By Karl Ove Knausgaard for The New York Times. It makes me want to read the book again. (I don’t remember much of it all. It’s been at least 15 years.) Read it here.



Tony Tulathimutte
Lynn Strong
Rebecca Schiff
Caroline Zancan
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Jessica Tom

On the Docket:
Audience Q&A
Book Signing
Panel Discussion

Sackett Street Writers Workshop founder Julia Fierro hosts a celebration for the book-releases of SSWW instructors and alums, and some of this year’s most anticipated and acclaimed novels and story collections.

Wine and words free and open to the public!

Author Bio(s):

Tony Tulathimutte is the author of the novel Private Citizens. He has written for VICE, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, n+1, AGNI, Salon, Threepenny Review, and others. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received an O. Henry Award, a Truman Capote fellowship, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award.

Lynn Steger Strong was born and raised in South Florida. She teaches at Columbia and Pratt and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Rebecca Schiff graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program, where she received a Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and Guernica. She lives in Brooklyn.

Caroline Zancan is a graduate of Kenyon College and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Zancan is an editor at Henry Holt, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Kaitlyn Greenidge received her MFA from Hunter College. She was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Artist-in-Residence, a Johnson State College Visiting Emerging Writer and received a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Her work has appeared in Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kweli Journal, the Believer, The Feminist Wire, At Length, Green Mountains Review and American Short Fiction. Originally from Boston, Kaitlyn now lives in Brooklyn and is a NY Writers Coalition Workshop Leader. Her debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books).

Jessica Tom is a writer and food blogger living in Brooklyn. She has worked on initiatives with restaurants, hospitality startups, food trucks, and citywide culinary programs. She graduated from Yale University with a concentration in fiction writing and wrote the restaurant review for the Yale Daily News Magazine. Food Whore is her first novel.

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New Crown Heights reading series, from their FB page:

Hope you can join us for great lit and brews at the 4th edition of the Manhattanville Reading Series, a monthly happening for emerging writers at Crown Heights cafe Manhattanville Coffee.

April’s featured reader is innovative short fiction star and Electric Literature editor-in-chief Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts). He’ll be joined by up-and-comers Kyle Lucia Wu (Joyland, The Rumpus), Annabel Graham (Atticus Review, Corium), and Julia Phillips (The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Quarterly).

Manhattanville is a sister series to Crown Heights’s long-running lit event, the Franklin Park Reading Series. If you’re interested in reading at an upcoming event, please send 3-5 pages of prose and a short bio to We’re seeking writers who’ve published work online or in print but haven’t yet released a book.


Manhattanville Reading Series
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30-9pm
Manhattanville Coffee
167 Rogers Ave, at the corner of St. Johns
Brooklyn, NY 11216

More on our authors:

LINCOLN MICHEL is the editor-in-chief of Electric Literature and the co-editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, NOON, Tin House, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Believer, the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, and elsewhere. He’s the author of Upright Beasts, a collection of short stories, and the co-editor of Gigantic Worlds, an anthology of science flash fiction.

KYLE LUCIA WU is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School. Her work has appeared in Joyland, The Rumpus, and Interview Magazine, among other places. She is the managing editor of Joyland.

ANNABEL GRAHAM is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer, filmmaker and artist. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in CutBank, Cosmonauts Avenue, Corium, and Atticus Review, among other places. Her essays and journalism have appeared in Autre, Surface, and Out of Order. A finalist for the 2015 Montana Prize in Fiction and the 2015 SLS-Disquiet Literary Prize, she is the assistant fiction editor of No Tokens.

JULIA PHILLIPS has published short stories in Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Quarterly, and the Antioch Review. A Fulbright grant recipient in Creative Writing, Pushcart Prize nominee, and finalist for the Glimmer Train Short-Story Award for New Writers, she lives in Crown Heights.


Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop — Nonfiction Night
Hosted by Michele Filgate
Fri Apr 22, 7:00PM

Sackett Street Writers Workshop

Jennifer Baker
Xeni Fragakis
Yashica Dutt
Michele Filgate

On the Docket:
Book Signing

Author Bio(s): 

Jennifer Baker is a writer of fiction & nonfiction, and an editor with over 14 years’ experience in the publishing industry. A native New Yorker she’s a graduate of The New School’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Eclectic Flash,Boston Literary Magazine, Newtown Literary Journal, Poets & Writers magazine, The Female Complaint (Shade Mountain Press), and The Daily Worth. She has been a contributor to e-zines and, and is currently a contributing writer of monthly articles on books, publishing, and the intersections of media for She’s received scholarships from the Postgraduate Writers’ Workshop, Napa Valley Writers’ Workshop, and the Glen West Workshop, and has been an artist-in-residence at Jentel Artist Residency, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Ragdale. Jennifer is a long-time member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books in addition to creating and hosting the podcast Minorities in Publishing. Jennifer has done various interviews/panels on diversity in media as well as podcasting.

Xeni Fragakis received her BA in English from Yale University and her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. At Iowa, she was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship and taught Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and Salon, and she is a winner of the Moth GrandSLAM Championship.

Yashica Dutt is a New York-based writer covering gender, identity and culture. She was previously a principal correspondent with India’s leading English daily, Hindustan Times and is the founder of, a safe space for ‘lower caste’ Dalits to discuss  their experiences of discrimination and struggle and is currently working on a book based on it. Her work has been featured in Vice and HuffingtonPost, among other publications. She was a part of Michele Filgate’s
Sackett Street Nonfiction class last fall.

Michele Filgate is an essayist, critic, and freelance writer. She is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Slice,The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, The Rumpus, Salon,Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, Fine Books & Collections Magazine, DAME Magazine, Biographile, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Time Out New York, The Daily Beast, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vulture, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Capital New York, The Star Tribune, Bookslut, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications.

The First Page


Ever get a book home you’ve been wanting to read for a long time, like you’ve seen all the hype around it, around the author, and you’ve been anticipating the joy of it, and then you can’t get past the first page? There’s something wrong in the voice, or the thing doesn’t move along, it doesn’t move you, or there’s something small, like a typo or choice of words, that sets you grimacing. All of the above just happened to me the other day, and it was a jarring experience. I was surprised at how strong of a negative reaction I could have to the writing. I had to put the book down and forget about it. Maybe it was just the wrong day to start on this book. Maybe a lot of things. Maybe it’s me, not you, author who will remain nameless. Art is a subjective experience, and this reminded me how rare it is when something truly connects.


Just realized I’ve been reading about these events for a few days, and they’re all tied to a program celebrating Albert Camus’ one and only visit to New York, 70 years ago. From the sound of it, he wasn’t too taken with the city, but was greeted warmly. I’m hoping to make it to one of these before mid-April.



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