This month we’re teaming up with the innovative literary magazine ELECTRIC LITERATURE for a multimedia night of readings, animated films, and a dance party with mixtapes from Electric Lit authors. We'll be featuring five ELECTRIC LITERATURE contributors: two of FRANKLIN PARK’s most popular alumni – COLSON WHITEHEAD (Zone One, Sag Harbor) and BEN GREENMAN (Celebrity Chekhov, What He’s Poised to Do) – along with JIM SHEPARD (You Think That’s Bad, Like You’d Understand Anyway), MATT SUMELL (Electric Literature, Noon), and STEVE EDWARDS (Breaking Into the Backcountry).
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES -- "A Night with Electric Literature"
Monday, November 14, 8-10pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
SUBWAY: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue
FREE; $4 PINTS
JIM SHEPARD (You Think That’s Bad, Like You’d Understand, Anyway)
COLSON WHITEHEAD (Zone One, Sag Harbor)
BEN GREENMAN (Celebrity Chekhov, What He’s Poised to Do)
MATT SUMELL (Electric Literature, Noon)
STEVE EDWARDS (Breaking Into the Backcountry)
JIM SHEPARD is the author of six novels and four story collections, including, most recently, You Think That’s Bad. His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Esquire, Granta, and other publications, and he was a columnist on film for The Believer. Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and his story “Your Fate Hurtles Down at You,” published in Electric Literature No. 1, won a 2011 O. Henry Jury Prize. He teaches at Williams College and lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts with his family.
COLSON WHITEHEAD is the author of the new novel Zone One, as well as the novels Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, and Apex Hides the Hurt. He has also written a book of essays about his hometown, The Colossus of New York, and his reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's, Granta, and other publications. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award, he has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in New York City.
BEN GREENMAN is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including Superbad, Please Step Back, and, most recently, What He’s Poised to Do and Celebrity Chekhov. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and Opium Magazine, and he has been widely anthologized. He lives in Brooklyn.
MATT SUMELL is currently finishing up his first collection of stories, tentatively titled Making Nice. His short fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, Noon, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.
STEVE EDWARDS is the author of the memoir Breaking Into the Back Country, the story of his seven months in solitude as the caretaker of a remote mountain homestead along the Rogue River in Oregon. His fiction has most recently appeared in AGNI Online, The Silk Road Review, and Bellingham Review. He is working on a new nonfiction book about his grandfather’s appearance on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1942.