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
VIJAY SESHADRI is the author of Wild Kingdom (1996), The Long Meadow (2003), which won the James Laughlin Award, and 3 Sections (2013), which won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The Pulitzer committee described the book as “a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless.” Seshadri has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has worked as an editor at the New Yorker and has taught at Bennington College and Sarah Lawrence College, where he currently directs the graduate non-fiction writing program.
MARK DOTY’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections....Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts....Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island. He is Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Two new books are forthcoming, both from W.W. Norton: What Is the Grass, a prose meditation on Walt Whitman and the ecstatic, and Deep Lane, a new volume of poems.
Author John Straughsbaugh and other invited authors read from THE VILLAGE:400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
PATRICIA SPEARS JONES was named by Essence.com as one of its “40 Poets They Love” in 2010. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and four chapbooks, the most recent Living in the Love Economy. Her work is widely anthologized....Spears Jones has been a culture maven for four decades. She was the first African American programmer as Program Coordinator at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. She served as Mentor for Emerge, Surface, Be, a new fellowship program at The Poetry Project. She ran the esteemed New Works Program for the Massachusetts Council of Arts and Humanities (1989-1991) and was Director of Planning and Development at The New Museum of Contemporary Art (1994-96). She is also actively involved in a variety of formal and informal organizations involved with progressive politics, social justice, feminism, the environment, and multi-culturalism, best seen in her appointment as Senior Fellow for The Black Earth Institute. She teaches for CUNY. Her art, theater, poetry and music essays, reviews and interviews can be found in print and online at www.tribes.org, Bomb, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Black Issues Book Review, The Boston Globe, and Essence and www.Essence.com.
SHANNA COMPTON is the author of the poetry collections Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, and several chapbooks. The Seam, a book-length speculative poem, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2014. She is also the editor of a collection of essays on the topic of video games, Gamers. Her work has been widely published, including in the Best American Poetry series and other anthologies.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Joseph Fasano’s most recent collection of poems is Inheritance (Cider Press, 2014). He is the author of Fugue for Other Hands, winner of the 2011 Cider Press Review Book Award, and Vincent, a book-length poem forthcoming in July, 2015. His recent poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Boston Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Tin House, Passages North, FIELD, and other publications. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he won the 2008 RATTLE Poetry Prize, and he has been a finalist for the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, the Autumn House Press Book Award, and the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books. He teaches at Manhattanville College and in the graduate and undergraduate writing programs of Columbia University.
Raphael Dagold’s first book, Bastard Heart, was published by Silverfish Review Press in February, 2014. His poems, fables, and photographs have appeared in Indiana Review, Frank, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, and other publications; a fable is included in Persea Books’ Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories. He has taught writing and literature at the University of Utah, Lewis and Clark College, Mt. Hood Community College, and other institutions, and has won fellowships and awards from the Ucross Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, Oregon Literary Arts, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and other organizations. He is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. Visit www.raphaeldagold.com for more information.
Sara Eliza Johnson’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Ninth Letter, New England Review, Best New Poets 2009, Crab Orchard Review, Pleiades, Meridian, TriQuarterly Online, Southern Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Winter Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Utah, where she is Ph.D student in the Literature & Creative Writing program. Her first book, Bone Map, was selected for the 2013 National Poetry Series.
Kenneth Hart’s book Uh Oh Time won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Kenneth’s poems have been published in such journals as Mississippi Review, North American Review, and Barrow Street, and he has won numerous poetry prizes. He teaches at NYU and for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. See http://www.kennethhartpoet.com/ for more information.
JUSTIN MARKS’ second book of poems, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, is forthcoming from Barrelhouse Books in 2014. His first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009), and his latest chapbooks are We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, forthcoming) and Best Practices (Greying Ghost, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Matter Barrelhouse, Leveler and Interrupture. He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their 4 year-old twin son and daughter.
TIMOTHY LIU (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California, to parents from the Chinese mainland. He studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Houston, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
He is the author of Polytheogamy (Saturnalia, 2009); Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (Talisman House, 2009); For Dust Thou Art (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005); Of Thee I Sing (University of Georgia Press, 2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Hard Evidence (Talisman House, 2001); Say Goodnight (Copper Canyon Press, 1998); Burnt Offerings (Copper Canyon Press, 1995); and Vox Angelica (Alice James Books, 1992), which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award.
His newest volume, Don’t Go Back to Sleep will be released in Oct. 2014 from Saturnalia.
Liu’s honors and awards include a Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry in 2002, and the Open Book Beyond Margins Award. He also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry, (Talisman House, 2000).
He has served as a core faculty member at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars, and is currently an associate professor at William Paterson University. He lives in Manhattan.
Elizabeth Kadetsky is author of a memoir (First There Is a Mountain, Little Brown), a story collection (The Poison that Purifies You, C&R Press) and, forthcoming, a novella (On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, Nouvella Books). Her fiction has been included in the Pushcart Prizes, Best New American Voices, and the Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Penn State, and can be found at www.elizabethkadetsky.com
Advance praise for The Poison that Purifies You:
This thought-provoking collection explores the variety of ways that we seek personal and spiritual connections-and the ways that we can poison ourselves and others in our quests. Elizabeth Kadetsky is a writer of keen insight and graceful prose.
-Dan Chaon, Stay Awake
Elizabeth Kadetsky deftly constructs fully realized places--some foreign, some familiar--and fully realized characters--some of them more like us than we’d like to admit. She tugs gently on these places and people until she finds their loose strings, and begins spooling out quiet strands of damage or dread. Before you know it, the dread is your own. These stories sneak up on you, hijack you, and before you know it, it’s too late. A stunning first collection.
-Brian Evenson, Windeye
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD JUDGES: EILEEN MYLES + ROBERT POLITO + KATIE PETERSON + ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS
EILEEN MYLES is a poet who lives around the corner from KGB. Snowflake/different streets (Wave, 2012) is her most recent book of poems and her new & selected I Must Be Living Twice will be out in 2015.
ROBERT POLITO’s most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God and Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber. Hollywood & God was chosen by Barnes and Noble as one of the top five poetry books of 2010. Polito received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art: A Biograpy of Jim Thompson. He is also the author of the poetry collection Doubles, as well as A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, and a study of Byron’s poetry. His poems and reviews, criticism, and essays on literature, film, and popular music have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Harpers, The Believer, Bookforum, The Poetry Foundation website, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, and Best American Film Writing. The founding Director of the Graduate Writing Program at the New School in New York City, he is now President of the Poetry Foundation.
KATIE PETERSON is the author of two new collections of poetry, Permission (New Issues, September 9 2013) and The Accounts (University of Chicago, September 24, 2013). Her first book, This One Tree, was selected by William Olsen for the New Issues Poetry Prize and published in 2006. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at Tufts University. She has reviewed poetry for the Chicago Tribune, the New Orleans Review, and the Boston Review. Her most recent essay on contemporary poetry, “New Nature,” was published in the Boston Review this spring and featured on the website Poetry Daily. A new poem, “Filibuster to Delay the Spring,” received the 2013 Stanley Kunitz Award from the American Poetry Review. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Summer Literary Seminars and Yaddo.
ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS is the author of THE GROUND: poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry. He is also the author of a book of criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010), and the translator of Salvador Espriu’s classic Catalan collection of short stories, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (Dalkey Archive Press, 2012). Born and raised in New York City, he is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brown University, where he attained his doctorate in English Literature. Phillips has taught in Harvard’s History and Literature Program and Columbia’s Graduate School of the Arts, and is currently an associate professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Poetry Center.
Patry Francis is the acclaimed author of The Liar’s Diary, (Dutton 2007), which The New York Daily News called “outright chilling,” and which was a Booksense notable book and Target pick. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and The American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant.
She reads from her book: The Orphans of Race Point
“This beautifully wrought novel is a sometimes wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of murder and betrayal in the face of faith, family in its truest sense, and—most of all—love.”
—Booklist (starred review)
FIZZ presents Pure Slush Books Year-long Project ‘2014 A Year In Stories’ in which 31 Authors each write a story on their ‘designated day’ of the month. Each month the same author on the same date, continuing their story, which can also be read as a stand-alone piece. 12 gorgeous and glossy books (a book a month) have been published.
The 2014 Books Project is the brain-child of Australian Editor/Publisher Matt Potter who founded Pure Slush, first as an online press, then quickly moving into themed print anthologies, a multi-author novel called ‘gorge’ plus books by individual authors. Read about Matt Potter and his vision at this Huffington Post Interview: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/loren-kleinman/matt-potter-talks-pure-sl_b_5668607.html
Tonight’s reading will feature flash fictions from ‘2014 A Year in Stories’ read by some of the 31 authors who participated.
Expected to read are writers: Lynn Beighley, Gary Percesepe, Andrew Stancek, Teresa Burns Gunter, Derek Osborne, John Wentworth Chapin, Margaret Bingel, Rachel Ambrose, Stephen V. Ramey and Susan Tepper.
The project also includes authors: Nathaniel Tower, Gloria Garfunkel, Guile Castillo-Oriard, Gay Degani, Gill Hoffs, Jessica McHugh, Shane Simmons, Michelle Elvy, Michael Webb, James Claffey, Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz, Sally-Anne Macomber, Darryl Price, Joanne Jagoda, Kimberlee Smith, Vanessa Weibler Paris, Townsend Walker, Heather Nelson, Len Kuntz and Matt Potter.
For more info about Pure Slush visit: http://pureslush.webs.com/
STEVEN KARL is the author of Dork Swagger, winner of the Joanna Cargill Prize for a first book (Coconut Books). His second book is forthcoming from Noemi Press. He is the features editor for Coldfront Magazine and a poetry editor for Sink Review. Recent writings have appeared in jubilat, Sprung Formal, and The First Time I Heard My Bloody Valentine. He lives in Miami, Florida.
LISA JARNOT is the author, most recently, of A Princess Magic Presto Spell (Solid Objects, 2014), as well as five full-length books of poetry. Her Joie de Vivre: Selected Poems 1992–2012 was published by City Lights in 2013, and her biography of Robert Duncan (Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus) was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her husband and daughter.
WILLIAM WENTHE’s most recent book of poems is Words Before Dawn (LSU Press, 2012); his other books are Not Till We Are Lost (LSU Press) and Birds of Hoboken (Orchises Press). He has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Open City, Tin House, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, The Southern Review, Shenandoah; and other journals and anthologies. Critical essays on the craft of poetry have appeared in The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review. Born and raised in New Jersey, he teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Texas Tech.
MernaLyn is the award-winning author of THE 10 SECOND DIET; a book so self-empowering it was sent to the White House to work with the First Lady’s initiatives. As the word ‘diet’ refers not only to the food we eat but also to the life we live, THE 10 SECOND DIET is a humanitarian and sociological retrospective of our current society. It stresses the importance of incorporating values and ethics in daily life.
As MernaLyn believes; “It is important not only what you put into your body, but what you put out into the world.”
THE 10 SECOND DIET is as compelling as the author herself, with an eclectic background, MernaLyn’s provocative perspective is motivating, thoughtful and at times ironically humorous and always genuinely engaging!
MernaLyn was a lead Shakespearean actress at The Globe Theatre, had a recurring role on a primetime ABC-TV sitcom, a research assistant at Wayne State University’s Medical School Psychology Department and was the P.R. Bunny for Playboy International (selected from over 450 other young women in Los Angeles). She is a popular guest on television and radio talk shows from FOX and ABC TV to Bloomberg Radio with over 18.5 million listeners. As Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association, MernaLyn donates a generous percentage of the profit from every book she sells at her public engagements directly to Alzheimer’s Research.
MernaLyn is currently on a National Book Tour speaking from Beverly Hills and San Diego up the West Coast to Sacramento on to Las Vegas, Phoenix, the state of Florida, Atlanta and earlier this year was asked to address the entire Community of New Orleans. As a featured author at New York’s Book Expo and the 66th Annual JCC Book Fair, she has had several successful engagements in New York and as a former resident, is always happy to get back to the Big Apple!
Stephen S. Mills is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012) and A History of the Unmarried (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). He earned his MFA from Florida State University. His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, PANK, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, Assaracus, The Rumpus, and others. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. He lives in New York City. Website: http://www.stephensmills.com/
Matthew Hittinger is the author of two poetry collections, The Erotic Postulate (2014) and Skin Shift (2012) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and three chapbooks. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan where he won a Hopwood Award for poetry. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, has been adapted into art songs, and in 2012 Poets & Writers Magazine named him a Debut Poet on their 8th annual list. Matthew lives in Astoria, Queens.
Brent Calderwood is a writer and editor living in San Francisco. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Journal, Bloom, Crab Creek Review, Knockout, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, The Squaw Valley Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology. His essays have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and the San Francisco Examiner. He is Literary Editor for A&U Magazine.
Ann Anderson Evans is a writer, linguist, and professor of writing.
A B.A. and M.A. graduate of New York University, with a second masters degree from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she was born and raised, Ann Anderson Evans’s writing has been published widely in both literary and academic magazines. Featured on the Discovery Channel’s Sex in America in 2012, she was also on the cover of Eldr magazine’s issue on “Sex and Intimacy over the Age of Sixty.”
A wife, mother, and grandmother, she has traveled widely and lived in Spain, Israel, Italy, Austria, Germany, and Greece. She speaks six languages. Ann lives in Hoboken, NJ with her (third) husband.
More about Ann Anderson Evans can be found on her website and blog: www.annandersonevans.com. She is also on Facebook (Fan and personal pages), LinkedIn (Ann Anderson Evans), and Twitter (@annwriter).
Jericho Brown in the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry, and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poets. Brown holds a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was published by Copper Canyon Press. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.
Sampson Starkweather is the author of The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. His most recent chapbooks are Flowers of Rad by Factory Hollow Press, and Until the Death Hits, pop/love GIF poems (a collaboration with Ana Božičevic) appearing somewhere soon on the Internet. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Nancy Esposito’s most recent book is Lamentation with June Bug, Word Poetry, 2013. Her first book of poems was Changing Hands(Quarterly Review of Literature Contemporary Poetry Series, 1984). Mêm’ Rain, a winner of the National Looking Glass Poetry Chapbook Competition, was published in 2002 by Pudding House Publications, which also published Greatest Hits 1978-2001 in 2003. She received the Discovery Award, Massachusetts Arts Lottery Grant, the Colladay Award, Poetry Society of America Award, a Fulbright Grant to Egypt, and grants to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos as well as an NEH to study the Vietnam War. She lived in Mexico and Nicaragua in the 1980s where she translated contemporary Nicaraguan poets. Her own work has been translated into Spanish and Vietnamese.
Cynthia Cruz’s poems have been published in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review and others. Her first collection of poems, RUIN, was published by Alice James Book and her second collection, The Glimmering Room, was published by Four Way Books in the fall of 2012. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony as well as a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Her third collection of poems, Wunderkammer, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2014. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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 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.
DARA WIER’s most recent book is You Good Thing from Wave Books, 2013, a Believer’s readers’ choice for 2014. Her previous books include Reverse Rapture (Poetry Book of the Year, American Poetry Center, San Francisco St. University, 2009), Remnants of Hannah, Voyages in English, and Blue for the Plough. She writes a sporadic blog for Flying Object, flying-object.org/, a community arts space and project in Hadley, Massachusetts, and she leads workshops and seminars for the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers.
Dallas Hudgens novelist and publisher of Relegations Books will read from Wendi Kaufman’s ”Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories” (Stillhouse Press)
Atticus Lish is the author of two books, Preparation for the Next Life, a novel about a Chinese Muslim who immigrates illegally to the United States and the Iraq War veteran with whom she becomes involved; and Life Is with People, a series of drawings with captions. He’s at work on a second novel, which will have a criminal theme. He makes his living as a Chinese-English translator (of technical, not literary, subject matter). In the past, he worked in a Styrofoam factory, as a construction laborer, personal trainer, moving man, security guard, fast food counter person and telemarketer--in short, in every entry level job in the Help Wanted section, except taxi driver. He served a brief stretch in the Marine Corps in the war-free period between Gulf One and 9/11. Both his military experience, negligible as it was, and his study of Chinese have informed his writing. He reads from his debut: In Preparation for the Next Life
The “next life” of Atticus Lish’s novel is the one you have to die to know. It’s also the next civilian life of a soldier ravaged by three tours in Iraq, and the dodgy life of an immigrant in the city’s sleepless boroughs. The work is violent, swift, and gloriously descriptive. It is love story and lament, a haunting record of unraveling lives. Lish says starkly and with enormous power: the spirit prevails until it doesn’t. A stunning debut.--Noy Holland,
Gary Ray Bugarcic -. Is a writer, actor, and stage director who is best known as the founder of the critically acclaimed 1980’s lower eastside club Darinka, where Steve Buscemi & They Might Be Giants first started their careers. As a writer he’s had his poetry published in New Blood Magazine and has recently finished his 3rd stage play titled The Hostess. A period work set in Greenwich Village in 1959. As actor he’s worked extensively on stage, film, TV and in over two-dozen commercials. He’s also toured nationally with performance artist Karen Finley in her play The Theory of Total Blame.
STAR BLACK founded the KGB Poetry Series in 1997 with David Lehman. Her most recent books of poems are Ghostwood (Melville House) and Velleity’s Shade (Sarurnalia Books). Her collages were recently exhibited at John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literature.
JAMES RICHARDSON is the author of many collections of poetry, criticism, and aphorisms, including Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, (Ausable Press, 2004) and By the Numbers (Copper Canyon, 2010). He has been awarded or nominated for some of the top awards in American literature, including the Jackson Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry, and in publications including The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Slate. He is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1980.
Jervey Tervalon is the author of five books, including the bestselling Dead Above Ground, and Understanding This, for which he won the New Voice’s Award from Quality Paper Books. His most recent book was an anthology, The Cocaine Chronicles. He was the Remsen Bird Writer in Residence at Occidental College and a Disney Screen Writing Fellow. He is the director of the Literature for Life Project, a literary magazine and salon, and the literary director of LitFest Pasadena. Born in New Orleans, he now lives in California and teaches at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
He reads from his novel: MONSTER’S CHEF lays bare the culture of drugs, sex, and celebrity worship that pervades our times―and delivers a thriller that is as unsettling as it is delicious.
“With echoes of Junot Diaz, William Gibson and Walter Mosley, Monster’s Chef takes us to places other writers would think twice—at least—before visiting, and makes the reader glad to be there. I straight-up loved this book.” —Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight and Happy Mutant Baby Pills
Dia Felix reads from her novel: Nochita
* Daughter to a divorced new age guru, Nochita wanders through the cracks of California’s counter-culture, half feral child, half absurdist prophet. When tragedy strikes she is sent to live with her father, a working-class cowboy with a fragile grasp on sobriety and a dangerously mean fiancée. Stuck with adults chillingly unable to care for her, Nochita takes to the streets, a runaway with nothing to run from, driven forward by desperation, hope and an irrepressible wonder.
* Dia Felix was born in California where the book takes place, but currently lives in Brooklyn where she teaches and mentors teens in experimental documentary filmmaking at Reel Works teen filmmaking continuum. She is also the founder and editor of Personality Press.
* The book trailer for Nochita is here: http://vimeo.com/93093956
“Nochita shimmers with humor and delight, she burns with stark raving intelligence."—Mary Gaitskill
“In Nochita, Dia Felix builds an extraordinarily rich and inventive language to carry the kaleidoscopic point of view of her young protagonist. What a pleasure to open a book and find such exuberant and committed artistry. A stunning debut.” —Janet Fitch
“With its California counterculture setting, frank descriptions of teenage sex, and colorfully intriguing characters . . . Felix has written a modern fairy tale with a dark side . . . [Her] inventive prose makes the journey worth it.”— BUST Magazine
“Felix’s triumphant first novel falls somewhere between poetry and prose . . . which sparkles and snaps with verbal vitality.” — Booklist
Laura Antoniou has been writing erotica for over twenty years. Best known for her Marketplace series, she has also edited and appeared in many anthologies and is the author of the Rainbow Award winning comedy-kinky mystery, The Killer Wore Leather.
Linda Maria Frank’s first love was teaching science, ranging from Middle School to graduate courses at Hofstra and Adelphi Universities. It was the forensic science courses that gave her the story lines for her Annie Tillery mysteries, which launched a new career as an author. The Madonna Ghost has earned “Editor’s Choice” and “Rising Star” awards. In Girl With Pencil Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys, Annie continues to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. Frank is also the producer of “The Writer’s Dream,” a YouTube series covering different aspects of the writing profession.
As a child, Frank Hickey could not make change from a dollar until he was eight. Shoelaces formed another trauma. Today, computers give him the same feelings. With these skills, naturally he became a writer, and five of his crime novels now scar the landscape. But before that, for almost forty years, Frank worked as a police officer and a private eye. His books tell of Max Royster, an oddball, fat, divorced, cigar smoking and casually brilliant New Yorker. Stay tuned for more of his adventures through Pigtown Books, on the website of the same name.
Tracey Landau began her writing career at the age of three, dictating stories to her mother. Twenty-one years later her first novel, The Queen of Diamonds, has been published by Wildside Press. Tracey started writing this book, her third novel and the first to be published, when she was 17 years old, writing on receipt paper during her job at Friendly’s. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and is now working on a new novel.
Larry Kelter never expected to be a writer. In fact, he was voted the student least likely to visit a library. Well, times change, and now he’s authored several novels including the internationally best-selling Stephanie Chalice thriller Series. Early in his writing career, he received support from novelist Nelson DeMille, who reviewed his work and actually put pencil to paper to assist in the editing of the first book, telling him, “Kid, your work needs editing, but that’s a hell of a lot better than not having talent. Keep it up!” Larry has lived in the metro New York area most of his life and relies primarily on locales in Manhattan and Long Island for his stories’ settings.
Sharon Linnea worked as a journalist for two decades before something snapped and the bodies started piling up. Her Eden thrillers—Chasing Eden, Beyond Eden, and Treasure of Eden—which she writes with Chaplain (Colonel) B.K. Sherer, have sold more than half a million copies and been translated into 6 languages, including Russian. The fourth Eden thriller, Plagues of Eden, came out last summer.
Alison von Rosenvinge is an attorney, academic and writer. She received both her J.D. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Scotland, she has lived in Utah, France, Germany and Russia. Alison is a Daughter of Utah Pioneers whose British and Swedish ancestors converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1840s and 1850s. When Alison is not reading mysteries, she can be found searching for the best deals in consignment shops on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She’s a natural homebody and loves binge-watching movies and old TV shows with her husband and kids while devouring salty-buttery popcorn.
Triss Stein is a small–town girl from New York State’s dairy country who has spent her adult life living and working in New York City. This gives her the useful double vision of stranger and resident for writing mysteries about Brooklyn, her ever fascinating, ever changing, ever challenging adopted home. Brooklyn Graves was published by Poisoned Pen Press in March and is second in the series, after Brooklyn Bones. Triss has been co-chair of Mystery Writers of America/New York chapter library committee and served many times with the mentor program.
MATTHEA HARVEY is the author of five books of poetry--If the Tabloids are True What Are You? Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.
BRETT FLETCHER LAUER is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America and the poetry editor at A Public Space. He is the author of A Hotel in Belgium (Four Way Books, 2014), the co-editor of Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave, 2004) and the forthcoming Please Excuse this Poem (Viking, 2014) co-edited with Lynn Melnick.
Peyton Marshall’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, A Public Space, Five Chapters, and Etiqueta negra, and has been anthologized in Best New American Voices (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received a Maytag Fellowship and the Richard Yates short fiction award.
“Political and thought-provoking, Goodhouse is above all else an adventure, a page-turning account of one boy’s journey through a vivid and dangerous world. A remarkable start from a remarkable writer.” —Karen Joy Fowler,
Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright. He is the recipient of numerous awards. His fiction includes: The Secret History of Las Vegas, Song For Night , The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, GraceLand, and Masters of the Board.
What lifts the novel is its energy, the audacity of Abani’s imagination, and most of all the breadth of vision that supplies its moral context. The Secret History of Las Vegas has a global sweep and – what’s often aspired to, but rarely achieved in a novel – a feeling of thematic unity. -Marcel Theroux
Ronna Wineberg is the author of On Bittersweet Place, which is her first novel, and a debut collection, Second Language, which won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition, and was the runner-up for the 2006 Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Colorado Review, South Dakota Review and elsewhere, and been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and residencies to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale foundation. She has been awarded a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and lives in New York.
”Long before the phenomenon that is Lena Dunham, Ronna Wineberg gives us the unforgettable Lena Czernitski. This incredible girl will steal your heart. She is passionate and practical, fierce but also forgiving. Wineberg’s debut novel On Bittersweet Place will hold you in its gentle enthrall. A coming of age novel, an immigrant story, and an altogether moving meditation on life and the pursuit of happiness.” ––Marcy Dermansky,
Laura Zinn Fromm is the author of the forthcoming Sweet Survival: Tales of Cooking and Coping, due out from Greenpoint Press. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University and teaches fiction and creative non-fiction through New York Writers Workshop. A former editor at Business Week magazine, she is the winner of the Clarion Award and the Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Labor Reporting. Visit her at Laurazinnfromm.com and Flawedmom.com.
Stephanie Hart teaches writing to Second Language students at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is the author of Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoir and Stories, a series of fast-paced vignettes, dramatizing her life and the lives of her parents and grandparents dating back to 19th Century Russia. Stephanie’s work has appeared in literary magazines, including The Sun, Jewish Currents, And Then, and ducts.org. and most recently in a wonderful Wising Up Press(www.universaltable.org) called Connected: What Remains as We all Change.
Liz Weber is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared online at Narratively, and Apartment Therapy. When she is not contributing to lifestyle websites, including Citypath and Bored and Thirsty or doling out dating advice to the urban female set on the popular website The Fat White Guy, she’s blogging about her past as a children’s party performer (she makes a mean balloon sword) and the time she drove her moped through a souvenir stand in Mexico. Her short story about working in a male strip club for women was featured in the 2009 Staten Island Arts Festival.
Angela Narciso Torres’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Her most recent work is available or forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Drunken Boat. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO. Learn more at www.angelanarcisotorres.com.
Vasiliki Katsarou is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet whose first collection, Memento Tsunami, was published in 2011. Poems have appeared or are upcoming in Poetry Daily, Agave Magazine, Regime Journal, wicked alice, Press 1, as well as in the anthologies Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (Poets Wear Prada), and Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place. This coming October 23-26, 2014, Vasiliki will be one of seventy poets to perform work at the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, New Jersey. Vasiliki directs the Panoply Books Reading Series in Lambertville, NJ. In addition to poetry, she has written and directed an award-winning 35mm short film about utopia, called Fruitlands 1843. More about her work can be found at http://onegoldbead.com.
Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots. Her poetry has appeared in the chapbook For The Crowns Of Your Head, as well as the literary journals: 5 AM, Adanna, Wideshore and many others. In 2012 her poem Notorious was nominated for a Pushcart prize and she is a CantoMundo fellow. Her manuscript “The Pink Box” will be published in Fall of 2015. She received her MFA in poetry & poetry in translation from Drew University. For more information, visit www.yeseniamontilla.com.
Anton Yakovlev grew up in Moscow, Russia, but moved to the United States in 1996. He studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University. Anton lives in Ridgewood, NJ and works as a college textbook editor.
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. Frasca 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, Frasca resides in Manhattan and Long Island’s North Fork.
Andrei Guruianu was born in 1979 in Bucharest, Romania. He is the author of a memoir, a book of stories, and several books of poetry. He currently teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. Learn more at www.andreiguruianu.com.
Amye Archer is a writer and teacher living and working in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from Wilkes University, and is a recipient of the Beverly Hiscox Scholarship. Her writing has been published in Nailed Magazine, PANK, PMS: Poem Memoir Story, Hippocampus Magazine, Boston Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the author of two chapbooks, No One Ever Looks Uppublished by Puddinghouse Press, and A Shotgun Life published by Big Table Publishing. Her full-length collection of poems, BANGS, will be released by Big Table Publishing in late 2014. Her one-act play,Surviving, was produced locally in 2012. She has read for various magazines including PANK, Quiddity, and Hippocampus. Amye is a Libra, lover of cats, devout follower of politics, mommy to Samantha and Penelope, and a partner-in-all-things to Tim. Follow her on Twitter at @amyearcher.
CAMILLE RANKINE is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. The recipient of a 2010 “Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, she was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Narrative, Paper Darts, A Public Space and Tin House, and was commissioned by the New York Botanical Garden for their Literary Audio Tour. Camille earned her BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She was selected for a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2013, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, editorial director of The Manhattanville Review, and lives in New York City, where she sings with the band Miru Mir.
RUSTY MORRISON’s new letterpress, limited edition chapbook from speCt! is Reclamation Project. Her books include Beyond the Chainlink (Ahsahta 2014), Book of the Given (Noemi Press 2012), After Urgency (Tupelo 2012), which won The Dorset Prize, the true keeps calm biding its story (Ahsahta 2008), which won The Sawtooth Prize, the Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin Award, the Northern California Book Award, and the DiCastagnola Award from Poetry Society of America, and Whethering (The Center for Literary Publishing, 2004), which won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. She is the co-publisher of Omnidawn, www.omnidawn.com. Her website: www.rustymorrison.com.
Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, in the former Soviet Union, in 1979, and emigrated to the United States in 1988. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation, Harper’s, Vogue, The London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal and other publications (see Selected Journalism).
Boris received a degree in Russian literature from Princeton University. Afterward, he was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker; edited “Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier” (Random House), a collection of short stories about the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the early post-Communist years; received a Fulbright research grant to Istanbul, Turkey; and co-wrote and edited the U. S. Senate’s report on Hurricane Katrina.
A Replacement Life, out from HarperCollins and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, is his first novel. His next, Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, about a New Jersey couple that adopts a boy from Montana who turns out to be wild, will be out from HarperCollins in early 2016. Other projects include The Church Is Near, But the Way There Is Icy; The Tavern Is Far, But I’ll Walk Carefully: 101 Recipes from Oksana’s Kitchen, an unusual Ukrainian cookbook, and Finding Mr. Harrison, a memoir of his alpha grandfather and decidedly non-alpha father, and seeking out the American writer whose books helped him make sense of their crossfire.
Peter Mehlman, Primetime Emmy Award nominee and former Seinfeld writer/producer, responsible for Seinfeld-isms such as “sponge worthy”, “double-dipping” and “Yada Yada”. Peter was born in New York, and after his TV career on Seinfeld, made his way strategically back to “writing full sentences” (as he puts it) for top literary publications, and if you listen to NPR, you might be familiar with his hilarious and poignant commentaries. In short, he’s a terrific terrific writer with tons of personality, depth, and a wonderful sense for seeing the extraordinary in every day life, as apparent in his debut novel, It Won’t Always Be This Great to be published by Bancroft Press/Sept 2014.
Rob Brunet’s 2014 debut, STINKING RICH, asks What could possibly go wrong when bikers hire a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana? His award-winning short crime fiction appears and is forthcoming in Thuglit, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Out of the Gutter, Noir Nation, and numerous anthologies. Before writing noir, Brunet produced award-winning Web presence for film and TV, including LOST, Frank Miller’s Sin City, and the cult series Alias.
Anthony Award–winning author Hilary Davidson’s latest book, BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, was published by Tor/Forge on April 15, 2014. It’s her fourth novel but her first stand-alone, and it’s earning high praise. Publishers Weekly called it “riveting” and RT Book Reviews named it a Top Pick, saying, “Davidson has penned an outstanding novel that entertains with its carefully plotted tale of kidnapping, murder and duplicity.”
A.C. Frieden is an international author of legal and spy thrillers, including the acclaimed Jonathan Brooks series (Down & Out Books; Avendia Publ.). Frieden is also an attorney, private pilot, divemaster, martial artist, former biologist and army sniper. He was born in Africa and lived in India, Switzerland and the UK before moving to the U.S. and has visited over 70 countries, including North Korea, Cuba, Russia, Venezuela, Ukraine and other hotspots, many of which have become settings in his novels. He speaks French, English, Portuguese, Spanish and some Russian, and carries several passports. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.
Tracey Landau began her writing career at the age of three, dictating stories to her mother. Twenty-one years later, her first novel, The Queen of Diamonds, has been published by Wildside Press. Tracey started writing this book, her third novel and the first to be published, when she was 17 years old, writing on receipt paper during her job at Friendly’s. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America and is now working on her new novel.
Terrence P. McCauley is an award-winning writer of crime fiction. Terrence recently signed with Polis Books to publish SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL is a modern day spy thriller set in modern day New York City. Polis is also republishing Terrence’s first two crime novels set in 1930 New York City. In 2008, Terrence won the TruTV ‘Search for the Next Great Crime Writer’. In 2014, he won three New Pulp Awards for Best Short Story, Best Novel and Best Author. Terrence has had short stories featured in Thuglit, Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Vol. 1 and 2, Atomic Noir and Big Pulp among other places. He recently compiled GRAND CENTRAL NOIR, an anthology where 100% of the proceeds go directly to a non-profit called God’s Love We Deliver. A proud native of The Bronx, NY, he is currently working on his next work of fiction.
Thomas Pluck has worked on the docks, slung hash, and even cleaned the toilets of the Guggenheim. When not writing he trains in mixed martial arts and powerlifting. He is the editor of Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT, hosts Noir at the Bar in Manhattan, and his work has appeared in Crimespree, PANK Magazine, Hardboiled, McSweeney’s, The Utne Reader, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and Blood & Tacos.
Kim Addonizio is the author of a previous story collection, two novels, five poetry collections, and two books on writing poetry. She has received numerous honors for her writing, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEA Fellowships, and was a National Book Award Finalist in 2000. She lives in Oakland, CA and New york City and teaches private writing workshops. She plays harmonica with the word/music group Nonstop Beautiful Ladies and volunteers for the Hunger Project, a global organization empowering the poorest people in the world to end their own hunger and poverty.
JOSH BELL is Briggs Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University and the author of the book of poems No Planets Strike. He’s recently published work in The New Republic, Tin House, Boston Review, and The New Yorker. A former member of the creative writing faculty at Columbia University, his second books of poems is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in the Spring of 2016.
ERIN BELIEU was born and raised in Nebraska. Her first book, Infanta (1995), was a winner of the Nationa Poetry Series and named a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Library Journal. Her second collection, One Above & One Below, was the winner of the Midland Authors Prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize, and her most recent collection, Black Box, was a finalist in 2007 for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her newest volume, Slant Six, will be released in Nov. 2014 from Copper Canyon. She is presently Director of the Graduate Creative Writing Program at Florida State University. With Cate Marvin, she is the co-founder and co-director of VIDA, a literary organization that seeks to explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women through meaningful conversation and the exchange of ideas among existing and emerging literary communities.
Finalists Reading: Debut Fiction from the 2014 PEN Literary Awards, featuring the finalists for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, who will be reading excerpts from their nominated works, judged by Charles Bock, Jonathan Dee, Fiona Maazel, and Karen Shepherd.
Join PEN staff, awards judges, and supporters for an evening of drinks, readings, and celebration on the eve of the Awards Ceremony, September 29, at The New School where the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize will be announced.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth), Anthony Marra
Anthony Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is his first novel.
Brief Encounters With the Enemy (The Dial Press), Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh was born in Brooklyn and raised in Pittsburgh. He is the author of a memoir, When Skateboards Will Be Free. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. He lives in New York City and teaches at New York University.
Everybody’s Irish (FiveChapters Books), Ian Stansel
Ian Stansel is a writer, editor, and teacher whose collection of stories, Everybody’s Irish(FiveChapters 2013) is long-listed for the PEN/Bingham prize for debut fiction. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, where he was the editor of Gulf Coast. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ploughshares, Joyland, Ecotone, Cincinnati Review, Antioch Review, and Sycamore Review. His stories have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the New Stories of the Midwest anthology series and shortlisted for Best American Short Stories. His nonfiction has appeared on Salon and The Good Men Project. A former blogger for Ploughshares, he now he serves as fiction editor of the online literary journal Memorious. Raised in Chicago and northern California, he currently lives in Ohio with his wife, writer Sarah Anne Strickley, and their daughter Simone.
Godforsaken Idaho (Little A/New Harvest), Shawn Vestal
Shawn Vestal is a columnist and reporter for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, where he’s worked for many years as a journalist and editor. He was raised in the Mormon faith. His stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Tin House, American Short Fiction, EcoTone, Best American Fantasy, and other places.
The People in the Trees (Doubleday), Hanya Yanagihara
Hanya Yanagihara lives in New York City.
*Unable to attend; her work will be read by a special guest reader to be announced.
Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion) invites some of NY’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 one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from:
Brad Lawrence (The Moth Mainstage, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque)
Caitlin Brodnick (Glamour, “Shut Up” Storytelling)
Rory Scholl (People’s Improv Theater, producer ARTPROV)
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times
Lewis Warsh is the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography. He is coeditor of The Angel Hair Anthology and editor and publisher of United Artists Books. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry (1997, 2002, 2003) . He is recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and The Fund for Poetry. He has also received an Editor’s Fellowship Award from the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, and the James Shestack prize from The American Poetry Review. Mimeo Mimeo #7 (2012) featured his poetry, fiction and collages, and a bibliography of his work as an editor and publisher. He has taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, SUNY Albany, and Long Island University (Brooklyn) where he was founding director of the MFA program in creative writing (2007-13) and where he currently teaches. Alien Abduction, a new book of poems, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2015.
Michael Forstrom was born in Sweden and raised in England and Canada before the family settled outside Minneapolis, MN. As an adult, he has lived in various places in the U.S., as well as in England and Kenya, and earned degrees from Carleton College, The New School for Social Research, and SUNY Buffalo. For the last ten years, he has lived outside New Haven, CT and worked at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale. He has published film reviews, short fiction, and poetry, including two pamphlets, the elusive object (Phylum Press) and The Icon Painter. In 2012, he held residencies at VSC and Millay Colony where he completed a mixed-genre piece and embarked on a new work exploring the effects of dispersal, illness, and telecommunications on the contemporary family. Four Seasons is his first novella. He lives with his wife, poet Katie Yates, and children.
JULIE SHEEHAN’s three poetry collections are Bar Book, Orient Point and Thaw. Her honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and NYFA Fellowship in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, most recently POOL, Pleiades, Raritan and The New Yorker. She teaches in and directs the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.
RICHARD HOWARD is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Trappings: New Poems (Turtle Point Press, 1999); Selected Poems (Penguin, 1991); No Traveller (Knopf, 1989); Findings (Atheneum, 1971) and Untitled Subjects (Atheneum, 1969), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize. His newest volume A Progressive Education will be out in October, 2014 from Turtle Point Press. He has published more than 150 translations from the French, including works by André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Jean Cocteau, Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, Charles de Gaulle, André Breton, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Roland Barthes, Emil Cioran, Claude Simon, and Stendhal, as well as Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal, for which he received the 1983 American Book Award for translation....Howard’s honors include the Levinson Prize, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Literary Award, the Ordre National du Mérite from the French government, and the PEN Translation Medal, as well as fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lives in New York City, where he teaches in the Writing Division of the School of the Arts, Columbia University.
David Winner’s first novel, The Cannibal of Guadalajara, won the 2009 Gival Press Novel award and was nominated for the National Book Award. A film based on a story of Winner’s played at Cannes in 2007 and other writing have won the Ledge Magazine fiction contest, been nominated for two Pushcarts and an AWP Intro Contest. Receiving praise from Ann Beattie, Joy Williams, Shirley Hazzard and John Casey, his work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Good Men Project, The Iowa Review (upcoming) Fiction, Confrontation, Joyland, Dream Catcher and several other publications in the US and the UK as well as being included in Novel Strategies, a Pearson/Prentice Hall anthology for college students. He is the fiction editor of The American, www.theamericanmag.com, a monthly magazine based in Rome.
David will be reading from a new novel called Tyler’s Last
Here is a description of the novel, which Ann Beattie referred to as “fascinating and original.”
Tyler Wilson, an aging criminal reminiscent of Tom Ripley, receives threatening phone calls from a man who claims to be Cal Thornton, the handsome young heir Tyler killed decades before on the island of Stromboli. Meanwhile, his Madoff-like ponzi scheme has unraveled and his wife has left for a tour of Africa with her new female lover. At the same time, Eve, a dying octogenarian thriller-writer based loosely on Patricia Highsmith, struggles to finish the last in a series of novels whose protagonist is the same Tyler Wilson. While Tyler thinks he’s tracked the voice on the phone back to Cal’s ancestral home in the U.S., Eve uses the internet for the first time to stalk a young female performance artist, who was once her lover, to Rotterdam in a haze of violent obsession. Tyler’s Last, a darkly comic thriller, wields disturbing violence and surprising revelations as its two stories collide in Normandy and in Senegal just after September 11.
John Domini reads from THE SEA-GOD’S HERB, new selected essays & criticism, & a bit from his forthcoming story collection MOVIEOLA!
John Domini has won awards in all genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies, non-fiction in GQ, The New York Times, and other journals (including Italian journals), and poetry in Zone 3, Meridian (Editors’ Prize, 2006), and elsewhere. Grants have included fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram-Merrill Foundation. In 2014, Dzanc Books brought out a selection of John’s essays and criticism, The Sea-God’s Herb, as well as electronic versions of his first four books, and over the next two years Dzanc will publish two new books: a sequence of short stories titled MOVIEOLA! and a novel, The Color Inside a Melon. He also has a selection of poetry, The Grand McLuckless Road Atlas, published on Pedestrian Press/Bicycle review in 2013. He makes his home in Des Moines.