Originally from San Francisco, Miranda Mellis now lives in Olympia where she is on faculty at The Evergreen State College. She is an editor at The Encyclopedia Project and the author of The Quarry (Trafficker, 2013); The Spokes (Solid Objects, 2012); None of This Is Real (Sidebrow, 2012); Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2009) and The Revisionist (Calamari, 2007). This year she is a recipient of an Artist in Residence award at The Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.
Jaime Clark reads from his book: Vernon Downs
Andrea Lawlor, a recent graduate of UMass Amherst’s MFA program, teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College, edits fiction for Fence, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs. Lawlor’s writing has appeared in jubilat, The Brooklyn Rail, MiPOesias, The Millions, Mutha, and Encyclopedia, Vol. II.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Last reading of series before summer hiatus.
Kipp Friedman (born 1960) is the youngest son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman. A native New Yorker, Kipp holds B.A.s in History and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his career as a reporter and has worked in public relations and marketing. He is also a professional photographer. Kipp and his wife, Anne, have a grown son, Max. Barracuda in the Attic is his first book. Kipp also writes a regular blog for the Huffington Post. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1606996509
Jay Ruttenberg is the editor of The Lowbrow Reader, an irregularly published comedy journal that began in New York City in 2001. Its book anthology, The Lowbrow Reader Reader, was published in 2012 by Drag City. Ruttenberg worked for a decade at Time Out New York, where he was a music critic; before that, he was an editor at Puncture magazine. He has written for The New York Times, Mad magazine, and Details, and is a contributing editor at Fashion Projects.
In Ameriscopia, his new book from the University of Arizona Press, trailblazing Nuyorican slam poet Edwin Torres offers a mesmerizing, mercurial poetic journey.
A self-proclaimed “lingualisualist,” poet Edwin Torres’s highly acclaimed performances and live shows combine vocal and physical improvisation and theater. He has represented New York City in the National Poetry Slam, earned acclaim as a one-man poetic theater phenomenon, appeared on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged, and been featured in Newsweek and Rolling Stone. A virtuoso, Torres has performed nationally and internationally at such major spaces as Central Park, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is known for his eclectic style and for challenging the singular notion of “Latino identity.”
With Ameriscopia, Torres offers a truly kaleidoscopic view of what it means to be, in his words, “a Latino-New Yorker-American-Poet-Performer-Dad-Boy.” The book, says Torres, is “about New York City and my life growing up among its widely expansive inspirations, which make it my own America.” He takes readers on a ride into the multitude of identities that compose modern America. Come celebrate the release of his book at this literary event.
At this event, he will be performing alongside Sharon Mesmer and Todd Colby.
MARK BIBBINS is the author of They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2014); The Dance of No Hard Feelings; The Anxiety of Coincidence, a digital-only chapbook; and Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine, and at Columbia University. Bibbins is the editor of the poetry section of The Awl and the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, three editions of The Best American Poetry, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.
LUCIE BROCK-BROIDO is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Stay, Illusion (Knopf, 2013). She has received many honors, including the Witter-Bynner Prize of Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Brock-Broido is currently Director of Poetry in the Writing Division at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City. She divides her time between Cambridge, MA and New York City.
Nicolette Wong is a dancer, magician and poet based in Hong Kong. She is the editor in chief of A-Minor Magazine and A-Minor Press, an independent press publishing full-length collections of poetry and mixed genre work by international authors. Her work has appeared in Thrush Poetry Journal, Escape Into Life, E•ratio, fwriction : review, and other places. Her poetry chapbook, Stone Bride Madrigals, was published by corrupt press (Paris).
Since the mid-1960’s, Simon Perchik has placed thousands of poems in journals and periodicals, large and small. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Partisan Review, and The Nation, as well as countless small press magazines. He is the author of twenty-one books of poetry. “Almost Rain” his current title was published in 2013 by River Otter Press. Perchik, an attorney, was Suffolk County Long Island’s first environmental prosecutor.
Gary Percesepe is Associate Editor at New World Writing (formerly Mississippi Review) and a Contributor at The Nervous Breakdown. Author of four books in philosophy, Percesepe’s fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in Story Quarterly, N + 1, Salon, Mississippi Review, The Millions, Brevity, PANK, The Brooklyner, and other places. He is the author of a short story collection, Itch, and a poetry collection, Falling, both published by Pure Slush Press in 2013. His collection of short stories, Why I Did the Grocery Girl, is forthcoming from Aqueous Books.
W.F. Lantry’s poetry collections are The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree 2012), winner of a 2013 Nautilus Award in Poetry, The Language of Birds (Finishing Line 2011), a lyric retelling of Attar’s Conference of the Birds, and the forthcoming collections The Book of Maps and The Terraced Mountain. A native of San Diego, he received his Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice, M.A. from Boston University, and PhD in Creative Writing from University of Houston. Recent honors include the National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry, CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize, Crucible Editors’ Poetry Prize, Lindberg Foundation International Poetry for Peace Prize (in Israel), the Old Red Kimono LaNelle Daniel Prize, and the Potomac Review Prize. His work has been published in 25 countries in such journals as Asian Cha, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Descant, Gulf Coast and Aesthetica. He currently works in Washington, DC and is an associate fiction editor at JMWW.
Series Host Susan Tepper
KATE GREENSTREET’s latest book is Young Tambling (Ahsahta Press, 2013). Her previous books are The Last 4 Things and case sensitive, also with Ahsahta. Her new work can be found in Waxwing, Denver Quarterly, Everyday Genius, Sugar House Review, and other journals.
LAURA SIMS is the author of three books of poetry: My god is this a man (forthcoming, 2013), Stranger, and Practice, Restraint, all on Fence Books; she has also published five chapbooks, including POST- (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2012). Her work was included in the anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books, 2007), and individual poems have appeared in the journals: 6x6, Aufgabe, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crayon, Denver Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, Fence, and First Intensity, among others. She has published book reviews and essays in Boston Review, Evening Will Come, Jacket, New England Review, Rain Taxi and The Review of Contemporary
RUSSELL DILLON was born in New York in the mid-seventies and just hasn’t been able to get over it. After attending a number of schools, he received degrees from Emerson and Bennington College, later ending up in San Francisco for nearly a decade. Now, back in New York he only eats burritos facing west and continues to co-edit the magazine Big Bell. Poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Lumberyard, H_NGM_N, Forklift Ohio, 5 am, Parthenon West, Mi Poesia, and Bright Pink Mosquito, among others. A chapbook, Secret Damage, was released from Forklift Ink in 2009, and his full-length collection, Eternal Patrol, appeared from Forklift Books in the summer of 2013.
ROGER REEVES’ poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD the University of Texas-Austin and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book, King Me, was released by Copper Canyon Press in 2013.
Writer Bradford Morrow (“one of America’s major literary voices”—Publishers Weekly) and guitarist Alex Skolnick (“one of the most remarkable guitarists in hard rock history”—Guitar Player Magazine) come together for their first public performance together of A Bestiary.
This unique collaboration brings together Bradford Morrow (author of, among many other works, Trinity Fields, The Diviner’s Tale, The Uninnocent, and The Forgers, forthcoming from Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press) and Alex Skolnick (lead guitarist of the heavy metal rock band, Testament, whose latest album is Dark Roots of Thrash, as well as the jazz group Alex Skolnick Trio) for a live performance of Morrow’s lyrical prose pieces about animals both real and imaginary—from Snake to Mongoose, Rooster to Bat, Unicorn to Whale, Elephant to Anemone. Set to Skolnick’s innovative world music, this reading of A Bestiary unites voice with electric guitar virtuosity in unexpected, magical ways.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
BRIAN BLANCHFIELD is the author of two books of poetry–Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A Several World, forthcoming from Nightboat Books March 2014–as well as The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (chapbook, available now with Spork Press) and a collection of essays, in progress: Onesheets, a finalist for a 2013 Creative Capital Innovative Literature grant. His recent work has appeared in The Nation, Chicago Review, The Brooklyn Rail, A Public Space, Lana Turner, The Paris Review, Web Conjunctions, Guernica, The Awl, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other journals and magazines.
CHRISTOPHER SALERNO’s newest book of poems, ATM, was chosen by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize. Previous books include Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize 2010), and Whirligig. His chapbook, “Automatic Teller” won the Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize and will be published sometime in 2014. Another chapbook, “AORTA,” was recently published by Poor Claudia. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University where manages the new journal, Map Literary.
SCOTT HIGHTOWER is the author of Self-evident (Barrow Street Press, 2012); Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets Natural Trouble (2003); and Tin Can Tourist (2001). He has also published a bilingual collection of poems in Spanish, translated by Natalia Carbajosa. Hightower’s own translations of poems by the Spanish-Puerto Rican poet Aurora de Albornoz have garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.
Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five books of poetry-- including The Singing Underneath, a National Poetry Series selection in 1987, Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books), which was a runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008, and Into Daylight, published in 2014 by Tupelo Press as the winner of the Dorset Prize-- as well as of The Names of Things: New and Selected Poems, published in 2006 by Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as other honors, he has published poems in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Poets of the New Century, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has taught at George Washington University, Phillips Academy, where he was the Writer-in-Residence, College of the Holy Cross, Framingham State College, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and the Solstice MFA Program. For more information, go to: www.jeffreyharrisonpoet.com
David Gerrard reads from his novel: Short Century
“An astute and searing look at the political and cultural mores of the last fifty years — in all their savagery and good intentions.”
—Fiona Maazel, author of Woke Up Lonely
“Short Century is painfully smart, the good kind of pain. David Burr Gerrard pushes every hot button in Short Century, personal, familial, and political, and dances in the fallout. If David Corn and Georges Bataille had a baby it would read like Short Century.”
—Tupelo Hassman, author of Girlchild
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
NATE PRITTS is the founder and editor of H_NGM_N literary journal and H_NGM_N BKS, Nate Pritts was born in Syracuse, New York. He earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2000 and a PhD in creative writing and British Romanticism from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, in 2003. His full-length collections of poetry include Sensational Spectacular (2007), Honorary Astronaut (2008), and The Wonderfull Yeare: a shepherd’s calendar (2010), Big Bright Sun (2010), and Sweet Nothing (2011).
JENNIFER H. FORTIN’s first book is Mined Muzzle Velocity. Her work has appeared in, among other places, Action, Yes, alice blue, Blackbird, BlazeVOX, Coldfront, Copper Nickel, Court Green, Everyday Genius, GlitterPony, H_NGM_N, LIT, Sink Review, and TYPO. Dancing Girl Press published her chapbook If Made Into a Law in 2011. Another chapbook, Nicole C. (Apartment 4), was published as part of the Dusie Kollektiv in 2011. Another is forthcoming from Poor Claudia. With three other poets, she founded and edits LEVELER. She has been named a Finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship.
ADAM FELL was born and raised in Burlington, Wisconsin, and holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first book, I Am Not A Pioneer, won the 2011 Posner Poetry Prize. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he teaches at Edgewood College.
Maud Casey is the author of two novels, The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable, and Genealogy, and a collection of stories, Drastic. She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and has received fellowships from the Fundación Valparaiso, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, Château de Lavigny, and the Passa Porta residency at Villa Hellebosch. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at the University of Maryland and in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson.
“Chief among the many pleasures of Genealogy is Casey’s compassionate, joyful, lyrical voice: she guides us with kindness, gusto, and humor through a generation-spanning, redemptive story about that blessed/cursed, tragicomic animal, the American family.” -George Saunders “Casey is a stand-up philosopher posing vexing questions about human existence. She’s funny, inventive . . . a dazzling narrative dare.” -The New York Times Book Review on The Shape of Things to Come (New York Times Notable Book of the Year)
Maud reads from her novel: The Man Who Walked Away
THE MAN WHO WALKED AWAY: about the early days of psychiatry and the poignant relationship between a doctor and patient. In a trance-like state, Albert walks-from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia-all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he’s left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images.
Timothy Schaffert reads from his novel The Swan Gondola
THE SWAN GONDOLA is an old fashioned love story and a ton of fun to read - achingly romantic, whimsical and sad at once. Set against the backdrop of the Omaha World’s Fair of 1898 it follows pickpocket Ferret Skerritt and his motley cast of pals as they work the midway among the carnival rides, hucksters, pickpockets, and exotic dancers. Ferret’s life is turned upside down when he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, an actress playing Marie Antoinette in the Midway’s Chamber of Horrors, and he becomes drawn into an impossible mystery and love triangle.
“Every page of The Swan Gondola shimmers with exquisite detail. Timothy Schaffert has brought a whole universe to life. Reading it, the magic of the day comes alive, complete with seers and balloons, with corsets and lipstick, love letters and the ventriloquism of romance.” -Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures
MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry, including Sun Bear, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in spring 2014. His most recent book, Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010), was selected as one of the year’s top 5 poetry books by Publishers Weekly, as well as the 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice for poetry, and the 2010 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association poetry book of the year. His second collection, The Pajamaist, was chosen by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and by Library Journal as one of the top ten poetry volumes of 2006. The recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Oakland, where he is an editor at Wave Books and a new member of the Core Faculty at the MFA in creative writing at St. Mary’s College of California. He is also a former co-curator of the KGB MONDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES.
CHARLOTTE BOULAY grew up in the Boston area and attended St. Lawrence University. She earned her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she taught writing for five years. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, The Boston Review, and Crazyhorse, among other journals. Foxes on the Trampoline is her first book. She lives with her husband in Philadelphia.
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:
Diana Spechler (author Skinny, The Moth, The New York Times)
Giulia Rozzi (Chelsea Lately, Moth GrandSlam Champion, MTV’s Girl Code)
Cyndi Freeman (NY Fringe Festival award-winner, The Colbert Report, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque)
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times
- Marek Hlasko, known as the Polish James Dean, made his literary debut in 1956 with a short story collection. Born in 1933, Hlasko was a representative of the first generation to come of age after World War II, and he was known for his brutal prose style and his unflinching eye toward his surroundings. In 1956, Hlasko went to France; while there, he fell out of favor with the Polish communist authorities, and was given a choice of returning home and renouncing some of his work, or staying abroad forever. He chose the latter, and spent the next decade living and writing in many countries, from France to West Germany to the United States to Israel. Hlasko died in 1969 of a fatal mixture of alcohol and sleeping pills in Wiesbaden, West Germany, preparing for another sojourn in Israel. A true literary rebel, Hlasko’s work has been likened to that of Beat writers Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
- This evening will feature readings from three of Hlasko’s books. Killing the Second Dog, a noir novel about two Polish con men running a scheme on an American widow in 1950s Israel, published by New Vessel Press; The Graveyard, a Kafka-esque tale of one man’s harrowing experience in Communist Poland after a drunken slip of the tongue lands him in jail, published by Melville House; and Beautiful Twentysomethings, Hlasko’s riveting autobiography that discusses, among other things, his friendship with Roman Polanski, how to survive life in an insane asylum in West Germany, and recollections from the life of a literary vagabond.
- Readings, which will be performed by authors and actors, will be followed by a brief discussion of Hlasko’s work.
Nick Flynn’s most recent book, The Reenactments, which Kirkus calls “a truly insightful, original work,” completes a trilogy begun with Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004) and its sequel, The Ticking is the Bomb (2010). Another Bullshit Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into fifteen languages. He is also the author of a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (2008), as well as two other books of poetry, Some Ether (2000), and Blind Huber (2002), for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. His poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s This American Life, and The New York Times Book Review. A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, where he teaches each spring, he then spends the rest of the year in (or near) Brooklyn.
Frannie Lindsay’s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, won Red Hen Press’s 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her previous books are Mayweed (The Word Works, 2010); Lamb (Perugia, 2006); and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press, 2005). Her awards include the May Swenson Award, the Perugia Award, the Washington Prize, and the Missouri Review Prize. Her work has been featured in Ted Kooser’s column “American Life in Poetry,” and on Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has received several Pushcart nominations. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Jim Tilley earned a doctorate in physics from Harvard and worked on Wall Street for twenty years. His first collection of poetry, In Confidence, was published by Red Hen Press in 2011. His poems have been published in literary journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He has won the Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Poetry, the New England Poetry Club’s Firman Houghton Award, and an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review. He lives in Bedford Corners, New York.
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:
Ellen Kushner‘s cult classic novel Swordspoint introduced readers to the setting to which she’s since returned in The Privilege of the Sword, The Fall of the Kings (written with Delia Sherman), and a growing handful of related short stories. She has recorded all three novels as audiobooks, and Swordspoint won an Audie and Audiofile Earphones Award.
Ellen was also the longtime host of the national public radio show Sound & Spirit, for which she created several one-woman shows. She is currently working on new novel in the “Swordspoint” series. She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman, and travels a lot. Her website is www.EllenKushner.com.
David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in magazines including Asimov’s, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon and co-edits the fanzine Bento with his wife Kate Yule. His web page is www.daviddlevine.com.
Scott Adlerberg lives in New York City. He is the author of the Martinique-set crime novel Spiders and Flies, and his short fiction has appeared in Thuglit. He contributes pieces regularly for the Criminal Element website and blogs about books, movies, and writing at Scott Adlerberg’s Mysterious Island. Each summer, he co-hosts the Word for Word Reel Talks film commentary series at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival in Manhattan.
Called Entertainment Weekly’s Favorite Book of the Year, Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel Reconstructing Amelia spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a Goodreads finalist for best mystery/thriller for 2013. TV/film rights have been optioned by HBO and the paperback was featured as Target’s Book Club Pick for December. McCreight’s writing has appeared in Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, Babble, the New York Time’s Motherlode blog, The Times (London), and New York Magazine online. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and two daughters.
Anthony Rainone writes novels, stories, and screenplays. He has studied at various writing programs including the Crime Fiction Academy and The UCLA School of Film and Television. He is currently at work on a new novel and script. Rainone welcomes the chance to read to someone other than himself and his dog.
Kathleen A. Ryan is a retired 21-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department on Long Island.
Alex Segura is a novelist and musician. He is the author of the Miami noir novel Silent City (Codorus Press). Alex also performs regularly as part of the indie rock group Faulkner Detectives. He lives in New York with his wife and two cats. He is a Miami native.
Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and regrets nothing. He is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series, The Ustari Cycle, Chum, and the upcoming We Are Not Good People. Somers’s story “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through” appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight, published by Berkley Hardcover and edited by Charlaine Harris and his story “Ringing the Changes” was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2006. His guitar playing is a plague upon his household and his lovely wife The Duchess is convinced he would wither and die if left to his own devices.
Albert Tucher spent 20 years pursuing an operatic singing career, before his insatiable appetite for rejection made him turn to writing. He is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews, who has appeared in more than fifty short stories, one of which made The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. His novella The Same Mistake Twice, also about Diana Andrews, recently came out as an ebook from Untreed Reads. He works at the Newark Public Library, and his hobby is drinking too much coffee.
Angela Zeman writes both short and long fiction, spanning cozy to noir. In 2012 Otto Penzler re-issued her first novel, The Witch and the Borscht Pearl, plus a collection of short stories as ebooks and PODs. She has several short stories out there as well as a recipe in a cookbook (for the MWA). She is currently writing a thriller horror novel, and also loves to Twitter.
JOHN YAU has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Yau’s many collections of poetry include Corpse and Mirror (1983), selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series, Edificio Sayonara (1992), Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Paradiso Diaspora (2006), Exhibits (2010), and Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012). Honors and awards for his work including a New York Foundation for the Arts Ward, the Jerome Shestack Award, and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France. Yau has taught at many institutions, including Pratt, the Maryland Institute College of Art and School of Visual Arts, Brown University, and the University of California-Berkeley. Since 2004 he has been the Arts editor of the Brooklyn Rail. He teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University, and lives in New York City.
LAWRENCE JOSEPH is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993 (which includes his first three books, Shouting at No One, Curriculum Vitae, and Before Our Eyes), published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also the author of two books of prose, Lawyerland, also published by FSG, and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose, published by the University of Michigan Press in its Poets on Poetry Series. Born in Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge, where he received a M.A. in English Language and Literature, and the University of Michigan Law School. He is presently Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, and has also taught in the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton. Married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem, he has lived for the past thirty-three years in downtown Manhattan.
Rachel Cantor reads from her novel: A Highly Unlikely Scenario
- Rachel Canor’s stories have appeared in magazines such as the Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Fence, and Volume 1 Brooklyn. They have been anthologized, nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, short-listed by both the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories, and awarded runner-up Bridport and Graywolf/SLS Prizes. She has also been awarded fellowships to more than a dozen artists’ colonies, both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as generous scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writing Conferences.
The New York Times Sunday Book Review says: “By layering the ridiculous inventions of her mind with the ridiculous facts of the world, Cantor creates a novel about being incredulous and certain at the same time, about listening without judgment, about acting on faith … A dystopian satire; a story about ¬storytelling, believing and listening — A Highly Unlikely Scenario is ultimately a history of our own strange world.”
Jacinda Townsend grew up in Southcentral Kentucky. She left at the age of sixteen, when she went to Harvard, where she took her first creative writing class, and in 2001, received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since receiving her M.F.A. she has been a Fulbright fellow to Côte d’Ivoire and a Carol Houck Smith fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin. She has published short fiction in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with her two young children. Saint Monkey is her first novel.
Fourteen-year-old Audrey Martin, with her Poindexter glasses and her head humming the 3/4 meter of gospel music, knows she’ll never get out of Kentucky—but when her fingers touch the piano keys, the whole church trembles. Her best friend, Caroline, daydreams about Hollywood stardom, but both girls feel destined to languish in a slow-moving stopover town in Montgomery County.
That is, until chance intervenes and a booking agent offers Audrey a ticket to join the booming jazz scene in Harlem—an offer she can’t resist, not even for Caroline. And in New York City the music never stops. Audrey flirts with love and takes the stage at the Apollo, with its fast-dancing crowds and blinding lights. But fortunes can turn fast in the city—young talent means tough competition, and for Audrey failure is always one step away. Meanwhile, Caroline sinks into the quiet anguish of a Black woman in a backwards country, where her ambitions and desires only slip further out of reach.
Jacinda Townsend’s remarkable first novel is a coming-of-age story made at once gripping and poignant by the wild energy of the Jazz Era and the stark realities of segregation. Marrying musical prose with lyric vernacular, Saint Monkey delivers a stirring portrait of American storytelling and marks the appearance of an auspicious new voice in literary fiction.
John Barrale was born and raised in New York City’s Lower East Side. John’s work has won several awards, most recently the 2013 NJ Poets Prize. His poetry has been published in many journals including Paterson Literary Review, Red Wheel Barrow Poets’ Anthologies (Volumes I – VI, Poetalk, NJ Journal of Poets, The Lullwater Review, California Quarterly, Tiger’s Eye Journal, The Penwood Review, The Aurorean, The William and Mary Review, Brownstone Poets, and Narrative Northeast. In June 2012, Shakespeare’s Moths a book length collection of John’s poems was published by White Chicken Press. John is a founding member of the Red Wheel Barrow Poetry Workshop in Rutherford, NJ and is managing editor of “The Red Wheel Barrow” poetry anthology.
Claudia Serea is a four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She has written two chapbooks and three full-length poetry collections, Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), and To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervena Barva Press, forthcoming). Her poetry has been featured in New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, The Red Wheelbarrow, Word Riot, Cutthroat, Apple Valley Review, and more. Catch Serea at her upcoming readings.
John J. Ttrause is Director of Oradell Public Library and author of EYE CANDY FOR ANDY; INSIDE OUT, UPSIDE DOWN, AND ROUND AND ROUND; SERIOUSLY SERIAL (soon to be released in 2nd edition); and LATTER-DAY LITANY, the last staged Off-Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies. He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg and the page with Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, and Pope John Paul II. Co-founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative and former host and curator of its monthly reading series, he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011).
Anthony Cirilo is an MFA candidate at Rutgers University-Newark where he teaches composition. A poet and translator, Cirilo’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Volta, and The Oxford Magazine. He is currently at work on a feature-length documentary on poetry of witness (Icon Independent Films), including original interviews from poets around the world.
An evening with Double X: On Dealbreakers
Hanna Rosin is a writer for the Atlantic and a founder of DoubleX, Slate’s women’s site. She wrote the book The End of Men, and yet, they are still here. She grew up in Queens and now lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.
Amanda Hess is a Slate staff writer and contributor to The Book of Jezebel. She has written about boobs for ESPN, pubic hair for The New York Times, and sharknados for Pacific Standard.
Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer and assistant editor. She lives in Washington, DC, likes Elizabeth Bishop, and recently discovered Dr. Pepper.
DORIANNE LAUX’s most recent books of poems are The Book of Men (2011), winner of the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Facts about the Moon (2007), recipient of the Oregon Book Award and short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Smoke. She is the recipient of two “Best American Poetry” Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. Recent poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Tin House. She and her husband, poet Joseph Millar, moved to Raleigh in 2008 where she teaches poetry and directs the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
JOSEPH MILLAR grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at Penn State and the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an MA in poetry writing. He worked as a commercial fisherman and telephone repairman for more than 20 years, and his accessible narrative poems often take working life as a means of engaging themes of class, family, and romantic love. Millar is the author of several poetry collections, including Blue Rust (2011), Fortune (2007), and Overtime (2001), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montalvo Arts Center, and Oregon Literary Arts. His poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program The Writer’s Almanac, and won a Pushcart Prize. Millar, who has taught at Pacific University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, poet Dorianne Laux.
Kenneth Calhoun’s fiction has appeared in The St. Petersburg Review, The Paris Review, Tin House, Fence, New Stories from the South and the PEN/O. Henry Prize anthology. His debut novel, BLACK MOON, was released on March 4th by Hogarth. He currently teaches graphic design and fiction at Lasell College.
Born and raised in Chicago, Jeffery Renard Allen is a Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York and an instructor in the Writing Program at The New School. Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999), and three works of fiction, the novel Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, the book of stories Holding Pattern (Graywolf 2008), which won The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and the forthcoming novel Song of the Shank (Graywolf 2014), which is loosely based on the life of Blind Tom, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso and composer. Allen’s other awards include a fellowship at The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a grant in Innovative Literature from Creative Capital.
M. M. De Voe is a prize-winning author whose fiction has won or been shortlisted for 23 literary prizes. Anthologized alongside Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood and nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, other notable recent placements include Mississippi Review, Bellevue Review, Oklahoma Review, Sojourn (Editor’s Prize), Literal Latte (first prize, short-short), NMW (first prize, short-short), and Wordstock Ten. De Voe is the recipient of multiple grants, including the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Fund for Creative Communities, and Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
Grant for Historical Fiction with Gay Positive Characters. Most recently, De Voe was shortlisted for the coveted Bridport prize (top 100 of 5600 entries in 2013), and two flash pieces were accepted for an upcoming issue of SpeckLit. The Founder and Executive Director of Pen Parentis, De Voe is a Columbia University Writing Fellow, MFA.
Mona Awad’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Walrus, Joyland, St. Petersburg Review, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at Brown University.
Come to a KGB MONDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES reading and ask the curators for details....
Sponsored by the KGB Bar, KGBBarLit.com is an online literary magazine of fiction, book reviews and interviews featuring first-time and established authors with strong voices. Tonight you’ll be hearing fiction and non-fiction from KGB Bar Lit staff and contributors. Ester Bloom, Ledia Xhoga, Christopher Urban, Will Augerot and Avi Davis
KGB Bar LIt Magazine: Editor, Suzanne Dottino, Books Review Editor, Ian King, Interviews Editor, John McCaffrey, Fiction Editor, Will Augerot
Ledia Xhoga is reading her story “As Fire Bites” from KGB Bar lit. Her e-mail is email@example.com. Her bio: Ledia Xhoga was born and raised in Tirana, Albania and now lives in Brooklyn. Her short fiction has appeared in the KGB Bar Lit Magazine, Liars’ League, Hobart, Sonora Review, and other online publications. She is also the writer of Visiting Hour, an award-winning short film. She is currently working on a feature screenplay and a novel. You may read and view some of her work at hiledia.blogspot.com
Christopher Urban is reading his story “Mimesis” from KGB Bar lit. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. His bio: Christopher Urban’s fiction has appeared in Folio, Pear Noir!, This Recording, KGB Bar Lit Journal, among other places, and he’s also written reviews for places like The Millions, Rain Taxi, and Open Letters Monthly. He lives in Brooklyn.
Avi Davis is reading his story “Desarrollo Humano” from KGB Bar lit. His e-mail is email@example.com. His bio: Avi Davis is based in Brooklyn. He has contributed to the Best American Travel Writing series, The Believer, Vice, and n+1. More of his writing can be found at shredsandclippings.blogspot.com.
Will Augerot will read his nonfiction piece “The Cause of All the Commotion” from The Morning News. Will Augerot is the fiction editor for the KGB Bar’s website. He has written for n+1, The Rumpus, and The Morning News. He was born in Port Chester, New York, and lives in Brooklyn.
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:
Jim O’Grady (WNYC, contributor This American Life, The Moth)
Caitlin Brodnick (Glamour, Shut Up! Storytelling)
Bill Chambers (artist-in-residence at Under St. Mark’s Theater 10 Foot Rat Cabaret)
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times
A dramatic reading of instant message conversations. You sent us your most embarrassing/revealing/heartbreaking/sad/funny chats (AIM, G-Chat, etc.). We’ve put together a rag-tag group of performers who will read them like little one-act plays before a live drunk audience. Hosted by Dylan Greif and Jonah Green.
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.
MARY JO SALTER was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was educated at Harvard and Cambridge and taught at Mount Holyoke College for many years. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including A Kiss in Space, Sunday Skaters, and A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems, all from from Knopf. Her most recent volume is Nothing by Design. Also the author of a children’s book, The Moon Comes Home, and a coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry, she is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.
Clifford Chase will read from his new memoir, The Tooth Fairy, which Booklist calls “breathtaking.” He is also the author of the cult novel Winkie (about a teddy bear on trial for terrorism) and a previous memoir, The Hurry-Up Song. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Newsday to The Yale Review.
Rick Whitaker is author of “Assuming the Position: A Memoir of Hustling” (1999), “The First Time I Met Frank O’Hara: Reading Gay American Writers” (2004), and “An Honest Ghost,” a novel published by Jaded Ibis Press in 2013. He is Theater and Concerts Manager at Columbia University’s Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in New York City.
Diane Josefowicz’s short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions,Fence, and several previous issues of the Saint Ann’s Review. With Jed Z. Buchwald, she is the author of The Zodiac of Paris (Princeton, 2010), an account of the fortunes of an ancient Egyptian temple ceiling that caused a stir upon arriving in Paris in 1821. She teaches in the undergraduate writing program at Boston University.
Born in the Adirondacks, Justin Boening is the author of Self-Portrait as Missing Person, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship. His work has appeared in a variety of journals such as Boston Review, Colorado Review, Lana Turner, and Poetry Northwest, where he’s an associate editor. Boening is currently Bucknell University’s Stadler Fellow in Poetry.
Marina Kaganova is a poet who used to live in Arizona. Now she studies the Caucasus, where she goes every summer, and lives in Brooklyn most of the year.
Bianca Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014) and several poetry and poetry comic chapbooks. She is also the illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Crazyhorse. She lives in Brooklyn.
Johnna Adams received a Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation in April 2013 for her play Gidion’s Knot. She is the 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award and a 2012 Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Gidion’s Knot was published in the December 2012 edition of American Theatre Magazine. The Contemporary American Theatre Festival premiered Gidion’s Knot in Shepherdtown, WV, in summer of 2012 and twelve regional productions are planned around the country for the 2013-14 season, including productions in New York City, at InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), Profiles (Chicago), Kitchen Dog (Dallas), Stages (Houston) and Furious Theatre Company (Los Angeles). Flux Theatre Ensemble (New York) produced her play Sans Merci in spring of 2013 in New York. The script was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for best play. Her play Skinless was developed at the 2012 MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center and read at Rattlestick (New York) in winter of 2012. Her play Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens was produced by Impetuous Theatre in autumn of 2013. Johnna’s plays Angel Eaters, Rattlers, 8 Little Antichrists, Sans Merci, Cockfighters and The Sacred Geometry of S&M Porn are published by Original Works Publishing (www.originalworksonline.com). Johnna graduated from the DePaul University Theatre School with a BFA in Acting and received a 2012 MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College with Tina Howe.
Dan Bernitt is a writer and performer. His solo performances include Phi Alpha Gamma; Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface!; and Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods (which runs February 21-March 9 in the Kraine Theater, as part of FRIGID New York: http://frigidnewyork.info/Show/266). He has performed in venues internationally: from Minneapolis and Cape Cod to New York and Dublin. A recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting, both his books, Dose: Plays & Monologues and Phi Alpha Gamma, were named finalists for the Lambda Literary Award. He now serves on the faculty of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts.
Robin Cloud is a New York City-based comedian, writer, college speaker, advice columnist for Dapperq.com and actor. Phew! She is the host and producer of her critically acclaimed live comedy show, “The Triple Minority Report,” which packs the house at NYC’s hottest comedy clubs.She has been featured in GO magazine’s “Top 100 Women We Love,” Time Out New York’s “Quote of the Week”, and was a semi-finalist in NBC’s “Stand Up for Diversity Competition.” Her festival appearances include the Women in Comedy, Ohio Lesbian, Fresh Fruit, Emerging Artists, and Hot! Festivals. Frequently booked to be the Master of Ceremonies, she is proud to have teamed up with fantastic artists and organizations such as the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, NYC Pride, Mr. Murray Hill, Toshi Reagon, Doria Roberts and many more! As a college speaker, Robin tours the country with her talk “Come Out, Stay Out” which aims to educate and enlighten audience members on the LGBTQ experience and inspire individuals to transform their fears into acts of courage.
Rebecca Mills is a New York based actor/writer (member: AEA, SAG-AFTRA). She has recently completed Warning: Don’t Laugh at the Natives, a comedic memoir based on a decade of misadventures in New York City. She has performed excerpts of the book in a one-woman show called “Charmed” at The Peoples Improv Theatre. Additionally, she has performed some of the stories at the Moth, in their New York StorySlams, and most recently at Renegade Reading Series, Honey and Poison, Stoop to Nuts at Cornelia Street Cafe, Rabbit Tales, and Muffins in the Window. She is also a wine writer for thedailymeal.com.
Felix Gilman has published four novels, and short fiction in a variety of places including Weird Tales and Tor.com. His recent duology The Half-Made World and The Rise of Ransom City has been described as “a sepia-toned panorama of eccentric and moving Western characters” by Salon. His next book, The Revolutions, is a story of Victorian occultism and spiritual space travel; it comes out in April from Tor.
Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, now living in New York. She has been widely published in such anthologies as the Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, and Colonize This!, as well as in Essence, Utne Reader, and Ms. magazines. Her short story collection Ancient, Ancient won the 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. award, and contains sensual tales of the fantastic, the dark, and the magical. Her micro-essays on writing can be found at www.kiiniibura.com.
A recovering academic, Gary T. Anderberg wormed his way into the insurance industry and is now the chief data scientist for a major claims administrator, which essentially means that he shoves large numbers of electrons around until they are ready to confess to anything. Working from his farm in Bucks County, Penn., Anderberg is on the sixth rewrite of The Connoisseur of Chaos and the third rewrite of Adam, the Boy Who Would Be Human. He is also shopping around a drawer full of short stories.
Anne-Marie Brumm is the author of the best-selling novel/memoir Come Drink Coffee with Me: Husband Hunting in Israel and the tell-all poetry collection Last Exit to Peace. A PhD in comparative literature, Brum lived in Israel for 15 years and taught literature and writing at Ben Gurion University. Her novel Honor Killing deals with espionage and murder in Israel and the West Bank.
New York-born C. Clark Criscuolo is the author of two novels, Wiseguys in Love and Bank Robbers published in the U.S., in Germany, and in Japan. Both books were optioned in Hollywood by the likes of Disney and Eddie Murphy. Criscuolo’s play That’ll Be The Day was produced Off Off Broadway, and she is in the process of selling a third novel The Costume Club.
Laura K. Curtis is a certified geek who lives in Westchester, N.Y., with her husband and two madcap Irish Terriers who’ve taught her how easily love can co-exist with the desire to kill. Her first romantic suspense novel, Twisted, came out in November from Penguin/InterMix and her next, Lost, comes out in May.
Rosemary Harris has been a bookstore manager, a video producer, public television drone, direct marketer—and she gave it all up to be a midlist author. She is taking a breather from killing people in her latest book, The Bitches of Brooklyn.
A proud native of the Bronx, Terrence P. McCauley is an award-winning writer of crime fiction. His latest novel, Slow Burn is currently available from Noir Nation Books. His first two books, Prohibition and Fight Card: Against the Ropes, are set in the exciting world of 1930s New York City. McCauley has had short stories featured in such places as Thuglit, Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Vol. 1 and 2, Atomic Noir, and Big Pulp. He recently compiled Grand Central Noir, an anthology where all of the proceeds go directly to the non-profit God’s Love We Deliver.
A retired Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who also has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science, Lewis Preschel has had several articles published in Criminal Element. Preschel is a participant in The Writer’s Coffee House in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and the founding member of the Monmouth Creative Writer’s Group.
Charles Salzberg is the author of the Shamus Award-nominated Swann’s Last Song and its sequel, Swann Dives In. The third in the series, Swann’s Lake of Despair, will be out in the fall. There will only be a fourth if he can think of another catchy title. He is also the author of Devil in the Hole. He teaches writing at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writer’s Workshop, where he is a Founding Member.
MICHAEL MCDONOUGH has published poems in Off the Coast, The Agriculture Reader, pax americana, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Poetry from The New School and a BA in American Studies from Bard College. He is the author of Radiocartography (Straw Gate Books, 2013), as well as three chapbooks and an audio CD.
TONY TOWLE began writing poetry in 1960 and became associated with the New York School of Poetry three years later, when he took poetry workshops with Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara. His first major collection, North, was the Frank O’Hara Award for 1970 and published by Columbia University Press. (See Publications for a complete list of books.) He is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Poets Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, among other prizes and honors.
Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014), which has been a book club selection for NYLON magazine, The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown; Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010), which was a Foreword Magazine Best Book of the Year finalist, and My Sister’s Continent (Chiasmus 2006). She is the Sunday editor for The Rumpus and the fiction editor for The Nervous Breakdown, and is on faculty at UCR-Palm Desert’s low residency MFA program in Creative Writing. The longtime Executive Editor of Other Voices magazine and Other Voices Books, she now runs Other Voices Queretaro (www.othervoicesqueretaro.com), an international writing program in the Central Highlands of Mexico. She reads from her book: A Life in Men
Julia Fierro’s debut novel, Cutting Teeth, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in May 2014. Cutting Teeth was recently included on “Most Anticipated Books of 2014” lists by HuffPost Books, The Millions, Flavorwire, and Marie Claire. In 2002, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and what started as eight writers meeting in her Brooklyn kitchen has grown into a creative home for over 2000 writers.
Stephen Elliott is the editor of The Rumpus.net. He is the author of seven books including his forthcoming true-crime memoir, The Adderall Diaries. His novel Happy Baby was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion Award as well as a best book of 2004 in Salon.com, Newsday, Chicago New City, the Journal News, and the Village Voice. In addition to writing fiction he frequently writes on politics. In 2004 he wrote Looking Forward To It, about the quest for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
Stephen Elliott’s writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 and 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writing 2006. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. He is also the founder of The Progressive Reading Series which helps authors raise money and participate on behalf of progressive candidates and causes across the country.
Matthew Cody is the author of WILL IN SCARLET, a reimagining of the Robin Hood legend for younger readers, as well as the novel THE DEAD GENTLEMAN and the superhero trilogy POWERLESS, SUPER and the forthcoming VILLAINOUS, all published by Knopf. You can reach Matt through his website matthewcody.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorMatthewCody, or on twitter @matthew_cody.
Danielle Paige is a graduate of Columbia University and lives in New York City. Before writing DOROTHY MUST DIE, she worked in the television industry where she received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmy’s. Follow her on Twitter, @DanielleMPaige.
Kathryn Holmes grew up in east Tennessee and attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Md., before making her way to New York City. She spent several years as an editor for Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines before returning to academia to get her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Her debut Young Adult novel, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND, is forthcoming from HarperCollins Children’s Books in early 2015. When not writing, Kathryn is a contemporary dancer, performing with several NYC-area choreographers. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and piles upon piles of books.
Lee Bacon is the author of JOSHUA DREAD and its sequel, THE NAMELESS HERO (Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books). The third book in the series, THE DOMINION KEY, will be published in May 2014. Lee grew up in Texas and currently lives in Brooklyn. You can find out more about him at www.leebaconbooks.com and www.facebook.com/Leebaconbooks.
Colin Atrophy Hagendorf is a writer living in Queens with his two cats, Salvatore Gandolfo and Growler Atrophy Hagendorf. He is less punk than he used to be but still punker than you ever were. A few years ago he ate all that pizza.
Scott Weiner writes an award-winning column for Pizza Today Magazine, contributes to PMQ’s Pizza Magazine and PizzaMarketplace.com and judges pizza culinary competitions across the country. Scott’s pizza pontifications have been featured on the Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Discovery Channel, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine and just about every NYC-area periodical. Scott’s tours have been featured as a top tour on TripAdvisor, Yelp, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides and several others. He is the author of Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box.
JILLIAN WEISE’s latest poetry collection, The Book of Goodbyes (2013), won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Isabella Gardner Award from BOA Editions. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Tin House and Verse Daily. She received creative writing fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Fulbright Program and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Aboout her first volume of poetry, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, the Los Angeles Times wrote, “Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise’s gutsy poetry debut will be rewarded with . . . a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden.” She is also the author of The Colony, a novel.
LATASHA N. NEVADA DIGGS is the author of three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Press), as well as the album, Television. Her work has published in Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Polvo, Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Drumvoices Review, Long Shot, The Black Scholar, P.M.S, Bum Rush the Page, Jubilat, Everything But the Burden, Black Belt, and Tea Party Magazine to name a few. LaTasha has received scholarships, residencies, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts (2003/2009), the Eben Demarest Trust, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant for Women. LaTasha was the poetry curator for the online arts journal, www.exittheapple.com. She is a Harlem Elohi Native.
Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. All three books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award, and Haywire won the 2013 Members’ Choice Award. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York. He recently received a fellowship in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
George Spencer interviews poets on the Poetry Thin Air Cable Show. He has another cable show that focuses on multimedia artists, most recently Austin Alexis, playwright, poet, fictionista, choreographer and painter. His most recent fiction is in Evergreen Review, his most recent poetry in And Then, Estrellas en el Fuego and Tamarind. His film, Tom, Sally and the Marquis, was screened at Film-Makers’ Cooperative and Gathering of the Tribes. He’s working on a film about Flaubert in Egypt and a documentary about Nick Zedd, creator of The Cinema of Transgression.
Howard Pflanzer is a poet, playwright, and lyricist. Dead Birds or Avian Blues, his new book of short poetic satiric plays and poetry, was published by Fly By Night Press (2011) He was the prizewinning November 2013 Poet of the Month of The Poetry Company. He has read/performed his poems at KGB, LaMaMa, Theaterlab, The Living Theatre, The Cornelia Street Cafe, Medicine Show (Word/Play), A Gathering of the Tribes, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Brecht Forum, the Revival Bar Saturn Series, the Phoenix series at the Yippie Cafe and other venues. His work has appeared in The Quarterly, The Drama Review (TDR), slavic and east european performance, New York Theater Review (anthology), theater2k.com (online), Cultural Logic, Socialism and Democracy, Cover, And Then, Home Planet News, Downtown Brooklyn, White Rabbit, the poetry anthologies, Off the Cuffs and Long Island Sounds. He conducted a photo poem workshop at the San Diego Writers Center in January 2014.
“Howard Pflanzer’s new collection of poems, and plays, Dead Birds or Avian Blues, has created a world which to some may seem simple on the surface but which actually takes us through our own prejudices, likes, loves, hates and cravings running deep through the souls of man and beast alike” STEVE DALACHINSKY
“These daring allegories, Dead Birds or Avian Blues, by esteemed playwright Howard Pflanzer are filled with delightful moments of insight into the human character” JUDITH MALINA
Stephanie Hart is the author of Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories. Her recent work has appeared in “And Then,” “The Sun,” and “Jewish Currents” as well as the new Anthology from Wising Up Press, Connected: What Remains As We All Change.
Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of eighteen novels, three novellas, short stories, essays, and poetry. He is a three-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best PI Novel of the Year and a two-time Edgar Award nominee. He has also won the Audie, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony Awards. He is an adjunct instructor of English at Hofstra University and a founding member of Mystery Writers of America University. Brooklyn born and raised, he lives with his family on Long Island.
Tim O’Mara has been a NYC public school math and special ed teacher since 1987. His three adult mysteries featuring Brooklyn schoolteacher and ex-cop Raymond Donne — Sacrifice Fly (October 2012), Crooked Numbers (October 2013), and Dead Red (early 2015) — are published by St. Martins/Minotaur Books. He has co-produced a bi-weekly reading series of poetry and prose in New York’s East Village for the past 13 years. He is currently writing a crime novella, Smoked, due for e-release in 2014. www.timomara.net.
SJ Rozan has won most of the crime-writing world’s awards, including the Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero, and Macavity, and also the Japanese Maltese Falcon. She’s written fourteen novels, thirteen under her own name and one, with Carlos Dews, as the writing team of Sam Cabot. She was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in lower Manhattan. SJ will be teaching this spring at Crime Fiction Academy in New York (http://centerforfiction.org/forwriters/crimefiction/) and this summer at Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy (http://www.artworkshopintl.com/). Her newest book is Sam Cabot’s BLOOD OF THE LAMB.
Our lineup this month:
Joshua Marcus’s work has appeared in publications such as The Times Literary Supplement and The San Francisco Bay Guardian. He was also awarded an Edward Albee fellowship, which he used to write much of the first draft of his novel, Janice’s Genesis. A few years and a whole lotta drafts later, he’s psyched to share an excerpt with you.
Jay Deshpande’s poetry has recently appeared in Phantom Limb, Bodega, Narrative, Sixth Finch, Atlas Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, and elsewhere. In 2012 he was a winner in Narrative’s fourth Annual Poetry Contest, and his poem “On the Meaning of Love” was named one of Narrative’s Poem of the Week top picks for 2013. A former poetry editor of AGNI, he lives in Brooklyn and works in magazine publishing. Jay is currently completing his poetry manuscript, Love the Stranger.
Michelle Brotherton recently completed the screenplay for a feature film, Run and Gun, for MTP Productions in Los Angeles. She is also the owner of the jewelry line Gather No Wood, and in December she was a featured artist at the South Street Seaport Museum for her designs. Michelle is currently completing her first novel, The Fall of the Firebird.
What is Columbia Selects? The first Thursday of each month the Columbia MFA program hosts a reading series featuring Writing Program alumni. These fresh talents are finished with or near to finished with their first books, but do not yet have a book contract and/or an agent. In recent years, many of our featured writers have achieved critical and commercial success. This is your chance to glimpse who you’ll be reading in 2014!
Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.
Michael J. Grabell’s first poetry chapbook, Macho Man, won the Finishing Line Press chapbook prize and will be published in November. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry anthology, Best New Poets 2009, Southwest Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Alehouse, Rattle, and the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. His poetry has won a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize and was runner-up in the River Styx International Poetry Contest. By day, Grabell is an investigative reporter for ProPublica, where he has produced stories for the New York Times, NPR, and Time magazine. He has also served as a mentor in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University.
Sherri Felt Draftfield is the author of two poetry chapbooks – The City, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and the forthcoming Water Vigils. Her poem “Time Pieces Repaired” won a Margaret Reid award for traditional poetry. She has made her living as a union actor, theatrical producer and, most recently, an attorney specializing in intellectual property and First Amendment law. She lives with her husband, Simon, and her two wheaten terriers in the West Village.
Elizabeth Onusko’s poetry has been published in 42opus, burntdistrict, Verse Daily, The Collagist, Poetry East, and Bellevue Literary Review, among others. She is the author of a chapbook, The Prague Winter (Finishing Line Press, 2013).
Hilary Sideris has poems in recent issues of The Baltimore Review, West Branch, Quiddity, Southern Poetry Review, Sugar House Review, and The Southhampton Review. Her work appears in the anthology Rabbit Ears: Television Poems, edited by Joel Allegretti. She has published three chapbooks with Finishing Line Press: The Orange Juice Is Over, Gold & Other Fish, and Sweet Flag.
John Van Doren: “Oh, say I’m an old poet, infrequently but sometimes published here and there. I lived in Chicago for 25 years, was President of the so-called Poetry Society there for four of them. I’ve taught English at Brandeis, Smith, and BU. Live now in NYC. Have a chapbook [How Strange the Tale] coming out from Finishing Line Press. sometime this fall.”
Jennifer Vano was born and raised in Yonkers, NY and resides in Brooklyn. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. The Nectar, her debut collection, explores passion in all its forms—for stranger, for lover, for self, for words—and the red-hot sting that remains when that passion has gone.
SALMAGUNDI is a quarterly of the Humanities and Social Sciences which is addressed to the “general” reader rather than to the academic specialist. Founded in 1965 and published since 1969 at Skidmore College, the magazine routinely publishes essays, reviews, interviews, fiction, poetry, regular columns, polemics, debates and symposia. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential intellectual quarterlies in the United States.
Among the writers long associated with Salmagundi are Nadine Gordimer, J.M Coetzee, Tzvetan Todorov, George Steiner, Orlando Patterson, Norman Manea, Christopher Hitchens, Seamus Heaney, Mary Gordon, Susan Sontag, Benjamin Barber, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Howard, Carolyn Forché, Martin Jay and David Rieff.
Editor-in-Chief: ROBERT BOYERS, Executive Editor: PEG BOYERS
Sunday’s Readers Include: Mary Gordon, Binnie Kirschenbaum and Steve Stern
Please join us for readings from two new poetry collections about Hiroshima and the atomic age by April Naoko Heck & Cynthia Lowen, with special guest & Kundiman faculty member Lee Ann Roripaugh (pictured) traveling from South Dakota to read, reflect, and moderate a conversation with you. This reading has been made possible in part by funds from Poets and Writers.
Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series 5 Year Anniversary Show
Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Sirius XM Radio) celebrates 5 years of this storytelling series by inviting 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 five (one for each year we’ve been around) lucky audience members will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from:
Andy Christie (host “The Liar Show,” Moth GrandSlam Champion)
Kevin Allison (MTV’s “The State,” host/creator “Risk!")
Tara Clancy (The Paris Review, The New York Times)
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times
Contributors from True Tales of Lust and Love
Edited by Anna David
While there is no shortage of books about the pleasures and perils of dating in the 21st century, David’s all-female collection stands out from the crowd. Based on a popular storytelling show that plays bars and clubs around Los Angeles, featuring writers such as Emma Straub, Laura House, Samantha Dunn, and Alison Agosti, all of the essays are smart, witty, unusual, and yet still (perhaps unfortunately, in some cases) relatable. The collection is divided into three sections: “Casual Sex,” “Dating,” and “Love—or Something Like It.” Humor and awkwardness feature throughout, but there is enough sweetness, especially in the latter two sections, sprinkled in to inspire even the most jaded to take a second look at their list of potential mates. Among the best stories are Agosti’s “Sex Playlist” (it’s hard not to laugh out loud at an awkward sex scene involving 12 different versions “Stand by Me"); Sara Benincasa’s “The Kid”; Sara Barron’s “The Clown”; Dunn’s “The Republican” (arguably the sweetest in the entire collection); Vanessa Marshall’s “Fresh Step”; and House’s “My Very Own Stripper.” None of the stories here fall flat; it’s a hysterical and touching read perfect for young women still figuring out their way in the dating world, though recommended for everyone. (Jan.)
Readers: Diana Spechler, Anna Davies and Sacha Z. Scoblic,
“Reading Carol Dixon”
featuring Paul Palmer, Brenda Williams, Kathleen Bedoya, Jacqueline Johnson… and more* (*scheduled to appear)
with your hostess, Kathleen Warnock
Carol F. Dixon was the Executive Director of the John Oliver Killens Writers Workshop Inc., and the Editor-in-Chief of The Other Half: the Magazine of Emerging Writers of Color. A member of the Ain’t I A Woman Writers Collective and a former member of the Harlem Writers Guild, she majored in Writing at Queens College, where she was on the Dean’s List. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.
Her short stories, articles and book reviews have been published in various literary publications including Obsidian, Shooting Star Review, African Voices, and The Brooklyn Review as well as in popular magazines such as Scholastic Review and Essence. An excerpt from her first novel, Going Home, is included in the anthology Black Southern Voices. Carol’s credits also include being commissioned by New York’s Japan Society to write the narrative for choreographer Blondell Cummings’ multidisciplinary dance piece based on the Kobo Abe novel, Woman in the Dunes.
Her short story, The Boy, was selected by Philadelphia’s InterAct Theater to open its 2007 Writing Aloud Series. She was the recipient of several awards including the Queens College John Golden Memorial Prize for Fiction, the Clinton Oliver Award, the John Oliver Killens Fiction Award and the Black Writer Achiever of the Year Award from Black Enterprise Magazine. Carol was featured as a fiction writer and panelist at the National Black Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh Writers Conference and the National Black Writers Conference at Medgar Evers College, to name a few. She served as a grants review panelist for The Jerome Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was also the fiction editor for Shooting Star Magazine and the Senior Editor for WV Magazine. For over thirty years, Carol taught African American Literature, Creative Writing, Poetry, and Composition at such institutions as NYC Technical College, the Writer’s Voice of The West Side YMCA, Hunter College Elementary School and Cedar Crest College.
She conducted teacher training and staff development for Long Island school districts through Writer’s Insight. She was a Writer-in-Residence for Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Elders Share the Arts, Hofstra University’s Summer Institute for the Gifted, and Poets & Writers. She also lectured at the CUNY Graduate Center and NYU. As a curator, she produced readings at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Black Arts Festival, Dixon Place and the Writer’s Voice, among others. In 2008, Carol had the honor of introducing her life-long idol, Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison at an event titled Words Matter: Writers and Readers for Obama that she co-produced at Cedar Crest College.
A gifted and generous editor, she was committed to supporting and challenging writers at all levels and was finalizing a novel entitled Seen And Not Heard at the time of her death.
Joe Hill is the author of three New York Times best-selling novels: Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, and NOS4A2 – and a prize-winning collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts. He’s also a writer of not-so-funny funny books; he won an Eisner Award for his work on the recently completed dark fantasy epic Locke & Key, and has a new ongoing comic titled Wraith, which plays with ideas and characters from NOS4A2. He lives in New Hampshire.
Ennis Drake’s short fiction has been published in the anthology Tales of Jack the Ripper and is forthcoming in The Book of Cthulhu III, Giallo Fantastique, and Little Visible Delight. Two of his novelettes were published in a chapbook by Omnium Gatherum last February. His novella, “Twenty-Eight Teeth of Rage,” was a finalist for The Shirley Jackson Award.
Joe Nelms spent the last twenty years working in advertising, television and film including senior positions at DMB&B, Grey, BBDO and Warner Bros. servicing clients like Pepsi, GE, Campbell’s, Foot Locker, the Harry Potter series, the Ocean’s 11 series, and The Matrix Trilogy. Nelms was co-founder, artistic director, producer and director of Live on Tape, a live sketch comedy show that was bought by NBC. Additionally, he helped produce Between, a feature film that debuted in the Sundance Drama competition, and he co-wrote the films Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The 13th and The Lost Episode. A native of San Antonio, Texas, he now lives in New York City. He reads from his novel: The Last Time I Died.
“THE LAST TIME I DIED is a maelstrom of brilliant prose—dark, delectable, devastating, and utterly, utterly compelling. If this is Joe Nelms’ debut, watch out, world. Chuck Palahniuk fans will love this book.” —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Water for Elephants
John McCaffrey graduated from Villanova University, and after received his M.A. from the City College of New York. His stories, essays and book reviews have appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines and newspapers. John also helps direct a nonprofit organization in New York City, is the Interviews Editor for KGBBAR.LIT, a Columnist for Late Night Library, and teaches a weekly short story class at a community center for LGBTQ older adults in Queens, New York.
Deborah Fried-Rubin is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Queens College, CUNY after many years of practicing law, and is a recipient of Queens College’s Silverstein-Peiser Award for Poetry and a former writer-in-residence at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Her work has appeared in the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books) and at Broadsided (online), as well as in WSQ’s VIRAL issue, and in Permafrost. Her chapbooks Language of the Lost and Found and Go Soon are respectively available and forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She lives on Long Island with her husband and three children.
Arnine Cumsky Weiss is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and a teacher of English as a second language. She has worked in the field of Deafness for over thirty years. She is the author of six books. BECOMING A BAR MITVAH: A TREASURY OF STORIES, BECOMING A BAT MITZVAH: A TREASURY OF STORIES (University of Scranton Press), THE JEWS OF SCRANTON (Arcadia Publishing), and THE UNDEFEATED (RID Press) and THE CHOICE: CONVERTS TO JUDAISM SHARE THEIR STORIES (University of Scranton Press). Her second novel, SHE AIN’T HEAVY (Academy Chicago)was published in June, 2013. She is married to Jeffrey Weiss and is the mother of Matt, Allie, and Ben.
Jonathan Curelop’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in various publications, including Solstice, Amarillo Bay, Liquid Imagination, UMass Amherst Magazine, apt, Raging Face, The Melic Review, The American Book Review and Aura. Originally from Massachusetts, he now lives in New York City with his wife. His novel, TANKER 10, was published in October, 2013.
Stop Here (Seven Stories Press, November 19) is Beverly Gologorsky’s long-awaited second novel that, like her first acclaimed The Things We Do to Make it Home, explores the lives of working-class women and their families through the lens of war, destruction, loss, and economic struggle. Told with honest and vivid language, Gologorsky weaves each story together to form a complete picture of the tragedies and triumphs of four friends and coworkers on the home front in Long Island of a seemingly endless war abroad.
Join Beverly Gologorsky and Daniel Simon, writer and publisher, at a reading of their most recent works of fiction.
Beverly Gologorsky is the author of the acclaimed novel The Things We Do to Make it Home, named a Notable Book by the New York Times, Best Fiction by Los Angeles Times, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers Award. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including the New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, and the LA Times. Former editor of two political journals, Viet-Report and Leviathan, noted for her historical contribution to Feminists Who Changed America, Gologorsky has contributed essays to Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from all Sides and The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women’s True-Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away, among others.
Dan Simon is the founder and editor-in-chief of Seven Stories Press.
Jonathan Miles’s recently published second novel, Want Not, has received wide accolades. It was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington Post Notable Fiction, a Wall Street Journal Favorite Books, a Chicago Tribune Notable Book, and a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013. Jonathan’s first novel, Dear American Airlines, was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. It was also a finalist for the QPB New Voices Award, the Borders Original Voices Award, and the Great Lakes Book Award, and was translated into half a dozen languages. A former columnist for The New York Times, Jonathan serves as a contributing editor to magazines as diverse as Field & Stream and Details, and writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review and The Literary Review (UK). He currently lives with his family alongside the Delaware River in rural New Jersey.
“I loved this book . . . . the work of a fluid, confident, and profoundly talented writer . . . . it’s a joyous book, a very funny book, and an unpredictable book, and that’s because everyone in it is allowed to be fully human.” – Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review
Adelle Waldman’s debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., has been called one of 2013’s best books by The New Yorker, The New Republic, Slate, The Economist, NPR, Fresh Air, The National Journal, Bookforum, The National Post, BookPage, The Guardian (UK), Cosmopolitan, Elle, Baltimore City Paper, and The Irish Times. It was also named a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a Washington Post Notable Book. The novel will soon be translated into Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and other languages. Adelle’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Village Voice, and other publications. She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
“Adelle Waldman just may be this generation’s Jane Austen, as she skewers the mating mores of today’s aristocrats, the young literary elite of Brooklyn, N.Y., in her funny and at times painfully acute debut novel . . . .” – Clea Simon, The Boston Globe
Kate Manning is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, My Notorious Life and Whitegirl. A former documentary television producer for public television, she has won two New York Emmy Awards, and also written for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times Book Review, among others. She has taught creative writing at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, where she lives with her boisterous family, including a dog named Moon, who walks her regularly.
“Loosely based on the life of Ann Trow Lohman (aka Madame Restell), the infamous abortionist who became known as “the Wickedest Woman in New York,” [Manning] paints a vivid portrait of this daring yet deeply compassionate woman who is willing to flout convention and defy the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights.” – Publishers Weekly
About Behind the Book
Founded in 2003, Behind the Book is a small NYC literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators who reflect their experiences, communities, and backgrounds. Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms as part of creative-writing programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and the authors. We are building a new generation of readers and writers. www.behindthebook.org
Michele Carlo is a native New Yorker, Nuyorican (and natural redhead) who’s lived in four of the five boroughs of New York City and remembers when a slice of pizza cost fifty cents. She’s also author of the memoir Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks, Citadel, 2010. Michele, who appeared in the recent PBS documentary “Latino Americans of NY & NJ,” has told stories from Fish Out Of Agua onNPR Latino, The MOTH’s GrandSlam and Mainstage shows in NYC, and across the U.S. Her essays have appeared in Mr. Beller’s Lost & Found: Stories From New York, SMITH magazine’s Next Door Neighbor, Chicken Soup For The Latino Soul and F***ed In Park Slope, among others. The stage adapation of Fish Out Of Agua is coming soon. For more info: www.michelecarlo.com.
Brian Fanelli’s poetry has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Work Class Studies Association’s Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award. His poetry has been published by the Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Portland Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Spillway, Blue Collar Review, and other publications. He is the author of the chapbook Front Man (Big Table Publishing) and the full-length collection All That Remains (Unbound Content). Brian has an M.F.A. from Wilkes University, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in English at SUNY Binghamton. He teaches writing and literature full-time at Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA.
A graduate of Oxford and London Universities, Sarah Pleydell is an award-winning writer, performer and playwright who teaches English and writing at the University of Maryland. For the past twenty years, she has been a master teaching artist and arts integration specialist, working with institutions that include The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Luce Institute. In 2000, she won the American Association for Theatre Educators’ award for best book of the year with co-author Victoria Brown. Most recently she wrote the script and played the role of Isadora in “Revolutionary: the life and times of Isadora Duncan,” with Word Dance Theatre. Based on her childhood in London, Cologne (October 2012, Fuze Publishing) has been twenty years in the making. It has benefited from fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and input from many generous and gifted writers.
Chris Bullard is a native of Jacksonville, FL. In November 2013, he published his first full-length book of poetry, Back (WordTech Editions). Prior to this, Plan B Press published his first chapbook, You Must Not Know Too Much, in 2009, followed by his second chapbook, O Brilliant Kids (Big Table Publishing), in 2011. Kattywompus Press has accepted his chapbook, Dear Leatherface, forthcoming.He lives in Collingswood, N.J., and works for the federal government as an Administrative Law Judge.