Read it here. He talks about his 27-year career with Galaxie 500, Luna and Dean and Britta; making music with Jim James; and Lou Reed’s influence. Pretty cool.


From my inbox:


Second Annual Downtown Literary Festival with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and McNally Jackson Books
McNally Jackson Books and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe are again collaborating on the second annual Downtown Literary Festival, a daylong celebration of the literary culture of New York City.

The weekend will begin with an opening party at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Friday, April 11, at 6PM. The DLF will take place throughout the day on Sunday, April 13, 2014 followed by an after-party at nearby Von bar, downstairs. The goal of the Downtown Literary Festival is to showcase the literature and writers of New York City. We aim to reflect the diversity and creativity which characterizes downtown NYC. This year’s festival will include:

•Teju Cole, Hari Kunzru, and Katie Kitamura discuss living in the city as a non-native New Yorker and the extent to which it can ever be called home
•The Greatest 3-Minute Bad Apartment Stories with Vol. 1 Brooklyn
•Downtown writing from the archives of BOMB, Guernica, Harper’s, and The Paris Review
•A visual presentation on NYC as character in comics and graphic novels from Gabrielle Bell, MK Reed, and Julia Wertz
•Tales of drink, drug, sex and more with Stephen Elliott, Saeed Jones, Trisha Low, Rosie Schaap, and Elissa Schappell
Slaughterhouse 90210 on the intersection of New York City movies and literature
•A celebration of the poetry of Alice Notley
•Stories of shuttered NYC venues with writers and musicians
•Richard Price and Francine Prose in conversation about our modern “tale of two cities”
•A look at NYC through the decades; this year: the 1950s
•a literary cabaret celebrating the after-hours culture of downtown NYC
•baby and kids storytime and singalong
•a puppet show for all ages and an interactive singalong
•storytime with author Greg Foley
•Plus one-on-one events at McNally Jackson throughout the day, including literary advice from festival authors, book signings, a photobooth, and more. The day will conclude with an official after party at nearby Von bar. Full schedule at

We’d like to thank festival sponsor HarperCollins for their support of the Downtown Literary Festival from its inception. Thanks also to our media partners: The American Reader, The American Poetry Society, Electric Literature, Flavorwire, BOMB, Guernica, Tumblr, Lit Crawl, McSweeney’s. Design and illustration by Bianca Stone.

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.



Jamaica Kincaid in conversation with Lauren K. Alleyne

Thursday, April 3rd at 7pm
Community Bookstore (143 7th Ave, Brooklyn)

Sackett Street is thrilled to co-host Literary Encounters, a new series from Adelphi University’s MFA program, Guernica, Community Bookstore, and Sackett Street.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
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Come out for one of the best reading series in NYC!

The Sackett Street Writers’ Series at BookCourt features readings by talented SSWW members and alumni.

The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop was founded in 2002 by writer Julia Fierro, and what began as eight writers meeting in the kitchen of a Brooklyn brownstone has developed into a creative home for over 2000 writers.

Picked as a a “Top alternative to MFA programs” by Poets & Writers, as the “Best substitute for an MFA” by The L Magazine, and as the “Best resource for developing writers” by Brooklyn Magazine,  Sackett Street offers writing workshops throughout the NYC area.

Today, Sackett Street writers live in all boroughs of New York City, and across the world, and many return to the workshops for multiple sessions. Alumni have been accepted at top MFA Creative Writing programs and writing conferences, have won fellowships and awards, and have completed and published short fiction and poetry collections, novels and memoirs.

Performer Bio(s):

Kelly Braffet is the author of the novel Save Yourself. Her previous works include the novels Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving, and her writing has been published in The Fairy Tale Review, Post Road, and several anthologies. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University and currently lives in upstate New York.

Richard Fulco received an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. His plays have been either presented or developed at The New York International Fringe Festival, The Playwrights’ Center, The Flea, Here Arts Center, Chicago Dramatists and the Dramatists Guild. His stories, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Failbetter, The Rusty Toque, the Daily Vault and American Songwriter. He is the founder of the online music magazine Riffraf. There Is No End to This Slope is his first novel.

Ted Thompson’s debut novel, The Land of Steady Habits, will be published by Little, Brown in late March 2014. His stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, Best New American Voices and Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, among other publications. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Ledig House, and the Truman Capote Trust. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog, Raisin, and is a proud faculty member at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

Caeli Wolfson Widger’s debut novel, Real Happy Family, has been described in reviews as a “page-turner that strikes the balance between humor and heart”; a member of the “Tolstoyan literary tradition, offer[ing] both a scathing social critique and a sympathetic look at relationships and moral indiscretions ; a “sharply funny [skewering] of Hollywood fame-seekers” and “an unsparing take on damaged family ecosystems [that] makes for compulsive reading.” She lives with her husband and three children in Santa Monica, where she teaches writing workshops and is completing her second novel.

Here are the guidelines from Big Fiction:

The 2014 Knickerbocker Prize opens December 15

First- and second-place entries will receive $500 / $250 and publication in our contest issue. David James Poissant, author of The Heaven of Animals (Simon & Schuster, 2014), will judge.

Submit your entry online between December 15, 2013 – March 15, 2014. All entries are considered for publication, and all participants will receive a copy of the contest issue. The winning entries will be announced on our website during May 2014, and will be published in the Summer/Fall contest issue. Finalists will be given priority consideration, but because of space, we can’t guarantee publication.
We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Only previously unpublished work can be considered. Submit online through Submittable only (see link below). E-mailed submissions will not be considered.


  1. All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 8,000 and 30,000 words.
  2. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the manuscript itself.
  3. Only literary fiction in English will be accepted. Sorry, no translations. (We’d love to publish a translation issue, just not this time.) No genre fiction or children’s, please.
  4. The $20 contest fee includes a copy of the contest issue for all entrants.
  5. International submissions in English are eligible for an additional $10 to help us cover postage.
  6. Volunteers and staff of Big Fiction are not eligible.
  7. Students, former students, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible.

Submit to Big Fiction Magazine


David James Poissant is the author of The Heaven of Animals, a short story collection forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in March, 2014. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, PlayboyOne Story,Glimmer TrainPloughsharesThe Southern Review, and in the Best New American Voices and New Stories from the South anthologies.

2013 Judge: Lauren Groff

2013 Winners: Steve Yates and Sandra Gail Lambert

Questions about these guidelines? E-mail us at


We’re opening for the horror punk band Calabrese on Thursday the 27th. Also on the bill: The Silverhounds and Bound and Buried. Come check it out! Show starts at 8 at Grand Victory (245 Grand St. in Williamsburg), and here’s the event page.

You can read Michael Bourne’s intelligent assessment here, along with all the comments. 


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