The Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series returns this Thursday, October 3rd in our new home at RPM Bar (formerly Lolita Bar). We are beyond jazzed to have seven fantastic artists to read, sling jokes, and play rock and roll with new host Kassi Underwood, who will defend the truth all night with a chip on her shoulder and a 20 ounce sugar-free Red Bull. Enter, sit, stand, listen, yell, howl, remove your wig, and join us to usher back the best reading series in New York City.
DATE: Thursday, October 3rd
TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Doors at 7.
STAGE: RPM Bar (formerly Lolita Bar) at 266 Broome Street
LINEUP: Pulitzer-winner Margo Jefferson, award-winning poet Timothy Donnelly, novelist Karolina Waclawiak, comedian Randy Gardner, performer Eli Beckett, and emerging writer Jemlynn Tatlonghari, with the musical stylings of Frog.
COVER: $5 (includes raffle ticket for prizes)
MARGO JEFFERSON is a cultural critic and the author of On Michael Jackson. She was a staff writer for Newsweek and The New York Times and received a Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Her essays have been widely published and anthologized in The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death; Best African American Essays, 2010; The Mrs. Dalloway Reader; and The Jazz Cadence of American Culture. She’s also written and performed a solo theater piece, “Sixty Minutes in Negroland.” She teaches in The School of the Arts Writing Program at Columbia University.
TIMOTHY DONNELLY is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2011), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien he is the co-author of Three Poets published by Minus A Press in 2012. His poems have appeared such magazines as A Public Space, Fence, Harper’s, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, among others. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is the poetry editor of Boston Review and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
KAROLINA WACLAWIAK is the author of How to Get into the Twin Palms and the essays editor of The Believer. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Columbia.
RANDY GARDNER is a very funny/handsome young comic living and working in New York City. After graduating from Fordham University, Randy began writing comedy and performing voiceovers for radio stations nationwide via The Daily Comedy Network Syndicated Comedy Service. In 2007, Randy began studying improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where he studied under such masters of comedy/fellow handsome men as Ari Voukydis, Doug Moe, Charlie Todd, Kevin Hines and more. He has performed his standup and improv comedy at clubs/living rooms throughout the country. In addition to multiple television pilots and countless comedy sketches, he has written for video games, most recently penning lines for Burt Reynolds in Saints Row: The Third. Randy is a Scorpio, as well as the voice of a japanimated guerrilla king. No big deal/big deal.
ELI BECKETT performs improv and stand-up comedy in New York and Boston. He is part of the video sketch group Animal Hospital. Please do not tell Eli’s parents any of this; they think he is in law school.
JEMLYNN TATLONGHARI is a ninja studying Organizational Behavior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL as well as a training coordinator in the defense industry. She’s finally surrendered to writing as an integral element of who she is and hopes that through her own exploration of the beauty and power within words, someone or something somewhere will be impacted somehow someday, even if just a little.
FROG is a two-person band with the destroyer Tom White and Dan Bateman the Gozarian. They live in Queens and eat hunan beef combination plates and make rock casio translations of ancient cave paintings. Frog plays good music, mostly about flies, female frogs, and the ups and downs of living in the swamp.