Mon Sep 28, 7:00PM

Amy Shearn

Sophie McManus
Patricia Park
Ioannis Pappos
Tracy O’Neill

On the Docket:
Book Signing

Author Bio(s):

Sophie McManus is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Unfortunates, which is shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, a Barnes & Noble 2015 Great Writers Discover Selection, and a Publishers Weekly 2015 buzz book. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Memorious, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Jentel Foundation. She was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Vassar College and Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program. She teaches writing in Brooklyn, New York.

Patricia Park is the author of the debut novel Re Jane, a Korean-American retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre set in NYC and Seoul (Viking/PDB, Penguin Random House May 5, 2015). She was born and raised in Queens and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. She received her BA in English literature from Swarthmore College and her MFA in fiction from Boston University. She has taught writing at Boston University, Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, and CUNY Queens College. She was a Fulbright scholar to South Korea, an Emerging Writers fellow with The Center for Fiction, and a Fellow with the American Association of University Women. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, the Guardian, Daily Beast, Slice Magazine, and others. She has been interviewed on MSNBC “Book Report,” NPR “Here and Now,” WNYC “Brian Lehrer,” CBS Radio, and others.

Ioannis Pappos is a management consultant and writer from Pelio, Greece. He is a graduate of Stanford University and INSEAD Business School, and has worked in both the U.S. and Europe. Ioannis contributes to blogs and magazines. Hotel Living is his first novel. He lives in New York City.

Tracy O’Neill is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She was awarded the NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship by the Center for Fiction in 2012. You can see her writing online at the San Francisco Chronicle,, The Millions,, Grantland, Bookforum, The L Magazine, The Collagist, and Publishers Weekly. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, Guernica, The Literarian, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Her novel The Hopeful arrives at bookstores in June 2015.

Amy Shearn is the Assistant Director at Sackett Street and the author of the novels The Mermaid of Brooklyn and How Far Is The Ocean From Here. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, DAME, Poets & Writers, Real Simple, Electric Literature, Five Chapters, Opium, Grist, West Branch, the Found Magazine anthology Requiem for a Paper Bag, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, and has taught at NYU and Gotham Writers Workshops. She currently hosts an author interview series at the Brooklyn Public Library called BOOKISH: Writers Talking. Amy lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

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Read this piece about the Long Island house where John Coltrane (who would’ve been 89 yesterday) composed A Love Supreme and lived with his family ’til his death in 1967. The house is being turned into a museum, hopefully set to open in 2017.

…Steve Fulgoni, a local business owner in Dix Hills who is also a voracious jazz fan, broke his way into the house to take a look around. Knowledge of the Coltranes having lived in the area had spread among devotees, but the address wasn’t known, in part because of a misleading mention in a biography. When Fulgoni tracked down an old delivery boy who remembered the jazz legends as neighbors, he found the house as it had been described, simple and unassuming behind a rusting iron gate. To his shock, it was abandoned—an incongruous suburban ruin.

He started petitioning the town of Dix Hills to save the historic home at once…

11958130_1486018958391084_6159332588859862645_oMy friends the Vibrojets will be playing this Friday to kick off Greenpoint Gallery’s Grand Salon. Doors, and their set, are at 8pm upstairs. More music follows them upstairs, and there’s more happening downstairs, too. 392 McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint, near the Pulaski Bridge. Come see some art and rock out!


Head on down to Borough Hall to check out all the vendors and the readers, and to get tickets to the readings at St. Francis College and other nearby locations. Highlights this year? Too many to name. But I’ll name Jonathan Lethem, Salman Rushdie and Judah Friedlander. Pretty much every living writer you’ve ever heard of will be there. Check out the list of events here.

Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop
Mon Sep 14, 7:00PM

Julia Fierro

Alexander Chee
Rob Spillman
Hannah Tinti
Jessica Loudis

On the Docket: 
Panel Discussion
Drinks Served

Can you live in Brooklyn and learn to write? Will getting an MFA truly make you the writer you always wanted to be? Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop Founder Julia Fierro hosts a panel discussion about the differences between the lessons learned from living and writing in Brooklyn and those gained from an MFA. Joining her on the panel are Alexander Chee (Queen of the Night, forthcoming from HMH), Rob Spillman (editor of Tin House), Hannah Tinti (founder and editor of One Story), and Jessica Loudis (critic and freelance writer) to offer their take.


We’re on at midnight on the 5th at Otto’s, playing a totally different set than on the 1st. Don’t miss it!


Our next big show is September 1, on night one of Youthquake’s four-show September residency at The Grand Victory in Williamsburg. We’ll be on at 10pm. $9 cover. Don’t miss it!



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