LIU Brooklyn Reading

April 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


LIU Brooklyn Reading

April 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


MWA-NY Reading

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


Hofstra MFA reading

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


LIU Brooklyn Reading

December 09, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


LIU Brooklyn Reading

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


Liar’s League

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


MWA-NY Reading

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


Spuyten Duyvil: Doug Nufer and Tom La Farge

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


Liar’s League

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


Red Hen Press

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


FIZZ hosts Pure Slush Books

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


MWA-NY Reading

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


Liar’s League

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


At The Inkwell: An Evening with Kola Boof

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

Mark Fogarty’s poetry has been published in Hawaii Review, Viet Nam Generation, Journal of NJ Poets, Exit 13, Unrorean, Eclectic Literary Forum, Cokefishing in Alpha Beat Soup, Footwork, The Brownstone Poets Anthology, The TEA Newsletter, Gallery and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow. Mark, also a musician, is the author of three poetry collections from White Chickens Press, Myshkin’s Blues, Peninsula and Phantom Engineer. A journalist by trade, Mark grew up and lives in Rutherford, NJ. He is the managing editor of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow and emcees the Red Wheelbarrow Poets monthly reading series.

Kola Boof is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling novels and poetry collections, including The Sexy Part of the Bible, Flesh and the Devil and Nile River Woman. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s and the story colleciton Politically Inspired. Her autobiography Diary of a Lost Girl was published in 2006. She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time Magazine, the New York Post, and the New York Times. She lives in Southern California.


Bob Suren & George Tabb reading

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

Bob Suren discovered punk rock as a teenager and spent thirty years of his life obsessing about all aspects of the genre. He is the founder of Sound Idea Record Store, Sound Idea Distribution, Burrito Records and the band Failure Face.


FREE WATER #7

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


MWA-NY Reading

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


Kevin McEnroe reading

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


True Story Nonfiction

June 09, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


PEN

June 07, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 am

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,

Book Party for Gregory Fletcher’s Shorts and Briefs

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


Liar’s League

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


Paragraph

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


FREE WATER #6.2 with Four Way Books

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


Storyscape Journal Issue 14 Launch

May 26, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


After the Barbecue: a Night of New Writing from Jenna and Emma

May 25, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jenna Dioguardi is an actor and short-fiction writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch (Playwrights Horizons Theater School). Recent performance credits include, at PHTS: Jen Silverman’s That Poor Girl And How He Killed Her, Grapes of Wrath, Easter In The Living Room, enlightened, The Winged Man, & Aunt Leaf. OTHER: A Merry Little Evening (The Drama Bookshop), Globalizing Shakespeare Festival (NYU/Abu Dhabi), Backstage at Horror Drag (ANIMALS, Incubator Arts), OnTheFloor (Ace Hotel), Game Night (Ars Nova). Hobbies include providing her loved ones with baked goods, adoring dogs of all kinds, and crafting strong emails.

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine is a comedian and essayist who writes for The Huffington Post and Everyoneisgay.com.  Her comedy has been featured on Jezebel, BustMagazine.com, Gawker; in Time Out NY and Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012 in Tribeca.  She has appeared on HuffPo Live, PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, with Reggie Watts in a web series for JASH, on Fusion’s Alicia Menendez Tonight, Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” and also on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party.  She has created content for Google’s Original Channels, Funny or Die, and as a sketch comedian with a residency at YouTube’s NY studios.  www.emmatattenbaumfine.com @emmatattenbaum


Juliet Escoria reading

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


Permanent Press

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


Monday Night Poetry: RANDALL POTTS + GEOFFREY NUTTER + MATTHEW ROHRER

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

Randall Potts is the author of a previous collection of poems, Collusion Center, published by O Books in 1994 and a chapbook, Recant: (A Revision), published by Leave Books in 1994. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, the Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Five Fingers Review, Iowa Review, Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, The West Marin Review, Unsplendid and other publications.  He attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and has taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts. He volunteered as an intern at a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and worked on several oil spill responses. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Geoffrey Nutter was born in Sacramento, and attended San Francisco State University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013), Christopher Sunset (Wave Books, 2010), Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (Winner of the 2004 Verse Press Prize) and A Summer Evening, winner of the 2001 Colorado Prize (Center for Literary Publishing, 2001). His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1997, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Poems by Younger American Poets. He currently teaches in New York City, where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.

Matthew Rohrer is the author of Surrounded by Friends (forthcoming from Wave Books, spring 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007) and A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Satellite (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty.  He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver in 1994. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at NYU.

Last reading of season.


Lizzie Skurnick

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

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

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

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

Spuyten Duyvil Book Party for Lisa Birman and Michael Sweeney

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

Lisa Birman is the author of How To Walk Away (Spuyten Duyvil Press), For That Return Passage – A Valentine for the United States of America (Hollowdeck Press), and co-editor of the anthology Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action (Coffee House Press). She has published several chapbooks of poetry, including deportation poems, and her work has appeared in Revolver, Floor Journal, Milk Poetry Magazine, Trickhouse, and Poetry Project Newsletter. Lisa lives in Boulder, where she served as the Director of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics for twelve years. She writes about countries, books, and people at https://twoormorecountries.wordpress.com

Michael Sweeney, a two-time Pushcart nominee, earned his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College and was a long-time student of Isshinryu Modes Karate. His collection In Memory of the Fast Break (Plain View Press, 2008) was a Finalist and Must-Read selection for the Massachusetts Center for the Book’s 2009 MASSBOOKS OF THE YEAR/POETRY Awards. “The Last Cracker,” from that volume, was selected by Stephen Dunn as runner-up for the St. Louis Poetry Center’s 48th Annual “Best Poem” contest and appeared in Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Volume 6. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Patricia.


True Story Nonfiction

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


Monday Night Poetry: CATE MARVIN + JERICHO BROWN

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

Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award and fellowships from Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts.  His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry, and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poems.  Brown holds a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University.  His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was published by Copper Canyon Press.  He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New England Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Fence, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, Slate, Verse, Boston Review, and Ninth Letter. Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. Marvin teaches poetry writing in Lesley University’s Low-Residency M.F.A. Program and Columbia University’s M.F.A. Program and is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.  In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. Her third book of poems, Oracle, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co. in March 2015.


Dale Herd

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

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

Dale Herd, Lewis Warsh, Michael Lally

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

Dale Herd is the author of four short story collections: Early Morning Wind (The Four Seasons Foundation, 1972), Diamonds (Mudra, 1976), Wild Cherries (Tombouctou, 1980), and Empty Pockets (Coffee House Press, 2015). He currently lives in California.

Lewis Warsh’s most recent books include Alien Abduction (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010) and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books, 2008). He is editor and publisher of United Artists Books and teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Long Island University (Brooklyn).

MICHAEL LALLY is the author of more than twenty books, among them It’s Not Nostalgia, an American Book Award winner, and Cant Be Wrong, recipient of a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature.  Among other honors: two National Endowment for the Arts grants, the second denounced on the floor of Congress by Republicans claiming Lally’s autobiographical poem My Life was “pornography.” Lally has also written for The Washington Post, The Village Voice, and other publications. An actor and screenwriter as well, he appeared in White Fang, Basic Instinct, and other films, and on TV shows such as NYPD Blue and Deadwood.  His blog, Lally’s Alley, offers his views on poetry, music, politics, movies, and more.

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,

Sarah Lawrence Reading

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


Rat Court

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


Monday Night Poetry: NORMAN MINNICK + CHRIS JANSEN

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

Norman “Buzz” Minnick is a poet and playwright. His second full-length collection, Folly, is published by Wind Publications. He is the author of To Taste the Water: Poems (Mid-List Press, 2007) and is the editor of Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press, 2010). He has not yet written a play.

Chris Jansen has most recently published Illumination (new translations of Rumi) with Afghan student Fatima Saidi, a five-star reviewed book by Timothy Liu at Coldfront Magazine.  He has previously published his own translation of Pablo Neruda’s 100 Love Sonnets, as well as an anthology of poems with original work by National Book Award Winner Robert Bly.  Chris has a degree in molecular biology from the University of Georgia and lives in Athens, GA.


Old Timers, Young Dreamers: The Magic of the Lower East Side

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

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

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


NYU Emerging Writers

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


FREE WATER

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


RR: Salty Brine

April 29, 2015
8:00 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… I’VE BEEN TO SEA BEFORE

Join Salty Brine for an adventure on the high seas as he braves violent tempests, discovers mysterious islands, and fights his way out of the belly of a whale in this next installment of his SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET. I’VE BEEN TO SEA BEFORE reimagines Joni Mitchell’s heartbreaking travelogue, BLUE, as an epic odyssey on the open ocean.

Directed by Jaki Bradley
Arrangements by Ian Axness
Featuring Ian Axness and Brent Arnold

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm
2 Drink Minimum

$10 Tickets:
http://ivebeentoseabefore.brownpapertickets.com/


FIZZ Poetry Night

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

Pushcart Prize winning poet Ravi Shankar founded Drunken Boat, co-edited W.W. Norton & Co.’s “Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond,” and has published or has forthcoming 10 books and chapbooks of poetry and translation.  He was the 2005 Connecticut Book Award finalist for “Instrumentality,” the 2011 National Poetry Review Prize winner for “Deepening Groove” and has forthcoming “What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations” (Carolina Wren, 2015). He has appeared in the New York Times and the Paris Review, on PBS, BBC & NPR, held fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Jentel Foundation, and has performed his work around the world. He currently teaches at CCSU and in the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong. 

Simon Perchik was born in Paterson, New Jersey on Christmas Eve.  He is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in English and LLB in Law.  Simon was Suffolk County Long Island’s first environmental prosecutor.  He has twenty collections of poetry to his credit, including his opus “Hands Collected: The Books of Simon Perchik / Poems 1949 – 1999.” He continues to be widely published and has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Partisan Review, The Nation, and just about every other journal large and small on this planet.  His most recent book “Almost Rain” was published by River Otter Press in 2014.  Simon lives in East Hampton, New York.

Amy Small-McKinney is the author of a collection of poems, Life is Perfect (BookArts Press, 2014) and two chapbooks of poetry, Body of Surrender (2004) and Clear Moon, Frost (2009), both with Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals that include American Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Blue Fifth Review, APIARY Magazine, Philadelphia Stories, and are forthcoming in Tiferet. During her tenure as 2011 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, she founded a program using creative writing for healing.

Martin Tucker co-founded Confrontation Magazine in 1968 and was Editor-in-Chief of this literary journal for 42 years.  Ever youthful, he continues to write, edit, and teach.  He is the author of five collections of poetry, and five works of literary criticism, including Literary Exile in the Twentieth Century and Africa in Modern Literature.  He has compiled and edited 25 volumes of literary encyclopedia, and his essays and reviews have appeared in THE NATION, THE NEW REPUBLIC, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, and elsewhere. He served for 23 years on the Executive Board of PEN American Center and for two terms on the Governing Board of Poetry Society of America.  He is Professor Emeritus of Long Island University, where he was awarded the Rare Chacellors Award of the university.

Bill Yarrow is the author of Blasphemer (Lit Fest Press 2015), Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX 2012) and four chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including RHINO, Contrary, DIAGRAM, FRiGG, Thrush Poetry Journal, Gargoyle, and PANK. He is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.

Series Host Susan Tepper


book party for Loren Kleinman’s BREAKABLE THINGS

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

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

Jason Carney, a poet, writer, and educator, from Dallas, Texas is a four-time National Poetry Slam Finalist, honored as a Legend of the Slam in 2007. He appeared on three seasons of the HBO television series Russell Simmons’ Def Poets. A graduate of Wilkes University MFA Program for Creative Writing. His memoir, Starve the Vulture, is out on Akashic/Kaylie Jones Books. Jason is an Adjunct Instructor of English Composition and American Literature at Brookhaven College and Parker University.

Geoffrey Gatza is an award winning editor, publisher and poet. He was named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013). He is the author many books of poetry, including Apollo (BlazeVOX 2014), Secrets of my Prison House (BlazeVOX 2010) Kenmore: Poem Unlimited (Casa Menendez 2009) and HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children (Meritage Press 2008), He is also the author of the yearly Thanksgiving Menu-Poem Series, a book length poetic tribute for prominent poets, now in it’s thirteenth year. Most recently his work has appeared in FENCE and Tarpaulin Sky. His play on Marcel Duchamp will be staged in an art installation in Philadelphia this year. He lives in Kenmore, NY with his girlfriend and two beloved cats.

Introduction by Claudia Serea

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies from the U.S., U.K., and Australia. A four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, she is the author of the full-length poetry collections Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervená Barva Press, forthcoming) and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, forthcoming). Together with Paul Doru Mugur and Adam J. Sorkin, Serea co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House Publishing, 2011). She also translated from the Romanian Adina Dabija’s Beautybeast(Northshore Press, Alaska, 2012). In 2012, Serea co-founded and she currently edits The National Translation Month blog.


Monday Night Poetry: NOAH ELI GORDON + KELLY FORSYTHE

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

Noah Eli Gordon is the author of eight books, including The Year of the Rooster (Ahsahta Press, 2013), The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award.  Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor with The Volta, and an Assistant Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press.  His essays, reviews, creative nonfiction, criticism, and poetry appear widely, including journals such as Bookforum, Seneca Review, Boston Review, Fence, Hambone, and in the anthologies Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, and Burning Interiors: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics.  An advocate of small press culture, he penned a column for five years on chapbooks for Rain Taxi: review of books, ran Braincase Press, and was a founding editor of the little magazine Baffling Combustions.

Kelly Forsythe has poems published or forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, The Minnesota Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and American Poet. Her reviews can be found in the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review, NewCity and The Rumpus.  In Fall 2011, she was introduced by Noelle Kocot as an Academy of American Poets “Emerging Poet.” She is the editor of the online literary magazine Phantom Limb, works for Copper Canyon Press, and is a lecturer at The University of Maryland. She lives in Washington, D.C.


Sozopol Fiction Seminars fellows: Diana Spechler and Todor Todorov

April 26, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

New York Stories

April 25, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

M.A. Students from Columbia University Teachers Colleges read their original New York City short-short stories depicting unique-to NYC experiences. The stories fulfill a partial requirement of Professor Pat Zumhagen’s course. that on NYC’s literature, and visual and performing arts media and film

Participating Students:

TINA HIRAS is studying to become a high school English teacher. She loves to doodle, lounge, write and bake vegan treats for anybody who’s interested; her most recent baking accomplishment has been perfecting her berry glaze.

SABRINA LIM is currently studying Curriculum & Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. She comes from Singapore, a city-state that holds the World record for the longest cha cha dance and the largest limbo dance.

PETER GILL is an aspiring teacher, and he lives down the street (from the KGB).

TORI PURPORA is currently working on her Masters in Secondary English Ed. At Teacher’s College. She is student teaching in the Bronx this semester and is loving every NYC second of it!

MIJIN YEOM is a 25 year old military brat in New York City—young and free. It’s her first time presenting a NY story.

ANNA SWANN-PYE is an aspiring teacher who likes to watch and write about The Kardashians. When she’s not doing that, she enjoys playing sonic hedgehog racer with her friends and drinking bubble tea.

HO JAE (JAY) CHA is an aspiring writer, currently working on his first novel. He also likes cheese. And Chuck Norris.

KAITLIN GRISWOLD Beyond finishing her Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Kaitlin Griswold enjoys “practicing being funny”, eating dollar slice pizza, and wandering about New York City. She is currently developing a curriculum to incorporate poetry and literature more effectively in the adult ESL classroom. 


Paragraph

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


RR: Salty Brine

April 22, 2015
8:00 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… I’VE BEEN TO SEA BEFORE

Join Salty Brine for an adventure on the high seas as he braves violent tempests, discovers mysterious islands, and fights his way out of the belly of a whale in this next installment of his SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET. I’VE BEEN TO SEA BEFORE reimagines Joni Mitchell’s heartbreaking travelogue, BLUE, as an epic odyssey on the open ocean.

Directed by Jaki Bradley
Arrangements by Ian Axness
Featuring Ian Axness and Brent Arnold

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm
2 Drink Minimum

$10 Tickets:
http://ivebeentoseabefore.brownpapertickets.com/


Fordham reading

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


MWA-NY Reading

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


Monday Night Poetry: SPENCER SHORT + KATHLEEN OSSIP

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

Spencer Short lives in “downtown” Brooklyn. He currently works as a litigator. He is also the author of Tremolo, selected for the National Poetry Series and published by HarperCollins in 2001. He studied writing at the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa and received his law degree from the University of Chicago.

Kathleen Ossip is the author of two books of poems, The Search Engine and The Cold War, and one chapbook, Cinephrastics. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, the Washington Post, Fence, The Believer, and Poetry Review (London). She teaches at The New School in New York, where she was a founding editor of LIT, and she’s the poetry editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly. She has received a fellowship in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants from Bread Loaf, the Ragdale Foundation, and Yaddo.


Liam Callahan & Megan Staffel

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

Liam Callanan, author of the critically acclaimed novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints, returns with a short story collection, Listen, that crosses decades, oceans and continents in pursuit of stories that, like its title suggests, are more than worthy of a listen.

“Over and over Callanan finds that moment when a character’s past, their deepest longings, their most intimate fears, emerge from the flood-waters of daily life and stand exposed. These richly imagined and beautifully written stories transport the reader from TV studios to lonely woods, from an old convent to a new gym, from war-time Alaska to the beach at Santa Monica. The result is a wonderfully readable and hugely pleasurable collection.” Margot Livesey, The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“What a wide-ranging, inventive collection Liam Callanan has given us. In page after page, he conjures striking characters and places—recent and historical, domestic and foreign—that quickly grow visceral and real. Listen to these lovely stories, indeed; each one is memorable, and each one different from the last.” —Alix Ohlin, Inside and Signs and Wonders

Megan Staffel is the author of Lessons in Another Language, a collection of short fiction published by Four Way Books and a forthcoming collection, The Exit Coach, also from Four Way Books.  She is the author of two novels, The Notebook of Lost Things (Soho Press) and She Wanted Something Else (Northpoint Press) and her stories have appeared numerous times in The New England Review and Ploughshares, as well as other journals.

“Each of these vividly imagined, richly peopled stories invites the reader into a complete world, and each demonstrates how well Megan Staffel understands the degree to which our lives are defined by family, place, and money. In prose both lyrical and colloquial she depicts the lives of characters hovering on the edge of mystery. Lessons in Another Language is a lovely and illuminating collection.
Margot Livesey

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,

Trumpet Fiction

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

Special Children’s Writers Event

Keren Blankfeld is a Brazilian writer and journalist. She is making her foray into young adult fiction with a novel about teenage refugees in post-World War II Berlin. Keren is deputy wealth editor at Forbes magazine where she’s also covered the wealth phenomenon as a staff writer and reporter. She has written for Reuters, The New York Daily News, The Toronto Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Scientific American. She has been a guest on CNN, BBC World News and E! Entertainment.

Mark Goldblatt is the author, most recently, of Finding The Worm, a sequel to his 2013 novel Twerp. He teaches at Fashion Institute of Technology of the State University of New York.

Beth Ann Bauman is the author of a short story collection Beautiful Girls (MacAdam/Cage), and the young-adult novels Rosie and Skate (Random House), which was selected for the New York Times Editors’ Choice list and Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth, and Jersey Angel (Random House), selected by Publishers Weekly, Boston Globe, and The Horn Book as a best summer book.  Beth has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  She teaches fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice, NYU, and UCLA.


LIU Brooklyn MFA reading series

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


Drunken! Careening! Writers!

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

Ron Drummond’s first collection of poems is the prize-winning Why I Kick at Night. His poetry also appears in the Penguin textbook Literature as Meaning, and in the anthologies Poetry Nation, Poetry After 9/11, This New Breed,Saints of Hysteria and Flicker and Spark. His translations, in collaboration with Guillermo Filice Castro, have appeared in U.S. Latino Review, Terra Incognita and Guernica. He has been awarded fellowships from Ragdale, VCCA, Blue Mountain Center and the Macondo Foundation.

Amy Lemmon is author of the poetry collections Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear, 2008) and Saint Nobody (Red Hen, 2009) and co-author, with Denise Duhamel, of ABBA: The Poems (Coconut, 2010) and Enjoy Hot or Iced (Slapering Hol, 2011). Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Best American Poetry,Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Barrow Street, and elsewhere. Amy is Professor and Acting Chairperson of English & Speech at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Daniel Meltz lives in Manhattan, between the Chrysler Building and the Midtown Tunnel. He works as a technical writer at Google, and his poetry has been published in American Poetry Review, Assisi, Audio Zine, Best New Poets 2012, CCAR Journal, Imitation Fruit, Lana Turner, Mudfish, Salamander, Temenos, upstreet, and Verse Wisconsin, among others.


RR: Salty Brine

April 15, 2015
8:00 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… I’VE BEEN TO SEA BEFORE

Join Salty Brine for an adventure on the high seas as he braves violent tempests, discovers mysterious islands, and fights his way out of the belly of a whale in this next installment of his SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET. I’VE BEEN TO SEA BEFORE reimagines Joni Mitchell’s heartbreaking travelogue, BLUE, as an epic odyssey on the open ocean.

Directed by Jaki Bradley
Arrangements by Ian Axness
Featuring Ian Axness and Brent Arnold

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm
2 Drink Minimum

$10 Tickets:
http://ivebeentoseabefore.brownpapertickets.com/


Fantastic Fiction

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

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

James Morrow, who according to the New York Times, is “a wildly imaginative and generous novelist who plays hilarious games with grand ideas.” His latest effort, Galápagos Regained, follows in this brainteasing tradition, as did its predecessors, The Last Witchfinder and The Philosopher’s Apprentice .A two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Nebula awards, Morrow is presently working on a loopy historical epic in which Lazarus time-travels to A.D. 325 intending to sway the outcome of the Council of Nicaea.

and

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, is being published by Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint, in April. Saga will also publish a collection of his short stories later this year


True Story Nonfiction: An evening with famous cartoonists

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


Monday Night Poetry: 3rd ANNUAL POST-AWP SEMI-OPEN MIC COMPETITION

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

Come to a KGB Monday Night Poetry Series reading and talk to the curators about signing up.  All poets read for 3 minutes.  The winner, by ballot, gets a 10 minute reading slot in the Fall ‘15 season with the pairing of his / her choosing + a KGB MONDAY NIGHT POETRY tee-shirt and free drinks for the evening.  Past winners Lily Goderstad and Spencer Everett have read with the likes of Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Joshua Beckman, Rusty Morrison, and Camille Rankine.  2013 co-winner Chelsea Whitton will read March 2, 2014 with Billy Collins and George Green.


Jamie Clark & Jeffrey Rotter

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

Jaime Clarke is the author of the novels We’re So Famous and Vernon Downs, editor of Don’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes, Conversations with Jonathan Lethem, and Talk Show: On the Couch with Contemporary Writers, as well as co-editor of No Near Exit: Writers Select Their Favorite Work from Post Road Magazine and Boston Noir 2: The Classics. He is a founding editor of the literary magazine Post Road, now published at Boston College, and co-owner of Newtonville Books, an independent bookstore in Boston.

“This unsettling novel ponders human morality and sexuality, and the murky interplay between the two. Charlie Martens is a compelling antihero with a voice that can turn on a dime, from shrugging naiveté to chilling frankness. World Gone Water is a candid, often startling portrait of an unconventional life.”

— J. Robert Lennon, author of Familiar

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JEFFREY ROTTER is the author of The Unknown Knowns. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, the Oxford American, the Boston Review, and elsewhere. He grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and is a longtime resident of Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his wife and son. He reads from his novel: The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering.

“Using lush, sensory language, Jeffrey Rotter manages to make his futuristic tale feel vividly present. At its core lies something timeless: a family whose bonds and struggles are riveting and poignant.”
—JENNIFER EGAN, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

“Scary, hilarious, sweet, and forlorn. Jeffrey Rotter has fashioned a fresh take on the dystopian novel. The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering is full of strange worlds, mutated language, and genuine post-human, de-humanized human feeling.” SAM LIPSYTE, author of The Ask

“Rotter’s seemingly effortless ability to marry the heartbreakingly authentic with the totally crazy makes The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering a rare display of talent reminiscent of Kafka’s work.” —ETGAR KERET, author of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

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,

Zamir Gotta’s interesting world stories and Kraine Gallery Art Show Opening and reception

April 11, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Divine: A Theater and Fortunetelling Hideout

April 10, 2015
9:00 pm -

(this month’s tarot will be Magician, with fortunetellers on premises and several performances inspired by that magician), $15 door/public, $10 advance, http://houseofscrewball.com/


LIU Brooklyn MFA reading series

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


Behind the Book

April 09, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Amanda Filipacchi’s buzzed-about latest, the darkly humorous The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty, is part murder mystery, part satire, and part fable “about the ugly powers of beauty, the redemptive powers of creativity, and the nature of true love.” It was named one of the most anticipated books of 2015 by The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, and Bustle, among others.  Called one of the best satirists writing today by Neil LaBute, Amanda is also the author of Nude Men, Vapor, and Love Creeps.  Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages and anthologized in The Best American Humor, Voices Of the X-iled, and The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction.  Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. She lives in Manhattan with Richard Hine, also a novelist.

“Filipacchi’s fourth novel blithely upends the social constructs of beauty, desire, and art in her signature brisk, darkly comic style…with sharp surreal turns and layers of subversive meaning . . . While looks can kill, they’re no match for Filipacchi’s rapier wit.”
– Publishers Weekly

“At the corner where a brisker Haruki Murakami meets a drier “30 Rock” [readers] would do well to seek out Filipacchi’s radiantly intelligent and very funny novel.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

“An astute, piercing look at the value society and individuals place on appearance… impossible to put down and utterly dead-on in its assessment of human nature.”
– Booklist (starred review)

Eddie Joyce’s “emotionally rich“ and “assured” debut novel, Small Mercies, etches a close portrait of a working-class Irish-Italian American family on Staten Island marked by the tragedy of 9/11.  In an ingeniously layered narrative told over the course of one week, Small Mercies recalls the works of Alice McDermott and Colum McCann as it depicts a mother’s struggle to keep her family together and preserve the memory of her firefighter son.  After graduating from Harvard University, Eddie taught for a year on Staten Island before attending Georgetown Law Center.  Before he started writing, he practiced law in Manhattan for ten years, mostly white collar criminal defense.  Born and raised on Staten Island, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three daughters.

“An emotionally rich debut novel about family dynamics in the wake of tragedy.  If Staten Island were Asbury Park, this former lawyer-turned-novelist could be its literary Springsteen.  He was born and raised in the borough, which one of his characters calls ‘the servants’ quarters of the city,’ and he has a deep affinity for the ethnic assimilations, class struggles, marital discontents and larger ambitions of those who share his roots . . . . Readers will get to know these characters and care about them to the very last page.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Small Mercies isn’t just the best Staten Island novel ever written; it’s also the best novel yet at capturing the human suffering that resulted from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.  Joyce tells the story of all New York during that heartbroken, haunted period.  His understanding of the role a hometown plays in the development of character rivals William Kennedy’s, and his gift for choosing resonant details and peeling back the layers of emotion in ordinary moments recalls Alice McDermott’s.  A kaleidoscopic novel of a people in grief, Small Mercies paints a winning portrait of the loyal, tribal souls of Staten Island.”
– Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves

“Eddie Joyce’s triumphant first novel rings like a bell: for Staten Island, for husbands and wives, for mothers and sons.  This is a beautiful book, and Joyce’s deep, complicated love for his characters makes them seem like they could amble off the page and into the nearest bar, where it would be a joy to sit beside them and have a cold beer.”
– Emma Straub, New York Times-bestselling author of The Vacationers


RR: Salty Brine

April 08, 2015
8:00 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents… I’VE BEEN TO SEA BEFORE

Join Salty Brine for an adventure on the high seas as he braves violent tempests, discovers mysterious islands, and fights his way out of the belly of a whale in this next installment of his SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET. I’VE BEEN TO SEA BEFORE reimagines Joni Mitchell’s heartbreaking travelogue, BLUE, as an epic odyssey on the open ocean.

Directed by Jaki Bradley
Arrangements by Ian Axness
Featuring Ian Axness and Brent Arnold

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm
2 Drink Minimum

$10 Tickets:
http://ivebeentoseabefore.brownpapertickets.com/


At The Inkwell: National Poetry Month

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

Baltimore-based poet/author Cherrie Amour writes about love, life and relationships. In her first book of poetry, Free to Be Me, Poems on Love, Life and Relationships, Amour explores her intimate journey of trials and triumphs from childhood to adulthood (her poem, “Hermoso Negro” won a 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and is featured in the 2014 Paterson Literary Review). Amour also has two poetry CDs “Love’s Journey” and “ilovemesomewords.” Born in the Caribbean and raised in Canada, Amour’s eclectic background serves as a strong influence in both her performances and her writing. She has been featured in Baltimore Magazine, CityPape, Detroit Metro Times, Baltimore Times, WEAA 88.9, Baltimore Beacon and The Positive Community Magazine (NYC) etc.

Stanton Hancock is a writer, musician, and educator from Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.  He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and his poems can be found scribbled on scraps of paper, spray-painted under bridges, and in the anthology Everyday Escape Poems from SwanDive Publishing.

Amy Barone’s first poetry collection is Views from the Driveway, from Foothills Publishing of Kanona, New York. She recently debuted her second collection, Kamikaze Dance, from Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky. Her poems have appeared in Apiary The Hive, Avanti Popolo, CityLitRag, First Literary Review-East, Gradiva, Impolite Conversation(UK), Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets, and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among other publications. She is a professional member of PEN America Center and a member of the brevitas online poetry community, which celebrates the short poem. A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City.

A seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee, George Held publishes regularly both online and in print, and Garrison Keillor read one of Held’s poems on A Writer’s Almanac. His recent books include Neighbors: The Yard Critters, Books 1 and 2, animal poems for children, illustrated by Joung Un Kim, and Culling: New & Selected Nature Poems (2014).

Kait Burrier writes poetry, drama, journalism, and to-do lists. Her work has been published online and in print, performed in Pennsylvania theatres, spat from a Colorado rooftop, staged in a coastal French town, hidden in desert mesas, thrown from urban balconies, and, most recently, shared at New York readings. See what she’s up to lately at www.kaitburrier.com. 

Hermine Meinhard’s book, Bright Turquoise Umbrella, published by Tupelo Press, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street,Drunken Boat, Luna, and Verse Daly, among other journals. She has read and performed her work at Live from Prairie Lights Bookstore, the Hudson Valley Writers Center, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, the Inspired Word and many other venues. She teaches at NYU, the New York Writers Workshop, the Jewish Community Center Manhattan and the New York Public Library.

Andrea Talarico is a writer, bookseller, and former bookstore owner. She has taught poetry in the classroom as an artist-in-residence, mentored and judged for the national Poetry Out Loud program, and performed her poetry on stages throughout the northeast United States. Her first chapbook, Spinning with the Tornado was released by Paper Kite Press in 2003. Her poetry was also included in the anthology Everyday Escape Poems by SwanDive publishing in 2014. She currently works for McNally Jackson Books in Soho, NYC, and resides in New Jersey. 


Rat Court

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


Monday Night Poetry: C​hris Hosea​ + J​ennifer MacKenzie​ +​ ​Tadeusz Dąbrowski

April 06, 2015
7:01 pm - 9:01 pm

Chris Hosea is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers. Hosea’s first book, Put Your Hands In (LSU Press 2014), was selected by John Ashbery for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Hosea’s poems regularly appear in magazines such as American Poetry Review, Boston Review, New American Writing, Conjunctions, Prelude, and Brooklyn Rail. He is the recipient of fellowship residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Writers Omi at Ledig House. Hosea’s work as artist and curator includes What Do You Feel? (2012- ), Ode to Street Hassle (Bronx Art Space 2012), and So Many Fortresses (with Jane Hsu, Ran Tea House 2012) as well as Free Poetry, a repeated daylong performance curated by Ugly Duckling Presse for its Third Factory Gallery (2014). Hosea’s art writing has been published by BOMB and Article, and is featured in catalogues for artists Bettina Marx, Charlie Schneider, and Terence Hannum, among others. Hosea works as an advertising copywriter and lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Jennifer MacKenzie‘s first full-length book of poems, My Not-My Soldier, was published in December as part of Fence Books Modern Poets Series. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Lungfull, Forklift Ohio and Poets for Living Waters, and her prose in the Huffington Post, Guernica, the Kenyon Review online, and Killing the Buddha. She lives in the Bronx where she teaches English composition and journalism at Lehman College.

Tadeusz Dąbrowski is a poet, essayist, critic, and editor of the literary bimonthly Topos. He has been published in many journals in Poland and abroad. In the US these journals include: The New Yorker, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Agni, American Poetry Review, Tin House, Harvard Review, Little Star Weekly, Crazyhorse, The Common, Poetry Daily, Guernica, and 3 Quarks Daily. His work has been translated into 20 languages. Recipient of stipends awarded by Yaddo (2015), the Omi International Arts Center (NY, 2013), Vermont Studio Center (2011), Literatur Lana (2011), Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz (2008), Polish Minister of Culture (2007, 2010), Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (2006, 2012), and the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators (Visby, 2004, 2010). Winner of numerous awards, among others, the Horst Bienek Prize (2014), the Kościelski Prize (2009), the Hubert Burda Prize (2008) and, from Tadeusz Różewicz, the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Culture (2006). He has been nominated for NIKE, the most important Polish literary award (2010). Editor of the anthology Poza słowa. Antologia wierszy 1976–2006 (2006). Author of six volumes of poetry: Wypieki (1999), e-mail (2000), mazurek (2002), Te Deum (2005, 2008), Czarny kwadrat (2009), and Pomiędzy (2013). Collections of his poetry were released in the US (Black Square, Zephyr Press 2011), Germany (Schwarzes Quadrat auf schwarzem Grund, Luxbooks 2010, 2011; Die Bäume spielen Wald, Hanser 2014) and the Ukraine (Чорний квадрат [вибранi вiршi], Meridian Czernowitz 2013). He lives in Gdańsk.


Annual Easter Comix & Graphic Novel Night

April 05, 2015
7:00 am - 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.

Under (partially) new management!
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), plus a mini-comic that looks like an old Nintendo game. He also organizes the Ditko! Zine Library and the Paper Jam Small Press Festival in conjunction with Brooklyn D.I.Y. venue the Silent Barn.
www.robinenrico.com

Toby Goodshank
is a visual artist and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Taking inspiration from film and fine art, Goodshank’s work explores deviant sexuality, extreme violence, and loneliness. A recording artist with over twenty self-released solo albums to his credit, Goodshank was a member of The Moldy Peaches and is an auxiliary member of The Pizza Underground.
www.tobygoodshank.bandcamp.com


Laura Lannes
is an illustrator and cartoonist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, living in New York City. In 2015 she will graduate from the School of Visual Arts, where she currently studies Illustration.
www.lauralannes.com

Emily Wernet is perhaps best known for her teenage superhero series Moonlighting, but she has recently reemerged with her new “Fake Adventures of Emily” series. Using cartoonish anthropomorphic animal versions of herself and others to tell hilarious, bawdy, and sometimes tragic autobiographical stories.
www.emilywernet.com

Ben Urkowitz’s comics are a psychedelic, zipatoned, perverse, Jansson-esque, nightmarescape in the best possible way. His work runs the gamut from abstracted and theoretical to hilariously human. Often striking its strongest notes somewhere in between; such as his darkly humorous “Real Rap” series or the pointed “Big Busty Psychic Celeb Votes Satan”.
www.b-m-f-u.tumblr.com

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Michelle Zangara Band

April 04, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

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


NYU Emerging Writers

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


Columbia Selects

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

Our lineup this month:

Marin Sardy’s essays have appeared in the Missouri Review, Post Road, Bayou, LUMINA, Phoebe, and other journals. Two of her books have been published by the University of New Mexico Press—Landscape Dreams (2012) and Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009). Her cultural journalism and criticism have appeared in regional and national magazines, including ArtNews and Mothering. Sardy has an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University and is the nonfiction editor of Cactus Heart. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize or her essay “A Shapeless Thief.” She is currently writing a memoir.

Hilary Vaughn Dobel is a poet, and her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review Online, Guernica, Boston Review, and A Public Space, among other journals. She is also a Spanish-to-English translator and is currently hard at work on Carlos Pintado’s Nueve monedas/Nine Coins, the National Poetry Series’ 2014 Paz Prize winner. She is the author of two manuscripts, He Imagined Himself Laughing, which is based on the art of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, and Hot Cognition, which was a finalist for this year’s Brittingham Prize.

Gint Aras (Karolis Gintaras Žukauskas) has been trapped on planet Earth since 1973. His writing has appeared in Antique Children, Curbside Splendor, Šiaurės Atėnai, The St. Petersburg Review, The Good Men Project and elsewhere. To support his writing, he’s worked as an actor, hearse driver, fast food guy, houseman, chef’s assistant and community college teacher. He’s the author of a cult novel, Finding the Moon in Sugar, and his next novel, titled The Fugue, is forthcoming from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.

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 2016!

Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.


Liar’s League

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

Liars’ League NYC presents Kiss & Breakup – five original short stories of love, loss, and everything in between introduced by host Andrew Lloyd-Jones and brought to life by actors at KGB in the East Village.

COVERTURE
by Meredith DiMenna

A DESIGN FLAW
by Olga Zilderbourg

THE WAY WE FORGET
by Sara Dobie Bauer

THE BLIND BARBER
by Paul Florez

IN THE POSTSEASON
by Christopher Green

Liars’ League NYC is a regular literary event featuring original short stories performed by professionally trained actors. Selected stories are published on our website, performed live, and available as a free podcast. Our aim is simply to bring the very best new fiction to life for one of the most discerning literary audiences in the world.


Pratt Institute Reading

March 31, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Monday Night Poetry: MICHAEL MORSE + SARAH ROSE NORDGREN

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

Michael Morse teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York and has taught at The University of Iowa and The New School. Michael’s first book, Void and Compensation, will appear from Canarium Books in the spring of 2015. He has published poems in various journals, including A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, Field, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, and Ploughshares, and in anthologies that include The Best American Poetry, 2012 and Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days. Honors include fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and the Best New Poets anthology. A recipient of two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a 2014 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, Sarah Rose grew up in Durham, NC and currently lives in Cincinnati.


Shari Goldhagen & Amy Scheibe

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

Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novels IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE and FAMILY AND OTHER ACCIDENTS. After serious pursuits of literature at Northwestern (BSJ) and Ohio State (MFA), she discovered she had a knack for sifting through celebrity trash and worked as a gossip writer for publications including The National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and Life & Style Weekly. Her articles on pop culture, travel and relationships have appeared everywhere from Cosmopolitan to Penthouse. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell and currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

New York Times Book Review:
This is real life with snappier dialogue . . .her book reminds you that simply paying attention is one of the things literature can do best.

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Born in Minnesota and reared in North Dakota, Amy Scheibe currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Brian Flynn, and their two children. Her first novel, What Do You Do All Day, was Amazon’s #1 Women’s Fiction Pick for 2005. She reads from her novel: A Fireproof Home for the Bride.

“An engrossing tale of intrigue, deceit and racial unrest in the Upper Midwest in the 1950s, A Fireproof Home for the Bride is a fresh take on a pivotal moment in American History.” —Christina Baker Kline

“Scheibe’s fantastic sophomore effort explores the coming of age of a young Minnesota woman in the late 1950s….The multilayered plot feels organic: the strands are knitted into a tight story of substance that touches on the politics of race, class, and gender…. Overall, the book is spectacular.” Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

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: Alex Bryson Trio

March 28, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


book launch for KAUFMAN’S HILL

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

David Burr Gerrard is a writer living in Queens, NY. His work has appeared in The Awl, The LA Review of Books, The Millions, Specter, Extract(s), and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Manhattanville College. Short Century is his first novel and has received rave reviews, including praise from Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker, who said: “David Burr Gerrard is a scarily clever young man, with a talent as subversively unforgettable as his artful creation.”

An astute and searing look at the political and cultural mores of the last fifty years, Short Century follows renowned pro-war journalist Arthur Hunt whose long-ago incestuous affair with his smart but impressionable younger sister, Emily, is made public, prompting him to write a memoir in defense of his life, coming to terms with his shattered sense of self, his skewed political ideals, and the crumbling American empire he has been struggling to uphold. An angry but eloquent narrator in the tradition of Philip Roth and Thomas Bernhard, Arthur recounts his relationship with Emily, weaving in his claustrophobic WASP childhood, his ‘60s student radical days at Yale, and his vociferous support for America’s war in Iraq and its continuing drone campaign.

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

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

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

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

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


RR: Maiden in the Moon

March 27, 2015
10:00 pm -

Belly Dance!
Jazz!
Strange Times!

Featuring:
Mattie Waters
Sarah Hassan
Lauren Marie Robbiani
Sarah Jezebel Wood
Katati
&
Bjorn Ingelstam with Idan Morim

$15 Admission
Two Drink Minimum


Paragraph

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


RR: BugHouse SPIN

March 27, 2015
7:00 pm -

a live storytelling event founded by Martha Williams, will be hosted at the Red Room at KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street of its on March 27th at 7pm, theme: Trains.  Every month, people come together to hear stories around one central theme, to listen intently, and have open dialogue.  The story performances are meant to evoke conversation, debate, and commentary whether external or internal to the listener or participant.

For the SPIN on March 27th, 5 spinners will be performing funny, firey, and/or poignant stories about trains.  And the spinners are:  Master Lee, Steven Meyer, Hectah Arias, Greg Johnson and Scott McMillan and special musical guest Peri Lyons. 5$ cover and a 2 drink minimum.  http://bughousespin.com/


RR: Retro Remix

March 27, 2015
12:00 am - 2:00 am


Sideshow Goshko

March 26, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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:

Caitlin Brodnick (Glamour, “Shut Up” Storytelling)

Calvin Cato (Oxygen’s “My Crazy Love,” San Francisco Sketchfest)

Natalie Wall (host “Awkward Sex & the City,” Laugh Boston)

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


RR: ABBEY STRAßE

March 25, 2015
8:00 pm -

An evening with novelist Nic Brown

March 25, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nic Brown is the author of the novel Doubles and the story collection Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review. A new novel, In Every Way, is forthcoming from Counterpoint in February 2015. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Review, Garden & Gun, Glimmer Train, and Epoch, among many other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University, he has been the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi (2012-13) and an assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Clemson University. http://www.nicbrown.net/About


FAITH: From Rants to Reverence

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


[no event listed]

March 23, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Amanda Filipacchi & Sarai Walker

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

Amanda Filipacchi is the author of four novels: Nude Men (Viking/Penguin 1993), Vapor (Carroll & Graf, 1999), Love Creeps (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), and, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty (W. W. Norton, Feb. 2015). Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages and been anthologized in The Best American Humor 1994 (Simon & Schuster), Voices Of the X-iled (Doubleday), and The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction (Berkley Books). Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

“[A] sure comic touch… smart and sweet… a tribute to the pleasures of friendshipThe New Yorker

“Amanda Filipacchi is the funniest novelist you’ve never heard of…. Few comic novelists get characters talking so naturally, and amusingly…. There is a high art in this kind of ungentle entertainment, and in ‘The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty’ Amanda Filipacchi proves she hasn’t lost her touch, not even a little.”
The Boston Globe

Sarai Walker received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. As a magazine writer, her articles appeared in national publications, including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She subsequently served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and Paris to complete a PhD. She currently lives in the New York City area. Dietland is her first novel.

“Hilarious, surreal, and bracingly original, Walker’s ambitious debut avoids moralistic traps to achieve something rarer: a genuinely subversive novel that’s also serious fun...Part Fight Club, part feminist manifesto, an offbeat and genre-bending novel that aims high—and delivers.”
–Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Sarai Walker has written a call to arms. Devious, subversive, delightful, Dietland is a Scum Manifesto set to a pop music beat and Plum Kettle is a feminist hero for the modern age.”—Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Tin Pan Band

March 21, 2015
11:30 pm - 2:30 am


RR: The Makgoli Trio

March 20, 2015
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Jay Cho, Piano
John Marino, Drums
Eddie Kim, Bass

$10 Cover, 2 Drink minimum


Phil Klay & Scott Cheshire reading

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


RR: Retro Remix

March 20, 2015
12:00 am - 2:00 am


Drunken Careening Writers

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

Anne Elliott’s novella, The Beginning of the End of the Beginning, was released from Ploughshares Solos in Fall 2014.  She was the winner of the 2012 Normal Prize for short fiction, and the 2013 Table 4 Writer’s Foundation grant. Her stories can be seen in Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Hobart, FRiGG, JMWW, Bellevue Literary Review, Fugue, Opium, Pindeldyboz, The Normal School, and others. She has been a fiction fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a listed notable in Best American Nonrequired Reading. Elliott is a veteran of the New York spoken word circuit, with stage credits including The Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, PS122, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. She earned an MFA in visual art from University of California, San Diego, and lives in Brooklyn, USA with 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 husband.

Sonia Pilcer was born in Augsburg, Germany and raised in the boroughs of New York City. Her latest book THE LAST HOTEL: A Novel in Suites is based on the residential hotel her father managed on the Upper West Side in the ‘70s. TEEN ANGEL, her first novel, launched Pilcer’s career in her twenties. It was bought by Universal Studios and she wrote the screenplay with Garry Marshall. The book has recently been reissued in a 35th Year Anniversary Edition. Her other novels include MAIDEN RITES, LITTLE DARLINGS, and I-LAND: MANHATTAN MONOLOGUES. Her adaptation of I-LAND played at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theater for six years. Most recently, THE HOLOCAUST KID, her deepest and most personal book, explored the meaning of being ‘2G’, a Second Generation Holocaust survivor. Her theatrical adaptation was staged at Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, Mass. Sonia Pilcer teaches at Berkshire Community College and the Writers Voice in New York City, as well as privately.

Stephen Policoff’s second novel, Come Away, won the Mid-Career Author Award and was published by Dzanc Books in November. His memoir, Sixteen Scenes From A Film I Never Wanted To See, was published by Monkey Puzzle Press, in January 2014. His essay, “Music Today?” won the Fish Short Memoir Prize and was published in Fish Anthology 2012 (West Cork University Prize, Ireland).His fiction and essays have recently appeared in THE RUMPUS, KINDLING QUARTERLY, PROVINCETOWN ARTS, and many other publications.He teaches writing in the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU.


RR: ABBEY STRAßE

March 18, 2015
8:00 pm -

Fantastic Fiction

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

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

Caitlín R. Kiernan was recently described by the New York Times as “one of our essential writers of dark fiction,” and is a two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards. Her novels include The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, and her short fiction has, to date, been collected in twelve volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder, The Ammonite Violin & Others, and The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In 2015, Subterranean Press will release Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 2)

and

Lisa Mannetti’s first novel, The Gentling Box won the Bram Stoker Award and her work has been nominated for the Stoker multiple times. Her novella, The Box Jumper, about Houdini, will be out this year, and she is currently working on a new novel, tentatively titled Radium Girl. Her Bram Stoker-nominated novella, Dissolution, is soon to be a feature length film directed by Paul Leyden.