apexart :: Reading Series :: Summer Edition 2010

Reading Series: Summer Edition

Creative writing is an artistic pursuit that deserves an outlet. While New York galleries are exhibiting their final shows of the season, apexart opens it doors to another genre of artist, inviting the creative energy of writers into the art world. Building on the reading series we hosted in March 2010, apexart will once again provide a platform to showcase the recent work of new authors. apexart's July 2010 program will feature readings by four authors each week from both the east and west coasts.
July 14, 6:30 pm
Brian Trimboli
Wayétu Moore
Courtney Zoffness
Ashley Tomeck

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  July 21, 6:30 pm
Nelly Reifler
Leigh Newman
Alex Morris
Sara Finnerty

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  July 28, 6:30 pm
Samantha Cohen
Tiphanie Yanique
Seth Fried
Emily St. John Mandel

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July 14

Brian Trimboli received a fellowship to assist with NYU’s Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Writing Workshop last year. He was also the co-poetry editor for The Washington Square Review, and a co-curator for the KGB Emerging Writers Reading Series. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has poems forthcoming in The Indiana Review, Third Coast, LIT, and Forklift, Ohio.

Wayétu Moore is a writer based in New York City. She was first published at age 8 in the anthology, "A Celebration of Texas' Young Poets." She is the former publisher and editor of The Coup Magazine, a literary publication with the goal of unifying women of color through social awareness and political consciousness, and the author of "A Girl of Faith's", an original off-off broadway play produced in 2004. Her current projects include "Gbessa", a novel that employs magical realism to tell the love story of an indigenous Vai witch and tribal chief during the 19th century colonialism of Liberia; and "Magic Money & Other Tales of Wanting", a collection of personal essays that covers her family's escape from the Liberian Civil War of 1990 and their lives as immigrants in lower and middle-class American neighborhoods.

Courtney Zoffness' fiction has appeared in Washington Square, Saint Ann's Review, Tampa Review, the Fish Prize Stories anthology, and elsewhere, and was twice nominated for Best New American Voices. She was a Bread Loaf Writers Conference scholar, a Vermont Studio Center resident, and a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award in fiction. In the last four years, Courtney has taught creative writing and literature at seven colleges in as many states from the southwest (AZ) to the northeast (CT). Lest she stay in one place too long, she leaves in a week for Freiburg, Germany, to teach in the Black Forest Writing Seminars.

Ashley Tomeck is a southern California native and a recent graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. Her writing consists of short fiction, often incorporating elements of the fantastic and bizarre. She enjoys science fiction, sauvignon blanc, and has an unearthly penchant for snow.

July 21

Nelly Reifler is the author of See Through, a collection of stories. Her work has been published in McSweeney's, BOMB, Post Road, and Nerve among others; it is also widely anthologized and translated.

Leigh Newman's memoir about growing up in Alaska will appear from Dial/Random House in 2011. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in One Story, Tin House, The New York Time's Modern Love column, and National Public Radio's The Sound of Writing. She has received fellowships from The Corporation of Yaddo, The Edward Albee Institute, and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Alex Morris is a writer, musician and library assistant. He has worked for New Orleans Review and Washington Square. He received his BA in English from Loyola University New Orleans, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. He lives in Queens.

Sara Finnerty is from Queens, NY, and currently lives in Atwater Village, CA, where she teaches 5th and 6th graders. She has slightly strange stories in Stella’s Literary Bistro, Jersey Devil Press and is a Mortified contributor and performer. She is working on two novels, one about a girl who can cross dimensions and the other a YA novel based on stories her grandma tells her about a witchery gene that runs in the family.

July 28

Samantha Cohen lives in Los Angeles most of the time. She recently graduated from the CalArts MFA program in Writing and is at work on a collection of short stories.

Tiphanie Yanique is the author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony. Her writing has won the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright in Creative Writing and an Academy of American Poet's Prize. Her fiction has also appeared in Callaloo, Transition Magazine, American Short Fiction, the London Magazine and other places. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and Caribbean Literature at Drew University. On January 1, the Boston Globe listed her as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for in 2010.

Seth Fried is 27 years-old. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's, One Story, Tin House, Vice Magazine, and many others. He was recently awarded a Pushcart Prize, and his debut short story collection is set to be published by Soft Skull Press in 2011.

Emily St. John Mandel was born on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. She's the author of two novels, both published by Unbridled Books. Her first novel, Last Night in Montreal, was a June 2009 Indie Next pick and was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Singer's Gun, was #1 on the Indie Next List for May 2010. Emily is a regular contributor to The Millions (www.themillions.com). She is married and lives in Brooklyn.


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apexart's exhibitions and public programs are supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., The William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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