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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Min Jin Lee discusses Pachinko

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Thursday, February 16th, 2017 | 170 views

Min Jin Lee discusses PACHINKO

Min Jin Lee read from her new novel Pachinko last week at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. She was joined by Harold Augenbraum for a discussion about the origins of the book, her interest in Korean-Japanese, and the persistent reluctance to accept outsiders in Japan.

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Reading Series Census: PANK Magazine & Folder Poet Showcase

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Thursday, February 9th, 2017 | 183 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?
PANK Magazine & Folder Poet Showcase

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Kayla Rae Whitaker discusses The Animators with Maris Kreizman

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 | 363 views

Kayla Rae Whitaker discusses THE ANIMATORS with Maris Kreizman

WORD Bookstore hosted Kayla Rae Whitaker for a discussion of her debut novel, The Animators. She was joined by Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse 90210. The Animators follows the friendship of a creative duo, Mel and Sharon who work as animators celebrating the release of their first full-length feature.

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Ottessa Moshfegh Discusses Homesick for Another World

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 | 346 views

Ottessa Moshfegh discussing HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD, her new and maybe last collection of stories

Ottessa Moshfegh read from her story collection, Homesick for Another World at the new Greenlight Bookstore in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. She was joined for conversation by Michele Filgate where they talked about body manipulation, Donald Trump’s presidency, and leaving New York City for Los Angeles.

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Reading Series Census: Final Fantasy Reading Series

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Monday, January 23rd, 2017 | 354 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?
Final Fantasy Reading Series. The name is meant to evoke escapism, adventure, and imagination, and is in no way a reference to any intellectual property owned by Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd, or its subsidiaries.

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The Plot Against America

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Friday, January 20th, 2017 | 388 views

The Plot Against America

Philip Roth’s 2004 novel, The Plot Against America presciently predicted the rise of American fascism. An alternate history set during the 1940 presidential election, the character of Philip Roth narrates the story of his family living in Newark, New Jersey as Charles Lindbergh challenges the presidential election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the aftermath of a fascist President.

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Mary Miller discusses Always Happy Hour with Helen Ellis

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 | 423 views

Mary Miller reads from her story collection ALWAYS HAPPY HOUR

Mary Miller was at Greenlight Bookstore to discuss her latest story collection, Always Happy Hour, with Helen Ellis, author of the hilarious story collection American Housewife.

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2016 in Review

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | 547 views

By all accounts, 2016 could have been better, and I’m not even talking about the Presidential election or celebrity deaths. The year had just begun when St. Mark’s Bookshop, an East Village staple known for esoteric consignment zines, art books, and poetry, announced it would close for the second time.

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