KGB: MWA Reading

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


KGB: Free Water #22

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


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


KGB: Liars’ League

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: MWA Reading

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


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


KGB: FREE WATER #21

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


KGB: Karen Heuler, Nancy Hightower and Matthew Lansburgh

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


KGB: Red Hen Press

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


KGB: Liars’ League

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: FREE WATER #20

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


KGB: MWA Reading

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


KGB: NYU-SPS

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


KGB: Akhil Sharma reading

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


KGB: Dan Braum book launch

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: An Artist Walks Into a Bar

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

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


RR: Thursday Night Mix

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Josh Lefkowitz poetry reading

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


KGB: MWA Reading

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


KGB: FREE WATER #19

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

June 15, 2017
9:00 pm -


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


Queering of Food

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

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

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: Tal Finkel

June 09, 2017
10:30 pm -

No cover.  Two drink minimum.


RR: Writers Hotel

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


KGB: Writers Hotel

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


KGB: Behind the Book

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


KGB: Liars’ League

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


KGB: David Hicks

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


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

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


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


RR: Green Fairy Absinthe Tasting

June 01, 2017
9:30 pm -


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Thursday Night Mix

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Ronald Guttman reads Camus’ The Fall

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

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


Hannah Tinti & One Story

May 21, 2017
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: TNS After Hours

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Paragraph

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


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

May 18, 2017
9:00 pm -


KGB: Nuclear Impact Anthology Reading

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


The Mother of All Readings

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

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: Trumpet Fiction

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

Jenifer Margaret Kelly is a playwright who was born in Brooklyn but grew up mainly in Miami. Her play My Brooklyn was a finalist in this summer’s Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference at Yale, and she is very involved with the Irish American Artists and Writers community in New York City. She is also the author of many creative nonfiction essays, poems, and short stories, and is currently working on a young adult novel entitled The Girl with the Red Umbrella. She attended UCLA film school and has an MFA in dramatic writing. Moving to New York City a few days before Super Storm Sandy, which she swears was a coincidence, she has nevertheless been in a whirlwind of one type or another ever since.

Roberta Lawrence is a singer/songwriter whose songs one day spontaneously expanded into short stories and novels. She will be reading from A Princess Comes to Chelsea—the prologue from her novel-in-progress, Quietly Crazy for You, which is inspired by years spent in the alternate universe of jazz and studio musicians in the late 1970s and 1980s. Roberta has received a New Voices Award from the Writer’s Voice for Princess, a Ludwig Vogelstein Fiction grant, and multiple artist residencies at Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her articles and reviews have appeared in BOMB, Musician, ASCAP in Action, Backstage, and other publications. She helms her own public relations firms, Roberta Lawrence Media and Soundcheck PR, and is a singer/songwriter, lyricist, and record producer. The CD that she produced featuring her late husband, trumpeter/composer Mike Lawrence, Nightwind, topped the Billboard charts and is due to be re-released later this year. 

Darley Stewart is a Scottish-Korean fiction writer based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Funhouse Magazine, The Ocean State Review, Flapperhouse, The Brooklyn Rail, Battersea Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2016 Fiction International Fellowship from Seoul Art Space and a 2015 Ocean State Fiction Scholarship from The University of Rhode Island. An alumnus of Brandeis University and The University of Edinburgh, she gives regular readings in Brooklyn, most recently at the Manhattanville Reading Series at Unnameable Books.


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

May 12, 2017
8:00 pm -

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


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

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

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

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


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

May 11, 2017
9:00 pm -

No cover.  1 drink minimum.


KGB: Behind the Book

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


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Alex Dimitrov + Christopher Salerno

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

Last reading of the season for this series!

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

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


Paul LaFarge & Victor Lodato

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

Paul La Farge is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean (The Penguin Press, 2017); The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney’s Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. He lives in a subterranean ‘annex’ in upstate New York, where he is almost certainly up to no good.Paul LaFarge reads from his extraordinary new novel: The Night Ocean

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

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

Victor Lodato is a playwright, poet, and novelist.  His book, Mathilda Savitch, was hailed by The New York Times as “a Salingeresque wonder of a first novel” and was deemed a “Best Book of the Year” by The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, and The Globe and Mail.  The novel won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, and has been published in sixteen countries.

Victor is a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Princess Grace Foundation, The Camargo Foundation (France), and The Bogliasco Foundation (Italy).
His short fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. Victor was born and raised in New Jersey, and currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona. Victor Lodato reads from his critically-acclaimed new novel, EDGAR AND LUCY.

“On every page Lodato’s prose sings with a robust, openhearted wit, making Edgar & Lucy a delight to read...Lodato keeps us in his thrall because his grip on the tiller stays reassuringly firm. Not to mention the supporting cast he’s gathered, a group so eclectic and beguiling that many of them could carry an entire novel of their own. A riveting and exuberant ride.” - Cynthia D’Aprix-Sweeney, The New York Times Book Review
“Wonder-filled and magisterial...Lodato’s skill as a poet manifests itself on every page, delighting with such elegant similes and incisive descriptions…His skill as a playwright shines in every piece of dialogue…And his skill as a fiction writer displays itself in his virtuoso command of point of view. The book pushes the boundaries of beauty.”
- Chicago Tribune

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: PEN America Lit Crawl

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

7-8 Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
Reading their letters from the forthcoming anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, Mona Eltahawy, Boris Fishman, and Reyna Grande will offer an antidote to despair, a rallying cry, and a lyrical manifesto to light the way forward.

8-9 BLOOM: Tiny and Enormous Conversations
This crew of Peace Poets from The Bronx brings music to the streets, poetry to the people and all kinds of tears to your eyes. Come and hear their stories of struggle, so full of purpose and power that something within us can’t help but BLOOM!

followed by Afterparty in the Red Room


RR: Green Fairy Absinthe Tasting

May 04, 2017
9:30 pm -


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
Brooklyn Poets Anthology Release Celebration

Brooklyn has long been known as having one of the most vibrant poetry scenes in the world, yet there has never been an anthology devoted to celebrating the many contemporary poets who call it home. The Brooklyn Poets Anthology is a landmark collection offering a panoramic snapshot of the Brooklyn poetry community—itself composed of many different communities—emphasizing a variety of voices, aesthetics, and traditions.

Gathered here are 170 poets, including Philip Levine, Bernadette Mayer, Vijay Seshadri, Edward Hirsch, Aracelis Girmay, Martín Espada, Gregory Pardlo, Kimiko Hahn, Tom Sleigh, Lemon Andersen, Kim Addonizio, Patricia Spears Jones, Timothy Donnelly, Tyehimba Jess, Matthea Harvey, Cathy Park Hong, Matthew Rohrer, Dorothea Lasky, Anselm Berrigan, Angel Nafis, Joanna Fuhrman, Leigh Stein, Morgan Parker, Ocean Vuong, Tommy Pico, Wendy Xu, former Brooklyn Poet Laureate D. Nurkse, current Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, and many more. This evening’s line-up of readers is

Marina Blitshteyn
Robert Gibbons
Donna Hunt
Sheila Maldonado
Tommy Pico
Tom Sleigh
Tim Tomlinson
Yun Wei

As the inaugural volume of a new series, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology offers readers a sense of the richness and diversity of the poetry to be found within this historic borough.


KGB: Sarah Lawrence College reading

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


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

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

Hossannah Asuncion teaches, eats, and chihuahuas. She has received fellowships from Kundiman, The Poetry Society of America, and The Laundromat Project. Her first collection, Object Permanence, is out from Magic Helicopter Press.

Gillian Cummings is the author of My Dim Aviary, winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has also written three chapbooks, the most recent of which is Ophelia (dancing girl press, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Boulevard, the Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, and in other journals. Gillian lives in Westchester County, New York. She is also a visual artist.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She serves as East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing and founder and curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Elizabeth Onusko is the author of Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor (Red Paint Hill, 2016). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Best New Poets 2015, Conduit, DIAGRAM, Sixth Finch, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. She is the editor of Foundry and assistant editor of inter|rupture. Her website is elizabethonusko.com.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - G. Brooks Centennial Tribute

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


David Winner & John Reed

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

David Winner is the author of Tyler’s Last and the Cannibal of Guadalajara. He reads from new work.

John Reed is the author of A Still Small Voice , The Whole, the SPD bestseller, Snowball’s Chance, additional books: All The World’s A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare ; Tales of Woe (Non-Fiction / Illustrated, MTV Press); and Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems (Poetry, C&R Press); fellowship Columbia University; MFA in Creative Writing, Columbia University; published in (selected) Artnet, the Brooklyn Rail, Tin House, Paper Magazine, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Bomb Magazine, Art in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times, the Believer, the Rumpus, the Daily Beast, Gawker, Slate, the Paris Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, ElectricLit, Vice, The New York Times, Harpers; anthologized in Best American Essays, Devouring the Green (Jaded Ibis), StoryScape Anthology V2, American Wasteland (CLMP), The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology, Vitamin PH, 100 Greatest Albums (VH1); Vice Magazine “Employee of the Month,” Longform’s #1 Most Entertaining Essay; works translated into German, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Latvian and others; performances, workshops and readings of plays in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, including at the Public Theater in NYC and the Brooklyn Books Festival; two-term member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle; current faculty at The New School University and The New York Arts Program. 

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: Naama Gheber Quartet

April 29, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.

Naama Gheber is a New York-based jazz vocalist inspired by the emotionaly direct compositions of Rodgers and Hart, Fields and Hugh, Cole Porter and other great composers and lyricist of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Possessed with an urbane and elegant voice, Gheber’s sensitive interpretation and crisp phrasing have become recognizable elements of her signature style and timeless appeal.


RR: Bon Bon Burlesque

April 29, 2017
9:00 pm -

$15 cash cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Columbia TC reading

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

Kristine Kamimura is a second generation Japanese-American California transplant currently living in NYC for graduate school. She is a proud Golden Bear and Columbia Lion.
Cynthia Yoo Cynthia is Californian by birth / Seoulite by choice / New Yorker at heart...whose snark is always worse than her bite.”

Dan Esposito has worked as a line cook in the West Village, a salesman at a Hasidic home supply store in East Flatbush and as an olive oil taster above Times Square. He is currently completing a Masters degree in English Education at Columbia’s Teacher’s College. He writes poetry and short fiction in his spare time.

Will Reese is from Portland, Oregon and recently moved to New York to pursue a career in teaching middle school. He connects with people around the world over conversations about music, sports, and food. Also, he loves kittens and cats because they are silly.

Rovenna Yakubov Is a born and bred Brooklyn brawler. Her father is from Ukraine and her mother is from Georgia. They are Americanized so the cultural traditions of her ancestors have largely been instilled in her by her grandparents. She has mixed feelings about New York City, but as a future educator of its students she tries to check herself when she is on the cusp of a cynical rant. My story is one of the thankfully rare moments in which she allows her cynicism to go unchecked for the sake of brutal, unfiltered honesty.

Michael Gentile has been teaching for the last 6 years in New York and Boston.  He hopes to one day die tragically rescuing his family from the wreckage of a destroyed sinking battleship.  He also hopes you don’t hate his story too bad.

Hannah Ehrenberg was born and raised in New York City. She worked in musical theatre production for five years before beginning graduate school at Teachers College, where she studies Deaf Education and English Education.

Sarah Merchant is 24 years old. She is from a small town in Upstate New York. Before moving to the city last fall, she spent time living in several different cities, most recently Copenhagen. she enjoys spending time readinGg, laughing, playing any kind of water sport, and wandering around both new and familiar places.

Greg Bell is in the Master of Arts Program for the teaching of English for initial certification program at the Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to enrolling at Teachers College, Greg was a practicing Attorney for several years. Greg played NCAA Division I tennis, and played in North America and Europe. This is the first time that Greg has lived in NYC.

Sammi Smith believes in the magic of New York—of its dynamic allure as the destination for doe-eyed Midwesterners; of its uncanny ability to transform itself from gritty to stunning in seconds; and of its funny fairy godfathers whose mysterious methods conjure up enchantment in every corner.  As a beneficiary of the New York Fairy Godfather Association, Smith has plans to apprentice as a fairy godfather herself for the betterment of all New Yorkers.

Iriss Clymer hails from a small town nestled in the northern California redwoods. After living in San Francisco for ten years and graduating from San Francisco State University, Clymer joined the US Peace Corps and served for three and a half years teaching English in the Philippines. Surviving the trials of life and the pursuit of happiness, including family tragedies and divorce. As of January 17, 2016, Iriss has been living in Washington Heights in Manhattan and attends Teachers College Columbia University while teaching full-time 9th grade English in the Bronx.

Caroline Cooper, a graduate of the English Education program at Teachers College and a regular at these readings. The is currently teaching 10th Grade English in the South Bronx.


RR: Le Bal Oriental

April 28, 2017
10:00 pm -

KGB: Hofstra MFA Program

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

Anne Minkowski is in her final year in the Hofstra MFA Program with a concentration in fiction writing. She grew up on Long Island, reading books and telling stories of her own. Her biggest inspirations come from history, music, and the craziness of her own dreams and nightmares.

Jung Tae Hwang is a fiction writer in his first year of the MFA program in Hofstra, with the occasional fits of wanting for his dark fantasy, that of sharing in the fate of Henry Bemis, minus the broken glasses. He is from South Korea, a painfully wondrous place that inspires him to be a writer, for better or for worse.

Tyler Thier lives on Long Island, NY. He has been published in student literary journals and a film magazine. His interests range from avant-garde theatre and cinema to post-apocalyptic video games. On any given day, you can probably find him wandering New York City, sitting anonymously in the darkness of a movie theater, hiding in a labyrinth of bookshelves, or simply eating many, many crêpes.

Courtney Zanosky is a senior in the English Publishing Studies program at Hofstra University, where she serves on the editorial board for the university’s literary magazine, Windmill.  She currently works in the promotions department at Bauer Media, and has previously interned for St. Martin’s Press at Macmillan and at Bellevue Literary Press in New York City. She is an avid reader of creative nonfiction essay collections and has been published in the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society’s online literary journal. She will be attending Texas State University in fall 2017 to pursue her M.Ed in Student Affairs in Higher Education. 


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

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


RR: Person, Place, Thing

April 26, 2017
7:00 pm -

KGB: Pratt Reading II

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


KGB: Pratt Reading I

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


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

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

Amber Tamblyn is the author of Dark Sparkler (Harper Collins, 2015). She has been an actress since the age of nine and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jenny Zhang is the author of Hags (Guillotine, 2014) and Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books, 2012). Her collection of short stories, Sour Heart, is forthcoming from Random House in 2017.

Anton Yakovlev is the author of Ordinary Impalers (Aldrich Press, early 2017), The Ghost of Grant Wood (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. His book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books in 2017. He has also directed several short films.


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Unpublished stories

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

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

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

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

Readings by Joseph Salvatore, Anne Margaret Daniel
Rachel Syme
Erik Hinton
Ron Hogan
Bernett Belgraier

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: Fabio Giacalone Quintet

April 22, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Music and Poetry Aranese-Occitan Night

April 22, 2017
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Aranese-Occitan Night with musicians Alidé Sans and Paulin Courtial, and poets Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte.

A celebration of Occitan language. Catalonia, a country of 8 million inhabitants, includes a valley region, the Val d’Aran, with its own language, Aranese, the name given to Occitan in the Val d’Aran. Aranese is co-official with Catalan and Spanish in Catalonia.

Alidé Sans is one of the most celebrated young pop singers in the Aranese language. Alidé will be accompanied by guitarist Paulin Courtial and be welcomed to New York this evening by poet Pierre Joris and performer Nicole Peyrafitte, who will perform and recite poems in Occitan and explore with her the contrasts between Aranese and the other varieties of Occitan language.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1377509982306136/


KGB: Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

April 20, 2017
9:00 pm -

The legendary TALE returns with NYC’s finest 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!
Doors: 9pm Show: 9:30pm
$5; 2 drink minimum
The legendary TALE comes to the Red Room at the KGB Bar!
And we have one hell of a goddamn (note swearing) fine lineup:
Kevin Avery (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening)
Harmon Leon (Vice)
Susie Felber (TV Personality)
Donna Bailey (NBC, Bravo)
Come out and see the best in NYC storytelling!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tale-nycs-finest-storytelling-tickets-33291903981


KGB: Drunken! Careening! Writers!

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

Nadia Q. Ahmad is a writer, based in her hometown of Queens. She is a VONA/Voices alum, and her work has been published in SpliceLit, AAWW Open City, and The Margins. Nadia most recently worked as Program Associate at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; you can find her on Twitter at @aminad1a

Lydia Cortes is the author of two poetry collections, Lust for Lust and Whose Place. Her work appears in various anthologies such as, The Anthology of Puerto Rican Poetry: (Aboriginal to Contemporary Times). Recently, her poetry has been published in Upstreet.

Carol Rosenfeld is an accomplished short fiction writer and poet—though it’s been a while since she participated in a poetry slam.  Her novel, The One That Got Away, was described as “A fruit cup in the whole-grain world of literary fiction”.  A Juris Doctor (she studied at night school!), she is kept very busy as the voluntary chair of the Publishing Triangle, which has been promoting LGBT literature since 1988.  And that’s when she’s not at her day job, working for an organization that administers grants for the many colleges in the City University of New York.

KC Trommer is the author of the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize. Her poem “The Cyclone” has been set to music by the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein. Her recent work appears in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little and BARED. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her son.


RR: Town Street Criers

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
The band will play selections from their recent recording session, “DRUNKEN DEMOS”, a collection of original tunes rarely heard (especially sober) even by the band!
Also on the bill will be THE ERIK KRAMER BAND featuring messylegs.


RR: Babes in Trumpland

April 19, 2017
7:30 pm -

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

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

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

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

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

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


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

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

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

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the best-selling Devil’s West novels (Silver on the Road and The Cold Eye) which NPR described as “a true American myth being found,” the Nebula-nominated Vineart War trilogy, and the story collection Darkly Human. Her writing past encompasses a ten-book urban fantasy series, a quartet of cozy mysteries, three paranormal romances, and a middle-grade Arthurian adventure. A once and future New Yorker, she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Seth Dickinson’s short stories have been published in in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and elsewhere. He also contributed writing to video games, including Destiny: The Taken King. His first novel the epic fantasy The Traitor Baru Cormorant was published in 2015 and he’s working on a sequel.


KGB: Launch for The Sex Effect by Ross Benes

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Annual Easter Comix & Graphic Novel Night

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

Join us for the annual Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night, a free night of live comics readings. Five local cartoonists will offer slideshow readings that are sure to entertain, bewilder, and amuse.

KGB Comix Night is more than just a night of free entertainment—we also have a fun raffle with awesome prizes! A $5 donation will get you a raffle ticket. Raffle proceeds are split between the hosts and readers.

Co-hosted by Robyn Chapman and Robin Enrico

For over a decade, Robin Enrico has been making comics about punk rock girls (Jam in the Band), pro wrestlers, and sex bloggers (Life of Vice). Both of these graphic novels will be released this year from Alternative Comics. He will be reading from his first completely new comic in 3 years (Post).
http://robinenrico.com/

Lauren Barnett is a comic artist and painter who currently lives in Queens, NY. Her work includes Me Likes You Very Much (which was nominated for a 2012 Ignatz Award) and Looking at Stuff is for Chumps: Barry the Blind Crow which was nominated for a 2016 DINKy Award. Unicorns of Planet Earth, her newest comic, will be published in June 2017 by Kilgore Books.
www.melikesyoucomics.tumblr.com

Jim Campbell draws Over the Garden Wall comics for Boom and colors comics for Marvel and Mad Magazine. His graphic novel At the Shore, finally finished after being started in 2005, was published by Alternative Comics in 2016.
www.angryjim.com

Ada Price is a cartoonist and illustrator based in New York City. Her comics focus on people’s relationships and people’s shifting perspective of themselves and others. Her most recent comics are Caligula, about the friendship between the Roman emperor Caligula and his horse, and The Everyday Death of the Everyday Saint, based on the gruesome deaths of saints.
www.adaprice.com

Kelsey Wroten is a freelance illustrator and comics artist. She is a Kansas City native currently living in Brooklyn, NY.
www.kelseywroten.com

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: James Delano and Friends

April 15, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Jack Thompson

April 15, 2017
8:30 pm -

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


KGB: MWA Reading

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

Gary Anderberg is a recovering academic. In his day job he is the SVP of Claim Analytics for a large, multi-national financial services company and a designer of cutting edge decision support systems, but by night he turns on his right brain to write New Adult mysteries. In The Connoisseur of Chaos, Cody, a high school student with a recent crippling brain injury, is accused of murdering his girlfriend. He doesn’t think he did it, but he can’t be certain. Perhaps Mandie was strangled by the elusive, self described serial killer, the Connoisseur of Chaos. Cody struggles to find the answer before another kid is killed.

Lammy and Goldie winner, native New Yorker Ann Aptaker’s first book, Criminal Gold, was a Golden Crown Literary Society’s Goldie Award finalist. Her next book, Tarnished Gold (Book Two in the Cantor Gold Crime Series), was honored with a Lambda Literary Award and a Goldie Award, the only book in the mystery category to win both awards. Her third book in the series, Genuine Gold, was released in January 2017.  Ann’s short stories have appeared in two editions of the crime anthology Fedora. Her flash fiction story, “A Night In Town,” appeared in the online zine Punk Soul Poet, and another flash fiction story is included in the anthology “Happy Hours: Our Lives in Gay Bars,” edited by Lee Lynch and Renée Bess. Ann still occasionally curates and designs art exhibitions, is an art writer for various New York clients, and a contributing writer to the children’s science television show “Space Racers.”

Susan Breen is the author of the Maggie Dove mystery series, published by Penguin Random House’s Alibi digital imprint. Her first mystery story was published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and her second one is to be published Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She teaches at Gotham Writers in NYC and lives in Irvington, NY with her husband, two cockapoos and two cats. Her three children are flourishing elsewhere. 

Gary Cahill is an active member of MWA-NY, International Thriller Writers, and Irish American Writers and Artists, as well as a two-time Colts Neck New Jersey Country Fair Great American Apple Pie Contest blue-ribbon champion. His first short story was published as a Black Mask-style homage in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and other work has appeared in print, online, and audio versions with Shotgun Honey, The First Line Literary Journal, the Big Pulp Magazine “Kennedy Curse” anthology, and Volumes I, II, III of the lamented Plan B Magazine. Recently he has written and performed hard-boiled and noir short-short stories geared to live readings at the Bergen County New Jersey and Hudson Valley New York Irish festivals, and sings lead with the “classic rock” cover band Tomorrow’s Money.

Albert Tucher is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews, who has appeared in more than seventy hardboiled short stories in venues including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2010. Diana’s first longer case, the novella THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE, was published in 2013. Albert Tucher’s favorite place on earth is the rainy side of the Big Island of Hawaii, and Diana says it’s about time he started writing about it. THE PLACE OF REFUGE from Shotgun Honey is the result. Albert Tucher works as a librarian at the Newark Public Library.

Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series from Camel Press, including A Black Sail, Drop Dead Punk and Last Words. The first two books were shortlisted or won awards in the three major competitions for books from independent publishers. Drop Dead Punk collected the gold medal for mystery ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. He was a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media. He now volunteers helping students create and publish online and print newspapers.


RR: THE LAST TABOOS

April 14, 2017
7:30 pm -

THE LAST TABOOS: SECRETS OF THE EAST VILLAGE
7:30 pm—Wine reception
8pm — Tony Takes the Stage, surprise guest follows
9:30pm live jazz from the Kait McKendrick duo

Hope you can come along to the next literary extravaganza in KGB’s glamorous Red Room—in the same haunted tenement building where Emma Goldman plotted, Lucky Luciano operated the Palm Casino Speakeasy and wild-eyed Ukrainian Communists gathered over vodka—to hear Tony Perrottet in conversation with Ada Calhoun, author of St Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street.
In the bohemian heart of the East Village, we’ll be plied with copious amounts of wine as Calhoun shares forgotten stories from the neighborhood—anecdotes about 19th century anarchists and Polish street gangs; urbane literary residents such as Frank O’Hara and W.H.Auden; less urbane beat locals such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg; as well as the more recent cast of 1970s punks, assorted serial killers and avant-garde artistes like the Velvet Underground.
Guest appearance by KGB’s owner, Denis Woychuk, the lawyer who defended the dreaded “Butcher of Tompkins Square Park” in 1991.


KGB: FREE WATER #18

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


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

April 13, 2017
9:00 pm -

No cover.  1 drink minimum.


RR: Art Opening with Ginger Del Ray

April 13, 2017
7:30 pm -


KGB: Behind the Book

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

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

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

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

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


KGB: At The Inkwell

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

Devin Kelly earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He is the author of two collaborative chapbooks and the books Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (forthcoming 2017, ELJ Publications). He has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes, and his work appears or is forthcoming in Catapult, Gulf Stream, Prelude, Wildness, and more. He works as a college advisor in Queens, teaches at the City College of New York, and lives in Harlem.

Carly Dashiell is a poet who lives in Brooklyn. She is the art buyer at McNally Jackson Books, and Managing Editor for Futurepoem, a non-profit publisher of experimental and hybrid-genre work. A short digital work, 5 4, can be found on Gauss PDF. Other poems are forthcoming in the next issue of Prelude.

Jessica Reidy is a Brooklyn-based writer and professor. She’s the winner of The Penelope Nivens Award for Creative Nonfiction, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Narrative Magazine as Short Story of the Week, the Los Angeles Review, and other journals, and is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner. She’s an editor for The VIDA Review, a freelance writer and editor, and a Kripalu-certified yoga instructor offering yoga and creative writing workshops. Additionally, she works her Romani (“Gypsy”) family trades, fortune telling, energy healing, and dancing. She is also an artist as well as an art model working with artists and studios in the city. She is currently writing her first book.


RR: Icons in Ash/ Melancholic Relics

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

With Siri Hustvedt, Lydia Millet, Claudia Steinberg, and Adele Tutter
and music and spoken word performances relating to death
by Queen Esther, Jane Le Croy, Laura Lonski
Hot Glue & the Gun, and Dusty Wright.

Readings, music and spoken word performances in conjunction with the exhibition: Icons in Ash, Cremation Portraits at Ubu Gallery, NYC and the release of the new book: Heide Hatry, Icons in Ash

Siri Hustvedt was born in Minnesota. She has a PhD in English literature from Columbia University and is a lecturer in psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. She is the author many books including, What I Loved, The Blazing World; and A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind; In 2012 she was awarded the Gabarron International Prize for Thought and Humanities. The Blazing World was long listed for Man Booker Prize and won the Los Angeles Book Prize for Fiction in 2014. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lydia Millet is the author of eleven books of literary fiction, most recently Sweet Lamb of Heaven (2016), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. Her previous books include Mermaids in Paradise (2014), the novel Magnificence (2012), about loss and extinction, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle and Los Angeles Times book awards, a story collection called Love in Infant Monkeys (2010), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and the novel My Happy Life (2002), which won a PEN-USA fiction award. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 and lives in the Arizona desert, where she also writes for The New York Times and works at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity.

Claudia Steinberg is a New York based journalist born in Germany. She has been covering a wide range of subjects like art, travel, design, social issues, and fashion for German publications like Vogue, Die Zeit, Cicero, Kunstzeitung, and Frankfurter Allgemeine. She has been the U.S. correspondent for the German architecture and design magazine Architektur & Wohnen since 1999 and has also written for the home section of The New York Times, Surface, and Interior Design Magazine. In 2004 a book of essays on art and food appeared in collaboration with photographer Bärbel Miebach, followed by The Art of Living. In 2012 she wrote and co-directed a documentary on the New York Waterfront for the French/German television station Arte. She is currently working on a collection of oral histories about life in the Rockaways.

Adele Tutter, MD, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and is on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Her interdisciplinary scholarship, focusing on the relationship between loss and creativity, has earned the Ticho, CORST, and Menninger Prizes of the American Psychoanalytic Association, among other honors. Author of Dream House: An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass House, editor of The Muse: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Creative Inspiration, and coeditor of Grief and Its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, Creativity, she is currently completing Mourning and Metamorphosis: Poussin’s Ovidian Vision. She is in private practice in Manhattan.

Heide Hatry is a New York based German artist, whose work transforms, transcends, or transgresses the customary relationship of artist to both audience and art. Among her fundamental preoccupations are identity, the nature of aesthetic experience and the meaning of beauty, and the effects of knowledge upon perception. She studied and taught art at various schools in Germany while simultaneously conducting an international business as an antiquarian bookseller. She has curated numerous exhibitions, has shown her own work at museums and galleries around the world, has edited more than two dozen books and art catalogs and before Icons in Ash has published 3 other books: Skin, Heads and Tales, and Not a Rose which document her own art.

Queen Esther, Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, continues to perform internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects, including his iconic free jazz group Odyssey, as she forges her own sonic path with her jazz collective and her Black Americana outfit The Blue Crowns. Released in 2015, her critically acclaimed album The Other Side – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year.” – Paste. “…a brutal, original, explosive singer.” – Vanity Fair

Laura Lonski is a singer/songwriter in the NYC area. She has sung in many groups, most notably the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Canticum Novum chorus. In 2012, she composed the original score for 420: the Musical and now produces the show every year on April 20th. This year the show will perform at the Kraine Theater in East Village. Laura is currently recording her first EP to be released this summer.

Hot Glue & The Gun, indie duo based out of New York City, heat up the room with Song & Story as they shake the Spirit loose. Believing that art is not a spectator sport, Carrie Klein & Joel McGlynn work and play with transformation and collaboration in their song, performance and visual art. Since they began writing and performing together in 2014, they have continually sought to sink into the mysteries of human experience: birth, life, death, love, fear, masculine, feminine, poetry, harmony - - the list deepens the more we explore.

Jane LeCroy: NYC based poet, singer and performance artist who fronts the avant-pop band, The Icebergs, and the psychedelic experimental music project, Ohmslice. She has toured with: the SF based all women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit. Jane is a poet-in-the-schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Her chapbook, Names, published by the art-book house Booklyn in the award winning ABC chapbook series, was purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! Three Rooms Press published, Signature Play, a multimedia book of lyrical poems, nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Icebergs just released their debut album Eldorado

Dusty Wright is a singer-songwriter, content creator and curator from New York City. He is the co-founder and owner of the smart culture website CultureCatch.com, contributor to the Huffington Post, former DJ at David Lynch’s Transcendental Music Radio, and the former editor of Creem and Prince’s New Power Generation magazines. He’s also written and/or produced documentaries, indie films, webcasts, fiction, and podcasts. He’s released five solo albums and one with his folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. His new album Caterwauling Towards the Light (2017) is dedicated to his deceased father Joseph and younger brother David, who both art part of Icons in Ash. He is in pre-production on a VR (virtual reality) music video.

No cover.  2 drink minimum.