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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Kate Gavino Launches Last Night’s Reading

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015 | 10,443 views

Kate Gavino, author of LAST NIGHT'S READING, launches the illustrated book at Housing Works in Manhattan

I first met Kate in a bookstore. She had already launched the website Last Night’s Reading a month or two before. I recognized her from other readings and saw that she was recording the event and drawing notes. A few weeks earlier, Bookstalker Julia Bartz had caught me in the act of notetaking and introduced herself to me so I followed her lead, introducing myself to Kate. I’m sure I frightened her with my enthusiasm. Over the following years, I’ve run into Kate at various events. She has a keen sense about choosing which events to attend, and whenever I see her in the audience, I feel reassured about my choice for the evening. Sometimes Kate, Julia, and I end up attending and then writing about / drawing the same event: when the trifecta is in the house, you know its going to be the very best type of event.

Kate Gavino launched her book Last Night’s Reading at Housing Works, but the event was as much a celebration of literary readings as it was the book. She assembled an A-List cast of authors to read embarrassing stories, and she presented slideshow survival guide to literary events.

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Sigal Samuel Discusses The Mystics of Mile End with Isaac Fitzgerald

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 | 7,117 views

Sigal Samuel talks with Isaac Fitzgerald about her debut novel THE MYSTICS OF MILE END

Sigal Samuel, a playwright and journalist, released her debut novel, The Mystics of Mile End earlier this month. She spoke with Buzzfeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald at Community Bookstore.

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Reading Series Census: Mental Marginalia

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 | 9,214 views

Mental Marginalia

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 series is Mental Marginalia and there’s no real significance to the name other than giving something a good name is really difficult and this was the first thing that we (Mark Gurarie and Alex Crowley) both said “yeah!” to. there’s a notebook somewhere with like 30+ awful names in it.

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Sloane Crosley Reads The Clasp

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | 4,642 views

Sloane

Sloane Crosley is one of the funniest women writing today. Her two previous essay collections, How Did You Get This Number and I Was Told There’d be Cake, are confessional, often self-deprecating, and always funny. Her debut novel, The Clasp, continues to explore similar themes. She launched the book–available in multiple colored covers–at BookCourt in Brooklyn last week.

The novel, she explains, is actually a tribute to the short story, a genre she adores. The narrative is told through three different characters while mixing in vignettes of other people the three main characters encounter.

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Reading Series Census: Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 | 6,799 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 series is “Sideshow Goshko Storytelling Series.” It’s a storytelling series where NY’s top comedians, writers, and performers share true, bizarre tales about their lives. We don’t do monthly story themes, just the overall “sideshow” theme of those weird tales we all have.

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Reading Series Census: Oh, Bernice!

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 | 6,680 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.

John Rice and Jenna Telesca have traded off responding for Oh, Bernice.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The reading series is named after our writers collective. The collective, originally nameless when started in 2010, eventually got its name from our email listhost.

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Reading Series Census: The Eagle and the Wren

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Monday, October 12th, 2015 | 5,695 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?
Our name is The Eagle and the Wren. It takes its name in part from Wren’s Day, which takes place in Ireland on Saint Stephen’s Day (December 26th). The history is complex, but apocryphally a wren is supposed to have betrayed Saint Stephen’s hiding place by singing, leading to his martyrdom. Thus, on Wren’s, or “Wran’s”, day, folk go out to “hunt the wren.” This involves “Mumming,” or dressing up to hide your identity, and visiting neighbors. There is also the Irish folktale of the wren that hitched a ride on the Eagle’s tail feather during the birds’ contest to see who could fly the highest. Once the eagle had done its best, the wren hopped off and flew higher, thus the wren is known as “the king of all birds.”

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Reading Series Census: FREE WATER

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Friday, October 9th, 2015 | 5,953 views

Free Water 9

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?
Well, it’s in all caps. FREE WATER. The name itself is loud. Like a RITE-AID sign whose bulbs are shot. RI E- ID. That’s good. FREE WATER is tongue and cheek and FREE WATER is a lazy political statement. I also love the way it sounds.

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