Sloane Crosley Reads The Clasp

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | 3,868 views

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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 | 5,068 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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“Weird is Good”: Lincoln Michel Launches His Debut Collection Upright Beasts at Powerhouse Arena

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Monday, October 19th, 2015 | 4,557 views

Porochista Khakpour talks with Lincoln Michel about UPRIGHT BEASTS, Photo Zack Graham

A thunderstorm couldn’t have been more fitting weather for the launch of Upright Beasts, Lincoln Michel’s debut collection of short fiction out now from Coffee House Press.

Michel, who earned his MFA at Columbia University, is a model literary citizen. He is the co-founder of Gigantic, the online editor of Electric Literature and a drawer of “Monster Lit” trading cards. He also describes himself as a “fairly frequent tweeter.”

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Reading Series Census: Oh, Bernice!

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 | 4,902 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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Catapult Reading at Sid Gold’s Request Room

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Monday, October 12th, 2015 | 3,525 views

Catapult has had an astounding trajectory since it launched with a event promoting its publication of Padgett Powell’s Cries for Help, Various on September 10th. Elizabeth Koch’s literary enterprise publishes the books, short stories and essays of some of the most talked-about writers at work today (e.g. Powell, Joy Williams, Alexander Chee, Brian Evenson, Scott Cheshire, Hari Kunzru, Lincoln Michel), organizes writing workshops taught by many writers it publishes, and reserves a portion of its website for the writing of its student “community.”

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Reading Series Census: The Eagle and the Wren

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Monday, October 12th, 2015 | 4,006 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 | 4,307 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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Reading Series Census: Soul Sister Revue

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Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | 4,022 views

Soul Sister Revue

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 Soul Sister Revue, a reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling. The series is meant to honor the African tradition of stories passing on through generations.

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