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.

Website



Reading Series Census: Vapors

By

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 | 9,868 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.

More »



Helen Ellis Reads American Housewife

By

Thursday, January 14th, 2016 | 7,861 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.

More »



Reading Series Census: Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon

By

Monday, January 11th, 2016 | 11,244 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.”

More »



Reading Series Census: Lamprophonic’s Emerging Writers Series

By

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 | 11,045 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.

More »



2015 in Review

By

Monday, December 28th, 2015 | 10,888 views

Alphabetical by Author

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

More »



Michael Cunningham reads A Wild Swan

By

Friday, December 18th, 2015 | 8,783 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.

More »



Luc Sante Discusses The Other Paris with Jason Diamond

By

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 | 10,440 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.

More »



Reading Series Census: Tea & Poetry

By

Friday, December 4th, 2015 | 12,138 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

More »




Connect