New York City August Literary Events

August 2, 2016

Book Launch: Land of Enchantment by Leigh Stein with Rachel Syme
powerHouse Arena @ 7:00pm
28 Adams St., Brooklyn, New York 11201

Set against the stark and surreal landscape of New Mexico, Stein presents a coming-of-age literary memoir about young love, obsession, and loss, and how a relationship that hurts the most is often the hardest to walk away from.

Writer Rachel Syme joins in conversation.

Join us for the launch, and meet the author!

** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT 28 ADAMS STREET CORNER OF WATER IN DUMBO**

 

Book Launch: Nadja Spiegelman presents I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

In conversation with Molly Fischer
Wine reception to follow

Nadja Spiegelman, author of three graphic novels for children including Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure, presents her memoir, I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, which illuminates the three very specific, fierce, and utterly memorable women of her family. In telling their stories, Najda has created an engrossing and gorgeous memoir that speaks to the universally complicated love between parents and children, and the ways the legacies of that love create an undertow in our lives that we often cannot see. Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?, says, “Spiegelman’s prose is witty, tender, assured and poetic…The unexpected symmetries between the generations, as well as the inevitable insults and pains, make this artful memoir feel like the story of every family.” Spiegelman reads and discusses her work with Molly Fischer from New York Magazine's culture blog The Cut, followed by a wine reception to celebrate the book’s launch.


August 3, 2016

Liars' League NYC presents Short & Sweet Flash Fiction
KGB Bar & Lit Mag @ 7:00pm
85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003

Join us for our annual evening of Flash Fiction at KGB on Wednesday, 3rd August - we've got a fantastic lineup of short short stories for you! This month, we're especially thrilled to be headlining the brilliant Lincoln Michel of Electric Literature and Gigantic as our featured writer! And here are the gems we have in store for you:

SCATHED
by Holly Woodward
read by Kristen Calgaro

DRIVING
by Kristie Betts Letter
read by Samantha Jane Gurewitz

MAN O’ WAR
by Rayne Ayers-Debski
read by Kristen Calgaro

POPCORN
by P.J. Kryfko
read by Jonathan Minton

MY GIRLFRIEND THE GOVERNMENT
by Destanie McAllister
read by Jere Williams

CONDITIONAL FREEDOM
by Virginia Hartman
read by Kristen Calgaro

TAKE THE STAIRS
by Zeke Jarvis
read by Jere Williams

THE RACHELS
by Rachel Karyo
read by Samantha Gurewitz

ROUTINE
and
THE DEER IN VIRGINIA
by Lincoln Michel*
read by Jonathan Minton

As usual we'll be bringing you our regular half-time literary trivia(l) quiz, with moderately exciting prizes to be won! The date for your diaries is Wednesday, 3rd August, doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start, and entrance is completely free. Look forward to seeing you there!

* “Routine” and "The Deer in Virginia" are used by permission from Upright Beasts (Coffee House Press, 2015). Copyright © 2015 by Lincoln Michel.

Lincoln Michel
Lincoln Michel is the editor-in-chief of electricliterature.com and a founding editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, Tin House, NOON, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Believer, Bookforum, Buzzfeed, Vice, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. Sometimes he draws famous authors as monsters. He is the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction, and the author of Upright Beasts, a collection of short stories out this fall from Coffee House Press. He was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn.
More: @thelincoln.

Destanie McAllister
Destanie McAllister's fiction has appeared in Word Riot and LIT and is forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle. She is a fellow of the CUNY Writers' Institute and has studied philosophy in Virginia and San Diego. She tends to pad her bio with book recommendations. She’s currently advocating (and welcomes conversation about) Andrey Biely’s St. Petersburg.
More: @destaniemc

Virginia Hartman
Virginia Hartman’s fiction has appeared in The Hudson Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Potomac Review, and elsewhere. She’s a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and in her forthcoming novel Elemental, everyone is lost is in the swamp. She’s taught writing at American University, George Washington University, and the Writer’s Center.
More: @virginiahartmn - www.virginiahartman.com

Rachel Karyo
Rachel Karyo was born and raised in Nesconset, New York. She has also lived in Massachusetts, Paris, California, and (currently) Indiana. Her short story “Beavers” has been published in the horror anthology Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace and Misery. Rachel is currently writing short stories and exploring the Midwest and beyond.

Kristie Betts Letter
Kristie Betts Letter teaches Hamlet to teenagers and plays a mean game of pub trivia. Her fiction has been recognized by Best American Small Fictions 2017, and published in journals including The Massachusetts Review, Washington Square, The North Dakota Quarterly, The Southern Humanities Review, and The Chariton Review. KT literary represents her novel The Three Marlenas.
More: @kristieletter - www.kristiebettsletter.com

Zeke Jarvis
Zeke Jarvis is an Associate Professor at Eureka College. His work has appeared in Moon City, Thrice Fiction, and Posit. His books include So Anyway.. , a collection of introductions to poems that don't exist and In A a Family Way.
More: @zekjar

P.J. Kryfko
P.J. Kryfko is a writer, producer, storyteller, daydreamer, and avid YouTube watcher (not always in that order). He has been published in comics, prose, journalism, and in 2014 wrote and produced his first short film. AintitCoolNews.com calls his work “atypical and original.” His Mom calls him “handsome.”
More: @pjkryfko - pjkryfko.com

Rayne Ayers-Debski
Rayne Ayers-Debski is the author of numerous short stories. Her work has appeared in Mslexia, The Summerset Review, Necessary Fiction, flashquake, and other print and online publications. She is the editor of two anthologies published by Main Street Rag. She grew up in NJ and Florida. After years of corporate anxiety, she now spends time working on a collection of stories or hiking the Appalachian Trail. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two dogs.
More: @RayneDebski

Holly Woodward
Holly Woodward is writing a novel, like everyone else. Her flash fiction won first prizes from New Letters and Story Magazine. Her book of poems was finalist for the National Poetry Series Prize. Woodward spent a year as a doctoral fellow at Moscow University and served as writer in residence at St. Albans, Washington National Cathedral. A recent book of modern aphorists, Short Flights, included a chapter of her Twitter lines. Holly’s cat, Max Perkins, just sits on her work.
More: @hollywoodward


August 4, 2016

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 theme. . . you 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!

FREE show, hosted by David Lawson.


August 7, 2016

Queens Book Festival
Kaufman Astoria Studios @ 11:00am-6:00pm
34-12 36th St, Astoria, New York 11106

Get ready for a major literary explosion in Queens! This is the real deal, folks! The Queens Book Festival is happening August 7, 2016 at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The event—which hopes to address literacy rates among the youngest Queens residents—is open and FREE to the entire community with a wide range of activities suited to families and folks of every age!

Queens has long been impressively, inspiringly diverse; so too, is the literary community of the borough, which is in the midst of a cultural renaissance.

You can look forward to the following on August 7th::
A plethora of panel discussions
Readings for kids
Book signings
Literary exhibitors
Booksellers
Food
Activities and giveaways!!

Visit our website for the full author lineup! www.queensbookfestival.nyc

 

Zoe Dzunko's Selfless: a chapbook launch
LA SALA at Cantina Royal @ 7:00pm
58 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Zoe Dzunko's Selfless is brilliant and beautiful and in the world. To celebrate its landing, we will launch it back into the cosmos—and we will all be better afterwards. This magical night would not be complete without Zoe herself, who is traveling all the way from Australia to be here. It is of the truest honor to have her here with us and we will certainly make good use of such a privilege. Join us, won't you, for the release of Zoe Dzunko's Selfless. Zoe will be joined by a most enviable squad, with readings by . . .

Sarah Jean Grimm
Camonghne Felix
Chelsea Hodson
and of course,
Zoe Dzunko

We hope to see you there! ♥


August 8, 2016

Franklin Park Reading Series: Roxane Gay Garth Greenwell Dorothea Lasky Jensen Beach Alex Mar
Franklin Park Bar N Lounge @ 8:00pm
618 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11238

This month we're honored to host five notable, boundary-shifting writers whose work challenges conventional ideas of gender, sexuality, race, and faith: Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, An Untamed State), Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You), Dorothea Lasky (Rome, Thunderbird), Jensen Beach (Swallowed by the Cold), and Alex Mar (Witches of America).

Details:
618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Aves.
718-230-0293
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue
www.franklinparkbrooklyn.com
FREE ADMISSION, $4 drafts + a free-to-enter raffle for the authors' books.

ROXANE GAY is the author of the books Bad Feminist, An Untamed State, and Ayiti. Her writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many other places. She is a founding editor of PANK. Her short story collection Difficult Women and memoir Hunger will be released in 2017, and she is coauthoring, with Ta-Nehisi Coates, the new Marvel comic series Black Panther: World of Wakanda, which will be launched next spring.

GARTH GREENWELL is the author of the novel What Belongs to You, which has been nominated for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and a novella, Mitko, which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Prize and a Lambda Award. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, StoryQuarterly, and VICE. He lives in Iowa City, where he holds the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Fellowship at the University of Iowa.

DOROTHEA LASKY is the author of four poetry collections, ROME, Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, as well as several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2010). Her writing has appeared in POETRY, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Boston Review, among other places, and she is a co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013). Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania . A 2013 Bagley Wright Fellow in Poetry, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City.

JENSEN BEACH is the author of two story collections, most recently Swallowed by the Cold (Graywolf). He holds an MFA in fiction from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, as well as an MA and BA in English from Stockholm University. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College, where he is the fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. He’s also a faculty member in the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His writing has appeared in A Public Space, Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, the Paris Review, and The New Yorker and online at Fifty-Two Stories, Tin House, N+1, Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, and American Short Fiction, among other places. He’s one of the web editors at Hobart and lives in Vermont with his wife and children.

ALEX MAR is the author of Witches of America, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. She is based in her hometown of New York City, and her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Epic, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Atlas Obscura, The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She is also the director of the documentary "American Mystic,” currently streaming on Amazon.


August 9, 2016

New York Story Exchange with Gastor Almonte, David Lawson, Tracey Segarra, and Nick Zaharakos
Cornelia Street Cafe @ 6:00pm
29 Cornelia St, New York, New York 10014

Hear stories, tell stories! Tuesday, August 9th, 6:00 PM, downstairs at Cornelia Street Café. Admission: $10—includes one drink!

Four featured tellers, followed by an 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: Jeff Rose—with featured tellers Gastor Almonte, David Lawson, Tracey Segarra, and Nick Zaharakos.

Gastor Almonte is a comedian out of Brooklyn, NY. He is the host of interview series Stoops2Stagesand is featured on Comedy Central's This is Not Happening.

David Lawson has performed on the RISK! live show, Mortified, and Mara Wilson's What Are You Afraid Of?. He's performed one-man shows at The PIT, Dixon Place, The Brick, QED, and The Experiment Comedy Gallery. @dtlawson on Twitter. www.dtlawson.com.

Tracey Miller Segarra is a three time Moth StorySLAM winner and Moth GrandSLAM champion whose dream is to quit her day job and travel the world both telling and listening to true stories. She has her own storytelling show on Long Island, "Now You're Talking" https://www.facebook.com/nytalking

Nick Zaharakos’ first story, ”Two Cent Deposit, Nickel Return,” was published in 1988, and since then over twenty of his stories have appeared in various publications. It was under Barbara Aliprantis's mentorship that he has also made the move to live storytelling. Nick's style, likened to O Henry, tells a mix of original stories that address social issues and poignant family tales with universal themes.

HOST: Jeff Rose is a Moth Slam winner, published fiction writer, web developer, general smart aleck, and co-curator of Cornelia Street Cafe's New York Story Exchange. He has recently begun co-hosting the bimonthly variety show “I Have A Crazy Idea” at Brooklyn's Threes Brewing. Jeff is proudest that the Austin American-Statesman’s A-List once critiqued him as "too polite by one-half" when a server forgot his meatloaf.


August 10, 2016

Catapult Writing Program Presents #YeahYouWrite: Nicole Dennis-Benn, Daniel José Older, Rebecca Schiff, & Tony Tulathimutte
Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room @ 6:30pm
6 W 24th St, New York, New York 10010

Join us for a night of readings and literary cocktails as we celebrate the launch of our fall writing workshops, intensives, and master classes. You’ll hear from four of our instructors—Nicole Dennis-Benn, Daniel José Older, Rebecca Schiff, and Tony Tulathimutte—and you’ll have a chance to share your own writing at the end of the night. We’d love to raise a glass with you and hear what you’ve been working on!

RSVP required—please specify #YeahYouWrite. Call 212-234-2373 or email info@bosrestaurant.com.

For more information about Catapult’s Writing Program: http://classes.catapult.co/

For more information about #YeahYouWrite: http://bosrestaurant.com/yeahyouwrite

Readers:

NICOLE DENNIS-BENN is the author of Here Comes the Sun (W. W. Norton/Liveright, July 2016). Here Comes the Sun has garnered pre-publication buzz with a Kirkus Starred Review; and is listed among the best books to read this summer and this year by the New York Times, BuzzFeed, Elle, Marie Claire, Miami Herald, Publishers Weekly, Book Riot, The Root, and Brooklyn Magazine. Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami deems it a “fantastic debut”; and Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James says, “[Here Comes the Sun] is a story about waiting to be told.” Nicole Dennis-Benn has a MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hurston/Wright, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is the Founder and Director of Stuyvesant Writing Workshop and teaches writing for the City University of New York. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she currently lives with her wife in Brooklyn, NY. To learn more about Nicole, and Here Comes the Sun, visit www.nicoledennisbenn.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @ndennis_benn.

DANIEL JOSÉ OLDER is the author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015), which is a New York Times bestseller and was nominated for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy nominated anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, NPR, Tor.com, Salon, BuzzFeed, Fireside Fiction, The New Haven Review, PANK, Apex, and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniel has been a teaching artist for more than ten years. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at ghoststar.net, on YouTube and @djolder on Twitter.

REBECCA SCHIFF’s short stories have appeared in Electric Literature, Fence, Guernica, n+1, and The American Reader. Her debut collection, The Bed Moved, was published by Knopf in April 2016. Rebecca holds an MFA from Columbia University, and is the recipient of a Henfield Award and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn.

TONY TULATHIMUTTE is the author of the novel Private Citizens (William Morrow, 2016). He has contributed to VICE, Salon, The New Yorker online, Threepenny Review, AGNI, The LA Review of Books, The American Reader, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received an O. Henry Award, as well as MacDowell, Jentel Arts, Truman Capote, and Michener-Copernicus Fellowships. He lives somewhere in New York.

 

The Literary Review Summer Celebration
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 7:00pm
126 Crosby St, New York, New York 10012

The Literary Review hosts a reading and reception at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Wednesday, August 10th to celebrate TLR’s new issue. Featured guests include the magazine’s editors reading their work alongside contributors to Big Blue Whale, and will be presented by TLR World Literature Editor Jessie Vail Aufiery and TLR Associate Poetry Editor Heather Lang.


August 12, 2016

Annie DeWitt with Sam Lipsyte
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Please join Annie DeWitt and Tyrant Books in celebration of the New York release of her debut novel, White Nights in Split Town City.

Named one of The Millions Most Anticipated Book Releases of the Second-Half of 2016: http://www.themillions.com/2016/07/most-anticipated-the-great-second-half-2016-book-preview.html

And called "as spectacularly seductive as they come [...] a slender storm of a novel." by Tin House
http://www.tinhouse.com/blog/43443/ecstatic-beauty-and-white-nights-an-interview-with-annie-dewitt.html

DeWitt will read and be joined in conversation with Sam Lipsyte. Libations, whiskey and celebration to follow!

About White Nights in Split Town City:

Both coming-of-age story and cautionary tale. In her mother's absence, Jean is torn between the adult world and her surreal fantasies of escape as she and Fender build a fort to survey the rumors of their town.

Praise for White Nights in Split Town City:

"Annie DeWitt takes us to the strange and stirring depths of language and shows us, with equal parts pain and beauty, how we really feel. A bold, word-drunk novel by a wonderful new writer." — Ben Marcus

"Annie DeWitt's fiction, with its lush precision, its daring leaps, its sly wit and rhythmic beauty, breaks hearts and takes names and names a vivid world anew." — Sam Lipsyte

“White Nights in Split Town City is a ferocious tumble of a book, told from the wild edge of the 90s. Follow the sharp wonder of Jean’s voice through the electrifying night of this novel and you will emerge breathless, exhilarated, changed. Annie DeWitt is a daring and spectacular new talent.” — Laura van den Berg

"Thirteen year-old Jean is the luminous, clear hearted voice and eyes of Annie DeWitt’s gorgeous debut novel. Though this slim novel takes place in a single summer, on a small dirt road, in a rural town—this couldn’t be a bigger or bolder story. DeWitt renders the known world with originality of language and vision. Every page of this book is surprising and wonderfully moving." — Victoria Redel

"In White Nights in Split Town City Ann Dewitt writes of a family during a single summer, both mundane and transformative. In scene after lovely and telling scene she mines the subtle emotions between mother and daughter. This is a sad and beautiful story. I was engaged and enchanted from the first pages." — Darcey Steinke

"Annie Dewitt is like Kesey in the Sometimes a Great Notion era mated by Didion in her Play It As It Lays years. That much intensity, that much might and clear minded provoking of the story to careen forth through her hungry hammering of prose and the keen eye of her heart. That middle finger from the arm of the boat on the river, too, is present, and yet there is warmth and remembrance and truth from DeWitt and the eras that are all her own, the 90's we grew of age in. This book will become a classic for this era." — Luke Goebel, author of 14 Stories | None of Them Are Yours

"A very cool blue-collar country novel filled with such strong sentences that I could feel the dirt-road dust and summer sun on my skin." —Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes and Crystal Eaters

http://bookcourt.com/events/annie-dewitt-sam-lipsyte


August 12, 2016

Pancho and Lefty: Bandits and Betrayals
Be Electric Studios @ 9:00pm
1298 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

Please join us for our next HIP Lit salon, "Pancho and Lefty: Bandits and Betrayals," curated by Matthew Daddona and featuring readings from Liz Arnold, Rio Cortez, Benjamin Hale, and Lincoln Michel, as well as music from Caitlin Mahoney. Woot! This is going to be damn good.

Free. BYOB. Starting at 9pm. Mingling 'til late.

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From the curator:

If you don’t know the song “Pancho and Lefty,” written and composed by Townes Van Zandt, then you might know its chord progression: C-G-F-C, or what I call the truth serum of folk music. These three, finger-picked chords form the basis of some of the greatest folk songs mankind has ever known, and “Pancho and Lefty” is no exception. In fact, I think it’s the quintessential American folk song.

The lyrics tell of “how Pancho fell” and of how “Lefty’s living in a cheap hotel,” the two opposing fates of these used-to-be bandits sticking out like sore thumbs—Pancho now dead and gone, and Lefty living with the memory of a life on the run, though “he can’t sing the blues / All night long like he used to…he just did what he had to do / And now he’s growing old.” One sells out the other, to what—live with the guilt? The wistful memory of a blazing life, now shelved and dusty? Nope, not for me, our inner Panchos would like to say…we want to run, we want to be free, even if that means our lives.

But Townes Van Zandt’s song is about so much more than one bandit selling out the other; it’s about how legends form in the first place. When “the poets tell Pancho fell” and how “all the Federales say they could’ve had him any day,” Van Zandt is commenting on the very idea of mythmaking, of songwriting, of folk, of Americana. Are his characters bigger than the song that contains them, or is Van Zandt’s song—its chords, its very folk aesthetic—what makes it so tasty? Two doubles, neat, please! One for you, one for me…

Which brings us to our theme: Bandits and Betrayals. What better alliterative pairing than this, eh? Take it as you will, but I like the idea of a limitless, devil-may-care bond so strong that its only threat is in the form of betrayal, like a cancer spreading from brother to brother. Its only sign? Those smoldering eyes tucked just under the brim, that faraway look. But such is the stuff of fiction…

Woody Guthrie, in writing his song “Pretty Boy Floyd,” (about an outlaw, by the way) scribbled the line, “I love a good man outside the law, just as much as I hate a bad man inside the law.” While that line never made it into the song, we all know what he means. And we all know we can be both inside and outside at any given time.

- Matthew Daddona

Performer bios:

Liz Arnold’s essays, reviews, and journalism have appeared in Catapult, Los Angeles Review of Books, Ninth Letter, online at The Paris Review, WNYC, Curbed, Dwell, Interior Design, The Guardian, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Homebodies, her popular blog of photography and writing about the un-styled homes of people she visits, is now a column of the same name at Nylon magazine. She is a writer-in-residence in New York City schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and she sits on the Editorial Board of its magazine. A freelance editor and journalist living in Brooklyn, Liz has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars.
@lizarnold

Rio Cortez is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA program at NYU. Her manuscript, I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains, was selected by Ross Gay as the winner of the inaugural Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, and is available from Jai-Alai Books

Benjamin Hale is the author of the novel The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Twelve, 2011) and the collection The Fat Artist and Other Stories (Simon & Schuster, 2016). He has received the Bard Fiction Prize, a Michener-Copernicus Award, and nominations for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. His writing (both fiction and nonfiction) has appeared, among other places, in Conjunctions, Harper's Magazine, the Paris Review, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Dissent and the LA Review of Books Quarterly, and has been anthologized in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013. He is a senior editor of Conjunctions, teaches at Bard College, and lives in a small town in New York's Hudson Valley.

Caitlin Mahoney is a New York City-based singer/songwriter/dreamer. Mahoney’s debut LP Spin, released in May 2015, received praise from the likes of American Songwriter, MusicTimes and Baeblemusic, who described Mahoney’s voice as “powerful and soulful – a mix of Adele and Fiona Apple.” Her music has been featured on ABC Family, the Family Channel in Canada, Daytrotter, and in Starbucks stores throughout the United States. Since 2013, she has played more than 200 shows across the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. She is currently back in the studio to record a new album in Brooklyn. Check her out on Facebook (Facebook.com/caitlinmahoneymusic) and on Twitter and Instagram (@cmahoneymusic).

Curator bio:

Matthew Daddona is an associate editor at Dey Street Books, where he edits nonfiction in the categories of narrative journalism, pop science, pop culture, music, sports, and memoir. As a freelance journalist, poet, and fiction writer, he has published work in Tin House, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Gigantic, Outside Magazine, Slice, The Adirondack Review, The Southampton Review, Forklift, Ohio, and LitHub, among other places. For three years he was a founding member of FLASHPOINT NYC, an improvisational performance group, and he currently co-hosts the reading series “Kill Genre,” in which poets test their skills in non-poetry genres. He is also an editor at The Scofield, an online literary journal, and he often daydreams one-liners. Tweet to him @MatthewDaddona