Support Brooklyn independent presses a week from Saturday, then head over to the Queens Lit Fest in Long Island City.

Brooklyn Small Press Flea

Saturday, August 1, 2015 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Central Library, Plaza

This pop-up book fair features Brooklyn’s finest indie presses, including A Public Space, Archipelago Books, BELLADONNA*, Electric Literature, Futurepoem, Guillotine, Melville House, One Story, Ugly Duckling Presse, and many more.

Co-presented with BOMB magazine.

InspiredWordNYC presents a celebration of grassroots literary arts in the New York City borough of Queens – the first annual Queens Lit Fest @ LIC Bar. 

When: Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, 2015

Time: 11am-5pm both days (open mic sign-up starts @ 11am)

Where: LIC Bar
45-58 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

Age Limit: 21+ (must bring valid ID)

Admission: FREE

RSVP now! And please SHARE on social media with the hashtag #QueensNYCLitFest.


I got a chance to catch Nick Flynn last night at BookCourt. He was reading from his new book, My Feelings, which has some poems that, from listening to a few, will knock you out. I had never seen him read before, and I was struck by how unpretentious it was for a poetry reading. He had an opener, Sarah Lipstate’s musical project Noveller, an atmospheric guitarist, incorporating loops, lots of pedal effects and playing with a bow. He said he had been meditating to her music for the past five years. Having her perform was a cool way to get the crowd into the head space to properly receive his poems. I hear he’s taking his act to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston tonight (along with a couple of other poets), and I would highly recommend seeing him (and Noveller) if you’re in the area.

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)




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