RR: Writers Hotel

June 10, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Writers Hotel

June 09, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


KGB: Paragraph

May 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Sarah Lawrence College reading

May 05, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

April 21, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Burt Kimmelman reading

April 04, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Paragraph

March 31, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

March 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Red Hen Press

March 10, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

March 03, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: FREE WATER # 17

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


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

February 03, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Paragraph

January 27, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Underground Books

January 25, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Mary Miller

January 10, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

December 17, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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: TNS After Hours

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

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


KGB: Monday Night Poetry Season Finale - Douglas Piccinnini + Chris Hosea

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

Douglas Piccinnini is the author of a book of poems, Blood Oboe (Omnidawn, 2015) and of Story Book: a novella (The Cultural Society, 2015). Some of his recent work has been featured by The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day, Lana Turner, ‘Pider, Prelude, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Seattle Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Verse and The Volta.

CHRIS HOSEA is the author of two books of poetry. His first, Put Your Hands In (LSU Press, 2014), was chosen by John Ashbery for the 2013 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. His second collection, Double Zero, was published by Prelude Books in 2016. Recently, his poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Pittsburgh Review, Prelude, VOLT, White Wall Review, and elsewhere. He has been awarded residencies by the OMI International Arts Center, the Studios at Mass MoCA, and the Vermont Studio Center. A full-gallery show of Hosea’s artwork with collaborator Kim Bennett was staged at the Brooklyn gallery Transmitter in July and August of 2015. A graduate of Harvard College and the UMass Amherst MFA in Poetry, Hosea lives in Brooklyn and works as an advertising copywriter.


An Evening with Brooklyn Rail

December 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: 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: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

December 08, 2016
9:00 pm -

Doors 9:00, music 9:30.
No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Behind the Book - Dennis-Benn, Dermansky & Chung

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

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s stunning debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, has received widespread critical and popular acclaim and was shortlisted for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and an Amazon Best Book of July 2016.  Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Here Comes the Sun sheds light on the island’s disenfranchised, particularly on the hardships suffered by its LGBT community, as it focuses on a family facing the impending destruction of its community in Montego Bay, a place most outsiders see simply as paradise.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, Electric Literature, Lenny Letter, Kweli Literary Journal, Ebony, and elsewhere.  She has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hurston/Wright, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference.  Her writing has been awarded a Richard and Julie Logsdon Fiction Prize and two of her stories have been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Fiction.  She was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

“In Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn has written the ultimate antibeach novel . . . . This lithe, artfully-plotted debut concerns itself with the lives of those for whom tourists can barely be bothered to remove their Ray-Bans, and the issues it tackles—the oppressive dynamics of race, sexuality and class in post-colonial Jamaica—have little to do with the rum-and-reggae island of a Sandals commercial . . . The author has a gift for creating chiaroscuro portraits, capturing both light and dark . . . Here Comes the Sun is deceptively well-constructed, with slow and painful reveals right through the end.”
– Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

Marcy Dermansky’s wildly imaginative and mordantly funny new novel, The Red Car, was named one of the most anticipated books of 2016 by The Millions.  A razor-sharp exploration of a women’s search for self-realization, The Red Car follows Leah as she undertakes a road trip colored by sex and sorrow and surreal delight to claim an unexpected inheritance from her former boss – a red sports car.  Marcy is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Bad Marie and Twins.  Bad Marie was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s Pick, a finalist in the Morning News Tournament of Books, and named one of the best novels of the year in Esquire.  Her first novel, Twins, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick.  Marcy’s short fiction has been widely published and anthologized, appearing in McSweeney’s, Five Chapters, The Indiana Review, and elsewhere.  Her essay “Maybe I Loved You” appeared in the best-selling anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York.  Marcy has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Edward Albee Foundation.  She is the winner of the Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and Story Magazine Carson McCuller short story prize.  She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her daughter Nina.

“In vivid, dreamlike prose . . . . Dermansky delivers a captivating novel about the pursuit of joy that combines dreamlike logic with dark humor, wry observation, and gritty feminism.”
– Kirkus (Starred Review)

Sonya Chung’s masterful new novel, The Loved Ones, is a multigenerational saga about family, race, and difference.  In prose recalling Elena Ferrante or Clarice Lispector, The Loved Ones follows the intertwining lives of Charles Lee, the African-American patriarch of a biracial family, whose connection with a caregiver, Hannah, uncovers her Korean immigrant family’s past flight from tradition and war.  Sonya is also the author of Long for This World.  She is a staff writer for The Millions and founding editor of Bloom, and is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers’ Fellowship & Residency, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Key West Literary Seminars residency.  Sonya’s stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Tin House, The Huffington Post, Sonora Review, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, Short: An International Anthology, and BOMB Magazine, among others.  She has taught fiction writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, NYU, the College of Mount St. Vincent, and Columbia University.  Currently she lives in New York City and teaches at Skidmore College.

“A gorgeous multigenerational saga of love and race, loss and belonging . . . Quietly expansive, the novel moves between the stories of the two families, alternating glimpses of the past with the present . . . Every last one of Chung’s characters is wholly alive and breathtakingly human . . . Elegant and empathetic, a book impossible to put down.”
– Kirkus (Starred Review)

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Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators.  Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in curriculum-based programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors.  In workshop fashion, students do original writing; in elementary school, students create illustrated books.  All students receive copies of authors’ books to keep as their own.  Our goal is to build a new generation of readers and writers.  Since our founding, we have worked with nearly 13,000 students and donated more than 18,000 books to students and school libraries.

www.behindthebook.org


RR: PEN Live

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

No cover. 
Poetry in the Red Room


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: Monday Night Poetry - David Lehman + Elizabeth Powell

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

David Lehman is the author of many collections of poems, including New and Selected Poems (Scribner, 2013), Yeshiva Boys (Scriber, 2011), When a Woman Loves a Man (Scribner, 2005), Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (with James Cummins, Soft Skull Press, 2005), and The Evening Sun (2002).  Among his books of non-fiction are Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World, A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Shocken Books, 2009) and The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Doubleday, 1998), which was named a “Book to Remember 1999” by the New York Public Library.  He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006), and is the series editor of The Best American Poetry.  He is on the core faculty of the graduate writing programs at the New School and New York University. He lives in New York City and Ithaca, NY.

Elizabeth A. I. Powell is the author of The Republic of Self, a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Her second book Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances won the Robert Dana Prize in poetry, chosen by Maureen Seaton, and will be published by Anhinga Press in 2016. In 2013, she won a Pushcart Prize. Powell has also received a Vermont Council on the Arts grants and a Yaddo fellowship. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Handsome, Hobart, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Slope, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, and elsewhere. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing. Born in New York City, she has lived in Vermont since 1989 with her four children.


Alexandra Kleeman & Kelly Luce

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

Alexandra Kleeman is a Staten Island-based writer of fiction and nonfiction, and the winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, and Guernica, among others. Nonfiction essays and reportage have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, n+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of the debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Harper, 2015) and Intimations (Harper, 2016), a short story collection.

Kelly Luce’s story collection, THREE SCENARIOS IN WHICH HANA SASAKI GROWS A TAIL (A Strange Object), set in Japan, won Foreword Reviews’ Editor’s Choice Prize in Fiction and was a finalist for book prizes from the Texas Institute of Letters & Writers League of Texas. Kelly will read from her debut novel, PULL ME UNDER.
She will be a 2016-2017 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, Kerouac House, Ucross, Jentel Arts, and the Michener Center for Writers, and has most recently appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Salon, O magazine, the Southern Review. . She will be a 2016-2017 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Luce is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature. She hails from Illinois and lives in California’s Santa Cruz mountains.

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-SPS

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

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


KGB: RHINO Poetry

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

RHINO Poetry is an an award-winning literary print journal, published annually, that invites traditional an experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language.  In celebration of its 40th anniversary, RHINO Poetry is conducting 40 readings in 40 cities across the U.S., comprised of authors (emerging and acclaimed) who have appeared in RHINO’s pages over the years.

Reader Bios:
Carrie Conners, originally from West Virginia, lives in Brooklyn and works at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), where she teaches creative writing, literature, and composition.  Her poetry has appeared in Cider Press Review, Steel Toe Review, Aji Magazine, Unbroken Journal, and The Monarch Review, among other publications.

Christine Hamm has a PhD in American Poetics, and is an editor for Ping*Pong Press. She is currently an MFA poetry student at Columbia University.  Her poetry has been published in Orbis, Nat Brut, BODY, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, Dark Sky, and many others. She has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English at Pace University. Echo Park, her third book of poems, came out from Blazevox in the fall of 2011. The New Orleans Review published Christine’s chapbook, A is for Afterimage in 2014, and in 2017, Ghostbird Press is publishing an excerpt from her ongoing manuscript, Notes on Wolves and Ruin.

Mike Lala is a Brooklyn-based poet from Lubbock, Texas who works with text, recorded sound and, occasionally, images. His book Exit Theater was the winner of the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry.  His texts can be found in Boston Review, Fence, Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, the Awl and VOLT, as well as a number of chapbooks, most recently In the Gun Cabinet (The Atlas Review, 2016). He curated Fireside Follies from 2010-2013, edited Washington Square from 2012-2014 and was a Veterans’ Writing Workshop Fellow at NYU from 2013-2014. 

Arden Levine’s poems are forthcoming in Barrow Street, The Carolina Quarterly, The Missouri Review, and Prelude, and recently appeared in AGNI, Sixth Finch, Rattle, and Bone Bouquet.  Her work has also been featured by American Life in Poetry (a project of The Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress), NPR’s Radiolab, and the theater hybrid reading series Emotive Fruition.  Arden reads for the literary journal Epiphany, directs projects and programs for nonprofits and government agencies, holds an MPA from NYU, and is a D.C.-born Brooklyn resident.

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell is associate editor for PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers. She was previously an editor for Four Way Review and Muzzle Magazine. A Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, and a 2010 finalist in the Women of the World Poetry Slam, Laura’s poetry, prose, and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in The Volta, The Rumpus, The Cortland Review, The Collagist, pluck!, and other forums. Laura is the author of How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps, and recently won the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for her second manuscript, All Blue So Late (forthcoming in 2017).  She is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - David Rivard + Sarah Sarai

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

David Rivard was born in 1953 in Fall River, Massachusetts, and is the author of five books of poetry: Otherwise Elsewhere, Sugartown, Bewitched Playground, Wise Poison, winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Torque, winner of the 1987 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. His poems and essays appear in the American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Poetry London, and other magazines. In 2006, Rivard was awarded the Hardison Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, in recognition of both his writing and teaching. Among his other awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Civitella Ranieri, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. A former Poetry Editor at the Harvard Review, Rivard lives in Cambridge, with his wife and daughter, and teaches in the University of New Hampshire MFA Program in Writing. 

Sarah Sarai’s second collection, Geographies of Soul and Taffeta, was published this year by Indolent Books. Poet Melissa Studdard called Sarai’s first collection, The Future Is Happy, “a poetry of luminous, brave transparency” (American Book Review). Journals include Painted Bride Quarterly, Barrow Street, The Collagist, Boston Review, Threepenny Review, Ascent. After teaching English at a Catholic girls’ school in Los Angeles, Sarai received an NEH fellowship and used extra monies to move to Seattle where she began writing poetry. She has been Lecturer in comp and lit, editor-in-chief, file clerk for warrant officers, and, currently, freelance editor in poetry, fiction, and pharmaceutical advertising. Sarai has an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. A native of Long Island, she lives in Manhattan. 


Comix & Graphic Novel Night

November 27, 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: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

November 26, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: X-Peri

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

Maxine Chernoff is the author of 14 collections of poetry, most recently Here (Counterpath, 2014). Her next book will appear in 2018 from Omnidawn. She is fiction writer as well and Editor of Oink! and New American Writing for 50 issues and translator of the Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin, which won the PEN Translation Award. She is a Professor and Former Chair of the Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University and a 2013 NEA Fellow in poetry.

Daniel Y. Harris is the author of 11 collections of poetry and collaborative writing including The Rapture of Eddy Daemon (BlazeVOX, 2016), heshe egregore (with Irene Koronas, Éditions du Cygne, 2016), The Underworld of Lesser Degrees (NYQ Books, 2015), Esophagus Writ (with Rupert M. Loydell, The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2014), Hyperlinks of Anxiety (Červená Barva Press, 2013) and The New Arcana (with John Amen, NYQ Books, 2012). He is the Editor-in-Chief of X-Peri. 

Irene Koronas is the author of 8 collections of poetry and collaborative writing including Codify (forthcoming from The Knives Fork and Spoons Press, 2017), heshe egregore (with Daniel Y. Harris, Éditions du Cygne, 2016), Turtle Grass (Muddy River Books, 2014), Emily Dickinson (Propaganda Press, 2010) and Self Portrait Drawn From Many (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007). She is the Managing Editor of X-Peri.

Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino is the author of The Valise (Dead Academics Press, 2012) and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of E.ratio. Born, raised and currently residing in Greenwich Village, New York, he holds a degree in Philosophy from Fordham University. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Doctor of Arts in Leadership program at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. A widely published author and poet, he blogs at The Postmodern Romantic. 


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - John Godfrey + Rebecca Wolff + Henry Israeli

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

Henry Israeli’s poetry collections include New Messiahs (Four Way Books: 2002), Praying to the Black Cat (Del Sol: 2010), and god’s breath hovering across the waters, forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2016. 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 has been awarded fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Canada Council on the Arts, and elsewhere. His poetry and translations have appeared in numerous journals including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Tin House, Fence, and Verse as well as several anthologies. Henry Israeli is also the founder and editor of Saturnalia Books (www.saturnaliabooks.com). He is Asst. Professor of English and Associate Director of the Certificate in Writing and Publishing Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

John Godfrey was born in Massena, N.Y. in 1945. He is the author of 14 collections of poetry, including The City Keeps: Selected and New Poems 1966-2014 (Wave Books, May 2016). He received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1967, and took a B.S. in Nursing from Columbia University in 1994. He has received fellowships from the General Electric Foundation (1984), the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2009), and the Z Foundation (2013). He retired in 2011 after 17 years as a nurse clinician in HIV/AIDS. He has lived in the East Village of Manhattan since the 1960s.

Rebecca Wolff is the author of four collections of poetry, one novel, and numerous pieces of occasional prose. Her first book, Manderley, was selected for the National Poetry Series by Robert Pinsky. Her second, Figment, was selected for the Barnard Women Poets Prize by Claudia Rankine and Eavan Boland. Her third, The King, was published by W. W. Norton in 2009. Her novel The Beginners was published by Riverhead in 2011. Her latest collection, One Morning—, was published by Wave Books in 2015. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony for the Arts. In 1998, Wolff founded the influential literary journal Fence; in 2001 she founded Fence Books and launched The Constant Critic website. Wolff lives in Hudson, New York, and is currently a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.


An Evening with Dorothy, a Publishing Project

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

About Dorothy:

Dorothy, a publishing project is a press devoted to publishing innovative works of fiction, or near fiction, or about fiction, mostly by women. Founded in 2010 by Danielle Dutton and Martin Riker, the press puts out two books together every fall, and has published such ground-breaking authors as Renee Gladman, Barbara Comyns, Amina Cain, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, Suzanne Scanlon, Joanna Walsh, and Nell Zink. The press has been widely acclaimed, most recently in an article in The Atlantic stating that “Dorothy books emerge each October like ringing endorsements of writers you’ve never heard of by a friend whose taste you can absolutely trust.” In October 2016, Dorothy releases Jen George’s debut The Babysitter at Rest (which Matthew Barney calls “completely warped") and the first US edition of Nathalie Léger’s Suite for Barbara Loden (which Valieria Luiselli calls “brilliant").

JEN GEORGE was born in Thousand Oaks, California. She lives and works in New York City. Her stories have appeared recently in BOMB (her story “The Babysitter at Rest” was chosen by Sheila Heti for their 2015 Fiction Prize), n+1, and Harper’s. The Babysitter at Rest is her first book, published in 2016 by Dorothy.

JOANNA RUOCCO is a prize-winning author of five books and co-editor of the fiction journal Birkensnake. Ruocco received her MFA at Brown, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Denver. Her most recent novel is Dan, which was published by Dorothy in 2014.

MARIANNE FRITZ (1948–2007) was an Austrian novelist. In 2015, Dorothy published the first English translation of Fritz’s first novel The Weight of Things (trans. Adrian Nathan West). After winning acclaim with this novel—awarded the Robert Walser Prize in 1978—Fritz embarked on a 10,000-page literary project called “The Fortress,” creating over her lifetime elaborate colorful diagrams and typescripts so complicated that her publisher had to print them straight from her original documents; this project earned her cult status, comparisons to James Joyce no less than Henry Darger, and admirers including Elfriede Jelinek and W. G. Sebald.

JEREMY M. DAVIES is the author of three books, most recently the story collection The Knack of Doing (Godine, 2016). He is an editor at FSG and has long been a friend to Dorothy, a publishing project (and helped edit the translation of Marianne Fritz’s The Weight of Things).

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

November 19, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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


KGB: Paragraph

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


KGB: Eirebrushed Opening Night Party

November 15, 2016
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm


KGB: Spuyten Duyvil book party

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

Upon arriving in New York in 1976, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright studied with Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley at St. Mark’s Church. He also studied with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College and received an MFA in poetry. In the late 1970s he performed at PS122’s avant-garde-arama. He started Hard Press in 1978 where he published three books, including the anthology 3-Zero, Turning Thirty, and 100 postcards by different artists and poets. A selection of the postcards were included in the book A Secret Location on the Lower East Side, and were displayed at New York Public Library. Wright read often at St. Mark’s Poetry Project between 1979 and 1990 and served a three-year term on the Project Board of Directors. In 1996, Wright performed in two of the Museum of Modern Art’s poetry series curated by Lita Hornick.

Janet Hamill was born in Jersey City, NJ and raised from the age of five in the northern New Jersey town of New Milford. She received her B.A. in English from Rowan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. She is the author of six books: Troublante (Oliphant Press), The Temple (Telephone Books), Nostalgia of the Infinite (Ocean View Books), Lost Ceilings (Telephone Books), Body of Water (Bowery Books) and Tales from the Eternal Café (Three Rooms Press). Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals, including Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, The Low-Tech Manual, Living with the Animals, The Unmade Bed, Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women, Bowery Women Poems, Have a NYC, A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, In/Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry from the Hudson River Valley, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, Bomb, City Lights Review, Café Review, New Wilderness, The World, Recluse, Kansas Quarterly, Poetry Flash, the Hart Crane Newsletter and Alexandria Quarterly: A Curated Journal of Art and Literature.

A strong proponent of the spoken word, she has read at The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, The People’s Poetry Gathering, The Walt Whitman Cultural Center, the WORD Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Knitting Factory, CBGB’s Gallery, the Nuyorican Café, Central Park Summer Stage, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, the Andy Warhol Museum, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, the Liss Ard Festival in County Cork, Ireland, Patti Smith’s Meltdown Festival in London, the Latitude Festival in Southwold, England and Liverpool’s Heartbeats series. In collaboration with the band Lost Ceilings (formerly named Moving Star) she has released two CD’s of spoken word and music, Flying Nowhere (Yes No Maybe Records) and Genie of the Alphabet (Not Records). A documentary about the creative process of Janet Hamill and Lost Ceilings, Bearing Witness, is viewable on You Tube.

She has been a writer-in-residence at Naropa University and a MFA teaching assistant at New England College.  She has also lectured and taught workshops in New York City, the Hudson Valley, London and Liverpool. After living in New York City from 1967 to 1993, Janet moved to New York State’s Hudson Valley.

Stephanie Laterza is the author of the legal thriller, The Boulevard Trial (March 2015). Her short fiction is forthcoming in The Nottingham Review and has been published in Writing Raw, Literary Mama and Akashic Books’ Terrible Twosdays series. Stephanie’s poetry has appeared in the Newtown Literary Journal, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Literary Mama and Meniscus Magazine. You may follow Stephanie on Twitter @Stefani1218 and via Stephanie’s Facebook Author page.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Lara Mimosa Montes + Sara Jane Stoner + Melissa Buzzeo

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

Lara Mimosa Montes is a writer based in New York and Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in Fence, BOMB, The Third Rail, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Currently, Lara teaches poetry at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and works as a contributing editor for Triple Canopy. Her first book, The Somnambulist, is forthcoming from Horse Less Press. She was born in the Bronx.

Born and raised in Colorado, Sara Jane Stoner is a writer and teacher living in Brooklyn who holds an MFA from Indiana University and is pursuing a PhD in English at CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on critical pedagogies and queer theory, particularly in the context of contemporary experimental writing. Currently she teaches at Cooper Union and Baruch College and edits reviews for The Poetry Project Newsletter. Her first book, Experience in the Medium of Destruction, was published by Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs in 2015, and was nominated for a Lambda Award.

Melissa Buzzeo’s fourth book The Devastation published by Nightboat Books was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry in 2016. She teaches feminism, the poetics of healing and poetry and sexuality at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She has degrees from Cornell and from Iowa. Currently she is working on a memoir of the body called Writing.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

November 10, 2016
9:00 pm -

Doors 9:00, music 9:30.
No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Behind the Book - Wayne, Kreizman & Angus

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

Teddy Wayne’s just released third novel, the widely acclaimed Loner, was named an Amazon Best of the Month selection for Literature & Fiction, an Indie Next List selection, and one of the most anticipated titles of the fall by New York Magazine, Boston Magazine, The Millions, LitHub, Glamour, BookPage, and Thrillist.  Turning the traditional campus novel on its head as it explores ambition, class, and gender politics, Loner follows a shy, gifted teenager turned dangerous stalker with the momentum of a thriller movie and finesse of a nuanced cultural commentary.  Teddy is also the author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil.  He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  He writes regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere.  He lives in New York.

“Stunning—and profoundly disconcerting . . . the pleasure of the book is not in its ultratimely plot but in its complicated—and unsettlingly familiar—cast.  These people are nuanced even when they’re disturbing, human even when they’re horrendous.  A spectacular stylist, Wayne is deeply empathetic toward his characters, but—brutally and brilliantly—he refuses to either defend or excuse them.  A startlingly sharp study of not just collegiate culture, but of social forces at large; a novel as absorbing as it is devastating.”
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Maris Kreizman is the creator of Slaughterhouse 90210, a blog and book that celebrates the intersection of her two great loves – literature and pop culture.  She is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Hairpin, Vulture, Medium, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and more.  A former book editor, she is currently a publishing community manager at Kickstarter.

“Slaughterhouse 90210 makes explicit something consumers of pop culture already understand intuitively: That the boundaries between high and low culture are often blurred and sometimes non-existent; that images and text that are technically unrelated can still communicate with each other, across platforms and mediums and centuries, in ways that illuminate both; that “television” is more of an idea than a boundary-obeying, clearly-definable thing and “literature” is not exactly staying within the book-margins these days, either.”
– Think Progress

Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books and the author of a poetry collection, So Late to the Party.  Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, Tin House, The Awl, Verse Daily, Best New Poets 2010, and Best New Poets 2014.  She has received the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s “Orlando” Prize, as well as awards from Southeast Review, American Literary Review, and The New York Times’ ‘Teacher Who Made a Difference’ Award.  She is the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and curates the Pen and Brush Presents reading series for the visual and literary arts nonprofit Pen and Brush.  She has received residencies from Interlochen Arts Academy, the Betsy Hotel’s Writer’s Room, Wildfjords Trail, and the BAU Institute.  Born and raised in Michigan, she currently lives in New York.

“‘Lift off the roof / of your skull’ writes Kate Angus in this confident, wonderful debut, and I do indeed feel my mind dangerously opened by the clarity and intimacy of these intelligent, warm, sad, funny, genuine poems.  This poet takes us with her as she walks through the world, often alone, often filled with a happy despair, always hopeful, always thinking of distant others, including us, her readers.  This book does not merely describe, but enacts a faith in life, and in poetry’s necessity.  This is the poetry for those of us who don’t just want but need to ‘always and silently unseal everything,’ to see what we can feel and know.”
– Matthew Zapruder, author of Sun Dog and Come on All You Ghosts

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Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators.  Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in curriculum-based programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors.  In workshop fashion, students do original writing; in elementary school, students create illustrated books.  All students receive copies of authors’ books to keep as their own.  Our goal is to build a new generation of readers and writers.  Since our founding, we have worked with nearly 13,000 students and donated more than 18,000 books to students and school libraries.

www.behindthebook.org


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Amber Tamblyn + Jenny Zhang + 2016 KGB Poetry Contest Winner Anton Yakovl

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

Amber Tamblyn is the author of Dark Sparkler (Harper Collins, 2015). She has been an actress since the age of nine and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jenny Zhang is the author of Hags (Guillotine, 2014) and Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books, 2012). Her collection of short stories, Sour Heart, is forthcoming from Random House in 2017.

Anton Yakovlev is the author of Ordinary Impalers (Aldrich Press, early 2017), The Ghost of Grant Wood (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. His book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books in 2017. He has also directed several short films.


RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

November 05, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: New Meridian Arts Launch Party

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

Come Celebrate Our First Books With Us!

Nina Cassian’s The Avant Guard Doesn’t Die and Never Surrenders
The late poet Nina Cassian was very familiar with the avant-garde’s joyful flights and chivalrous desperation. Funny and challenging, imaginative and unique in style, in the book of her most famous avant-garde poems from over six decades and her accompanying witty drawings, Nina invents a new language of force and grace.

Adrian Sangeorzan’s Among Women: Tales of a Woman’s Doctor
“Sangeorzan, in the tradition, and with the brilliance of Chekhov, weaves his own immigrant experience in these tales of a suspenseful human web. He is a writer for our time who answers the recurring question of American identity with exquisite and persuasive art.” ~ Andrei Codrescu, poet and chronicler of American life

Snezana Zabic’s The Breath Capital
The Breath Capital is haunted by 20th-century Europe, but it exists in the Unites States in the 21st century, amid the current drama of late-capitalist class struggle tied to the past and present racial and gender politics. To extend the well-known metaphor by William Carlos Williams, Zabic’s poetry is a machine that condenses the amorphous and oftentimes banal vapor of human achievement and error in order to produce liquid or even icy verse.

After the reading Rent Party with Snezana Zabic will play a few tunes.  https://www.facebook.com/rentpartychicago/

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.


RR: PEN Live

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

Black Panther, Katniss Everdeen, and the Changing Faces of Science Fiction and Fantas
No cover.


KGB: FIZZ presents ‘Across the Pond’ starring NY & UK Writers

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

Digby Beaumont’s flash fiction stories have appeared or are forthcoming in many fine publications: Blue Five Notebook, R.K.VR.Y. Journal, Bartleby Snopes, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Change Seven Magazine, Flash Frontier, Jellyfish Review and 100-Word Story, among others. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology. He made a living as a nonfiction author for many years, with numerous publications. He has also worked as a teacher, photographer, construction worker and caregiver. Digby is a student of tango and sings in a choir in Hove, England, where he lives by the seafront with his 20-year-old cat, Tom, who has no complaints.

Craig Fishbane is the author of the short fiction collection On the Proper Role of Desire, published by Big Table Publishing. His work has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Gravel, Bartleby Snopes, Drunken Boat and The Nervous Breakdown. His next book will either be a novel or a collection of scandalous personal essays, depending on which he finishes first.  Craig lives in Brooklyn and his characters are as edgy and urgent as the people you’ll find hanging out on the street corners of his native borough.  He still writes with pen and paper and does a lot of his best work while riding the subway.

Lucinda Kempe has work in New World Writing, r.kv.r.v. Jellyfish Review, The Summerset Review, Matter Press’ Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, decomP, and Coruium.  She won the Joseph Kelly Prize for Creative Writing in 2015, and is currently an MFA candidate in writing and creative literature at Stony Brook University.  Lucinda lives in an Arts & Crafts style abode where she exorcises with words.  When she first moved to NYC as a young actress, she lived in the East Village, not far from the KGB Bar.

Simon Perchik is a poet who broke through during the time of the Beat Poets, though he identifies more with The Black Mountain School of poetry.  He is the author of twenty poetry books.  His opus collection titled “Hands Collected: The Books of Simon Perchik, Poems 1949 – 1999” was published by Pavement Saw Press, and reviewed by David Ignatow, Tony Frazer, Naton Leslie and other esteemed poets.  His newest book “The B Poems” was recently published by Poets Wear Prada.  Simon was a pilot in England during WW2, then studied at NYU Law School.  He was Long Island’s first environmental prosecutor.  He currently resides in East Hampton and NYC.

Iris N. Schwartz is a fiction writer, as well as a Pushcart-Prize-nominated poet. Most recently, her work has appeared in Grabbing the Apple: An Anthology of Poems by New York Women Writers; and in such journals as Flash Fiction Friday (178), The Gambler, Jellyfish Review, Pure Slush (Volume 12), and Silver Birch Press. She has work forthcoming in Bindweed Magazine, The Flash Fiction Press, and Gyroscope Review. Her book of poetry, Awakened, with poems by Madeline Artenberg, was published by Rogue Scholars Press. Iris cofounded New York performance poets Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses. In her younger years she zip-lined, water-skied without knowing how to swim, and sang around town.

Alex Thornber, a Leo, is a novelist and short story writer, as well as a bookseller and photographer, because he can’t stay still very long.  His fiction has been published in journals and zines such as Metazen, Wilderness House Literary Review, Spectre and others.  He has written many in-depth reviews of story collections for Tania Hershman’s “The Short Review” and Alex is also a columnist for Litro magazine. He lives in Southampton, UK with a very needy yet distant rabbit named Titch.  His current literary novel is set in England and tentatively titled “Vodka Catatonic”.

Host Susan Tepper


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Rae Armantrout + Kaveh Akbar

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

Rae Armantrout has published numerous books of poetry, including Partly: New and Selected Poems, 2001–2015 (Wesleyan University Press, 2016); Itself (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), and Versed (Wesleyan University Press, 2009), which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010.  Armantrout’s poetry has been widely anthologized, appearing in Language Poetries, (New Directions), In The American Tree, (National Poetry Foundation), Postmodern American Poetry (W.W. Norton), Poems for the Millennium, Vol. 2 (University of California Press), American Women Poets of the 21st Century (Wesleyan University Press), and several editions of Best American Poetry. She is also the author of a prose memoir, True, which was published by Atelos in 1998. She has taught writing for almost twenty years at the University of California, San Diego.

Kaveh Akbar is the founder and editor of Divedapper. His poems appear recently or soon in American Poetry Review, Guernica, PBS NewsHour, POETRY, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in early 2018, and a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, will be out with Sibling Rivalry Press in January 2017. Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives in Florida. 


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,

RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

October 29, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Bon Bon Burlesque

October 29, 2016
9:30 pm -

$10 cover.  2 drink minimum.  Cash only.
9:30pm door, 10:00pm show.


RR: Michael Arenella Quartet

October 27, 2016
8:30 pm -

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


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. 


RR: Bedlam

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

KGB: Jenna & Emma

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


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - John Beer + Christine Kanownik

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

John Beer is the author of Lucinda (Canarium, 2016) and The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium, 2010), and the editor of Poems (1962-1997) by Robert Lax (Wave, 2013). He lives in Portland, OR and teaches creative writing at Portland State University.

Christine Kanownik is the author of KING OF PAIN (Monk Books 2016). Her poetry can or will be found at FENCE, Poetry Crush, Jubilat, among others. Her chapbook We Are Now Beginning to Act Wildly was published in 2012 by Diez Press. 


Ronna Wineberg & Donna Baier Stein

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

Ronna Wineberg is the author of a novel, On Bittersweet Place (Relegation Books, 2014), and two collections of short fiction: Second Language (New Rivers Press, 2005), which won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition and was the runner-up for the 2006 Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, and Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life, which was published earlier this year by Serving House Books.  Her stories have appeared in such places as American Way, Confrontation, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and South Dakota Review, and have also been broadcast on National Public Radio. She has been awarded a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Atherton scholarship in fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and residencies to the Ragdale Foundation and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  She is the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review.  Please visit her at: www.ronnwineberg.com

Long before the phenomenon that is Lena Dunham, Ronna Wineberg gives us the unforgettable Lena Czernitski. This incredible girl will steal your heart. She is passionate and practical, fierce but also forgiving. Wineberg’s debut novel On Bittersweet Place will hold you in its gentle enthrall.  A coming of age novel, an immigrant story, and an altogether moving meditation on life and the pursuit of happiness.” ––Marcy Dermansky,

Donna is the author of Sympathetic People (Iowa Finalist Award Winner and 2015 IndieBook Awards Finalist) and Sometimes You Sense the Difference. An earlier version of her forthcoming novel The Silver Baron’s Wife won the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her writing has earned three Pushcart nominations. She has received a Bread Loaf Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University MFA Fellowship, Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Prize, grants from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and Poetry Society of Virginia, a Scholarship from the Summer Literary Seminars, and more. 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: FBomb

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Spaghetti Eastern Music

October 21, 2016
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

$5 cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Sirene Salone

October 21, 2016
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

$10 cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: FBomb NY

October 21, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.

Michael Gillan Maxwell is a writer and visual artist in the Finger Lakes Region of NY state. A teller of tales and singer of songs. Maxwell is the author of The Part Time Shaman Handbook: An Introduction For Beginners (2015). Contact:michaelgillanmaxwell@gmail.com

Robert Vaughan is an author of poetry, hybrid and fiction writing, with four published books: Microtones (2012), Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (2013), Addicts & Basements (2014), and RIFT (2015).

Meg Tuite is author of two short story collections, Bound By Blue (2013) Sententia Books and Domestic Apparition (2011) San Francisco Bay Press, and five chapbooks. She teaches at Santa Fe Community College, and is a columnist at Connotation Press and JMWW. Her blog: megtuite.com/

Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State, an editor at the online magazine Literary Orphans, and the author of I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE AND NEITHER ARE YOU (2015).  You can also find him at lenkuntz.blogspot.com/

Karen Stefano is the author of The Secret Games of Words (2016). She is Fiction Editor for Connotation Press. Her stories have appeared in The South Carolina Review, Tampa Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Epiphany, and elsewhere. Karen was nominated for the XXXVIII Pushcart Prize. She lives in Southern California and is currently at work on a novel.


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


RR: Chris DeWan and friends

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

No cover. 

Hoopty Time Machines (and other time machines!)

Christopher DeWan reads from his new short story collection HOOPTY TIME MACHINES. The stories include fairy tale heroines, introspective superheroes, and a whole menagerie of myths and monsters, but at their heart, each one is deeply human, and at least a little bit heartbreaking. One of the “most anticipated small press books of 2016.”

With special, surprise guests!

“Like Barry Yourgrau went on tour with sad, lyrical stand-up routines—funny, sharp, playful zingers of stories that reach right out to grab a reader.” - Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

“Hoopty Time Machines is much like a bag of M&M’s, in that it’s nearly impossible, once you’ve opened it, not to consume it down to the last morsel, and fast. It is less like a bag of M&M’s in that you never know what you’ll find beneath the candy coating: a peanut or an amphetamine, a rosary bead or a thumbtack.” - Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination

“An absolute delight from the first page to the last: it’s like that scene in Singin’ in the Rain, only with ideas instead of puddles.” - Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Jean Valentine + Jane Mead

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

Jean Valentine is the author of thirteen books of poetry, published from 1965 to her most recent book, Shirt in Heaven, in 2015.  She has also, with Ilya Kaminsky, published a translation of Marina Tsvetaeva’s poetry, Dark Elderberry Branch, in 2012. She has taught in a number of undergraduate and MFA writing programs, in the NYC area, where she lives, and at a few Low Residence MFA writing programs as well.  Her first book won The Yale Series of Younger Poets award, and since then her work has been awarded the National Book Award and other prizes. 

Jane Mead is the author of four collections of poetry: The Lord and the General Din of the World (1996), The House of Poured-Out Waters (2001),The Usable Field (2008), and Money Money Money Water Water Water (2014).  She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Lannan, Whiting, and Guggenheim foundations. She has taught at Colby College, Washington University, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was for many years poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University. Mead is currently on the faculty of the Drew University Low-Residency MFA program.


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,

RR: James Delano and Friends

October 15, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Hello I’m Jamie

October 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

No cover. 2 drink minimum.

Singer-songwriter Jamie Pallot, with Jon Ladeau on lead guitar.

Listen to a song and sign up for the mailing list

http://helloimjamie.com/

Read about Jamie’s transition from Condé Nast editor to musician:

http://bitly.com/jamieinft
http://bitly.com/jamieinwwd


KGB: Rutgers-Newark MFA reading

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


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

October 13, 2016
9:00 pm -

Doors 9:00, music 9:30.
No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: PEN Live

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

Women Writing Brazil
No cover.


KGB: Behind the Book - Maksik, Murphy, Jarrar & Malone

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

Alexander Maksik is the author of three novels: You Deserve Nothing; A Marker to Measure Drift, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for both the William Saroyan Prize and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; and the just published Shelter in Place, a magnetic novel about the hereditary nature of mental illness, the fleeting intensity of youth, the obligations of family, and the dramatic consequences of love.  A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, his writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Tin House, Harvard Review, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Salon, and Narrative Magazine, among other publications.  He is the recipient of a 2015 Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and The Corporation of Yaddo.  He is the co-artistic director of the Can Cab Literary Residence in Catalonia, Spain, and his work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

“There’s something truly exhilarating about reading a novel that’s so audaciously original, so inventive and let’s be honest, so sort of weird that you want to put it in the hands of just about everyone you know.  And that’s a perfect description of Alexander Maksik’s stunningly unsettling third novel, Shelter in Place.”
– The San Francisco Chronicle

Tim Murphy’s lauded debut novel, Christodora, a powerful account of the AIDS crisis and its aftermath centering on the venerable Christodora, a 16-story apartment building in New York’s East Village, was an Indie Next Selection and an Amazon Top 10 Best Book of the Month.  Moving kaleidoscopically from the Tompkins Square Riots and attempts by activists to galvanize a true response to the AIDS epidemic, to the New York City of the future, Christodora recounts the heartbreak wrought by AIDS, illustrates the allure and destructive power of hard drugs, and brings to life the ever-changing city itself.  Tim has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York Magazine, where his cover story on the new HIV-prevention pill regimen PrEP was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Journalism.  He also covers LGBT issues, arts, pop culture, travel, and fashion for publications including The New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler.  He lives in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley.

“A powerful novel about the AIDS crisis and its legacy . . . Murphy offers a compelling portrait of the community of activists that transformed queer life in the 1980s and ’90s . . . His depictions of the day-to-day business of activists and bureaucrats have uncommon authority.  He vividly captures the diversity and tensions within the AIDS movement . . . No book has made me feel so intensely not just the ravages of AIDS but also the devastating cost of activism . . . Christodora recounts a crucial chapter in the history of queer life, which is to say in the history of American life.  It’s also, for all the despair it documents, a book about hope.”
– Garth Greenwell, Washington Post

Randa Jarrar’s debut novel, A Map of Home, was published in six languages and won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes & Noble Review.  Her hotly anticipated new book, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, is a collection of stories set in Texas, Egypt, Palestine, Michigan, and other locales that moves seamlessly between realism and fable, history and the present, capturing the lives of Muslim women and men, many of them “accidental transients” – a term for migratory birds who have gone astray – seeking their circuitous routes back home.  She blogs for Salon, and her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and other venues.  She has received fellowships and residencies from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Hedgebrook, Caravansarai, and Eastern Frontier.  In 2010, the Hay Festival and Beirut UNESCO named her one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40.  She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the U.S. after the first Gulf War.

“Jarrar follows up her novel, A Map of Home, with a collection of stories depicting the lives of Arab women, ranging from hypnotic fables to gritty realism . . . . Often witty and cutting, these stories transport readers and introduce them to a memorable group of women.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Randa Jarrar does what every brave story-teller should do—she makes sense of what other writers leave outside the bounds.  She connects us with that which others have left unsaid.”
– Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin and Transatlantic

Margaret Malone is the author of the masterful debut story collection, People Like You, which was a Finalist for the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award and winner of the Balcones Fiction Prize.  In plainspoken American speech, with pathos and humor, the nine stories in People Like You feature dark, troubled women unafraid to puncture the pieties or to confront the void.  Her stories and essays can be found in The Missouri Review, Oregon Humanities, Swink, Propeller Quarterly, and elsewhere.  She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE.

“People Like You is a powerful debut by a writer of immense talent.  In stories that shimmer and burn with beauty and sorrow, generosity and wit, Margaret Malone reveals the deepest, darkest, and most illuminating truths about what it means to be human.  I love this book beyond measure.”
– Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

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Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators.  Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in curriculum-based programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors.  In workshop fashion, students do original writing; in elementary school, students create illustrated books.  All students receive copies of authors’ books to keep as their own.  Our goal is to build a new generation of readers and writers.  Since our founding, we have worked with nearly 13,000 students and donated more than 18,000 books to students and school libraries.

www.behindthebook.org


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Terrance Hayes + Stephen Burt

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

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.  How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry. 

Stephen Burt is the author of the poetry collections Belmont (Graywolf Press, 2013) and Parallel Play (Graywolf Press, 2006).  Also a literary critic, Burt’s essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other critical works include The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard University Press, 2010); The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry (Columbia University Press, 2007); Randall Jarrell and His Age (Columbia University Press, 2002); and Popular Music (Center for Literary Publishing, 1999).  Burt is currently a professor of English at Harvard University. He lives in the suburbs of Boston with his spouse, Jessie Bennett, and their two children.


Christine Sneed & Aviya Kushner & Andy Mozina

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

Andy Mozina is author of the novel Contrary Motion (2016), which received a Starred Review in Booklist and was named a “Recommended Read” by the New York Post.
Mozina’s first story collection The Women Were Leaving the Men (2007) won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His story collection Quality Snacks (2014) was a Flannery O’Connor Award finalist. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, and McSweeney’s:  The Small Chair. Andy’s work received special citations in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the Midwest. He resides with his wife and daughter in Kalamazoo, and teaches at Kalamazoo College.

Christine Sneed. Along with being named a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times book prize in the first-fiction category, her first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize, was awarded Ploughshares’ John C. Zacharis prize, and was chosen as Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association in the traditionally published fiction category.  Portraits was also longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story prize and was named one of the seven best books of the year by Time Out Chicago. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, won the Society of Midland Authors Award for best adult fiction 2013, was named one of Booklist’s top ten debut novels of 2013, and best new book by a local author by Chicago Magazine.

She has published stories in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Other Voices, Greensboro Review, River Styx, Phoebe, South Dakota Review, and a number of other journals.
She reads from her fourth book, the story collection The Virginity of Famous Men,

Aviya Kushner’s first book, The Grammar of God: A Journey Into the Words and Worlds of the Bible (Spiegel & Grau/Random House 2015), is about the intense experience of reading the Bible in English after an entire life of reading it in Hebrew.

Her writing has also appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Partisan Review, Poets & Writers, A Public Space, The Wilson Quarterly, and Zoetrope: All-Story.

She has worked as travel columnist for The International Jerusalem Post and as a poetry columnist for BarnesandNoble.com. I am currently an associate professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and I am a contributing editor at A Public Space as well as a mentor for The National Yiddish Book Center.

“In a word, it’s brilliant. And beautiful…even if you’ve no interest in religion, the linguistic excursion here is not to be missed.”
– Barbara Mahaney, The Chicago Tribune

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: Trumpet Fiction

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

Stephen Langlois is a writer of the fantastic and absurd. His work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Portland Review, Monkeybicycle, Matchbook, FLAPPERHOUSE, Necessary Fiction, Profane Journal, and Burrow Press Review, among other places. He is a recipient of a NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship from The Center for Fiction as well as a writing residency from the Blue Mountain Center. He also hosts Brew: An Evening of Literary Works, a monthly reading series held in Brooklyn.
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Erika Swyler is a graduate of New York University. Her short fiction has appeared in WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Litro, Anderbo.com, and elsewhere. Her writing is featured in the anthology Colonial Comics, and her work as a playwright has received note from the Jane Chambers Award. Born and raised on Long Island’s North Shore, Erika learned to swim before she could walk, and happily spent all her money at traveling carnivals. She blogs and has a baking Tumblr with a following of 60,000. Erika recently moved from Brooklyn back to her hometown, which inspired the setting of the book. The Book of Speculation is her debut novel.

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Julian Tepper is the author of two novels, Balls and Ark. In 2011, he co-founded the Oracle Club, an arts club, in New York City. His writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Manhattan Magazine, Kindling Quarterly, the Huffington Post, in addition to numerous other publications. He was born in 1979 and raised in Manhattan.


RR: Ruby Revue Burlesque

October 07, 2016
10:00 pm -

doors 10pm.  Show 10:30 2 drink minimum


KGB: FREE WATER #15

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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


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
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2597848

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: Katie McKenna’s book launch

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


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Nick Flynn + Wendy Xu

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

Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults.  His most recent book is My Feelings (Graywolf, 2015), a collection of poems.  He has received fellowships and awards from, among others, The Guggenheim Foundation, PEN, and the Library of Congress.  Some of the venues his poems, essays, and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and National Public Radio’s This American Life.  He is currently a professor on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston, where he is in reisdence each spring.

Wendy Xu is the author of Phrasis (Fence, 2017), You Are Not Dead (CSU Poetry Center, 2013), and the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Best American Poetry, Boston Review, A Public Space, Poetry, and elsewhere. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing MFA program at Columbia University, and serves as Poetry Editor for Hyperallergic.


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,

RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

October 01, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Lit Crawl

October 01, 2016
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Paragraph

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


RR: Michael Arenella Quartet

September 29, 2016
8:30 pm -

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


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.


RR: Thursday Night Mix Up

September 29, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

KGB: The Rat Hunt Boys book launch

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

To celebrate the release of Anna Mockler’s The Rat Hunt Boys (Autonomedia/Unbearables 2016), eight readers will perform brief excerpts from this experimental fiction novel that’s rocking the nation:

Stephanie Batchelder (playwright/actor)
Fred Bendheim & Sarah Edkins (artist and theatrical)
Diehl Edwards (essayist/stonemason)
Jim Feast (writer/editor)
Bonny Finberg (writer)
Chris Hammett (actor/director)
Amy Holman (poet/editor)
and the author, Anna Mockler.

About the Author:
Anna Mockler’s novel, The Rat Hunt Boys, was published May 2016 (Unbearables/ Autonomedia). Her story collection, Burning Salt (StringTown Press) appeared in 2004.  Her fiction has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Sensitive Skin, Exquisite Corpse, Crab Creek Review, Raven Chronicles, Dial, Smoking Poet, Oxygen, Point No Point, etc.  Other fiction was included in The Big Book of Sex (2011, Unbearables/Autonomedia), The Worst Book I Ever Read (2009, ibid.), Wreckage of Reason: Anthology of XXperimental Prose by Women Writers (Vol. I 2008; Vol. II 2014, Spuyten Duyvil) and Dogs Cats Crows (2001, Black Heron). She was born in New York and has lived all over the country, where she held the traditional jobs of a writer:  insulation contractor, factory worker, office temp, waitress, printer, cabdriver, restoration ecologist, and English adjunct.  She lives in Brooklyn.

Synopsis of The Rat Hunt Boys:
What remains of being human when everything is lost? After a cataclysm destroyed their world, the dregs of Charnholm made what lives they could along its stony coast. They toil to keep flesh on their bones, and to get clean water from the richards, who live in shelter caves high above the harbor, guarded by mercenaries. To occupy the young dregs, always a potential source of revolt, the richards hold Rat Hunts in which the boldest, the Rat Hunt Boys, spear plague-ridden vermin, while the Rimers pace before them, anathematizing the rats in verse, and the Musicians play atop the Hunt Wagon in a cloud of smoke and fat of burning rats in the Wagon’s iron gut. As the Hunt grows increasingly deadly, a conspiracy begins brewing to topple the elite. This is the tale of how they came to rebel, and what success they had.

Blurbs for The Rat Hunt Boys:
“In a society of dregs serving the richards in myriad roles — rope dancers, smiths, scutmen, scavengers, harem horii, beaters, rat hunt boys, and rimers — it is Mary Kath M’Cool, apprentice rimer anathematizing rats with verse for hunt boys to more easily skewer, who one day asks her beloved brother, Finn, ‘Are we no the many, they the few? Nobbut a few shelter caves and hundreds of dregs?’ Half the pleasure in reading The Rat Hunt Boys is following the four children of Cider Mother into awareness of who they are and where they could be, and half is the fertile and alliterative, lovely-gruesome, bramble-lyric lexicon Anna Mockler coined to transport us to Charnholm a generation after The Burning where light-boned, agile spawn go spag diving to keep the lamps lit, and dregs sing the revolution.’’ — Amy Holman

“Anna Mockler expertly employs brilliant Swiftian satire, visceral surrealism, and bracing historical fiction smoldering with gothic overtones and riddled with vibrant, sprawling, and rabidly urgent storytelling in this highly potent kaleidoscopic orgy of a post-apocalyptic epic. Expansive, incredibly imaginative, entirely singular and an absolute pleasure to read.’’ — Donald Breckenridge

“The perfect story to read aloud either to your elders or youngsters, whomever is stranger. If language is a virus, as Burroughs put it, this strain of pidgin is mutantly vaccine resistant, bubonic in its intensity; a queerly affecting tale of creatures ravaged by apocalyptic misadventure.’’ — Kevin Riordan