MWA-NY Reading

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


Liar’s League

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


MWA-NY Reading

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


Liar’s League

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


FIZZ hosts Pure Slush Books

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


MWA-NY Reading

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


Liar’s League

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


MWA-NY Reading

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


FREE WATER #7

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


Kevin McEnroe reading

June 16, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


True Story Nonfiction

June 09, 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


Monday Night Poetry

May 18, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Last reading of season.


True Story Nonfiction

May 12, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Sarah Lawrence Reading

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


Rat Court

May 05, 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


True Story Nonfiction: An evening with famous cartoonists

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


LIU Brooklyn MFA reading series

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


Rat Court

April 07, 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

John C. Hampsey is professor of Romantic and Classical Literature at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he has won the University Distinguished Teaching Award. Previously, he taught at MIT and Boston University. He received his BA from Holy Cross College and his PhD from Boston College.

His book, Paranoia and Contentment: A Personal Essay on Western Thought (2005, University of Virginia Press) won an enthusiastic endorsement from Lawrence Ferlinghetti who judged Paranoia and Contentment to be “sharply reasoned and intellectually bold . . . This beautifully written book turns upside down our standard thinking about creativity, imagination, and what it is to be wholly human.” Paranoia and Contentment was the first book to view paranoia in a positive light and to use the concept to re-examine Western thought.

Professor Hampsey’s memoir Kaufman’s Hill (Bancroft Press, hardcover, February 2015) is set in Pittsburgh between 1961-68. It begins when the narrator is seven years old and focuses on that threshold time between the late 1950s and the full counter-cultural world that arrived after 1968, as well as on the graphic yet mythical world of boyhood that vanishes right into the twilight. Each chapter, in fact, has a key scene occurring at twilight.

Howard Zinn, after reading an early draft of Kaufman’s Hill, called it “the best book on American boyhood in decades.” Tim O’Brien claims that “Kaufman’s Hill is among the most touching, sensitive, and spellbinding memoirs I’ve encountered in many years. Beautifully and exactly written, this book will surely reach into the hearts of its readers. I was deeply moved.” The Gettysburg Review published an excerpt from Kaufman’s Hill in Winter 2014.

Professor Hampsey is currently working on a novel—Soda Lake, an existential mystery mixed with interconnected imaginary portraits. The Alaska Quarterly published an excerpt in Winter 2014. During his career, Hampsey has had more than thirty stories and essays published in such places as The Gettysburg Review (four times), The Midwest Quarterly, Antioch Review, The Alaska Quarterly, The Boston Globe, Arizona Quarterly, European Romantic Review, Witness, Colby Quarterly, and McNeese Review, among many others. He lives in San Luis Obispo, California, with his wife and daughter.


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


FAITH: From Rants to Reverence

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


A Night With Potluck Magazine

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


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


True Story Nonfiction: March Madness - an evening of sports

March 10, 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


Rat Court

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


Tin House REJECTION Issue

March 01, 2015
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,

Paragraph

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


Bunny Rogers - My Apologies Accepted Book Launch

February 25, 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.

KAREN LILLIS writes fiction, poetry, memoir, and genres inbetween. She is the author of four short novels, most recently Watch the Doors as They Close (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012). Her writing has appeared in Boog City, Evergreen Review, Everyday Genius, Free State Review, New York Nights, nthposition, Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology, Sensitive Skin Magazine, Trip City, and many more. Her 2014 publications include a poetry chapbook, The Paul Simon Project (Night Ballet Press) and a selection in Wreckage of Reason Two: An Anthology of Contemporary Xxperimental Women Writers (Spuyten Duyvil). Currently based in Pittsburgh, she blogs at Karen the Small Press Librarian and runs Small Press Pittsburgh (a pop up bookstand) and Small Press Roulette (an indie press bookselling service). Lillis recently received an Acker Award for Avant Garde Excellence in Fiction.


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


MWA-NY Reading

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


RR: BugHouse SPIN: Dating

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


Drunken Careening Writers: Tainted Love

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

PENolan came into being some years ago when a story Tricia read at Drunken! Careening! Writers! led to a clause in her divorce that requires her to write under a pseudonym. While she is emerging as a writer, PENolan has been experimenting on her blog, MenopausalStoners, to determine what an individual can say on the internet about a recognizable person and still avoid prosecution. In the process, she developed a reputation as a theologian and subversive. She has been a contributing writer for the websites Worldwide Hippies and Black Magpie Theory, and currently writes for Roundtree7.com. In real life, she has nearly 30 years experience working with privileged 2 year-olds in private preschools on the Upper West Side which has compelled her to begin writing The Menopausal Stoners Guide to Parenting: An Asshole Prevention Program.

Charles Salzberg is the author of four novels, Swann’s Last Song, for which he was nominated for a Shamus Award, Swann Dives In, Swann’s Lake of Despair, and Devil in the Hole. Is also the author of more than 25 non-fiction books, and numerous magazine articles. He teaches writing at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member.

Nina Solomon is the author of Single Wife and The Love Book (January 2015). After receiving her MA in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, she taught at several private schools in New York City. She is a faculty member and mentor at the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program and lives in Manhattan.

Drunken! Careening! Writers! is a reading series based on the proposition that all readings should be by: 1) Good Writers; 2) Who read their work well; 3) Something in it makes people laugh (nervous laughter counts). And 15 minutes tops. Since 2004.


Saint Ann’s Review Reading

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

Cynthia Manick is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, DMQ Review, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Sou’wester, Pedestal Magazine, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Marc Jaffee is a founding editor of Box of Jars, an online journal of art and literature. He lives in Brooklyn. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Storyscape, Spork, H.O.W. Young Poets, and The St. Petersburg Review.

Erica Ehrenberg’s poems have appeared in Slate, The New Republic, CURA, The St. Ann’s Review, Octopus, jubilat, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet Series, Guernica, and the New England Review. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford, a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and at the Vermont Studio Center, a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and was in residence this past summer at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at Yaddo. Her recent photo/text piece At night I dreamt of trees, is now featured on the online artist project Parallelograms (http://parallelograms.info/102-EE/).

Christopher Swetala holds an MFA from Columbia, works at GQ, and recently finished his first novel. 


An Evening of Tainted Love

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

Melissa Falcon Field reads from her book WHAT BURNS AWAY. Bill Roorbach reads from his book, THE REMEDY FOR LOVE

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

February 14, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am

No cover.  Two drink minimum.


Trumpet Fiction

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

Special Mystery Writers Night!

The New York Times Bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone series, Reed Farrel Coleman has published twenty-two novels and novellas. He is a three-time Shamus Award winner for Best PI Novel of the Year and a three-time Edgar Award nominee in three different categories. Fall 2015 will mark the publication of WHERE IT HURTS, the first novel in his new series for Putnam, and his second Jesse Stone novel THE DEVIL WINS. Reed lives with his family on Long Island.

SJ Rozan’s work has won multiple awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity, and also the Japanese Maltese Falcon.  She’s written fifteen novels, thirteen under her own name and two, with Carlos Dews, as the writing team of Sam Cabot.  Many of her dozens of short stories have appeared in various “Best Of” collections, and she’s edited two short story anthologies.  SJ was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in lower Manhattan.  She teaches and lectures widely and will be leading a writing workshop summer in Assisi, Italy at Art Workshop International (http://www.artworkshopintl.com/) Her newest book is Sam Cabot’s SKIN OF THE WOLF.

Tim O’Mara has been teaching math and special education in New York City public middle schools since 1987. His debut mystery, SACRIFICE FLY, was nominated for a 2013 Best First Novel Barry Award. His second in the Raymond Donne series, CROOKED NUMBERS, was not. DEAD RED, O’Mara’s third novel featuring an ex-cop-turned-schoolteacher protagonist, was released by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books on January 20.


RR: Maiden in the Moon

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


FREE WATER #5: Alexis Pope, Wendy Xu, Niina Pollari and Adam Fitzgerald

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

Alexis Pope is the author of Soft Threat (Coconut Books), as well as three chapbooks. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bat City Review, Denver Quarterly, Poor Claudia, Phenome, Powder Keg, and The Volta.  She lives in Brooklyn. 

Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Recent work has appeared (or will appear) inThe Best American Poetry, Poetry, jubilat, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at CUNY.

Niina Pollari’s book DEAD HORSE is out from Birds LLC now. She also coordinates chill poetry events, most notably Popsickle, a yearly all-day megareading in Brooklyn.

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade, his debut collection of poetry from W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint. A 2005 graduate of Boston College, in 2008 he received his Masters in Editorial Studies from Boston University’s Editorial Institute. In 2010, he received his MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His poems, essays and interviews have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy and contributing editor for The American Reader. In September 2013, he co-curated the immersive-environment exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” for Loretta Howard Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Next summer, he will direct The Ashbery Home School in Hudson, New York with Timothy Donnelly and Dorothea Lasky. He teaches at The New School and Rutgers University, and lives in a pea-sized studio in NYC.


Behind the Book: Bradford Morrow, Peter Straub, and Samuel R. Delany

February 12, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bradford Morrow is the acclaimed author of seven novels and a short story collection.  His recently released novel, “The Forgers,” is a brilliantly written literary thriller about the dark side of the rare book world.  His writing and editorial work have garnered Brad numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, O. Henry and Pushcart prizes for his short stories, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Nora Magid Award for excellence in editing a literary journal.  His novel Trinity Fields was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, and The Almanac Branch was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.  He is currently at work on his eighth novel, The Prague Sonata, assisted by his two cats, Willa Bean and Henry Poppet.  A professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College, he is the founding editor of Conjunctions literary magazine.  He divides his time between New York City and upstate New York.

“Bradford Morrow’s The Forgers is a bibliophile’s dream, an existential thriller set in the world of rare book collecting that is also a powerfully moving exposé of the forger’s dangerous skill: what happens when you lie so well that you lose touch with what is real? In beautifully controlled prose, Morrow traces the shaky line between paranoia and gut-intuition, memory and self-delusive fiction, hollow and real love. It’s perfect all-night flashlight reading – Bradford Morrow at his lyrical, surprising, suspenseful, genre-bending best.”
– Karen Russell, author of Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Swamplandia!

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books.  His novels include A Dark Matter, Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, In the Night Room, and two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House.  He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction.  He is the editor of the two-volume Library of America anthology, American Fantastic Tales, and the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales.  His many literary accolades include multiple Bram Stoker Awards, most recently for his novel A Dark Matter; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award by Poets & Writers; and Life Achievement awards from the Horror Writers Association and the World Fantasy Awards.  He lives in New York City. 

“I’ve been reading Peter Straub since I was a teenager, and his work is hardwired into my brain.  A Dark Matter contains echoes of all that has been great about Straub’s previous work and builds upon it.  This Rashomon-like tale is as spooky and frightening as anything he has written, but it’s also an intense and moving celebration of love.  Out of the darkness comes, ultimately, a surprising and haunting sense of joy.”
– Dan Chaon, author of Among the Missing and You Remind Me of Me

Samuel R. Delany, Jr. – Chip Delany to his friends – is an author, professor, and literary critic.  His work includes fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society.  He is the author of numerous science fiction books, including Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Dhalgren, The Mad Man, and the Return to Nevèrÿon series, as well as the best-selling nonfiction study Times Square Red, Times Square Blue.  Throughout his storied career, he has received four Nebula Awards and two Hugo Awards.  Described in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction as “one of the most influential and most discussed within the genre,” he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002.  He was the subject of a documentary film, The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.  The Lambda Book Report chose him as one of the fifty most significant men and women of the past hundred years to change our concept of gayness, and he is a recipient of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime’s contribution to lesbian and gay literature.  He is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia.

“A Joycean tour de force of a novel, Dhalgren . . . stake[s] a better claim than anything published in the country in the last quarter-century (excepting only Gass’s Omensetter’s Luck and Nabokov’s Pale Fire) to a permanent place as one of the enduring monuments of our national literature.”
– The Libertarian Review


RR: KGB Bar Radio Hour

February 11, 2015
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

No cover.  Two drink minimum.


At The Inkwell: National Translation Month

February 11, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At The Inkwell presents National Translation Month, a project created by Loren Kleinman and Claudia Serea, celebrating translated poetry from the Romanian, Arabic, Persian, Russian, and Bulgarian languages.

Introduction by Loren Kleinman

Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Drunken Boat, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Narrative Northeast and Journal of New Jersey Poets. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, and her interviews appeared in IndieReader,USA Todayand The Huffington Post. She is the author of The Dark Cave Between My Ribs. Breakable Things, her third collection, releases March 2015 via Winter Goose Publishing. She is a founding editor of CityLitRag and National Translation Month.

The Poets

Alex Cigale’s own English-language poems and translation have appeared in Cimarron, Colorado, Green Mountains, New England, and The Literary Reviews, Literary Imagination, Modern Poetry in Translation, PEN America, Two Lines, and World Literature Today. He is a 2015 NEA Literary Translation Fellow, for his work on the poet of the St. Petersburg “philological school” Mikhail Eremin, and is currently editing the Spring 2015 Russia Issue of the Atlanta Review.

Carmen Firan born in Romania, is a poet, a fiction and play writer, and a journalist. She has published 25 books of poetry, novels, essays and short stories. Her writings appear in translation in many literary magazines and in various anthologies in France, Israel, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Canada, U K, and the USA. She lives in New York. Her recent books and publications in the United States of America include: Inferno (Spuyten Duyvil Press), Rock and Dew, (Sheep Meadow Press), Words and Flesh, (Talisman Publishers), The Second Life (Columbia University Press), In The Most Beautiful Life, (Umbrage Editions), The First Moment After Death (Writers Club Press). She is a member of PEN American Center and the Poetry Society of America and serves on the editorial boards of the international magazines Lettre Internationale (Paris-Bucharest) and Interpoezia (New York). She is the co-editor ofNaming the Nameless (An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry), Stranger at Home, Poetry with an Accent,Numina Press, and Born in Utopia (An Anthology of Romanian Modern and Contemporary Poetry), Talisman Publishers.

An eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, George Held publishes regularly both online and in print, and Garrison Keillor read one of Held’s poems on A Writer’s Almanac. His recent books include Neighbors 3: The Water Critters (2015), animal poems for children, illustrated by Joung Un Kim, and Culling: New & Selected Nature Poems (2014).

Larissa Shmailo is editor-in-chief of the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry, poetry editor forMadHat Annual, and founder of The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses. She translated Victory over the Sun for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s celebrated reconstruction of the first Futurist opera; the libretto is now available from Cervena Barva Press. Her novel, Patient Women, is forthcoming from BlazeVOX [books]. Larissa’s latest collection of poetry is #specialcharacters (Unlikely Books 2014).

Marisa Frasca‘s poems and translations have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, among them:Voices in Italian Americana, 5 AM, Arba Sicula, Philadelphia Poets, Adanna Journal and Embroidered Stories Anthology. She was named first runner-up for the 2013 National Bordighera Poetry Prize for her book, Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom, recently published by Bordighera Press. Marisa was a Riggio fellow and scholar at The New School of Writing where she earned a BA, and she holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University’s low-residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in translation. Born in Vittoria, Italy, Marisa resides in Manhattan and Long Island’s North Fork.

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. She is the author of two other full-length poetry collections, To Part Is to Die a Little, Cervená Barva Press, and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky, 8th House Publishing, Canada, and two chapbooks, and her poems and translations have appeared in many journals. Together with Paul Doru Mugur and Adam J. Sorkin, she co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman Publishing, 2011). Ms. Serea lives in New Jersey and works in New York for a major publishing company. A rising star in the world of contemporary surrealist poetry, she received two Pushcart nominations in 2011.

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, was awarded the Bucharest Writers’ Association Guild Prize. Her second book, Stare nediferentiata, 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.

About NTM
National Translation Month (NTM) is a project initiated by Loren Kleinman and Claudia Serea. We hope it will catch on and become a regular celebration of translation, much in the same way that National Poetry Month in April has become a month-long poetry celebration.

We feature translations from the Romanian, Arabic, Persian, Russian, and Bulgarian. If you are interested in submitting translations, please review our Submission Guidelines. If you are interested in celebrating NTM with us and would like to host a badge on your site, please email LorenKleinman@yahoo.com or cserea120@comcast.net.


True Story Nonfiction: Men, an ongoing investigation with Laura Kipnis and Kathleen Massara

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

Laura Kipnis is the author of Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation (Metropolitan, 2014). Her other books include How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior (Metropolitan, 2010) and Against Love: A Polemic (Pantheon, 2003). Her essays and criticism have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Slate, and numerous other publications. She teaches filmmaking at Northwestern University and lives in New York and Chicago.

Kathleen Massara is a senior editor at Christies.com and the former Arts & Culture editor of The Huffington Post. She has written for Flavorwire, n+1, Popular Science, the Sunday Times, and other publications, and is an alumna of the Cultural Reporting + Criticism program at NYU. Her piece on Strategic Command’s grip on Omaha, Nebraska, is featured in the upcoming n+1 City by City anthology.


Art Farm Nebraska!

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

Art Farm, http://www.artfarmnebraska.org, is an artist/writer residency program in rural central Nebraska, beginning its twenty-second year of operation in 2015 with a mission supporting artistic vision, which may be impractical, obscure, and independent of commercial recognition—where failing is no less welcomed than succeeding: offering studios, time, and resources for pursuing their range of expression, for experimenting, for developing projects, but most of all, for distilling the promise and potential of their creative enterprise, while working and living in a rural environment.
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Ben Clark grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. His first book Reasons To Leave The Slaughter was released by Write Bloody Publishing in 2011. His second collection If you turn around I will turn around is forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press in early 2015.

Emma Rosenberg is a writer and editor from Boston, MA. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Slice Magazine, Guernica, The Rumpus, Fwriction : Review, and others. She is a winner of the Boston Literary Death Match and MassMouth Story Slam. Follow her (sporadically) updated twitter @HomeExperiments. 

Eric Berlin grew up in suburban New Jersey in the ’80s with a love for storytelling instilled by his grandmother. He was drawn to poetry partly as a way of coping with her death. He’s been part of an improv troupe in LA, the Poetry MFA at Syracuse University, and the Sculpture MFA at NY Academy of Art, and now lives in upstate NY, where he works as a freelance editor.

Rebekah Bergman’s writing has appeared in Two Serious Ladies, Everyday Genius, Necessary Fiction, Construction, and Tin House’s The Open Bar, among others. Her chapbook of prose poems, “Greeting Cards for Every Occasion,” is forthcoming from White Knuckle Press. Rebekah is an MFA candidate at The New School and the associate editor of NOON. Rebekah lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Zinzi Clemmons is a fiction writer and editor of South African descent. She holds a BA from Brown and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia. Her writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, Transition Magazine, African American Review, and The Common, among others. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction, and Columbia University; and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation. She is Co-Founder and Publisher of Apogee, a literary journal on identity and politics. She lives in Upstate NY.

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

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


Rat Court

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

Featuring:

Ian Hatcher
Alexandra Schwartz
Eric Allan Schwartau


Monday Night Poetry

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

Series resumes.


Wah-Ming Chang & Karen Heuler

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

Karen Heuler’s stories have appeared in over 70 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Clarkesworld to Weird Tales. She has published four novels and two story collections with university and small presses, and her last collection was chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013 list. She has received an O. Henry award, been a finalist for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award and the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction. Permuted Press recently published her novel, Glorious Plague, about a beautiful apocalypse.
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Wah-Ming Chang was part of a Chinese folk dance group from ages 5 to 14. Her photography has appeared in Drunken Boat, CultureStrike, and The New York Times; and a small grouping of her film photography will appear later this year in a photobook to be published by Phoenicia Publishing. You can find some of her photography at wmcisnowhere.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: Michelle Zangara Trio

January 31, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


RR: Lauren Lee

January 30, 2015
11:00 pm - 2:00 am


Paragraph

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


Sideshow Goshko Anniversary

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

Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series: 6 Year Anniversary!

Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, SiriusXM) invites some of New York’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s a challenging trivia game and a free wine giveaway where six (one for each year we’ve been around) lucky audience members will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from:

Andy Christie (host The Liar Show, Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour)

Catie Lazarus (host Employee of the Month, The New York Times)

Martin Dockery (“Outstanding Solo Performer” – NY Innovative Theater Awards, Edinburgh Fringe Festival)

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


Black Lawrence Press

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

Jacob M. Appel is a physician, attorney and bioethicist based in New York City.  He is the author of more than two hundred published short stories and is a past winner of the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition, the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for the Short Story, the Dana Award, the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, the North American Review’s Kurt Vonnegut Prize, the Missouri Review’s Editor’s Prize, theSycamore Review’s Wabash Prize, the Briar Cliff Review’s Short Fiction Prize, the H. E. Francis Prize, the New Millennium Writings Fiction Award in four different years, an Elizabeth George Fellowship and a Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writers Grant.  His stories have been short-listed for the O. Henry Award, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Mystery Stories, and the Pushcart Prize anthology on numerous occasions.  His first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012.  Jacob holds graduate degrees from Brown University, Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Law School, New York University’s MFA program in fiction and Albany Medical College’s Alden March Institute of Bioethics.  He taught for many years at Brown University and currently teaches at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

B.C. Edwards is a producer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and attended the graduate writing program at The New School in New York. The winner of the 2011 Hudson Prize for Fiction, he is the author of the collected stories The Aversive Clause (Black Lawrence Press, 2013) as well as a chapbook To Mend Small Children, (Augury Books, 2012) and full length collection of poetry From the Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes(Black Lawrence Press, 2014). His work has appeared in Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, Mathematics Magazine, Hobart and others.  He was raised in Newburyport, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn.

Betsy Robinson’s novel The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg is winner of Black Lawrence Press’s 2013 Big Moose Prize and was published in September 2014. This will be followed by the February 2015 publication of her late mother, Edna Robinson’s, novel, The Trouble with the Truth (edited by Betsy) as the debut book of Infinite Words, a new imprint of Simon & Schuster. Betsy’s first novel, Plan Z by Leslie Kove, was published by Mid-List Press in 2001 as winner of their First Novel Series Award. Betsy has been a working journalist for over a decade; she was managing editor of Spirituality & Health magazine for almost seven years and she currently freelances for RewireMe.com. Betsy is a former actor (appeared in John Sayles films Return of the Secaucus Seven and Lianna) and present book editor, specializing in self-help and spiritual psychology. Her awards include winner literary (short story) award, Chronogram magazine, 2003; a Writers Guild East fellowship to write two screenplays (The Love Convention and Ms. Manhattan, mentored by Writers Guild-assigned mentor David Rayfiel); and first prize winner Dubuque Fine Arts 1-Act Contest in 1984. (For a complete bio, see www.BetsyRobinson-writer.com.)

Russel Swensen earned his MFA in fiction from the California Institute of the Arts and his doctorate in poetry from the University of Houston. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Black Clock, Quarterly West, Prick of the Spindle, The Collagist, and elsewhere. In 2009 he was the recipient of the American Academy of Poets/Brazos Award. His poetry chapbook, Santa Ana, was a finalist for the 2010 Gold Line Chapbook Contest and is the winner of the Spring 2011 Black River Chapbook Contest. He is currently at work on a book titled The Magic Kingdom. He lives in Houston with his rat terrier, Zulu.


Saint Ann’s Review Reading - RESCHEDULED DUE TO BLIZZARD

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

Cynthia Manick is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, DMQ Review, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Sou’wester, Pedestal Magazine, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Marc Jaffee is a founding editor of Box of Jars, an online journal of art and literature. He lives in Brooklyn. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Storyscape, Spork, H.O.W. Young Poets, and The St. Petersburg Review.

Erica Ehrenberg’s poems have appeared in Slate, The New Republic, CURA, The St. Ann’s Review, Octopus, jubilat, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet Series, Guernica, and the New England Review. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford, a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and at the Vermont Studio Center, a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and was in residence this past summer at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at Yaddo. Her recent photo/text piece At night I dreamt of trees, is now featured on the online artist project Parallelograms (http://parallelograms.info/102-EE/).

Christopher Swetala holds an MFA from Columbia, works at GQ, and recently finished his first novel. 


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


RR: Lauren Lee

January 23, 2015
11:00 pm - 2:00 am


RR: Casino Badia

January 23, 2015
8:00 pm -

Jude Angelini’s Hyena: Reading with Meet And Greet

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


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.

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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 -


RR: The Duchess and the Fox

January 15, 2015
8:00 pm -

Drunken Careening Writers

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

MB Caschetta is the recipient of a W.K. Rose Fellowship for Emerging Artists, a Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writing Award, and a Seattle Review Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in the Mississippi Review, Del Sol Review, 3:AM Magazine, New York Times, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. People Magazine Top Pick’s called Miracle Girls, her debut novel, “darkly beautiful.” MB lives in Massachusetts.

Robin Cloud is a New York City-based TV host, comedian, and writer.  She is the host of BK Live, a daily show that showcases Brooklyn’s art, culture, and political scenes. She has been featured in Diva Magazine, GO magazine’s “Top 100 Women We Love,” Time Out New York’s “Quote of the Week”, and the Washington Post. Her festival appearances include the Women in Comedy, Ohio Lesbian, Fresh Fruit, Emerging Artists, and Hot! Festivals. Frequently booked to be the Master of Ceremonies, she is proud to have teamed up with fantastic artists and organizations such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, NYC Pride, Mr. Murray Hill, Toshi Reagon, Doria Roberts and many more!

Babs Davy is a founding member of the Five Lesbian Brothers whose plays have been published by Samuel French.  Also in print are Five Lesbian Brothers (Four Plays) and The Five Lesbian Brothers Guide to Life. Babs has authored three solo performances: Women and Children First explores her 1960’s suburban childhood of love, loss and open-heart surgery amidst family alcoholism (directed by Deb Margolin); How I Drank My Way Through Heterosexuality, the story of a teenage “closet case” living in a single parent household dominated by happy hour; and Blest Like Me: Psycho-pharmacology and Salvation, a recovering Catholic’s triumph over mental illness via the “good news” of group therapy and a pile of “sacramental” psycho-pharmaceuticals. Currently, Babs can be seen as “Accounts Payable” in a new feature film, The Foxy Merkins, co-written by Madeleine Olnek, Lisa Haas and Jackie Monahan and directed by Madeleine Olnek. Watch for The Foxy Merkins on Netflix in early 2015. Babs also appeared in two Maria Maggenti films: as the “Waitress” in The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls In Love (1995); and as the “Softball Dyke” in Puccini For Beginners.


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.

Kristen Fealy was a national news correspondent at Fox News Channel before becoming a mother. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and recently studied fiction writing with Julia Glass at the Southampton Writers Conference. She is workshopping a novel at the New York Writer’s Workshop with Laura Zinn Froom. She grew up in New York City and still cannot ride a bike.


Golden Globe watch on 1980’s TV

January 11, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Sunny Side Social Club

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


Trumpet Fiction

January 10, 2015
7:00 pm - 10:00 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.


Behind the Book

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

Start off the New Year at BtB’s January Reading Series with new writing by:

Casey Walker’s impressive, edgy debut novel, Last Days in Shanghai, is a literary thriller that deftly explores American political corruption and modern China as it follows a young aide on a business trip to China.  Several trips that the author made to China, including one accompanying a delegation of officials from a small California city, laid some of the groundwork for the novel.  Casey’s essays and short fiction have appeared in The Believer, Esquire, Narrative, Boston Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.  He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, novelist Karen Thompson Walker. 

“Slimy all-American graft oozes from beneath the economic aspirations of contemporary China in this witty, illuminating thriller.  Walker’s impressive debut novel is a post-millennial noir thriller in which the grubbier impulses of two superpowers intersect with life-altering results.  Though its observations about China’s construction boom and the dismal state of American politics are as fresh as the morning news feed, Walker’s novel also feels like a disquieting peek deep into the coming decades of global economic upheaval.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Nellie Hermann’s second novel, The Season of Migration, is a masterful work of historical fiction that imagines the early life of the painter Vincent van Gogh, his complex relationship with his brother, Theo, and his birth as an artist.  Her first novel, The Cure for Grief, received acclaim in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Time, Elle, and others, and was chosen as a Target “Breakout” book.  Nellie is the Creative Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and has received distinguished residency invitations from The Millay Colony, The UCross Foundation, The Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts, and others.  She holds an M.F.A from Columbia.  She currently lives in Brooklyn.

“Fans of Nellie Hermann’s The Cure for Grief already know that she is our expert chronicler of the complex love between siblings; in The Season of Migration, she channels the story of Vincent Van Gogh, Theo Van Gogh, and the ghost of their dead sibling.  Hermann writes beautifully about the wrenching pain of disenchantment, as well as its joyful transubstantiation back into art.  Every scene is a color-saturated dream, every detail lived and felt. Hermann has done something miraculous here.” – Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

Jack Livings’s impressive debut collection, The Dog, weaves a socially complex account of modernization’s grueling aftermath in China.  The collection was one of Michiko Kakutani’s Ten Favorite Books of 2014 and was a Fall 2014 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.  Jack’s stories have appeared in The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, Tin House, Guernica, Best American Short Stories 2006, The Pushcart Prize anthologies, and elsewhere.  He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford.  Jack taught English in China and studied there as an undergraduate.  He lives in New York City.

“[A] stunning debut collection . . . Mr. Livings demonstrates his virtuosity as a storyteller, his ability to immerse us instantly in the lives of his characters, to conjure the daily reality of the very different worlds they inhabit . . . [He] writes less as an outsider . . . than as a sort of Chekhovian observer, attuned to the absurdities and ironies of his characters’ lives; their entrapment by family, tradition, party politics and government bureaucracy; and their struggles to clear for themselves some small measure of personal space and freedom.”
– Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Jennifer Percy’s acclaimed nonfiction debut, Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism, examines in strikingly lyrical prose the effects of PTSD, not just in soldiers but also in the communities where they reintegrate, through the true story of one veteran who, after returning from Afghanistan, finds himself haunted by a demon he names The Destroyer.  Demon Camp was a Spring 2014 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.  Winner of a Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Jen’s work has appeared in a number of publications, including Harper’s, The New Republic, The Oxford American, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic, among others, and has been featured on National Public Radio and BBC’s World News.  She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received a Truman Capote Fellowship in fiction.  She also received an Iowa Arts Fellowship from Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.  She teaches writing at New York University.

“Demon Camp is the amazing story of one man’s journey to war and back.  It’s a tale so extraordinary that at times it seems conjured from a dream; as it unfolds it’s not just Caleb Daniels that comes into focus, but America, too.  Jennifer Percy has orchestrated a great narrative about redemption, loss and hope.”
– Dexter Filkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Forever War


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