KGB: FREE WATER # 17

February 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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: NYU-SPS

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


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: New Meridian Arts Launch Party

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

New Meridian Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic exchange between cultures through a wide variety of activities, from book publishing and magazine production, to visual and performing arts. In this era of globalization which comes with its own political and cultural challenges, multiculturalism is a priority in order to better understand the world and its diversity. New Meridian Arts hopes to give voice to original and over-looked international writers of talent and scope, encouraging translations of their works from and into English. We are interested in artists who can make a difference to the American cultural environment, in order to broaden and facilitate American access to the rich contemporary life of letters and arts found in other parts of the globe.


Robert Schirmer

October 30, 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,

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


Ronna Weinberg & Donna Baier Stein

October 23, 2016
11:28 am - 12:28 pm

Donna Baier Stein reads from her novel, The Silver Baron’s Wife

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: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: MWA Reading

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


Jennifer Belle et. al.

October 16, 2016
9:00 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,

KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


Christine Sneed & Aviya Kushner

October 09, 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,

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


Megan Staffel & Karen Brennan

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

Megan Staffel’s new collection of short fiction, The Exit Coach, is just out from Four Way Books.  She is the author of two novels and two collections of short fiction.  She splits her time between Brooklyn and rural New York State and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.  Please visit www.meganstaffel.com for more information.

The Exit Coach is a book of wonderful, astute stories.  Staffel’s characters keep falling upon whatever they least expect, as the plots move beautifully toward a just view of human bumbling.  A remarkable collection.

--Joan Silber

There are so many features to admire in Megan Staffel’s work, including her wry humor, her precision of language, her wisdom in general, but maybe what is most striking is the love she affords her heroes and heroines.  The stories in this beautiful collection are dignified by deep feeling.
<--Jane Hamilton
Karen Brennan is the author of six books of varying genres including poetry collections Here on Earth (1989) and The Real Enough World (2006), both from Wesleyan University Press; AWP Award-winning short fiction Wild Desire (1990), U Mass Press; The Garden in Which I Walk (2005), Fiction Collective 2; and a memoir, Being with Rachel (2001) Norton.  Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction has appeared in anthologies from Norton, Penguin, Graywolf, Spuytin Duyvil, Michigan and Georgia, among others. A National Endowment of the Arts recipient, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Utah and teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.  She holds a PhD from University of Arizona.

Praise for Karen Brennan’s Monsters

“Monsters takes the form of an extraordinary wunderkammer filled with narraticules…about what can’t stay, what was probably never there to begin with, and the beauty of that, and the biting loss.

--Lance Olsen, author of Theories of Forgetting

“Karen Brennan evokes here a fairy tale world that is just like this world, only sadder and stranger.”
--Kate Bernheimer, author of How a Mother Weaned her Girl from Fairy Tales

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,

KGB: Four Way Books Fall 2016 Launch Reading

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

Grace Bonner holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Round Lake, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title, is her first book of poetry. She is a MacDowell fellow, and the former Director of the 92Y Poetry Center. She has taught English and Creative Writing at the Pierrepont School and abroad. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Poetry Daily, The Southampton Review and other publications. Her memoir, Ghost Tracks, is about inheritance, sibling rivalry, mental illness, and how the American prison-industrial complex stretched one fragile family to its breaking point. She is a mentor in PEN’s Prison Writing Program.

Karen Brennan is the author of seven books of varying genres including poetry collections Here on Earth (1989) andThe Real Enough World (2006), both from Wesleyan University Press; AWP Award-winning short fiction Wild Desire (1990), U Mass Press; The Garden in Which I Walk (2005), Fiction Collective 2; a memoir, Being with Rachel (2001) Norton; poetry collection little dark (2014), published by Four Way Books, and prose poetry/fiction, Monsters, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction has appeared in anthologies from Norton, Penguin, Graywolf, Spuytin Duyvil, Michigan and Georgia, among others. A National Endowment of the Arts recipient, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Utah and teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Henry Israeli is the author of god’s breath hovering across the waters, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title. His previous poetry collections include New Messiahs (Four Way Books: 2002), and Praying to the Black Cat (Del Sol: 2010). He is the translator of Fresco: the Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku (New Directions: 2002), Child of Nature (New Directions: 2010), and Haywire: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2011). He is also the founder and editor of Saturnalia Books.

Jen Levitt received her MFA from NYU. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Tin House, Sixth Finch, The Literary Review, CutBank, No, Dear and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and teaches high school students. The Off-Season, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title, is her first book.


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!


An Evening with PEN Translations

September 25, 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,

KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


Hunter College MFA Shorts

September 18, 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,

KGB: Red Hen Press

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


Zachary Vickers & Matt Berical

September 11, 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: Buck and A Quarter Quartet

September 08, 2016
9:00 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
9:00pm doors, 9:30pm show
http://www.buckandaquarterquartet.com/


KGB: Daniel Braum book launch

August 21, 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: MWA-NY

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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


KGB: FREE WATER #14

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Buck and A Quarter Quartet

August 11, 2016
9:30 pm -

9:00pm doors, 9:30pm show
No cover.  2 drink minimum.
http://www.buckandaquarterquartet.com/


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: NYCWP Writers in Residence Reading

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


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

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

David D. Levine is the author of the novel Arabella of Mars and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.

&

Helen Marshall is a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J. Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. She is currently editing The Year’s Best Weird Fiction to be released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything that is Born will be published by Random House Canada in 2018.


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 -

7:00pm doors, 7:30pm show
$10 cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: PEN Live

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


RR: Michael Arenella Quartet

June 30, 2016
8:30 pm -

8:30pm doors, 9:00pm music
No cover.  2 drink minimum. 
For reservations email lori@kgbbar.com


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.

Susan Tepper has been writing fiction for twenty years.  She is the author of five published books of fiction and a chapbook of poetry.  Let’s Talk, her column on all things literary, runs monthly at Black Heart Magazine.  More about Tepper at www.susantepper.com

Leora Skolkin-Smith was born in Manhattan in 1952, and spent her childhood between Pound Ridge, New York, and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother’s birthplace in Jerusalem every three years. She earned her BA and MFA and was awarded a teaching fellowship for graduate work, all at Sarah Lawrence. Leora’s first published novel, Edges (2005) was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley’s own imprint at Glad Day books. Edges was nominated for the 2006 PEN/ Faulkner Award by Grace Paley; a National Women Studies Association Conference Selection; a Bloomsbury Review Pick, 2006: “Favorite Books of the Last 25 Years”; a Jewish Book Council Selection, 2005; and won the 2008 Earphones Award for an original audio production narrated by Tovah Feldshuh. In addition, it is currently in development as a feature film, produced by Triboro Pictures. Her novels, “Hystera”, (2011) “The Fragile Mistress” (20008) were selected by Princeton University for their Series: “The Fertile Crescent Moon: women writers writing about their past in The Middle East”. Hystera was the winner of the 2012 USA Book Award and the 2012 Global E-books Award. Hystera was also a finalist in The International Book Awards, and a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. Hystera was republished by The Story Plant in September, 2013 “Edges” was republished by the Storyplant in 2014. Leora was the Director and a Teacher for the non-profit organization, The Fiction Project for Hospitals, conducting prose workshops for in-patient psychiatric patients. The organization was funded by The New York State Council for the Arts, The Department of Cultural Affairs, Con Edison, and the Patricia Kind Foundation. Leora is currently a contributing editor to readysteadybook.com. and her critical essays have been published in The Washington Post, The Quarterly Conversation, The National Book Critic’s Circle’s Critical Mass, and other places. Leora’s fiction has been published in Guernica, Persea: An International Review, Jewish Fiction and other journals.

Terin Tashi Miller is author of THE OTHER COUNTY, KASHI, DOWN THE LOW ROAD, and SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL www.terinmiller.com


[event canceled]

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

FEATURING:

Colin Nissan is a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s and The New Yorker.

Sampson Starkweather is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2015) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC, 2013). He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He is also the author of nine chapbooks, most recently Until the Joy of Death Hits, pop/love audio-visual GIF poems from Spork Press, and Flux Capacitor, a collaborative audio poetry album from Black Cake Records. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Nancy Kangas does the “Slides (Interpreted by Nancy)” column for Ohio Edit. She edited Nancy’s Magazine for over a decade and writes for Muse magazine. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. 

Amy Fusselman is the author of three books: Savage Park (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), and The Pharmacist’s Mate and 8 (McSweeney’s 2013). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, ARTnews, and Ms, magazine, among other places. She is the publisher at Ohio Edit.

Donnie Boman is an advisor to Ohio Edit and a chronicler of characters. 


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: Bon Bon Burlesque

June 17, 2016
10:00 pm -

10:00pm doors, 10:30pm show
$15 cover.  2 drink minimum.

True to its Burlesque roots, BonBon Burlesque delivers comedy, song and dance to the sounds of classic tunes and Latin rhythms.


KGB: FREE WATER #13

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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

Sarah Madge (Non-Fiction)
Kirsten Chen (Poetry)
Tushar Rai (Fiction)
Michael Arthur Karpienski (Fiction)
Lauren Buccieri (Poetry)
Jen Choi (Non Fiction – TNS alum!!)


RR: Evening with Authors from Soho Press

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

New York Writers Workshop presents an Evening with Authors from Soho Press
No cover.  2 drink minimum.

Robert Repino
is the author of Mort(e), a novel. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize among other awards, and has appeared in The Literary Review, Night Train, Hobart, The Coachella Review, and more. Repino is the pitcher for the Oxford University Press softball team and quarterback for the flag football team, but his business card says that he’s an editor.

Paula Bomer is the author of Inside Madeleine, Nine Months and Baby and Other Stories. Her forthcoming book, Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children, will be out in the fall of 2016.


KGB: Drunken Careening Writers

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

Virginia Baeta has been an actor and singer for the past 20 years. She was most recently seen in “Nun of the Above,” two plays from TOSOS/En Avant at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (nomination, Eva Gore Booth Award) and at the Lower East Side Theater Festival. She has long worked with The Queen’s Company (of which she is Associate Producer), an all-female classical theatre company, playing male characters from fops and fools to ill-fated kings. Through this work with The Queen’s Company, she began creating new plays that challenge gender expectations and put strong female and queer characters on stage. Her first play, Damaged Goods, was recently given a staged reading by TOSOS, and will be seen in a developmental performance in July at Dixon Place’s HOT Festival. Her play Icarus was presented to much acclaim in the Hysteria Festival of Women’s Work at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. She continues to act and direct with The Queen’s Company TOSOS, other indie companies in NYC and in independent films.

Rob Byrnes is the author of four novels, including the 2006 Lambda Literary Award-winning When the Stars Come Out and 2009 Lammy finalist Straight Lies. His short stories have also appeared in several anthologies, including Fool for Love (2009), Saints & Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (2010), and Men of the Mean Streets (2011). A native of Upstate New York, Byrnes was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from Union College in Schenectady before moving to Manhattan.  He now resides in West New York, New Jersey, with his partner, Brady Allen. Rob Byrnes: The Official Site http://www.robbyrnes.net/

Guillermo Filice Castro is a poet and photographer. He’s the author of a chapbook, Agua, Fuego (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and a recipient of a 2013 Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship from the Poetry Project. Recent work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Minetta Review, Hinchas de Poesia, among many others; as well as anthologies such as Rabbit Ears, Divining Divas, Flicker & Spark, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, are featured in Guernica, Terra Incognita, U.S. Latino Review, and Visions. Some of his photographs have been featured in Hinchas de Poesia, Sunday Zine, and Canopic Jar. He lives in New York City.


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

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

Marc Laidlaw is the author of five novels, including Dad’s Nuke and The 37th Mandala, the latter of which won the International Horror Guild Award. He has been publishing short stories since 1977, appearing in most major genre venues, including Omni and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. From 1997 to 2016, he was a lead writer at Valve Software, where he helped create the blockbuster videogame series Half-Life and Dota 2. His latest book is a novella, White Spawn, from PS Publishing.

Daniel Braum is the author of the short story collection The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales which was published in May 2016 as an e-book from Cemetery Dance and in print from Grey Matter Press. Braum’s fiction blends fantasy, science fiction, mysticism and horror and over the last ten years has appeared in publications ranging from Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Electric Velocipede to Cemetery Dance Magazine. He lives and writes in New York.


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

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

Join us for a FREE, lightning-round style of readings from our literary magazine’s June issue--9 writers will tickle you with short excerpts of fiction, essays, memoir, and poetry! And to celebrate the upcoming launch of our new Ducts.org website (coming soon!), writer Nina d’Alessandro will perform a brand new flash fiction piece sponsored by one of our donors from this spring’s website fundraiser.

Featured writers will include:
Nina d’Alessandro
Eliza Vitri Handayani
Elizabeth Hazen
Jenine Holmes
Lisa Kirchner
Stephen Massimilla
James Polchin
Ron Singer
Dean Wrzeszcz


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

Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: the recently published Innocents and Others; Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist; Eat the Document, a National Book Award Finalist and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field.  Like all of her work, her latest novel, Innocents and Others, takes up questions of identity and transformation, examining the complex relationship among three women and the film world in a masterly exploration of artistic motivation.  Dana was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.  She lives in Syracuse with her daughter Agnes and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

“A brilliant split-screen view of women working within and without the world of Hollywood . . . its moral dimensions feel vast.  Once Spiotta has her disparate storylines in motion, they resonate with each other in ways you can’t stop thinking about. . . . Spiotta explores the remarkable species of sisterhood that survives jealousy and disappointment and even years of neglect.  The tension between artistic purity and commercial popularity may tax their affection, but nothing can blot out their shared history, their abiding devotion, the great wonder that is a true friend.  Toward the end, Meadow considers how to create a ‘glimpse of the sublime.’ Considering the limits of her medium, she asks herself, ‘Can an image convey something unnamable, impossible, invisible?’ The quiet miracle of this novel is that it does just that.”
– Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016 by Buzzfeed, Bustle, Flavorwire, Ploughshares, and Brooklyn Magazine.  Both a dazzling novel of ideas and of intrigue, Ways to Disappear is about the disappearance of a famous Brazilian novelist, last seen holding a suitcase and a cigar and climbing into an almond tree, and the young translator who turns her life upside down to follow her author’s trail.  Idra’s poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series; The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award; and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum.  Her fiction and poetry have been translated into eight languages, and she has written for The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, Slate, and The Paris Review.  She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, the Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America.  She’s also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel, The Passion According to G.H.  She’s taught at Princeton University, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative.  In fall 2016, she will be the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.  Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil, and New York.

“Ways to Disappear is concerned not just with truth and the risks of its misplacement and misinterpretation, but with the importance of close reading.  It’s a delightful, inventive paean to writing that generates ‘real emotion’ and ‘genuine unease.’ At one point Beatriz’s publisher likens literature to steaks on a grill, testing both ‘for density’ as well as ‘for something tender in the middle yet still heavy enough to blacken the air.’ This book is seared to perfection, medium rare.”
– Heller McAlpin, NPR

Sari Wilson’s taut and engrossing debut novel, Girl Through Glass, was named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016 by Buzzfeed and The Millions.  Based on the author’s early experiences in the classical dance world, where she trained as a dancer with the Harkness Ballet in New York and was on scholarship at Eliot Feld’s New Ballet School, Girl Through Glass tells the story of a young girl’s coming of age in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet in the late 1970s – a story of obsession and the quest for perfection, trust and betrayal, beauty and lost innocence.  Sari’s fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in literary journals such as Agni, Oxford American, Third Coast, and Slice.  She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has received a residency from The Corporation of Yaddo.  She grew up in a Victorian brownstone in Brooklyn Heights, has lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and Prague, and now again lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the cartoonist Josh Neufeld, and their daughter.

“[T]he story is a uniformly engrossing look into the fabled world of hypercompetitive 1970s ballet.  Mira and Maurice’s relationship has the fairy tale feel of Beauty and the Beast, but the pages brim with the realism of the gritty, crime-riddled New York, especially as the plot ricochets toward a surprising, and bittersweet, merging of Kate’s and Mira’s stories.  Wilson writes lovingly of ballet and elevates the coming-of-age story with a dark undercurrent about the cost of obsession.”
– Publishers Weekly

“The book’s subject is less the ballet itself than the costs of early virtuosity—the feeling of being propelled by a force you don’t understand and can’t control—and the dangerous intoxication of the perfect, weightless moments when everything but ‘air, motion, height’ falls away.”
Namara Smith, The New York Times Book Review

*****

Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit organization working with low-income students in NYC K-12 public schools.  We bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in curriculum-based programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors.  In a series of workshops, authors discuss their books and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers and ultimately guiding them in the creation and publication of their own original writing.  All students receive copies of the authors’ books to keep.  Our programs nurture creative thinking, self-confidence, and the belief that each person’s ideas have value and should be heard.  Since 2003, we have worked with more than 15,000 students and donated more than 19,000 books to students and school libraries.

www.behindthebook.org


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: Dawn Lonsinger, Jose B. Gonzalez, Marisa Crawford, & Michelle Y. Burke

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

Dawn Lonsinger is the author of the poetry collection Whelm, and recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, four Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes, the 2014 Greg Grummer Poetry Prize, and runner up for the Poetry Society of America’s Emily Dickinson Award. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Subtropics, Best New Poets 2010, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, a PhD from the University of Utah, and is Assistant Professor at Muhlenberg College, teaching Creative Writing, Poetry & Politics, and Monstrosity & Apocalypse in Literature and Film.

Jose B. Gonzalez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. He knew no English and now holds a Ph.D. in English. Gonzalez has presented at various colleges such as Harvard and Cornell University; countries including Mexico, Spain, and El Salvador; and institutions and organizations including the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Proskauer Rose International Law Firm. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and has published poetry in such journals as Quercus Review, Callaloo, The Teacher’s Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, and Colere, and anthologies including Coloring Book, Nantucket: A Collection, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. He has received awards for his teaching, for his efforts to improve the conditions of Latinos pursuing a college degree or a career in higher education, and for his poetry. He is the author of the poetry collection Toys Made of Rock (Bilingual Press) and the founder and editor of LatinoStories.com.

Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback, 2010), and the chapbook 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples, 2013). Her writing has appeared in Fanzine, The Hairpin, Bitch, Action Yes, Black Clock, and other publications, and is forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2016) and The &NOW Awards 3: Best Innovative Writing (&NOW, 2015). Marisa is founding editor of the feminist blog WEIRD SISTER. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Michelle Y. Burke is the author of the poetry collection Animal Purpose, winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, and the poetry chapbook Horse Loquela, winner of the Red Mountain Review Chapbook Series Award. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Hopkins Review, Lake Effect, and elsewhere. She has received poetry prizes from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the American Literary Review, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Ohio State University and a PhD in English from the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, and teaches at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.


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

BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES
by Karen Levy
read by Amber Bogdewiecz

PAST LIFE
by Maisy Card
read by Frances Uku

MORE CLASS THAN CUSTARD
by Erin Smith
read by Michael Petrocelli

PRACTICE PROBLEM
by Joseph Salvatore
read by Michaela Morton


KGB: Black Lawrence Press

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

In addition to Not Alone in My Dancing, David Rigsbee is the author of School of the Americas and The Pilot House (winner of the 2009 Black River Poetry Prize), both from Black Lawrence Press.  He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Literature, a Pushcart Prize , a prize from the American Academy of Poets, and many more.  David studied with poet Carolyn Kizer at the University of North Carolina (he subsequent edited the first book on her work) and was a student of philosopher Richard Rorty at the University of Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D.  He was a translator of the poetry of Joseph Brodsky, about whom he has written a study, and is coeditor of the award-winning Invited Guest:  An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry.  e is also the author of The Red Tower:  New and Selected poems, which was named best book by a North Carolina author in 2010.  Black Lawrence will bring out his 10th full-length collection, This Much I Can Tell You, next year.  He is currently contributing editor of The Cortland Review and lives in Hudson, New York.

Maggie Schwed’s first book of poems, Driving to the Bees,” was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014.  Winner of The Malahat Review 2011 Long Poem Contest, her chapbook Out of Season was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press. She is the beekeeper at Stone Barns Center for Food Agriculture in New York and a member of the Livestock staff.

Renée Ashley is the author of five volumes of poetry: Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Book Prize, University of Colorado—Boulder); Basic Heart (X.J.Kennedy Poetry Prize, Texas Review Press); The Revisionist’s Dream; The Various Reasons of Light; and Salt(Brittingham Prize in Poetry, University of Wisconsin Press), as well as a novel,Someplace Like This, and two chapbooks, The Museum of Lost Wingsand The Verbs of Desiring. A portion of her poem, “First Book of the Moon,” is included in a permanent installation by the artist Larry Kirkland in Penn Station, Manhattan, NY.  She has served as Assistant Poetry Coordinator for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and as Poetry Editor of The Literary Review. Her new collection, The View from the Body, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2016. Ashley teaches poetry in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and creative nonfiction in the MA in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and two dogs.


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.


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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.