apexart :: Reading Series :: May 2011

Reading Series: May 2011

Join us for apexart's fourth installment of the Almost Famous Reading Series, featuring four new authors each week of our May program. Initiated in March 2010, the series has gained momentum, asking previous participants to recommend their favorite authors from the New York City community, leading to a diverse and interesting spectrum of readers. Refreshments will be served, stories will be shared, and interests will be piqued.

Watch previous Almost Famous Reading Series event videos.
May 11, 6:30 pm
Marcy Dermansky
Heather Kristin
Albert Mobilio
Stephen O’Connor

May 18, 6:30 pm
Greg Ames
Melissa Broder
Joseph Colonna
Richard Foerster
May 25, 6:30 pm
Angela Ashman
Dylan Landis
Eric Lindley
Shelly Oria

May 11

Marcy Dermansky is the author of the novels Bad Marie and Twins. Bad Marie has been selected as a Barnes and Noble Fall 2010 Discover Great New Writers pick. Marcy's first novel Twins (2005) was a New York Times Editors Choice Pick. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies, including McSweeney's, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review and Fifty-Two Stories. A former MacDowell fellow, Marcy is the winner of the Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and Story Magazine’s Carson McCullers short story prize. She lives in Astoria, NY with her husband writer Jurgen Fauth and their daughter Nina. Watch video here.

Before writing for Glamour, Huffington Post, Narrative, New York Press, St. Petersburg Times, Smith, and Slate, Heather Kristin was home-schooled with her twin sister in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Her unpublished novel Brooklyn To Bomaby was a finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. An essay she wrote appears in the anthology Live And Let Love, which was featured on Good Morning America and The Chelsea Lately Show. Recently she was honored by the State of New Jersey General Assembly for her dedication on women’s issues and is thrilled to be returning for her fourth year as a mentor for an at-risk teen at Girls Write Now. Heather is currently writing a memoir and lives with her husband and baby daughter Daisy. Watch video here.

Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award (2000) and the National Book Critics Circle award for excellence in reviewing (1999). His poetry, fiction, and criticism have appeared in Harper’s, The Village Voice, Grand Street, PEN America, Cabinet, Bomb, Tin House, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times Book Review, and Black Clock. His books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. He is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College and the co-editor of Bookforum. Watch video here.

Stephen O’Connor is the author of two collections of short fiction, Here Comes Another Lesson and Rescue, and of two works of nonfiction, Will My Name Be Shouted Out? and Orphan Trains: The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He Saved and Failed. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, Poetry Magazine, The Missouri Review, The Quarterly, Partisan Review, The Massachusetts Review, Fiction International, and many other places. His essays and journalism have been published in The New York Times, DoubleTake, The Nation, Agni, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The New Labor Forum, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA programs of Columbia and Sarah Lawrence. Watch video here.

May 18

Greg Ames is the author of Buffalo Lockjaw, a novel that won the Book of the Year Award from the New Atlantic Booksellers Association (NAIBA). Buffalo Lockjaw topped the list in The Believer's Reader Survey for 2010. Greg Ames's work has appeared in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Southern Review, McSweeney's, The Sun Magazine, failbetter.com, and Unsaid. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Watch here.

Melissa Broder is the author of the poetry collections When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother (Ampersand Books, 2010) and Meat Heart (forthcoming from Publishing Genius, 2012). She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cake Shop. Poems appear, or are forthcoming, in Opium, Barrelhouse, Redivider, The Collagist, and others. By day she is a publicity manager at Penguin. Watch here.

Joseph Colonna has lived in New York City for the past 22 years, the past four as a Masters candidate in fiction at Columbia. He is completing his thesis at the moment, and recently won the Danahy Prize for fiction at The Tampa Review. Watch here.

Richard Foerster was born in the Bronx, New York, and has worked as a lexicographer, educational writer, typesetter, teacher and as the editor of the literary magazines Chelsea and Chautauqua Literary Journal. He is the author of six books of poetry, including The Burning of Troy, which received the 2007 Maine Literary Award for Poetry. Poems from his latest collection, Penetralia, earned him his second poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Other honors include the "Discovery"/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, a fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and the Hobart (Australia) City Council Residency for an International Writer. He lives in Cape Neddick, Maine. Watch here.

May 25

Watch full video here

Angela Ashman is an editor at The Village Voice. Her fiction has appeared in Fence and on Opium.com, and she was a finalist for Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers.

Dylan Landis is the author of Normal People Don't Live Like This, a novel-in-stories that made Newsday's Ten Best Books of 2009 and More magazine's Top 100 Books Every Woman Should Read. She has received 2010 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Eric Lindley makes textual, aural, visual and participatory work as often as he has time and money to do. His written work has appeared in Fence, Joyland, Antennae, Shampoo, and Eaogh, and has been performed at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, REDCAT, the Knitting Factory and Machine Project.

Shelly Oria has published fiction in McSweeney's, The Indiana Review, Quarterly West, cream city review, and the Spectrum Anthology. She has served as senior editor at Storyscape and has taught at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education. She curates the Actors Reading Writers series and is the co-producer of Literary Death Match Tel Aviv. She holds a BA from Tel Aviv University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence.


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