New York City June Literary Events

June 2, 2016

PEN Live: Nothing Compares 2 U
KGB Bar & Lit Mag @ 7:00pm
85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003

PEN America is excited to announce PEN Live, a monthly series taking place on the first Thursdays of every month in the Red Room, the newly renovated speakeasy-style club on the third floor of KGB Bar. Each month, PEN Live will give writers, artists, and performers the opportunity to address a specific themes through music, multimedia, and the written word, bringing PEN’s mission of celebrating the literature and art that free expression makes possible.

The series will kick off on Thursday, June 2 with a tribute to icon and music legend Prince, featuring storytelling, readings and live performances from Porochista Khakpour, Lincoln Michel, Elissa Schappell, and James Yeh. Hosted by Zaheer Ali. Writers and performers will share memories of their first encounters with Prince’s music and discuss his influence and impact on their own art.

Purchase $10 tickets here:

Current PEN Members: email for a special discount.

ZAHEER ALI was named one of Brooklyn Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" in 2016, Zaheer Ali is the Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society, a nationally recognized urban history center founded in 1863. As Brooklyn Historical Society's Oral Historian, he records, collects, archives, and curates the lived histories, testimonies, memoirs, and narrations of Brooklynites from all walks of life. Previously, he served under the direction of the late Manning Marable, as project manager and senior researcher of the Malcolm X Project (MXP) at Columbia University, and contributed as a lead researcher for Marable's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011). He is currently an adjunct lecturer at New York University's School of Professional Studies, where he teaches American history. He has been a Prince fan for 35 years, and has been to over 30 Prince concerts, including several at Paisley Park.

POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR was born in Tehran, raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. She the author of a forthcoming memoir (HarperPerennial, 2017) and the novels THE LAST ILLUSION (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more— and SONS AND OTHER FLAMMABLE OBJECTS (Grove, 2007)—the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Fall’s Best,” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Bookforum, Slate, Salon, Spin, The Daily Beast, Elle, and many other publications around the world. She is currently writer-in-residence at Bard College.

LINCOLN MICHEL is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature and the co-editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, NOON, Tin House, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism has appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, and elsewhere. He's the author of Upright Beasts, a collection of short stories, and the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction. He tweets @thelincoln.

ELISSA SCHAPPELL is an American novelist, short story writer, editor, and essayist. Her first book of fiction, USE ME (2000), was runner up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She is the co-founder of the literary magazine Tin House and Editor-at-Large. She is also a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and author of the "Hot Type" book column. She was previously a Senior Editor at The Paris Review. She teaches at schools including Columbia University, NYU, and Queens University. Originally from Delaware, she now lives in Brooklyn with her family.

JAMES YEH is a writer and editor. He is a founding editor of the literary and arts magazine Gigantic and the culture editor of His stories and nonfiction appear or are forthcoming in BOMB, Tin House, the Believer, the Paris Review Daily, artnet, Tank magazine, Fence, The Organist, and the anthology 30 Under 30, and he is a frequent contributor to NOON. A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, he was named a Center for Fiction New York City Emerging Writers Fellow in 2011, and the writer-in-residence at the Hub City Writers Project in 2014.

Helen Phillips, Rebecca Schiff and Christine Jessica Reilly read at Pete's!
Pete's Candy Store @ 7:30pm
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Wowza, this is a great lineup, if we do say so ourselves. One June 2, come hear Helen Philips (THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT/SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS), Rebecca Schiff (THE BED MOVED) and Christine Jessica Reilly (SUNDAY'S ON THE PHONE TO MONDAY) read on the wonderful stage at Pete's Candy Store, as part of Pete's Reading Series. Sure, it's hot out now, but the drinks—and the literature—will be assuredly cool.

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street, right by the L/G at Lorimer/Metropolitan. Readings start at 7:30 p.m. Authors' books will be available after the event for purchase, thanks to WORD bookstore.

We can't wait to see you there!

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June 5, 2016

Housing Works' 12th Annual Open Air Street Fair
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 10AM
126 Crosby St, New York, New York 10012

Now in its 12th year, the Open Air Street Fair is our daylong block party and shopping bazaar along Crosby Street, between Houston and Prince. Featuring thousands of donated books, records, and CDs for $1 each; live music presented by Two Boots Americana Jamboree; food specials from our Bookstore Cafe and unique finds from our Soho Thrift Shop. This event is a can’t-miss start to the summer, and all to support a great cause!

12pm - 3:45pm Music from Two Boots Americana Jamboree, Toot Sweet, Space Captain, L.E.S. Sparks, Elijah Tucker, Teeth People, with Odetta Hartman

June 9, 2016

Fun (!) Launch Parties: Chris Lehmann’s The Money Cult and Baffler Issue no. 31 “Memory Holes”
46 John St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Baffler and Melville House Books brings you two fun (!) launch parties! Our beloved Chris Lehmann has unveiled his latest book, The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmasking of the American Dream, and we’ll be welcoming The Baffler issue, no. 31, entitled “Memory Holes,” into the world.

No one should let these feats pass by without indulgent acclaim! So, come on over for a little fête at the Melville House Bookshop in Dumbo.

Please RSVP so that we can ensure proper potations!

Friends and family welcome!

*Guests can invite friends (check box)

White Nights :: a reading
Molasses Books @ 8:00PM
770 Hart St, Brooklyn, New York 11237
Runs through June 11th

WHITE NIGHTS :: a performance of new works by gracie bialecki and liana imam

two chances to see your favorite flow-etry artists in the wild:

THURSDAY JUNE 9: 8pm at molasses books [brooklyn, 770 hart st]
SATURDAY JUNE 11: 9pm at brazenhead books [manhattan]

white attire is encouraged.

June 10, 2016

Opening Reception for "Point of Vision: Celebrating Women Artists in Fantasy and Science Fiction"
Society Of Illustrators @ 6:30pm
128 E 63rd St, New York, New York 10065

The Society of Illustrators invites you to attend the Opening Reception for "Point of Vision: Celebrating Women Artists in Fantasy and Science Fiction"

Friday, June 10, 2016 | 6:30 PM

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63 Street
New York, NY

$15 Suggested donation
Your generous donation will benefit our comic and cartoon arts programming including lectures, student workshops, as well as the Summer Illustration Art Academy.

This exhibit is curated by Irene Gallo and Lauren Panepinto.

Learn more about the exhibit:

June 11, 2016

Popsickle 7: Megareading
Throne Watches @ 1:00pm until 9:00pm
41-43 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY

POPSICKLE is Brooklyn’s literary arts festival. Now in its seventh year, the fest aims to unite Brooklyn’s array of reading series, publishers, and literary organizations into one weekend-long megareading.

Every year POPSICKLE takes place in a different venue, unique to a community and neighborhood. This year's event will take place at the showroom for Throne, at 41-43 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.


Readers include: Paul Tran + Sasha Fletcher + Jami Attenberg + Joey De Jesus + Marisa Crawford + Aziza Barnes + Natalie Eilbert + Montana Ray + Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz + Wo Chan + Bridget Brewer + Kyle Lucia Wu + Jane Liddle + Alex Crowley + Mark Gurarie + Peter Longofono + Elisa Gonzalez + Nicholas Goodly + Adam Tedesco + Ilana Masad + William Lessard + Tyler Morse + Stephon Lawrence + Ruby Brunton + Melissa McDaniel + Roberto Montes + Douglas Piccinnini + Precious Okoyomon + Chris McCreary + Wanda Phipps + Alan Semerdjian + Hannah Lillith Assadi + Naomi Jackson + Chi Nguyễn + connie mae oliver + Janice Lowe + Rachel Levitsky + Jess X. Chen + Sasha Banks + Maria Baker

Participating organizations include:

Volume 1 Brooklyn + Boog City + Poets With Attitude + OMDiosa + No, Dear Magazine + No Tokens + The Operating System + Paper Cuts + Earshot + Cool As F*** + Vapors + Popsickle + Sundays at Erv's + Singing Saw + Belladonna* Collaborative

June 13, 2016

C.E. Morgan presents The Sport of Kings
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

C.E. Morgan presents The Sport of Kings
In conversation with Lisa Lucas
Wine reception to follow

C.E. Morgan’s astonishing first novel, All The Living, was a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and Morgan was named one of the National Book Foundation's “5 Best Writers Under 35.” Her eagerly anticipated second novel, The Sport of Kings, plumbs the depths of the racial legacy of slavery in the south as well as the evolutionary history of both man and horse within a fast-paced, gripping narrative. Set against the backdrop of the Kentucky Derby, the corrupting power of a dynastical family is at the heart of this addictive, hypnotic novel. Morgan discusses the book with Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation.

PEN's June Mingle with Lambda Literary
Solas Bar NYC @ 6:30pm
232 E 9th St, New York, New York 10003

PEN America is delighted to announce our annual mingle with Lambda Literary in honor of LGBT Pride on June 13! We hope you are able to join us for an evening of drinks, engaging conversation, and updates on PEN's work defending free expression and Lambda’s work with LGBT writers.

This is a free event, but RSVP is required. Please RSVP here:

Sign up to become a PEN Member or renew your Membership at the event and receive a 25% discount off Professional Membership. For more info, visit:

t’ai freedom ford, Naomi Jackson, Darnell Moore, and Darryl Pinckney

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Ivy, The Brooklyn Review, Bronx Biannual and Kweli. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, No, Dear, The African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a part of a queer women of color literary salon, The Revival. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee. She is a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow and the Poetry Project’s 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Poetry fellow. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, “how to get over” is forthcoming Spring 2017 from Red Hen Press. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at:

Naomi Jackson is the author of The Star Side of Bird Hill, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and longlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize as well as the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Jackson studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. A graduate of Williams College, her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of residencies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, Hedgebrook, and the Camargo Foundation. Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents.

Darnell L. Moore is a Senior Editor and Correspondent atMicNews, Co-Managing/Editor at The Feminist Wire and writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice at Columbia University. Along with NFL player Wade Davis II, he co-founded YOU Belong, a social good company focused on the development of diversity initiatives. A prolific writer, Darnell has been published in various media outlets including MSNBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, EBONY, The Advocate, OUT Magazine, Gawker, Truth Out, VICE, Guernica, Mondoweiss, Thought Catalog, Good Men Project and others, as well as numerous academic journals including QED: A Journal in GLBTQ World Making, Women Studies Quarterly, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology, Transforming Anthropology, Black Theology: An International Journal, and Harvard Journal of African American Policy, among others. He also edited the art book Nicolaus Schmidt: Astor Place, Broadway, New York: A Universe of Hairdressers (Kerber Verlag) and has published essays in several edited books.

Darryl Pinckney, a long time contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of two works of fiction, High Cotton and Black Deutschland, and two works of non fiction, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature and Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy. He has also worked for the Robert Wilson productions of The Forest, Orlando, Time Rocker, The Old Woman, Letter to A Man, and, most recently, Garrincha: An Opera of the Streets.

June 14, 2016

New York Story Exchange
Cornelia Street Cafe @ 6:00pm
29 Cornelia St, New York, New York 10014

Hear stories, tell stories! Tuesday, June 14th, 6:00 PM, downstairs at Cornelia Street Café. Admission: $9.00—includes one drink!

Four featured tellers, followed by a 5 for 5 Open STORY Exchange: Up to five audience members will each get five minutes of stage time for stories, poems, spoken word, or music. Sign up: 5:45–6:10pm.

This month’s host: Michele Carlo—with featured tellers John Asante, Julie Threlkeld, Colin Wilhm and Leighann Lord.


HOST: Michele Carlo is the author of the NYC-set memoir Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks). As a storyteller, she’s appeared across the U.S., including the MOTH’s GrandSlams and Mainstage shows in NYC, and on NPR with Latino USA. An excerpt from her solo show about gentrification, “There Goes The Neighborhood,” was featured last month as part of WNET's Open Mic Performance Night at Lincoln Center. @Michele_asShell

John Asante is a producer on WNYC’s daily newsmagazine, The Takeaway. He also produced There Goes The Neighborhood, the station’s podcast focusing on gentrification in Brooklyn and is the creator and co-host of Play It Back, a storytelling podcast about music lovers sharing vivid memories of discovering their favorite songs.

Julie Threlkeld is busy. She's a storyteller and the producer/host of the acclaimed podcast Modern Stories Mix, which presents one lovingly recorded and engineered story each episode from some of New York City's best storytellers—and has earned many 5-star reviews on iTunes. She also runs the city's most comprehensive calendar of storytelling and storytelling open-mic events. Her own stories have been featured on the RISK! Show (and podcast) and many others. She once won a bag of candy at a story slam.

Colin Wilhm produced the HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, and the documentary film Catfish. He is the host of Surprise Stories: The Storytelling Game Show, and Friday Night Stories. And he is a Moth Slam winner.

Leighann Lord is a veteran stand-up comedian seen on HBO, Comedy Central, and “The View.” She is the author of Dict Jokes and Real Women Do it Standing Up; and is also a co-host of StarTalk Radio, with Neil de Grasse Tyson. Follow her @LeighannLord |

The Astoria Bookshop Storytelling Show
The Astoria Bookshop @ 7:00pm
31-29 31st St, Astoria, New York 11106

Come to the Bookshop ready to tell a five-minute true story about something that happened to you. Don't worry about sticking to a don't have to. Participants' names will be pulled from a basket, open-mic style. And of course, non-storytellers welcome to join the audience!

In over two years of existence The Astoria Bookshop Storytelling Show has featured performances by stand up comics with national TV credits, writers who have been published by major publishers, actors who have performed for 500+ people nightly as a living, and strangers who just had a story to tell.

FREE show, hosted by David Lawson.

Emma Cline with Alexandra Kleeman
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Debut author Emma Cline celebrates the release of her hotly anticipated novel The Girls with friend and author Alexandra Kleeman

About The Girls:

Girls—their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong—are at the heart of this stunning first novel for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.

Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction—and an indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become.

LIC Reading Series - Rob Spillman, Joe Okonkwo, Charlie Vazquez
LIC Reading Series @ 8:00pm
45-58 Vernon Blvd, New York, New York 11101

We have an amazing line up for June! Come hear readings and a panel discussion with Rob Spillman, Joe Okonkwo, and Charlie Vazquez. FREE!

In the carriage house of the LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, QUEENS, NY 11101. 7/E/M/G to Court Square.

Reader bios:

ROB SPILLMAN is editor of Tin House magazine and editorial advisor of Tin House Books. He was previously the monthly book columnist for Details magazine and is a contributor of book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum. He has written for the Boston Review, GQ, Details, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. He has also worked for Random House, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, and taught at various MFA programs, including Columbia University. His acclaimed debut memoir ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES was published by Grove Press in April 2016.

JOE OKONKWO is a Pushcart Prize nominee who has had stories published in a variety of print and online venues includingPromethean, Penumbra Literary Magazine, Chelsea Station, Shotgun Honey, and Best Gay Stories 2015. Joe serves as Prose Editor at Newtown Literary. In 2017 he will take the reins as Editor of Lethe Press's annual Best Gay Stories anthology. JAZZ MOON is his debut novel.

CHARLIE VÁZQUEZ is an author as well as Director of the Bronx Writers Center at Bronx Council on the Arts. He's published two novels, BUZZ AND ISRAEL (Fireking, 2005) and CONTRABAND (Rebel Satori, 2010) as well as short stories and poetry. His latest novel TRAPPED IN EL MORRO and its accompanying short story cycle are set in Puerto Rico and explore historical themes, told through suspense and terror tale lenses.

June 15, 2016

The Other NBA 2016: Writers vs Publishers
St. Francis College Brooklyn @ 6:30pm
180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

The most storied basketball game in literary history returns on June 15!

The Other NBA 2016, presented by Out of Print and Litsy, features award-winning writers defending their title against publishing powerhouses, including Katie Freeman, Alex Gilvarry, Mitchell S. Jackson, Chris Jackson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Kristen Radtke, and Tina "The Other Michael" Jordan. (Full roster below.)

All proceeds will support BookUp, the National Book Foundation's reading program for underserved youth, which recently launched its first site for LGBTQ readers.

Beer is lovingly provided by The Brooklyn Brewery. Wine is generously donated by Archer Roose. And snacks are graciously provided Shake Shack. (The food is free at halftime, and beverages are available throughout the game with a suggested donation.)

Writers team:
Reginald Dwayne Betts (Bastards of the Reagan Era)
Natalie Diaz (When My Brother Was an Aztec)
Alex Gilvarry (From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant)
Mitchell S. Jackson (The Residue Years)
Jeffrey McDaniel (Chapel of Inadvertent Joy)
Tea Obreht (The Tiger’s Wife)
Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Heaven)
Kristen Radtke (Imagine Wanting Only This)
Coach: Dan P Sheehan

Publishers team:
Stephanie Anderson (Darien Library)
Jonny Diamond (Literary Hub)
Katie Freeman (Riverhead)
Chris Jackson (One World)
Tina Jordan (Association of American Publishers)
Katie Kurtzman (Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Littsburgh)
Steph Opitz (Marie Claire)
Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly)
Matt Ringler (Scholastic)
Jon Schulman (Word Bookstore)
Coach: Lisa Lucas

Jason Diamond (Men's Journal)
Yahdon Israel (#LiterarySwag)
Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts)
Kevin Minh-Huy Nguyen (Google Books)

Dave Hatchett
Rob Spillman (All Tomorrow's Parties)
Paul W. Morris (PEN)

Learn more here:

Stage and the Page Spring Showcase with Tim Manley
Sid Gold's Request Room @ 7:00pm
165 W 26th St, New York, New York 10001

Catapult’s student reading series is back! Join us to celebrate Tim Manley’s “Stage and the Page” spring workshop students as they perform some of stories they’ve been working on in class.

TIM MANLEY is the writer and illustrator of Alice in Tumblr-land, recently released by Penguin and optioned for TV by Twentieth Century Fox. His true stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, HBO's Girls, and the Unchained Tour. He is an educator in The Moth’s Education Program and The National Book Foundation’s BookUp. His solo show, Feelings: Because why pretend the show is about anything else?, sold out its run at the New York International Fringe Festival, was named a FringeFAVE, and was extended in the Fringe Encore Series. He is working on a memoir based on the show. More at

JULIAN DELACRUZ is a New Jersey native, who finished his study of poetry at Bennington College, in Vermont. His work has appeared on the Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight and The Silo.

JEAN LE BEC is a Moth Story Slam Champion. She has performed at venues throughout the city and Brooklyn such as: Risk, Yum’s the Word, Tell It: Brooklyn, New York Story Exchange, Two Truths and a Lie, Take Two, and more.

SUSAN MINTZER is a social worker who works with children. She uses storytelling and improvisation in her work. She also dabbles in cabaret.

MELANI ROBINSON is a writer, blogger, and online dating expert.

ELIZABETH TRUNDLE’s writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The Brooklyn Rail, and other places. Her story Seventies Gold, available as an Amazon Kindle Single, was published by 3 a.m. analog/Musicians Who Write. She performs storytelling and comedy and produces a monthly show in New Jersey with the Roll Call Comedy Lab.

JANE ANN VALENTINE is a graduate of Smith College, the LAByrinth Theater’s Intensive Ensemble Program, and a member of The Shelter Theatre Company. She is an emerging playwright as well as a writer, director, and actor. Her play “As I Live and Breathe” is the winner of the 2016 Nor’Eastern Playwriting Contest run by the Vermont Actors Repertory and her short film “Portrait” was selected by the Asian American Film Lab as the winner of their first Short Scriptwriting Contest. Jane’s work has been performed or had readings at the Cherry Lane Theater, the Bank Street Theater, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the TheaterLAB, the Actors Theater of America, and the Historic Dock Street Theater. She is grateful to Tim Manley and Catapult for immersing her in the world of nonfiction writing and storytelling.

June 16, 2016

Frances Stroh presents Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Frances Stroh presents Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss
In conversation with Jason Diamond
Beer reception to follow

The rise and fall of the Stroh Brewery Company is a fascinating American saga, one linked inextricably with the decimation of Detroit, its longtime headquarters. In her memoir Beer Money, author and artist Frances Stroh recounts the demise of a dynasty and brings to life the fractured family at its center: her own. Though she eventually forged her own path, attending college on a Fulbright scholarship, Stroh’s experience was formed by the profligate spending, alcoholism, drug abuse, and rebellion that came with a $700 million fortune, and predicated its loss. Stroh talks about her book and her story with Jason Diamond, founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn and associate editor at Men's Journal as well as the author of a forthcoming memoir, followed by a reception featuring plenty of beer. A portion of proceeds from sales of Beer Money will benefit 826michigan, a new tutoring center in Detroit for children in under-served schools.

June 17, 2016

Stonecutter Issue 5 Launch
61 Local @ 7:30pm
61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Issue 5 of Stonecutter at 61 Local in Brooklyn on Friday, June 17, from 7:30PM onwards. There will be booze! There will be issues! And there will be amazing readings from:

Elisa Wouk Almino ☆ Stefani Barber ☆ Chris Cheney ☆ Ted Dodson ☆ Mark Ford ☆ Renee Gladman ☆ Oli Hazzard ☆ Ali Power ☆ Samantha Zighelboim ☆ Sarah Wang

All are welcome! Afterparty TBA.

June 19, 2016

The Super Prose Bowl
Kraine Theater @ 7:00pm
85 E4th St, New York, New York 10003

Everything has been leading to this. The monkey slippers. The holiday puns. The Lightning Rounds. That one time when the coyote in the basement almost got ou—wait, you probably don't know that story.

Anyway: this is it. The Tournament of Champions. The Writer's Crucible. The SUPER Prose Bowl.

Why so Super? Because we're taking the winners from all our regular shows and pitting them against each other in brutal (read: not that brutal) literary combat. Funny, heartbreaking, or bewildering, these stories will have to bring their A-game if they want to take home the top prize—which, just for the occasion, might actually be something of true practicability.

This show is the culmination of our successful Kickstarter campaign, and a chance for the Prose Bowl crew and its patrons to share in the fruits of their labors. Expect a fancypants venue, a few as-yet-unrevealed surprises, and some top notch fiction stylings from all our champions.

It's all going down June 19th. Tickets are available via our campaign through April 20th, along with some pretty slick bundles including VIP seats and a print anthology of work from our show. Be there, Prose Bowlers!

June 20, 2016

Franklin Park Reading Series: Rob Spillman Bernice L McFadden Tanwi Nandini Islam Dolan Morgan Gabriel Blackwell Daniel Saldana Paris
Franklin Park Bar N Lounge @ 8:00pm
618 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11238

We're kicking off the new season with a Summer Blockbuster reading featuring the authors of some of the year's hottest releases, on large and small presses: Rob Spillman (All Tomorrow’s Parties), Bernice L. McFadden (The Book of Harlan), Tanwi Nandini Islam (Bright Lines), Dolan Morgan (Insignificana), Gabriel Blackwell (Madeleine E.), and Daniel Saldaña París (Among Strange Victims).

***Please note: In a rare exception to our second Monday schedule, June's reading will be held on the third Monday of the month.

Free Admission, $4 drafts + a free-to-enter raffle for the authors' books.


Monday, June 20, 8-10pm
618 St. Johns Place, between Classon and Franklin Avenues
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue

ROB SPILLMAN is the author of the memoir All Tomorrow’s Parties and the editor and co-founder of Tin House magazine and executive editor of Tin House Books. He is the 2015 recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Details, GQ, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among many other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. The curator and host of the Gotham: Writers in New York series at the Brooklyn Public Library, he has guest taught at universities around the world and is currently a lecturer at Columbia University.

BERNICE L. MCFADDEN is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels including, most recently, The Book of Harlan, as well as Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors' Choice and one of the Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. She lives in Brooklyn.

TANWI NANDINI ISLAM is the author of Bright Lines, which was the inaugural selection of New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray’s Gracie Book Club, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and a finalist for the Edmund White LGBTQ Award for debut fiction. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch niche perfume, candle, and skincare line. Her writing has appeared in,, Open City, Women 2.0,, and Gawker. A graduate of Brooklyn College’s MFA program and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn.

DOLAN MORGAN is the author of the story collections Insignificana and That's When the Knives Come Down. Publishers Weekly describes his work as "stories that are as bizarre as they are brilliant." His writing has appeared in The Believer, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading., The Collagist, PANK, Hobart, and elsewhere and have been featured on the radio program Selected Shorts. He lives in Greenpoint.

GABRIEL BLACKWELL is the author, most recently, of Madeleine E, as well as The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men, Critique of Pure Reason, and Shadow Man. He is co-editor of The Collagist.

DANIEL SALDAÑA PARÍS is an essayist, poet, and novelist whose work has been translated into English French, and Swedish and anthologized, most recently, in Mexico20: New Voices, Old Traditions, published in the United Kingdom by Pushkin Press. Among Strange Victims is his first novel to appear in the United States. Born in Mexico City in 1984, he lives in Montreal.

June 21, 2016

Prose Bowl XI: The Aftermath
Pete's Candy Store @ 6:00pm
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Our first show after the Super Prose Bowl, and there's so much that's going on!

We're jumping right back into Brooklyn's only semi competitive, open-mic, flash fiction reading series that we know of with all the things you love: great stories plucked from a hat, commentary from our illustrious panel, and do-dads of infinite impracticability.

But there's more! The show you know and love will be starting at 7:00 pm, but we take the room at 6:00 to begin the pithy madness. Grab a drink and settle in as we craft the Great American Tweet, and share some tales of old.

Then right into our readers, and manning the panel this time around will be Nancy Hightower who's seen her fair share of romantic ramblings co-hosting the Liars' League NYC.

Bring your ears, your pens, and probably some paper, because napkins don't really hold up that well, because the next season of the Prose Bowl is coming, with more than ever. You may even hear some prose from our illustrious hosts.

Our champion will be crowned, but their challenger will emerge. Let the bowl begin, again!

June 21, 2016

BREW VIII: An Evening of Literary Works
Hungry Ghost at S Oxford @ 7:00pm
781 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Featuring readings by:

Leland Cheuk:
Leland is the author of the novel THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (CCLaP Publishing, 2015). He has been awarded fellowships and artist residencies including one from the MacDowell Colony, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Salon, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, [PANK] Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bartleby Snopes, The Margins, and elsewhere. He is also an assistant fiction editor at Newfound Journal. He lives in Brooklyn.

Lauren Hilger:
Laruen's first full-length collection of poetry, Lady Be Good, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms Press, 2016. Awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Harvard Review Online, and Kenyon Review Online, among other journals. She serves as Poetry Editor for No Tokens Journal. For more, see

David Olimpio:
David grew up in Texas, but currently lives and writes in Northern New Jersey. He believes that we create ourselves through the stories we tell, and that is what he aims to do every day. Usually, you can find him driving his truck around the Garden State with his dog. He has been published in Barrelhouse, The Nervous Breakdown, Awst Press, The Austin Review, Rappahannock Review, Crate, and others. His debut nonfiction collection This Is Not a Confession (Awst Press, 2016) wants your eyeballs. You can find more about him at, including links to his writing and photography. He tweets every day about a broad range of important topics, from the ontological meaning of dog-poop bags to the erotic potential of red velvet cake. He would love for you to join him: @notsolinear.

Elizabeth Onusko:
Elizabeth's first full-length collection, Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor, received the Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize and was published by Red Paint Hill in April 2016. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Witness, Best New Poets 2015, Conduit, DIAGRAM, Sixth Finch, The Awl, and Redivider, among others. She is assistant editor of inter|rupture. Her website is

Stephen Langlois:
Stephen's work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Portland Review, Monkeybicycle, matchbook, Necessary Fiction, People Holding, 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 beer and an abundance of caffeinated beverages.

June 27, 2016

Sackett Street & MiP podcast present "Realities of Publishing" Discussion
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

What exactly is the difference between marketing and publicity? Will my editor hate me if I need more time on edits? What will an agent expect when I sign with them? How do I query again? How do I even get my foot in the door of publishing?

Questions like these along with many others will be tackled in "The Realities of Publishing" discussion from Sackett Street and the Minorities in Publishing (MiP) podcast. Publishing professionals Todd Hunter (editor, Atria Books), Ebony LaDelle (marketing manager, Simon & Schuster), Diana Pho (associate editor, Tor), Connor Goldsmith (literary agent, Fuse Literary Agency), and Stephanie Jimenez (associate publicist, Riverhead Books) will talk with Jennifer Baker (creator, MiP podcast & production editor) on their experiences as well as what to expect as someone climbing the ranks or as a writer entering the business. A Q&A will be held after the panel discussion and wine will be served.

The Minorities in Publishing (MiP) podcast is the brain child of publishing professional Jennifer Baker where she interviews other industry buffs about their experiences in the book publishing world.

Sackett Street & MiP podcast present "Realities of Publishing" Discussion

June 30, 2016

MWANY Reading Series
KGB Bar & Lit Mag @ 6:30pm
85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003

Join use for another evening of crime! Crime fiction that is, read by our members: Ann Aptaker, Gary Cahill, William Curatolo, Laura K. Curtis, Jim Robertson, and Carrie Smith. Hosted by MWA-NY Chapter President Laura K. Curtis. This event is free and open to the public.