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.


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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: 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


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: Thursday Night Mix

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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.


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: Liars’ League

June 07, 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: 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.


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


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Sarah Lawrence College reading

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


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Hofstra MFA Program

April 28, 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: 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


KGB: FREE WATER #18

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


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Burt Kimmelman reading

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


KGB: Paragraph

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


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: Thursday Night Mix

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Four Way Books reading

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


KGB: Red Hen Press

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


KGB: 2 Bridges Review

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Liars’ League

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


RR: Thursday Night Mix

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Underground Books

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


KGB: FREE WATER # 17

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


KGB: NY Launch of Realms of the Mothers with David Katz, R. Nemo Hill, Paul Pines & Rick Mullin

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Granta reading featuring Lara Vapnyar and Sarah Gerard

January 30, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Melancholia

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

No cover.
Reading, Mini-Exhibition of Drawings, and Celebration

Melancholia: Hinge as Innominate Limina, a collection with two poetic essays and drawings by poet/ artist Will Alexander, the recent winner of the Jackson Prize; a section of Hinge poetics by Heller Levinson; integrated poem/drawings by Levinson and visual artist Linda Lynch; and a meditation on the “Shades of Melancholy” focusing on Emily Dickinson, by Mary Newell.

Will Alexander, the recent winner of the Jackson Prize (2016), is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and visual artist from The City of Angels. See https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/will-alexander
Heller Levinson’s most recent publication is Wrack Lariat (Black Widow Press, 2015). A New York resident, Levinson originated Hinge Theory, introduced on his website www.hellerlevinson.com
Linda Lynch, a visual artist, lives in New Mexico. Her work is in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art. See www.lindalynchstudio.net
Mary Newell, Ph. D. lives in the lower Hudson Valley. She has taught literature and writing at the college level and published essays, reviews, and poems.


KGB: Paragraph

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


RR: Thursday Night Mix

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Poetry by Olena Jennings & Tom Healy

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

Tom Healy will be reading from his new poetry collection
Velvet (Monk Books)

Olena Jennings will be reading from her new poetry collection
Songs from an Apartment (Underground Books)

Hosted by James Browning Kepple


RR: Tony Perrotet’s Monthly Salon

January 24, 2017
7:00 pm -

No cover.  1 drink minimum.

7pm Wine Reception
7:30 Tony and his guests take the stage


RR: TNS After Hours

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


KGB: Mary Miller & Marcy Dermansky

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

Mary Miller is the author of the upcoming collection of short stories Always Happy Hour. She is also the author of the novel The Last Days of California and the collection of short stories, Big World. Her stories have appeared in the Oxford American, New Stories from the South, McSweeney’s Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review, and many others. She is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Texas and John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. Mary grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and currently lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Marcy Dermansky is the author of Bad Marie, Twins, and, most recently, The Red Car.  Marcy’s short fiction has been widely published and anthologized, appearing in McSweeney’s, Five Chapters, The Indiana Review, and elsewhere. Her essay “Maybe I Loved You” appeared in the best-selling anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. Marcy has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Edward Albee Foundation.  She is the winner of the Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and Story Magazine Carson McCuller short story prize.  Marcy received her Bachelor of Arts at Haverford College and her Master of Arts at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern, Mississippi. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her daughter Nina.


KGB: Ari and Emma - A Night of Stories

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Stonecoast MFA reading

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

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Letters from Limbo (CavanKerry Press, 2016), Burning of the Three Fires (BOA Editions, 2010), a finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, Curious Conduct (BOA Editions, 2004), and Placebo Effects, selected by William Matthews as a National Poetry Series winner (Norton, 1997). She is coeditor of The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines including Good Poems for Hard Times, Harvard Review, The Manhattan Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007, and many others. She won the 2009 Dana Award for Poetry. She currently teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y and in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Since 1983, she has made her home in Manhattan.
Website: www.jeannemariebeaumont.com

Elizabeth Searle has a new novel, We Got Him (New Rivers Press), and four prior books: My Body to You (winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Prize), A Four-Sided Bed (in development as a feature film), Celebrities in Disgrace (produced as a short film) and Girl Held in Home.  Her theater work Tonya & Nancy: the Rock Opera—based on the Harding/Kerrigan ice skating scandal-- has drawn national and international media and has run at the New York Musical Theater Festival in NYC in 2015 as well as in Boston and Chicago (2016).  Her one-act play Stolen Girl Song has been performed in ME and MA.  Her fiction has appeared in over thirty magazines such as AGNI, Ploughshares and Kenyan Review and in over a dozen anthologies.  Elizabeth teaches Fiction, Pop Fiction and Scriptwriting at Stonecoast MFA.  Elizabeth’s website: www.elizabethsearle.net

Breena Clarke is the author three novels, most recently completed, Angels Make Their Hope Here, set in an imagined mixed-race community in 19th century New Jersey. Breena’s debut novel, River, Cross My Heart (1999) was an Oprah Book Club selection. Her critically reviewed second novel, Stand The Storm, is set in mid-19th century Washington, D.C. Breena Clarke is a member of the board of A Room Of Her Own Foundation; is a member of the fiction faculty of The Stonecoast MFA Creative Writing program at The University of Southern Maine; and is co-organizer of The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers.


RR: James Delano and Friends

December 31, 2016
10:30 pm - 1:30 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
Champagne toast at midnight to ring in the new year!


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

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

Livia Llewellyn
Sarah Pinsker


RR: Spirits on Spirits

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

Spirits on Spirits Holiday in Paradise

“After the year we’ve had, do you feel the urge to just… get away from it all? Join your hosts Amrita and Andrew on a Mai-Tai fueled musical journey of tunes for the sunshine (and the rain), and for a very bright holiday season. Let’s create our own island in paradise.”

http://www.spiritsonspirits.com/holidayinparadise


RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: MWA Reading

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


RR: F Bomb

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

No cover. 2 drink minimum.

Gessy Alvarez
Craig Fishbane
April Bradley
Karen Levy
Eliel Lucero
Paul Beckman reader and host

Also: Open Mic


KGB: FREE WATER # 16

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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


RR: Tale NYC’s Finest Storytelling

December 15, 2016
9:30 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.

The legendary TALE comes to the Red Room at KGB Bar! For 4-years straight we’ve been bringing you the finest in NYC storytelling – featuring performers with creds from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central, VICE, The Nation, and HBO…

No hokey gimmicks. No dumb themes – just the best in NYC’s pro-storytelling!

And we have one hell of a fine lineup:

Ted Rall is author of “Trump: A Graphic Biography,” an examination of the life of the Republican presidential nominee in comics form. Please support Ted’s hard-hitting political cartoons and columns by sponsoring his work on Patreon

Michael Small is the editor of MSNBC.com. He has been a digital manager for Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Radar, and Bravo TV. He is a descendant of progressive thinkers.

Harmon Leon is the author of 6 books.  His stories have appeared in VICE, Esquire, The Nation, National Geographic, Salon, Huffington Post, This American Life, and Wired.

Nathaniel Coco Bates is a Moth Grand Slam champion.

Julie Polk (Twitter: @HoolieP) is a NYC-based writer and performer. She is the co-founder of Rasa Advising, which teaches storytelling to public defenders and other legal justice advocates, and the host of Story Social, a bi-monthly storytelling open mic at QED Astoria, coming January 8, 2017.

Marie Faustin is a stand-up comedian who likes talking to strangers & taking selfies in public. She hosts a monthly show called The Warm Up at Karma Lounge, has commitment issues and has been called the perfect mix of Chelsea Handler & Kevin Hart. Her Youtube vlog has over half a million views and can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/MsReeezy


KGB: [no event listed]

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


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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

David Hajdu is the music critic for The Nation and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before joining The Nation in January 2015, he served for more than ten years as the music critic for The New Republic. He is the author of four books of nonfiction and one collection of essays, the most recent being Love for Sale: Pop Music in America (fall 2016). You can follow David on Twitter @davidhajdu_.

Amanda Petrusich is the author of “Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records” (Scribner; 2014). She is a contributing writer for the New Yorker and Pitchfork and a contributing editor at The Oxford American. Her music and culture writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Spin, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. She has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and presently teaches writing and criticism at NYU’s Gallatin School. You can follow Amanda on Twitter @amandapetrusich.

Frank Guan is the music columnist at New York magazine and has written art, music, literary, and political criticism for various other publications, including the New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, n+1, Artforum, and The Nation. You can follow Frank on Twitter @frankophilia.


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

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

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

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


An Evening with Brooklyn Rail

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

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: James Delano and Friends

December 10, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Bon Bon Burlesque

December 10, 2016
9:00 pm -

Doors 9pm, show 9:30
$10 cover
2 drink minimum


[no event listed]

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


RR: NYU Emerging Writers

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


KGB: Hofstra MFA Program

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

Sam Chidley is a fiction writer in his first year of the Hofstra University MFA program. He grew up in Florida, but his home is also Los Angeles, Shanghai, hundreds of cheap hotels in between, and now Brooklyn. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

Clive Young is graduating from Hofstra’s MFA Creative Writing program this month. He is the editor in chief of Pro Sound News, a trade magazine/website covering the crossroads of music and technology. Additionally, he is the author of two books, Crank It Up and Homemade Hollywood, the latter of which was nominated for a 2009 Rondo Award. Young has lectured at libraries and universities across the country, where he has presented more than 250 programs analyzing and unpacking historical aspects of pop culture.

René Giminiani-Caputo is an assistant dean at Hofstra University, currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing.  She holds a master’s degree in Foundations of Education with a focus in urban education.  In 2005, she held a multi-cultural gallery show which featured 50 pieces of album art, live graffiti artists, a maker’s space and her documentary film, Guerilla Art, which showcased the best mural art on the Lower East Side of NYC.  She earned her undergraduate degree from LIU/Post in English with minors in both journalism and political science.  Her first job out of college took her back to her Upstate New York roots, working as both a general assignment and beat reporter for the Troy Record. It was there that she honed her journalism skills, covering everything from local and state politics to fires and chocolate festivals.  René’s dream of becoming a novelist was put off for a time, but on the eve of her 50th birthday, her lofty writing dreams are starting to become reality.

Autumn Croker is a senior undergraduate Honors College student at Hofstra University, where she double majors in English and Film studies. Her concentrations include creative writing and screen writing. She is in the process of successfully completing her third graduate-level creative writing course. Her poetry often focus on a wide variety of tones while taping into multiple dimensions of genre. Often in her screen plays you’ll see how she incorporates poetry into the dialogue. When she isn’t handling the presidential duties of the Nu Tau chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, sorority Incorporated, you can find Autumn jotting down notes that could lead to her next big idea. Autumn hopes that one day she will successfully publish books and screenplays and produce and direct films.

Melanie Sirof is a(n as yet unpublished on paper) poet, a high school teacher, and most recently, a TEDx Organizer.  Her work is fueled by the life lived in the years between earning her creative writing undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1995 and the culmination of her MFA thesis from Hofstra University in this May. 


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

December 08, 2016
9:00 pm -

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* * * * *

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

www.behindthebook.org


RR: PEN Live

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

No cover. 
Poetry in the Red Room


RR: Deanna Kirk Sings Holiday Tunes

December 07, 2016
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Liars’ League - Dreams & Aspirations

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


KGB: great weather for MEDIA

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

great weather for MEDIA celebrates the publication of their fifth annual anthology, “The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker.” Featuring Will Arbery, Savon Bartley, Christian Georgescu, John W. Snyder, Taylor Steele, Olivia Wu, plus John Paul Davis - author of “Crown Prince of Rabbits.” Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro.

“The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker” is a fearless and dynamic collection of poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers. The anthology also includes an interview with musician Thurston Moore. Submissions for the next book are now open. Come along and meet friendly indie press editors. www.greatweatherformedia.com


RR: Person Place Thing

December 06, 2016
7:00 pm -

PERSON PLACE THING:
Peter Yarrow

$15 General Admission, $50 VIP Seating

In 1960, Peter Yarrow was hanging around a club in the Village with Albert Grossman, later Bob Dylan’s manager, discussing Grossman’s idea for “an updated version of the Weavers.” The result: Peter, Paul and Mary. The group recorded the first million-selling Dylan song, Blowin’ in the Wind, without benefit of a final “g.” In addition to being a fine performer, Yarrow cowrote one of their biggest hits, “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” You can debate its meaning during the audience Q&A. We’ll talk, he’ll sing, you’ll kvell.

Person Place Thing is an interview show by Randy Cohen based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.

To purchase your tickets, click here.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - David Lehman + Elizabeth Powell

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

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

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


Alexandra Kleeman & Kelly Luce

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

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

Alexandra Kleeman’s debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine earned her comparisons to Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Ben Marcus, and Tom Perrotta. It was praised by the New York Times as “a powerful allegory of our civilization’s many maladies, artfully and elegantly articulated, by one of the young wise women of our generation.” In her second book, Intimations, a collection of twelve stories irresistibly seductive in their strangeness, she explores human life from beginning to end. Elegant, surprising, wondrous, and haunting, Intimations is an utterly transporting collection from one of our most ingenious and brilliant young writers. -Goodreads

Kelly Luce’s story collection, THREE SCENARIOS IN WHICH HANA SASAKI GROWS A TAIL (A Strange Object), set in Japan, won Foreword Reviews’ Editor’s Choice Prize in Fiction and was a finalist for book prizes from the Texas Institute of Letters & Writers League of Texas. Kelly will read from her debut novel, PULL ME UNDER. She will be a 2016-2017 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, Kerouac House, Ucross, Jentel Arts, and the Michener Center for Writers, and has most recently appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Salon, O magazine, the Southern Review. She will be a 2016-2017 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Luce is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature. She hails from Illinois and lives in California’s Santa Cruz mountains.
Pull Me Under is gripping, psychologically complex fiction--at the heart of which is an affecting exploration of home, self-acceptance, and the limits of forgiveness.

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: Shir and Friends

December 03, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.

Alon Near - Contrabass
Hila Kulik - Piano
Ofri Nehemya - Drums
Shir Zehavy - Vocalist

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