So these are trying times, and we thought you all could use a bit of comic relief. At tomorrow's installment of the FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES, we'll have some incredible talent on hand to cheer you up: comedian, writer and director MICHAEL SHOWALTER (of Wet Hot American Summer fame and author of the hilarious new memoir Mr. Funny Pants) and four of today's most inventive short fiction authors -- Prospect Lefferts Gardens superstar EMMA STRAUB, TIPHANIE YANIQUE, SETH FRIED & Crown Heightser ELIZA SNELLING. Can't wait to see you!
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES -- "Funny People"
Monday, September 12, 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
TIPHANIE YANIQUE (How to Escape from a Leper Colony)
MICHAEL SHOWALTER (Mr. Funny Pants, Wet Hot American Summer)
EMMA STRAUB (Other People We Married)
SETH FRIED (The Great Frustration)
ELIZA SNELLING (The L Magazine)
As always, the fun is FREE and the drink special will be $4 pints.
SUBWAY: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue
TIPHANIE YANIQUE is the author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony. Her writing has won the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and a BOCAS prize in Fiction. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 2010 5 Under 35, a list announcing the next generation of fiction writers. She is currently a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the MFA program at the New School.
MICHAEL SHOWALTER is a comedian, screenwriter, and director and the author of the comedic memoir Mr. Funny Pants. He was a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe The State, which ran as a series on MTV. He is also the creator and star of the films Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter, as well as the Comedy Central series Michael and Michael Have Issues. He teaches screenwriting at the NYU Graduate Film School and lives in Brooklyn with his lady and a bunch of cats.
EMMA STRAUB is the author of the story collection Other People We Married. Her stories and essays have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review, Barrelhouse, The Saint Ann’s Review, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, The L Magazine, and many other journals. Her novel is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
SETH FRIED is the author of the debut story collection The Great Frustration. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Tin House, One Story, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, and Vice and have been anthologized in The Better of McSweeney's, Volume 2 and The Pushcart Prize XXXV: YaniqueThe Best of the Small Presses.
ELIZA SNELLING is a Master of Fine Arts student in the fiction program at Brooklyn College. Her work has appeared in the online journals The Writing Disorder and Swamp Writing and is forthcoming in the Wolf Review and The Brooklyn Review. She was also a finalist in L Magazine’s Literary Upstart Contest. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Crown Heights.