Next Tuesday, June 17th, we’re bringing you another brand-spanking-new installment of the best nonfiction reading in New York. Join us for:
LINE-UP: TOMMY “TEEBS” PICO, MARIA MUTCH, JESSAMINE CHAN, PETER VON ZIEGESAR, and JULIA FIERRO
HOST: Kassi Underwood
DATE: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
TIME: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Show at 8.
STAGE: CULTUREfix at 9 Clinton Street in the Lower East Side. F train to Delancey; J, M to Essex, B, D trains to Grand
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TOMMY “TEEBS” PICO is the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. He’s the author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, April 2014)—the first chapbook APP published for iOS mobile/tablet devices—was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has been published in BOMB, [PANK], and the Best American Poetry blog. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.
MARIA MUTCH’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Poets & Writers, Guernica, Necessary Fiction, Fiction Writers Review, Bayou Magazine and Literary Mama, among others. Her debut memoir, Know the Night, published by Simon & Schuster (March, 2014) is an investigation of love and isolation in the small hours. Mutch writes about her son’s loss of language and his sudden inability to sleep, together with the story of polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd and his 1930’s sojourn in Antarctica, where he stayed in a hut by himself and barely survived. Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams, said “Know the Night offers the magnificent vision of a mother’s love–a love sculpted from jazz and ice and dreams.” Know the Night was chosen by Oprah.com as one of its “Memoirs Too Powerful to Put Down.”
JESSAMINE CHAN is a fiction writer and editor based in Brooklyn. A graduate of Brown University and the MFA writing program at Columbia University, where she was a teaching fellow, she is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center, the Jentel Foundation, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. In 2013, she was chosen to be a work-study scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is completing a collection of short stories, and her first published story recently appeared in Epoch.
PETER VON ZIEGESAR is a writer and filmmaker living in Brooklyn with his wife, Hali Lee, and three children. He has contributed articles and essays to Art in America, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Out, American Ceramics, ArtNet.com, Rizzoli’s The Journal of Art, The Kansas City Star, and Borderline, among others. Along the way he has interviewed a long list of authors, film directors, actors, and artists, including Robert Altman, Sidney Lumet, Wayne Wang, William S. Burroughs, Lou Reed, Paul Auster, Annie Leibovitz, Harvey Keitel, Harvey Weinstein, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kiki Smith, Ann Magnuson, Bill T. Jones, Tony Shafrazi, Kenny Scharf, Boy George, Grace Jones, and Ellsworth Kelly. His memoir, The Looking Glass Brother, a poignant and often hilarious chronicle that outlines the intersecting lives of himself, his homeless stepbrother, Little Peter, and their father, Franz, was published in paperback by Picador this month. After the Newtown tragedy, he delivered a radio essay about the mentally ill and gun control on WNYC Public Radio in New York City.
JULIA FIERRO is the author of Cutting Teeth, which was recently included in Library Journal’s “Spring Best Debuts” and on “Most Anticipated Books of 2014″ lists by HuffPost Books, The Millions, Flavorwire, Brooklyn Magazine and Marie Claire. Julia’s work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Guernica, Poets & Writers, Glamour and other publications, and she has been profiled in the L Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer and The Economist. In 2002, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and what started as eight writers meeting in her Brooklyn kitchen has grown into a creative home for over 2000 writers. She is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children.