Upcoming Shows

TUESDAY, June 17th, 2014 –
FREERANGE at CULTUREfix in the Lower East Side!

9 Clinton Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
with host Kassi Underwood


past shows

TUESDAY, May 20th, 2014 –
FREERANGE at CULTUREfix in the Lower East Side!

9 Clinton Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
FEATURING: Sushma Subramanian, Ani Vrabel, Glenn Michael Gordon, Jenny Zhang, Janet Mock
with host Kassi Underwood

TUESDAY, April 15th, 2014 –
FREERANGE at CULTUREfix in the Lower East Side!

9 Clinton Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
FEATURING: Robb Todd, Michele Filgate, Melissa Diaz, James Yeh, Leah Vincent, Mitchell S. Jackson
with host Kassi Underwood

TUESDAY, March 25th, 2014 – rescheduled January lineup!
FREERANGE at CULTUREfix in the Lower East Side!

9 Clinton Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
FEATURING: Lizz Winstead, Morgan Parker, Jeb Gleason-Allured, Amber Drea, Clifford Thompson, Melynda Fuller
with host Kassi Underwood

WEDNESDAY, February 26th, 2014 –
Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series, SEATTLE Edition, during AWP!

STAGE: BARCA Bar in Seattle. 1510 11th Ave. 
Seattle, WA 98122.
TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Doors at 7.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
FEATURING: Freerange Founder Mira Maria Ptacin, Roxane Gay, Liza Monroy, Adam Wilson, Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, and Lincoln Michel
with host Kassi Underwood

TUESDAY, January 21st, 2014 –
FREERANGE at CULTUREfix in the Lower East Side!

9 Clinton Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
FEATURING: Lizz Winstead, Morgan Parker, Jeb Gleason-Allured, Amber Drea, Clifford Thompson, Melynda Fuller
with host Kassi Underwood

TUESDAY, December 3rd, 2013 –
FREERANGE at CULTUREfix in the Lower East Side!

9 Clinton Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
FEATURING: Elissa Schappell, Mike Brown, Jamia Wilson, Irin Carmon, Stephen O’Connor, and Quincy Scott Jones
with host Kassi Underwood

TUESDAY, November 5th, 2013 –
FREERANGE at CULTUREfix in the Lower East Side!

9 Clinton Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
FEATURING: Kate Manning, Thomas Page McBee, Jamil Smith, S.F. Green, Nathaniel “Natty” Adams, and Nina Sharma
with host Kassi Underwood

THURSDAY, October 3rd, 2013 –
FREERANGE RELAUNCHES at the BRAND NEW RPM Bar (formerly Lolita Bar)!

266 Broome Street, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 includes free raffle ticket.
FEATURING: Margo Jefferson, Timothy Donnelly, Karolina Waclawiak, Randy Gardner, Eli Beckett, Jemlynn Tatlonghari
with new host Kassi Underwood

WEDNESDAY, June 6th, 2012
PIANOS NYC (158 Ludlow)
Doors open at 7 p.m, Admission: $8 includes free raffle ticket
FEATURING: Katherine Dykstra, John Fischer, Phillip Giambri, Heather Aimee O’Neill, Leigh Stein, Carla Sosenko
Hosted by Mira Ptacin

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd, 2012
PIANOS NYC (158 Ludlow)
Doors open at 7 p.m, Admission: $8 includes free raffle ticket
FEATURING: Suzie DeFord, Claudia LaRocco, Jennifer Miller, and Leah Umansky
Hosted by Mira Ptacin

Freerange Nonfiction + Smith Magazine Present “THE MOMENT”
PIANOS NYC (158 Ludlow)
Doors open at 7 p.m., Admission: $8 includes free raffle ticket
FEATURING: the contributors of THE MOMENT: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure (HarperPerennial 2012)
Hosted by Smith Magazine Founder LARRY SMITH & Freerange Founder, MIRA PTACIN


Wednesday, March 7th at PIANOS NYC (158 Ludlow)

CHLOE CALDWELL: a nonfiction writer living in upstate New York. Her first book of essays: Legs Get Led Astray, will be released by Future Tense Books in April of 2012. She writes a column for The Faster Times called “Love & Music.” Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Chronogram, The Frisky, The Sun Magazine, Jewcy, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Vol 1. Brooklyn & Freerange Nonfiction.

TARA CLANCY: Manhattan-based writer Tara Clancy is the author of Off-Off Broadway productions Machetes & Maracas, The Geriatric Set, Achilles and Free Sample, and Channel Rat, which she performed at the NY Fringe Festival. She has taught writing to teenagers at the Harvey Milk School and to a wide range of age groups throughout the city. A third-generation bartender and native New Yorker (born and raised in Queens), she is also a licensed tour guide for the City of New York.

HOGAN GORMAN: author of “Hot Cripple” (Penguin 2012). Based on her one woman show called “Hot Cripple”, which I won the Outstanding Actor Award at the NYC Fringe Festival, “Hot Cripple” is Hogan’s true story about being the blue-eyed, blond model/actress who became the unlikely poster girl for the plight of the poor and uninsured in America after she was struck by a car in New York City street in 2004. Of Hogan’s book, Rachel Dratch said, “Hogan Gorman’s story will make you furious, it will make you incredulous, and it will also make you laugh your ass off,” and Salman Rushdie called it, “a smart, tough and very funny book.”

TEDDY WAYNE: Teddy Wayne is the author of the novel Kapitoil (Harper Perennial) and is the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and was the 2011 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize runner-up and a finalist for the 2011 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He is a graduate of Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Esquire, McSweeney’s, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in New York.



Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at Pianos NYC (158 Ludlow)

Freerange’s VERY FIRST READER (EVER!) the talented, witty, and extraordinarily good looking Ms. JUNE EDING//the roofblowing and mindboggling SEAN H. DOYLE//the world’s greatest short story writer SETH FRIED, author of “The Great Frustration”//the brilliant, hilarious, do-gooding wizard behind Jack & Jill Politics, contributor to The Onion, and author of the most recent book, “How To Be Black“, BARATUNDE THURSTON!

Hosted by Freerange Founder & Mommabird, Mira Ptacin

ALSO: There was cake.


Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at Pianos NYC (158 Ludlow)
Hosted by Carter Edwards (author, poet, & Director, Upright Citizens Brigade Tour Co.) & Mira Ptacin (author, founder & Director of Freerange Nonfiction)


DANIEL NESTER: journalist, essayist, poet, editor, and teacher. His latest book is How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction (Soft Skull, 2010). Nester’s first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute (Soft Skull, 2003) and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems.

JOHN FLYNN: Flynn is one of the co-creators of the hit show “Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever!” He is also one of the writers of Logo’s NewNowNext Awards, airing in June. John also created, produced, and hosted the internet show “Project Improviser,” a competitive reality show that explored the world of long form improvisation. His one man shows, Themepark Superstar and Dances With Pitchforks: Confessions of a Farm Boy, have been performed in New York at Caroline’s Comedy Club, Joe’s Pub, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, and in Los Angeles, Boston, and Key West, Florida. He’s a regular contributor to the monthly storytelling show at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, “Nights of Our Lives,” and has been published in The Daily News, Go Metric Magazine, and an upcoming book about Craigslist hook-ups. On television he’s appeared on 100 Centre Street and Saturday Night Live, as well as numerous commercials, industrials, print ads, motion capture work, and he’s even done some hand modeling despite a life long habit of biting his nails.

ERIN JUDGE: Erin Judge is a comedian, writer, and caffeine enthusiast based in Brooklyn, New York. Her comedy pokes fun at gender, sexuality, pop culture, politics, and anything else the universe throws her way. Erin has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and she travels all over the whole wide world saying funny things and writing hilarious tidbits both over and under 140 characters in length. Her comic talents have earned her a bunch of recognition from the press over the years, most recently from Wolcott’s blog over at Vanity Fair, which is pretty effing cool.

AMY LAWLESS: Amy Lawless is the author of Noctis Licentia (Black Maze Books), a four poem pamphlet from Greying Ghost Press, and the forthcoming chapbook Elephants in Mourning ([sic] Detroit). She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. She is from Boston but lives in Brooklyn.

7PM at PIANOS, 158 Ludlow
a Benefit for the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary


ALISON ESPACH: Alison Espach is the author of the novel The Adults and the short story e-book Someone’s Uncle. She received her MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught creative writing. Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Five Chapters, Del Sol Review, and Sentence. http://alisonespach.com/

ALISON SMITH: Alison Smith is the author of the memoir Name all the Animals. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Granta, The London Telegraph, The New York Times, The Believer, Glamour, Best American Erotica , and other publications. Her first book, Name All the Animals, was published by Scribner and was named one of the top ten books of 2004 by People Magazine and was shorted-listed for the Book-Sense Book-of-the-Year Award. Alison has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Judy Grahn Prize for Nonfiction and a Lambda Literary Award. Name All the Animals has been published in seven foreign countries, including the UK, Italy, Denmark, France, Germany, Brazil and Spain. http://namealltheanimals.com/

HANNAH TINTI: Smith Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is published by The Dial Press and Headline. The Good Thief is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex award, winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize,and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Hannah is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine, and received the 2009 PEN/Nora award for excellence in editing. Recently, she joined the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator. http://hannahtinti.com/


7pm at Pianos NYC, 158 Ludlow


ARTHUR JONES is the editor/illustrator of THE POST-IT NOTE DIARIES, based on the Post-it Note Reading Series he started five years ago with his friend Starlee Kine, where writers present stories illustrated by Arthur on Post-it Notes. Contributors to the book include Kine, John Hodgman, David Rakoff, Kristin Schaal, Mary Roach, David Rees and Chuck Klosterman. In addition, Arthur has worked as a designer at Big Spaceship and New York Times.com; made animated videos for Time.com, Yo Gabba Gabba!, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, created visuals for This American Life’s live stage performances in New York and Chicago, attended MacDowell Artist Colony for two months; and participated in the Fox Inkubation Program, a joint venture between 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company that serves as a lab environment for new animated sitcoms. Read more at http://www.postitnotediaries.com/.

REBECCA KEITH‘s poems and other writing have appeared in Best New Poets (2009), The Laurel Review, The Rumpus, The Awl, BOMBlog, Dossier, Storyscape, The Millions, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, was a semi-finalist for the 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry contest and has received honors from the Atlantic Monthly and BOMB magazine. A native of downtown New York, Rebecca is a founder, curator, and host of Mixer Reading and Music series at Cakeshop. She also sings and plays guitar and keyboards in the Roulettes and Butchers & Bakers.

JOSEPH SALVATORE has published fiction and criticism in The Brooklyn Rail, Dossier Journal, H.O.W. Journal, LIT, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Salt Hill, Sleeping Fish, Willow Springs, 110 Stories (NYU Press, 2001), and Routeledge’s Encyclopedia of Queer Culture (2003). He is a regular fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and an assistant professor at The New School, where he founded their literary journal, LIT, and was awarded the University’s Award for Teaching Excellence. As well, he is a contributing book review editor to The Brooklyn Rail. His debut collection of short stories, TO ASSUME A PLEASING SHAPE, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in November of 2011. He lives in New York City.

ROYAL YOUNG contributes regular literary coverage to Interview Magazine. He recently completed his gritty Manhattan debut memoir FAME SHARK. Young is also a co-founder at www.HolyDiver.net and his writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.





PETER BEBERGAL is the author of Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood, forthcoming from Soft Skull Press, and co-author with Scott Korb of The Faith Between Us. Writer, husband, father, comic book collector, circuit bender, sober psychedelic investigator, failed mystic. (http://mysterytheater.blogspot.com/)

DANIEL LONG is an Oklahoman living in New York. His hobbies include needlepoint and revenge.

MATT UFFORD is a graduate of Northwestern and a Marine veteran of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He now writes about television and the NFL, respectively, at the humor blogs Warming Glow and Kissing Suzy Kolber. He remains an outspoken advocate and fundraiser for veterans’ causes.and our first ever Freerange musician:

ZACK ORION is a gnarly one man band with a bastard banjo and double kick flip break beats, eating to play and playing to eat from the half awakened serpent in the crown chakra to his back feet. A soup that started in the African sands, whipped through Asia, boomeranged back through the Middle East, climbed the Carpathian mountains and screamed the Atlantic, legs still in a sprint, only to skid through an abandoned train tunnel cutting through the Appalachian hills, tumbling tumbling and finally resting at the bottom of the Mississippi, staring a carp in the eye asking for a taste of that crucial mud.




JONATHAN DIXON: is the author of Beaten, Seared, and Sauced, an account of his education at the Culinary Institute of America. He graduated from the CIA in 2010, and is in the process of setting up Brookskill Cooking, a small-events catering company.

LAUREN SHOCKEY: is a staff writer at the Village Voice where she writes a weekly restaurant review and blogs daily at Fork in the Road. Her articles have also appeared in many print and online publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Style Magazine/The Moment Blog, The Wall Street Journal, Gastronomica, Departures, Slate, The Atlantic Food Channel, Chile Pepper, Brides, and Relish, among others. Lauren has also worked as a freelance cookbook editor and recipe tester/developer. Lauren is the author of the culinary memoir with recipes, Four Kitchens, which recounts the year she spent apprenticing in restaurant kitchens in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris. A graduate of the University of Chicago, where she majored in French literature, Lauren also holds a diploma in classic culinary arts from The French Culinary Institute and a Master of Arts in food studies from New York University. She was the 2008 recipient of the Culinary Trust/Julia Child Foundation’s grant to study culinary traditions in France.

DANYELLE FREEMAN‘s Restaurant Girl blog is a hip and accessible guide to the hottest restaurants, menus and chefs around the country. Along with reviews, she includes recipes, interviews with Chefs, and “Gizmo Girl” recommendations on the newest and best kitchen gadgets. She served as the Chief Restaurant Critic for the New York Daily News for over two years. A guest judge on “Iron Chef America,” Danyelle also appeared as an expert on the Food Network’s “Heavyweights,” “Alex’s Day Off,” “Unique Eats” as well as a judge on “Throwdown with Bobby Flay.” She has also been featured in various print and online publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, the New York Post and New York Observer, Real Simple, Lucky and Where to Dine. She is also a regular contributor to People Style Watch’s “In/Out Section.” A graduate of Harvard College, she lives in New York City. For more on Danyelle, a visit to www.restaurantgirl.com, and take a look at her TV appearances at this link: http://vimeo.com/20125977. Danyelle is a judge on Season 3 on Top Chef Masters 2011: http://www.bravotv.com/top​-chef-masters

MAX WATMAN: is the author of Chasing the White Dog and Race Day, which was an editors’ choice in the New York Times Book Review. He was the horse racing correspondent for the New York Sun and has written for various publications on books, music, food, and drink. In 2008, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Max a literary fellowship. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and son.
DEB OLIN UNFERTH: is an American short-story writer, novelist, and memoirist. She is the author of the collection of stories Minor Robberies, the novel Vacation, both published by McSweeney’s, and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, published by Henry Holt. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, The Boston Review, Esquire, and other magazines. She is a frequent contributor to Noon. In 2009 she received a Creative Capital Grant from the Warhol Foundation and was also the recipient of the Cabell First Novelist Award for Vacation. She also has received two Pushcart Prizes and was chosen by Harper’s Baazar as an “Editors’ Choice: Names to Know in 2011”. Unferth teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University. She has been a vegan since 2008.


  • SETH FRIED: Seth’s stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Missouri Review, One Story, Tin House, and many others. The Great Frustration, Seth’s acclaimed debut collection was published by Soft Skull this May and it is awesome.


  • CARMELA CIURARU is the author of Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms (HarperCollins), and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, Bookforum, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and other publications. She is a 2011 Fellow in Nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Her website is www.carmelaciuraru.com and you can follow her on Twitter @CarmelaTheTwit.


  • CARTER EDWARDS: B.C. Edwards lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is the author of the forthcoming novella ‘knucklebone.’ He is the managing editor of Pax Americana and received his MFA from The New School. His work is featured in Mathematics Magazine, BOMB, The Sink Review as well as Hobart which nominated him for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. He is also a Literary Death Match champion and has the medal to prove it.


  • COURTNEY MAUM spent three years in her mid-twenties driving around Paris in a Coronamobile as a party promoter but she doesn’t do that now. Her writing has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Upstreet, Defenestration, DailyCandy, ReadyMade Magazine and Maxim. She is currently working on a collection of comic meta-fiction and naming products and brands to pay the mortgage on her log cabin in the Massachusetts woods. Maum’s first short story collection, “Small Things in Big Places” won honorable mention in the Dzanc Short Story Collection contest.
    • MYQ KAPLAN Myq Kaplan is a come­dian named Myq Kaplan (pro­nounced “Mike Kaplan”). He made his net­work tele­vi­sion debut on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and has since gone on to appear on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Fer­gu­son” and in his own half-hour “Com­edy Cen­tral Presents: Myq Kaplan” spe­cial. Most recently, he was a Top 5 final­ist on the most recent sea­son of Last Comic Stand­ing. He has also appeared on Com­edy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” at the New Faces show of the 2009 Just For Laughs Fes­ti­val in Mon­treal, was voted 2008’s Best Local Come­dian in the Boston Phoenix, and won the 2009 NY’s Fun­ni­est Standup Competition.
    • DIANA SPECHLER: author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011). She has written for The New York Times, GQ, O Magazine, Esquire, Self, Details.com, the Wall Street Journal online, Nerve, Glimmer Train Stories, Moment, Lilith, and elsewhere. She received her MFA degree from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. She teaches writing in New York City.
    • JON SANDS has been a professional teaching & performing artist since 2007. His first full collection of poems, The New Clean, was released in 2011 from Write Bloody Publishing. Jon has performed and facilitated workshops extensively with university and arts organizations both nationally and internationally, and is Director of Poetry Education Programming at the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange center located in Midtown Manhattan), a CUNY adjunct lecturer, as well as a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC. He delivered the 2010 commencement address at the Bronx Academy of Letters, and in 2010 toured throughout Germany in conjunction with the American Embassy. He starred in the 2011 web-series “Verse: A Murder Mystery” from Rattapallax Films. He’s represented NYC multiple times at the National Poetry Slam., and lives in Brooklyn, where he makes better tuna salad than anyone you know. All you could ever want is at www.jonsands.com
    • STACY PERSHALL: born in Arkansas in 1971, is a lifelong gypsy who has lived in nine cities and three countries. She holds a MFA degree in electronic art from the University of Cincinnati. Her memoir, Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl (2011; Norton) was chosen for the Barnes and Noble spring 2011 Discover Great New Writers program. Booklist called the memoir an “electrifying account … one whirlwind ride.
    • CHLOE CALDWELL’s collection of personal essays, Legs Get Led Astray, will be published by Future Tense Books in 2012. She’s most recently been published in PANK, Connotation Press and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. Her story, “That Was Called Love” was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize and 2011 storySouth Million Award. She lives in upstate New York.
    • PIPER KERMAN: American memoirist and author of the book Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. She graduated from Smith College, in 1992 and in 1993, she became entangled with Nora, a lesbian who dealt heroin for a West African kingpin. She laundered money for the operation. In 1998, she was indicted for money laundering and drug trafficking and pleaded guilty. Piper served 13 months in 2004 and 2005, in a minimum security prison located in Danbury, Connecticut, which is what her memoir is based upon.
    • DAVID MCLOGHLIN: In 2008, poet David McLoghlin was awarded 2nd prize in The Patrick Kavanagh Awards, won 1st prize in the English section of the inaugural Frances Brown Multilingual Poetry Competition, and read with Poetry Ireland’s Introductions reading series for emerging poets. In 2007 he received a three week residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland’s best-known artists’ retreat, and was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland grant in 2006 for his memoir, The Travelled Child, about his family’s emigration to Brussels and Connecticut in the early 1980s. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Shop, Southword, Blue Canary Press and The Stinging Fly. Most recently, a poem will appear this June in eL Paper, a New York-based multi-media publication for which he has also translated fiction from Spanish to English. From Dublin, Ireland, he has worked as a copy editor, a teacher and a translator. In New York he has read at Earshot, Franklin Park and with Teachers and Writers’ Collaborative. Currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at NYU, his first collection, Waiting for Saint Brendan, will be published by Salmon Poetry in March 2012.
    • DARCEY STEINKE: American novelist and journalist Darcey Steinke is the author of four novels, Up Through the WaterSuicide Blonde, Jesus Saves, and Milk, and the memoir Easter Everywhere. She also co-edited the collection of essays Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited with Rick Moody. Steinke has written extensively on art and literature and was a frequent contributor toSpin Magazine, covering the David Koresh Branch Davidian story and contributing a 1997 cover story on Kurt Cobain. Two of her novels have been recognized as New York Times Notable Books of the Year.
    • JACKSON TAYLOR: author of the book The Blue Orchard, a novel based on the life of his grandmother Verna Krone, a Pennsylvanian who with only an eighth grade education managed to put herself through nursing school and, years later, found herself on trial for assisting a doctor with abortions. Taylor is the Associate Director of The New School’s Graduate Writing Program, which he helped launch, and where he teaches. For more than fifteen years he has been the Director of The Prison Writing Program at PEN American Center. His short fiction has appeared in Spit, Pink, Moss and Punk, and his poems have appeared in Lit, Sleeping Fish, Witness, and others. For three years he worked at The New York Times in the Culture, Arts and Leisure, and the National desks. He holds a BA from Columbia and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Manhattan and Greenport.
    • BRANDI NEAL has an M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing program and a Certificate in Documentary Writing from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where she spent two months hanging out in the Maine woods with The Beans of Egypt author Carolyn Chute. Brandi’s writing has appeared in Portland Magazine, Port City Life Magazine, MovieMaker Magazine, Teaching Tolerance Magazine, The Takoma Voice, The Silver Spring Voice, The Community Leader, The Coastal Journal, The Journal Tribune, Mainebiz, and the six weekly newspapers of Mainely Media. She is also a fiction editor for the inaugural issue of the literary review, The New Guard,and she is the co-editor of Stonecoast Lines.
    • J.E. REICH is a freelance writer who recently completed her BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College. Forthcoming publications include “This Right Now is a Love Story” in plain china, the nationally-recognized anthology of the best undergraduate writing, judged by C. Michael Curtis, fiction editor forThe Atlantic Monthly, and in “The Multiverse” in Underground Voices. Recent writing credits include short stories in Paradigm Journal, Blast Magazine, Zygote in my Coffee, the Emerson Review, and Frostwriting. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010 for her short story, “Badly” (the results will be announced in 2011), and in 2009 for an EVVY Award in “Outstanding Prose: Fiction” for her manuscript, “Days of Sound and Other Stories”. She’s currently working on her first novel.
    • MICHAEL SHOWALTER, comedian, actor, writer, director and author of the most recent Mr. Funny Pants (Grand Central, 2011)
    • ALISON ESPACH, author of the most-recent, critically acclaimed debut novelThe Adults (Scribner, February 2011)
    • KOREN ZAILCKAS, author of the internationally best-selling and socially-charged memoir Smashed (Penguin, 2005) and its follow up Fury (Viking Adult, September 2010)
    • MATTHUE ROTH, author of the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go, the novelLosers, and the feature film 1/20 (currently in post-production). As a slam poet, he’s filmed for HBO and MTV. He lives with his family in Brooklyn and keeps a secret diary at www.matthue.com
    • MICHELE CARLO is a writer/performer who has lived in four of the five boroughs of NYC and remembers when a slice of pizza cost fifty cents. She has been published in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood’s Lost & Found: Stories From New York,Chicken Soup For The Latino Souland SMITH magazine, and told her stories everywhere a person can tell stories in NYC–including the MOTH Mainstage. Her memoir, Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks,was published by Citadel Press in August 2010. www.michelecarlo.com
    • MELISSA FEBOS is the author of the memoir, WHIP SMART. Her writing has been published in The Southeast Review, Redivider, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, and Bitch Magazine, among many others, and she has been profiled in venues ranging from the cover of the NY Post to NPR’s Fresh Air. Recently named one of “Five New Queer Voices to Watch Out For” by Lambda Literary, she is the winner of the Memoirs, Ink half-yearly contest, and a 2010 MacDowell Colony fellow. She teaches at Purchase College, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, and NYU, and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence. She is currently at work on a novel.
    • SHELLY ORIA was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’sQuarterly West,cream city review, and numerous other places. Shelly was awarded the 2008 Indiana Review Fiction Prize for her story “New York 1, Tel Aviv 0.” She teaches fiction at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop as well as privately and is represented by Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
    • POLLY BRESNICK is the author of FEAR OF THE SURFACE (2009), a self-published chapbook of short shorts and prose poetry. She is co-founder and editor of a small print journal called PONY&MIDGE. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Dossier,Weave MagazineThe Six Sentence Review&ReviewDEEP LEAP, and Purple. She leads literacy workshops with women inmates at the Valhalla Correctional Facility in Valhalla, NY. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. And she lives in Yonkers, NY near an excellent diner.
    • KASSI UNDERWOOD, a native Kentuckian, was a contributing editor of Fraud Magazine and the ghost-editor of two books, Fraud Casebook: Lesson from the Bad Side of Business and Computer Fraud Casebook: The Bytes that Bite. She teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia University, where she is a third-year nonfiction writing MFA student. She is currently at work on an apolitical book of narrative nonfiction chronicling her quest to come to terms with her abortion by participating in a range of post-abortion therapies and religious rituals.
    • MOLLY ROSE QUINN lives in Yonkers, NY and is currently pursuing her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Feast Arts & Literary Magazine, Steez Zine, and Stirfry Literary Magazine. Molly has published essays of criticism on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens. She has lived in Memphis, TN and Los Angeles, CA. Molly is Director of Communications at Freerange Nonfiction.
    • JAMES GUIDA was born in Philadelphia in 1978, and grew up in Australia. He is the author of MARBLES, a book of aphorisms, and has written for a variety of publications, including AGNI, RARITAN, THE YALE REVIEW, and TIN HOUSE.
    • PETER HYMAN is the author of The Reluctant Metrosexual:  Dispatches From An Almost Hip Life, a collection of humorous non-fiction.  His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, New York magazine, McSweeney’s and Slate.com along with a half-dozen anthologies, including The Best American Essays 2010 (as a “Notable Essay”).
    • JULIE KLAM, author of the most recent book, YOU HAD ME AT WOOF: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of  Happiness (Riverhead 2010)  as well PLEASE EXCUSE MY DAUGHTER (Riverhead 2008). She grew up in Bedford, New York. After attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and interning at Late Night with David Letterman, she went on to write for such publications as O: The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Redbook, Family Circle, and The New York Times Magazine and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video, where she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Class Writing. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.
    • MARY MORRIS, author of the travel memoirs THE RIVER QUEEN, NOTHING TO DECLARE, WALL TO WALL, and ANGELS & ALIENS,  along with six novels and three collections of short stories. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
    • SANDER HICKS: Hicks is a media activist, a catalyst, and a journalist who reports for Alternet and other websites. He sings and write music in his band Rebel Moon. In 2010, Hicks produced the Truth Gathering, part of the launching of the Truth Party. He also founded two celebrated social ventures, Vox Pop Inc. and Soft Skull Press. In 2003, Hicks was in “Horns and Halos” (HBO/Cinemax) the independent publishing documentary that recorded our attempts to get unpopular truths out about G.W.Bush, through the biography Fortunate Son (Soft Skull, 1999). His own book, The Big Wedding (Vox Pop, 2005) breaks new ground on the working-class intelligence assets and whistle-blowers who tried to stop 9/11 from happening. In 2008, an independent film released called “Able Danger” was loosely based on his reporting on 9/11 in the New York Megaphone and book The Big Wedding. Hicks has reported for Alternet, GNN, Long Island Press, New York Press, and Catholic Worker.
    • HEATHER KRISTIN, a New York-born and based memoirist, novelist, playwright, violinist, composer, ex-actress, former subway performer, and new mom. Heather has written about spending most of her twenties as Kristin Davis stand-in on SEX AND THE CITY, youth culture in Russia, and home-schooling for various publications including Glamour, Slate, St. Petersburg Times, Narrative, Smith, New York Press, and West Side Spirit. Heather is currently writing a memoir about singing at Studio 54, playing the violin on street corners, auditioning for Pee-Wee Herman, being home-schooled and homeless all before age eleven. Her second memoir is about surviving Bob Jones University, a reality show, Sex and the City, and marrying at a chateau in France. An essay of hers will appear in the anthology “Live and Let Love,” Simon and Schuster, Feb. 2011. Heather is also a mentor at Girls Write Now, a non-profit that matches at-risk teens with professional woman writers.
    • LIZA MONROY, the author of the debut novel Mexican High, (Spiegel & Grau/Random House). She is currently working on her second book. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the L.A. Times, Newsweek, Women’s Health, Everyday With Rachael Ray, The Village Voice, Jane, Poets & Writers, Self, Bust and other publications, including the anthologies One Big Happy Family, edited by Rebecca Walker, The New York Times’ Best of Modern Love, the travelogues Mexico, A Love Story and Greece, A Love Story. She taught writing at Columbia University, where she earned her MFA, and at Mediabistro. She has called many places “home”: Mexico, Italy, Holland, Prague, Greece, Venezuela, Spain, Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn.
    • KIM KUPPERMAN, author of a critically acclaimed collection of essays, I Just Lately Started Buying Wings (Graywolf, 2010), which received the 2009 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in Nonfiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays and many literary journals. She is the founder of Welcome Table Press and works as a managing editor of the Gettysburg Review.
    • DARIN STRAUSS, international bestselling author of the New York Times Notable books CHANG AND ENG and THE REAL McCOY, the national bestseller MORE THAN IT HURTS YOU, and most recently, HALF A LIFE.
    • RAKESH SATYAL, the author of the novel BLUE BOY, a gender-bending comedy about a young Indian American boy’s fascination with the Hindu god Krishna. Satyal is an editor at HarperCollins and also sings in a popular cabaret show in New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn.
    • A.B. MEYER: A.B. Meyer is the pseudonym of the author of two books, one fiction and one nonfiction, which were published under another name.  Her writing has often appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times.
    • SUZANNE GUILLETTE, a Manhattan-based writer whose first book, Much to Your Chagrin: A Memoir of Embarrassment, was released on March 10, 2009 by Simon and Schuster.
    • TEDDY WAYNE, author of the novel Kapitoil (Harper Perennial). He is a graduate of Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing. The recipient of a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Esquire, McSweeney’s, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in New York.
    • BEN GREENMAN, who will be reading from his latest book WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO. Both a collection of inter-connected stories about love and infidelity and a meditation on the lost art of letter writing, WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO is the latest brilliant book from the eclectic mind of New Yorker editor and rising literary star Ben Greenman. Ben is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novels Please Step Back; Superbad; Superworse; and A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both: Stories about Human Love. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and many other publications.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children. Harper Perennial is proud to publish WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO on June 15, 2010.
    • MEAKIN ARMSTRONG: Meakin is a freelance writer, an adjunct professor of English, a former employee at The New Yorker, and the fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. His work has appeared in Noö Journal, elimae, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Stories Literary Journal, InDigest, Sweeeeet, and three fiction anthologies. His nonfiction has been featured in TheAtlantic.com, TheAlanticWire.com, Time Out New York, USAir Magazine, and in the books, New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg and Museyon Guides Film + Travel North America. In 2007, Meakin received a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship.
    • SCOTT KORB, author of the latest book Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine (Riverhead, March 2010)
    • AJ JACOBS, author of THE KNOW-IT-ALL: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (Simon & Schuster ‘04), THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible (Simon & Schuster ‘07), and THE GUINEA PIG DIARIES: My Life as an Experiment (Simon & Schuster ‘09).
    • AUTHOR UPDATE:  Stephen Elliott will now be reading at the April 7th installment.
    • JANICE ERLBAUM: author of HAVE YOU FOUND HER: A Memoir (Villard, Feb. ’08), and GIRLBOMB: A Halfway Homeless Memoir (Villard, March ’06)
    • KYLE MINOR: author of In the Devil’s Territory, a collection of short fiction, and co-editor of The Other Chekhov
    • MEERA NAIR:author of VIDEO: Stories, and a forthcoming novel from Pantheon, tentatively titled HARVEST.
    • BEN YAGODA: author of the recent book, “Memoir: A History” (Riverhead Hardcover ’09).



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