New installment of The Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series in the Lower East Side, where stockings hang from power lines and children eat plantain hamanstaschen. Join us for a night of jalebi and gingerbread and six fine readers with words so sharp they could cut through Aunt Pat’s chicken chew.

LINE-UP: Elissa Schappell, Mike Brown, Jamia Wilson, Irin Carmon, Stephen O’Connor, Quincy Scott Jones

HOST: Kassi Underwood

DATE: Tuesday, December 3rd

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

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5 (includes raffle ticket for prizes)

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ELISSA SCHAPPELL is the author of two books of fiction, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, which was chosen as a “Best Book of the Year” by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek/Daily Beast and O Magazine, and Use Me, which was runner up for the PEN Hemingway award, a New York Times “Notable Book” and a Los Angeles Times “Best Book of the Year.” She is a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review, a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, and co-founder and Editor-at-Large of Tin House magazine.

MIKE BROWN is a standup comic and writer based in New York. In 2012, He was named one of Rooftop Comedy’s Comics to Watch, Caroline’s Best of New Talent and a semi-finalist in New York’s Funniest Stand Up competition presented by JetBlue. Along with featuring at various comedy festivals (New York Comedy Week, The San Francisco Sketchfest, The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival). Mike Brown regularly hosts/co-produces comedy shows throughout New York: BIG Pony Show every Monday in the Lower East Side, Machine Gun Funk on Fridays at New York Comedy Club, and Comedy Outliers, a monthly standup comedy showcase featured in Time Out New York, New York 1, and New York Daily News. He also hosts the Comedy Outliers podcast available on iTunes. Find him at and on Twitter at @YoMikeBrown.

JAMIA WILSON is a feminist media activist, organizer, and storyteller. Her words and works have been featured in Alternet, CBS News, C-SPAN,,, Good magazine, GRIT TV, Rookie magazine, Slate, Salon, In These Times, Ms. magazine,, New York magazine, the Today show, the Washington Post, and more. In 2013, Refinery 29 named her one of the “17 Faces of the Future of Feminism,” and Ms. magazine blog listed her as a #SmartFeministofTwitter. She is also a contributor to Women of Spirit and Faith’s 2011 anthology Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power; Rookie: Yearbook One; Rookie: Yearbook Two; Our Bodies, Ourselves 2011 Edition; Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop; and I Still Believe Anita Hill. Follow her on Twitter: @jamiaw

IRIN CARMON covers women, politics, and culture for Previously, she was a staff writer at and at She is a visiting fellow at Yale Law School’s Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice.

STEPHEN O’CONNOR is the author of two collections of short fiction, Here Comes Another Lesson and Rescue, and of two works of nonfiction, Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, a memoir, and Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed, biography/history. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Conjunctions, One Story, The Missouri Review, Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Electric Literature, Agni, Threepenny Review, Black Clock, The Quarterly, Partisan Review, among many other places, and his story, “Ziggurat,” was read by Tim Curry on Selected Shorts in October 2011 and June 2013. His essays and journalism have been published in The New York Times, DoubleTake, The Nation, Agni, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The New Labor Forum, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA programs of Columbia and Sarah Lawrence.

QUINCY SCOTT JONES earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Master’s degree from Temple University, and $100 once working as supermarket clown. His work has appeared in the African American Review and The Feminist Wire as well the anthologies Heroics: Strange Tales of Absurd Superheroes, From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth and Let Loose on the World: Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75. With Nina Sharma he co-created the Nor’easter Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. He is currently an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College and his first book, The T-Bone Series, was published by Whirlwind Press in 2009.

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