KGB: MWA Reading

December 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Free Water #22

December 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

December 08, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League

December 06, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

December 01, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: MWA Reading

October 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

October 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: FREE WATER #21

October 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

October 06, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

September 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Karen Heuler, Nancy Hightower and Matthew Lansburgh

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


KGB: Red Hen Press

September 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League

September 06, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

September 01, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: FREE WATER #20

August 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: MWA Reading

August 12, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU-SPS

August 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

July 07, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: An Artist Walks Into a Bar

June 23, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
With Delia Cabe, author of “Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go to Drink” (June 6, 2017), and Meta Wagner, author of “What’s Your Creative Type?: Harness the Power of Your Artistic Personality (April 2017)


RR: Thursday Night Mix

June 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Josh Lefkowitz poetry reading

June 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: MWA Reading

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


KGB: FREE WATER #19

June 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: TNS After Hours

June 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

June 15, 2017
9:00 pm -


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

June 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Writers Hotel

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


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: Writers Hotel

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


KGB: Behind the Book

June 08, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League

June 07, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: David Hicks

June 06, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

June 02, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


RR: Green Fairy Absinthe Tasting

June 01, 2017
9:30 pm -


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

June 01, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Thursday Night Mix

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Ronald Guttman reads Camus’ The Fall

May 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ronald Guttman’s last appearance as Jean-Baptiste Clamence was in 2016, when he read The Fall as part of the “Stranger in the City” Camus Festival at Bowery Poetry Club. Television credits include: PREACHER (Season 2), Homeland (Season 6), Baskets, The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Mad Men and many more. US stage credits include: Long Wharf Theatre, The SF Playhouse, SummerScape at Bard, The Mint, Circle in the Square, SecondStage. Upcoming film credits include: Monsieur et Madame Adelman, Black Magic for White Boys, The Enchanted Forest, Amy Makes Three, and The Rendez-vous. Other film credits include: Welcome to New York, Pawn, 13, Tickling Leo, 27 Dresses, Girl Most Likely, Hunt for Red October, Green Card, Avalon, Danton. For more credits visit IMDB.com/highbrow.net


Hannah Tinti & One Story

May 21, 2017
12:00 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: TNS After Hours

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Paragraph

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


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

May 18, 2017
9:00 pm -


KGB: Nuclear Impact Anthology Reading

May 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

May 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Red Door Sessions #1: Femme//Fronted

May 12, 2017
8:00 pm -

$20 cover.  2 drink minimum.  (Planned Parenthood Benefit)
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@kidbowery kicks off his new live-music series at The Red Room with Red Door Sessions #1: Femme//Fronted, a night celebrating NYC’s indie rock gynarchy and supporting Planned Parenthood of Northeast Pennsylvania! Lineup features lo-fi punk blues devastator, Breanna Barbara, chanteuse provocateur, Anya Marina (in a rare local performance!), and darling hotel insomniac, PONY.


Red Door Sessions is a live-music series spotlighting newer bands and artists in a venue that’s as intimate as it is unlikely. Every Red Door Sessions show is a benefit. Every benefit supports the resistance. Got a righteous cause?  Tell us
about it! Does your band not suck? Tell us about that, too. Lineups unapologetically reflect the taste of musician/series producer @kidbowery , a fan of sonic idiosyncrasy, independent artists and the occasional split infinitive. Check out www.reddoorsessions.com for more info about the series and to see exclusive performances by featured bands and artists.

Breanna Barbara. After making a name for herself playing house shows in St. Augustine, Florida, Breanna Barbara relocated to New York City and caught a lethal dose of cool from one too many wild nights at one too many loft parties. Like her first album, Mirage Dreams, Barbara’s live show blends influences from every place she’s ever called home. Southern blues and psychedelia tend to rise to the top, but garage is never far away. Nor is her penchant for fucking shit up when the occasion suits her. “It wasn’t until I met dream producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) that [these songs] were able to come alive in the way I had imagined them,” she says. Inspired by everything from howling at the moon to heat strokes in New York City summers to the paradigm shift after a loved one passes away, Barbara’s performances are a culmination of her heart and soul and a whole lotta sweat. (excerpted from consequencesofsound.net)

Anya Marina. Best known for “Satellite Heart” from the platinum selling soundtrack to Twilight, New Moon, and her provocative cover of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like,” Anya Marina mixes “Liz Phair sex appeal with a dash of Carl Jung.” (Rolling Stone) By turns wise and witty, her songs sling rapier-sharp insights into human relationships and begrudging nods to uncertainty. Marina released her fourth LP, Paper Plane, last year on her own Good Rope Records (through Tone Tree). Recorded in Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn, Paper Plane was produced with help from Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie), Eric Hutchinson, Leo Sidran and Gary Philips. Deeply felt yet approachable, it marked Marina’s first independent release since her 2005 debut, Miss Halfway. Her next album drops later in May and she’ll be touring behind it. Catch her before she hits the road!

PONY. The daughter of a casino boss, PONY grew up on the road and in the company of assorted happy degenerates. By the time her family reached Las Vegas she was in her teens and familiar with the characters that inhabit the world of action. Bullshit high-rollers and hot lady cheats. Scores of addicts chasing their elusive nut-- all were fodder for early digs into art and music. But it was the winners—the consistent ones that bet huge and gave her father fits—who captured her imagination. Winners risk big for ideas they think are true. Their gift, she believed, is knowing when to stop thinking and give it up to instinct.
A decade later PONY was living on a houseboat moored off Hoboken. Burnt out on the modeling scene and tired of taking orders from handsy “professionals,” she started toying with the melodies she grew up on: her father’s Beatles; other discoveries like Georges Delrue and John Frusciante. The writing lead to gigs and the gigs to more writing, and the voice that had sometimes failed her in plain conversation started gaining strength. When PONY’s first album debuts later this year it’ll serve as proof that trusting your instincts is a risk worth taking.


KGB: Behind the Book

May 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Alex Dimitrov + Christopher Salerno

May 08, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Last reading of the season for this series!

Christopher Salerno is an American Poet, Editor of Saturnalia Books, and Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University.  He is the author of four poetry collections. His most recent book, Sun & Urn, was selected by Thomas Lux for the Georgia Poetry Prize and will be published in early 2017 by the University of Georgia Press. ATM, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize, was published in 2014. His second book, Minimum Heroic, was selected by Dara Wier for the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize in 2010. Other honors include the 2013 Midwest/Laurel Review Prize for a chapbook of poems, Automatic Teller, as well as a 2014 NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant. His first book of poems, Whirligig, was published by Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House (NY) in 2006. 

Alex Dimitrov is the author of two collections of poems, Together and by Ourselves, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in April of 2017, Begging for It (Four Way Books, 2013), and the online chapbook American Boys (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2012). He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and a Pushcart Prize. He has taught creative writing and literature at Bennington College, Columbia University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He is the Senior Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets where he edits the popular online series Poem-a-Day and American Poets magazine. In 2009 Dimitrov founded Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon which he ran until 2013 in New York City, where he lives.


Paul LaFarge

May 07, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Paul LaFarge reads from his extraordinary new novel: The Night Ocean

“It has been years since I read a novel with so much joy, impatience, and awe… I have long been a tremendous admirer of all La Farge’s work; this novel is my favorite.” — Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

“Magnificent… An impossible, irresistible novel, a love letter to the unlovable that speaks the unspeakable.” — Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy

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: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Green Fairy Absinthe Tasting

May 04, 2017
9:30 pm -


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Sarah Lawrence College reading

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


KGB: Gillian Cummings, Elizabeth Onusko, Cynthia Manick and Hossannah Asuncion

May 02, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - G. Brooks Centennial Tribute

May 01, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


David Winner

April 30, 2017
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: Bon Bon Burlesque

April 29, 2017
9:00 pm -

$15 cash cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Columbia TC reading

April 29, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Le Bal Oriental

April 28, 2017
10:00 pm -

KGB: Hofstra MFA Program

April 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra

April 27, 2017
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

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


RR: Thursday Night Mix

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Person, Place, Thing

April 26, 2017
7:00 pm -

KGB: Pratt Reading II

April 26, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Pratt Reading I

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


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Amber Tamblyn + Jenny Zhang + Anton Yakovlev

April 24, 2017
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.


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unpublished stories

April 23, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an Evening of Tribute to F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’d Die For You edited by Fitzgerald scholar Anne Margaret Daniel,

I’d Die For You is a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Anne Margaret Daniel. Fitzgerald did not design the stories in I’d Die For You as a collection. Most were submitted individually to major magazines during the 1930s and accepted for publication during Fitzgerald’s lifetime, but were never printed. Some were written as movie scenarios and sent to studios or producers, but not filmed. Others are stories that could not be sold because their subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of Fitzgerald. They date from the earliest days of Fitzgerald’s career to the last. They come from various sources, from libraries to private collections, including those of Fitzgerald’s family…

Readings by Joseph Salvatore, Anne Margaret Daniel et. al

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: Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

April 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: TNS After Hours

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

April 20, 2017
9:00 pm -


KGB: Drunken! Careening! Writers!

April 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Town Street Criers

April 20, 2017
7:00 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
TOWN STREET CRIERS will open with a full set of new songs (mostly acoustic) followed by Erik the bass player’s own band playing a set with Messylegs. 


RR: Babes in Trumpland

April 19, 2017
7:30 pm -

Would You Do Him? Women Sex and Power in the Age of Trump
No cover.  1 drink minimum.

THE MARCH KGB LITERARY SERIES HOSTS A DISCUSSION WITH TWO OF THE PRE-EMINENT SOCIAL OBSERVERS OF OUR TIME, AUTHORS MICHAEL GROSS AND SADY DOYLE, IN CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND POLITICAL WRITER NINA BURLEIGH. MORE SURPRISE GUESTS MAY ALSO JOIN.

DOYLE AND GROSS WILL DISCUSS THEIR BOOKS AND FOCUS ON THE EFFECT ON FEMALE LIFE IN THESE UNITED STATES OF THE FIRST “PUSSY GRABBER” PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IS THIS THE ERA OF SUGAR DADDY ASCENDANT?  OR THE LAST VIAGRAN THRUST OF THE CLASS OF MEN KNOWN AS CAREER MODELIZERS?

SADY DOYLE is the author of Trainwreck: Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why (Melville House 2016), a book on how we build up and tear down rebellious women, from the French Revolution to Perez Hilton. It has been called “smart, funny and fearless” (Boston Globe), “compelling” and “persuasive” (New York Times Book Review), and “a deeply researched account of our culture’s misogynistic obsession with trainwrecks (Portland Mercury); The Atlantic predicted that “Trainwreck will very likely join the feminist canon.”

MICHAEL GROSS has written three New york Times best-sellers, and is a veteran Manhattan investigative journalist with years of Trumpology in his portfolio. Among his books is Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women and My Generation: Fifty Years of Sex, Drugs, Rock, Revolution, Glamour, Greed, Valor, Faith, and Silicon Chips, a collection of revealing interviews with19 Baby Boomers —- including the future President of the United States.

NINA BURLEIGH is Newsweek National Politics Correspondent and the author of five nonfiction books including a New York Times best-seller on the Italian trials of Amanda Knox. She has covered American politics from New York and Washington, and has observed and commented on the intersection of sex and power in American culture and politics for many years.


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

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

Seth Dickinson
Laura Anne Gilman


KGB: Launch for The Sex Effect by Ross Benes

April 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ross Benes is the author of “The Sex Effect,” which Kirkus described as “a book marinated in provocative assertions that are certain to instigate debate and productive discussion” and best-selling author A.J. Jacobs called “Freakonomics without pants.” A reporter now at Digiday, Benes previously worked for Esquire and Deadspin, where he wrote about sex, sports, statistics, and pop culture. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Adweek, Quartz, Mental Floss, Business Insider, Salon, and Slate. A native of Nebraska, he now lives in Brooklyn.

David Moscovich is the Romanian-American author of a book of misadventures set in Southern Japan called You Are Make Very Important Bathtime (JEF Books) and more recently, LIFE+70[Redacted] (Lit Fest Press), a printed version of the most expensive literary e-book ever hacked. He edits Louffa Press and hosts the eXfoliation reading series in New York. 


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Craig Morgan Teicher + Suzanne Buffam

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

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of a four sad books, most recently The Trembling Answers: Poems, due out from BOA Editions in April. He is the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz and a poetry editor for The Literary Review.  He works at Publishers Weekly and lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.

Suzanne Buffam was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She’s the author of three collections of poetry, A Pillow Book (Canarium Books 2016), The Irrationalist (Canarium Books, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize and Past Imperfect (House of Anansi Press, 2005), which won the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have also been published in Poetry, jubilat, A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. She lives in Chicago.


Comix & Graphic Novel Night

April 16, 2017
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: Jack Thompson

April 15, 2017
8:30 pm -

A rare solo appearance by Jack Thompson formerly of Thompson & Boombox and The Tangibles.  Doors 8:30.  Show 9pm.  $10 cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: MWA Reading

April 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: THE LAST TABOOS

April 14, 2017
7:30 pm -

THE LAST TABOOS: IS NEW YORK “OVER”?
No cover.  1 drink minimum.

In the same tenement building where Emma Goldman plotted, Lucky Luciano operated the Palm Court casino and wild-eyed Ukrainian Communists gathered over vodka, long-term East Tenth St resident Tony Perrottet will interview Ada Calhoun, author of St Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. In the historic heart of the East Village, fueled by copious amounts of wine, the next edition of KGB Red Room’s literary salon will discuss how this corner of Manhattan, which represents New York in so many ways, has reinvented itself over and again over the decades—why every generation likes to believe it has experienced the neighborhood’s bohemian pinnacle—and what the next phase of its existence might be in the embattled 21st century.  The discussion will be followed by a Dadaist burlesque performance by Velvetina and live jazz by the Kait McKendrick duo.


KGB: FREE WATER #18

April 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

April 13, 2017
9:00 pm -

No cover.  1 drink minimum.


RR: Art Opening with Ginger Del Ray

April 13, 2017
7:30 pm -


KGB: Behind the Book

April 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Min Jin Lee’s profoundly moving and gracefully told tour de force, Pachinko, follows one Korean family through the generations, in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history.  A national bestseller, Pachinko is a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next Great Reads, and a February Book of the Month for Amazon.  Her debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was named one of the Top 10 Novels of the Year by The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today.  Her short fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts.  Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, The Times of London, Vogue, Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal, and Food & Wine.  Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely, and she has served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea.  She has received the NYFA Fellowship for Fiction, the Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for Best Story, and the Narrative Prize for New and Emerging Writer.  She went to Yale College where she was awarded both the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction.  She attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time.  She lives in New York City with her family.

“In 1930s Korea, an earnest young woman, abandoned by the lover who has gotten her pregnant, enters into a marriage of convenience that will take her to a new life in Japan. Thus begins Lee’s luminous new novel PACHINKO—a powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world. PACHINKO confirms Lee’s place among our finest novelists.”
– Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This Is How You Lose Her

Cara Hoffman is the author of the newly released, Running, a dark and breathtaking novel of love, friendship, and survival set in the red light district of Athens in the 1980s that Garth Greenwall calls “a ferocious, brilliant book.” She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Running, So Much Pretty, and Be Safe I Love You.  She has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, Marie Claire, Salon, LitHub, and National Public Radio, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including a Folio Prize nomination, and a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award, and a MacDowell Fellowship. Originally from Northern Appalachia, Cara dropped out of high school and spent the next three years travelling and working in Europe and the Middle East.  She did not go to college, became a newspaper reporter covering crime and environmental politics, and later attended graduate school at Goddard College, selling her first novel So Much Pretty, before receiving an MFA in 2009.  She has been a visiting writer at Columbia, St. John’s, and University of Oxford, and currently teaches in the Stonecoast low residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

“Hoffman impressively evokes the combination of nihilism, idealism, rootlessness, psychic and economic necessity, lust and love that might set a young person adrift. Unlike the runaway heroes of many queer narratives these characters are not cast out but looking to get lost...The Athens on display here is peopled with rebels and runaways of all kinds, idealists, revolutionary operatives, con men, wayward young scholars, squatters...In Bridey and Milo Hoffman has created memorable anti-heroes: tough and resourceful scarred, feral and sexy. The book and the characters refuse to conform and Running like all good outlaw literature takes sharp aim at the contemporary culture’s willingness to do so.”
– The New York Times Book Review


KGB: At The Inkwell

April 12, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Icons in Ash/ Melancholic Relics

April 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Small exhibition, readings, music, and spoken word performances curated by Jane LeCroy and Heide Hatry

Readings:
Siri Hustvedt, Lydia Millet, Claudia Steinberg, and Adele Tutter
Spoken Word Performances and Music:
Queen Esther, Jane LeCroy, Laura Lonski, Hot Glue & The Gun, Robert Brashear, and Dusty Wright.
MCs:
Heide Hatry and Jane LeCroy

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

April 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Jorie Graham + Dan Chiasson

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

Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including From the New World: Poems 1976 - 2014, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Sea Change (Ecco, 2008), Never (2002), Swarm (2000), and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.  Her latest volume Fast will be out from Ecco in May.  Graham has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990.  Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.  She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

Poet and critic Dan Chiasson is author of three books of poetry: The Afterlife of Objects (2002), Natural History (2005), and Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon (2010). A book of criticism, One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America, was published in 2006. He reviews poetry regularly for the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review. He has received the Whiting Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Wellesley College.


RR: The Visible Poetry Project Film Screening

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
The Visible Poetry Project is a non-profit National Poetry Month initiative, bringing together a collective of thirty poets and thirty filmmakers to create videos that present poems as short films. Drawing from works created by renowned and emerging poets alike, the Visible Poetry Project strives to make poetry accessible, exploring how we can recreate and experience poems through the medium of film. The Visible Poetry Project releases visual poems daily throughout National Poetry Month (April) on their website, https://www.visiblepoetryproject.com


Owen Sheers & Carol Zoref

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

Owen Sheers reads from his new novel: Pink Mist

OWEN SHEERS is a poet, author and playwright. His first novel, Resistance, was translated into ten languages and adapted into a film. The Dust Diaries, his Zimbabwean nonfiction narrative, won the Wales Book of the Year Award. His awards for poetry and drama include the Somerset Maugham Award for Skirrid Hill, the Hay Festival Medal for Poetry and Wales Book of the Year Award for Pink Mist, and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for his play The Two Worlds of Charlie F. His most recent novel is I Saw a Man. He lives in Wales with his wife and daughter. He has been a New York Public Library Cullman Fellow and is currently Professor in Creativity at Swansea University.

ABOUT THIS BOOK…

From the author of I Saw a Man comes a powerful drama in verse that captures both the trauma of modern warfare and the difficulty of transitioning back to normal life after combat.

In early 2008, three young friends from Bristol decide to join the army and are deployed to the conflict in Afghanistan. Within a short space of time the three men return to the women in their lives—a wife, a mother, a girlfriend—all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of military service. Written from the points of view of each soldier, Sheers explores not only their experiences in the field of battle, but also the grueling process of recovery following a debilitating injury, the strain of PTSD on a new marriage, and the emotional toll of survivor’s guilt among soldiers and their loved ones at home.
Drawing on interviews with soldiers and their families, Pink Mist illuminates the enduring human cost of war and its all too often devastating effect upon the young lives pulled into its orbit. A work of great dramatic power, documentary integrity, and emotional intensity.

Carol Zoref reads 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,

RR: James Delano

April 08, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Time to Mind the Bollocks

April 08, 2017
7:00 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
Poems, Essays and Stories for Staying Alive
Curated by Hayley McCulloch and Deborah Oster Pannell
also featuring Queen Baker, Akeem Duncan, Frida, Dale Peck and George Emilio Sanchez


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

April 08, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ducts.org Poetry Reading
Hosted by Poetry Editor Amy Lemmon

Shanna Compton’s books include Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, Gamers, and several chapbooks. A book-length speculative poem called The Hazard Cycle is forthcoming. Recent work can be found in the American Poetry Review, Brooklyn Rail, Court Green, Sink Review, Barn Owl Review, Laurel Review, and the Tender Buttons Press anthology Please Add to this List: Teaching Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets & Experiments. She is the founder of the Bloof Books collective and works as a freelance writer/editor and book designer.

Poet, essayist, and fiction writer Sarah Francois holds an MFA in creative writing from Long Island University in Brooklyn and has been published in Downtown Brooklyn, visceral brooklyn, Brooklyn Paramount, PoeticDiversity, Vagabond City Lit, The Frisky, and Ducts. She has attended the Aspen Writers’ Conferences and studied with Jessica Hagedorn, Erin Belieu, and Barbara Henning.

Scott Hightower is the author of four books of poetry in the U.S. and Hontanares, a bi-lingual collection (Spanish-English) published by Devenir, Madrid. Tartessos, his second bilingual book, is forthcoming this spring from Devenir. Hightower’s awards include the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award and a Barnstone Translation Prize. When not teaching at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, he sojourns in Spain.

Katrinka Moore is the author of Numa, Thief, and This is Not a Story. Her next book, Wayfarers, will be published by Pelekinesis in 2018.

Rachel Rear is a teacher, writer, actor, and sometime aerialist living in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, and her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Crab Creek Review, Off The Coast Poetry Journal, Postcard Poems and Prose, and Forage Poetry Journal.  She is working on her first book, a true crime/memoir.  Follow her (please) on Twitter @RaeRear.


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

April 07, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.

Craig Fishbane, Peter Cherches, Devin Kelly, Anne Weisgerber, Peter Wortsman, Julie Turley, Eliel Lucero