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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Julia Fierro Reads Debut Novel Cutting Teeth

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 | 3,008 views

Julia Fierro reads from Cutting Teeth at BookCourt

Julia Fierro launched her debut novel Cutting Teeth to a full house at Brooklyn’s BookCourt bookstore. Fierro, as the founder of Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop, has influenced the lives of more than 2,000 Brooklyn writers, many of whom had crammed into the store. Her husband, Justin Feinstein introduced her.

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Roxane Gay and Sari Botton Discuss Gay’s An Untamed State

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 | 3,984 views

Tobias Caroll introduces Roxane Gay at Community Bookstore

Roxane Gay’s debut novel, An Untamed State (May 2014) has garnered widespread praise. Essays editor at The Rumpus and a publisher/editor of [PANK], Gay is a prolific author with an essay collection on feminism due in August and a memoir relating to hunger and body image in 2016. Volume 1 Brooklyn hosted Gay at Community Bookstore to discuss her new novel with The Rumpus columnist Sari Botton.

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Jaime Clarke reads Vernon Downs with Charles Bock

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | 2,290 views

Jaime Clarke and Charles Bock discussing Vernon Downs at the Center for Fiction in Manhattan

Thirteen years after his debut, We’re So Famous (2001), Jaime Clarke has a new novel. Vernon Downs draws inspiration from Clarke’s own life as a twenty-something living in New York City. Then, Clarke belonged to an entourage of young writers that Bret Easton Ellis fostered, and the title character shares many similarities. Clarke was joined by his friend Charles Bock to discuss the book at the Center for Fiction. Bock is the author of Beautiful Children (2008), a novel set in Las Vegas tracing two parallel narratives that stem from the disappearance of a twelve-year-old boy.

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Nikil Saval reads Cubed with Chad Harbach

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 | 2,144 views

Nikil Saval reads from his new book Cubed with Chad Harbach

Over the last century, labor has shifted away from a manual as a dominant form towards clerical office work. Nikil Saval’s book, Cubed, traces the history of this evolution and explores the limits of the office as a place for work. He celebrated the launch of the book at Powerhouse Arena with Chad Harbach, editor of the journal n+1 and author of The Art of Fielding (2011).

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Cara Hoffman, Helen Benedict, and Katey Schultz Talk War Stories

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Friday, April 25th, 2014 | 2,418 views

Cara Hoffman, Helen Benedict, and Katey Schultz Talk War Stories at Word in Brooklyn

Traditional war stories have long featured male protagonists by default. But modern war has meant female soldiers serving alongside their male counterparts. Brooklyn’s WORD Bookstore brought together three authors to talk about their war story books books featuring female soldiers. Cara Hoffman’s new novel, Be Safe I Love you (April 2014) explores the family life of a returning war veteran readjusting. Katey Schultz’s collection Flashes of War (2013) contains a mix of flash fiction and short stories. Helen Benedict has spent several years interviewing soldiers and victims of war resulting in a play, a non-fiction book, and a trilogy. She read from Sand Queen (2011), a novel of two opposing narratives, one an Iraqi medical student caught in a war prison and the other a soldier prison guard.

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Akhil Sharma Reads Family Life with George Packer

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 | 2,538 views

Akhil Sharma reads Family Life at Center for Fiction

Twelve and a half years and seven thousand pages later, Akhil Sharma’s second novel, Family Life, has been released to rave reviews from places like The New York Times. George Packer, staff writer at the The New Yorker joined Sharma at the Center for Fiction to discuss the novel, a fictionalized, semi-autobiographical account of Sharma’s early life.

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Bernardine Evaristo reads Mr. Loverman with Chris Abani and Colin Channer

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Friday, April 11th, 2014 | 2,709 views

Bernadine Evaristo, Chris Abani, Colin Channer

Bernadine Evaristo launched her latest novel, Mr. Loverman, at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. She was joined by Chris Abani who read from his latest novel, The Secret History of Las Vegas (January 2014). Colin Channer facilitated the discussion.

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Douglas Watson Reads A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies

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Friday, April 11th, 2014 | 1,724 views

Douglas Watson reads his novel A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies

Douglas Watson celebrated the release of his novel A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Watson is a local and the store offered a fitting place for him to launch the novel; much of the novel was workshopped in the very room with the Greenpoint Writers Group. The workshop is run through WORD.

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