Category Archives: author readings

Tomorrow: West Coast Reading

April 26 West Coast8pm tomorrow night at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA: Tracy DeBrincat, Michael Hemmingson, Frank Montesonti, James Morrison, Jessica Piazza, Sarah Suzor. Be there.


Tonight: Mary Biddinger talks poetry on Google+

Don’t miss this chance to see the brilliant Mary Biddinger (author of O Holy Insurgency and Saint Monica) read and discuss poetry with Aaron Belz, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Nate Pritts, and Robert Lee Brewer tonight at 7pm on Google+. Details here. Do yourself a favor and tune in.

Upcoming Reading: Brent Goodman

Goodman Far From SuddenSave the date: Wisconsin native Brent Goodman will read from his new poetry collection, Far From Sudden, at Ripon College (his alma mater) next Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 pm. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Poetry Month! Details here, and buy a copy of this magnificent book here.

Upcoming Reading: West Coast Poetry & Prose

April 26 West CoastIt’s an all-star cast: Tracy DeBrincat, Michael Hemmingson, Frank Montesonti, James Morrison, Jessica Piazza, and Sarah Suzor. Seriously, so much stellar writing all in one place. Don’t miss it.

April 26 at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA. More details here.


Casey in BostonHelen Marie Casey, author of the beautiful nonfiction title My Dear Girl: The Art of Florence Hosmer, was the featured speaker at The College Club of Boston in February, where she spoke about she created this true-to-life narrative in text and images. Helen is a tour de force in lyrical historical nonfiction! (Buy a copy of My Dear Girl, and Helen’s poetry chapbook Inconsiderate Madnesshere.)

AWP Offsite Reading: Adrian Van Young, Patrick Michael Finn, Allison Adair, and Jessica Roake

Van Young Front CoverWe know there are a lot of fabulous readings to choose from at AWP, but seriously, this one can’t be missed: Adrian Van Young, Patrick Michael Finn, Allison Adair, and Jessica Roake will slay you with their skills. Plus it’s a house party. Everyone loves house parties.

Saturday, March 9
42 Dana St. Apt. 2
Cambridge MA 02138

Like you’re not already convinced:
PATRICK MICHAEL FINN is the author of the novella A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich and the short story collection From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet, one of GQ Magazine’s Best Books of 2011.

Before joining the English faculty at Boston College last fall, ALLISON ADAIR taught poetry workshops and literature seminars at the University of Iowa, Grub Street, and Boston University. Her poems and translations have appeared in The Boston Globe, in the anthology Hacks, and as part of the braille-photography installation Twice Seen; and she is a monthly contributor to Grub Street’s “Friday Five-O” literary column. Adair holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received the program’s highest honor, the Teaching-Writing Fellowship.

JESSICA ROAKE lives, parents and hustles in Washington DC with her family. When not meddling in pre-school politics, she contributes to Slate, The Awl, Salon, The Washington Post Express, Babble and The Hairpin. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University, and dreams of hilariously re-capping TV and/or finishing her book.

ADRIAN VAN YOUNG has recently taught writing and literature at Boston College, Boston University and Grub Street Writers Inc. He received his B.A. in English at Vassar College, and his MFA in fiction at Columbia University, where he formerly taught as well. In 2008, he was the recipient of a Henfield Foundation Prize and in 2011 he won the St. Lawrence Book Award for his collection of short stories The Man Who Noticed Everything, out now from Black Lawrence Press. His fiction and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Lumina, Gigantic, Lacuna and The Believer. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife Darcy. See more at

Upcoming Readings: Adrian Van Young

Van Young Front CoverAdrian is on fire: he’s crossing the country to read from his stunning short story collection The Man Who Noticed Everything, and has a few more to go. Don’t miss out on the fun (and pre-order the book here!):

January 18-Write by Night in Austin, TX at 7 p.m. w/ Jess Saur and Meg McCarron
January 20-NMSU’s MFA Program in Las Cruces, NM
January 23-USCD’s New Writers Reading Series in San Diego, CA at 4 p.m. w/ Maria Rybakova

Hardy Jones at the Louisiana Book Festival: October 27

If you’re planning to stop by the Louisiana Book Festival next weekend, make sure to see Hardy Jones, author of the novel Every Bitter Thing. He’ll read at 10am, and then will sign copies starting at 11am. Details here.

Eric Gamalinda’s PEOPLE ARE STRANGE: Reading and Performance

NYC: On October 28 at 7pm, Eric Gamalinda will stage a reading/performance of PEOPLE ARE STRANGE, a new collection of stories by Eric Gamalinda. Actors Alexis Camins, Andrew Eisenman, Airrion Doss and Ana Kayne will perform a radio play version of “Formerly Known as Bionic Boy,” about a personal “psychic” and adopted son of the Marcoses who immigrates to New York City and must deal with anonymity and the loss of power, both psychic and political. See here for more details, and here to buy a copy of this superbly weird collection.

Upcoming Readings: Carol Guess

NYC: Don’t miss your chance to meet Carol Guess, author of the eerie and wonderful poetry collections Doll Studies: Forensics and  Index of Placebo Effects. She’ll read with the Stain reading series in Brooklyn on Friday, October 26 at 7pm, and then at the Alice Austen House on Saturday, October 27 at 4pm. (And don’t forget to buy a copy of Doll Studies here.)