Ahh, summer in New York. It’s almost here: that lovely time of year when the sun scorches the pavement, liquifying the gum and marinating the urine (both canine and human) on the sidewalks. There’s nothing like it. But summer in New York is also a time of endless fun: rooftop movies, cold beer, free outdoor concerts, scantily clad people, and, of course, ice cream. Lots of ice cream. And lots of ice cream = lots of fun.

Before Freerange goes on summer vacation this year, we have one last installment, and it’s one you don’t want to miss. Yes, clothing is, as always, optional. But regret is not. So come listen to the stories of these fantastic readers! Check it:

Freerange Nonfiction’s End-of-the-Year Installment
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6th @ PIANOS NYC (158 Ludlow Street)
Doors open at 7 p.m//Admission: $8 includes free raffle ticket
Hosted by Mira Ptacin

Katherine Dykstra
John Fischer
Phillip Giambri
Heather Aimee O’Neill
Leigh Stein
Carla Sosenko


Katherine Dykstra: Katherine Dykstra’s essays have been published in Gulf Coast, Poets and Writers, and the Random House anthology 20 Something Essays by 20 Something Writers, among other places. She is the nonfiction editor at Guernica magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

John Fischer is a writer and marketing consultant. A graduate of Vassar College with a degree in music composition, his writing has appeared in PANK Magazine, Palooka Journal, the New York Observer, and the Random House anthology “Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers”. He has on thin professional pretenses: commuted to Disney World, attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, toured the various convenience-store chains of the Tri-State area, and been interviewed about trends and culture by Newsweek, ABC News, and Monocle Magazine.

Phillip Giambri: product of the streets of South Philadelphia, Phillip Giambri obtained his deviant perspective on life listening to Jean Shepherd on WOR radio back in the ‘50s. He fled Philly at seventeen, served in the military, has been an actor, hairstylist, stoner, janitor, writer, drifter, recording engineer, poet, traveling salesman, barfly, banker, biker, announcer, mail-order minister, photographer, and “Computer Guru”. He came to NYC in ’68, joined the Hippie pilgrimage to St. Marks Place, and never left. Phillip can be found downtown, regularly spinning yarns and telling tall tales at Bar 82, Barnes & Noble, and Black & White Bar, and anywhere else that will tolerate him.

Heather Aimee O’Neill teaches writing at CUNY Hunter College and is the assistant director for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. A book columnist at, her poetry chapbook Memory Future, was chosen by Carol Muske-Dukes as the winner of the University of Southern California’s Gold Line Press Award and published this summer. Follow her on twitter at @HeatherAONeill.

Leigh Stein is the author of a novel, The Fallback Plan, and a full-length poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future, forthcoming from Melville House in July 2012. She currently lives in Brooklyn, where she teaches drama to children and occasionally dresses up like a mouse princess.

Carla Sosenko Carla Sosenko’s writing has appeared in Jezebel, Marie Claire, Self magazine, Heeb magazine, Laughspin and various other publications. Her first play, Headcase, was produced in the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival, and her short story Clutter was a semifinalist in the Nimrod Awards. She received her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and is currently the managing editor of Life & Style Weekly.

(Last one there is a rotten egg.)

As ever,
Mira P.
Host & Founder of Freerange Nonfiction