James Hannaham Reads Delicious Foods

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 | 6,605 views

James Hannaham reads DELICIOUS FOODS at Center for Fiction in Manhattan

James Hannaham read from his latest novel, Delicious Foods, last week at Center for Fiction in Manhattan. He was joined, eventually, by Joshua Furst, delayed by shoddy subway service. Delicious Foods explores both modern slavery and drug addiction in Louisiana.

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Helen Klein Ross reads What Was Mine

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 | 7,500 views

Helen Klein Ross reads WHAT WAS MINE at BookCourt

Helen Klein Ross was at BookCourt last week to read from her new novel, What Was Mine, about a woman who has stolen a baby girl and raised it as her own.

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Reading Series Census: Vapors

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 | 9,376 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

Vapors series, photo provided by Melissa McDaniel

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Vapors—the umbrella term for hysteria, mania, depression and other illnesses ascribed to women—is focused on historical concepts of madness and its treatments. The title also speaks to the nature of poetic performance, that it exists in a moment, that it can impact despite its ephemeral state.

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Helen Ellis Reads American Housewife

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | 7,769 views

Helen Ellis reads AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE at the launch in Brooklyn at Powerhouse Arena

Helen Ellis launched her new collection of stories, American Housewife, at Powerhouse Arena on Tuesday. Ellis is a housewife living with her husband in New York City, but she is also a poker player playing tournaments around the country.

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Reading Series Census: Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon

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Monday, January 11th, 2016 | 10,737 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The name of the reading series is Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS). WWBPS is a literary salon series, modeled after the traveling salons popular during the Harlem Renaissance. WWBPS was created with the goal of establishing a venue where mostly women writers could come together in a supportive, creative, and nurturing space, and also produce new work. I often liken the Salon to a garden since our members are publishing new work, participating in poetry readings, returning to school for MFA’s and participating in writing residencies and are “in full bloom.”

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Reading Series Census: Lamprophonic’s Emerging Writers Series

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 | 10,531 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Lamprophonic’s Emerging Writers Series — Lamprophonic means “with loudness and clarity of voice.” It is the name of our broader literary organization, which seeks to encourage a robust, diverse, and supportive literary community in New York City. One of the primary ways we do that is through our monthly(ish) Emerging Writers Series, which invites writers of all genres and forms to read their work at Bar Thalia, the lounge owned and operated by Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. In a typical night, we hear a mix of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and we are open to any writing that will thoughtfully engage the audience.

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