Lewis Warsh is the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography. He is coeditor of The Angel Hair Anthology and editor and publisher of United Artists Books. His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry (1997, 2002, 2003) . He is recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and The Fund for Poetry. He has also received an Editor’s Fellowship Award from the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, and the James Shestack prize from The American Poetry Review. Mimeo Mimeo #7 (2012) featured his poetry, fiction and collages, and a bibliography of his work as an editor and publisher. He has taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, SUNY Albany, and Long Island University (Brooklyn) where he was founding director of the MFA program in creative writing (2007-13) and where he currently teaches. Alien Abduction, a new book of poems, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2015.
Michael Forstrom was born in Sweden and raised in England and Canada before the family settled outside Minneapolis, MN. As an adult, he has lived in various places in the U.S., as well as in England and Kenya, and earned degrees from Carleton College, The New School for Social Research, and SUNY Buffalo. For the last ten years, he has lived outside New Haven, CT and worked at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale. He has published film reviews, short fiction, and poetry, including two pamphlets, the elusive object (Phylum Press) and The Icon Painter. In 2012, he held residencies at VSC and Millay Colony where he completed a mixed-genre piece and embarked on a new work exploring the effects of dispersal, illness, and telecommunications on the contemporary family. Four Seasons is his first novella. He lives with his wife, poet Katie Yates, and children.
Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Narrative Northeast and New Jersey Poets. Her interviews appeared in IndieReader, USA Today and The Huffington Post. She is the author of Flamenco Sketches and Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. Her second poetry collection The Dark Cave Between My Ribs released this past March (Winter Goose Publishing). She is currently working on a literary romance novel, This Way to Forever. She also runs an author interview series on The Huffington Post Books community blogs vertical. Loren’s website is: lorenkleinman.com. She can also be found twittering @LorenKleinman.
Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. She is the author of two other full-length poetry collections, To Part Is to Die a Little, Cervená Barva Press, and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky, 8th House Publishing, Canada, and two chapbooks, and her poems and translations have appeared in many journals. Together with Paul Doru Mugur and Adam J. Sorkin, she co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman Publishing, 2011). Ms. Serea lives in New Jersey and works in New York for a major publishing company. A rising star in the world of contemporary surrealist poetry, she received two Pushcart nominations in 2011.
Gloria Mindock is the author of La Porile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania), Nothing Divine Here (U Soku Stampa, Montenegro, 2010) and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007). She is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press, and a US editor for Levure Litteraire (France). Gloria’s poetry has been translated and published in French, Serbian, Spanish, and Romanian. Her fourth chapbook, Pleasure Trout, was just released by Muddy River Books. Whiteness of Bone, her fourth full-length book, is forthcoming along with a new chapbook called, Dirty Looks, Reinterpreting Men and Other Stuff. Visit her at www.cervenabarvapress.com.
Henry Chang is a native son of Chinatown and a lifetime New Yorker. He writes from the world of the urban Chinese immigrant demimonde, and his work has appeared in Murdaland, Gangs in New York’s Chinatown, The NuyorAsian Anthology, and Bridge Magazine. His acclaimed Chinatown series—of Chinatown Beat, Year of the Dog, Red Jade, and Death Money, which just came out this April—is a hard-boiled reflection of lifelong experiences in the Chinese community. The books have received high praise from The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, among others.
Hilary Davidson won the 2011 Anthony Award for Best First Novel for The Damage Done. The book also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis and Macavity awards. Her first standalone novel, Blood Always Tells, was just published this spring. Her short stories have been featured in publications from Ellery Queen to Thuglit, and she has won a Spinetingler Award for best short story and an Ellery Queen Reader’s Choice Award. A Toronto-born travel journalist and the author of 18 nonfiction books, she has lived in New York City since October 2001.
Tim Hall is the author of the Bert Shambles Mysteries, a New Adult series featuring an economically disadvantaged young man solving crime in the Long Island suburbs. The first installment, Dead Stock, was recently published by Cozy Cat Press. The second book, Tie Died, is expected this summer 2014. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.
Richard A. Herman’s most recent novel is Laszlo’s Fire. Herman lives in New Jersey with his wife, and together they operate an insurance claims adjusting business. A veteran of the Navy and an amateur actor, Herman has four children, ten grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.
Catherine Maiorisi often writes under the watchful eye of Edgar Allan Poe, in Edgar’s Café, near her apartment. While seeking an agent for her series staring NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli and her sidekick Detective P.J. Parker, Maiorisi is plotting a new series and writing short stories. Her short stories include: “Justice for All” in Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices; “The Fan Club” in The Best Lesbian Romances of 2014; and “Murder Italian Style” in Murder New York Style: Family Matters.
Jon McGoran is the author of Drift, an ecological thriller about genetically engineered food, and its sequel, Deadout, coming out August 2014, both from Forge Books. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is the author of the forensic crime thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison, and Freezer Burn.
He has been writing about food and sustainability for twenty years and is an advocate for urban agriculture, cooperative development, and labeling of genetically engineered foods.
There are three places you can find Erica Obey when she is not writing or teaching courses on mystery fiction and King Arthur at Fordham University: hiking, gardening, or at the back of the pack in her local road race. After she earned a degree from Yale University, along with an M.A. in Creative Writing from CCNY, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from CUNY, Obey published a few scholarly pieces before she decided she would rather be writing the stories myself. Her first novel, Back to the Garden, was published in 2013.
Narween Otto is Australian and Vietnamese and was a film producer in Los Angeles before she relocated to New York City. She writes suspense fiction and is unpublished.
Melinda Susan Goodman has been teaching at Hunter College in New York City since 1987. In 1988 she published a collection of poems, Middle Sister, MSG Press, Paterson, NJ. She was a founding member of the Audre Lorde Women’s Poetry Center and was a former member of the editorial collective of Conditions, the world’s first Lesbian literary journal. Her poems have appeared in LGBTI journals and anthologies and she was an early recipient of an Astraea Award for Lesbian poets. Goodman holds an M.A. from NYU and an M.F.A. from Columbia University, where she received a fellowship citation. In 2012 she was awarded a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation on the Arts.
Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. All three books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award, and Haywire won the 2013 Members’ Choice Award. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA. His writing has appeared in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Fiction, Fiction International and elsewhere. He received a 2012 fiction-writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Allison Thompson spent her early childhood as an Air Force brat, moving throughout the Southern U.S. She was the oldest of five kids in a highly dysfunctional, yet extremely resourceful, family. The fact that she learned to talk while living in Texas has indelibly marked her speech. Allison studied creative writing and theater at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where a number of her poems were published in The Rebel, ECU’s literary arts magazine, where she also did a stint as associate editor. Her varied job experience includes working in tobacco fields, deejaying at a rock and roll radio station, and being a TV weatherperson until her move to NYC in 1984. After focusing mainly on theater pursuits, she returned to her writing roots in the late ’90s. She was awarded a fellowship grant in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2012, and is currently working on a collection of short stories. She looks forward to her fiction publishing debut.
Arlaina Tibensky writes novels and short stories and is the author of the YA novel And Then Things Fall Apart (Simon & Schuster), about how Sylvia Plath and an old typewriter usher a reluctant virgin through the worst summer of her freaking life, available at fine bookstores everywhere. She is the founding curator of the Pen Parentis Literary Salon in New York City, a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a debutant, twice, at the prestigious One Story Literary Debutante Ball.
Hosted by Ellen Datlow and Robert Killheffer
Readings by Jeffrey Ford and John Langan
Last Trumpet Fiction reading before hiatus; series resumes in October.
Violet LeVoit is a film critic, arts and culture journalist, and bizarro/erotica/horror fiction writer whose work has appeared in many publications in the U.S. and U.K. She is the author of the erotic novel HOTEL BUTTERFLY (Loose ID) and the bizarro short story colleciton I AM GENGHIS CUM (Fungasm Press). Born in Baltimore, she now lives in Philadelphia.
Christoph Paul is an award-winning author of 5 books that cross different genres: humor, poetry, satire, bizarro, horror and non-fiction. He plays rock music in band Moses Moses but wishes he could be a gangsta rapper. He loves The Miami Dolphins, Thai Food, and wearing Crocs (they are comfortable haters). His next book that isn’t lame will be “Tits From Hell”.
Bradley Sands is an author of bizarro fiction. He wrote TV SNORTED MY BRAIN, PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT ME IN THE FACVE: A NOVEL, RICO SLADE WILL F*CKING KILL YOU, SORRY I RUINED YOUR ORGY, and other books.
Joanna Sit is the author of My Last Century; she is currently working on her translation/poetry project, “The Reincarnation of Red,” funded in part by a grant from PSC CUNY, and a new book of poetry entitled Track Works. She teaches at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York.
Kenneth Baron is a writer and editor based in New York City. In addition to spending time at most of the major Manhattan magazine publishing houses, he has created a long-running reality show (for which he offers his apologies) and saw one of his screenplay’s win a prestigious film festival sponsored by Showtime, which no longer takes his calls. He reads from his first collection of poetry, Semi-Sleep.
Originally from San Francisco, Miranda Mellis now lives in Olympia where she is on faculty at The Evergreen State College. She is an editor at The Encyclopedia Project and the author of The Quarry (Trafficker, 2013); The Spokes (Solid Objects, 2012); None of This Is Real (Sidebrow, 2012); Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2009) and The Revisionist (Calamari, 2007). This year she is a recipient of an Artist in Residence award at The Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.
Jaime Clarke is a graduate of the University of Arizona and holds an MFA from Bennington College. He is the author of the novels We’re So Famous and Vernon Downs; editor of the anthologies 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; and co-editor of the anthologies No Near Exit: Writers Select Their Favorite Work from Post Road Magazine (with Mary Cotton), and Boston Noir 2: The Classics (with Dennis Lehane and Mary Cotton). He is a founding editor of the literary magazine Post Road, now published at Boston College, and co-owner, with his wife, of Newtonville Books, an independent bookstore in Boston.
Andrea Lawlor, a recent graduate of UMass Amherst’s MFA program, teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College, edits fiction for Fence, and has been awarded fellowships by Lambda Literary and Radar Labs. Lawlor’s writing has appeared in jubilat, The Brooklyn Rail, MiPOesias, The Millions, Mutha, and Encyclopedia, Vol. II.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Bonnie ZoBell’s linked collection, What Happened Here, a novella and stories published by Press 53, has just been released. Her fiction chapbook, The Whack-Job Girls, came out in 2013. She has won a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in fiction, the Capricorn Novel Award, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award as well as resident fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, VCC, and Dorland. Visit her at www.bonniezobell.com.
Richard Peabody is a French toast addict and native Washingtonian. He has two recent books out— a book of poetry Speed Enforced by Aircraft (Broadkill River Press), and a book of short stories Blue Suburban Skies (Main Street Rag Press). He won the Beyond the Margins “Above & Beyond Award” for 2013. He has edited Gargoyle Magazine since back before Elvis died. http://www.gargoylemagazine.com/
Gloria Mindock is the author of La Porile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania), Nothing Divine Here (U Soku Stampa, Montenegro, 2010) and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson Street Press, 2007). She is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press, and a US editor for Levure Litteraire (France). Gloria’s poetry has been translated and published in French, Serbian, Spanish, and Romanian, as well as being widely published in numerous journals in the US and other countries world-wide. Her fourth chapbook, Pleasure Trout, was just released by Muddy River Books. Whiteness of Bone, her fourth full-length book, will be out soon. www.cervenabarvapress.com
Eric Darton’s books include Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York’s World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999, 2011), and Free City, a novel, (WW Norton, 1996). The final two books of his five-volume cultural memoir Notes of a New York Son, 1995-2007 were published in November, 2013. Darton is currently writing a book-length study of the literary, political and philosophical ideas of James Baldwin. He is a senior editor at Tupelo Quarterly, http://www.tupeloquarterly.com where he contributes essays on language and power. More of his work may be found at his website, http://www.ericdarton.net and blog, http://www.bookoftheworldcourant.net
Series Host Susan Tepper
Robert Podgurski has been practicing magick and researching esoteric topics for over 30 years now. He has written and published articles on John Dee, Magick, and the Occult and conducted lectures and workshops around the US. Last year saw publication of the long-awaited The Sacred Alignments and The Dark Side of Sigils (gridmagick.com). Bob currently resides in the Piedmont region of North Carolina where he practices Qui Gong, poetry, mountaineering, and the magickal arts. His poetics are stated in “Double-Wanded Motion” which is included in Wandering On Course.
t thilleman migrated to New York from the Mid-Western State of Wisconsin in the early 80s. For a brief period he worked for Pace Editions and the artist Chuck Close on handmade paper editions under the direction of the late Joe Wilfer. Through-out the 90s he helped edit Poetry New York and their pamphlet series. He is the author of more than a few poetry collections including Three Sea Monsters, Onönyxa & Therseyn (opening book for an extended work, Sketches), and the novel Gowanus Canal, Hans Knudsen. His collaborations with j/j hastain are Approximating Diapason, Clef Manifesto, Snag as well as the forthcoming glossary, Tongue a Queer Anomaly. His literary essay/memoir, Blasted Tower, is being issued from Shakespeare & Co./Toad Suck. Ongoing and online, tt blogs musings taken from the Kamasutra and others at conchwoman.wordpress.com. The companion book to Snailhorn, with essay and drawings, is Entering Yoni Space On The Pouring Pivot Of My Own Lingaraj.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Last reading of series before summer hiatus.
Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently I Saw The Devil With His Needlework (Argos Books), and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press). Stone is the editor of Monk Books, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks of poetry and art, and is also a regular contributor for The The Poetry Blog. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, Crazyhorse, and Tin House. Stone collaborated with Anne Carsonon Antigonick (2012), a new kind of comic book and translation. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, poet Ben Pease, and their cat. Her forthcoming collection, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, is to be published in a collaboration between Tin House Books and Octopus Books in 2014.
Willa Schneberg has authored four other poetry collections: In The Margins of The World (Plain View Press), recipient of the Oregon Book Award in Poetry; Box Poems (Alice James Books); Storytelling In Cambodia (Calyx Books); and the letterpress chapbook The Books of Esther (Paper Crane Press), produced in conjunction with her interdisciplinary exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum in the Fall of 2012. Willa has read at the Library of Congress, her poems were heard on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and she has been a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and a visual artist. Willa lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon. You can read more about Willa and her work on her website: www.threewayconversation.org
Kipp Friedman (born 1960) is the youngest son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman. A native New Yorker, Kipp holds B.A.s in History and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his career as a reporter and has worked in public relations and marketing. He is also a professional photographer. Kipp and his wife, Anne, have a grown son, Max. Barracuda in the Attic is his first book. Kipp also writes a regular blog for the Huffington Post. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1606996509
Jay Ruttenberg is the editor of The Lowbrow Reader, an irregularly published comedy journal that began in New York City in 2001. Its book anthology, The Lowbrow Reader Reader, was published in 2012 by Drag City. Ruttenberg worked for a decade at Time Out New York, where he was a music critic; before that, he was an editor at Puncture magazine. He has written for The New York Times, Mad magazine, and Details, and is a contributing editor at Fashion Projects.
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:
Laird Barron is the author of several books, including The Croning, Occultation, and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Fearful Symmetries and Lovecraft Unbound. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in Upstate New York.
Paul Tremblay is the author of five novels including The Little Sleep, Floating Boy, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (YA with Stephen Graham Jones, forthcoming October 2014), and A Head Full of Ghosts (forthcoming in 2015,). He’s the author of the short story collection In the Mean Time and has co-edited five anthologies, including Creatures: Thirty Years of Monster Stories (with John Langan). His fiction and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times and numerous year’s best anthologies.
Tsipi Keller was born in Prague, raised in Israel, and has been living in the U.S. since 1974. The author of nine books, she is the recipient of several literary awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships, New York Foundation for the Arts grants, and an Armand G. Erpf award from Columbia University. Her most recent translation collections are: Poets on the Edge: An Anthology of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry (SUNY Press); and The Hymns of Job & Other Poems, a Lannan Translation Selection (BOA Editions). Her novels include: The Prophet of Tenth Street (2012), Retelling (2006) and Jackpot (2004).
Bill Evans was born in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania and lives in New York City. Modern Adventures is his first book of poetry.
Kelly Luce grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, and other magazines. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and Austin, Texas, where she is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and fiction editor of Bat City Review. Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail is her first book.
“Luce’s...incandescent prose lures readers into a land both familiar and fantastically foreign, melding Japanese folklore and traditions with strange and memorable characters.” Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Published by, A Strange Object is an independent literary publisher based in Austin, Texas, dedicated to publishing surprising, heartbreaking fiction in strange packages.
Maxwell Neely-Cohen was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he spent his teenage years skateboarding and DJing. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, he lives in New York City. Echo of the Boom is his first novel.
“Striking… a coming-of-age story about finding meaning in our technologically advanced world as the end grows near… a character-driven tale of the apocalypse.”
-Sonya Lovy, Foreword Review
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
In Ameriscopia, his new book from the University of Arizona Press, trailblazing Nuyorican slam poet Edwin Torres offers a mesmerizing, mercurial poetic journey.
A self-proclaimed “lingualisualist,” poet Edwin Torres’s highly acclaimed performances and live shows combine vocal and physical improvisation and theater. He has represented New York City in the National Poetry Slam, earned acclaim as a one-man poetic theater phenomenon, appeared on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged, and been featured in Newsweek and Rolling Stone. A virtuoso, Torres has performed nationally and internationally at such major spaces as Central Park, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is known for his eclectic style and for challenging the singular notion of “Latino identity.”
With Ameriscopia, Torres offers a truly kaleidoscopic view of what it means to be, in his words, “a Latino-New Yorker-American-Poet-Performer-Dad-Boy.” The book, says Torres, is “about New York City and my life growing up among its widely expansive inspirations, which make it my own America.” He takes readers on a ride into the multitude of identities that compose modern America. Come celebrate the release of his book at this literary event.
At this event, he will be performing alongside Sharon Mesmer and Todd Colby.
Morowa Yejidé‘s (pronounced: Moe-roe-wah Yay-gee-day) short stories have appeared in theIstanbul Review, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The Adirondack Review, and others. Her story TOKYO CHOCOLATE was nominated in 2009 for the Pushcart Prize, published in the best of theWillesden Herald Stories and reviewed in the Japan Times. Her novel TIME OF THE LOCUST was a 2012 finalist for the national PEN/Bellwether Prize and received First Honorable mention in the national 2011 Dana Awards. TIME OF THE LOCUST is forthcoming June 2014 through Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. Morowa earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and three sons. For more information visit www.morowayejide.com.
Courtney Elizabeth Mauk is author of the novels ORION’S DAUGHTERS (Engine Books, 2014) and Spark (Engine Books, 2012). Her stories and essays have appeared in The Literary Review, PANK,Wigleaf and Five Chapters, among other venues. She is an assistant editor at Barrelhouse and teaches at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and Juilliard.
Laurie Loewenstein is a fifth generation Midwesterner. Her debut novel, UNMENTIONABLES, is the flagship publication of Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books.
J.L. Torres was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, a town in the center of the island, and grew up in the South Bronx. His published work includes tHE FAMILY TERRORIST AND OTHER STORIES and the novel, THE ACCIDENTAL NATIVE (Arte Publico). To date, he has published various poems in journals such as the North American Review, Denver Quarterly, The Americas Review, Crab Orchard Review, Bilingual Review, Connecticut Review, Tulane Review, Puerto del Sol, among others, most of which are in BORICUA PASSPORT (2Leaf Press). Torres holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Torres is Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he teaches both American literature, Latina/o Literatures, and Creative Writing.
MARK BIBBINS is the author of They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2014); The Dance of No Hard Feelings; The Anxiety of Coincidence, a digital-only chapbook; and Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine, and at Columbia University. Bibbins is the editor of the poetry section of The Awl and the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, three editions of The Best American Poetry, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.
LUCIE BROCK-BROIDO is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Stay, Illusion (Knopf, 2013). She has received many honors, including the Witter-Bynner Prize of Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Brock-Broido is currently Director of Poetry in the Writing Division at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City. She divides her time between Cambridge, MA and New York City.
Alena Graedon was born in Durham, NC, and is a graduate of Carolina Friends School, Brown University, and Columbia University’s MFA program. She was Manager of Membership and Literary Awards at the PEN American Center before leaving to finish THE WORD EXCHANGE, her first novel, with the help of fellowships at several artist colonies. Her writing has been translated into nine languages. She lives in Brooklyn.
Tejas Desai was born in New York City in the early 1980s. He is a novelist, short story writer, blogger, playwright, filmmaker, actor, educator, librarian, publisher, critic of literature, arts and culture, and the founder of The New Wei Literary Movement and Collective. He has won the Wesleyan Fiction Award, sponsored by Norman Mailer, and has been an honorable mention in the Princeton Poetry Contest. He holds both a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Literary Translation and a Master of Library/Information Science. His novel, The Brotherhood, is the first book in The Brotherhood Trilogy. He reads from his book: Good Americans
Sean Madigan Hoen was raised in Dearborn, Michigan and spent his young adulthood touring and recording in several Detroit-based music groups, including Thoughts of Ionesco, The Holy Fire and Leaving Rouge. His fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including BOMB Magazine, where he was awarded the 2011 Fiction Award. He has taught creative writing at Columbia University and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Songs Only You Know: A Memoir is his first book.
“A book of almost spooky clarity and relentless compassion. Because it’s also universal, and ridiculously readable, and Hoen has, in this memoir, brought his life pinned and wriggling to page, and you can’t help but be moved by it, and even yourself changed.” -DARIN STRAUSS,
Marie Sabatino has been writing stories since she was a little girl. She has been telling stories all over NYC for the last ten years.... at venues like The National Arts Club, Galapagos Art Space, KGB Bar, Happy Ending Lounge and the Lit Crawl in Manhattan. You can find her stories in publications like Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Word Riot, The OpEd Project, Freerange Nonfiction and a number of other places that only the most diligent stalker would be able to find. This is Marie’s second time reading for DUCT’s Trumpet Fiction and she often wonders when just once will ever ever ever be enough.
Lisa Kirchner was once simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper. Her book, Hello, American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar is coming out with Greenpoint Press in May 2014. She lives in New York City.
Sandra Hurtes is the author of the essay collection On My Way to Someplace Else and the memoir The Ambivalent Memoirist. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Poets & Writers, The Writer and numerous other publications. She is an adjunct professor at John Jay College.
Nicolette Wong is a dancer, magician and poet based in Hong Kong. She is the editor in chief of A-Minor Magazine and A-Minor Press, an independent press publishing full-length collections of poetry and mixed genre work by international authors. Her work has appeared in Thrush Poetry Journal, Escape Into Life, E•ratio, fwriction : review, and other places. Her poetry chapbook, Stone Bride Madrigals, was published by corrupt press (Paris).
Since the mid-1960’s, Simon Perchik has placed thousands of poems in journals and periodicals, large and small. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Partisan Review, and The Nation, as well as countless small press magazines. He is the author of twenty-one books of poetry. “Almost Rain” his current title was published in 2013 by River Otter Press. Perchik, an attorney, was Suffolk County Long Island’s first environmental prosecutor.
Gary Percesepe is Associate Editor at New World Writing (formerly Mississippi Review) and a Contributor at The Nervous Breakdown. Author of four books in philosophy, Percesepe’s fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in Story Quarterly, N + 1, Salon, Mississippi Review, The Millions, Brevity, PANK, The Brooklyner, and other places. He is the author of a short story collection, Itch, and a poetry collection, Falling, both published by Pure Slush Press in 2013. His collection of short stories, Why I Did the Grocery Girl, is forthcoming from Aqueous Books.
W.F. Lantry’s poetry collections are The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree 2012), winner of a 2013 Nautilus Award in Poetry, The Language of Birds (Finishing Line 2011), a lyric retelling of Attar’s Conference of the Birds, and the forthcoming collections The Book of Maps and The Terraced Mountain. A native of San Diego, he received his Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice, M.A. from Boston University, and PhD in Creative Writing from University of Houston. Recent honors include the National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry, CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize, Crucible Editors’ Poetry Prize, Lindberg Foundation International Poetry for Peace Prize (in Israel), the Old Red Kimono LaNelle Daniel Prize, and the Potomac Review Prize. His work has been published in 25 countries in such journals as Asian Cha, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Descant, Gulf Coast and Aesthetica. He currently works in Washington, DC and is an associate fiction editor at JMWW.
Series Host Susan Tepper
Alexander Nemser’s one-man show “Moshe Feldstein, Icon of Self-Realization,” premiered at the Cherry Lane Theater as part of the 2011 New York Fringe Festival. His book “The Sacrifice of Abraham” is forthcoming this summer from Bookieman, in collaboration with artist Nino Biniashvili. His play “Peepshow” for five actors will have a staged reading at the Bowery Poetry Club on May 25th.”
Snowden Wright’s first novel, Play Pretty Blues, was published by Engine Books in November 2013. He has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and is the author of the e-book “How to Get the Crabs.” Wright lives in New York.
Cynthia Zarin is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Ada Poems (2010), five books for children, and most recently, a collection of essays An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History (2013). Her honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Literature, the Peter B. Lavan Award, an Ingram Merrill Award for Poetry, The Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry (for The Watercourse), a Roger P. Lippincott Award for Consumer Reporting, the New York Women’s Press Award for Writing on the Arts, the Georgia Book Award for Writing for Children, and a Parent’s Choice Award for Children’s Literature. A longtime contributor to The New Yorker, as well as The New York Times and other publications, she is also a former contributing editor for Gourmet Magazine. She is an Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Resident Writer for BalletCollective; a new ballet based on her poem, The Impulse Wants Company premiered at the Joyce Theater in 2013. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Yale University.
KATE GREENSTREET’s latest book is Young Tambling (Ahsahta Press, 2013). Her previous books are The Last 4 Things and case sensitive, also with Ahsahta. Her new work can be found in Waxwing, Denver Quarterly, Everyday Genius, Sugar House Review, and other journals.
LAURA SIMS is the author of three books of poetry: My god is this a man (forthcoming, 2013), Stranger, and Practice, Restraint, all on Fence Books; she has also published five chapbooks, including POST- (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2012). Her work was included in the anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books, 2007), and individual poems have appeared in the journals: 6x6, Aufgabe, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crayon, Denver Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, Fence, and First Intensity, among others. She has published book reviews and essays in Boston Review, Evening Will Come, Jacket, New England Review, Rain Taxi and The Review of Contemporary
René Steinke is the author of the novels The Fires and Holy Skirts, which was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award. She is the Director of the MFA program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Brooklyn.
“This is a book of rare power, tempered by equally rare grace. Steinke’s sense of this small Texas town, with its explosive and interconnected lives and deaths, is absolutely masterful. The reader is pulled into the story immediately, emotionally, morally, completely. What’s more, it’s a page-turner of the most explosive quality. Steinke torques the plot tighter and tighter, until the suspense is nearly unbearable—yet never loses sight of her character’s humanity, nor sacrifices a word of her beautiful prose. This is work by an author operating at the peak of her authority, to be sure.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
Kodi Scheer teaches writing at the University of Michigan. She was awarded the Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction and Community Service. Her stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Iowa Review, and other publications. She reads from her collection: Incendiary Girls
“A fresh take on the vagaries of the human body and the human spirit. Scheer spins inventive tales, laced with a dose of magic.” Danielle Ofri
Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. Publications: rest area (short stories), miss corpus (novel), and The Tribe middlegrade adventure series—book one, Homeroom Headhunters, book two, Camp Cannibal (Disney/Hyperion). Film: The Boy (with Craig Macneill), Dad (with Glenn McQuaid), Late Bloomer (short, Sundance 2005) and Henley (with Macneill, short, Sundance 2012). Theatre: Commencement, Hostage Song (with Kyle Jarrow), and SCKBSTD (with Bruce Hornsby). Comics: The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, and Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures. He is a writing instructor at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University. Visit him at: www.claymcleodchapman.com
RUSSELL DILLON was born in New York in the mid-seventies and just hasn’t been able to get over it. After attending a number of schools, he received degrees from Emerson and Bennington College, later ending up in San Francisco for nearly a decade. Now, back in New York he only eats burritos facing west and continues to co-edit the magazine Big Bell. Poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Lumberyard, H_NGM_N, Forklift Ohio, 5 am, Parthenon West, Mi Poesia, and Bright Pink Mosquito, among others. A chapbook, Secret Damage, was released from Forklift Ink in 2009, and his full-length collection, Eternal Patrol, appeared from Forklift Books in the summer of 2013.
ROGER REEVES’ poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD the University of Texas-Austin and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book, King Me, was released by Copper Canyon Press in 2013.
Writer Bradford Morrow (“one of America’s major literary voices”—Publishers Weekly) and guitarist Alex Skolnick (“one of the most remarkable guitarists in hard rock history”—Guitar Player Magazine) come together for their first public performance together of A Bestiary.
This unique collaboration brings together Bradford Morrow (author of, among many other works, Trinity Fields, The Diviner’s Tale, The Uninnocent, and The Forgers, forthcoming from Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press) and Alex Skolnick (lead guitarist of the heavy metal rock band, Testament, whose latest album is Dark Roots of Thrash, as well as the jazz group Alex Skolnick Trio) for a live performance of Morrow’s lyrical prose pieces about animals both real and imaginary—from Snake to Mongoose, Rooster to Bat, Unicorn to Whale, Elephant to Anemone. Set to Skolnick’s innovative world music, this reading of A Bestiary unites voice with electric guitar virtuosity in unexpected, magical ways.
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:
Steve Zimmer (Moth GrandSlam Champion)
Blaise Allysen Kearsley (host “How I Learned” series, New York Magazine)
Alex Edelman (BBC, Edinburgh Fringe Festival)
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times
BRIAN BLANCHFIELD is the author of two books of poetry–Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A Several World, forthcoming from Nightboat Books March 2014–as well as The History of Ideas, 1973-2012 (chapbook, available now with Spork Press) and a collection of essays, in progress: Onesheets, a finalist for a 2013 Creative Capital Innovative Literature grant. His recent work has appeared in The Nation, Chicago Review, The Brooklyn Rail, A Public Space, Lana Turner, The Paris Review, Web Conjunctions, Guernica, The Awl, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other journals and magazines.
CHRISTOPHER SALERNO’s newest book of poems, ATM, was chosen by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize. Previous books include Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize 2010), and Whirligig. His chapbook, “Automatic Teller” won the Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize and will be published sometime in 2014. Another chapbook, “AORTA,” was recently published by Poor Claudia. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University where manages the new journal, Map Literary.
Join us for our Annual Easter Comix & Graphic Novel Night!
Hosted and curated by Robyn Chapman
Stephanie Mannheim grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she began self-publishing her own minicomics in high school. She currently resides in New York City, where she is completing her senior year at Barnard College of Columbia University. www.stephaniemannheim.com
Hazel Newlevant is a cartoonist in her senior year at the School of Visual Art. She has drawn and published many minicomics, including the Xeric Award-winning Ci Vediamo. Her work was recently honored with the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. www.newlevant.com
Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in New York City. She has been making minicomics since 2003 and her latest graphic novel, Operation Margarine, was just published by AdHouse Books. www.calicocomics.com
Connie Sun is a New York-based cartoonist who draws an autobiographical webcomic every weekday. She is a self-taught cartoonist who works in higher education by day and sleeps at night. www.conniewonnie.com
Mike Taylor is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work includes the long-running zine Late Era Clash (started in 1994, and currently in
its 25th issue). Mike recently had his first solo-show, NO/FUTURE, at the Booklyn Art Gallery. www.late-era-clash.tumblr.com
Jess Worby is a cartoonist, illustrator, and teacher whose clients include the New York Times, Wired.com, and McSweeney’s (among others).
He draws pictures that feel alive and makes stories about how strange it is to be a person. www.jworby.com
Guillermo Filice Castro is a recipient of the 2013 “Emerge-Surface-Be” fellowship from the Poetry Project. His work appears in journals such as Assaracus, Barrow Street, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Court Green, Fogged Clarity, Hinchas de Poesia, LaFovea.org, Quarterly West, among others, as well as the anthologies Rabbit Ears, Flicker and Spark, Divining Divas, Saints of Hysteria, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, are featured in Guernica, Terra Incognita, U.S. Latino Review, and Visions. In 2012 he was a finalist for the Andrés Montoya prize.
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, and Saints of Hysteria. His translations, in collaboration with the talented and muy guapo Guillermo Filice Castro, have appeared in U.S. Latino Review, Terra Incognita and Guernica. He has been awarded fellowships from Ragdale, VCCA, and Blue Mountain Center, and is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. Ron received honorable mention for the latest Pushcart Prize and has poems forthcoming in DUCTS and Ocean State Review.
Ocean Vuong is a recipient of a 2013 Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships from Kundiman, Poets House, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Poems appear in Poetry, The Nation, Beloit Poetry Journal, Passages North, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. He lives in Queens, NY.
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:
Douglas Clegg is the award-winning author of more than 25 books and 50 short stories, including Neverland and The Machinery of Night. For the past five years, he’s worked on a new novel and several novellas and stories. He will read from one of these as-yet secret fictions.
Clegg lives on the coast of Connecticut with his husband, Raul, in a house called Villa Diodati.
John Langan‘s latest collection, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies was called “a must-read” by Publishers Weekly, He is the author of a previous collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, and a novel, House of Windows. His recent stories have appeared in Ellen Datlow’s Lovecraft’s Monsters and Joseph Pulver’s The Grimscribe’s Puppets.
He lives in upstate New York with his wife, younger son, dogs, cats, rats, fish, hermit crabs, and a honey badger–really, it’s a zoo.
Cris Mazza is the author of Something Wrong With Her, a hybrid memoir published by Jaded Ibis Press in 2014, a companion piece to Various Men Who Knew Us As Girls. She has authored over a dozen other books, mostly novels and collections of short fiction. Mazza now lives in the Midwest and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Mazza’s first novel, How to Leave a Country, while still in manuscript won the PEN / Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction. The judges included Studs Terkel and Grace Paley. Some of her other notable earlier titles include Your Name Here: ___, Dog People and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? In 1995 and ‘96 she was co-editor of Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, and Chick-Lit 2 (No Chick Vics), anthologies of women’s fiction which pre-date the book industry’s use of the term chick-lit as branding for a popular genre. Mazza’s fiction has been reviewed numerous times in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, MS Magazine, Chicago Tribune Books, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, The San Francisco Review of Books, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other book review publications.
A native of Southern California, Cris Mazza grew up in San Diego County. Her BA and MA were completed at San Diego State University, then she crossed the country to finish an MFA in writing at Brooklyn College before returning to San Diego where she lived several years training and showing her dogs, completing her first 4 books, and teaching at various local colleges and universities. Mazza has taught fiction writing at UC San Diego, and was Writer in Residence at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, then at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Since 1993 Mazza has lived outside Chicago. She is a professor in and director of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In spring 2000 Mazza was the Chairholder in Creative Writing in the MFA program at the University of Alabama, and was an NEA grant recipient in 2000-2001.
Lisa Marie Basile
Lisa Marie Basile is the founding editor of Luna Luna Mag, a mischievous little women’s arts&culture site. She also edits the micropress Patasola Press and is co-editor for Diorama Journal.
Her work can be seen in Best American Poetry, Poets & Artists Magazine, PANK Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, Johns Hopkin’s The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, decomP, Thrush Poetry Journal, Poetry Crush, La Fovea, Prick of the Spindle and elimae, among others. She is the author of Andalucia (The Poetry Society of New York) and Triste (Dancing Girl Press). Her newest chapbook, war/lock, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press in 2014. Noctuary Press, run from University of Buffalo, will publish her full-length poetry collection, APOCRYPHAL in June 2014.
Lisa Marie has edited for SUNDRESS Publications and WEAVE Magazine. She has taught poetry at The Brooklyn Brainery and was poet-in-residence at Westfield High School. She is an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice. When she’s not performing for The Poetry Brothel as her poetic alter-ego Sofia Del Santos, she is writing her novella, GAEL.
She was the February 2014 feature poet for Poets & Artists Magazine, and has been named a top contemporary NYC poet to watch in features by The New York Daily News & Relapse Magazine. She is a graduate of The New School’s MFA program for creative writing.
She teaches online workshops for Johns Hopkins’ literary review, the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review.
Justin Miracle Jones
Miracle Jones is from Texas. He is a Sagittarius. He is a very private person.
Rae Bryant’s short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals, released from Patasola Press, NY, in June 2011. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, StoryQuarterly, McSweeney’s, Huffington Post, BLIP Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, and Redivider, among other publications and have been nominated for the Pen/Hemingway, Pen Emerging Writers, and Pushcart awards. She has won awards in fiction from Whidbey Writers and Johns Hopkins as well as fellowships from the VCCA and Hopkins to write, study and teach in Florence, Italy. She earned a Masters in Writing from Hopkins where she continues to teach creative writing and is editor in chief of the university-housed literary and arts journal, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. She has also taught in the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.
She is represented by Jennifer Carlson with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.
SCOTT HIGHTOWER is the author of Self-evident (Barrow Street Press, 2012); Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets Natural Trouble (2003); and Tin Can Tourist (2001). He has also published a bilingual collection of poems in Spanish, translated by Natalia Carbajosa. Hightower’s own translations of poems by the Spanish-Puerto Rican poet Aurora de Albornoz have garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.
Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five books of poetry-- including The Singing Underneath, a National Poetry Series selection in 1987, Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books), which was a runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008, and Into Daylight, published in 2014 by Tupelo Press as the winner of the Dorset Prize-- as well as of The Names of Things: New and Selected Poems, published in 2006 by Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as other honors, he has published poems in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Poets of the New Century, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has taught at George Washington University, Phillips Academy, where he was the Writer-in-Residence, College of the Holy Cross, Framingham State College, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and the Solstice MFA Program. For more information, go to: www.jeffreyharrisonpoet.com
David Gerrard is a contributing editor at Tottenville Review, and his work has also appeared or is forthcoming in The Awl, The Millions, Specter, Extract(s), and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Manhattanville College. His reads from his novel: Short Century
“An astute and searing look at the political and cultural mores of the last fifty years — in all their savagery and good intentions.” —Fiona Maazel, author of Woke Up Lonely
“Short Century is painfully smart, the good kind of pain. David Burr Gerrard pushes every hot button in Short Century, personal, familial, and political, and dances in the fallout. If David Corn and Georges Bataille had a baby it would read like Short Century.” —Tupelo Hassman, author of Girlchild
Douglas Watson is the author of a book of short stories, The Era of Not Quite, winner of the inaugural BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize. Watson’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in One Story, Fifty-two Stories, Tin House Flash Fridays, Sou’wester, The Journal, Ecotone, Salt Hill, Epiphany and other publications. His story “Life on the Moon” was chosen by Dan Chaon and Wigleaf in 2012 as one of the year’s top 50 very short fictions. He was featured as a “literary debutante” at One Story’s 2013 Literary Debutante Ball. He reads from his boo: A Moody Fellow Finds Love And Then Dies. He keeps a website at douglaswatsonfiction.com.
“A wise, funny and strangely sad fable of love, art and life. Moody Fellow is a hero for anyone who’s young and lost and yearning to be found.” - Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians
Jason Porter was born and raised in Michigan. He is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program. He has been an English teacher, customer support representative, landlord, traveling musician, and the overnight editor for Yahoo! News and New York Times. Currently, he writes fiction. Why Are You So Sad? (2014), his first novel, was shortlisted for the Paris Literary Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, with his girlfriend and their two dogs. reads from his novel: Why Are You So Sad
“Porter could find a place beside George Saunders, David Sedaris, and many other great practioners of dark American humor.” Collum McCann
JAMES BRALY is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, the writer and performer of the New York Times’ Critics Pick Off Broadway monologue Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour, and the author of Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir, published by St. Martin’s Press. James has performed at The Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, and on a 14-city national tour presented by Meredith Vieira Productions. His autobiographical stories have been broadcast nationally on NPR, Marketplace, and Selected Shorts, and his personal essays have been published in The New York Times and Redbook. Currently, James teaches storytelling at Fordham University, and is developing the television series based on Life in a Marital Institution with Meredith Vieira Productions, who is also producing Life in a Marital Institution: LIVE from Bass Performance Hall, an audio download which will be released on iTunes on April 7.
Coree Spencer is happy to be reading at KGB again, and would like to thank Jonathan and Charles. She is currently in Charles Salzberg’s Work’s in Progress workshop at the Westside Y, and is finally in print in the Anthology; The Man Who Ate His Book.
Josh Goldfaden is the author of the short story collection, Human Resources, which was published by Tin House Books and shortlisted for the Story Prize. He’s also the co-writer of the film Gods Behaving Badly, which stars Christopher Walken, Edie Falco, Sharon Stone, and John Turturro. He’s currently finishing a novel which he has been told will “rip people’s faces off.” He hopes this was meant as a compliment.
Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer who has been reading at KGB bar since it first opened soon after the Russian Revolution. He is the author of Devil in the Hole, Swann’s Last Song, Swann Dives and Swann’s Lake of Despair, which will be published in October 2014.
Saara Dutton is a writer, storyteller and literary rabble-rouser. She has been published in The New York Times, Salon, The New York Observer, Writer’s Digest, Bust Magazine and of course, everyone’s favorite, Ducts webzine. She’s very happy to be invited back to Trumpet Fiction night.
Mark Goldblatt is the author of the novels Africa Speaks (Permanent Press, 2002) Sloth (Greenpoint Press, 2010), The Unrequited (Five Star/Cengage, 2013) and Twerp (Random House, 2013). The still-untitled sequel to Twerp will be published by Random House in 2015. He is also a professor at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
Laurence Klavan wrote the novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, “City of Spies” and “Brain Camp,” co-written with Susan Kim, were published by First Second Books at Macmillan and their Young Adult series, “Wasteland,” is currently being published by Harper Collins. His short work has been published or is forthcoming in such print and online journals as The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Failbetter, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Albedo One, Cafe Irreal, Morpheus Tales, and a collection, “‘The Family Unit’ and Other Fantasies,” will be published in 2014 by Chizine. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of “Bed and Sofa,” the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London. His one-act, “The Summer Sublet,” is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.
Margaret Hundley Parker’s stories and essays have been published in the New York Times, Time Out New York, Oxygen.com, Ducts, and more. It has also been performed at the North Carolina Literary Festival, CBGBs, the Dog & Pony Show, the 24-Hour Plays, and with the Chapel Hill band Speed McQueen. She has been an editor at Fit magazine, Road & Travel, and author of the book, the KISS Guide to Fitness (Dorling Kindersley, 2002). She currently edits the online dictionary vocabulary.com, teaches grammar to college students, and plays bass with the Hudson Valley-based sparkly indie rock band Laminated Menu. Check out their new CD “Sugar Cookie.” She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence. She has an essay in Malls Across America, which was picked as one of Time’s best photo books of 2013.
Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. Recent fiction and poetry appear in Asia Writes, Caribbean Vistas, Soundings Review, and in the anthology Long Island Noir (Akashic Books).
Cara Hoffman’s widely appraised second novel, Be Safe I Love You, is a “searing, unforgettable, and beautifully written tale about the corrosive effects of war on the psyche, a contemporary version of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried with a female protagonist.” Listing it as one of the best ten books for spring, the BBC hailed it as “a fierce and nuanced tribute to women warriors.” Cara’s first novel was the critically acclaimed, So Much Pretty. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including a New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowship for her work on the aesthetics of violence. She has been a visiting writer at St. John’s, Columbia, and Oxford Universities. She currently lives in Manhattan, teaches at Bronx Community College, and sings with the St. George Choral Society. Her recent New York Times op-ed on female veterans can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/01/opinion/the-things-she-carried.html.
Alena Graedon’s debut novel, The Word Exchange, is receiving wide acclaim as a “darkly intellectual and inventive thriller about the intersection of language, technology and meaning . . . . .in which language becomes a virus in this terrifying vision of the print-empty, Web-reliant culture of the 22nd century.” A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, Alena was Manager of Membership and Literary Awards at the PEN American Center before leaving to finish The Word Exchange with the help of fellowships at several artist colonies. Her writing has been translated into nine languages. She lives in Brooklyn.
Derek Owens’s Memory’s Wake is “a brilliant, haunting masterpiece” of experimental nonfiction consisting of memoir, family biography, regional history, photo essay, and staggered narrative set in the 1930s and 40s in the Finger Lakes of New York. Cara Hoffman praises, “Not since David Wojnarowicz’s Close to the Knives has an American writer excavated the landscape of familial, spiritual and historical wreckage with such intelligence and honesty.” Derek is the author of Resisting Writings (and the Boundaries of Composition) and Composition and Sustainability: Teaching for a Threatened Generation. His lyric essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in such journals as Seneca Review, Southampton Review, and Eco poetics. A Vice Provost and Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York, he lives on Long Island with his wife and son.
Loren Kleinman is a writer and poet with roots in New Jersey. Kleinman is a columnist for IndieReader.com (IR) where she interviews New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie authors. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Writer’s Bloc, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize finalist. In 2003, Spire Press published her first collection of poetry FLAMENCO SKETCHES, which explored the relationship between love and jazz. Her second collection of poetry, THE DARK CAVE BETWEEN MY RIBS, was released with Winter Goose Publishing in March 2014. She is currently working on a New Adult romance, THIS WAY TO FOREVER.
Jo Sarzotti’s book MOTHER DESERT (Graywolf June 2012) was the 2011 Bakeless Prize winner, selected by Carl Phillips. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including Denver Quarterly, Alaska Review and North American Review. She lives in New York and teaches literature at Juilliard, where she is the director of the Liberal Arts Department and hosts the Three Muses Poetry Reading series.
Jim Klein’s books include BLUE CHEVIES, TO EAT IS HUMAN DIGEST DIVINE, and TRINIS TALK LIKE THE BIRDS, a chapbook. He has published more than 100 poems in literary magazines, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review, Field, Gandhabba, Onthebus, Poetry Now, Pulpsmith, Unmuzzled Ox, and many times in the Wormwood Review, including a Special Section. He was a semi-finalist in the Anthony Hecht Prize (WayWiser Press) and the Sawtooth Poetry Prize (Ahsahta Press). He has led a weekly poetry workshop in Rutherford for seven years, and he edits The Red Wheelbarrow and reads regularly at The Williams Center and Gaine Ville Café in Rutherford.
Joseph Wade is hopelessly in love with poetry. He is the poetry editor of The Anachronist East, and has published a bit and won some awards, fellowships and scholarships. Currently, he is a Scholar student at Brooklyn College where he has become friends with many beautiful people. He will have his BFA in creative writing this Spring, and hopes to be accepted to Boston University which would be a dream after a dream.
Zorida Mohammed is a Trinidadian-American poet. Her poems have been published in The Caribbean Writer, Folio, Poem, Atlanta Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Fulcrum #6 and #7, Phoebe, Oyez Review, Compass Rose, Dirty Goat # 20, Bayou Magazine, Rutherford Red Wheel Barrow, Distillery and Quercus Review. Zorida is a member of the Red Wheel Barrow Poets in Rutherford and she has been featured at The Williams Center, Gain Ville Café, FDU and the Englewood and Rutherford libraries in New Jersey. She has read at the Bowery Poetry Project and The Cornelia Street Café and other venues in New York City. Zorida is working on a manuscript for her first book of poems.
Join us for an evening with writers Megan Hustad and Lynn Darling
When Megan Hustad and her sister were children, their parents quit their jobs to become evangelical missionaries. After nearly a decade spreading the Word in the Caribbean and on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the family returned to the Midwest. More Than Conquerors (FSG, 2014) is Megan’s exploration into the complicated intersection of faith, family, politics and identity.
After her daughter left for college, Lynn Darling, long widowed, relocated from her cramped New York City apartment to an old, creaky house in rural Vermont in an effort to come to terms with who she is, where she belongs, and what she wants. Lynn recounts her journey into the wilderness of rediscovery in Out of the Woods (Harper, 2014).
Megan Hustad is the author of How to Be Useful. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Post, Slate, The Awl, Fortune, and a few other places.
Lynn Darling is the author of Necessary Sins. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle, among others.
NATE PRITTS is the author of several collections of poetry, including the full-length Right Now More Than Ever and the new chapbook Pattern Exhaustion. Poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Court Green, Forklift, Ohio, and many other journals. He is the founder and Executive Director of H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press. Nate lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
We Lack in Equipment & Control (H_NGM_N Books, 2013) is JENNIFER H. FORTIN’s second book. Lowbrow Press published her first, Mined Muzzle Velocity, in 2011. Fortin is the author of four chapbooks, from Dancing Girl Press, the Dusie Kollektiv, Poor Claudia, and Greying Ghost Press. With three other poets, she founded and edits LEVELER. Fortin is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bulgaria 2004-2006). She now works in Public Relations/Communications at the University of Rochester Medical Center. For more, visit www.jenniferhfortin.com.
ADAM FELL was born and raised in Burlington, Wisconsin, and holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first book, I Am Not A Pioneer, won the 2011 Posner Poetry Prize. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin where he teaches at Edgewood College.
Maud Casey is the author of two novels, The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable, and Genealogy, and a collection of stories, Drastic. She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and has received fellowships from the Fundación Valparaiso, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, Château de Lavigny, and the Passa Porta residency at Villa Hellebosch. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at the University of Maryland and in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson.
“Chief among the many pleasures of Genealogy is Casey’s compassionate, joyful, lyrical voice: she guides us with kindness, gusto, and humor through a generation-spanning, redemptive story about that blessed/cursed, tragicomic animal, the American family.” -George Saunders “Casey is a stand-up philosopher posing vexing questions about human existence. She’s funny, inventive . . . a dazzling narrative dare.” -The New York Times Book Review on The Shape of Things to Come (New York Times Notable Book of the Year)
Maud reads from her novel: The Man Who Walked Away
THE MAN WHO WALKED AWAY: about the early days of psychiatry and the poignant relationship between a doctor and patient. In a trance-like state, Albert walks-from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia-all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he’s left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images.
Timothy Schaffert reads from his novel The Swan Gondola
THE SWAN GONDOLA is an old fashioned love story and a ton of fun to read - achingly romantic, whimsical and sad at once. Set against the backdrop of the Omaha World’s Fair of 1898 it follows pickpocket Ferret Skerritt and his motley cast of pals as they work the midway among the carnival rides, hucksters, pickpockets, and exotic dancers. Ferret’s life is turned upside down when he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, an actress playing Marie Antoinette in the Midway’s Chamber of Horrors, and he becomes drawn into an impossible mystery and love triangle.
“Every page of The Swan Gondola shimmers with exquisite detail. Timothy Schaffert has brought a whole universe to life. Reading it, the magic of the day comes alive, complete with seers and balloons, with corsets and lipstick, love letters and the ventriloquism of romance.” -Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures
Our line-up this month:
Emily Firetog has written for The Irish Times, Electric Literature’s The Outlet, The Stinging Fly, and Tablet. She is the 2012 winner of the Henfield Prize for Fiction from the Joseph McCrindle Foundation and is currently at work on a collection of short stories.
Dan Bjork is an Upper West Side nanny. Before that (and Columbia) he was the front man of a sub-sophomoric hip-hop crew who were lucky enough to sign with an agent just as the record industry fell apart. He is currently finishing his novel about the disappearance of a 29 year-old, the life of a NYPD Sector Officer, and (other) Upper West Side male nannies.
After reading Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye at age seven or nine, Petra E. Lewis decided that she wanted to be a writer. When she received Columbia College’s Joseph and Ann Pearlman Prize for poetry and fiction, she decided there might actually be something to this writing thing—and applied to the Columbia MFA program. After spending nearly two decades on Wall Street as a communications executive, represented by agents at ICM and LJK Literary Management, Petra finally decidedly—post-layoff and Big Bank refugee—to self-publish her novel trilogy The Sons and Daughters of Ham. She’s feeling quite happy and like a maverick-y maverick. Petra is originally from Trinidad.
What is Columbia Selects? The first Thursday of each month the Columbia MFA program hosts a reading series featuring Writing Program alumni. These fresh talents are finished with or near to finished with their first books, but do not yet have a book contract and/or an agent. In recent years, many of our featured writers have achieved critical and commercial success. This is your chance to glimpse who you’ll be reading in 2014!
Columbia Selects is curated by Bryan VanDyke and Emily Austin.
Cecilia Corrigan is a writer and performer living in New York. Her first book, TITANIC, was selected by Lisa Robertson to receive the Plonsker Prize, and will be published in 2014 by &Now Books. Her chapbook, True Beige, was published in 2013 by Trafficker Press. She has been invited to perform her work at various spaces including The Museum of Modern Art, The Poetry Project, Yale University and Brown University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Capilano Review, n+1, The Henry Review, The Journal, Jacket2, O’Clock Press, The Awl, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.
Jon Cotner is the author, with Andy Fitch, of Ten Walks/Two Talks (Ugly Duckling, 2010) andConversations over Stolen Food (1913 Press, 2015). He has contributed to The Believer, Boston Review, Gigantic, Harper’s, and A Public Space. His interactive walks have been presented by Creative Time, Elastic City, Harvard University, the Poetry Society of America, and Poets House. Cotner teaches at Pratt Institute, and lives in Brooklyn.
Brian Moylan is a trained poet masquerading as the Editor-in-Chief of Nerve.com and three other websites about sex, dating and relationships. He is a former staff writer at Gawker and columnist for VICE and his work has appeared The Guardian, New York magazine, Vulture, V Man, Man About Town, and other publications that you wouldn’t like your mother to find on your coffee table. He is the assistant vice director of the Real Housewives Institute and has an honorary PhD in Jersey Shore studies from the University of Chicago.
MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry, including Sun Bear, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in spring 2014. His most recent book, Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010), was selected as one of the year’s top 5 poetry books by Publishers Weekly, as well as the 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice for poetry, and the 2010 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association poetry book of the year. His second collection, The Pajamaist, was chosen by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and by Library Journal as one of the top ten poetry volumes of 2006. The recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Oakland, where he is an editor at Wave Books and a new member of the Core Faculty at the MFA in creative writing at St. Mary’s College of California. He is also a former co-curator of the KGB MONDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES.
CHARLOTTE BOULAY grew up in the Boston area and attended St. Lawrence University. She earned her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she taught writing for five years. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, The Boston Review, and Crazyhorse, among other journals. Foxes on the Trampoline is her first book. She lives with her husband in Philadelphia.
PEN American Center staff and members for drinks, readings, and conversation at the venerable KGB Bar in the East Village for one of the longest-running reading series in NYC. This evening will feature new PEN members reading from recent works and forthcoming novels.
Marie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas will be published in August 2014 by Crown. Her debut collection of short stories Safe as Houses received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Pushcart Prize, and was long-listed for The Story Prize and The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. She was an Emerging Writers Fellow at New York City’s Center for Fiction and teaches at NYU, The Center for Fiction, and The Sackett Street Workshops. She lives in Brooklyn, where she was the Associate Editor for One Story and where she is cold, she is probably cold now even as you’re reading this, because she’s always cold. For more information, visit www.mariehelenebertino.com.
Dina Nayeri’s debut novel, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, was released in 2013 by Riverhead Book and translated to 14 foreign languages. Her work is published in over 20 countries and has been recognized by Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers, Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-required Reading, Granta New Voices, and The Center for Fiction (Flaherty Dunnan prize long list). Her stories and essays have also appeared in Marie Claire, Glamour, Salon, Guernica, The Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and elsewhere. She holds an MBA and a Master of Education, both from Harvard, and a BA from Princeton. She has worked in high fashion, management consulting, university admissions, investment banking, and once as a grumpy lifeguard. Now, having completed her MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and Teaching Writing Fellow, Dina is at work on her second novel (also about an Iranian family). She lives in New York.
Paul Rome is a writer, performer and coffee shop manager. He has written for The Huffington Post, PEN America, The Minetta Review and Mercer Street. His literary performances have been described by The Faster Times as “writing that dazzles” and by Hyperallergic as “striking… measured sentences” that “captivate and immerse the auditory cortex.” Rome’s debut novel, We All Sleep in the Same Room, was hailed by The Barnes & Noble Review as “a taut and stylistically vanguard legal drama” and by Electric Literature as “a New York novel… all the more memorable for its originality.”
Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion) invites some of NY’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s a challenging trivia game and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from:
Diana Spechler (author Skinny, The Moth, The New York Times)
Giulia Rozzi (Chelsea Lately, Moth GrandSlam Champion, MTV’s Girl Code)
Cyndi Freeman (NY Fringe Festival award-winner, The Colbert Report, Hotsy Totsy Burlesque)
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times
YONA HARVEY is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York, 2013), and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). She lives with her husband and two children in Pittsburgh, PA, and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.
RACHEL ZUCKER is the author of The Pedestrians (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2014) and Museum of Accidents (Wave Books, 2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of MOTHERs (Counterpath Press, 2013), The Bad Wife Handbook (Wesleyan University, 2007), The Last Clear Narrative (Wesleyan University, 2004), Eating in the Underworld (Wesleyan University, 2003), and Annunciation (The Center for Book Arts, 2002), as well as the co-editor (with Arielle Greenberg) of Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (both from the University of Iowa Press). She is co-author (also with Arielle Greenberg) of Home/birth: a poemic, a nonfiction book about birth, friendship, and feminism. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Zucker teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. She currently lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and was awarded an National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 2012.
-Marek Hlasko, known as the Polish James Dean, made his literary debut in 1956 with a short story collection. Born in 1933, Hlasko was a representative of the first generation to come of age after World War II, and he was known for his brutal prose style and his unflinching eye toward his surroundings. In 1956, Hlasko went to France; while there, he fell out of favor with the Polish communist authorities, and was given a choice of returning home and renouncing some of his work, or staying abroad forever. He chose the latter, and spent the next decade living and writing in many countries, from France to West Germany to the United States to Israel. Hlasko died in 1969 of a fatal mixture of alcohol and sleeping pills in Wiesbaden, West Germany, preparing for another sojourn in Israel. A true literary rebel, Hlasko’s work has been likened to that of Beat writers Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
- This evening will feature readings from three of Hlasko’s books. Killing the Second Dog, a noir novel about two Polish con men running a scheme on an American widow in 1950s Israel, published by New Vessel Press; The Graveyard, a Kafka-esque tale of one man’s harrowing experience in Communist Poland after a drunken slip of the tongue lands him in jail, published by Melville House; and Beautiful Twentysomethings, Hlasko’s riveting autobiography that discusses, among other things, his friendship with Roman Polanski, how to survive life in an insane asylum in West Germany, and recollections from the life of a literary vagabond.
Readers include: Nathaniel Popkin, Melvin Bukiet and Liesl Schillinger
- Readings, which will be performed by authors and actors, will be followed by a brief discussion of Hlasko’s work.
Nick Flynn’s most recent book, The Reenactments, which Kirkus calls “a truly insightful, original work,” completes a trilogy begun with Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004) and its sequel, The Ticking is the Bomb (2010). Another Bullshit Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into fifteen languages. He is also the author of a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (2008), as well as two other books of poetry, Some Ether (2000), and Blind Huber (2002), for which he received fellowships from, among other organizations, The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. His poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s This American Life, and The New York Times Book Review. A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, where he teaches each spring, he then spends the rest of the year in (or near) Brooklyn.
Frannie Lindsay’s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, won Red Hen Press’s 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her previous books are Mayweed (The Word Works, 2010); Lamb (Perugia, 2006); and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press, 2005). Her awards include the May Swenson Award, the Perugia Award, the Washington Prize, and the Missouri Review Prize. Her work has been featured in Ted Kooser’s column “American Life in Poetry,” and on Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has received several Pushcart nominations. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Jim Tilley earned a doctorate in physics from Harvard and worked on Wall Street for twenty years. His first collection of poetry, In Confidence, was published by Red Hen Press in 2011. His poems have been published in literary journals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He has won the Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Poetry, the New England Poetry Club’s Firman Houghton Award, and an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review. He lives in Bedford Corners, New York.
Brendan Fay is a human rights activist, filmmaker, and parade organizer. From Athy and Drogheda he now lives in Astoria. He has an MA in theology from St John’s University and taught in New York Catholic high schools for five years. He has been active on immigration reform (UAFA), civil marriage, AIDS awareness and human rights. In 1994 he founded ‘Lavender and Green Alliance’- Muintir Aerach na hEireann and in 1999 with friends in Queens he began the inclusive ‘St Pat’s for All’ parade. Brendan co founded The Civil Marriage Trail Project’ in 2003 bringing couples across borders for legal marriage including Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer (2007). Brendan is director of ‘Remembering Mychal’ (2014) and co-producer of ‘Saint of 9/11’ documentaries about Fr. Mychal Judge. His film about pioneer priest John McNeill, ‘Taking a Chance on God’ is screening at colleges and festivals worldwide most recently in Buenos Aires, London and Warsaw. He is in pre-production with director Ed Moran on a film about West Papuan independence leader John Rumbiak.
Jessie Male is a writer, educator and born and bred New Yorker. Her first experience as a Drunken! Careening! Writer! was in 2009, and since that time she received an MFA in nonfiction from Hunter College, published in xoJane, Nerve, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, performed at several venues throughout the tri-state area, and co-produced the storytelling show Bad Date Great Story (next performance April 3rd!) In August she will pursue her life long dream to go to a Big 10 school, and will attend THE Ohio State’s PhD program in English Literature.
Eddie Sarfaty is a stand up comedian and writer who has appeared on The Today Show, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, LOGO’s Wisecrack, The Joy Behar Show, and performed at many, many festivals. He appears annually in Provincetown, solo and as the newest member of the groundbreaking troupe Funny Gay Males. His short story, “Second Guessing Grandma” was featured in the anthology, When I Knew, and was later adapted into a film, starring Kathleen Chalfant, He has been shown at festivals across the US, as well as in the UK, Italy, Bosnia, and Brazil. His book, Mental: Funny in the Head is a collection of comic essays. He teaches workshops on comedy writing and performing.
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:
Ellen Kushner‘s cult classic novel Swordspoint introduced readers to the setting to which she’s since returned in The Privilege of the Sword, The Fall of the Kings (written with Delia Sherman), and a growing handful of related short stories. She has recorded all three novels as audiobooks, and Swordspoint won an Audie and Audiofile Earphones Award.
Ellen was also the longtime host of the national public radio show Sound & Spirit, for which she created several one-woman shows. She is currently working on new novel in the “Swordspoint” series. She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman, and travels a lot. Her website is www.EllenKushner.com.
David D. Levine is the author of over fifty published science fiction and fantasy stories. His work has appeared in magazines including Asimov’s, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy and has won or been nominated for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Campbell. He lives in Portland, Oregon and co-edits the fanzine Bento with his wife Kate Yule. His web page is www.daviddlevine.com.
Scott Adlerberg lives in New York City. He is the author of the Martinique-set crime novel Spiders and Flies, and his short fiction has appeared in Thuglit. He contributes pieces regularly for the Criminal Element website and blogs about books, movies, and writing at Scott Adlerberg’s Mysterious Island. Each summer, he co-hosts the Word for Word Reel Talks film commentary series at the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival in Manhattan.
Called Entertainment Weekly’s Favorite Book of the Year, Kimberly McCreight’s debut novel Reconstructing Amelia spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a Goodreads finalist for best mystery/thriller for 2013. TV/film rights have been optioned by HBO and the paperback was featured as Target’s Book Club Pick for December. McCreight’s writing has appeared in Antietam Review, Oxford Magazine, Babble, the New York Time’s Motherlode blog, The Times (London), and New York Magazine online. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and two daughters.
Anthony Rainone writes novels, stories, and screenplays. He has studied at various writing programs including the Crime Fiction Academy and The UCLA School of Film and Television. He is currently at work on a new novel and script. Rainone welcomes the chance to read to someone other than himself and his dog.
Kathleen A. Ryan is a retired 21-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department on Long Island.
Alex Segura is a novelist and musician. He is the author of the Miami noir novel Silent City (Codorus Press). Alex also performs regularly as part of the indie rock group Faulkner Detectives. He lives in New York with his wife and two cats. He is a Miami native.
Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and regrets nothing. He is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series, The Ustari Cycle, Chum, and the upcoming We Are Not Good People. Somers’s story “Sift, Almost Invisible, Through” appeared in the anthology Crimes by Moonlight, published by Berkley Hardcover and edited by Charlaine Harris and his story “Ringing the Changes” was selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2006. His guitar playing is a plague upon his household and his lovely wife The Duchess is convinced he would wither and die if left to his own devices.
Albert Tucher spent 20 years pursuing an operatic singing career, before his insatiable appetite for rejection made him turn to writing. He is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews, who has appeared in more than fifty short stories, one of which made The Best American Mystery Stories 2010. His novella The Same Mistake Twice, also about Diana Andrews, recently came out as an ebook from Untreed Reads. He works at the Newark Public Library, and his hobby is drinking too much coffee.
Angela Zeman writes both short and long fiction, spanning cozy to noir. In 2012 Otto Penzler re-issued her first novel, The Witch and the Borscht Pearl, plus a collection of short stories as ebooks and PODs. She has several short stories out there as well as a recipe in a cookbook (for the MWA). She is currently writing a thriller horror novel, and also loves to Twitter.
JOHN YAU has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Yau’s many collections of poetry include Corpse and Mirror (1983), selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series, Edificio Sayonara (1992), Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Paradiso Diaspora (2006), Exhibits (2010), and Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012). Honors and awards for his work including a New York Foundation for the Arts Ward, the Jerome Shestack Award, and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France. Yau has taught at many institutions, including Pratt, the Maryland Institute College of Art and School of Visual Arts, Brown University, and the University of California-Berkeley. Since 2004 he has been the Arts editor of the Brooklyn Rail. He teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University, and lives in New York City.
LAWRENCE JOSEPH is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993 (which includes his first three books, Shouting at No One, Curriculum Vitae, and Before Our Eyes), published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also the author of two books of prose, Lawyerland, also published by FSG, and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose, published by the University of Michigan Press in its Poets on Poetry Series. Born in Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge, where he received a M.A. in English Language and Literature, and the University of Michigan Law School. He is presently Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, and has also taught in the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton. Married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem, he has lived for the past thirty-three years in downtown Manhattan.
Rachel Cantor reads from her novel: A Highly Unlikely Scenario
- Rachel Canor’s stories have appeared in magazines such as the Paris Review, One Story, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Fence, and Volume 1 Brooklyn. They have been anthologized, nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, short-listed by both the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories, and awarded runner-up Bridport and Graywolf/SLS Prizes. She has also been awarded fellowships to more than a dozen artists’ colonies, both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as generous scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writing Conferences.
The New York Times Sunday Book Review says: “By layering the ridiculous inventions of her mind with the ridiculous facts of the world, Cantor creates a novel about being incredulous and certain at the same time, about listening without judgment, about acting on faith … A dystopian satire; a story about ¬storytelling, believing and listening — A Highly Unlikely Scenario is ultimately a history of our own strange world.”
Jacinda Townsend grew up in Southcentral Kentucky. She left at the age of sixteen, when she went to Harvard, where she took her first creative writing class, and in 2001, received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since receiving her M.F.A. she has been a Fulbright fellow to Côte d’Ivoire and a Carol Houck Smith fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin. She has published short fiction in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with her two young children. Saint Monkey is her first novel.
Fourteen-year-old Audrey Martin, with her Poindexter glasses and her head humming the 3/4 meter of gospel music, knows she’ll never get out of Kentucky—but when her fingers touch the piano keys, the whole church trembles. Her best friend, Caroline, daydreams about Hollywood stardom, but both girls feel destined to languish in a slow-moving stopover town in Montgomery County.
That is, until chance intervenes and a booking agent offers Audrey a ticket to join the booming jazz scene in Harlem—an offer she can’t resist, not even for Caroline. And in New York City the music never stops. Audrey flirts with love and takes the stage at the Apollo, with its fast-dancing crowds and blinding lights. But fortunes can turn fast in the city—young talent means tough competition, and for Audrey failure is always one step away. Meanwhile, Caroline sinks into the quiet anguish of a Black woman in a backwards country, where her ambitions and desires only slip further out of reach.
Jacinda Townsend’s remarkable first novel is a coming-of-age story made at once gripping and poignant by the wild energy of the Jazz Era and the stark realities of segregation. Marrying musical prose with lyric vernacular, Saint Monkey delivers a stirring portrait of American storytelling and marks the appearance of an auspicious new voice in literary fiction.
James Scott is the author of the novel THE KEPT. His short fiction can be found in journals and anthologies such as One Story, Ploughshares, and American Short Fiction, and he has received awards from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop, Western Kentucky University, and Emerson College, where he earned his MFA in creative writing. Currently, he lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and dog.
“Scott is a master of mood… This landscape is more mythic than historic, and Scott’s characters are dark brush strokes of appetite and deceit.” —Alyson Hagy, The New York Times
Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist and short story writer whose recently published novel Thirty Girls, about Ugandan schoolgirls kidnapped by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, has received widespread acclaim. Susan’s first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and received the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her other works include Rapture, Folly, Lust & Other Stories, Poems 4 A.M., and Evening, which was adapted into the feature film of the same name starring Meryl Streep. She also wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty. She currently lives with her daughter in both New York City and an island off the coast of Maine.
“A novel of quiet humanity and probing intelligence . . . Minot is particularly good on the topology of desire . . . But it’s the story of what happened to those 30 abducted girls that shows Minot’s gifts as a writer . . . Minot takes huge questions and examines them with both a delicate touch and a clear-eyed, unyielding scrutiny.” – The New York Times Book Review
Alexander Maksik is the author of two novels: A Marker to Measure Drift, about a Liberian refugee subsisting in Greece that was named a 2013 New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and You Deserve Nothing. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper’s, Tin House, Harvard Review, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Condé Nast Traveler, Salon, and Narrative Magazine, among other publications and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is the recipient of fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and The Corporation of Yaddo and lives in New York City.
“Bold . . . Undaunted . . . Maksik writes, credibly, across the boundaries of gender and race . . . A study of scarred consciousness struggling to come to terms with the violence done to it in a moment of cataclysmic horror . . . The sustained representation of Jacqueline’s search for release, for haven, has moments of bleak poetry . . . Maksik has illuminated for us, with force and art, an all too common species of suffering—grievous, ugly, and, unfortunately, a perennial.” – The New York Times
Ted Thompson’s highly anticipated debut novel, The Land of Steady Habits, will be published by Little, Brown in late March 2014. His stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, and Best New American Voices. He was a Truman Capote fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Ted lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and their dog Raisin.
“Filled with heartache and humor, this assured, compassionate first novel channels the suburban angst of Updike and Cheever, updating the narrative of midlife dissatisfaction with a scathing dissection of America’s imploding economy…With pitch-perfect prose and endearingly melancholy characters, Thompson offers up a heartbreaking vision of an ailing family and country.” – Booklist (Starred Review)
Julia Fierro’s debut novel, Cutting Teeth, which will be released by St. Martin’s Press in May 2014, was listed as one of the “Most Anticipated Books of 2014” by HuffPost Books, The Millions, Flavorwire, Brooklyn Magazine, and Marie Claire. Her work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Guernica, Ploughshares, The Millions, Flavorwire, Poets & Writers, Glamour, and other publications, and she has been profiled in the L Magazine, The Observer, and The Economist. In 2002, she founded the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and what started as eight writers meeting in her Brooklyn kitchen has grown into a creative home for over 2,000 writers. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow, and currently teaches the Post-MFA workshops at Sackett Street. Julia lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
“Cutting Teeth is one of the most compelling and trenchant novels I’ve read in years. Julia Fierro has given us a fearless and unrelenting portrait of urban parenting—its nuanced complexities, its ceaseless labor, its rare but transcendent moments of pleasure—and she’s done so with dark humor, refreshing intelligence, and bottomless empathy. This is an exceptional book, one that holds a magnifying glass up to each of us so that we see ourselves more completely or burn from the exposure. I can think of no higher praise.” – Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This and Corpus Christi
John Barrale was born and raised in New York City’s Lower East Side. John’s work has won several awards, most recently the 2013 NJ Poets Prize. His poetry has been published in many journals including Paterson Literary Review, Red Wheel Barrow Poets’ Anthologies (Volumes I – VI, Poetalk, NJ Journal of Poets, The Lullwater Review, California Quarterly, Tiger’s Eye Journal, The Penwood Review, The Aurorean, The William and Mary Review, Brownstone Poets, and Narrative Northeast. In June 2012, Shakespeare’s Moths a book length collection of John’s poems was published by White Chicken Press. John is a founding member of the Red Wheel Barrow Poetry Workshop in Rutherford, NJ and is managing editor of “The Red Wheel Barrow” poetry anthology.
Claudia Serea is a four-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She has written two chapbooks and three full-length poetry collections, Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), and To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervena Barva Press, forthcoming). Her poetry has been featured in New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, The Red Wheelbarrow, Word Riot, Cutthroat, Apple Valley Review, and more. Catch Serea at her upcoming readings.
John J. Ttrause is Director of Oradell Public Library and author of EYE CANDY FOR ANDY; INSIDE OUT, UPSIDE DOWN, AND ROUND AND ROUND; SERIOUSLY SERIAL (soon to be released in 2nd edition); and LATTER-DAY LITANY, the last staged Off-Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies. He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg and the page with Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, and Pope John Paul II. Co-founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative and former host and curator of its monthly reading series, he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011).
Anthony Cirilo is an MFA candidate at Rutgers University-Newark where he teaches composition. A poet and translator, Cirilo’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Volta, and The Oxford Magazine. He is currently at work on a feature-length documentary on poetry of witness (Icon Independent Films), including original interviews from poets around the world.
An evening with Double X: On Dealbreakers
Hanna Rosin is a writer for the Atlantic and a founder of DoubleX, Slate’s women’s site. She wrote the book The End of Men, and yet, they are still here. She grew up in Queens and now lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.
Amanda Hess is a Slate staff writer and contributor to The Book of Jezebel. She has written about boobs for ESPN, pubic hair for The New York Times, and sharknados for Pacific Standard.
Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer and assistant editor. She lives in Washington, DC, likes Elizabeth Bishop, and recently discovered Dr. Pepper.
DORIANNE LAUX’s most recent books of poems are The Book of Men (2011), winner of the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Facts about the Moon (2007), recipient of the Oregon Book Award and short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Smoke. She is the recipient of two “Best American Poetry” Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. Recent poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Tin House. She and her husband, poet Joseph Millar, moved to Raleigh in 2008 where she teaches poetry and directs the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
JOSEPH MILLAR grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at Penn State and the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an MA in poetry writing. He worked as a commercial fisherman and telephone repairman for more than 20 years, and his accessible narrative poems often take working life as a means of engaging themes of class, family, and romantic love. Millar is the author of several poetry collections, including Blue Rust (2011), Fortune (2007), and Overtime (2001), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montalvo Arts Center, and Oregon Literary Arts. His poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program The Writer’s Almanac, and won a Pushcart Prize. Millar, who has taught at Pacific University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, poet Dorianne Laux.
Kenneth Calhoun’s fiction has appeared in The St. Petersburg Review, The Paris Review, Tin House, Fence, New Stories from the South and the PEN/O. Henry Prize anthology. His debut novel, BLACK MOON, was released on March 4th by Hogarth. He currently teaches graphic design and fiction at Lasell College.
Born and raised in Chicago, Jeffery Renard Allen is a Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York and an instructor in the Writing Program at The New School. Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999), and three works of fiction, the novel Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, the book of stories Holding Pattern (Graywolf 2008), which won The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and the forthcoming novel Song of the Shank (Graywolf 2014), which is loosely based on the life of Blind Tom, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso and composer. Allen’s other awards include a fellowship at The Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a grant in Innovative Literature from Creative Capital.
M. M. De Voe is a prize-winning author whose fiction has won or been shortlisted for 23 literary prizes. Anthologized alongside Joyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood and nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, other notable recent placements include Mississippi Review, Bellevue Review, Oklahoma Review, Sojourn (Editor’s Prize), Literal Latte (first prize, short-short), NMW (first prize, short-short), and Wordstock Ten. De Voe is the recipient of multiple grants, including the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Fund for Creative Communities, and Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
Grant for Historical Fiction with Gay Positive Characters. Most recently, De Voe was shortlisted for the coveted Bridport prize (top 100 of 5600 entries in 2013), and two flash pieces were accepted for an upcoming issue of SpeckLit. The Founder and Executive Director of Pen Parentis, De Voe is a Columbia University Writing Fellow, MFA.
Mona Awad’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Walrus, Joyland, St. Petersburg Review, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at Brown University.