she found herself working in the tail end of the first Golden Age of television by day and living in the heart of the counter-culture by night.

What is Columbia Selects? The first Thursday of each month the Columbia MFA program hosts a reading series featuring Writing Program alumni. These fresh talents are finished with or near to finished with their first books, but do not yet have a book contract and/or an agent. In recent years, many of our featured writers have achieved critical and commercial success. This is your chance to glimpse who you’ll be reading in 2017!

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.


KGB: Reedsy Reading

May 04, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Tony Towle + Charles North

May 02, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Celebration of the Publication of Three New York Poets

Tony Towle was born and raised in New York City. Associated with the New York School poets, Towle was a student of both Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara. His first collection, North (1971) won the Frank O’Hara Award and was published by Columbia University Press with cover art by Jasper Johns. Towle’s other full-length collections include “Autobiography” and Other Poems (1977), New and Selected Poems 1963-1983 (1983), The History of the Invitation: New and Selected Poems 1963-2000 (2001), which includes short essays on Towle’s work by poets Ron Padgett, Charles North, Paul Violi, and Jack Kimball, and Winter Journey (2008). Towle’s chapbooks include Poems Now (1966), After Dinner We Take a Drive into the Night (1968), the long poem Lines for the New Year (1975), Works on Paper (1978), and Gemini (1981), among others. Some Musical Episodes (1992) includes poetry and prose. Towle has also published an autobiographical account of the years he was most closely associated with the New York School, Memoir 1960-1963 (2001). Towle’s honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Poets Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He currently lives in Manhattan with the actress Diane Tyler.

Charles North is author of the poetry collections Lineups (self-published, 1972), Elizabethan & Nova Scotian Music (1974), Leap Year (1978), The Year of the Olive Oil (1989), New and Selected Poems (1999), The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight (2001), Cadenza (2007), Complete Lineups (2009), and What It Is Like: New and Selected Poems (2011). Frequently set in New York City, North’s poetry can be conversational, witty, and vigilant as the writer examines the meanings and implications of language and form. His close contact with artists has influenced his innovative formal approaches; Lineups adopts the form of baseball lineups in weighing a variety of subjects. North is also the author of the prose collections No Other Way: Selected Prose (1998) and Ode to Asparagus, Peonies and Manet (2010). With the poet James Schuyler, he helped edit the anthologies Broadway: A Poets and Painters Anthology (1979) and Broadway 2: A Poets and Painters Anthology (1989). North’s poetry has been published in anthologies such as Post-Modern Poetry in America: 1950-The Present (1994), Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms (1996), Best American Poetry (1995, 2002), and The New York Poets II (2006).  North is poet-in-residence at Pace University. His honors include awards from the Poets Foundation and the Fund for Poetry and grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is married to the artist Paula North.


Robert Lopez & Sam Ligon

May 01, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: James Delano Trio

April 30, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: New York Stories (Columbia University Teachers College)

April 30, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Salty Brine

April 29, 2016
7:00 pm -

SALTY BRINE’S SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET presents

THIS ONE NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Come hear Queen’s epic masterpiece A NIGHT AT THE OPERA overflowing with the romances, murders, trysts, and tragedies of a hundred different operas from the last two centuries. Its THIS ONE NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Grandeur, grizzly doom, and the shocking, true story of a family betrayed.

Created and Performed by Salty Brine
Directed by Jordan Fein
Arrangements by Kris Kukul

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating
Doors at 7:00pm
Show at 7:30pm

Tickets available at http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/

About SALTY BRINE’S SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET

Shows every Wednesday night. A different album every month. This dazzling expedition into the heart of popular music, created and performed by cabaret artist Salty Brine, takes incredible albums and twists them in style and form until they are at once familiar and foreign, nostalgic and new. Imagining track lists as blueprints for evenings of musical mayhem, Salty brings you his SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET as part of a residency at downtown’s swankiest speakeasy, The Red Room.


KGB: FREE WATER #12

April 29, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology of poems relating to music, released by Freezeray Press in 2015. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem “Hestia” won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 fr...om Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine.
Additionally, he is a columnist at MTV News, where he writes about music, and fights to get Room Raiders back on the air. He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers.

Sommer Browning is the author of two books of poetry, most recently Backup Singers (Birds, LLC; 2014) and the artist book, The Circle Book (Cuneiform, 2015). She works as a librarian in Denver.

Carrie Lorig is the author of The Pulp Vs. The Throne (Artifice Books, 2016). Her chapbooks include The Book of Repulsive Women (Essay Press, Forthcoming) Reading as a Wildflower Activist (H_NGM_N), and NODS. (Magic Helicopter Press). She has also written several collaborative chapbooks, including stonepoems (Solar Luxuriance Press) with Sara June Woods and Labor Day (Forklift, Ohio) with Nick Sturm. She curates the Literature is Alive @ Emory Reading Series for Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing, winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Poetry Series First Book Prize and forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press. His poems appear in numerous publications, including Boston Review, The New Republic, and Prairie Schooner. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem, the Fulbright Program, the Starworks Foundation, and Stanford University, where he will be a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.


RR: Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

April 28, 2016
8:30 pm - 12:00 am

Music 9-midnight. 
No cover.  2 drink minimum.
Reservations recommended. Email lori@kgbbar.com


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

April 28, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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:

Rory Scholl (People’s Improv Theater, NY Fringe, Mallorca Off-Broadway)

Cyndi Freeman (The Moth, HBO, The Colbert Report)

Anna Zagerson (Honey and Poison storytelling, The Story Collider)

Drew Prochaska (Moth StorySlam Winner)

* New York Times “Critic’s Pick”
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times


RR: Salty Brine

April 27, 2016
7:30 pm -

SALTY BRINE’S SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET presents

THIS ONE NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Come hear Queen’s epic masterpiece A NIGHT AT THE OPERA overflowing with the romances, murders, trysts, and tragedies of a hundred different operas from the last two centuries. Its THIS ONE NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Grandeur, grizzly doom, and the shocking, true story of a family betrayed.

Created and Performed by Salty Brine
Directed by Jordan Fein
Arrangements by Kris Kukul

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating
Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

Tickets available at http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/

About SALTY BRINE’S SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET

Shows every Wednesday night. A different album every month. This dazzling expedition into the heart of popular music, created and performed by cabaret artist Salty Brine, takes incredible albums and twists them in style and form until they are at once familiar and foreign, nostalgic and new. Imagining track lists as blueprints for evenings of musical mayhem, Salty brings you his SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET as part of a residency at downtown’s swankiest speakeasy, The Red Room.


KGB: Book Party - Stay with me Awhile by Loren Kleinman

April 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

LOREN KLEINMAN‘s poetry has appeared in journals such ADANNA, Drunken Boat, The Moth, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, Columbia Journal, LEVURE LITTÉRAIRE, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (PLR), Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. Her interviews appeared in IndieReader, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She’s also published essays in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and Seventeen Magazine. She is the author of Flamenco Sketches and Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. Kleinman’s The Dark Cave Between My Ribs was named one the best poetry books of 2014 by Entropy Magazine. Her third collection of poetry Breakable Things released via Winter Goose Publishing in March 2015. She is also working on a novel, This Way to Forever and a memoir, The Woman with a Million Hearts. She is a faculty member at New York Writer’s Workshop and a full-time freelance writer and social media strategist.  Stay with Me Awhile is her fourth collection of poetry. Loren’s website is: lorenkleinman.com and lorenwrites.com.

AMYE ARCHER writes, mothers, and teaches in Northeast PA. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, a very handsome cat, and a Sam’s Club membership.  Her memoir, Fat Girl, Skinny is forthcoming from Big Table Publishing. Amye’s full-length poetry collection, Bangs, was released in 2014. She has also published two chapbooks: A Shotgun Life and No One Ever Looks Up.  Amye’s work has appeared in Nailed Magazine, PMS: Poem Memoir Story, PANK, and her ex-boyfriend’s garbage can. She is the creator of The Fat Girl Blog. You can read more about her at www.amyearcher.com. Follow her on Twitter @amyearcher.

PAUL BECKMAN’s stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, Thrice Fiction and Literary Orphans. His work has been included in a number of anthologies and published in a dozen countries. Paul earned his MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. He is also a photographer, both above and beneath the water. His latest collection of flash stories, “Peek”, published by Big Table Publishing weighed in at 65 stories and 120 pages. His website is www.paulbeckmanstories.com.

JOEL ALLEGRETTI is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Body in Equipoise (Full Court Press, 2015), a chapbook on the theme of architecture and design. His second collection, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. Allegretti has published his poems in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and India. His fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Adroit Journal, and The Nassau Review, among other literary journals. His performance texts and theater pieces have been staged at La MaMa Experimental Theater, Medicine Show Theater, the Cornelia Street Café, and SideWalk Café, all in New York.

LISA MARIE BASILE is the author of APOCRYPHAL (Noctuary Press, 2014) and a few chapbooks. She is the editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and her poetry and other work can be read in PANK, Tin House’s blog, Tinderbox, Coldfront, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, Best American Poetry, PEN American Center, Dusie, and the Ampersand Review, among others. She’s recently been profiled in The New York Daily News, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Poets & Artists Magazine, Relapse Magazine and others. She’s included in the Best Small Fiction 2015 and Best Emerging Poets anthologies and holds an MFA from The New School. She works as an editor at Hearst Digital Media and freelances part time.


RR: Noir Night

April 26, 2016
7:00 pm -

Music by: Deanna Kirk and Jay Rodriguez
Readings by: Christopher J. Yates, Shane Cashman, Sharisse Tracey, Michael Demyan, and Leah Wells
Special premier screening of Murder’s Sweet Scent
No cover.  2 drink minimum.