Helen Oyeyemi talks with Catherine Chung

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Monday, March 21st, 2016 | 1,384 views

Catherine Chung talks with Helen Oyeyemi about her new story collection WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS

Helen Oyeyemi was at Greenlight Bookstore to discuss her latest collection of stories What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours with author Catherine Chung. Each story in the collection includes a key.

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Boris Fishman Presents Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 | 1,488 views

Boris Fishman reads DONT LET MY BABY DO RODEO at BookCourt

Boris Fishman presented his sophomore novel Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo at BookCourt in Brooklyn. His debut novel, A Replacement Life, explored male family relationships through a son and grandfther’s attempt to defraud the German government of holocaust reperations. His new novel dives into the relationships of women.

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A. Igoni Barrett Reads Blackass

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 | 1,698 views

A Igoni Barrett reads BLACKASS at Greenlight Bookstore in Brookyn

Identity is central component of A. Igoni Barrett’s novel Blackass, the story of a Nigerian man who wakes to find himself transformed into a white man. Barret read from the novel and discussed it with Chinelo Okparanta last week at Greenlight Bookstore.

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An Interview with Poet Vincent Toro

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Monday, March 14th, 2016 | 3,390 views

Vincent Toro, poet, and author of STEREO ISLAND MOSAIC

Professor Vincent Toro, an English Kills Review contributor, is a poet and playwright from New York, where he teaches for The City University of New York’s Bronx Community College and The DreamYard Project, a nonprofit organization that places working artists in the schools and local communities. He has an MFA from Rutgers University, received a 2014 Poet’s House Emerging Poet’s Fellowship, and was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry for 2014. Ahsahta Press recently awarded Toro with the Sawtooth Poetry Prize; his manuscript of poems, just released in February 2016, is titled Stereo.Island.Mosaic.

Melissa Adamo: Congratulations, Vincent, on winning the Sawtooth Poetry Prize! Stereo. Island. Mosaic. is a stunning collection. How are you feeling now that your first poetry collection is out there in the world?

Vincent Toro: Thank you for the kind words. The first and strongest sensation I’ve felt since the book came out is one of relief. I’ve been dreaming of writing a book since the age of 17. I’m 40 now. The meal had been cooking for a long time. I think when I got the call from Janet Holmes about The Sawtooth Prize, the first thing I did was sigh because I thought maybe I could rest for a second and stop scaling the cliff, which is of course a myth. The climbing doesn’t cease. But at least you get to camp out for a night and make s’mores before you have to keep climbing in the morning.

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Reading Series Census: Halfway There

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Monday, March 7th, 2016 | 3,624 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?
Halfway There: a reading series in Montclair. The phrase “halfway there” is lifted right from the Bon Jovi anthem “Livin’ On a Prayer.” We are a New Jersey series and wanted something that reflected Jersey. Since we are a series that supports the emerging author, the term “halfway there” has extra significance.

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Reading Series Census: At the Inkwell

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Friday, March 4th, 2016 | 3,954 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?
At The Inkwell was created to support published authors through book reviews, feature articles and readings. Initially we wanted to be named The Inkwell but the website address was already taken, so the founder’s mom suggested At The Inkwell. It’s an invitation for readers and writers to meet at the inkwell and celebrate the written word.

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Reading Series Census: LIC Reading Series

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 | 3,912 views

LIC Reading 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.

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Kristopher Jansma reads Why We Came to the City with Isaac Fitzgerald

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Thursday, February 25th, 2016 | 4,550 views

Kristopher Jansma reads WHY WE CAME TO THE CITY at Community Bookstore in Park Slope brooklyn

Kristopher Jansma’s debut novel, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards explored the competition and jealousy of two close friends during their formative years. His latest novel, Why We Came to the City, dives into the complications of a group of friends as their relationships mature, and perhaps even, outgrow each other. He was joined by Isaac Fitzgerald, books editor at BuzzFeed, to discuss the novel at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn.

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