About Ian MacAllen

Ian MacAllen is the founder of English Kills Review and Assistant Interviews Editor at The Rumpus. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Billfold, Electric Cereal, Thought Catalog and io9. His internet performance art projects East Williamsburg Secession Movement and Toilets of New York have received international print and digital coverage. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. He Tweets @ianmacallen.

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Leland Cheuk Presents No Good Very Bad Asian

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Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 256 views

Leland Cheuk present NO GOOD VERY BAD ASIAN at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn

Leland Cheuk discussed his new novel No Good Very Bad Asian, talked about standup comedy, and the hardest part about writing comedy is often knowing when to be serious.

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Téa Obreht Reads Inland

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 | 370 views

Téa Obreht Reads Inland

How does a novelist follow a critically acclaimed debut novel? Since publishing The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht wrote and threw away two whole novels. Disconnected from the narratives, she didn’t feel they books answered any new questions. That all changed when she heard a history podcast about the American Camel Corps. From the moment she started writing Inland she felt connected to the story.

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Reading Series Census: The Renegade Reading Series

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 | 1,050 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.

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What genres or mediums does the series include?
Fiction, poetry, essay, spoken word. One time there was a song.

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Reading Series Census: Pershing Fields Garden Friends Benefit Reading

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Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 1,471 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.

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What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Pershing Fields Garden Friends Benefit Reading

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Reading Series Census: The Angry Reading

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Thursday, September 27th, 2018 | 2,086 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.

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What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
We are “An Angry Reading Series.” We wanted to put together a reading series that could be a space for impassioned, evocative pieces of work, centred around the theme of anger and frustration. This is a very political time in the world, and we wanted to be a literary platform where writers could come, share their work, and heal through a supportive community. And because we believe in saying it like it is, we didn’t want to play around with the name too much. So we went literal.

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Reading Series Census: Same Page

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Monday, July 2nd, 2018 | 2,707 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.

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What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The series is called Same Page after the colloquialism “We’re on the same page,” both because it indicates the ethos of the series is for like-minded people who are exciting about all forms of the written word, and because the two founders had the idea for it at the same time.

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Rumaan Alam Talked with Emma Straub about That Kind of Mother

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 | 3,212 views

Rumaan Alam and Emma Straub discuss THAT KIND OF MOTHER at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn

Rumaan Alam spoke with Emma Straub about his second novel That Kind of Mother, writing about the 1980s, and wanting to be a prolific author.

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Sloane Crosley talked with Heidi Julavits about Look Alive Out There

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 | 3,740 views

Sloane Crosley at Greenlight Bookstore reading Look Alive Out There

Sloane Crosley read from her new essay collection Look Alive Out There, and talked about choosing the most entertaining parts of her life to write about and not letting subjects give feedback about her writing.

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