KGB: Sarah Lawrence College reading

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


KGB: Burt Kimmelman reading

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


KGB: FREE WATER # 17

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


KGB: MWA Reading

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


KGB: FREE WATER # 16

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


RR: NYU Emerging Writers

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


KGB: Hofstra MFA Program

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Liars’ League - Dreams & Aspirations

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


KGB: great weather for MEDIA

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


KGB: NYU-SPS

December 02, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Spuyten Duyvil book party

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

Upon arriving in New York in 1976, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright studied with Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley at St. Mark’s Church. He also studied with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College and received an MFA in poetry. In the late 1970s he performed at PS122’s avant-garde-arama. He started Hard Press in 1978 where he published three books, including the anthology 3-Zero, Turning Thirty, and 100 postcards by different artists and poets. A selection of the postcards were included in the book A Secret Location on the Lower East Side, and were displayed at New York Public Library. Wright read often at St. Mark’s Poetry Project between 1979 and 1990 and served a three-year term on the Project Board of Directors. In 1996, Wright performed in two of the Museum of Modern Art’s poetry series curated by Lita Hornick.

Janet Hamill was born in Jersey City, NJ and raised from the age of five in the northern New Jersey town of New Milford. She received her B.A. in English from Rowan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. She is the author of six books: Troublante (Oliphant Press), The Temple (Telephone Books), Nostalgia of the Infinite (Ocean View Books), Lost Ceilings (Telephone Books), Body of Water (Bowery Books) and Tales from the Eternal Café (Three Rooms Press). Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals, including Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, The Low-Tech Manual, Living with the Animals, The Unmade Bed, Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women, Bowery Women Poems, Have a NYC, A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, In/Filtration: An Anthology of Innovative Poetry from the Hudson River Valley, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, Bomb, City Lights Review, Café Review, New Wilderness, The World, Recluse, Kansas Quarterly, Poetry Flash, the Hart Crane Newsletter and Alexandria Quarterly: A Curated Journal of Art and Literature.

A strong proponent of the spoken word, she has read at The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, The People’s Poetry Gathering, The Walt Whitman Cultural Center, the WORD Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Knitting Factory, CBGB’s Gallery, the Nuyorican Café, Central Park Summer Stage, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, the Andy Warhol Museum, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, the Liss Ard Festival in County Cork, Ireland, Patti Smith’s Meltdown Festival in London, the Latitude Festival in Southwold, England and Liverpool’s Heartbeats series. In collaboration with the band Lost Ceilings (formerly named Moving Star) she has released two CD’s of spoken word and music, Flying Nowhere (Yes No Maybe Records) and Genie of the Alphabet (Not Records). A documentary about the creative process of Janet Hamill and Lost Ceilings, Bearing Witness, is viewable on You Tube.

She has been a writer-in-residence at Naropa University and a MFA teaching assistant at New England College.  She has also lectured and taught workshops in New York City, the Hudson Valley, London and Liverpool.

After living in New York City from 1967 to 1993, Janet moved to New York State’s Hudson Valley.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: New Meridian Arts Launch Party

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

New Meridian Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic exchange between cultures through a wide variety of activities, from book publishing and magazine production, to visual and performing arts. In this era of globalization which comes with its own political and cultural challenges, multiculturalism is a priority in order to better understand the world and its diversity. New Meridian Arts hopes to give voice to original and over-looked international writers of talent and scope, encouraging translations of their works from and into English. We are interested in artists who can make a difference to the American cultural environment, in order to broaden and facilitate American access to the rich contemporary life of letters and arts found in other parts of the globe.


Robert Schirmer

October 30, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: Best in Horror

October 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman. Several of Keene’s novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option. Keene also serves as Executive Producer for the independent film studio Drunken Tentacle Productions. Keene also oversees Maelstrom, his own small press publishing imprint specializing in collectible limited editions, via Thunderstorm Books. Keene’s work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher’s Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 World Horror Grandmaster Award, 2001 Bram Stoker Award for Nonfiction, 2003 Bram Stoker Award for First Novel, 2004 Shocker Award for Book of the Year, and Honors from United States Army International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) 509th Logistics Fuels Flight. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA. The father of two sons, Keene lives in rural Pennsylvania.

MARY SAN GIOVANNI is the author of the THE HOLLOWER trilogy (the first of which was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), THRALL, CHAOS, and the forthcoming CHILLS (aka THE BLUE PEOPLE), and the novellas FOR EMMY, POSSESSING AMY, THE FADING PLACE, and NO SONGS FOR THE STARS, as well as the collections UNDER COVER OF NIGHT and A DARKLING PLAIN. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, where she studied under genre greats. She is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The International Thriller Writers, and Penn Writers, and was previously an Active member in the Horror Writers Association.

CHRISTOPH PAUL is a musician and YA & Bizarro Fiction author including books “Great White House Vol.1 & Vol.2” and “Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks” published by Eraserhead Press.  He is an editor for Clash/Clash Books including their anthology “Walk Hand In Hand Into Extinction: Stories Inspired by True Detective”. He is c0-publisher and editor of New English Press. He was guitar player/singer of The Only Prescription and Moses Moses, but still wishes he was a gangsta rapper. He is currently finishing a poetry collection titled “Horror Film Poems” and a YA Bizarro book about Cosplay. 


KGB: Jenna & Emma

October 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Ronna Weinberg & Donna Baier Stein

October 23, 2016
11:28 am - 12:28 pm

Ronna Wineberg is the author of On Bittersweet Place, which is her first novel, and a debut collection, Second Language, which won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition, and was the runner-up for the 2006 Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Colorado Review, South Dakota Review and elsewhere, and been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and residencies to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale foundation. She has been awarded a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and lives in New York.

Long before the phenomenon that is Lena Dunham, Ronna Wineberg gives us the unforgettable Lena Czernitski. This incredible girl will steal your heart. She is passionate and practical, fierce but also forgiving. Wineberg’s debut novel On Bittersweet Place will hold you in its gentle enthrall.  A coming of age novel, an immigrant story, and an altogether moving meditation on life and the pursuit of happiness.” ––Marcy Dermansky,

Donna is the author of Sympathetic People (Iowa Finalist Award Winner and 2015 IndieBook Awards Finalist) and Sometimes You Sense the Difference. An earlier version of her forthcoming novel The Silver Baron’s Wife won the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her writing has earned three Pushcart nominations. She has received a Bread Loaf Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University MFA Fellowship, Allen E. Ginsberg Poetry Prize, grants from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and Poetry Society of Virginia, a Scholarship from the Summer Literary Seminars, and more. Donna Baier Stein reads from her novel, The Silver Baron’s Wife

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: NY Writers Workshop

October 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: MWA Reading

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


Jennifer Belle et. al.

October 16, 2016
9:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

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


Christine Sneed & Aviya Kushner & Andy Mozina

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

Andy Mozina is author of the novel Contrary Motion (2016), which received a Starred Review in Booklist and was named a “Recommended Read” by the New York Post.
Mozina’s first story collection The Women Were Leaving the Men (2007) won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His story collection Quality Snacks (2014) was a Flannery O’Connor Award finalist. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, and McSweeney’s:  The Small Chair. Andy’s work received special citations in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and New Stories from the Midwest. He resides with his wife and daughter in Kalamazoo, and teaches at Kalamazoo College.

Christine Sneed. Along with being named a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times book prize in the first-fiction category, her first book, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry won AWP’s 2009 Grace Paley Prize, was awarded Ploughshares’ John C. Zacharis prize, and was chosen as Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association in the traditionally published fiction category.  Portraits was also longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story prize and was named one of the seven best books of the year by Time Out Chicago. Her second book, the novel Little Known Facts, won the Society of Midland Authors Award for best adult fiction 2013, was named one of Booklist’s top ten debut novels of 2013, and best new book by a local author by Chicago Magazine.

She has published stories in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Other Voices, Greensboro Review, River Styx, Phoebe, South Dakota Review, and a number of other journals.
She reads from her fourth book, the story collection The Virginity of Famous Men,

Aviya Kushner’s first book, The Grammar of God: A Journey Into the Words and Worlds of the Bible (Spiegel & Grau/Random House 2015), is about the intense experience of reading the Bible in English after an entire life of reading it in Hebrew.

Her writing has also appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Partisan Review, Poets & Writers, A Public Space, The Wilson Quarterly, and Zoetrope: All-Story.

She has worked as travel columnist for The International Jerusalem Post and as a poetry columnist for BarnesandNoble.com. I am currently an associate professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, and I am a contributing editor at A Public Space as well as a mentor for The National Yiddish Book Center.

“In a word, it’s brilliant. And beautiful…even if you’ve no interest in religion, the linguistic excursion here is not to be missed.”
– Barbara Mahaney, The Chicago Tribune

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: FREE WATER #15

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


RR: The Green Fairy

October 06, 2016
9:30 pm -

Doors open at 9:30.
$20 with Dress Code
$15 with Suggested Attire
2 drink minimum

Join us as we launch our monthly showcase of absinthe tasting and entertainment, featuring a new brand of absinthe and a variety of risqué and bawdy performances each month, along with an academic illustration of what makes absinthe a unique and mysterious liqueur.

Our first sponsor is Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure from Philadelphia Distilling.

With Special Guests to be determined, presented by Zelda Magazine.


KGB: Liars’ League - Truth & Consequences

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


KGB: Katie McKenna’s book launch

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


Megan Staffel & Karen Brennan

October 02, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Megan Staffel’s new collection of short fiction, The Exit Coach, is just out from Four Way Books.  She is the author of two novels and two collections of short fiction.  She splits her time between Brooklyn and rural New York State and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.  Please visit www.meganstaffel.com for more information.

The Exit Coach is a book of wonderful, astute stories.  Staffel’s characters keep falling upon whatever they least expect, as the plots move beautifully toward a just view of human bumbling.  A remarkable collection.

--Joan Silber

There are so many features to admire in Megan Staffel’s work, including her wry humor, her precision of language, her wisdom in general, but maybe what is most striking is the love she affords her heroes and heroines.  The stories in this beautiful collection are dignified by deep feeling.
<--Jane Hamilton
Karen Brennan is the author of six books of varying genres including poetry collections Here on Earth (1989) and The Real Enough World (2006), both from Wesleyan University Press; AWP Award-winning short fiction Wild Desire (1990), U Mass Press; The Garden in Which I Walk (2005), Fiction Collective 2; and a memoir, Being with Rachel (2001) Norton.  Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction has appeared in anthologies from Norton, Penguin, Graywolf, Spuytin Duyvil, Michigan and Georgia, among others. A National Endowment of the Arts recipient, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Utah and teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.  She holds a PhD from University of Arizona.

Praise for Karen Brennan’s Monsters

“Monsters takes the form of an extraordinary wunderkammer filled with narraticules…about what can’t stay, what was probably never there to begin with, and the beauty of that, and the biting loss.

--Lance Olsen, author of Theories of Forgetting

“Karen Brennan evokes here a fairy tale world that is just like this world, only sadder and stranger.”
--Kate Bernheimer, author of How a Mother Weaned her Girl from Fairy Tales

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: Four Way Books Fall 2016 Launch Reading

September 29, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Grace Bonner holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Round Lake, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title, is her first book of poetry. She is a MacDowell fellow, and the former Director of the 92Y Poetry Center. She has taught English and Creative Writing at the Pierrepont School and abroad. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Poetry Daily, The Southampton Review and other publications. Her memoir, Ghost Tracks, is about inheritance, sibling rivalry, mental illness, and how the American prison-industrial complex stretched one fragile family to its breaking point. She is a mentor in PEN’s Prison Writing Program.

Karen Brennan is the author of seven books of varying genres including poetry collections Here on Earth (1989) andThe Real Enough World (2006), both from Wesleyan University Press; AWP Award-winning short fiction Wild Desire (1990), U Mass Press; The Garden in Which I Walk (2005), Fiction Collective 2; a memoir, Being with Rachel (2001) Norton; poetry collection little dark (2014), published by Four Way Books, and prose poetry/fiction, Monsters, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title. Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction has appeared in anthologies from Norton, Penguin, Graywolf, Spuytin Duyvil, Michigan and Georgia, among others. A National Endowment of the Arts recipient, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Utah and teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Henry Israeli is the author of god’s breath hovering across the waters, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title. His previous poetry collections include New Messiahs (Four Way Books: 2002), and Praying to the Black Cat (Del Sol: 2010). He is the translator of Fresco: the Selected Poetry of Luljeta Lleshanaku (New Directions: 2002), Child of Nature (New Directions: 2010), and Haywire: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2011). He is also the founder and editor of Saturnalia Books.

Jen Levitt received her MFA from NYU. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Tin House, Sixth Finch, The Literary Review, CutBank, No, Dear and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and teaches high school students. The Off-Season, a Four Way Books Fall 2016 title, is her first book.


KGB: Spuyten Duyvil

September 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jorge Armenteros reading from AIR
http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/air.html

“Imena, a student of perfumery, arrives in Marrakech in an attempt to free herself from the overbearing intensity of her boyfriend Patricio, a philosophy professor at l’Université Paris-Sorbonne. She takes residence behind the red door of a hotel whose attendant, the striped tunic, officiates life under an aura of mysticism and danger.”

and

Martin Nakell reading from The Lord of Silence
http://www.spuytenduyvil.net/the-lord-of-silence.html

“In The Lord of Silence, a thrilling espionage and adventure novel, focused as much on the people involved in such danger as on human history...”

and friends!


An Evening with PEN Translations

September 25, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: James Delano and Friends

September 24, 2016
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

September 23, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Hunter College MFA Shorts

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

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Mark Lockett Quartet

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

Featuring Emma Larsson
No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Red Hen Press

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


Zachary Vickers & Matt Berical & Pauls

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

ZACHARY TYLER VICKERS is the author of Congratulations on Your Martyrdom!, forthcoming from Indiana University Press. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he was the Provost’s Fellow. He is the recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction. His work has appeared in numerous journals.

Pauls Toutonghi was born in 1976 to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. His writing has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Boston Review, Five Chapters, One Story, Sports Illustrated, Book Magazine, and numerous other periodicals. He received a Pushcart Prize for his short story, Regeneration, which appeared in The Boston Review in 2000, when Pauls was twenty-three. His first novel, Red Weather, came out from Random House in 2006. It was translated into Latvian and German — and received good reviews in periodicals across the country, including The Miami Herald, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, The Chicago Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

After receiving his PhD in English Literature from Cornell University, Toutonghi moved from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon — where he now teaches at Lewis & Clark College. He is the father of twins.

Matt Berical is a Senior Editor at Van Winkles. His work has appeared in Maxim and Mens Journal. 

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: Buck and A Quarter Quartet

September 08, 2016
9:00 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
9:00pm doors, 9:30pm show
http://www.buckandaquarterquartet.com/


KGB: Night Time Logic Reading Series

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

The Night Time Logic reading series hosts Erik T. Johnson and J. Daniel Stone to celebrate the August 23rd release of the transgressive, experimental, literary novella collection titled I Can Taste the Blood.

About the readers:

Erik T. Johnson doesn’t believe in order or boxes. He became a writer because he can’t make a straight line to save his life—since stories consist of terrifically asymmetrical, random sequences of random shapes. Also because of what Georges Bataille meant by: “I write the way a child cries: a child slowly relinquishes the reasons he has for being in tears.” Erik is a Written Backwards DARWA Voice Award-winner whose fiction appears in renowned places, such as Space & Time Magazine, Tales of the Unanticipated, Qualia Nous, and all three volumes of the award-winning Chiral Mad series. Erik is certain unreliable narrators don’t exist—only unreliable authors. He will prove his uncompromising reliability when his first book of short stories is published in 2017. Visit Erik at www.eriktjohnson.net—stalk him on Twitter @YES_TRESPASSING, curse him at your own risk, do other stuff when it suits you.

J. Daniel Stone is the pseudonym for a hotheaded Italian kid from NYC. He has been a menace to society since 1987 and has, at various times, prepared bodies for the morgue, broke up fights between gerbils and used fire to change the color of the carpet in his bedroom. These days he can be found terrorizing local book stores, art galleries and dive bars boasting about his two bastard children: The Absence of Light (2013) and Blood Kiss (2016). Somewhere, out there in the dark, one can find more of his illegitimate spawns telling imaginative stories from places like Grey Matter Press, Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction, Blood Bound Books, Prime Books, Crowded Quarantine Publications and more. In 2016, readers selected his work to be featured in DREAD--THE VERY BEST OF GREY MATTER PRESS.  Find him on Livejournal and Twitter @SolitarySpiral

About Night Time Logic

Night Time Logic is an occasional reading series showcasing exceptional fiction of all kinds hosted by Daniel Braum https://bloodandstardust.wordpress.com author of The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales. Past guests have included Angela Slatter, Matthew Kressel, and Victor LaValle. More about the series can be found here: https://nighttimelogic.wordpress.com/


KGB: MWA-NY

August 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: TNS After Hours

August 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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


KGB: FREE WATER #14

August 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: BEDLAM THREE

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

New Work by Women Writers, created by Lillian Ann Slugocki.

To launch my novella, How to Travel with Your Demons (Spuyten Duyvil Press) on 12/22/15, I invited four of my favorite writers to join me @KGB Lit Bar to read new work.This was BEDLAM ONE. Poets & Writers featured us and so did TimeOut New York. BEDLAM TWO, Associate Curator, Deborah Oster Pannell, on 4/19/16, welcomed five more amazing writers, plus Book Culture joined us. I ask all the writers to take a chance and read something dangerous, something new. BEDLAM THREE in The Red Room will have a fantastic intersectional roster of brilliant women artists and writers.

BEDLAM THREE will be collaborating with acclaimed reading series, DESIRE.

http://bedlamwriters.tumblr.com/


KGB: NYU-SPS

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


RR: Buck and A Quarter Quartet

August 11, 2016
9:30 pm -

9:00pm doors, 9:30pm show
No cover.  2 drink minimum.
http://www.buckandaquarterquartet.com/


RR: WFMU Readers

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Get Fresh Books Poetry Reading & Fundraiser

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

Roberto Carlos Garcia’s chapbook amores gitano (gypsy loves) was published by Červená Barva Press in 2013. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Gawker, Barrelhouse, Tuesday; An Art Project, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, Bold As Love Magazine, Entropy, PLUCK!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, The Rumpus, 5 AM Magazine, Wilderness House, Connotation Press- An Online Artifact, Poets/Artists, Levure Litteraire, and others. His translation of Pablo Neruda’s Heights of Macchu Picchu & Other Poems is forthcoming from Červená Barva Press in 2016. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and is an Instructor of English at Union County College. His website is www.robertocarlosgarcia.tumblr.com

Anne Marie Macari was born in Queens, New York and is a member of the Alice James Books Cooperative Board. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence. Macari founded and taught in the Drew Univeristy MFA Program for Poetry & Poetry in Translation. Macari is the author of four poetry collections: Ivory Cradle- The APR/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry winner (Copper Canyon 2000), Gloryland (Alice James Books, 2005), She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House Press, 2008), and Red Deer: Poems (Persea, 2015).

Macari’s poems have been published in many literary journals and magazines, such
as Bloomsbury Review, The American Poetry Review, The Cortland Review, and The Iowa Review. She is also published in the anthologies From the Fishouse (Persea Books, 2009) and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences (Four Way Books). Macari has read her poetry throughout the United States in many venues, including the Dodge Poetry Festival. She has also read her work at festivals in England, Austria, and in Prague.

Marisa Frasca graduated from the New School’s Riggio Honors Program, where she was also the poetry editor for12th Street Journal.  Her poems have appeared in 5AM, Adanna Journal, Philadelphia Poets, Feile Festa, VIA, Sweet Lemons 11, Arba Sicula, among other publications. She was named first runner-up for the 2013 National Bordighera Poetry Prize for her book, Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom (Bordighera Press, 2014). Born in Vittoria, Italy, Frasca resides in Manhattan and Long Island’s North Fork.

Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots & a 2014 CantoMundo Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in the chapbook For The Crowns Of Your Head, as well as the literary journals: 5 AM, Adanna, Wideshore and others. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Her first collection of poetry is The Pink Box (Willow Books, 2015).

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press 2016). She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Cynthia has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Poets House, the Vermont Studio Center and many others. She is Founder and Curator of the Soul Sister Revue reading series Manick’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Kinfolks Quarterly, Kweli Journal, Muzzle and many others. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


RR: Sherry Takes a Holiday

August 05, 2016
7:00 pm -

Sherry’s going on a cruise. And she’s bringing plenty of baggage.

Doors at 7pm / Show at 7:30pm
Tickets $15 at http://sherryholiday.bpt.me/

Join free-spirited, newly single and emotionally uninhibited Sherry Duvall-Covington as she sets sail for an all-inclusive tour of the Carribean that features a variety of fruity summer cocktails, plenty of breathable vacation attire and a fun assortment of skeletons washed ashore from the ocean’s darkest depths. 

Created by Zachary Clause and Reed Whitney
Performed by Zachary Clause
Directed by Reed Whitney
Music Direction by Mark Fifer


KGB: Liars’ League - Short & Sweet Flash Fiction

August 03, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Salty Brine GOOD NEWS

July 29, 2016
7:00 pm -

GOOD NEWS, OR HARRY THE DOG
Tickets available at http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/

Thousands of years into the future our current moment in time is all but forgotten save one precious alt-rock gem. Using Modest Mouses acclaimed album GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS, Salty Brine brings you a haunting and hilarious mythology of what might come next in this months epic edition of the SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Leslye Headland
Arrangements by Matthew Marsh
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Featuring Matthew Marsh and Ben Arons

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

Doors at 7:00pm
Shows at 7:30pm


KGB: NYCWP Writers in Residence Reading

July 29, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sharae Allen
Irene Arholekas
Kate Francia
Saara Liimatta
Elizabeth Lorch
Jocelyn Meermans
Eleni Rammos


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

July 28, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Sirius XM radio) 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:

Stephen Gevedon (HBO)

Thomas Pryor (author “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys")

Sandi Marx (The Moth)

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


RR: Salty Brine GOOD NEWS

July 27, 2016
7:30 pm -

GOOD NEWS, OR HARRY THE DOG
Tickets available at http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/

Thousands of years into the future our current moment in time is all but forgotten save one precious alt-rock gem. Using Modest Mouses acclaimed album GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS, Salty Brine brings you a haunting and hilarious mythology of what might come next in this months epic edition of the SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Leslye Headland
Arrangements by Matthew Marsh
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Featuring Matthew Marsh and Ben Arons

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm


KGB: Columbia TC Grad Students Write on Love, Life and Lemonade

July 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Broken Time Machine

July 23, 2016
10:00 pm -

Broken Time Machine is an eclectic group of NYC musicians who play rock-n-roll & blues covers from the likes of the Stones, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, CCR, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Grateful Dead, Dylan, Beatles, Tom Petty etc Their shows are high-energy, unpredictable and highly audience-interactive!


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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


KGB: Drunken Careening Writers

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

J. Julian Christopher received an MFA in acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at the New School (now called The New School for Drama). There he studied acting and appeared in various productions including TBA, Holiday Movies, and The Karaoke Show (directed by Diane Paulus). Awards include The 2009 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group Fellowship, a 2015 Queens Arts Council Grant, and The 2014 Best New Work Motif Award. Julian is an internationally produced playwright with productions in NYC, Chicago, Montréal, and Melbourne. He has workshopped his plays at LAByrinth Theater, TerraNova Collective, Fuse Theatre, Horse & Cart Theatre, and The Working Theatre. Julian’s short plays, Metro Psalm And SCHWARZ! (Hansel und Gretel) were selected as finalists in the Off-Off Broadway Samuel French Short Play Festival two years in a row (2009 & 2010). In November of 2015 his play, Animals Commit Suicide, received its world premiere at First Floor Theater in Chicago. His new play, Locusts Have No King, had its world premiere in March at INTAR Theater. Some of his other plays include, Alligator Mouth, Man Boobs, Nico was a Fashion Model, and ¡OSO FABULOSO! & The Bear Backs (music by Steve Sclafani). He is also the co-producer and co-writer of the hit web series, Bulk- The Series and half of the electronic rock duo RUBBER.

Kristen Palmer is a playwright whose work has been seen in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington DC and elsewhere.  Her plays include Things You Can Do, Once Upon A Bride There Was a Forest, The Stray Dog, All the Girls Love Bobby Kennedy, Local Story, and Departures.  She is an Associate Artist of New Georges (NYC), a recipient of the Jerome Fellowship and an alum of the Women’s Project Theater Lab and Soho Rep Writer Director Lab. She is the Artistic Director of Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater in Middletown CT.

Kathleen Warnock is the founder of Drunken! Careening! Writers!, and occasionally inserts herself into the mix. She is a NYC-based playwright and editor. Upcoming is “The Further Adventures of...” at FringeNY this August (cast of Tim Burke, Mark Finley & Jamie Heinlein pictured above) and “Rock the Line” at Venus Theater (MD) in September. She is the Ambassador of Love for the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild.


RR: NY Writers Workshop

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Salty Brine GOOD NEWS

July 20, 2016
7:30 pm -

GOOD NEWS, OR HARRY THE DOG
Tickets available at http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/

Thousands of years into the future our current moment in time is all but forgotten save one precious alt-rock gem. Using Modest Mouses acclaimed album GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS, Salty Brine brings you a haunting and hilarious mythology of what might come next in this months epic edition of the SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Leslye Headland
Arrangements by Matthew Marsh
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Featuring Matthew Marsh and Ben Arons

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

July 20, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

David D. Levine is the author of the novel Arabella of Mars and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.

&

Helen Marshall is a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J. Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. She is currently editing The Year’s Best Weird Fiction to be released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything that is Born will be published by Random House Canada in 2018.


KGB: [no event listed]

July 19, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

July 14, 2016
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
http://www.buckandaquarterquartet.com/


RR: Salty Brine GOOD NEWS

July 14, 2016
7:30 pm -

GOOD NEWS, OR HARRY THE DOG
Tickets available at http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/

Thousands of years into the future our current moment in time is all but forgotten save one precious alt-rock gem. Using Modest Mouses acclaimed album GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS, Salty Brine brings you a haunting and hilarious mythology of what might come next in this months epic edition of the SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Leslye Headland
Arrangements by Matthew Marsh
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Featuring Matthew Marsh and Ben Arons

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm


KGB: Behind the Book

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

Cyzar Arca moved to New York when he was seven years old as an American-born citizen from the Philippines. He lived in a studio apartment in Queens with his whole family — his mother, father, and grandparents. New York wasn’t at all like what he saw in his favorite movie Home Alone 2, but there was still magic in that little studio apartment. Since graduating from NYU, he’s been writing about families. The most captivating stories are about the family dynamic. If you think about it, Game of Thrones and Star Wars are essentially family dramas.

Thursday’s reading is from a manuscript called “The Wooden Spoon.” It’s about a wealthy family in England set between World War I and World War II. Lady Blackwood has four perfect sons and is the darling of London Society. But what happens when her sons go missing in Europe, and she hears through the grapevine that they work for the Queen’s clandestine services? Told through the eyes of Lady Blackwood and her fourth son who happens to be gay, The Wooden Spoon is a comedy about serious stuff, and may or may not rewrite history.

Eileen Johnson was born and educated in Dublin, and came to New York where she did further study at NYU. She is the mother of two young women and lives in the East Village.

She is also the director of a progressive preschool on St. Marks Place, bringing her own philosophy of Emotional Education to the school’s programs. Her book The Children’s Bill of Emotional Rights, published by Jason Aronson, outlines that philosophy.  An article she co-authored entitled What Happens When you Die: Three and Four Year-Olds Talking about Death was published also by Jason Aronson. She also had a short story published in The Minetta Review (NYU) and is working a new book Emotional Education: The A.R.T. of Teaching Young Children.

The excerpt she will be reading is from a collection of short stories of a family in lower middle class Dublin. These stories are told from the viewpoint of the youngest person in the family, who observes the other members and tries to make sense of the family dynamic and the environment in which she lives. The narrator, who is nameless, observes the family and though she does not fit in, she tries – failing and succeeding in various degrees – to adapt or break out.


RR: Salty Brine GOOD NEWS

July 13, 2016
7:30 pm -

GOOD NEWS, OR HARRY THE DOG
Tickets available at http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/

Thousands of years into the future our current moment in time is all but forgotten save one precious alt-rock gem. Using Modest Mouses acclaimed album GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS, Salty Brine brings you a haunting and hilarious mythology of what might come next in this months epic edition of the SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Leslye Headland
Arrangements by Matthew Marsh
Dramaturgy by Anne Davison
Featuring Matthew Marsh and Ben Arons

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm


KGB: FICTION POETRY PLAY

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

Jim Gialamas’s work spans media ranging from The New York Times and The South Carolina Review to the Marketplace Morning Report and the video game Corporate Warrior. 
Sarah Madges is a Brooklyn-based writer whose criticism and poetry have been published in The Village Voice, SCOUT: Poetry in Review, and elsewhere. She also hosts the Mental Marginalia reading series.

Stephen Wylie’s plays include SKATERS (The Magic Theatre Company, San Francisco), RUDE TIMES (American Place Theatre, NYC), ZOOM (Shoestring Radio Theater national broadcast),
AFTER/BEFORE (Abingdon Theatre’s Blank v. Blank Festival, NYC) and ANIMAL YELL.

Dale Goodson recently finished a first draft of his first novel, “The Fantastic Story About The Incredible Woman Who Went Back To Her Fucking Boyfriend.” His single-panel cartoons will be featured in an upcoming Turner Broadcasting website.


RR: Spaghetti Eastern Music

July 08, 2016
9:30 pm -


RR: The Siren Salone

July 08, 2016
7:30 pm -

7:00pm doors, 7:30pm show
$10 cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: PEN Live

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

KGB: Joe Okonkwo and Kia Corthron

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

Joe Okonkwo is a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in theatre. He made his living in theatre for a number of years as an actor, stage manager, director, playwright and youth theatre instructor. His poems have appeared in a variety of print and online venues including Van Gogh’s Ear, Anthology Magazine, Priapus magazine, timbooktu.com, queerpoets.com and poetism.com. Joe’s interviews with opera stars such as Jane Eaglen, Samuel Ramey and Susan Graham have appeared in High Notes, the e-newsletter of The Metropolitan Opera. He is a proud resident of the New York City borough of Queens.

The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, KIA CORTHRON came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning. Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible, her plays paint a disturbing picture of American history and its repercussions on our most intimate relationships. Corthron’s most recent awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright (Honored Playwright) Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and she has developed work through various international residencies. She has also written for television, receiving a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter is her first novel. She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and now lives in Harlem, New York.


RR: Michael Arenella Quartet

June 30, 2016
8:30 pm -

8:30pm doors, 9:00pm music
No cover.  2 drink minimum. 
For reservations email lori@kgbbar.com


KGB: MWA Reading

June 30, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ann Aptaker teaches art and art history part time at New York Institute of Technology, writes art articles and essays for galleries and artists, and scripts for the children’s science television series Space Racers. Her first novel, Criminal Gold, released in 2014, was a Goldie Award finalist, and her second book in the series, Tarnished Gold, is a finalist for the 2016 Goldie and Lambda Literary Award. The third book in the series, Genuine Gold, will be released in January 2017.

Gary Cahill’s first short story, “That Kind of Guy,” was published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Other work has appeared in print, online, and audio versions with The First Line Literary Journal, Pulp Empire, Short Story Me Genre Fiction, the Big Pulp Magazine “Kennedy Curse” Anthology, and Shotgun Honey.

William O’Neill Curatolo is a biophysicist who spent decades working in academia and pharmaceutical R&D, publishing scientific research papers and obtaining thirty-five U.S. Patents. His novel Campanilismo is a tale of scientists and physicians gone bad. He has a non-fiction piece on the toxin ricin coming out soon in Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine.

Laura K. Curtis has always done everything backwards. As a child, she was extremely serious, so now that she’s chronologically an adult, she feels perfectly justified in acting the fool. She wrote her first book in first grade. It was released in (notebook) paperback to rave reviews and she’s been trying to achieve the same level of acclaim ever since.

James D. Robertson was first published as a columnist in his high school newspaper. Later he was a substantial contributor to the non-fiction works Doc: Platoon Medic and Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts, a New York Times bestseller. Robertson has completed two novels: For Good Reason, a historical fiction tale of the Vietnam War, and The Woodstock Murders, a thriller.

Carrie Smith is the author of Silent City, the first Detective Claire Codella mystery, and the forthcoming sequel, Forgotten City. She is also the author of a literary novel Forget Harry. She is the recipient of three Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan and a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. 


RR: Salty Brine

June 29, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Robert Burke Warren

June 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writer, performer, and musician Robert Burke Warren reads from his debut novel Perfectly Broken.

“Robert Burke Warren’s sensory acumen and keen eye for detail – emotional and physical – make Perfectly Broken a wonderful ride. Fantastic, sharp dialogue and vivid characters, all in a distinctive, captivating voice. A stunning debut novel. —Rosanne Cash, multi-Grammy winner, author of New York Times bestseller “Composed”

“Whether writing about music, parenthood, or life in the sticks, every page crackles with been-there-done-that verisimilitude. At turns funny and suspenseful, heartwarming and heartbreaking, Perfectly Broken hits all the right notes, covering fame and fortune, love and death, success and failure, and fatherhood and marriage. A triumphant debut.”—Greg Olear, author of Los Angeles Times bestseller “Fathermucker”

“Parenthood, adultery, love, lust, ambition, loss, friendships gone to seed, a marriage at the turn of this century in full tilt midlife madness, with rock and roll in the bones and on the soundtrack. Warren creates a sensory world so sharply observed, the experience of reading becomes visceral. It pulled me in and I didn’t want to let go.” —Beverly Donofrio, author, New York Times bestseller “Riding in Cars with Boys”


RR: Salty Brine

June 24, 2016
7:00 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:00pm
Shows at 7:30pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Book Launch for The Other Country

June 24, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come join Terin Tashi Miller, author of the multiple-award-winning John Colson-narrated trilogy set largely in India, celebrate the U.S. launch of the last book in the trilogy, The Other Country, published by Inspire India.

Susan Tepper has been writing fiction for twenty years.  She is the author of five published books of fiction and a chapbook of poetry.  Let’s Talk, her column on all things literary, runs monthly at Black Heart Magazine.  More about Tepper at www.susantepper.com

Leora Skolkin-Smith was born in Manhattan in 1952, and spent her childhood between Pound Ridge, New York, and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother’s birthplace in Jerusalem every three years. She earned her BA and MFA and was awarded a teaching fellowship for graduate work, all at Sarah Lawrence. Leora’s first published novel, Edges (2005) was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley’s own imprint at Glad Day books. Edges was nominated for the 2006 PEN/ Faulkner Award by Grace Paley; a National Women Studies Association Conference Selection; a Bloomsbury Review Pick, 2006: “Favorite Books of the Last 25 Years”; a Jewish Book Council Selection, 2005; and won the 2008 Earphones Award for an original audio production narrated by Tovah Feldshuh. In addition, it is currently in development as a feature film, produced by Triboro Pictures. Her novels, “Hystera”, (2011) “The Fragile Mistress” (20008) were selected by Princeton University for their Series: “The Fertile Crescent Moon: women writers writing about their past in The Middle East”. Hystera was the winner of the 2012 USA Book Award and the 2012 Global E-books Award. Hystera was also a finalist in The International Book Awards, and a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. Hystera was republished by The Story Plant in September, 2013 “Edges” was republished by the Storyplant in 2014. Leora was the Director and a Teacher for the non-profit organization, The Fiction Project for Hospitals, conducting prose workshops for in-patient psychiatric patients. The organization was funded by The New York State Council for the Arts, The Department of Cultural Affairs, Con Edison, and the Patricia Kind Foundation. Leora is currently a contributing editor to readysteadybook.com. and her critical essays have been published in The Washington Post, The Quarterly Conversation, The National Book Critic’s Circle’s Critical Mass, and other places. Leora’s fiction has been published in Guernica, Persea: An International Review, Jewish Fiction and other journals.

Terin Tashi Miller is author of THE OTHER COUNTY, KASHI, DOWN THE LOW ROAD, and SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL www.terinmiller.com


[event canceled]

June 23, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Salty Brine

June 22, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Ohio Edit

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

FEATURING:

Colin Nissan is a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s and The New Yorker.

Sampson Starkweather is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2015) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC, 2013). He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He is also the author of nine chapbooks, most recently Until the Joy of Death Hits, pop/love audio-visual GIF poems from Spork Press, and Flux Capacitor, a collaborative audio poetry album from Black Cake Records. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Nancy Kangas does the “Slides (Interpreted by Nancy)” column for Ohio Edit. She edited Nancy’s Magazine for over a decade and writes for Muse magazine. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. 

Amy Fusselman is the author of three books: Savage Park (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), and The Pharmacist’s Mate and 8 (McSweeney’s 2013). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, ARTnews, and Ms, magazine, among other places. She is the publisher at Ohio Edit.

Donnie Boman is an advisor to Ohio Edit and a chronicler of characters. 


KGB: Paragraph

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

Sarah-Jane Stratford’s most recent novel is Radio Girls; her previous books are The Midnight Guardian and The Moonlight Brigade. She has also written articles and essays for a range of publications, including The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Marie-Claire, Bitch, Slate, Salon, Guernica, and BOMB.

Allison Amend, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is the author of the Independent Publisher’s Award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love and the novels Stations West, A Nearly Perfect Copy, and Enchanted Islands. She lives in New York City.


RR: Bon Bon Burlesque

June 17, 2016
10:00 pm -

10:00pm doors, 10:30pm show
$15 cover.  2 drink minimum.

True to its Burlesque roots, BonBon Burlesque delivers comedy, song and dance to the sounds of classic tunes and Latin rhythms.


KGB: FREE WATER #13

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


RR: TNS After Hours

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

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

Sarah Madge (Non-Fiction)
Kirsten Chen (Poetry)
Tushar Rai (Fiction)
Michael Arthur Karpienski (Fiction)
Lauren Buccieri (Poetry)
Jen Choi (Non Fiction – TNS alum!!)


RR: Evening with Authors from Soho Press

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

New York Writers Workshop presents an Evening with Authors from Soho Press
No cover.  2 drink minimum.

Robert Repino
is the author of Mort(e), a novel. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. His fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize among other awards, and has appeared in The Literary Review, Night Train, Hobart, The Coachella Review, and more. Repino is the pitcher for the Oxford University Press softball team and quarterback for the flag football team, but his business card says that he’s an editor.

Paula Bomer is the author of Inside Madeleine, Nine Months and Baby and Other Stories. Her forthcoming book, Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children, will be out in the fall of 2016.


KGB: Drunken Careening Writers

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

Virginia Baeta has been an actor and singer for the past 20 years. She was most recently seen in “Nun of the Above,” two plays from TOSOS/En Avant at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival (nomination, Eva Gore Booth Award) and at the Lower East Side Theater Festival. She has long worked with The Queen’s Company (of which she is Associate Producer), an all-female classical theatre company, playing male characters from fops and fools to ill-fated kings. Through this work with The Queen’s Company, she began creating new plays that challenge gender expectations and put strong female and queer characters on stage. Her first play, Damaged Goods, was recently given a staged reading by TOSOS, and will be seen in a developmental performance in July at Dixon Place’s HOT Festival. Her play Icarus was presented to much acclaim in the Hysteria Festival of Women’s Work at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. She continues to act and direct with The Queen’s Company TOSOS, other indie companies in NYC and in independent films.

Rob Byrnes is the author of four novels, including the 2006 Lambda Literary Award-winning When the Stars Come Out and 2009 Lammy finalist Straight Lies. His short stories have also appeared in several anthologies, including Fool for Love (2009), Saints & Sinners 2010: New Fiction from the Festival (2010), and Men of the Mean Streets (2011). A native of Upstate New York, Byrnes was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from Union College in Schenectady before moving to Manhattan.  He now resides in West New York, New Jersey, with his partner, Brady Allen. Rob Byrnes: The Official Site http://www.robbyrnes.net/

Guillermo Filice Castro is a poet and photographer. He’s the author of a chapbook, Agua, Fuego (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and a recipient of a 2013 Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship from the Poetry Project. Recent work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Minetta Review, Hinchas de Poesia, among many others; as well as anthologies such as Rabbit Ears, Divining Divas, Flicker & Spark, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, are featured in Guernica, Terra Incognita, U.S. Latino Review, and Visions. Some of his photographs have been featured in Hinchas de Poesia, Sunday Zine, and Canopic Jar. He lives in New York City.


RR: Salty Brine

June 15, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

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

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

Marc Laidlaw is the author of five novels, including Dad’s Nuke and The 37th Mandala, the latter of which won the International Horror Guild Award. He has been publishing short stories since 1977, appearing in most major genre venues, including Omni and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. From 1997 to 2016, he was a lead writer at Valve Software, where he helped create the blockbuster videogame series Half-Life and Dota 2. His latest book is a novella, White Spawn, from PS Publishing.

Daniel Braum is the author of the short story collection The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales which was published in May 2016 as an e-book from Cemetery Dance and in print from Grey Matter Press. Braum’s fiction blends fantasy, science fiction, mysticism and horror and over the last ten years has appeared in publications ranging from Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Electric Velocipede to Cemetery Dance Magazine. He lives and writes in New York.


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

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

Join us for a FREE, lightning-round style of readings from our literary magazine’s June issue--9 writers will tickle you with short excerpts of fiction, essays, memoir, and poetry! And to celebrate the upcoming launch of our new Ducts.org website (coming soon!), writer Nina d’Alessandro will perform a brand new flash fiction piece sponsored by one of our donors from this spring’s website fundraiser.

Featured writers will include:
Nina d’Alessandro
Eliza Vitri Handayani
Elizabeth Hazen
Jenine Holmes
Lisa Kirchner
Stephen Massimilla
James Polchin
Ron Singer
Dean Wrzeszcz


RR: Marie Marie Marlene

June 10, 2016
7:00 pm -

RR: Buck and a Quarter Band

June 09, 2016
9:30 pm -

KGB: Behind the Book - Dana Spiotta, Idra Novey, and Sari Wilson

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

Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: the recently published Innocents and Others; Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist; Eat the Document, a National Book Award Finalist and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field.  Like all of her work, her latest novel, Innocents and Others, takes up questions of identity and transformation, examining the complex relationship among three women and the film world in a masterly exploration of artistic motivation.  Dana was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.  She lives in Syracuse with her daughter Agnes and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

“A brilliant split-screen view of women working within and without the world of Hollywood . . . its moral dimensions feel vast.  Once Spiotta has her disparate storylines in motion, they resonate with each other in ways you can’t stop thinking about. . . . Spiotta explores the remarkable species of sisterhood that survives jealousy and disappointment and even years of neglect.  The tension between artistic purity and commercial popularity may tax their affection, but nothing can blot out their shared history, their abiding devotion, the great wonder that is a true friend.  Toward the end, Meadow considers how to create a ‘glimpse of the sublime.’ Considering the limits of her medium, she asks herself, ‘Can an image convey something unnamable, impossible, invisible?’ The quiet miracle of this novel is that it does just that.”
– Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016 by Buzzfeed, Bustle, Flavorwire, Ploughshares, and Brooklyn Magazine.  Both a dazzling novel of ideas and of intrigue, Ways to Disappear is about the disappearance of a famous Brazilian novelist, last seen holding a suitcase and a cigar and climbing into an almond tree, and the young translator who turns her life upside down to follow her author’s trail.  Idra’s poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series; The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award; and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum.  Her fiction and poetry have been translated into eight languages, and she has written for The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, Slate, and The Paris Review.  She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, the PEN Translation Fund, the Poetry Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America.  She’s also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel, The Passion According to G.H.  She’s taught at Princeton University, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative.  In fall 2016, she will be the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.  Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil, and New York.

“Ways to Disappear is concerned not just with truth and the risks of its misplacement and misinterpretation, but with the importance of close reading.  It’s a delightful, inventive paean to writing that generates ‘real emotion’ and ‘genuine unease.’ At one point Beatriz’s publisher likens literature to steaks on a grill, testing both ‘for density’ as well as ‘for something tender in the middle yet still heavy enough to blacken the air.’ This book is seared to perfection, medium rare.”
– Heller McAlpin, NPR

Sari Wilson’s taut and engrossing debut novel, Girl Through Glass, was named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016 by Buzzfeed and The Millions.  Based on the author’s early experiences in the classical dance world, where she trained as a dancer with the Harkness Ballet in New York and was on scholarship at Eliot Feld’s New Ballet School, Girl Through Glass tells the story of a young girl’s coming of age in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet in the late 1970s – a story of obsession and the quest for perfection, trust and betrayal, beauty and lost innocence.  Sari’s fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in literary journals such as Agni, Oxford American, Third Coast, and Slice.  She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has received a residency from The Corporation of Yaddo.  She grew up in a Victorian brownstone in Brooklyn Heights, has lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and Prague, and now again lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the cartoonist Josh Neufeld, and their daughter.

“[T]he story is a uniformly engrossing look into the fabled world of hypercompetitive 1970s ballet.  Mira and Maurice’s relationship has the fairy tale feel of Beauty and the Beast, but the pages brim with the realism of the gritty, crime-riddled New York, especially as the plot ricochets toward a surprising, and bittersweet, merging of Kate’s and Mira’s stories.  Wilson writes lovingly of ballet and elevates the coming-of-age story with a dark undercurrent about the cost of obsession.”
– Publishers Weekly

“The book’s subject is less the ballet itself than the costs of early virtuosity—the feeling of being propelled by a force you don’t understand and can’t control—and the dangerous intoxication of the perfect, weightless moments when everything but ‘air, motion, height’ falls away.”
Namara Smith, The New York Times Book Review

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Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit organization working with low-income students in NYC K-12 public schools.  We bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in curriculum-based programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors.  In a series of workshops, authors discuss their books and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers and ultimately guiding them in the creation and publication of their own original writing.  All students receive copies of the authors’ books to keep.  Our programs nurture creative thinking, self-confidence, and the belief that each person’s ideas have value and should be heard.  Since 2003, we have worked with more than 15,000 students and donated more than 19,000 books to students and school libraries.

www.behindthebook.org


RR: Salty Brine

June 08, 2016
7:30 pm -

Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret presents
HOW STRANGE IT IS

A synthetic flying machine rumbles overhead. Aluminum loudspeakers announce the date. Time shifts. And everyone becomes someone they used be. Salty Brine takes on the ghosts of World War II, embarrassing journal entries from days gone by, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s indie rock triumph IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA in this month’s edition of THE SPECTACULAR LIVING RECORD COLLECTION CABARET.

Directed by Max Reuben
Arrangements by Richard Aufrichtig
Featuring Richard Aufrichtig and Alex Thrailkill

Costume Design by Heather McDevitt Barton

2 Drink Minimum
No Late Seating

Doors at 7:30pm
Shows at 8:00pm

http://www.thesaltiestbrine.com/


KGB: Amy Silverman book launch

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

Laurie Notaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, then spent the remainder of her formative years in Phoenix, AZ, where she created something of a checkered past. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the humor memoirs The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club, I Love Everybody and Housebroken, along with numerous others; two humor novels; and a novel of historical fiction due to be published in October. She resides in Eugene, Oregon, has a cute dog, a nice husband and misses Mexican food like it was her youth.

Amy Silverman is managing editor at Phoenix New Times and a commentator for KJZZ, the National Public Radio affiliate in Phoenix. Her work also has appeared on NPR’s This American Life and in The New York Times. Amy holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She lives in Arizona with her husband Ray and daughters Annabelle and Sophie. For more information, visit myheartcantevenbelieveit.com


KGB: Dawn Lonsinger, Jose B. Gonzalez, Marisa Crawford, & Michelle Y. Burke

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

Dawn Lonsinger is the author of the poetry collection Whelm, and recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, four Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes, the 2014 Greg Grummer Poetry Prize, and runner up for the Poetry Society of America’s Emily Dickinson Award. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Subtropics, Best New Poets 2010, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, a PhD from the University of Utah, and is Assistant Professor at Muhlenberg College, teaching Creative Writing, Poetry & Politics, and Monstrosity & Apocalypse in Literature and Film.

Jose B. Gonzalez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. He knew no English and now holds a Ph.D. in English. Gonzalez has presented at various colleges such as Harvard and Cornell University; countries including Mexico, Spain, and El Salvador; and institutions and organizations including the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and Proskauer Rose International Law Firm. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and has published poetry in such journals as Quercus Review, Callaloo, The Teacher’s Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, and Colere, and anthologies including Coloring Book, Nantucket: A Collection, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. He has received awards for his teaching, for his efforts to improve the conditions of Latinos pursuing a college degree or a career in higher education, and for his poetry. He is the author of the poetry collection Toys Made of Rock (Bilingual Press) and the founder and editor of LatinoStories.com.

Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback, 2010), and the chapbook 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples, 2013). Her writing has appeared in Fanzine, The Hairpin, Bitch, Action Yes, Black Clock, and other publications, and is forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2016) and The &NOW Awards 3: Best Innovative Writing (&NOW, 2015). Marisa is founding editor of the feminist blog WEIRD SISTER. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Michelle Y. Burke is the author of the poetry collection Animal Purpose, winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, and the poetry chapbook Horse Loquela, winner of the Red Mountain Review Chapbook Series Award. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Hopkins Review, Lake Effect, and elsewhere. She has received poetry prizes from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the American Literary Review, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Ohio State University and a PhD in English from the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, and teaches at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.


KGB: Poetry by Hilary Sideris, Christine Potter, & Rick Mullin

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

Rick Mullin is a journalist, poet, and painter. His latest collection, Stignatz & the User of Vicenza, was published this year by Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. He is the author of three other books published Dos Madres, including Soutine and Sonnets from the Voyage of the Beagle. He is a senior editor at Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

Christine Potter is a writer and a poet who lives in a haunted house in Rockland County.  Her poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (David Roberts Books, 2006) and Sheltering in Place (WordTech, 2013).  Her young adult novel, Time Runs Away With Her, was published last fall by Evernight Teen.  In addition to writing, Christine has been a teacher, a DJ, and a ringer of tower bells.

Hilary Sideris is the author of Most LIkely to Die, poems in the voice of Keith Richards, from Poets Wear Prada Press (2014). Her forthcoming collections are A House Not Made with Hands from Poets Wear Prada Press, and The Inclination to Make Waves, from Big Wonderful Press. She lives in Brooklyn, and works as a professional developer for the CUNY Start Program at The City University of New York.