The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, the Festival includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace. This hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. In 2018, BKBF-participating authors included Rumaan Alam, Martin Amis Jennifer Egan, Tayari Jones, Akwaeke Emezi, Laura Lippmann, Terry McMillan, Carmen Maria Machado, Joyce Carol Oates, Greg Pardlo, Hermione Hoby, A.M. Homes, April Ryan, Alexander Chee and Amber Tamblyn.
Sunday, September 22
10am - 6pm
Festival Day & Literary Marketplace
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity
No doubt this is reading will be another wonderful installment of the TWP series. Enjoy a spring evening with poetry and prose on your way home from work, a pre-game before hitting Center City, or just meander on in, buy a book, and hear mysterious voices yelling atop the loft. Whatever your fancy, we want you here! BYOB with an open mic to follow the features.
Hannah Litvin is a Texas-born writer and creative living in Philadelphia. She holds a BA in studio arts from University of Houston, and works full-time. In 2018 she was a Vaclav Havel fellow at the Prague Summer Writer’s Program, where she workshopped with Jaimy Gordon, Mark Slouka, and Stuart Dybek. A former member of Leonard Gontarek’s Osage Poets, Hannah writes mainly prose these days, but still has many poems about men and her mother, that need homes. Her short story “Rugsweeping, and Other Lost Arts” is forthcoming in the Painted Bride Quarterly.
Sean Hanrahan is a Philadelphian poet originally hailing from Dale City, Virginia. He is the author of the chapbook, Hardened Eyes on the Scan, published in 2018 by Moonstone Press. His work has also been included in several anthologies and journals, including the forthcoming Stonewall’s Legacy anthology. He currently serves on the Moonstone Press Editorial Board, as a poetry editor for Toho, and as an instructor for Green Street Poetry.
Christina Rosso-Schneider is a red-headed siren and bookstore owner living in South Philadelphia with her bearded husband and two rescue pups. Her work has been featured in Twisted Sister Lit Mag, Across the Margin, FIVE:2:ONE Magazine, and more. Visit https://christinarosso.wordpress.com/ or find her on Twitter @Rosso_Christina
Join us at the third annual Press Fest, an indie book fair hosted by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Discover remarkable books from small publishing houses, find your new favorite literary magazines, and meet with emerging and established literary talents. This event will feature award-winning publishers, author signings, and opportunities to take home exceptional works of literature. Don’t miss this communal celebration of independent publishing and international literature.
Saturday, May 11
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Another month, another reading! Come down and enjoy some work from local poets, Philip Dykhouse, Todd Dillard (and his self-proclaimed first reading in many years), as well as Adam Tedesco, who's actively touring for his latest book, Mary Oliver (Lithic Press , 2019). Copies will be available for sale from the author directly. As always, BYOB and open mic to follow!
Philip Dykhouse was the featured reader for The Dead Bards of Philadelphia at the 2018 Philadelphia Poetry Festival and Book Fair. He was published in the 2017 edition of Spiral Poetry and has self-published 4 chapbooks. He is currently working on his 5th.
Adam Tedesco was born in Upstate New York. He is a poet and video artist as well as the founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His video work has been screened at MoMA PS1, &Now: A Festival of Innovative Writing, No Nation Gallery, and the New Hampshire Poetry Festival, among other venues. His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Fanzine, Fence, Gramma, jubilat, Laurel Review, Powderkeg, Prelude, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently ABLAZA (Lithic Press, 2017), ISO 8601:2004 (Really Serious Literature, 2018), and Misrule (Ursus Americanus, 2019). His first full-length poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was published by Lithic Press in February of 2019.
Todd Dillard received his MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Electric Literature, The Boiler Journal, Wigleaf, Nimrod, and Best New Poets. Originally from Houston, Texas, Todd now lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.
Thirty West is honored to bring our reading series to Saint Joseph's University. We are ecstatic to host SJU alum, Krisann Janowitz, and New Jersey-based fiction writer, Bud Smith, to McShain Hall.
Open mic will precede the features. Each reader/performer is allotted 5 mins to read poetry, fiction, or even perform a song if you please.
After the featured readers, there will be an open-ended, brief Q&A. Anything about publishing, writing, and more is open to being discussed.
Light refreshments will be provided. Books from Thirty West and the features will be available as well.
This is a free event and open to the public!
Krisann Janowitz has always had a passion for poetry and words. This passion has led her to graduate with her MA in Writing Studies from St. Joseph’s University in 2017. While there, she enjoyed being the Editor-in-Chief for her program's literary magazine, The Avenue. Some of her poems have been published in streetcake magazine, Moonstone Press, and Z Publishing's Pennsylvania's Best Emerging Poets, along with a chapbook, Home(less): A Sampling of Poems on Home & Homelessness, published by Moonstone Press. In her free time, she enjoys romping about in parks and skateparks with her burly husband and spunky Shih Tzu.
Bud Smith is the author of Teenager (Tyrant Books, 2019), Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018), WORK (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2017), Dust Bunny City (Disorder Press, 2017), Calm Face (House of Vlad, 2016), among others. He works heavy construction building and destroying chemical plants, refineries, and generating stations. He’s on Twitter @bud_smith
Josh Dale is a bicyclist, Bengal cat dad, open mic goer, and an MA candidate at Saint Joseph's University. His work and press have appeared in Breadcrumbs Mag, Drunk Monkeys, Huffington Post, Page & Spine, vox poetica, and others. He’s the founder and editor-in-chief of Thirty West Publishing House with two chapbooks and a poetry collection, Duality Lies Beneath (Thirty West 2016). He can be found on Twitter and Instagram @jdalewrites and forthcoming website joshdale.co
Another month, another reading. Regardless if spring has sprung or not, spring into action and see three exciting poets read their work at the one and only Big Blue Marble. As always, BYOB and 5 min max open mic to follow. See you then!
Rachel O'Hanlon-Rodriguez is a Philadelphia based actor, poet, dancer, and teaching artist. Trained as an actor, Rachel has spent the majority of her career in theater. She has worked with a variety of local theater institutions as both a teacher and performer such as The Wilma Theatre, The Arden Theatre, Theatre Exile, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights, She is a resident artist of Power Street Theatre Company, a woman of color led organization committed to connecting communities through performance and story. She performs poetry monthly at various open mics, and in the shower. She has been a featured poet of Little Berlin Poems Night and Chimera: A Celebration of Womxn Artists.
Erin Moran is a poet and journalist based in Philadelphia. Her creative work has been published by or is forthcoming in Sword & Kettle Press, Sea Foam Mag and Half Mystic. Moran curates a quarterly literature & arts zine and reading series called Suburban Springtime. Find her at ernmrn.com or follow along on Instagram or Twitter.
Laura Brzyski is a writer, professor, and dog lover based in Philly. She holds an MA in English from Lehigh University, with certificates in medieval literature and sex, gender, & sexuality studies. She spent too many years as a high school English and Creative Writing teacher. Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing (nonfiction) at Rutgers-University Camden, where she also teaches. Her work can be found in Entropy, The CEA Critic, Vagabond City, and The Stonecoast Review.