Tonight we’re bringing you another brand-spanking-new installment of the best nonfiction reading in New York. Join us for:
LINE-UP: Robb Todd, Michele Filgate, Melissa Diaz, James Yeh, Leah Vincent, Mitchell S. Jackson
HOST: Kassi Underwood
DATE: Tuesday, April 15th, 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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ROBB TODD, author of the collection “Steal Me for Your Stories,” has worked as journalist, columnist and editor, and his photography has been exhibited internationally. But all he really wants you to know is that he has never seen a pigeon walk backwards. Visit him at robbtodd.com.
MICHELE FILGATE is a writer, indie bookseller/events coordinator at Community Bookstore, and critic. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Rumpus, Salon, Time Out New York, The Daily Beast, Poets & Writers, O,The Oprah Magazine, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Capital New York, The Star Tribune, Bookslut, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.
MELISSA DIAZ is a stand-up comedian based in New York City.
JAMES YEH is a founding editor and the publisher of Gigantic. His stories have appeared in NOON, BOMB Magazine, Tin House, Tank Magazine, VICE, Fence, the anthology 30 Under 30, and elsewhere. His essays, interviews, and other work have appeared or are forthcoming in the Believer, VICE, The Organist, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, he was named a Center for Fiction New York City Emerging Writers Fellow in 2011. He lives in Brooklyn, where he is at work on a novel, and can be found online at jamesyeh.com or at twitter.com/jamesyeh.
LEAH VINCENT is a writer and activist. The first person in her family to go to college, she earned a BA in psychology as a night student on a Presidential Scholarship at Brooklyn College before going on to earn a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School as a Pforzheimer Fellow. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Unpious and The Jewish Daily Forward. Leah is an advocate for reform within ultra-Orthodoxy and for the empowerment of former ultra-Orthodox Jews seeking a self-determined life. She is a co-producer of the It Gets Besser project and a member and board member of Footsteps, the only organization in the United States supporting formerly ultra-Orthodox individuals.
MITCHELL S. JACKSON is the author of Oversoul: Stories and Essays and The Residue Years (Bloomsbury USA). He has been the recipient of fellowships from Urban Artist Initiative and The Center For Fiction. A former winner of the Hurston Wright Foundation’s award for college writers, he teaches writing at New York University and is the literary editor of Dossier Journal. He is a Portland, Oregon native who lives in Brooklyn, New York.