We’re opening for Arizona’s greatest horror punk band, Calabrese, at The Grand Victory (245 Grand St. in Williamsburg) this Thursday night, 2/26. We’ll be on second, around 8:30, joined on the bill by rockabilly stars Screamin’ Rebel Angels and Satanic action rock n rollers, Hail Action. Doors at 7, $10 cover.

Also, check out some new rough tracks up on our BandCamp page: These were done with Martin Bisi back in December.

Ever edited a large work and wondered how to organize the chapters? This piece by Jonathan Russell Clark in The Millions gives some great insight. The way we authors set up our chapters and sections of our books makes the reading a lot easier for everyone who isn’t us and hasn’t spent time with the story for years. That’s the gist of this piece, and it’s inspiring for those of us embarking on a novel revision. Organizing chapters in a certain way could give the book exactly what it needs to make it a compelling read.

Electric Literature and Grove Atlantic are teaming up to launch a new daily site for book lovers, Literary Hub. Jonny Diamond, formerly of The L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine is its editor in chief, with this as the most interesting part:

Literary Hub has over 65 committed partners (see a full list below) and will feature a mix of content contributed by partners and original material, including author interviews, features, excerpts, and essays.


Grove Atlantic · Electric Literature · City Lights · Knopf/Vintage · Book People · Publishing Genius · PANK · Argos Books · A Public Space · Little, Brown · BookCourt · FSG · Slice Magazine · Story Magazine · Parnassus Books · BOMB · Ecco · O/R Books · Post Road · Algonquin · Scribner · Tattered Cover · Norton · Politics and Prose · New Directions · Housing Works · Penguin Press · Brazos Books · Conjunctions · Malvern Books · Fence · AGNI · Bloomsbury · Green Apple · Ugly Duckling · Harvard · Penguin Books · Skylight · Square Books · PEN · Riverhead · Newtonville Books · The Paris Review · The Strand · Akashic · Melville House · Archipelago · Book Passage · n+1 · Soho Press · McSweeney’s · Powell’s · House of Anansi · Unnamed Press · Zyzzyva · Last Bookstore · Graywolf · Books Inc · Tin House · Seven Stories · Community Bookstore · Poetry Magazine · Catapult

It’s a great mix of heavy-hitters in the publishing world. Very excited to check it out. Full release here.



We’re playing a show on Thursday the 12th with Youthquake and some other bands TBA. Black Bear Bar, 70 N. 6th, in Williamsburg. Show starts at 8, $10 cover.


Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop
Wed Feb 4, 7:00PM

Julia Fierro

Vica Miller
Shelly Oria
Kate Racculia
Rebecca Scherm
Casey Walker

On the Docket:
Book Signing

About Sackett Street Writers Workshops:

Come out for one of the best reading series in NYC!

The Sackett Street Writers’ Series at BookCourt features readings by talented SSWW members and alumni.

The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop was founded in 2002 by writer Julia Fierro, and what began as eight writers meeting in the kitchen of a Brooklyn brownstone has developed into a creative home for over 2000 writers.

Picked as a a “Top alternative to MFA programs” by Poets & Writers, as the “Best substitute for an MFA” by The L Magazine, and as the “Best resource for developing writers” by Brooklyn Magazine, Sackett Street offers writing workshops throughout the NYC area.

Today, Sackett Street writers live in all boroughs of New York City, and across the world, and many return to the workshops for multiple sessions. Alumni have been accepted at top MFA Creative Writing programs and writing conferences, have won fellowships and awards, and have completed and published short fiction and poetry collections, novels and memoirs.

Author Bio(s):

Vica Miller is a native of St. Petersburg (Russia) and has been a New Yorker for over two decades. Her first novel, Inga’s Zigzags, was published on May 14, 2014 by Ladno Books. Vica is the founder of the Vica Miller Literary Salons, a chamber reading series held at private NYC galleries. She’s written for Vogue Russia and Tennis Week magazines and her short stories have appeared in LitroNY, The Jet Fuel Review, Asymptote, The Linnet’s Wings and Thrice Fiction literary journals.

Shelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. Her short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, was published in November by FSG and Random House Canada. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, fivechapters, and Electric Lit’s Recommended Reading among other places, and has won a number of awards, including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, a Sozopol Fiction Fellowship in Bulgaria, and LMCC’s Workspace grant. A MacDowell Fellow in 2012 and 2014, Shelly holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village, and teaches fiction at Pratt Institute, where she also co-directs the Writers’ Forum.

Kate Racculia is a writer and researcher living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is the author of two novels, Bellweather Rhapsody, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014, and This Must Be the Place, published in 2010 by Henry Holt & Company. She was a teenage bassoonist and her bassoon was named Nigel. Kate studied illustration, design, Jane Austen, and Canada at the University of Buffalo. She has her MFA from Emerson College, and teaches novel writing at Grub Street, Boston’s non-profit creative writing community.

Rebecca Scherm is the author of the recently released debut novel, Unbecoming. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was also a postgraduate Zell Fellow. She lives in Michigan, where she is working on her second novel, Beta.

Casey Walker’s debut novel, Last Days in Shanghai, was released in December. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and has a PhD in English Literature from Princeton University. His writing has appeared in The Believer, Boston Review, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, novelist Karen Thompson Walker.



Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah covers the creation of Electric Lady Studios, its artistic/economic/racial context and its future here, in “A River Runs Through It” for The Believer. Jimi Hendrix is still very much alive there.



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