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10/09/15: The Best American Essays 2015


Fri Oct 9, 7:00PM


Robert Atwan


Mark Jacobson

Margo Jefferson

John Reed

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Audience Q&A

Book Signing

About The Best American Essays 2015:

“Writing an essay is like catching a wave,” posits guest editor Ariel Levy. “To catch a wave, you need skill and nerve, not just moving water.” This year’s writers are certainly full of nerve, and have crafted a wide range of pieces awash in a diversity of moods, voices, and stances. Leaving an abusive marriage, parting with a younger self, losing your sanity to Fitbit, and even saying goodbye to a beloved pair of pants imbued with meaning are all unified by the daring of their creation. As Levy notes, “Writing around an idea you think is worthwhile—an idea you suspect is an insight—requires real audacity.”


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5/26/15: Storyscape Anthology Reading at KGB

Storyscape Issue #14 Launch

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., FREE

with readings by

Shevaun Brannigan

Ken Cormier

Diane Simkin 

James Gendron Gibbs

John Reed

Kimberly Ann Southwick

with your hosts, Michelle Campagna and Fang He

at KGB Bar

85 E 4th St., bet. Bowery and 2nd Ave

6 to Bleecker, F to 2 Ave., B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette

Shevaun Brannigan is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, as well as The Jimenez-Porter Writers' House at The University of Maryland. She has had poems appear in such journals as Best New Poets 2012, Lumina, Rhino, Court Green, and Free State Review. She is the first place recipient of the 2015 Jan-ai Scholarship through the Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway. Her favorite poetry gig is the workshop she leads at her local Domestic Violence Shelter, and her work can be found at shevaunbrannigan.wordpress.com. 

Ken Cormier is the author of Balance Act (Insomniac Press) and The Tragedy in My Neighborhood (Dead Academics Press). His live, multi-media performances have been described as “a William Burroughs exorcism through a Karaoke machine.” Ken also makes radio fiction and documentary pieces, many of which have aired on public-radio affiliates around the US and on the BBC. He teaches Creative Writing at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. www.kencormier.com

Diane Simkin’s short stories have appeared in Crack the Spine, Serving House Journal, The Tower Journal and Narrative Magazine. She studied with Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York City, and attended the Breadloaf, San Diego, and San Francisco Writers’ Conferences. She was also educated at Columbia University and the University of Rochester, where she graduated with a degree in English.

James Gendron Gibbs is a reformed architect who built a company, DBOX, that makes stories about buildings and won an Emmy in 2012. He is the Company Dramaturg at The Builders Association, a multimedia performance company that has nothing to do with buildings. He co-wrote its most recent large-scale production, HOUSE/DIVIDED, which was featured at B.A.M. in Brooklyn. He is currently studying with Philip Schultz at The Writers Studio in New York City and at work on a novel. “The Man Who Skipped Sixes” is his first fiction credit. 

Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the biannual print literary arts journal Gigantic Sequins. Her second poetry chapbook efs & vees comes out the summer of 2015 from Hyacinth Girl Press. Visit her online here, and follow her on twitter, too: @kimannjosouth 

John Reed is the author of the novels, A Still Small Voice (Delacorte Press / Delta), The Whole (Simon & Schuster / Pocket / MTV Books), the SPD bestseller, Snowball's Chance (Roof Books / Melville House), All The World's A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin Books / Plume), and Tales of Woe (MTV Press); published in (selected): the Brooklyn Rail, Paper Magazine, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Playboy, Vice, Out Magazine, Art in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times, Paris Review, Believer, Rumpus, Daily Beast, Gawker, Slate, Wall Street Journal, ElectricLit; current Faculty at The New School University.