This month we're escaping to an alternate reality where ghosts, witches and monsters roam freely and a portal in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden can transport you back to the Civil War.
ALEXI ZENTNER (Touch)
HELEN PHILLIPS (And Yet They Were Happy)
ZETTA ELLIOTT (A Wish After Midnight)
ANTHONY TOGNAZZINI (I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket For Occasions Such As These)
NED THIMMAYYA (Old Ghost Stories)
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES-- "Myth and Magic Night"
Monday, May 9, 8-10pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place, betwwen Franklin and Classon Avenues
FREE; $4 pints
More about our authors:
ALEXI ZENTNER is the author of the debut novel TOUCH. Named a Discover Great New Writers pick for spring, TOUCH is the saga of a Canadian frontier family contending with ghosts, witches, and a savage wilderness. Alexi's fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Narrative, The Walrus, Slice Magazine, Orion Magazine, on FiveChapters.com, and in other publications. His short story “Touch,” which inspired his novel, was awarded a 2008 O. Henry Prize and his story “Trapline” won the 2008 Narrative Prize. He holds an MFA from Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, New York with his family.
HELEN PHILLIPS is the debut author of the novel-in-fables AND YET THEY WERE HAPPY, which explores the tumultuous relationship of a young couple beset by monsters, natural disasters, and visitations from the likes of Noah, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, and Anne Frank. Helen is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Meridian Editors’ Prize, and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in PEN America, Brooklyn Magazine, Mississippi Review, Sonora Review, Salt Hill, and L Magazine, among others, and in the anthology American Fiction: The Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College, where she now teaches undergraduate creative writing and administers the MFA program. Originally from Colorado, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Thompson.
ZETTA ELLIOTT is the author of the novel A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT, which chronicles the time-hopping journey of a Crown Heights teen back to Civil War era Brooklyn. Zetta is a poet, essayist, and playwright. Her poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers. Her essays have appeared in The Black Arts Quarterly, thirdspace, WarpLand, and Rain and Thunder. She won the 2005 Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest and published a picture book, Bird, in 2008. Her play Nothing but a Woman was a finalist in the Chicago Dramatists’ Many Voices Project. She lives in Brooklyn.
ANTHONY TOGNAZZINI's first collection of short fiction, I CARRY A HAMMER IN MY POCKET FOR OCCASIONS SUCH AS THESE, was published by BOA Editions in 2007. He lives Brooklyn.
NED THIMMAYYA is a writer, law student, and former rapper. His work has appeared in the Foundling Review, Up the Beanstalk, and is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. He has written a short story collection, OLD GHOST STORIES, and is currently working on a new story collection and a novel. He has also written and recorded three rap albums: The Leap, Empire State, and The T-Notebook. Originally from Kinderhook, NY, he now lives in Crown Heights.
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