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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Reading Series Census: Brew: An Evening of Literary Works

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016 | 2,836 views

Brew an evening of literary works

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?
Brew: An Evening of Literary Works is somewhat nebulous and all-encompassing in name–intentionally so–so that no type of writing nor any sort of reader should ever be excluded. Brew is a concoction, a contriving, a plan, a mixture of unusual ingredients.

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Judy Sheehan Presents I Woke Up Dead at the Mall

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 | 2,985 views

Judy Sheehan reads I WOKE UP DEAD AT THE MALL

Judy Sheehan was at McNally Jackson Books to present her novel I Woke up Dead at the Mall, a young adult novel about a dead teenager waking up in the afterlife located in the Mall of America.

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Ranbir Singh Sidhu Reads Deep Singh Blue with Tanwi Nandini Islam

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016 | 1,207 views

Ranbir Singh Sidhu Reads DEEP SNGH BLUE wtih Tanwi Nandini Islam

Ranbir Singh Sidhu was at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn to discuss his debut novel Deep Singh Blue with Tanwi Nandini Islam. Islam also read from her debut novel, Bright Lines.

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Helen Oyeyemi talks with Catherine Chung

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Monday, March 21st, 2016 | 1,384 views

Catherine Chung talks with Helen Oyeyemi about her new story collection WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS

Helen Oyeyemi was at Greenlight Bookstore to discuss her latest collection of stories What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours with author Catherine Chung. Each story in the collection includes a key.

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Boris Fishman Presents Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 | 1,488 views

Boris Fishman reads DONT LET MY BABY DO RODEO at BookCourt

Boris Fishman presented his sophomore novel Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo at BookCourt in Brooklyn. His debut novel, A Replacement Life, explored male family relationships through a son and grandfther’s attempt to defraud the German government of holocaust reperations. His new novel dives into the relationships of women.

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A. Igoni Barrett Reads Blackass

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 | 1,698 views

A Igoni Barrett reads BLACKASS at Greenlight Bookstore in Brookyn

Identity is central component of A. Igoni Barrett’s novel Blackass, the story of a Nigerian man who wakes to find himself transformed into a white man. Barret read from the novel and discussed it with Chinelo Okparanta last week at Greenlight Bookstore.

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Reading Series Census: Halfway There

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Monday, March 7th, 2016 | 3,624 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?
Halfway There: a reading series in Montclair. The phrase “halfway there” is lifted right from the Bon Jovi anthem “Livin’ On a Prayer.” We are a New Jersey series and wanted something that reflected Jersey. Since we are a series that supports the emerging author, the term “halfway there” has extra significance.

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Reading Series Census: At the Inkwell

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Friday, March 4th, 2016 | 3,954 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?
At The Inkwell was created to support published authors through book reviews, feature articles and readings. Initially we wanted to be named The Inkwell but the website address was already taken, so the founder’s mom suggested At The Inkwell. It’s an invitation for readers and writers to meet at the inkwell and celebrate the written word.

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