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What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The series is called Sundays at Erv’s, and the meaning is pretty self-explanatory. The readings take place once a month, on Sundays, at a little bar called Erv’s.
Who founded the series, and who runs it now?
Madeline Stevens founded SAE in March of 2015 and still currently runs it. She both hosts and curates.
What genres or mediums does the series include?
SAE welcomes submissions from all genres! Fiction, non-fiction and poetry are all represented.
Where does the series take place?
SAE hosts from Erv’s on Beekman in Prospect Lefferts Gardens (2122 Beekman Place, Brooklyn NY).
When and how often is the series performed (and is it seasonal)?
The events typically fall on the second Sunday of each month and happen year-round.
Where can people find information about series on the web?
More info can be found at sundaysatervs.com
Do you take submissions, solicit material, or a combination?
SAE is open to submissions (send 3,000 words of 15 mins of material to firstname.lastname@example.org) and is committed to giving a platform to both emerging and established writers. Some readers are chosen through submission and some are solicited. Typically, three writers at a time read at each event.
What distinguishes the series from others?
SAE’s gives readers a venue in a neighborhood that isn’t yet inundated with other literary events. The goal is to give voice to amazing new writers and place them alongside the more established voices they may not often get the opportunity to read with in a friendly and casual environment.