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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Adam Johnson Discusses Fortune Smiles

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Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | 2,841 views

Adam Johnson talks about FORTUNE SMILES with Bill Tipper at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan

Adam Johnson discussed his new collection of stories, Fortune Smiles, with Bill Tipper last week at the Barnes & Noble 86th Street. The collection contains just six stories including subjects such as rare diseases and North Korea. His previous novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, also confronts issues of North Koreans.

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Reading Series Census: Sunday Salon

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 | 3,506 views

Sunday Salon series

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?
Sunday Salon was inspired by the French literary salons.

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Margaret Eby Reads South Toward Home

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Monday, September 14th, 2015 | 3,770 views

Margaret Eby took a literary journey through the south. Though she now resides in Brooklyn, she grew up in Alabama. Her latest book, South Toward Home is an exploration of the places in the south that defined southern literature. She read from the book at BookCourt and answered audience questions.

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Reading Series Census: Fantastic Fiction

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Friday, September 11th, 2015 | 3,594 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?
Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a speculative fiction reading series at the KGB Bar in Manhattan.

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Reading Series Census: Dead Rabbits NYC

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Thursday, September 10th, 2015 | 4,075 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 series is called the Dead Rabbits Reading Series, Dead Rabbits NYC, for short. I wish I could say that there was something wholly meaningful or metaphoric about the name, but really it’s simply because I (Devin) had just finished watching Gangs of New York for the umpteenth time when I asked Katie and Katie if they wanted to go in together on this reading series venture with me. It seemed fitting, somehow, the name. Or it just seemed cool at the time. But it stuck, for better or worse. There’s a bar downtown called The Dead Rabbit, and it’s been there forever, so that’s led to some lovely confusion. But we roll with it.

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John Darnielle Discusses Wolf in White Van

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 | 3,631 views

John Darnielle discusses his novel WOLF IN WHITE VAN at The Strand in Manhattan

Novelist and musician John Darnielle was at The Strand last week to promote the paperback release of his critically acclaimed novel Wolf In White Van. The room was packed with Darnielle fans. Though unclear whether these devotees came admire to Darnielle through his band the Mountain Goats or his book, all seemed well versed in the novel.

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Reading Series Cenus: Sundays At Erv’s

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 | 3,714 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 series is called Sundays at Erv’s, and the meaning is pretty self-explanatory. The readings take place once a month, on Sundays, at a little bar called Erv’s.

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Reading Series Census: Boundless Tales

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Monday, September 7th, 2015 | 3,977 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?
Boundless Tales. I chose this name to convey the idea that we feature a wide range of writing genres as well as diverse writers.

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