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!


Poet Charles Simic interviews his brother Milan in the New York Review of Books about attending avant-garde jazz shows up until 1965, particularly at the Alphabet City spot Slugs’. Milan’s favorite players at that time: Ornette Coleman and Jackie McLean, both of whom he befriended. He seems to have crossed paths with just about everyone who played modal or free jazz at that time and gives a great oral history of the scene.

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.



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