This is at 7pm, at BookCourt:

Editors from NYC publishing houses talk about what really goes into the complex process of creating a book.

Brenda Copeland, Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Press
Emily Graff, Editor, Simon & Schuster
Anya Lichtenstein, Editor, St. Martin’s Press
Maya Ziv, Editor, Harper Collins

Author Bio(s):

Brenda Copeland is an Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she has worked since 2010.  Brenda publishes a vibrant mix of fiction and non-fiction, from the commercial to the literary, and looks for strong stories told with a strong voice.  Current authors include Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Ann Leary, author of The Good House, and Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives. Over the course of her career Brenda has published such bestselling authors as Dean Koontz, Claire Cooke, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Melissa de la Cruz, as well as Gotham and Deepak Chopra. Brenda teaches book editing at New York University and has a weakness for cheese.

Emily Graff is an editor at Simon & Schuster. She previously worked as an editorial assistant at The Penguin Press. Recent and forthcoming titles include Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel, The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella, and Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell. She is acquiring books across genres, including literary and upmarket commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, food, and memoir. She graduated with honors from Harvard College.

Anya Lichtenstein came to St. Martin’s Press as an editorial intern. After a second summer at Macmillan working at Picador, she made her way back to SMP, initially as a publicist. She’s back to editorial these days, and is the U.S. editor of bestselling Israeli author Yochi Brandes. Anya is acquiring in all sorts of categories, from accessible literary fiction and upmarket and commercial women’s fiction to narrative nonfiction with a quirky, feminist, or Jewish voice and pop-science that fixates on a singular topic.

Maya Ziv knew she wanted to work in publishing from the day her aunt, an editor at Scribner at the time, took her to “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” A Manhattan native, Maya began her career as an intern at Brandt & Hochman. After a year and a half on the agent side at Brandt & Hochman, she moved over into editorial at HarperCollins. An editor now, she has been with the company for more than six years.


In this piece, my favorite quote about Coleman comes from Miles Davis who says: “He just came and fucked up everybody.”

I’ve been listening to a lot of Ornette since he passed, via Columbia’s WKCR jazz show in the evenings. What the Mojo article says about his style being rooted in the blues makes a lot of sense if you’ve ever listened to Robert Johnson, or anyone else really from the Mississippi Delta. It’s all about getting feeling across, and that doesn’t mean necessarily being in tune or adhering to time signatures. It’s all about the individual voice and going wherever the spirit takes you.

But is Coleman listenable? I guess that’s the question. It’s a strange thing that happens. He starts out feeling inaccessible, but the more time you give to him, he starts to penetrate and opens new pathways in the brain. A similar thing might occur the first time you hear Lou Reed or later John Coltrane, I’d say. But Ornette was way farther out than either of them. I can remember listening to Free Jazz and some early Sun Ra around the same period of time, and it was a similar thing going on there, too. Seemingly no rules, no order. But then the brain somehow organizes it and you’re left feeling kind of amazed by it.


We’re playing Coney Island at the Freak Bar on Friday the 26th with our pals Caterwaul of Sound.

From Brooklyn Arts Press:

In partnership with Brooklyn Poets, Brooklyn Arts Press is proud to announce a call for submissions to our Brooklyn Poets Anthology. We hope to celebrate our borough’s diverse and spirited poetry community with an exciting new book featuring work from an array of talent.

Submission deadline is August 30, 2015.

To enter:

• You must currently reside in Brooklyn or have a significant connection to the borough (i.e. you were born & raised here or lived here a decade or longer)
• Submit 3-5 poems (10 pgs max), published or unpublished. Confirm that you own the rights for all previously published work
• Include a cover letter containing name, address, phone, email, bio, publication info for submissions, and the neighborhood of Brooklyn where you reside (or did reside)


The PEN Poetry Series Is Now Open for Submissions!

For the first time since its beginning in 2011, the PEN Poetry Series will be open for unsolicited poetry submissions during the month of May. Following an overwhelming amount of support, queries, and enthusiasm, we’ll be reading poetry from all over the literary world for the upcoming month.

Please submit up to five poems in a single Word document or PDF. On the first page of your submission, please include a bio and any other relevant information about the poems.

Simultaneous submissions are welcomed and encouraged.


We’re taking the stage with our friends The Supertones and Daikaiju to create a totally killer lineup on Sunday, May 31. We all played a show together in November, and this one should be another action-packed night. Doors at 7, $8 cover, nearest trains are the M at Central Ave. and Kosciuszko St. on the J.

Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop
Wed May 20, 7:00PM

Julia Fierro

Nicole Haroutunian
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Robert Levy

On the Docket:
Book Signing

Author Bio(s):

Nicole Haroutunian’s short story collection, Speed Dreaming​ was published by Little A in March. Her story “Youse” won the 2013 Center for Fiction short story contest. She has a book blog called Our Books Are Better Than We Are and co-edits the digital journal Underwater New York. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Nicole works as a contractual museum educator and teaching artist at the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Morgan Library and Museum and Symphony Space. A Sackett Street alum, Nicole lives in Queens.

Kaitlyn Greenidge is originally from Boston. She’s a graduate of Hunter College’s MFA program and has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Fortnight Journal. Her work has appeared in The Believer, American Short Fiction, At Length Magazine, Afrobeat Journal, Green Mountains Review and The Feminist Wire, and been reprinted in The Believer’s collection Always Apprentices. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Algonquin Press.​ She teaches fiction writing at The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

​Robert Levy is an author of unsettling stories and plays whose work has been seen Off-Broadway. A Harvard graduate subsequently trained as a forensic psychologist, his work has been called “frank and funny” (Time Magazine), “idiosyncratic and disarming” (The New York Times), “ambitious and clever” (Variety), “smart” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) and “bloody brave” (the UK’s SFX Magazine). His first novel, the contemporary dark fairy tale​ ​The Glittering World, ​was published worldwide ​in February by Gallery/Simon & Schuster.




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