New York City April Literary Events

April 14, 2016

National Poetry Month Celebration & Book Launch, co hosted by The Academy of American Poets, Abrams, and WORD Bookstore
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 7:00pm
126 Crosby St. New York, New York 10012

The Academy of American Poets, Abrams, and WORD Bookstore present a reading in celebration of National Poetry Month, featuring poets from the Poem-a-Day series and new anthology Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion (Abrams, 2015).

Joseph Fasano
Monica Ferrell
Dorothea Lasky
Rickey Laurentiis
Amy Lawless
Jeffrey McDaniel
Kamilah Aisha Moon
Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Brew VI: An Evening of Literary Works
Hungry Ghost as S Oxford @ 7:00pm
781 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Featuring readings by:

Morgan Beatty:
Morgan Beatty is a television producer and edits the online short fiction journal People Holding. His stories have appeared in Fence, The Brooklyn Quarterly, The Santa Fe Writers Project Journal and Nat. Brut.

Bud Smith:
Bud is the author of the novels F 250 (Piscataway House 2015), Tollbooth (Piscataway House 2013) and I'm From Electric Peak (Artistically Declined Press, 2016), among others. He also writes the column "Work Safe or Die Trying" for at Real Pants. He works heavy construction in NJ, building power plants and refineries. He lives in NYC with his wife, a textile artist. Visit

Abigail Welhouse:
Abigail is the author of Bad Baby (dancing girl press, 2015) and Too Many Humans of New York (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her writing has appeared in The Toast, The Morning News, The Rumpus, Lyre Lyre, Yes Poetry, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the City College of New York, sends Secret Poems at, and would like to talk to you on Twitter: @welhouse.

Stephen Langlois:
Stephen's work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Portland Review, Monkeybicycle, matchbook, Necessary Fiction, People Holding, Big Lucks, and Gigantic Sequins, among other places. He is also the recipient of a 2015 NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship from The Center for Fiction. Visit him at

Also featuring:
Happy Hour draft beers and an abundance of caffeinated beverages.

Come for the drinks. Stay for the high-brow merryymaking.

April 15, 2016

Ghost: J.T. Price's HIDEAWAY with Fantastic Literary and Musical Guests
Be Electric Studios @ 9:00pm
1298 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

As T.S. Eliot once wrote: "April is the ghostiest month." So please join HIP Lit for a special GHOST-themed edition of The Hideaway Salon on Friday, April 15th in the private loft at Be Electric Studios. The brilliant J. T. Price has curated a fantastic lineup of writers, featuring: Matt Gallagher, Natalie Eilbert, Brandon Harris, Dolan Morgan, and Alexandra Molotkow. Plus, musical guests Master Michael Quinn and Jeff Allyn Szwast will regale us with haunting songs. BYOB. Starting at 9pm. Mingling to follow. Free admission. Donations in the form of books and booze are appreciated. 

It's yet to happen, but critics are already calling it:
"Brimming with eerie beauty!" 
"A literary seance de jour!" 
"A contemplation of presence in absence and absence in presence."
[Praise courtesy of J. T. Price] 


MATT GALLAGHER is the author of the novel Youngblood, published in February 2016 by Atria/Simon & Schuster. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Paris Review Daily, and Playboy, among others. He's also the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget.

NATALIE EILBERT is the author of the debut poetry collection, Swan Feast (Bloof Books, 2015). She is also the author of two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife (Bloof Books, 2014) and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous (Big Luck Books, 2014). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Tin House, jubilat, The Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

BRANDON HARRIS is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film at SUNY Purchase, a Contributing Editor at Filmmaker Magazine, an Associate Programmer of the Aspen ShortsFest and Programmer of the Indie Memphis Film Festival. He has written about film, politics and their inevitable intersections for The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New Republic, VICE, The Daily Beast, and n+1. His book Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Class Warfare in America's Most Expensive City is forthcoming from Amistad. His film Redlegs (2012) is a New York Times Critic's Pick and is available from Cinetic FilmBuff.

DOLAN MORGAN lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he helps edit The Atlas Review. He’s the author of two story collections, That’s When the Knives Come Down (A|P, 2014) and INSIGNIFICANA (CCM, 2016). His work can be found in The Believer, PANK, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Selected Shorts, and the trash.

ALEXANDRA MOLOTKOW has written for the Believer, the Cut and the New York Times Magazine. She's been an editor at the Hairpin and a founding editor of Hazlitt.


J.T. PRICE has lived in Brooklyn since 2001. Excerpts from his novel-in-progress, The Unfamous, have appeared or are forthcoming from The New England Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Joyland; other fiction in Opium Magazine, Floodwall, and Electric Literature; nonfiction and reviews with The Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB, The Scofield, and The Millions. Tweet to him about your day, @_jtprice_


MASTER MICHAEL QUINN writes personal essays exploring themes of identity, homosexuality, classicism, glamour, addiction, emotion violence, faith, compassion, and forgiveness. He has created performance pieces out of many of them, reading the stories aloud and “illustrating” them not with pictures, but with sung songs. The music runs the gamut from American standards to contemporary pop music. The spare arrangements are shaped by JEFF ALLYN SZWAST on backup vocals & electric guitar. The two have collaborated for performances of Bedridden, Last Call, Boo, Kiss & Tell, and the upcoming My Valentine (May 2016, University Settlement's Speyer Hall).

April 19, 2016

The Prose Bowl 4/19
Pete's Candy Store @ 6:30pm-7:45pm
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Four writers come in, one writer leaves—or all of them do. But somebody gets a prize. 

The April round is upon us! Come see a fresh batch of emerging writers duke it out in a melee of muses and mettle. Our guest judges this month include perennial favorite Jordan Zolan and Holland Cowger, author of the novel Glory Days. As always, if you're interested in performing, all you have to do is check out the guidelines on our website and then show up to put your name in our literal hat! 

April also marks the wrap-up of our ongoing Kicktarter campaign, and the show will be the last night before we close on the 20th. If you haven't yet checked out our page, feel free to take a look at

Guidelines, including those four our special Lightning Round, can be found at

Hope to see you all there!

April 21, 2016

Bad Women: A Discussion About Women, character, and Likability
Strand Book Store @ 7:00pm-8:00pm
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

RSVP over on Joyland's event listing!:

Chloe Caldwell (author of Legs Get Led Astray and WOMEN)
Anna North (author of The Life and Death of Sophie Stark)
Emily Schultz (author of The Blondes and creator of Spending the Stephen King Money)
Jenny Zhang (author of Dear Jenny We Are All Find and a forthcoming novel)

Presented by Joyland Magazine.

Moderator Isaac Fitzgerald is the books editor of Buzzfeed and co-founder of Pen & Ink.

In 2013 actress Anna Gunn wrote in the New York Times about the mass online anger directed at the character she played on Breaking Bad. She had realized “most people’s hatred of Skyler White had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives.” This panel of novelists and essayists will talk about the onus of likeability placed on women and whether women are allowed to be flawed, in fiction and life. 

Buy a copy of one of the panelists' books or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

Robert Lopez & Samuel Ligon
Community Bookstore @ 7:00pm
143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Good People, by Robert Lopez, is a collection of 20 dizzying, relentless stories on the inner turmoils, absurdities, and sufferings of everyday people. Wonderland, Sam Ligon’s collection of stories featuring art by Stephen Knezovich, is a picture book for adults, full of tales as dark and absurd as they are poignant, playful, and true.

"Lopez has the ability to give the reader whiplash with his unconventional and bewitching stories." —Los Angeles Times on Good People

"A fantastic collection of stories. Ligon has mastered the art of capturing the sweet derangement of love." —Steve Almond, author of My Life in Heavy Metal, on Wonderland

Join us to hear new work from these two audacious authors.

In Conversation: Idra Novey, Rivka Galchen and Francisco Goldman
The Center For Fiction @ 7:00pm
17 E 47th St, New York, New York 10017

Francisco Goldman, Idra Novey, and Rivka Galchen will discuss the challenges and benefits of moving between fiction and other genres and how that movement can lead to new ways of thinking about the novel as a form. Each will read from their most recent books and talk about writing fiction while also working on essays, journalism, poetry, and translation. 

About Little Labors by Rivka Galchen
Rivka Galchen’s Little Labors is a droll and dazzling compendium of observations, stories, lists, and brief essays about babies and literature. Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book―a key inspiration for Rivka Galchen’s new book―contains a list of “Things That Make One Nervous.” And wouldn’t the blessed event top almost anyone’s list? Little Labors is a slanted, enchanted literary miscellany. Varying in length from just a sentence or paragraph to a several-page story or essay, Galchen’s puzzle pieces assemble into a shining, unpredictable, mordant picture of the ordinary-extraordinary nature of babies and literature. Anecdotal or analytic, each part opens up an odd and tender world of wonder. The 47 Ronin; the black magic of maternal love; babies morphing from pumas to chickens; the quasi-repellent concept of “women writers”; origami-ophilia in Oklahoma as a gateway drug to a lifelong obsession with Japan; discussions of favorite passages from the Heian masterpieces Genji and The Pillow Book; the frightening prevalence of orange as today’s new chic color for baby gifts; Frankenstein as a sort of baby; babies gold mines; babies as tiny Godzillas … Little Labors–atomized and exploratory, conceptually byzantine and freshly forthright–delights.

About The Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman
The Interior Circuit is Goldman’s story of his emergence from grief five years after his wife’s death, symbolized by his attempt to overcome his fear of driving in Mexico City. Embracing the DF (Mexico City) as his home, Goldman explores and celebrates the city, which stands defiantly apart from so many of the social ills and violence wracking Mexico. This is the chronicle of an awakening, both personal and political, “interior” and “exterior,” to the meaning and responsibilities of home. Mexico’s narco war rages on and, with the restoration of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (the PRI) to power in the summer’s 2012 elections, the DF’s special apartness seems threatened. In the summer of 2013, when Mexican organized crime violence and death erupts in the city in an unprecedented way, Goldman sets out to try to understand the menacing challenges the city now faces. By turns exuberant, poetic, reportorial, philosophic, and urgent, The Interior Circuit fuses a personal journey to an account of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood cities.

About Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
Deep in gambling debt, the celebrated Brazilian writer Beatriz Yagoda is last seen holding a suitcase and a cigar and climbing into an almond tree. She abruptly vanishes. In snowy Pittsburgh, her American translator Emma hears the news and, against the wishes of her boyfriend and Beatriz's two grown children, flies immediately to Brazil. There, in the sticky, sugary heat of Rio, Emma and her author's children conspire to solve the mystery of Yagoda's curious disappearance and staunch the colorful demands of her various outstanding affairs: the rapacious loan shark with a zeal for severing body parts, and the washed-up and disillusioned editor who launched Yagoda's career years earlier. Idra Novey’s exhilarating debut is both a novel of intrigue and a novel of ideas, a madcap search along the coast of Brazil and a portrait of the artist as a young translator.

April 22, 2016

Sackett Street Literary Series presents NONFICTION NIGHT
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Sackett Street Literary Series presents NONFICTION NIGHT with readings by Creative Nonfiction instructors and alums Jennifer Baker, Michele Filgate, Xeni Fragakis, and Yashica Dutt. Readings, wine and literary mingling.

FREE and open to the public--bring your book-loving friends!

Jennifer Baker is a writer of fiction & nonfiction, and an editor with over 14 years’ experience in the publishing industry. A native New Yorker she’s a graduate of The New School’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Eclectic Flash, Boston Literary Magazine, Newtown Literary Journal, Poets & Writers magazine, The Female Complaint (Shade Mountain Press), and The Daily Worth. She has been a contributor to e-zines, and is currently a contributing writer of monthly articles on books, publishing, and the intersections of media for She’s received scholarships from the Postgraduate Writers’ Workshop, Napa Valley Writers’ Workshop, and the Glen West Workshop, and has been an artist-in-residence at Jentel Artist Residency, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Ragdale. Jennifer is a long-time member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books in addition to creating and hosting the podcast Minorities in Publishing. Jennifer has done various interviews/panels on diversity in media as well as podcasting.

Yashica Dutt is a New York-based writer covering gender, identity and culture. She was previously a principal correspondent with India's leading English daily, Hindustan Times and is the founder, a safe space for 'lower caste' Dalits to discuss their experiences of discrimination and struggle and is currently working on a book based on it. Her work has been featured in Vice and HuffingtonPost, among other publications. She was a part of Michele Filgate's Sackett Street NonFiction Class last fall. 

Michele Filgate is an essayist, critic, and freelance writer. She is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Slice, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, The Rumpus, Salon, Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, Fine Books & Collections Magazine, DAME Magazine, Biographile, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Time Out New York, The Daily Beast, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vulture, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Capital New York, The Star Tribune, Bookslut, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications.

Xeni Fragakis received her BA in English from Yale University and her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. At Iowa, she was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship and taught Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and Salon, and she is a winner of the Moth GrandSLAM Championship.

April 23rd, 2016

MWA-NY Crime Fiction Reading Series
KGB Bar @ 6:30pm-9:00pm
85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003

Tickets Available:

Emerging and established authors from the MWA-NY chapter read from their crime fiction. Readers include Ann Aptaker, Elizabeth Kerri Mahon, Jon McGoran, Richie Narvaez, John Roche, Alex Segura, and Radha Vatsal. Hosted by MWA-NY President Laura K. Curtis. This event is FREE and open to the public. 

Our Readers:
Native New Yorker Ann Aptaker left a full-time curatorial career in 2009 to devote more time to writing. Her first novel, Criminal Gold, released by Bold Strokes Books in 2014, was a Goldie Award finalist, and her second book in the Cantor Gold crime series, Tarnished Gold, is a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Award. The third book in the series, Genuine Gold, is scheduled for release in January 2017. 

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon is a native New Yorker, former actress, and history geek. Her first book, Scandalous Women, was released in 2011 and was an RT Book Review Non-Fiction Pick of the Month. She was also named RWA NYC’s Author of the Year for 2011. She has been featured in the H2 show How Sex Changed the World, as well as The Travel Channel’s Monumental Mysteries and the Investigation Discovery show Tabloid.

Jon McGoran is the author of the Doyle Carrick biotech thrillers Drift, Deadout, and the newest releases, Dust Up, as well as the novella Down to Zero, all from Tor/Forge. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is the author of the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison, and Freezer Burn.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Richie Narvaez has had work published in Grand Central Noir, Indian Country Noir, and Long Island Noir, as well as Plots with Guns, Murdaland, Shotgun Honey, and Out of the Gutter. His book of short fiction, Roachkiller and Other Stories, won the 2013 Spinetingler Award for Best Anthology/Short Story Collection.

John Roche spent more than two decades as an award-winning journalist, mostly covering the Bronx, where he was born and raised. He holds an MFA from Western Connecticut State University, where he teaches in the graduate writing program, and a bachelor’s from Marist College, where he teaches journalism. Bronx Bound is his debut novel.

Alex Segura is a novelist and comic book writer. He is the author of Silent City, the first in a series featuring Pete Fernandez. Its sequel, Down the Darkest Street, is out now via Polis Books. He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story and the upcoming Archie Meets Ramones. He lives in New York with his wife and son. He is a Miami native.

Radha Vatsal's debut novel, A Front Page Affair, comes out this May from Sourcebooks Landmark. It is the first in the Kitty Weeks mystery series and received a starred review from Library Journal, which also selected the novel as Debut of the Month.


April 25, 2016

WOMEN OF COLOR WRITING IN THE INTERNET with Kate Gavino, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham, Morgan Jerkins, Mallika Rao, and Esther Wang
Asian American Writers' Workshop @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
110-112 W 27th Street, Suite 600, New York, New York 10001

Join Kate Gavino with an awesome lineup of emerging writers talking about the challenges, thrills and tribulations of writing as a women of color online. Gavino’s Last Night Reading literary event illustrations have blown up to be a Tumblr sensation. She’ll be joined by Esther Wang, Adalena Kavanagh, Larissa Pham, Morgan Jerkins, and Mallika Rao.

Brooklyn-based illustrator Kate Gavino attended hundreds of literary events in New York. She drew inspirational quotes from the authors she saw and posted them on her Tumblr, Last Night’s Reading. The series has now been published as a book, Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors (Penguin 2015) featuring illustrations of writers like Zadie Smith, Lev Grossman, and many authors at AAWW events, like Viet Nguyen, Kimiko Hahn, Vu Tran, Cecily Wong, and Amitava Kumar. "Part of the appeal of literary readings is the chance to see in person the writers behind the books—to see how they carry themselves, to listen to them speak, and to witness their offhand moments of humor or insight,” Poets and Writers notes. “Illustrator Kate Gavino captures these moments in her new illustrated book." 

Fuse Literary Assistant Agent Morgan Jerkins studied nineteenth century Russian literature and postwar modern Japanese literature, speaks six languages, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and EBONY. 

BuzzFeed Emerging Writers fellow Esther Wang formerly worked as part of the digital communications strategy team at Caring Across Generations, a community organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, and a 2013 AAWW Open City Fellow.

Fiction writer and librarian Adalena Kavanagh has published work in Electric Literature, Gigantic, and The Kartika Review and plays drums for the psychedelic rock band Early Spring. 

Author of Fantasian, a New Lovers novella forthcoming from Badlands Unlimited later this year, Larissa Pham has published art and writing in Guernica, The Nation, Adult Mag, Nerve, New York Magazine, and Dazed. 

Former HuffPo Cultural Reporter, Mallika Rao is a frequent contributor to New York Magazine. 

$5 suggested donation


April 26, 2016

Manhattanville Reading Series 4/26: Lincoln Michel, Kyle Lucia Wu, Annabel Graham and Julia Phillips
Manhattanville Coffee @ 7:30pm-9:00pm
167 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11216

Hope you can join us for great lit and brews at the 4th edition of the Manhattanville Reading Series, a monthly happening for emerging writers at Crown Heights cafe Manhattanville Coffee.

April's featured reader is innovative short fiction star and Electric Literature online editor Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts). He'll be joined by up-and-comers Kyle Lucia Wu (Joyland, The Rumpus), Annabel Graham (Atticus Review, Corium), and Julia Phillips (The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Quarterly).

More on our authors:

LINCOLN MICHEL is the author of the story collection Upright Beasts. He is the online editor of Electric Literature and the coeditor of Gigantic. His work has appeared in Tin House, NOON, the Believer, American Short Fiction, Pushcart Prize XXXIX, and elsewhere. He was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn.

KYLE LUCIA WU is a writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in Joyland, The Rumpus, and Interview Magazine, among other places. She is the managing editor of Joyland and a publicist at Harper.

ANNABEL GRAHAM is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer, filmmaker and artist. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in CutBank, Cosmonauts Avenue, Corium, and Atticus Review, among other places. Her essays and journalism have appeared in Autre, Surface, and Out of Order. A finalist for the 2015 Montana Prize in Fiction and the 2015 SLS-Disquiet Literary Prize, she is the assistant fiction editor of No Tokens.

JULIA PHILLIPS has published short stories in Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, and The Brooklyn Quarterly, and her work is forthcoming in Antioch Review. She is a Fulbright grant recipient in Creative Writing, Pushcart Prize nominee, and finalist for the Glimmer Train Short-Story Award for New Writers.

April 29, 2016

The After-Party for BOMB
Tropical 128 @ 10:30pm-4:00am
128 Elizabeth Street, New York, New York 10013

BOMB invites you to the official after-party of our 35th Anniversary Gala. We're taking over Tropical 128 in the LES--a stone's throw from our old offices.

There will be champagne, dancing, old friends, new friends, and maybe some lasers. Festive attire encouraged.

After-Party Hosts:
Mieke Chew
Andrew Durbin
CY Gavin
Lindsay Howard

Lanny Jordan JacksonJessi Olsen
Damian Manire

Note that all tickets must be purchased in advance, and Gala attendees receive free entry to the After-Party.

Champagne courtesy of Brescome Barton & Empire Merchants. 

100% of the proceeds will go towards funding 2016's contributing artists and writers. Tickets are fully tax deductible.


April 30, 2016

Washington Square Review Launch Reading: Amy Hempel and Tommy Pico
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House @ 7:00pm
58 West 10th St, New York, New York

A reading by contributors to the NYU Creative Writing Program’s nationally distributed literary journal. Amy Hempel is the author of four short story collections, later gathered and published in a single volume by Scribner, "The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel" (2006). Tommy Pico is the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong and the author of "absentMINDR" (VERBALVISUAL, 2014). Co-sponsored with the PEN World Voices Festival.