New York City May Literary Events

May 1st, 2016

ORPHANS Book Launch Party
(le) poisson rouge @ 3:30pm
158 Bleeker Street, New York, NY 10012

Come celebrate the launch of ORPHANS, the latest poetry collection from Joan Cusack Handler. Light fare will be served.

In Orphans, a verse memoir, poet psychologist Joan Cusack Handler explores our most primitive and ambivalent relationships – those with aging parents – meanwhile confronting her own mortality. In a life lesson we’re often unprepared for, Handler presents the reversal of roles and the eruption of unresolved conflicts that persist from childhood.

Joan Cusack Handler is a poet and memoirist, editor, and psychologist in clinical practice. She has published 3 books—2 poetry collections (GlOrious and The Red Canoe: Love In Its Making) and a memoir (Confessions of Joan the Tall). Recipient of 5 Pushcart nominations and a Sampler Award from The Boston Review, she is the Founder of CavanKerry Press Ltd. A Bronx native, she currently lives in Fort Lee, NJ and East Hampton, NY.

RSVP Required.


The Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture with Roxane Gay & Saeed Jones
The Great Hall (Cooper Union) @ 6:00pm
7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003

“I refuse to accept that inequality or violence and suffering are things we must accept as facts of life as if we do not dare to want for better, for more. I see this world as it is but I refuse to accept this world as it is. In my writing, there is no room for complacency.” Roxane Gay

A fierce and masterful writer, cultural critic, and social media powerhouse, Roxane Gay writes with prodigious bravery about gender, sexuality and race. This year, the author of the critically acclaimed An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and the forthcoming Hunger, will deliver the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture – the PEN World Voices Festival’s grand finale, in which leading voices address critical free expression challenges.

A conversation with poet Saeed Jones, Executive Editor of Culture at Buzzfeed, will follow the lecture.

Named for the former PEN president and fierce defender of the freedom of expression, the Lecture has included, in past years, luminaries such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Orhan Pamuk, Umberto Eco, Nawal El Saadawi, Wole Soyinka, Colm Tóibín, and Salman Rushdie.

Hosted by The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs

Tickets: $15/$12 PEN Members and students with valid ID.


May 2nd, 2016

BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

The Sackett Street Literary Series presents a conversation with FICTION LUMINARIES.

Celebrating the book releases of SSWW instructors and alums, and some of this year's most anticipated and acclaimed novels and story collections:

Tony Tulathimutte (PRIVATE CITIZENS)
Lynn Strong (HOLD STILL)
Caroline Zancan (LOCAL GIRLS)
Jessica Tom (FOOD WHORE)

Hosted and moderated by Sackett Street founder and novelist Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH and the forthcoming THE GYPSY MOTH SUMMER)

FREE and open to the public.


Douglas Kennedy and Marc Levy
Albertine Books in French and English @ 7:00pm
972 5th Ave, New York, New York 10075

Douglas Kennedy and Marc Levy discuss The Blue Hour and A Spin on the Horizon (L’Horizon à l’envers), their last novels, as well as their passion for literature.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.


May 3rd, 2016

The Assistants NYC Book Launch! Camille Perri in Conversation With Elisabeth Egan
Barnes & Noble UES @ 7:00pm
150 E 86th St, New York, New York 10128

The Assistants NYC Book Launch
Camille Perri in Conversation with Elisabeth Egan


Nina MacLaughlin & Heidi Julavits, with Rachel Fershleiser
Community Bookstore @ 7:00pm
143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Two women whose work focuses on the small details of making a career and a good life in conversation about time, work, diary-keeping, and the meditative nature of memoir-writing. With references to Ovid, Annie Dillard, Studs Terkel, and Mary Oliver, Nina MacLaughlin’s Hammer Head takes us on a journey from job to job--building a wall, remodeling a kitchen, gut-renovating a house--while illuminating the deep sense of meaning to be found in manual labor. In The Folded Clock, Heidi Julavits explodes the diary-form into a moving meditation on time and self, youth and aging, friendship and romance, faith and fate, and art and ambition. Nina and Heidi will be joined in conversation by Rachel Fershleiser.

Housing Works and WORD Co-Present Kate Tempest's THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe @ 7:00pm
126 Crosby St, New York, New York 10012

The exclusive NYC appearance for UK poet and rapper Kate Tempest in support of her debut novel The Bricks that Built the Houses. In conversation with poet Natalie Diaz. Audience Q&A and signing to follow.

Kate Tempest was born in 1985 and grew up in South-East London where she still lives. She started out as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years and began writing for theatre in 2012. Her work includes Balance, an album recorded with her band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way, a collection of poems published on her own imprint Zingaro; GlassHouse, a forum theatre play for Cardboard Citizens; and the plays Wasted and Hopelessly Devoted for Paines Plough, both published by Methuen. Her epic narrative poem Brand New Ancientswon the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and is published by Picador. It completed a sell out run in the UK and New York and won a Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. Everybody Down, her debut solo album, came out on Big Dada Records in 2014 to critical acclaim, including a Mercury Award nomination. Her most recent collection of poetry Hold Your Own is published by Picador. The Bricks that Built the Houses is published by Bloomsbury in 2016.

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow, a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow, and a 2015 Hodder Fellow at Princeton. Diaz is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program, Princeton University, and New York University, and she works with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to revitalize the Mojave language.

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May 4th, 2016

BTBA Awards Ceremony
The Folly @ 6:30pm
92 W Houston St, New York, New York 10012

Come celebrate international literature and find out who's going to win this year's Best Translated Book Awards! The winners will be announced promptly at 7pm.


NOON 2016 Reading & Party
Book Culture on Columbus @ 7:00pm
450 Columbus Ave, New York, New York 10024

Join us at Book Culture to celebrate the launch of NOON 2016. The evening will feature readings by contributors to the latest edition, including Kim Chinquee, Lucie Elven, Brandon Hobson, R.O. Kwon, Greg Mulcahy, Christine Schutt, and Souvankham Thammavongsa.

To confirm your attendance, please email: RSVP@BOOKCULTURE.COM

Founded in 2000 by Diane Williams, NOON is dedicated to supporting important literary art. Rachel Syme in the New York Times described NOON as "a beautiful annual that remains staunchly avant-­garde in its commitment to work that is oblique, enigmatic and impossible to ignore... stories that leave a flashbulb’s glow behind the eyes even as they resist sense."

KIM CHINQUEE is the author of the collections Oh Baby, Pretty and Pistol. Her webpage is She is a frequent contributor to NOON.

LUCIE ELVEN is currently living in Massachusetts.

BRANDON HOBSON is the author of Deep Ellum and Desolation of Avenues Untold. He is a frequent contributor to NOON.

R.O. KWON’s writing has been published in the Believer, Ploughshares, Tin House, VICE, and elsewhere. This is her second appearance in NOON.

GREG MULCAHY is the author of Out of Work, Constellation, Carbine, and O’Hearn. He lives in Minnesota.

CHRISTINE SCHUTT is the author of two short story collections and three novels. Her most recent novel is Prosperous Friends.

SOUVANKHAM THAMMAVONGSA’s story "How to Pronounce Knife" was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She lives in Canada. This is her first appearance in NOON.


Rebecca Dinerstein in conversation with Mira Jacob
Community Bookstore @ 7:00pm
143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

The Sunlit Night, the debut novel by Rebecca Dinerstein, breathes life into the beautiful, barren landscape of the Arctic Circle. Frances and Yasha, fleeing loss and heartbreak, find refuge in each other in the Far North, forming a bond that will fortify them against both the harsh climate and the turmoil in their lives. The Sunlit Night, written with wit and--despite the cold--great warmth, has been praised by Jonathan Safran Foer as “lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller.”

Jennifer Haigh launch HEAT & LIGHT with Julia Fierro
Sackett Street Literary Series
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

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

“Heat and Light achieves pure novelistic virtuosity. It's brilliant beginning to end.” – Richard Ford

About Heat and Light:

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart—a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.

Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas.

To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn’t count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother’s skepticism or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling—until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives.

Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat and Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders’ meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the “strippins,” haunting reminders of Pennsylvania’s past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America—a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.

Author Bio:

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012, and many other publications. She lives in the Boston area.

Julia Fierro is the author of the novel Cutting Teeth, published in 2014 and called "a comically energetic debut" by The New Yorker. Her next novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, will be published in 2017. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she founded The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop in 2002, now a creative home to over 3,000 writers and named "New York City's best writing class" by Time Out NY, L Magazine, and Brooklyn Magazine; and a "Top Alternative to MFA programs" by Poets & Writers. Workshops are offered throughout NYC and online. Julia lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.


HOT DUDES READING Happy Hour Book Swap
Strand Book Store @ 6:30PM
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Join the Strand and Hot Dudes Reading to celebrate the release of #HDRthebook, the irreverently witty book of photos and quips from bookish beefcakes based on the hit Instagram account, Hot Dudes Reading.

In the spirit of a fun co-mingling happy hour, please bring a book you love for a boozy book swap! You know that "tell me about your book" is the best pickup line around so we're making it even easier. Drink some cocktails provided by Hooch, chat around, meet some new literary friends (maybe a hot dude or two), and if there's a connection, swap books. This event is also open to all aspiring hot dudes who like to read. You never know who might notice you at the there!

Participation in the book swap is encouraged, but isn't mandatory. Ticket purchase is required to attend the event (see event admission info below).

Don’t miss this chance to get the new book signed by your Dudes of choice, pre-order the Hot Dudes calendar, snap some photos with friends, and sample some delicious cocktails!

This event is 21+.
Speciality cocktails will be provided by Hooch. Hooch is the first ever members only cocktail app. Hooch members receive 1 DRINK EVERY DAY at any participating venue. For as low as $9.99 a month, less than the price of ONE cocktail, our members can redeem up to 31 drinks per month! Hooch is currently available in NY, LA, Austin and Dallas.

Admission Options:
Buy a copy of Hot Dudes Reading or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

May 5th, 2016

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

Featuring readings by:

Mark de Silva:
Mark is the author of the debut novel Square Wave, which was released by Two Dollar Radio in February of 2016. He holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). After several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion pages, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine, while also serving as a contributing editor for 3:AM Magazine.

Katie Longofono:
Katie received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed the 2014 SLC Poetry Festival. She is the co-founder of Dead Rabbits Reading Series, a monthly literary salon that takes place in NYC. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. Her chapbook Angeltits is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from GlitterMOB, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, BOAAT, South Dakota Review, Juked, Midwestern Gothic, and more. She may or may not be on Twitter. She lives in Brooklyn.

Madeline Stevens:
Madeline is a fiction writer from Boring, Oregon currently based in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and her work has been published in Scribd, Blunderbuss Magazine, People Holding, and Nailed Magazine. She also hosts and curates Brooklyn's Sunday at Erv's reading series in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Find her on Twitter @Madeli63.

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 beer and an abundance of caffeinated beverages.


Adrian Van Young presents SHADOWS IN SUMMERLAND with Lincoln Michel and Alice Sola Kim
WORD Brooklyn @ 7:00pm
126 Franklin St, Brooklyn, New York 11222

Join us to celebrate the release of Adrian Van Young's SHADOWS IN SUMMERLAND with Lincoln Michel, author of UPRIGHT BEASTS, and author Alice Sola Kim.

Boston, 1859. A nation on the brink of war.

Confidence men prowl the streets for fresh marks. Mediums swindle the newly bereaved. Into this world of illusion and intrigue comes William Mumler, a manipulating mastermind and criminal jeweler. Mumler hopes to make his fortune by photographing spirits for Boston's elite. The key to his venture: a shy girl named Hannah who sees and manifests the dead and washes up on Boston's harbor along with her strange, intense mother, Claudette.

As Mumler and Hannah's fame grows throughout Boston, everybody wants a piece: Bill Christian, a brothel tough; Algernon Child, a drunken rival; Fanny A. Conant, a sly suffragette; and William Guay, a religious fanatic. These rogues among a host of others, including the great spirit rapper Kate Fox, form powerful bonds with the spirit photographers, one of which will end in murder. Mumler's first and last mistake: the dead cannot be made to heel.


Watchlist: Readings from Persons of Interest
Strand Book Store @ 7:00pm
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Jim Shepard, Katherine Karlin, Deji Olukotun, Mark Chiusano, Carmen Machado, Miracle Jones, and more top-tier fictional talents as they read stories from Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest.

Buy a copy of Watchlist or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.


An Evening with the One Story Literary Debutantes
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

An Evening with the One Story Literary Debutantes
Sponsored by The Author’s Guild
Brian Booker, author of Are You Here For What I’m Here For?
Kim Brooks, author of The Houseguest
Matthew Cheney, author of Blood: Stories
Charles Haverty, author of Excommunicados
Naomi Williams, author of Landfalls
Cote Smith, author of Hurt People
Hosted by One Story founding editor Hannah Tinti
Wine reception to follow.

One Story’s annual Literary Debutante Ball is a send-up of the debutante balls of old: instead of featuring young society ladies, it honors One Story authors who have published their first books in the past year. For the fourth year in a row, the current crop of Debutantes will visit Greenlight to present their debut books, at this free event the night preceding the Ball! Reading from their newly minted novels and story collections from publishers large and small, the Debutantes celebrate the joy of publication and the vibrant community of One Story writers as they present what is always a diverse and rich collection of literary writing, followed by a festive wine reception and book signing.

May 7th, 2016

Gotham: Rob Spillman on All Tomorrow's Parties 
Brooklyn Public Library @ 4:00pm
10 Grand Army Plz, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Rob Spillman, Gotham host and co-founding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine, is interviewed by his good friend, novelist Colum Mccann. Spillman will discuss his new memoir, All Tomorrows Parties. After an unsettled youth moving between divorced parents in disparate cities, Spillman would eventually find his way into the literary world of New York City, only to abandon it to return to Berlin just months after the Wall came down. Twenty-five and newly married, Spillman and his wife, the writer Elissa Schappell, moved to the anarchic streets of East Berlin in search of the bohemian lifestyle of their idols. But Spillman soon discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him: a place, or person, to call home.


May 9th, 2016

Red Ink — Finding Solitude in a Noisy World
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

“He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink..."
— Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway

About Red Ink:

Red Ink is a new quarterly series curated by Michele Filgate, co-sponsored by Literary Hub. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present. The first discussion, "Finding Solitude in a Noisy World," features National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy, bestselling essayist Leslie Jamison, Valeria Luiselli, and Katherine Towler.

Drinks kindly provided by Archer Roose and Kings County Distillery.


Franklin Park Reading Series: A Night with Electric Literature
Franklin Park Bar N Lounge @ 8:00pm
618 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11238

This month we’re teaming up with Electric Literature to showcase a range of the innovative publisher’s notable contributors — including legendary author Rick Moody (Hotels of North America, The Ice Storm), fiction writers Rebecca Schiff (The Bed Moved), Adrian Van Young (Shadows in Summerland), and Sara Majka (Cities I’ve Never Lived In), and prize-winning poet Morgan Parker (Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night).

Free Admission, $4 drafts + a fab raffle for books and Electric Lit merch!

RICK MOODY was born in New York City and attended Brown and Columbia universities. He is the author, most recently, of the novel Hotels of North America, as well as five previous novels: The Four Fingers of Death, The Diviners, Purple America, The Ice Storm, and Garden State. He is also the author of the award-winning memoir The Black Veil, the essay collection On Celestial Music, and multiple collections of short fiction, including Demonology. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and his work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.

REBECCA SCHIFF is the author of the stoty collection The Bed Moved. She graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program, where she received a Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and Guernica. She lives in Brooklyn.

ADRIAN VAN YOUNG is the author of the upcoming novel Shadows in Summerland and the story collection The Man Who Noticed Everything, which won the 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award. His fiction and nonfiction have been published or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, The American Reader, Black Warrior Review, The Collagist, VICE, The Believer, and Slate, as well as States of Terror Volume II and Gigantic Worlds: A Flash Science Fiction Anthology, among many other publications. He is a regular contributor to and the author of The Murder Chronicles: A New Orleans Murder Mystery, an interactive, serialized mystery novell.

MORGAN PARKER is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, forthcoming from Tin House Books in 2017. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Best American Poetry 2016. Wnner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem fellowa, she works as an editor for Amazon Publishing's imprint Little A and as poetry editor of The Offing. She also co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Brooklyn and at

SARA MAJKA is the author of the story collection Cities I've Never Lived In. Her stories have appeared in A Public Space, PEN America, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, and American Short Fiction, among other places. A former fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she lives in Queens, New York.

May 10th, 2016

KGB True Story Nonfiction Series: Lucas Mann and Kristen Radtke
KGB Bar & Lit Mag @ 7:00pm
85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003

A reading to celebrate the paperback release of Lucas Mann's acclaimed memoir LORD FEAR and the imminent release of Kristen Radkte's forthcoming graphic memoir IMAGINE WANTING ONLY THIS.

Please join us for readings about love! death! addiction! memory! abandoned cities!

Lucas Mann is the author of Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and Lord Fear: A Memoir, which was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Miami Herald, Paper Magazine Kirkus Reviews, and His essays have been published in Guernica, Slate, TriQuarterly, Barrelhouse, BuzzFeed, and The Kenyon Review, among others. He earned his MFA from The University of Iowa, where he was the Provost's Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. He teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Kristen Radtke is a writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn. Her graphic memoir, Imagine Wanting Only This, is forthcoming from Pantheon Books. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film & video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program.


Book Launch: The House that Made Me edited by Grant Jarrett in conversation with contributors
powerHouse Arena @ 7:00pm
37 Main St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Editor Grant Jarrett is joined by anthology contributors Alice Eve Cohen, Porochista Khakpour, Julie Metz and Jeffery Renard Allen in a discussion about home: the places and people that defined them.


2015 Emerging Writers Fellows Reading
The Center for Fiction @ 7:00pm
17 E 47th St, New York, New York 10017

Join us for the final reading featuring our nine 2015 Center for Fiction fellows! Chosen from over five hundred applicants, our most competitive year yet, each writer receives a grant, space to work in our Writers' Studio, as well as an opportunity to work one-on-one with a carefully selected editor and to meet agents and magazine editors at our monthly fellows' dinners.

The evening will feature readings by all nine of our writers: Naomi Feigelson Chase, Lisa Chen, Nicola DeRobertis-Theye, T'ai Freedom Ford, Anu Jindal, Stephen Langlois, Melissa Rivero, Samantha Storey, and Ruchika Tomar.

The Center for Fiction Fellowships for NYC Early Career Writers are made possible through a grant from The Jerome Foundation with matching funds from individual donors.


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.


LIC Reading Series - Robin Black, Amy Brill, Paul Lisicky
LIC Reading Series @ 8:00pm
45-58 Vernon Blvd, New York, New York 11101

Spend an evening hearing Robin Black, Amy Brill, and Paul Lisicky read from their work and take part in a panel discussion. Plus prizes for the audience, as always!

About our readers:

ROBIN BLACK is the author of the story collection, IF I LOVED YOU, I WOULD TELL YOU THIS, a Finalist for the Frank O’Connor Story Prize, and the novel LIFE DRAWING, long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Folio Prize, and The IMPACT Dublin Literary Award. Her newest collection, CRASH COURSE: ESSAYS FROM WHERE WRITING AND LIFE COLLIDE, has been called "an oasis for writers at any stage" by Karen Russell. Black's work can be found in such publications at The New York Times Magazine, One Story, O. Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune. She lives in Philadelphia with her family, and will be teaching in the Rutgers Camden MFA Program, as of Fall 2016.

AMY BRILL is a writer and producer. Her articles, essays, and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications including One Story, The Common, Redbook, Real Simple, Salon, Guernica, and Time Out New York. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has been awarded fellowships in fiction by the Edward Albee Foundation, Jentel, the Millay Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and was a Visiting Artist Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA. Her debut novel, THE MOVEMENT OF STARS (Riverhead, 2013) has been translated into six languages. A native New Yorker, Amy lives in Brooklyn with her family. She was awarded a 2015 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in fiction, and is working on her next novel.

PAUL LISICKY is the author of THE NARROW DOOR, UNBUILT PROJECTS, THE BURNING HOUSE, FAMOUS BUILDER, and LAWNBOY. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, Conjunctions, Fence, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University, Camden and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.


May 11th, 2016

Atlas XXXVII: Vuong Browne Stone Verlee Valentine Heldén
61 Local @ 7:00pm
61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

It's May 2016 and the rain comes and the rain comes. But we are lucky to live in the same world as cake. More important, we are lucky to live in the same world at the same moment as Ocean Vuong, Mahogany L. Browne, Bianca Stone, Johannes Heldén,Crystal Valentine, and Jeanann Verlee. Why yes this is a large stockpot of goodness but what are the odds that we can experience such riches? Won't you join us for a celebration of all things sweet and devastating and necessary with our May guests . . .


May 12th, 2016

Manuel Gonzales and Isaac Fitzgerald at BookCourt
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Manuel Gonzales will read from his debut novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, and then will come under attack himself (read: be in conversation with) Isaac Fitzgerald at BookCourt on Court Street in Brooklyn, NY.

About The Regional Office is Under Attack!
"The Regional Office is Under Attack!—set in the underground headquarters of an organization deploying a team of “superpowered warrior women” to battle “the forces of darkness that threaten, at nearly every turn, the fate of the planet”—is fundamentally an office novel, a tale of the prosaic struggles of young adulthood, set, with deliciously rich irony, against a distant background of absurdly operatic adventure. It refers in passing to, say, the exploits of an operative known only as Gemini, renowned for “disrupting the Ring of Three and expanding her mouth into a vortex to swallow whole the swarm of bees set loose on Kansas by the warlock Harold Raines,” but it will never give you the full and perhaps rather tedious account of those events. The Regional Office Is Under Attack! repurposes the devices of a genre specializing in fantasies of mastery into a portrait of chastened adults moving through a world where mastery eludes us all." -- Laura Miller,


Course Correction Paperback Launch with Ginny Gilder
Book Culture @ 7:00pm
536 W 112th St, New York, New York 10025

Come join Olympian Ginny Gilder for the paperback launch of Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX

Published last year in hardcover to national acclaim--a book Kirkus Reviews heralds as a "passionate memoir" and bestselling author Daniel James Brown calls "beautiful and important on so many levels--Ginny Gilder's memoir, Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX, released in paperback last month. This May, join Ginny at BookCulture on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to hear first-hand her remarkable story overcoming numerous obstacles in pursuit of the Olympic gold. A two-time Olympic silver medalist in rowing, investment boutique owner and co-owner of the WNBA's Seattle Storm, Gilder is not afraid to bare her soul and impart the tough lessons she learned along the way.

For more information, visit: RSVP Here.

May 13th, 2016

Queens Writes Weekend 2016 Opening Reading
Queens Museum @ 7:00pm
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the fourth annual Queens Writes Weekend! Several contributors of the past two issues will read their work in a gallery looking out at the Unisphere.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Reading will begin shortly after. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Newtown Literary Editor Tim Fredrick
* Matthew Callan
* KC Trommer
* David Mills
* Sokunthary Svay
* Jason Schwartzman
* Leona Godin
* Vijay Ramanathan
. . . plus more!

Thanks to our friends at the Queens Museum of Arts for hosting us on what's bound to be an unforgettable night.

**All events over the weekend have a $5 suggested donation. Copies of the journal will be for sale.**

May 13th, 2016

Show & Tale: Passed & Present
Lillie's Union Square @ 3:00pm
13 E 17th St, New York, New York 10003

Show & Tale is featured in Allison Gilbert's book Passed & Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive ... we're partnering on a unique book "launch" event... asking people to bring photos & objects that help them keep the memory of their loved one alive!

Show & Tale is like Antiques Roadshow meets The Moth, or your favorite Pinterest board come to life!

Everyone is welcome to share with a 3 minute time limit. No judges, no prizes, no competition. And no need to practice! Just Show your object and share its Tale.

Remember you don’t have to show and tell. . .you can just look and listen; observers are always welcome!

This special event is in collaboration with Allison's Memory Bash book tour events! More info can be found via the link provided! There is no charge for this remembering event!

*Share a short story about their loved one and what made
them so special
*Learn how to preserve a loved one’s handwriting, favorite
words, and most beloved recipes
*Write a note of remembrance to be included in an
international commemorative project

May 18th, 2016

PEN's May Mingle with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
DSK - Die Stammkneipe/ Der Schwarze Kölner @ 6:30pm
710 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

This is a FREE event but reservations are required by Monday, May 16:

PEN America is thrilled to present our May Mingle with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. PEN Mingles are social gatherings hosted at venues throughout the city. We hope you can join us for an evening of drinks, engaging conversation, and updates on PEN's work to defend free expression and VIDA's advocacy for women’s voices. Co-hosted by: Glory Edim, Melissa Febos, Michele Filgate, Ashley C. Ford, and Syreeta McFadden.

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


GLORY EDIM is a digital project manager specializing in performing art organizations and innovative web brands. Accustomed to being hands-on and resourceful, she is a creative problem solver who loves experimenting with technology. Glory is also the curator of #WellReadBlackGirl, a blog whose mission it is to help increase the online visibility of Black authors and challenge publishers to reimagine the industry.

MELISSA FEBOS is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the forthcoming essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Glamour, Salon, New York Times, Bitch Magazine, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers. She is the recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The MacDowell Colony. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

MICHELE FILGATE is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Salon, Buzzfeed, The Los Angeles Times, Tin House, Slice, Gulf Coast and other publications. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' Workshop and Catapult and curates a quarterly literary series on women writers called Red Ink.

ASHLEY C. FORD is a writer, editor, and public speaker. Currently, she is writing a memoir (among other things), and co-editing the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture with Roxane Gay. She has been the recipient of a writing residency from Hedgebrook, and currently teaches writing at The New School and Catapult.Co.

SYREETA McFADDEN is a writer. She teaches writing, literature, and humanties in the New York Area. She is the editor of the online literary journal, Union Station Magazine. She is a columnist for the Guardian US and the co-curator of the poetry and public art experiment, Poets in Unexpected Places. Syreeta is also working on twin writing projects: a series of essays and a collection of short fiction.


Book Launch: Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman in conversation with Leslie Jamison
powerHouse Arena @ 7:00pm
37 Main St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

"Like lightning in a bottle, Robin Wasserman’s Girls on Fire captures girlhood friendship in all its shattering intensity. A captivating, terrifying novel, and one you won’t forget.”—Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me

Artfully depicting the passionate friendships, outsized emotions, toxic betrayals, and dangerous impulses of shape-shifting female teens, this audacious storyteller unleashes a searing portrayal of identity, love, and violence.

Join us for the launch and meet the author! Fellow author Leslie Jamison will join in conversation. The discussion portion of the program will begin at 7 pm.


Vol.1 Brooklyn Presents Camille Perri and Jason Diamond in Conversation
Community Bookstore @ 7:00pm
143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

We're excited to be hosting Camille Perri at Community Bookstore with her debut novel, The Assistants. In their review of The Assistants, Publishers Weekly called it "a smart and fresh novel," and J. Courtney Sullivan dubbed it "9 to 5 for the student loan generation." At the event, Perri will be in conversation with Vol.1 Brooklyn founder Jason Diamond.


Maaan, You've Got To Hear This! A Storytelling Show
Precious Metal @ 7:00pm
143 Troutman St, Brooklyn, New York 11206

Have you ever been a part of an incident that leaves you in such a state that when you get back around your friends the only thing you can say is Maaan, You've Got To Hear This?

Storyteller, Moth GrandSlam winner and Host, Marc L Abbott, brings you a new monthly storytelling show where you get seven minutes to tell that story! Maaan, You've Got To Hear This is a non theme storytelling show where anyone can come, put theur name in a can and, if your name is pulled, you tell your true story (and yes, it must be true). Oh, I should also add no paper, props or musical performances within your story.

From the diabolical to the funny to the heartfelt to the unbelievable, come on out to Precious Metal on May 18th located at 143 Troutman Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn and drop your name in the can for a chance at seven full minutes!

Name dropping begins at 7pm!


Benjamin Hale in conversation with Alexandra Kleeman on THE FAT ARTIST
The Astoria Bookshop @ 7:00pm
31-29 31st St, Astoria, New York 11106

Join us and prize-winning author Benjamin Hale as he reads from his new book, The Fat Artist: And Other Stories

You may recognize Benjamin Hale's name from his indie breakout novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore or from one of his many contributions to outlets like the New York Times or the anthology, Best American Science and Nature Writing. Now he's back with a new short story collection full of absurd but beautifully human tales that readers will devour.

Joining Benjamin Hale will be Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, a novel that the New York Times called "a powerful allegory...artfully and elegantly articulated, by one of the young wise women of our generation."

Happy Ending at Symphony Space
The Happy Ending Music and Reading Series @ 7:30pm
symphony space, New York, New York 10001

The May 18th show with ANI DIFRANCO concludes our one-year residency at Symphony Space. After twelve years of live-events in Manhattan, we'll be focusing our efforts on turning Happy Ending into a regular podcast, and while we'll do some live events, they'll be much smaller, less frequent, and (better sit down) at The Brooklyn Yoga Club, in (you're not going to believe this) Brooklyn.

Amber Tamblyn, Belinda McKeon and Charles Bock appear in the next installment of the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series @ Symphony Space. Kate Neckel is the live artist. Musical guest is Ani DiFranco.

At Happy Ending, in addition to short readings, authors are required to take one on-stage risk, while the musical guest plays five original songs and is challenged to play the cover song of choice and get the audience to sing along!


May 19th, 2016

Tracy K. Smith & Tina Chang: The Spirit That Is Charged
Cave Canem Foundation @ 8:30pm
20 Jay St Ste 310A, Brooklyn, New York 11201

The Spirit That Is Charged: A Conversation about Poetry and Friendship with Tina Chang and Tracy K. Smith

When writers talk to each other, things happen. One-time classmates and longtime friends, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith, draw upon years of private correspondence, exploring how their intimate exchange has shaped their work, illuminated their individual creative processes, and added meaning to their understanding of the writer’s life.

General Admission $10 / Students $5, in advance or at the door. Reservations recommended; seating limited:


ALLEGHENY FRONT launch: Matthew Neill Null in conversation with Sam Lipsyte
McNally Jackson Books @ 7:00pm
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

Join us for the launch of Matthew Neill Null’s much-anticipated short story collection, Allegheny Front, which has already collected dazzling reviews from Kirkus, Oxford American, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, as well as ecstatic blurbs from National Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon, T. Geronimo Johnson, Sam Lipsyte, and Lydia Millet. Stephen Sparks writes: “Matthew Neill Null’s stories are exquisite and haunting. They bring to crackling life a place we may think we know, but that under his gaze blossoms into something unexpected." With the great Sam Lipsyte, acclaimed author of The Ask, Home Land, and most recently, The Fun Parts.


Lori Jakiela, Daniel Nester, & Rob Spillman Read at Pete's!
Pete's Candy Store @ 7:30pm
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Pete's Reading Series is excited to feature a night of memoirs about family, home, and music, with new work by Lori Jakiela (BELIEF IS ITS OWN KIND OF TRUTH, MAYBE), Daniel Nester (SHADER: 99 NOTES ON CAR WASHES, MAKING OUT IN CHURCH, GRIEF, AND OTHER UNLEARNABLE SUBJECTS), and Rob Spillman (ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES). Please come grab a drink and shake off the spring chill in our intimate back room, where you'll be treated to unflinching, personal tales by these masterful storytellers.

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. The closest trains are the L and G at Lorimer/Metropolitan. The reading will start at 7:30 p.m.

More about our readers:

Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoirs Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus 2015); The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious (C&R Press/WPA Press 2013); and Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette 2006). She also has a poetry collection -- Spot the Terrorist (Turning Point 2012) -- about the years she spent as an international flight attendant based in New York. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, the writer Dave Newman, and their two children. She is a professor of Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University. She co-directs the summer writers festival at Chautauqua Institution.

Daniel Nester is the author of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015). Previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II (Soft Skull, 2003 and 2004), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2014), which he edited. He teaches writing at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Rob Spillman is the author of the memoir All Tomorrow's Parties. He is also the editor and cofounder of Tin House, a bicoastal literary magazine, executive editor of Tin House Books, and cofounder of the Tin House Literary Festival. Last year, he was awarded the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing, and the VIDO award from VIDA. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, and Salon, among others.


International Writers Series: Patrice Nganang and Mukoma wa Ngugi
Brooklyn Public Library @ 7:30pm
10 Grand Army Plz, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Join us for a special evening of conversation with two thrilling, original voices from Africa: Cameroonian novelist Patrice Nganang, author of Dog Days and winner of the Prix Littéraire Margurite Yourcenar and the Grand prix littéraire d’Afrique noir, and Kenyan Mukoma Wa Ngugi, author of the groundbreaking noir series Nairobi Heat and Black Star Nairobi. Nganang will be launching his new novel, Mount Pleasant, a masterful tour-de-force of transformation in early twentieth-century Cameroon; while Ngugi will discuss his latest work, Mrs. Shaw, an explosive vision of love and exile that shifts between an imagined East African country and Madison, Wisconsin.


May 20th, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: New Directions 80th Birthday Party
Greenlight Bookstore @ 7:30pm
686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, New York 11217

Calling all friends, booksellers, readers in New York and beyond!

Please save the date for our 80th Birthday Bash featuring lightning fast readings and birthday toasts from LASZLO KRASZNAHORKAI, ANNE CARSON, RIVKA GALCHEN, ELIOT WEINBERGER, BERNADETTE MAYER and JOHN KEENE!

More details to be announced!

5th Nassau Reading Series
BÚÐIN @ 8:00pm
114 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222

We're starting off the summer with a ray of literary love. Hosted by Rachel Schwerin at the lovely BÚÐIN in Greenpoint, this series showcases both established authors and new voices of promise.

Drink specials and an afterparty to follow.

Come Listen to Dispatches From The Minds Of:
Elissa Schappell
Lincoln Michel
Tony Tulathimutte
Kay Zhang
Chuks Ndulue


HERE BE DRAGONS: Nancy Hightower's HIDEAWAY w/ fierce lit & tunes
Be Electric Studios @ 9:00pm
1298 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237

HIP Lit is over the moon to have the ever-dazzling Nancy Hightower bringin' on the fire for the next HIDEAWAY SALON with a fierce cast of readers, including: MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY, ALICE SOLA KIM, and PEARL GABEL. Plus, we're stoked to spotlight writer Julienne Grey as our first H.I.P. Pick! That's not all, ladies and gentlemen—we've got tunes, and TRAVIS TENCH is the man making the musical magic happen.

Friday, May 20th | Starting at 9pm | Mingling to follow | BYOB | Free admission | Donations in the form of books and booze appreciated

"As a book reviewer I am always attracted to ferocious, unflinching fiction, and so it’s only natural that I choose three writers whose works breathe fire: Maria Dahvana Headley, Alice Kim, and Pearl Gabel. Their stories often border on the surreal or dive into the fantastic but even there, the lines blur, and one can never be sure what is real and what is not. Such is the life when we hear dragons tell their tales—the most we can hope for is to escape only being singed instead of thoroughly consumed."
— NANCY HIGHTOWER, Guest Curator



PEARL GABEL is a writer, photographer and video journalist based in New York City. Her work has been featured in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NBC News, Reuters, Newsweek, The Atlantic and Narratively. Until last fall, she was a multimedia journalist and staff photographer for the New York Daily News, where she covered everything from the riots in Ferguson, Missouri to the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. She has been nominated for a 2016 New York Emmy in Video Journalism and is working on a writing project tentatively titled The Wood.

MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY is the New York Times-bestselling author of Magonia, Queen of Kings, The Year of Yes, and The End of the Sentence (with Kat Howard). With Neil Gaiman, she is the editor of Unnatural Creatures, a monster anthology to benefit 826DC. Her short fiction has been nominated for both the Nebula and Shirley Jackson awards, and anthologized in many Year's Bests, includingYear's Best Weird Fiction. Upcoming are Aerie: A Magonia Novel (HarperCollins, Oct 2016), The Mere Wife (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017), a short story collection (also from FSG), two more young adult novels from HarperCollins, and a theatrical musical based on a short story by Anne Rice, in collaboration with Emmy Award-winning composer Lance Horne. She's a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and her work has also been supported by Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Italy.

ALICE SOLA KIM is a 2016 Whiting Award winner. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as McSweeney's Literary Quarterly, Tin House, Lenny Letter, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and BuzzFeed Books. She was a MacDowell Colony Fellow and has received grants and scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Elizabeth George Foundation.


NANCY HIGHTOWER's work has appeared in storySouth, Gargoyle, Prick of the Spindle, Sundog Lit, Literary Orphans, and Word Riot; her novel, Elementarí Rising (Pink Narcissus Press, 2013) received a starred review in Library Journal and Kinds of Leaving, her short story collection was shortlisted for the Flann O’Brien Award for Innovative Fiction in 2014. Her first collection of poetry, The Acolyte, was published by Port Yonder Press in 2015 and has been nominated for a 2016 Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Nancy currently co-hosts the Liars League Reading Series with Andrew Lloyd Jones in NYC, reviews science fiction and fantasy for The Washington Post, and teaches at Hunter College.


JULIENNE GREY's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, Joyland Magazine, and Slice Magazine among others. She attended the 2014 Tin House Writer’s Workshop after receiving the 2013 Slice Literary Writer’s Conference Scholarship. She is working on a novel.


TRAVIS TENCH is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, and producer who explores themes of transience, home, wonder, and the human struggle for a sense of place and belonging in a changing world.

He performs solo, as frontman of the rock band Moons of Mercury (, and with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, a radical activist performance group, with whom Travis recently toured the U.S. and Canada opening for Neil Young.


THE HIDEAWAY SALON is a monthly series brought to you by HIP Lit and held at Be Electric Studios. To stay in the loop, sign up here: And we hope to see you on the 20th!


May 21st, 2016

Show & Tale: Brooklyn Battles
Old Stone House (Brooklyn) @ 11:00am
336 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Brooklyn has a long history of battles, from the Revolutionary War, to classic playground games, to renovation and development.

Join us for Show & Tale’s special Old Stone House & Washington Park edition, and bring an object that reflects your Brooklyn Battle.

Do you have a Revolutionary War cannon ball that worked its way up into your backyard? Games and toys from your Brooklyn childhood? Objects found during your home renovation and restoration? Items purchased or passed on to you that reflect the history of your home? Every Thing has a story.

It’s like the Antiques Roadshow meets The Moth, or your favorite Pinterest board come to life!

Everyone is welcome to share with a 3-minute limit. No judges, no prizes, no competition. And no need to practice! Just show your object and share its tale.

Just want to come and listen? Awesome! Observers always welcome!


Ecstatic Prose w/ Hilton Als, Andrew Durbin, Tan Lin, Rivka Galchen Sukhdev Sandhu Christine Smallwood Jonathon Sturgeon & Lynne Tillman
Harvey Emily Gallery @ 1:00pm
537 Broadway Fl 2, New York, New York 10012

With Hilton Als, Andrew Durbin, Tan Lin, Rivka Galchen, Sukhdev Sandhu, Christine Smallwood, Jonathon Sturgeon & Lynne Tillman with Lucy Ives & Sarah Resnick

1:00—2:00 p.m., On Criticism
Sukhdev Sandhu, Christine Smallwood, and Lynne Tillman in conversation.

2:30—3:30 p.m., On Style
Hilton Als and Rivka Galchen in conversation.

4:00—5:00 p.m., On Autofiction
Andrew Durbin, Tan Lin, and Jonathon Sturgeon in conversation.

Please join Triple Canopy for a day-long series of conversations on the state of literary genre and contemporary prose. Writers Hilton Als, Andrew Durbin, Rivka Galchen, Tan Lin, Sukhdev Sandhu, Christine Smallwood, Jonathan Sturgeon, and Lynne Tillman will participate in a trio of discussions on criticism, style, and autofiction, convened by Triple Canopy editors Lucy Ives and Sarah Resnick.

As people exchange text more quickly and in greater quantities than ever before, prose has taken on a curious new literary life, a life seemingly betwixt, beyond, or out of bounds of genre. Reflective essays use techniques from fiction; fiction borrows from poetry; poetry borrows from philosophy; journalism encounters reflection; and on and on. This instability of genre and the ascendency of stylish prose seems at once part and parcel of the variously mediated modes via which we compose, convey, and consume texts. With the entry of the print book into a swarm of other media and temporalities for reading, it makes sense that traditional genres as well as ways of reading would metamorphose. Yet, genre is now also bent by a new emphasis on the writer, whether fictionalized or not, who is frequently at the center of a given text. Prose is the contemporary literary form par excellence and seems no longer to require the distinctions of genre to be functional, legible, or pleasurable. Indeed, it may no longer make sense to speak of “essayists,” “novelists,” or “poets,” but rather to simply praise and discuss the work of writers.

The day’s conversations will address three familiar aspects of prose as well as their ongoing transformation:

1:00—2:00 p.m., On Criticism
Where and how does criticism find its place? If criticism has traditionally circulated via the magazine and within the academy, what new occasions and pursuant forms present themselves today? Sukhdev Sandhu, Christine Smallwood, and Lynne Tillman in conversation.

2:30—3:30 p.m., On Style
Can one make an argument—or a fiction—by style alone? Hilton Als and Rivka Galchen in conversation.

4:00—5:00 p.m., On Autofiction
The narrator may or may not be the writer, and the writer may or may not be the author, and the author may or may not be “I.” On autofiction’s ambiguous vérité. Andrew Durbin, Tan Lin, and Jonathon Sturgeon in conversation.

$8 suggested donation

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An Evening with Karl Ove Knausgaard — Presented by Esopus Magazine
BookCourt @ 7:00pm
163 Court St, Brooklyn, New York 11201

Join Esopus Magazine editor Tod Lippy for a conversation with My Struggle author Karl Ove Knausgård.

NB: Only purchased at BookCourt during the event will be signed by the author. All BookCourt events are free and open to the public. An RSVP does not gaurantee admittance.


May 23rd, 2016

Epiphany Magazine Spring Reading: Vijay Seshadri, Kathryn Harrison, Vicky Bijur + others
Strand Book Store @ 7:00pm
828 Broadway, New York, New York 10003

Join Epiphany editors at Strand Books for a reading and discussion to celebrate our spring 2016 issue, featuring work from our annual writing contest.

Pulitzer-prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri, New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Harrison, and pioneering NYC literary agent Vicky Bijur judged the contest and will discuss why they chose what they chose, and how it reflects the literary world today. Contest winners will also read from their work.

Reception after the event. Catered by our favorite East Village café/hangout, Fresco Gelateria.

Purchase the issue or a $10 Strand gift card for entry. Subscribers get in free!