Liar’s League

December 02, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Liar’s League

October 07, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Liar’s League

August 05, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Book Party for Gregory Fletcher’s Shorts and Briefs

June 04, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Liar’s League

June 03, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Paragraph

May 29, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


FREE WATER #6.2 with Four Way Books

May 27, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Storyscape Journal Issue 14 Launch

May 26, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Permanent Press

May 19, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Sarah Lawrence Reading

May 08, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

May 02, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


NYU Emerging Writers

May 01, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


FREE WATER

April 30, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


book party for Loren Kleinman’s BREAKABLE THINGS

April 28, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Paragraph

April 24, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Fordham reading

April 22, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


LIU Brooklyn MFA reading series

April 17, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


LIU Brooklyn MFA reading series

April 10, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

April 04, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


NYU Emerging Writers

April 03, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Liar’s League

April 01, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


book launch for KAUFMAN’S HILL

March 28, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Paragraph

March 27, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


An evening with novelist Nic Brown

March 25, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nic Brown is the author of the novel Doubles and the story collection Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review. A new novel, In Every Way, is forthcoming from Counterpoint in February 2015. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Review, Garden & Gun, Glimmer Train, and Epoch, among many other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University, he has been the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi (2012-13) and an assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Clemson University. http://www.nicbrown.net/About


Bellevue Literary Review

March 15, 2015
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Editors from Bellevue Literary Review read from new work

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,

Red Hen Press

March 13, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Jason Ockert, Erica Dawson & Jeff Parker

March 08, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, his debut novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches.  Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, Jason has also been honored by the Atlantic Monthly, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award.  His work has appeared in several journals and anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, The Iowa Review, One Story, and McSweeney’s.  He teaches writing at Coastal Carolina University.

Erica Dawson
(Measure Press, 2014) and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Literary Imagination, Unsplendid, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her poems have been featured in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2008 and 2012, American Society: What Poets See, Living in Storms: Contemporary Poetry and the Moods of Manic-Depression, The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets. Her reviews have been featured in Florida Review, and she currently writes a freelance column, “Dark and Sinful,” for Creative Loafing Tampa.
Poetry Editor for the Tampa Review, she is also one of the editors of Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, and serves on the advisory board for 32 Poems.
Born and raised in Maryland, Erica holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Ohio State University, and a PhD from University of Cincinnati.  She’s taught workshops and seminars at the Florida Arts Coalition’s Other Words Conference, St. Leo University’s Sandhill Writers Retreat, and DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon.  She’ll teach there again this summer, as well as at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference in Madison, CT.  An assistant professor at The University of Tampa, she teaches for the undergraduate English and Writing program and the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

Jeff Parker is the author of several books including Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal (Harper Collins), the novel Ovenman (Tin House), and the short story collection The Taste of Penny (Dzanc). He co-edited the anthologies Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House) and Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive). He also co-translated the novel Sankya (Dzanc) by Zakhar Prilepin from the Russian. He is the Director of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, and he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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,

Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

March 07, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


NYU Emerging Writers

March 06, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Paragraph

February 27, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


book party for Stephanie Dickinson’s Love Highway hosted by Spuyten Duyvil

February 24, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On July 26, 2006, Jennifer Moore, age 18, was abducted after a night of underage drinking and taken by small-time pimp, Draymond Coleman, to a seedy Weehawken hotel room that he shared with his prostitute/girlfriend, 20-year-old Krystal Riordan. During the early morning hours, Jennifer was raped and strangled by Coleman, while Riordan looked on. The entire evening had been one of poor judgment that began when Jennifer’s friend drove them in her mother’s car to Manhattan from New Jersey, to go clubbing. The girls parked in a No Standing Zone and when they returned, discovered the car had been towed. Jennifer walked off into the night and ended up on the West Side Highway with Coleman stalking her. The tabloids had a field day with the story—the underage girl/victim, a hooker, rape and murder. Fox News blamed the victim, pointing out Jennifer’s scanty attire as if a halter top had made the teen deserving of her rape. What should have been a teenage misadventure, an impulsive flirtation with the forbidden, led to ultimate consequences. Dickinson’s latest novel fictionalizes the heartbreaking account of this evening.

Readers will Include:
STEPHANIE DICKINSON raised on an Iowa farm now lives in New York City. Her novel Half Girl and novella Lust Series are published by Spuyten Duyvil. Her work appears in Hotel Amerika, Mudfish, Weber Studies, PMS, Nimrod, South Loop Review, Rhino, and Fjords, among others, and her stories have been reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading and New Stories from the South.  Road of Five Churches and Port Authority Orchids are available from Rain Mountain Press. Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg was released in October 2013 by New Michigan Press.  She is an assistant editor at Mudfish and along with Rob Cook edits Skidrow Penthouse.

NAVA RENEK is a writer, editor, and educator. Her published works include two novels, Spiritland and No Perfect Words, as well as a collection of short stories Mating In Captivity.  In 2009 she conceived and edited the first volume of Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of XXperimental Prose by Contemporary Women Writers and in 2014 came out with a second volume: Wreckage of Reason 2: Back to the Drawing Board. She works as program coordinator at the Women’s Center at Brooklyn College/CUNY.


An Evening with Coffee House Press

February 22, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. His debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was described by Publishers Weekly as “a dark night of the soul presented as the finest of evening gowns.” NPR says his work is both “beautiful and unsparing.” His work has appeared in publications like Guernica, The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Blackbird among others. Saeed is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Art / Mentors.

Valeria Luiselli is a Mexican novelist and non-fiction writer. She is the author of the book of essays Sidewalks and the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd. Luiselli’s short fiction and non-fiction pieces have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, Granta, McSweeney’s and Dazed and Confused. Her work has been translated to multiple languages, and in 2014 she was the recipient of the National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 award. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in fall 2015.

Elaine Equi, author of Click and Clone (Coffee House Press, 2011), was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised in Chicago and its outlying suburbs. In 1988, she moved to New York City with her husband poet Jerome Sala. Over the years, her witty, aphoristic, and innovative work has become nationally and internationally known. Her last book, Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and on the short list for Canada’s prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize.

John Dermot Woods is a writer and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of a collection of comics, Activities (Publishing Genius, 2013), and two previous illustrated novels, No One Told Me I Was Going to Disappear (with J.A. Tyler) and The Complete Collection of people, places & things. He and Lincoln Michel created the funny comic strip, Animals in Midlife Crises, for The Rumpus. He is a professor of English at Nassau Community College.

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: Tin Pan Band

February 21, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


RR: BugHouse SPIN: Dating

February 20, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Trafficking in Magic Anthology

February 17, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Maiden in the Moon

February 13, 2015
10:00 pm - 2:00 am


FREE WATER

February 13, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

February 07, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Hello I’m Jamie

February 06, 2015
8:00 pm -


NYU Emerging Writers

February 06, 2015
7:01 pm - 9:01 pm


Liar’s League

February 04, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Paragraph

January 30, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Black Lawrence Press

January 28, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Saint Ann’s Review Reading

January 27, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Shelly Oria & Lee Matthew Goldberg

January 25, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Shelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. Her short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, was published in November by FSG and Random House Canada. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, fivechapters, and Electric Lit’s Recommended Reading among other places, and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, a Sozopol Fiction Fellowship in Bulgaria, and LMCC’s Workspace grant. A MacDowell Fellow in 2012 and 2014, Shelly holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village, and teaches fiction at Pratt Institute, where she also co-directs the Writers’ Forum.

“Shelly Oria’s sparkling stories of busted love, tentative lust, and international identity can come at you in pieces: they can be structured in fragments, numbered like lists, broken up like a dotted line. Inevitably, though, they reassemble by the time she’s done with them, which ensures that you won’t be done with them for a while—they’ll stay with you, gently insistent, pressing on your mind from all directions.” —Ben Greenman, author of The Slippage and Mo’ Meta Blues

“Shelly Oria’s acutely feelingful stories about the beautifully confusing love lives of the post-gender generation are wonderworks of candor and grace. In warm, intimate voices, Ms. Oria’s narrators—young, wisdom-rich, often bicontinental—struggle winningly with longing and loss. If you want to know how the new human heart feels and sounds right this very instant, this is the only book you’ll need.”
—Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way

Lee Matthew Goldberg graduated with an MFA from the New School.  He is a regular contributor to The Montreal Review and The Adirondack Review. His fiction has also appeared in Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Orion headless, Verdad Magazine, BlazeVOX, and on Amazon. He has co-founded a monthly reading series called The Guerrilla Lit Fiction Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). His debut novel SLOW DOWN is a neo-noir thriller that will be published by New Pulp Press in January 2015. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com.

“Lee Matthew Goldberg writes like a young Bret Easton Ellis doing a line of uncut Denis Johnson off the back of a public urinal. Memorable in the best possible way, also mostly illegal, Goldberg’s SLOW DOWN is a mad man’s tour of Manhattan’s vices, follies, and ultimate betrayals. It should come as a guidebook, or more likely--a warning for all the up and comers out there trying to cut a few corners, as well as a few throats, to get ahead. An impressive debut.” - Urban Waite, author of The Terror of Living and Sometimes the Wolf.

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 Inglestam and Friends

January 24, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


Fantastic Fiction

January 21, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:
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Gregory Frost is the author of eight novels (including Shadowbridge, Lord Tophet, Fitcher’s Brides) and over fifty short stories of the fantastic. His novelette “No Others are Genuine” was a 2014 “Long Fiction” finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. His most recent stories are in Out of Tune, an anthology of ballad-stories, edited by Jonathan Maberry; and in Jet-Pack Adventures, commemorating the work of the late Dave Stevens (Rocketeer)
By now he may finally have finished his current novel project.

and

Andy Duncan’s short fiction has won a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and three World Fantasy Awards, the most recent in 2014 for “Wakulla Springs,” a Tor.com novella co-written with Ellen Klages. Also in 2014, Andy co-taught the Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in SF Criticism, held at the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. This spring, he is on sabbatical from Frostburg State University in Maryland, where he is a tenured associate professor of English.


The Great Ohio Edit Evening, Including a Book Release Party for Amy Fusselman’s Savage Park

January 20, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ohio Edit is an art and literary journal on the Internet. This post-holiday, no-kale juice, unrepentant, un-resolutioned, Ohio Edit Amazeballs Spectacular will feature author Amy Fusselman, author and Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin, Shane Kowalski of Died Disappointed?, poet Josh Lefkowitz, pugilist Jim Behrle, singer-songwriter Josh Joplin, and a cast of thousands. 


RR: Pipeline Theater Company

January 18, 2015
7:30 pm -


An Evening with The Writers Studio

January 18, 2015
7:00 am - 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: Tin Pan Band

January 17, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


RR: Pipeline Theater Company

January 17, 2015
7:30 pm -


RR: Pipeline Theater Company

January 16, 2015
7:30 pm -


Drunken Careening Writers

January 15, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


At The Inkwell: Fiction Night

January 14, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lori A. May is the author of six books, including Square Feet and The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life. She writes across the genres and her work may be found in publications such as The Atlantic, Brevity, Midwestern Gothic, and Writer’s Digest. For more info, visit her website atwww.loriamay.com.

Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Little Italy and The Witch of Belladonna Bay (May, 2014). She is also the co-author of I’ll Be Seeing You under the name Suzanne Hayes. She lives by the ocean with her husband and three darling witches. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.


RR: Sunny Side Social Club

January 10, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


Behind the Book

January 08, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Kazu Yokoshima and Friends

January 03, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


RR: The Michael Arenella Quintet

December 31, 2014
7:30 pm - 1:00 am

RR: Kazu Yokoshima and Friends

December 27, 2014
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


25 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain and the Romanian Revolution: Romanian Writers!

December 21, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


25 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain and the Romanian Revolution: Four Romanian-born writers based in New York read from their work:  Adina Dabija, D.R. Popa, Claudia Serea and Saviana Stanescu.
An evening of readings organized in collaboration with Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY)

Adina Dabija was born on October 15, 1974, in Aiud, Romania. From 1997 – 2000, she worked as a journalist in Bucharest. She then studied in the masters program in multimedia communications at the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada, from 2001-2003 and received a M.S. in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York, in 2008. Since 2001 she has been an editor of www.respiro.org . She lives now in New York, where she practices oriental medicine. Her first book, poezia-papusa (poetry-doll), was awarded the Bucharest Writers’ Association Guild Prize. Her second book, Stare nediferentiata (Undifferentiated state), won the Tomis Poetry Award in Romania. Beautybeast, translated into English by Claudia Serea, was published by NorthShore Press in 2012, her first collection of poetry in English. In 2013 her novel Șaman (Shaman) was published by Polirom in Romania.

D. R. Popa (Dumitru Radu Popa) is a native of Romania who immigrated to the United States in 1986. He holds an MA from the University of Bucharest (1972) and an MS from Columbia University. His literary works in Romanian include a book about French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, six collections of short stories, and three novels. Translated Romanian poetry into English and wrote literary criticism. In 2007 Lady V. and Other Stories was published at Spuyten Duyvil, in New York, and in 2011 Sabrina and Other Good Suspicions appeared at Outskirts Press. He was awarded the literary prize for debut in Romania (1969), an award for prose (1970), and the Union of Romanian Writers Award in 1997 (for Panic Syndrome!).
D.R. Popa is an Assistant Dean and Director of the Law Library at NYU School of Law, and tenured Law Lecturer. Featured in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America.

Claudia Serea
immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, Apple Valley Review, and many others. A four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012,) The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012,) A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013,) To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervena Barva Press,) and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Media, forthcoming.)
Serea co-edited and co-translated from the Romanian poems for the anthology The Vanishing Point That Whistles (Talisman House, 2011). She translated Adina Dabija’s Beautybeast (North Shore Press, Alaska, 2012). Serea is the co-founder and translations editor of The National Translation Month blog and poetry editor for City Lit Rag. She co-hosts The Williams Readings poetry series in Rutherford, NJ. More at cserea.tumblr.com.

Saviana Stanescu ( www.saviana.com) is an award-winning Romanian-born poet and playwright based in NYC/Ithaca, NY, writing in English and Romanian. She has multiple published books of drama and poetry including the collections of poems: Google Me, The Outcast, Diary of a Clone.  Recent theatre productions of her plays include: Ants at NJ Rep, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project, Ego Actus, NYC; B Street Theatre, California; Know Theatre, Cincinnati, Teatro La Capilla, Mexico City; Odeon Theatre, Bucharest; published by Samuel French), Waxing West (La MaMa Theatre, 2007 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Play), For a Barbarian Woman (Fordham/EST). She was a NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project and writer-in-residence for Richard Schechner’s East Coast Artists. Saviana had poetry readings in the UK (London, Salisbury, Swansea, Bath Literature Festival, Cambridge), Austria, Macedonia, Germany, Mexico, USA (NYU, International House, Bowery Poetry Club, Cornelia Café, Russian Samovar, Romanian Cultural Institute, Nuyorican Poets Café, KGB Bar, Romanian Embassy in Washington DC, Smith College, Meacham Writers Conference, Pen International, etc), and in various venues in Romania. Saviana’s poems in English have been published in: Poetry London, Metamorphoses, Exquisite Corps, Pen Club Magazine, The Temple, Watchword, Absinthe, The Saint Ann’s Review, Talisman, etc. She founded Immigrants Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY) and curates playgroundezero and New York with an Accent.  She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, Tisch. Currently she teaches Playwriting and Contemporary Theatre/Performance at Ithaca College.

This event is organized in collaboration with Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY)

KGB Bar has been named the best literary venue in NYC by the Village Voice and New York Magazine. The KGB Bar was, once upon a time, a gathering spot for Ukrainian Socialists. In the decades since it opened in 1993, KGB has become a New York literary institution. Writers hooked up in the publishing world meet and mingle and read here with pleasure and without pay to an adoring public.

Suzanne Dottino is the Sunday Night Fiction Director – Questions: Contact: suzannedottino@gmail.com

About the Series: KGB Reading Series

First Wednesday of every month

RR: Camille Harris

December 20, 2014
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


[event cancelled]

December 20, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Oh! Mega!

December 19, 2014
10:00 pm - 12:00 am


RR: ABBEY STRAßE

December 19, 2014
8:00 pm -

The Beatles’ timeless triumph gets Gesamtkunstwerk’d in this new show by cabaret artist Salty Brine. Experience Abbey Road, from start to finish, as a German Kabarett, inspired by Brecht and Weill, Kander and Ebb, Marlene Dietrich, Ute Lemper ...die liste geht weiter! (The list goes on!) With piano arrangements by Ian Axness (Clown Bar) and direction by Annie Tippe (Ghost Quartet).
http://abbeyroadcabaret.brownpapertickets.com


Paragraph

December 19, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Drunken Careening Writers: Best Lesbian Erotica All-Stars

December 18, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tina Horn produces and hosts the sexuality podcast “Why Are People Into That?!”. Her first book, a collection of nonfiction stories about sex workers called Not Given Lightly, will be released in April 2015. Her publication credits include Vice, Nerve, and Best Bondage Erotica 2010 and she was the co-creator of the Feminist Porn Award winning QueerPorn.Tv. She once sold a golden dildo to Beyonce. TinaHorn.net / WhyArePeopleIntoThat.com / @TinaHornsAss

D. L. King would like to lie around, doing nothing, but instead, she spends far too much time in front of the computer. She is the editor of a dozen erotic anthologies, among them a Lambda Literary Award winner (The Harder She Comes: Butch-Femme Erotica) and another finalist (Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica). She has high hopes for this year’s, She Who Must Be Obeyed: Femme Dominant Lesbian Erotica. Her short stories can be found in about seventy anthologies, including five of the Best Lesbian Erotica series. She is the author of two novels of female domination and male submission, The Melinoe Project and The Art of Melinoe. She also publishes and edits the erotica review site, Erotica Revealed. Find out
more at dlkingeortica.com and dlkingerotica.blogspot.com.

Sid March seems to have lost track of all her pen names. A round-the-clock word nerd (and kinky-ass queer!), Sid currently writes, edits, and burns the midnight oil in Brooklyn, NY.

BD Swain is a butch dyke who started writing queer smut because of a deep need to so. Pushing her sexual expression is what makes her feel the most alive. Read more of her writing at bdswain.com.

Laura Antoniou is series editor for Best Lesbian Erotica published by Cleis Press. She is the author of the well known Marketplace series of erotic novels.Her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean. Many examples of her short fiction, articles, essays and rants can be found in the collection titled The Catalyst and Other Tales. In 2011, Laura won the prestigious John Preston Short Fiction Award from the National Leather Association, for her short story, “That’s Harsh,” which appears in the e-book edition of The Slave and in 2012, she won the award again for her story, “The Man With The Phoenix Tattoo,” which appears in the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica. In 2013, Laura published her first mystery, The Killer Wore Leather, a murder mystery that takes place at a leather contest. It won the 2013 Rainbow Book Award for Best B/T & LGBT Contemporary & Historical Fiction.

Deborah Jannerson’s work has been published by many magazines and organizations including Bitch, Curve, and A Room of Her Own. Her novella, Further, was a finalist in the 2014 William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, and she has a story in the forthcoming Best Lesbian Erotica 2015. She has seven finished manuscripts, which include coming-of-age fiction, poetry, erotica, and horror. Jannerson resides in New Orleans. deborahjannerson.com / @TheBadassMuppet.

Drunken! Careening! Writers! is a reading series based on the proposition that readings should be by 1) good writers; who 2) read their work well; 3) something in it makes people laugh (nervous laughter counts), and 15 minutes, tops. (Since 2004).


Trumpet Fiction

December 18, 2014
5:17 pm -

Gina Apostol, The Gun Dealer’s Daughter (Norton), winner of the Pen/Open Book Award. 
Gina Apostol’s last novel, Gun Dealers’ Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). She is working on William McKinley’s World, a novel set in Balangiga and Tacloban in 1901, during the Philippine-American War. She was writer-in-residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and a fellow at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy, among other fellowships. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, the Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

Paula Bomer, Inside Madeleine (Soho Press).
Paula Bomer is the author of the collection, Inside Madeleine (Soho Press, May 2014), the novel Nine Months (Soho Press, August 2012), which received exuberant reviews inThe Atlantic, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and elsewhere. Her collection, Baby and Other Stories (Word Riot Press, December 2010), received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, calling it a “lacerating take on marriage and motherhood…not one to share with the Mommy and Me group”, Kirkus Review deemed it “a worthy, if challenging, entry into the genre of transgressional fiction”, and O Magazine referred to it as a “brilliant, brutally raw debut.” Links to various work, interviews and more can be found here. She also is the publisher of Sententia Books and edits Sententia: The Literary Journal.

Juliann Garey, Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See (Soho Press).
Juliann Garey is a journalist and screenwriter whose work has appeared in Marie Claire, More, New York Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the editor of Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion, and has received fellowships in fiction writing at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Vermont Studio Center. A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Garey lives in New York City. Too Bright To Hear Too Loud to See is her first novel.

Bronwen Hruska, Accelerated (Pegasus Books).
Before becoming publisher of Soho Press, Bronwen Hruska worked as a journalist and screenwriter for twenty years. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, More Magazine, Entertainment Weekly,Cosmopolitan, the Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She’s sold an original screenplay and original television pilots, even though, alas, none of them were ever produced. She lives in Manhattan with her two sons, and is completely thrilled that Accelerated, her first novel, will see the light of day.


Fantastic Fiction

December 17, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Steven Gould is the author of 10 science fiction novels including Jumper, source material for the 2008 movie of the same name. His fiction has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Compton Crook, Locus, and Prometheus awards and the recipient of the Hal Clement award for YA SF. His latest novel is Exo, fourth book in the Jumper series.

and

Rajan Khanna’s first novel, Falling Sky, was released in October. His short fiction has been published in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com, and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed.


FREE WATER #4: Saeed Jones, Amy Lawless, Bianca Stone and Andres Cerpa

December 16, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. His debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise was described by Publishers Weekly as “a dark night of the soul presented as the finest of evening gowns.” NPR says his work is both “beautiful and unsparing.” His work has appeared in publications like Guernica, The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Blackbird among others. Saeed is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Art / Mentors.

Amy Lawless is the author of two books for poems, most recently My Dead (Octopus Books 2013). Her next book Broadax is also forthcoming from Octopus Books. An audio chapbook from BROADAX is just out from Black Cake Records. Some poems have most recently appeared in The Equalizer, Atlas Review, and Smoking Glue Gun.  She was a 2011 NYFA poetry fellow and lives in New York City where she teaches writing. For more info on Amy, check out her blog @ amylawless.blogspot.com

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. Her books include Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books 2014), and Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions 2012). She is co-founder/editor of the press Monk Books, and chairs the Ruth Stone Foundation (ruthstonefoundation,org) from her home in Brooklyn, New York.

Andrés Cerpa was raised in Staten Island, New York. He received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Delaware and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Rutgers University, where he also teaches. He has been the recipient of an American Academy of Poets Prize from the University of Delaware and his poems have appeared in The Foundling Review.


RR: Deanna Kirk Sings Heliotrope

December 16, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Apito Press

December 15, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

APITO PRESS

Apito Press, founded by poet Carlos iro Burgos, is a new community publisher based in Philadelphia and New York City. At this reading, Apito will launch David Backer’s first short story collection, The Yolk, and iro’s second book of poetry, Spanglibonics.

David Backer founded fictiondaily.org, the online fiction aggregator, and has published his own fiction, non-fiction, and translation in Swink, Granta.com, n+1 online, Words Without Borders, Metazen, StoryChord, New Dead Families, kill author, and the collection Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial. He has a PhD in philosophy and education, enjoys old-timey banjo, and was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1984.

Carlos iro Burgos is a father, avid questioner of masculinities, explorer of emotion and realities, and recently moved to Philadelphia to continue studying higher education. Spanglibonics follows From Boy to IRO, as the newest collection of poems exploring the hybrid experiences of Afro-Nuyoricans.


St. Petersburg Review

December 14, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 am

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: Hot Club of Flatbush

December 13, 2014
11:00 pm - 2:00 am


Trumpet Fiction

December 13, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jim Jennings is a 5th generation Oklahoman.  His Chickasaw ancestors came West to the windswept plains on the Trail of Tears in the 1830’s.  Jim is a recovering trial lawyer and a veteran of many New York Writers Workshop pitch conferences.  His debut novel THE LIGHT MOST FAVORABLE was published by Tradeworks Publishing in 2012.  His next two novels, MIRADOR and BLUE WILD INDIGO, are nearing completion.

Claire Van Winkle received her BA at New York University and has recently completed her MFA at Queens College, where she studied poetry writing and literary translation. Claire currently teaches grammar, composition, creative writing, and literature at Queens College and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and runs writing therapy groups at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She has been the recipient of several honors including the inaugural Queens College Foundation Scholarship for Poetry Writing and Literary Translation, an American Literary Translators Association Travel Fellowship, an American Academy of Poets Award, the Mary M. Fay Poetry Award, and the Lenore Lipstein Memorial Prize for Formal Poetry.

Two of Claire’s poems and original recipes will appear in Feast: Poems and Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.

John Bowers was born, raised and educated in East Tennessee, but has lived in New York since 1962. His first story was published at the age of 14 in a magazine called Matrix. He has since published eight books of fiction and non fiction and has had a play produced twice off-Broadway called The Remembrance of Things Present. His articles and essays have appeared in Harper’s, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and The Village Voice. He has received a CAP’S award for fiction and taught in the Writing Program at Columbia, 1985-2006. He currently teaches in the Writing Program at Wilkes University. 


RR: Lauren Lee

December 12, 2014
11:00 pm - 2:00 am


LIU Brooklyn’s MFA Program

December 12, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Behind the Book: Matthew Thomas & Atticus Lish

December 11, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Atticus Lish’s stunning debut novel, Preparation for the Next Life, plums the underbelly of New York City, tracing the relationship of an undocumented Chinese immigrant working in a tiny noodle restaurant and an AWOL Iraqi war veteran.  His first book is a collection of illustrations, Life Is with People.  A former Marine, he works as a Chinese-English translator of technical subject matter.  In the past, he worked in a Styrofoam factory, as a construction laborer, personal trainer, moving man, security guard, fast-food counter person, and telemarketer.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife of seventeen years, Beth.

“Perhaps the finest and most unsentimental love story of the new decade.” – Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Lish’s prose is at once raw and disciplined, and every word feels necessary.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The “next life” of Atticus Lish’s novel is the one you have to die to know.  It’s also the next civilian life of a soldier ravaged by three tours in Iraq, and the dodgy life of an immigrant in the city’s sleepless boroughs.  The work is violent, swift, and gloriously descriptive.  It is love story and lament, a haunting record of unraveling lives.  Lish says starkly and with enormous power: the spirit prevails until it doesn’t.  A stunning debut. – Noy Holland, author of Swim for the Little One First

Matthew Thomas’ masterly debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, tells the epic story of a multi-generational Irish-American family.  Already a New York Times bestseller, his novel was named to The New York Times 100 Notable Book of 2014 and is short-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award.  A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award.  He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.

“In his powerful and significant debut novel, Thomas masterfully evokes one woman’s life in the context of a brilliantly observed Irish working-class milieu….a definitive portrait of American social dynamics in the 20th century.  Thomas’s emotional truthfulness combines with the novel’s texture and scope to create an unforgettable narrative.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The mind is a mystery no less than the heart.  In We Are Not Ourselves, Matthew Thomas has written a masterwork on both, as well as an anatomy of the American middle class in the 20th Century.  It’s all here: how we live, how we love, how we die, how we carry on.  And Thomas does it with the epic sweep and small pleasures of the very best fiction. It’s humbling and heartening to read a book this good.” – Joshua Ferris, author of Then We Came to the End


RR: Sogno di Capri

December 10, 2014
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

At The Inkwell

December 10, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SJ Sindu is a Sri Lankan Tamil writer who focuses on traditionally silenced voices—the immigrant, the poor, the queer, the female-bodied, the non-Christian, the non-white. Sindu is a Ph.D. student at Florida State University, and has published inBrevity, Water~Stone Review, Harpur Palate, The MacGuffin, Sinister Wisdom, and elsewhere. Find out more at sjsindu.com.

Bibi Wein’s most recent book, The Way Home: A Wilderness Odyssey won the Tupelo Press Editor’s Award for Prose. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Iris, American Letters & Commentary, Permafrost, Other Voices, Kalliope, Hawk & Handsaw, Wildflower, and Adirondack Life. Twice a Pushcart nominee, Bibi has been a literature fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a resident at ArtSmith, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. She divides her time between Manhattan and a log cabin in the Adirondacks.

Maria Terrone’s poetry collections are Eye to Eye (Bordighera Press, 2014); A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Award, Ashland Poetry Press); The Bodies We Were Loaned, and a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2. Her work, which has been published in French and Farsi, has appeared in magazines including Poetry, Ploughshares, Hudson Review, and Poetry International and in more than 20 anthologies.

Gregory Fletcher is a graduate of California State University at Northridge with a BA in Theater, of Boston University with a MA in Playwriting, and of Columbia University with an MFA in Directing. Off-Off Broadway playwriting credits includeEdenville, My Sister the Cow, Stairway to Heaven, Roast Beef and the Rare Kiss, Robert Mapplethorpe’s Flowers and The Moon Alone. Regionally, his plays have been produced in Boston, Miami, Moscow (Idaho), Provincetown, and several university credits. Two of his plays have been published by Back Stage Books, Dramatic Publishing, and by Anco Entertainment in the Netherlands and Belgium. He is the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting and the National Ten-Minute Play Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and a first runner up for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. He was a playwriting grantee at the Sundance Theatre Lab, a nominee for Outstanding Original Short Script for the New York IT Awards, and a national finalist for Reva Shiner Comedy Award. He has taught playwriting at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Niagara University, Wilkes University in the MA/MFA Creative Writing Program, and at CUNY – Kingsborough Community College, where he is the Director of Theatre Arts. For more, visit www.gregoryfletcher.com.


True Story Nonfiction

December 09, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Monday Night Poetry: MARK DOTY + VIJAY SESHADRI

December 08, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

VIJAY SESHADRI is the author of Wild Kingdom (1996), The Long Meadow (2003), which won the James Laughlin Award, and 3 Sections (2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.  The Pulitzer committee described the book as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.” Seshadri has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and has taught at Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program.

MARK DOTY’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008.  His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose:  Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections....Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts....Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island. He is Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Two new books are forthcoming, both from W.W. Norton: What Is the Grass, a prose meditation on Walt Whitman and the ecstatic, and Deep Lane, a new volume of poems.


The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals

December 07, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

John Strausbaugh & friends read excerpts from The Village, his epic 400-year history of Greenwich Village, hailed by the Boston Globe as “a treaure trove,” by the New York Times as “rare and refreshing,” and by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Books of 2013. John’s guests include:

Irwin Chusid, author and WFMU host
George Tabb, author and punk rocker
Rasha Refaie, author
Mike Edison, author, rocker and Heritage Radio host
Kate Walter, author

Mike Doughty, author and musician
THE VILLAGE:400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals

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: Tin Pan Band

December 06, 2014
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


MWA-NY

December 06, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Scott Adlerberg is the author of the crime novel Spiders and Flies, and his short fiction has appeared in Thuglit, All Due Respect, and Spinetingler Magazine. Each summer he hosts the Word for Word Reel Talks film commentary series in Bryant Park in Manhattan. His new book is the genre-blending noir/fantasy novella Jungle Horses, out now from Broken River Books.  It’s his second work that has to do with the Caribbean, a place where he spent a lot of time and became a connoisseur of rum.  He lives in Brooklyn.

Dan Burstein was nominated for an Edgar Award for his 2011 book, The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time.  He is the creator, editor, and author of the Secrets series, which includes the world’s bestselling guidebooks to the fiction of Dan Brown, with over four million copies in print worldwide, in over thirty languages.  The books have appeared on more than a dozen bestseller lists, including twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times list, and have been the basis for three documentary films. His most recent book is Secrets of Inferno: In the Footsteps of Dante and Dan Brown.  He is also the author of fourteen books on subjects ranging from global economics and technology to pop culture, and is cofounder and managing partner of Millennium Technology Value Partners, a New York City-based venture capital firm.

Tom Coffey is a writer and editor who has worked a long time—perhaps too long—in journalism. He’s been an MWA member since 1999, when his first novel, The Serpent Club, was published. His second novel, Miami Twilight, came out in 2001, and his third novel, Blood Alley, came out in 2008. His next book, Bright Morning Star, will be published in April. Along the way he’s somehow managed to stay married and raise a now-teenaged girl—who loves mysteries!

Matt Cook is the author of Sabotage, which he wrote at nineteen while an undergraduate at Stanford. There he also published two nonfiction books and cofounded a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. Now a doctoral candidate in Economics at Penn, he enjoys travel, scuba, and Latin dancing for fun. A professional close-up magician trained at the Hollywood Magic Castle, he has performed in over 80 countries, and will gladly show you a trick if asked.

Jeff Markowitz is the author of the Cassie O’Malley Mysteries, an amateur sleuth mystery series set deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens.  He loves to write early in the morning…you can usually find him at his computer at 5:30 in the morning plotting someone’s murder. When he’s not out looking for dead bodies, Jeff keeps busy as the founder and Executive Director of a network of programs and services for adults with autism. Jeff is a proud member of the Mystery Writers of America. His new book, Death and White Diamonds, is a darkly comic mystery/thriller.

H. T. NAREA is an international investment banker with 20+ years of experience, primarily at JP Morgan Chase in New York.  He has advised governments, companies, and banks around the world on sovereign risk, debt restructuring, infrastructure projects, M&A, private equity, debt trading, and syndicated finance. He got his start in fiction by researching and editing several books by his father-in-law, Paul Erdman, the New York Times bestselling creator of the financial thriller. The Fund is Narea’s first novel and was nominated for best debut novel by the International Thrillers Association.

James D. Robertson was first published as a columnist in his high school newspaper. Later, he wrote a Fortune 500 company newsletter and took assignments as a freelance reporter. He was a substantial contributor to two non-fiction works, Doc: Platoon Medic, a Military Book Club selection by Daniel Evans Jr., and Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts, a New York Times bestseller by Colonel David H. Hackworth.  James served with the authors in Vietnam. James is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Long Island Writers’ Guild and co-founder of a critique group that call themselves, with tongue in cheek, the Future Best Selling Novelists of Long Island. The group published an anthology of short fiction in 2012 entitled Chapter One. He has completed two novels—For Good Reason, a Vietnam War story and The Woodstock Murders, a thriller. He lives on Long Island where he is working on his third novel.

New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than eighty books and a two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist. The Good Sister, first in a trio of social networking suspense novels for HarperCollins, was on Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2013 list and optioned for television, followed The Perfect Stranger (August 2014) and The Black Widow (coming 2/24/15). Lily Dale, a new adult cozy mystery series from Crooked Lane, along with her next HarperCollins suspense trilogy, Mundy’s Landing, will launch in the fall of 2015. Wendy lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of twenty-three years and their two children.


RR: Lauren Lee

December 05, 2014
10:00 pm - 1:00 am


LIU Brooklyn’s MFA Program

December 05, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Columbia Selects

December 04, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our lineup this month:

Jesse Garcés Kiley’s poems have appeared in The New Republic and Oranges and Sardines. A recipient of the David Craig Austin Poetry award, he’s taught poetry and writing at Columbia University and is currently an assistant professor of English at Bard High School Early College. He is working on his first collection of poetry, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Gila Lyons’ work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Morning News, Salon, Tablet, The Forward, The Faster Times, The Berkshire Review, and other publications. She lives in Boston, where she teaches writing and is at work on a memoir.

Sarah Coleman grew up in the United Kingdom, where she ate Marmite and rode double-decker buses. Her writing has appeared in ARTnews, Salon, the Oxford American and in the anthologies The Compact Reader and Yentl’s Revenge, and she has had writing residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2012 she launched the popular blog The Literate Lens (theliteratelens.com), and she has recently finished a novel, Becoming Berenice, based on the life of pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott.

What is Columbia Selects?  The first Thursday of each month the Columbia MFA program hosts a reading series featuring Writing Program alumni. These fresh talents are finished with or near to finished with their first books, but do not yet have a book contract and/or an agent. In recent years, many of our featured writers have achieved critical and commercial success. This is your chance to glimpse who you’ll be reading in 2015!

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.


Liars’ League

December 03, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fantasy Givers by Jennifer Sears
read by Jennifer Farrugia

My Life Atomic by J. D. Petersen
read by Richard Flight

Ruption by Sarah Evans
read by E James Ford

The Armistice by Christopher Green
read by Rebecca Mills


RR: KGB Radio Hour

December 02, 2014
8:00 pm -

Join your hosts Mark Jacobson, Danny Goldberg and Michael Daly as the unsinkable KGB RADIO HOUR returns to the RED ROOM on December 2 at 8pm. 

Tonight’s episode will double as a celebration of our beloved colleague, the legendary newsman JACK NEWFIELD, who alas has been dead for the last ten years, along with a hopefully not too penetrating discussion of what’s gone by, what’s forever, and what you just can’t get rid of no matter how hard you try.

Joining the discussion will be the even more legendary newsman JIMMY BRESLIN who, happily, is still alive. Also present will be several other semi-recognizable by-lines. Mucho music from the ever beloved BEEHIVE QUEEN CHRISTINE OHLMAN, longtime lead vocalist with NBC’s Saturday Night Live band and pianist JEFF KAZEE of Southside Johnny. Special guests include jazz trumpeter NABATE ISLES. 


Monday Night Poetry: PATRICIA SPEARS JONES + SHANNA COMPTON

December 01, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PATRICIA SPEARS JONES was named by Essence.com as one of its “40 Poets They Love” in 2010.  She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and four chapbooks, the most recent Living in the Love Economy.  Her work is widely anthologized....Spears Jones has been a culture maven for four decades. She was the first African American programmer as Program Coordinator at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.  She served as Mentor for Emerge, Surface, Be, a new fellowship program at The Poetry Project. She ran the esteemed New Works Program for the Massachusetts Council of Arts and Humanities (1989-1991) and was Director of Planning and Development at The New Museum of Contemporary Art (1994-96).  She is also actively involved in a variety of formal and informal organizations involved with progressive politics, social justice, feminism, the environment, and multi-culturalism, best seen in her appointment as Senior Fellow for The Black Earth Institute.  She teaches for CUNY.  Her art, theater, poetry and music essays, reviews and interviews can be found in print and online at www.tribes.org, Bomb, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Black Issues Book Review, The Boston Globe, and Essence and www.Essence.com.

SHANNA COMPTON is the author of the poetry collections Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, and several chapbooks.  The Seam, a book-length speculative poem, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2014.  She is also the editor of a collection of essays on the topic of video games, Gamers.  Her work has been widely published, including in the Best American Poetry series and other anthologies.


Annual Thanksgiving Comix & Graphic Novelist Night

November 30, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Laura Knetzger was born in 1990 and grew up in a forest near Seattle. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. Her comics include Flowering Vine, Cat Burglar Cream, and Find Me/Look for Me.
http://lauraknetzger.com/

Marguerite Van Cook is an artist, writer, musician/singer, and filmmaker. Van Cook was the lead singer for The Innocents, a UK punk band. Fantagraphics has recently published her memoir The Late Child and Other Animals, which was illustrated by her partner James Romberger.
http://margueritevancook.com/

James Romberger is an American artist and cartoonist known for his depictions of New York’s Lower East Side. His comics include 7 Miles a Second (with by David Wojnarowicz and Marguerite Van Cook) and The Late Child and Other Animals (with Marguerite Van Cook).
http://jamesromberger.com/

Kris Mukai lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated with a degree in Communications Design (illustration focus) from Pratt Institute. Her comics include Commuter and The Extremely Small Witch BiBi, Who Lives in Mrs. Sen’s Garden. She also creates the Risograph print series Monster Pamphlet.
http://www.hikrismukai.com/

Jon Allen grew up in Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn. He recently completed the third and final part of his graphic novel, Vacationland.
http://jon-allen.us/

Keren Katz is an Israeli-born cartoonist, writer, and illustrator. Her self-published books include The Night Poetry Class in Room 1001, Chronicles of the Falling Women, Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Coat Check Dream, Crossing the Rubikon, Before the Dark Gate, and William Barnacle.
http://kerenkatz.carbonmade.com/

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 Inglestam

November 29, 2014
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


SLC x NYC = 4 Poets + 4 Books: Raphael Dagold, Joseph Fasano, Kenneth Hart, Sara Eliza Johnson

November 28, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joseph Fasano’s most recent collection of poems is Inheritance (Cider Press, 2014).  He is the author of Fugue for Other Hands, winner of the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award, and Vincent, a book-length poem forthcoming in July, 2015.  His recent poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Boston Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, Passages North, FIELD, and other publications.  Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he won the 2008 RATTLE Poetry Prize, and he has been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, the Autumn House Press Book Award, and the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books.  He teaches at Manhattanville College and in the graduate and undergraduate writing programs of Columbia University.

Raphael Dagold’s first book, Bastard Heart, was published by Silverfish Review Press in February, 2014. His poems, fables, and photographs have appeared in Indiana Review, Frank, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, and other publications; a fable is included in Persea Books’ Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories. He has taught writing and literature at the University of Utah, Lewis and Clark College, Mt. Hood Community College, and other institutions, and has won fellowships and awards from the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, Oregon Literary Arts, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and other organizations. He is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. Visit www.raphaeldagold.com for more information.

Sara Eliza Johnson’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Ninth Letter, New England Review, Best New Poets 2009, Crab Orchard Review, Pleiades, Meridian, TriQuarterly Online, Southern Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Winter Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Utah, where she is Ph.D student in the Literature & Creative Writing program. Her first book, Bone Map, was selected for the 2013 National Poetry Series.

Kenneth Hart’s book Uh Oh Time won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Kenneth’s poems have been published in such journals as Mississippi Review, North American Review, and Barrow Street, and he has won numerous poetry prizes. He teaches at NYU and for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. See http://www.kennethhartpoet.com/ for more information.


Ray Belli, Zach Westfall, Rebecca Cheong, and Waseem Manuiden

November 25, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rebecca Cheong was born in Singapore, an island halfway around the clock in the tide-beating Pacific. BA in English and American Literature from New York University. She has written about art and design as an intern for Complex Magazine. She now spends her days at Lapham’s Quarterly, where a single day’s mentions include Homer, Star Wars, Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, Al Qaeda, Susan Sontag, Adolf Hitler, Leonard Cohen, Herodotus, and Benjamin Franklin. When not reading or writing, she can be found painting, burning bridges, or thinking about Herman Melville.

Waseem Mainuddin is a New Brunswick based poet, originally from Lodi, NJ.  He combines elements of futurism with religion, politics, and giant robots. He’s a future organizer for the East Coast Solidarity Summer, a NY based leadership and empowerment retreat for South Asian youths with radical politics. He has previously worked with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.  You can find his work at http://shearkaan.tumblr.com/tagged/words.

Zachary Clayton Westfall was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas. As a young child he moved to Monterey, California. The rich artistic tradition of the Monterey Penninsula fostered his growth, inspiring him to explore visual art, writing, and music. Upon graduation from high school Zachary went to Berklee School of Music, majoring in Jazz bass. He now resides in Ocean Grove, New Jersey and works as a professional musician and writer.

Raymond Belli was born in Lodi, New Jersey and is a professional musician and writer. His first published novel, Either Side of the Lotus, garnered the Editor’s Choice Award from iUniverse. Inspired by the people and places of his hometown, Belli’s work-in-progress, Lowe Township, is a short story cycle that explores the overlapping lives of characters set in a fictional but true-to-life North Jersey town.


Monday Night Poetry: JUSTIN MARKS + TIMOTHY LIU

November 24, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

JUSTIN MARKS’ second book of poems, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, is forthcoming from Barrelhouse Books in 2014. His first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009), and his latest chapbooks are We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, forthcoming) and Best Practices (Greying Ghost, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Matter Barrelhouse, Leveler and Interrupture. He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their 4 year-old twin son and daughter.

TIMOTHY LIU (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California, to parents from the Chinese mainland. He studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Houston, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 
He is the author of Polytheogamy (Saturnalia, 2009); Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (Talisman House, 2009); For Dust Thou Art (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005); Of Thee I Sing (University of Georgia Press, 2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Hard Evidence (Talisman House, 2001); Say Goodnight (Copper Canyon Press, 1998); Burnt Offerings (Copper Canyon Press, 1995); and Vox Angelica (Alice James Books, 1992), which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. 
 His newest volume, Don’t Go Back to Sleep will be released in Oct. 2014 from Saturnalia.  
Liu’s honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry in 2002, and the Open Book Beyond Margins Award. He also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry, (Talisman House, 2000). 
He has served as a core faculty member at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars, and is currently an associate professor at William Paterson University. He lives in Manhattan.


Elizabeth Kadetsky, Karin Lin-Greenburg & Monica McFawn

November 23, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Elizabeth Kadetsky is author of a memoir (First There Is a Mountain, Little Brown), a story collection (The Poison that Purifies You, C&R Press) and, forthcoming, a novella (On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, Nouvella Books). Her fiction has been included in the Pushcart Prizes, Best New American Voices, and the Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Penn State, and can be found at www.elizabethkadetsky.com
Advance praise for The Poison that Purifies You:

This thought-provoking collection explores the variety of ways that we seek personal and spiritual connections-and the ways that we can poison ourselves and others in our quests. Elizabeth Kadetsky is a writer of keen insight and graceful prose.

-Dan Chaon, Stay Awake

“Elizabeth Kadetsky deftly constructs fully realized places--some foreign, some familiar--and fully realized characters--some of them more like us than we’d like to admit. She tugs gently on these places and people until she finds their loose strings, and begins spooling out quiet strands of damage or dread. Before you know it, the dread is your own. These stories sneak up on you, hijack you, and before you know it, it’s too late.  A stunning first collection.
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Brian Evenson, Windeye

KARIN LIN-GREENBERG - Faulty Predictions

“Karin Lin-Greenberg is a conoisseur of screwy family dynamics and outrageous sitatuions. The ten innovative and diverse stories in this debut collection cover a lot of territory, from a pig on a city bus to the special event ‘Things Inside of Other Things’ at the Half and Half Multicultural Club of Sun Meadow High School. Here you will meet the man who smashes loaves of grocery store bread for the good of society, and you’ll witness the Running of the Brides at Filene’s Basement. Lin-Greenberg makes joyful sense of it all. What a pleasure it has been to read these wise and wonderful stories.” —Bonnie Jo Campbell, bestselling author of Once Upon A River

Karin Lin-Greenberg’s story collection, Faulty Predictions, won the 2013 Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press. Her short stories have appeared in such literary journals as The Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Epoch, Five Chapters, Kenyon Review Online, and North American Review. She earned an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Temple University, and an AB from Bryn Mawr College. She has taught composition, literature and creative writing courses at Missouri State University, the College of Wooster, and Appalachian State University. Currently, she lives in upstate New York and is an assistant professor in the English Department at Siena College. Visit her website at www.karinlingreenberg.com.

MONICA MC FAWN - Bright Shards of Someplace Else

“Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, McFawn’s debut employs different narrative voices to create something singular. . . . McFawn approaches each story differently, not as an author imposing a single voice on disparate narratives but as an artist listening to her characters and finding the particular voice each one requires. . . . McFawn’s empathy is astounding. . . . The rarest kind of literary debut—unpredictable and moving."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Bright Shards of Someplace Else glimmers with emphatic power...is Monica McFawn’s first collection of short stories, and it’s already won [the] Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Perhaps it was her idiosyncratic voice, or her flair for distinctive characters that the judges recognized. Or maybe it was her empathetic power. Either way, McFawn has talent. In these eleven stories she manages to range from fantastic to satiric to poignant.” —Jane Ciabattari, NPR Books
Monica McFawn is a writer and playwright living in Michigan. Her short story collection Bright Shards of Someplace Else, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of a hybrid chapbook, “A Catalogue of Rare Moments,” and her fiction has appeared in the Georgia Review, Gettysburgh Review, Web Conjunctions, Missouri Review, and others. Her plays and screenplays have had readings in Chicago and New York. She teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Visit her website at www.monicamcfawn.com.

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.


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RR: Seth Myers and Friends

November 22, 2014
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


Kick Assonance

November 22, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Award-winning storyteller and Huffington Post blogger Leslie Goshko hosts tonight’s curated evening of original poetic works that’s sure to Kick Assonance! Join co-creators Kyle Erickson ("Enduro’s Lament") and Steven Leyva ("Low Parish") as they welcome fellow authors George Hackett and Tafisha Edwards for an evening of original poetry that Time Out New York magazine named a “Critics’ Pick.”

Tonight’s Readers:

Kyle Erickson is co-creator of the poetry series Kick Assonance, which has been noted by the Poetry Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, hailed as a “Critics’ Pick” by Time Out New York Magazine, and called “a notable New York Event” by The Rumpus. Kyle’s work can be read in This Land Press, Promethia, B’More Poetic, and on his blog, okieinthecity.com, which was heralded as a “Top 101 New York Blog.” His first book of poetry, Enduro’s Lament, was released in 2012.

Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared in The Rumpus, The Light Ekphrastic, The Cobalt Review, and Little Patuxent Review. He is a Cave Canem fellow, the winner of the 2012 Cobalt Review Poetry Prize, editor of the Little Patuxent Review, and author of the chapbook Low Parish. Steven holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he teaches in the undergraduate writing program.

Tafisha A. Edwards is a Guyanese Canadian poet who lives and works in Washington D.C. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Bodega Magazine, The Barely South Review, The Little Patuxent Review, Vinyl Poetry, and others. She is a Cave Canem fellow, a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House and has been awarded scholarships to The Juniper Summer Writing Institute and The Minnesota Northwoods Writers’ Conference.

George Hackett was born in Scotland, and has lived in New York for the better part of 15 years. His poems appear in the first edition of PaxJournal, under a different byline, and he has won prizes at poetry festivals in Washington and Nevada.


RR: Oh! Mega!

November 21, 2014
11:00 pm -