Reading Series Census: H.I.P. Lit

By on Friday, January 1st, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Reading Series Census

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?

H.I.P. Lit — named for the founders and because they are hip.

Who founded the series, and who runs it now?

Erin Harris, Brittney Inman, Kim Perel.

What genres or mediums does the series include?

Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, as well as visual art and music.

What is the format of the series?

The format varies depending on the venue. The H.I.P. Lit summer series usually includes 3 to 5 readers with an intermission. Other iterations have included music.

Where does the series take place?

The series has changed venues throughout many iterations. Past iterations have been hosted at:

Pouring Ribbons, circa 2012 – 2013
Be Electric, circa 2015 – 2016
The William Vale, 2016 – 2017
Nowadays, circa 2017 – present
Coffeehouse Club, circa 2019 – present

When and how often is the series performed (and is it seasonal)?

Readings are hosted irregularly. H.I.P Summer series are hosted throughout the summer months.

How long has the series been active?

Since 2012.

Where can people find information about series on the web?

H.I.P. Lit Facebook
H.I.P. Lit Twitter

Do you take submissions, solicit material, or a combination?

The series is curated by solicitation.

Did you set out with specific goals when the series was launched and have they changed over time?

Not answered.

What distinguishes the series from others?

H.I.P. Lit is a creative community and event series, based in Brooklyn, that spotlights authors on the cutting-edge of the writing scene. While books are at the heart of H.I.P., our events incorporate film, visual art and music to form an immersive experience that brings stories to life and people together. H.I.P. Lit is hosted by publishing professionals and MFA graduates Erin Harris, Britt Canty, and Kim Perel. We believe authors deserve audiences and literature deserves a party. Celebrate with us! (— H.I.P Lit Facebook About Page


Some Press Coverage

Mosters at Franklin Park
Love Stories From The Dark — February’s Franklin Park Reading Series
Three Years of Franklin Park Reading Series!

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