We have a brand-spanking new installment of Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series to usher in the new year, and boy are WE ARE WILD ABOUT THIS LINEUP:
LINE-UP: Lizz Winstead, Morgan Parker, Jeb Gleason-Allured, Amber Drea, Clifford Thompson, Melynda Fuller
HOST: Kassi Underwood
DATE: Tuesday, January 21st
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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MORGAN PARKER’s first collection of poems, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, was selected by Eileen Myles for The 2013 Gatewood Prize and is forthcoming from Switchback Books. Recent poems are forthcoming from Tin House, The Atlas Review, Forklift, Ohio, and Gigantic Sequins. A graduate of NYU’s Creative Writing MFA program and a Cave Canem fellow, Morgan lives in Brooklyn, where she is Education Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). She also lives at www.morgan-parker.com.
JEB GLEASON-ALLURED covers the flavor and fragrance industry for several trade publications. He is from Wheaton, Illinois and lives in Brooklyn. His fiction and nonfiction publications can be found at jebgleasonallured.com.
AMBER DREA is a writer, editor and storyteller living in Brooklyn, New York. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have been published by McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hypertext Magazine, The Northville Review and Another Chicago Magazine, among others.
CLIFFORD THOMPSON received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction in 2013. His essays on books, film, jazz, and American identity have appeared in publications including The Threepenny Review, The Iowa Review, Commonweal, Film Quarterly, Cineaste, Oxford American, and Black Issues Book Review. Many were collected in Love for Sale, published in 2013 by Autumn House Press. In addition, he is the author of a novel, Signifying Nothing. Thompson grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Oberlin College. His arts blog, which includes his writing as well as his paintings, is called tellcliff.com. Thompson is married with two daughters and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
MELYNDA FULLER is a writer and editor whose work frequently deals with the tensions that exist between the natural world and the urban centers that attempt to tame it. She’s a graduate of the New School’s MFA writing program and her work has appeared in Bust, bookslut.com, and Freerange Nonfiction, among other places.
LIZZ WINSTEAD is a comedian, writer, and performer who co-founded and wrote for The Daily Show. Winstead’s first book, LIZZ FREE OR DIE: ESSAYS, was released in 2012 to incredible reviews. To quote Sarah Silverman: “Reading Lizz Winstead’s hilarious collection of very personal essays somehow leaves you changed. You laugh, and yet there are nutrients in her words.”
As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio’s mid-morning show, where she brought on board Hip Hop legend, Chuck D, and political big brain Rachel Maddow.
Winstead writes satirical commentary for The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post, and her talents as a comedian and media visionary have been recognized by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly’s 100 most Creative People issue. Winstead appears regularly on Comedy Central Presents, HBO, CNN, and MSNBC. Follow her on Twitter: @lizzwinstead.