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: Lamprophonic’s Emerging Writers Series

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 | 10,418 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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2015 in Review

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Monday, December 28th, 2015 | 10,663 views

Alphabetical by Author

Kathleen Alcott
Jabari Asim
Kate Axelrod
Dean Bakopoulos
Paul Beatty
Megan Mayhew Bergman
T.C. Boyle
Bill Clegg

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Michael Cunningham reads A Wild Swan

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Friday, December 18th, 2015 | 8,699 views

Michael Cunningham reads A WILD SWAN at BookCourt

Michael Cunningham read from his latest book, A Wild Swan, a collection of short stories at BookCourt in Brooklyn. He brought him his friend and musician Billy Hough.

The story collection pulls from classic fairy tales, though all with modern twists. The idea originated in Cunningham’s childhood when his parents would read to him. He describes himself as a junkie for stories as kid.

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Luc Sante Discusses The Other Paris with Jason Diamond

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Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 | 10,345 views

Luc Sante and Jason Diamond discuss THE OTHER PARIS

Luc Sante discussed The Other Paris with Jason Diamond of Vol 1. Brooklyn at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn last week. Sante previously has written Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York, a portrait of the city. The Other Paris similarly explores Paris.

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Reading Series Census: Tea & Poetry

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Friday, December 4th, 2015 | 11,576 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?

“Tea & Poetry”

As the series takes place at Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II, an Alice-in-Wonderland themed tea shoppe (of which there are three in NYC), it’s pretty self-explanatory…It’s a Tea-room setting with readings in poetry/fiction/non-fiction

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Simon Critchley Discusses Memory Theater With Joshua Cohen

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 | 9,472 views

Simon Critchley discusses MEMORY THEATER with Joshua Cohen at McNally Jackson Books

Simon Critchley is a philosopher and professor typically writing on political theory, ethics and aesthetics. His first novel, Memory Theater, does not stray very far from those topics. He was at McNally Jackson Books to discuss the novel with Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers.

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Garth Risk Hallberg reads City On Fire

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 | 9,676 views

Garth Risk Hallberg Reads CITY ON FIRE at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Garth Rish Hallberg’s debut novel is 900-plus-page epic. City On Fire chronicles nine principal characters through 1970s New York City. He read from the work and took questions at BookCourt last week.

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Rick Moody Reads Hotels of North America

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 | 9,577 views

Rick Moody reads HOTELS OF NORTH AMERICA, a new novel written as online hotel reviews

Rick Moody was at BookCourt last week to read from his latest novel, Hotels of North America. The novel creates a narrative through the online hotel reviews left by protagonist Reginald Edward Morse.

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