Socks Were Knocked Off

Thank you, thank you, thank you goes to February 3rd’s Freerange readers Sarah Gillespie, Janice Erlbaum, Kyle Minor, and Meera Nair, whose poignant pieces at last night’s show broke through the fence and took off running. They made us laugh. They made us ache. They baffled us, made our hearts moist, and left us inspired. We thank you, writers, for making us all a bit more. Yes, a bit more.


And then we have the future: mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 3rd’s installment of our series, where authors Stephen Elliott and Diana Spechler will be demonstrating their nonfiction skills along with a handful of up-and-coming Freerange writers. Show starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC.


Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books, including The Adderall Diaries, which has been described as “genius” by both the San Francisco ChronicleTime Out New York, a best of 2009 in Kirkus Reviews, and one of 50 notable books in the San Francisco Chronicle. His novel, Happy Baby, was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion Award as well as a best book of the year in Salon.com, Newsday, Chicago New City, the Journal News, and the Village Voice. Elliott also the editor of The Rumpus.


Diana Spechler is author of the book Who By Fire, which was published in 2008 by Harper Collins. Her writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, Moment, Lilith, and elsewhere. Diana received her MFA degree from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. She lives in New York City, where she is at work on her second novel.