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Reading Series Census: The Hustle

By on Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 9:03 am

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 Hustle is a new reading series that brings writers together to talk about hustling: what hours they keep, how they pay the bills, how they write, how they read and more.

Who founded the series, and who runs it now?
The Hustle was started in March 2015, and was created by Jennilie Brewster, Courtney Gillette, and Anna Marschalk Burns. We’re three writers and friends who had been meeting informally for many months as a writing workshop, and we wanted to create a reading series that could offer tangible advice to writers.

What genres or mediums does the series include?
All genres and mediums are welcome. We aim to include two published (i.e. have a book) writers and one emerging writer per reading.

What is the format of the series?
The format is that three writers each read, and then come on stage for a panel discussion on writing and hustling, moderated by Courtney Gillette. The panel is followed by a Q & A, and a signing (hosting a reading series in a bookstore is fabulous). We like for it to be a festive, friendly atmosphere, so we always have mimosas and donuts.

Where does the series take place?
WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn.

When and how often is the series performed (and is it seasonal)?
The Hustle is every other month, and always on a Sunday afternoon.

How long has the series been active?
Since March 2015.

Where can people find information about series on the web?
Twitter: @thehustleseries

Do you take submissions, solicit material, or a combination?
We do not take submissions. We often have readers recommend other readers. Our emerging writers are usually found on Twitter or by word of mouth.

Did you set out with specific goals when the series was launched and have they changed over time?
Our goal was to create a reading series that had a low key vibe, diverse readers, and a tangible takeaway for the audience. So far we’ve done four events (our fifth is coming up!), and meeting those goals has gone swimmingly.

What distinguishes the series from others?
We like being a reading series that offers more than just listening to writers read (which is lovely, but there are so many reading series with that format!) The Hustle encourages lively conversations, advice, and anecdotes from generous writers who are willing to share what the hustle looks like for them.

The next Hustle is scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2015 at WORD Brooklyn, at 2pm, and features Jason Koo, Oriana Leckert, and Melissa Petro.



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