If you don't have plans for tonight, head over to Franklin Park for our reading series's 3rd birthday bash! We're celebrating with a multimedia event, featuring readings from SHALOM AUSLANDER (Hope: A Tragedy), ADAM WILSON (Flatscreen), MELISSA BRODER (Meat Heart) and BEN TOWNSEND (Stonecutter Journal) and a comics screening from JOHN DERMOT WOODS (The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things). As always, admission is free and we have a drink special of $4 pints. Added incentive: sweet treats courtesy of Crown Heights sweet shop The Candy Rush! Hope you can join us!
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES -- "Third Anniversary Celebration"
Monday, March 12, 8-10pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
FREE; $4 pints
ONGOING SCHEDULE: Second Mondays
Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue
SHALOM AUSLANDER (Hope: A Tragedy)
ADAM WILSON (Flatscreen)
MELISSA BRODER (Meat Heart)
JOHN DERMOT WOODS (The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things)
BEN TOWNSEND (Stonecutter Journal)
SHALOM AUSLANDER was raised in Monsey, New York. He is the author of the novel Hope: A Tragedy, as well as the short story collection Beware of God and the internationally bestselling memoir Foreskin’s Lament, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and Slate. Nominated for the Koret Jewish Book Award for writers under thirty-five, he has published articles in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Tablet and has had stories aired on NPR’s This American Life. He lives in upstate New York.
ADAM WILSON is the author of the novel Flatscreen. His fiction has appeared in many publications, including The Paris Review, Washington Square Review, New York Tyrant, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, The Coffin Factory, and elimae, as well as the anthology Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging. A founding editor of the The Faster Times and former culture critic for Blackbook, he is currently a regular contributor to Bookforum and The Paris Review Daily. His essays, journalism, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Forward, The Rumpus, and the anthologies Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex and A Friday Night Lights Companion: Love, Loss, and Football in Dillon, Texas. He holds an MFA from Columbia University, where he received a fellowship, and teaches creative writing at NYU and the Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat.
MELISSA BRODER is the author of two poetry collections, Meat Heart and When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Redivider, Court Green, The Missouri Review online, Barrelhouse, The Awl, Drunken Boat, and other places. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cakeshop in New York. By day, she is a publicity manager at Penguin.
JOHN DERMOT WOODS draws comics and writes stories in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of The Complete Collection of People, Places & Things. The image-text novel he wrote with J.A. Tyler, No One Told Me I Was Going to Disappear, has recently been published by Jaded Ibis Press. A collection of his comics will be released by Publishing Genius Press later this spring, and a collection of his illustrated stories, The Baltimore Atrocities, is forthcoming. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Fairytale Review, The Collagist, Hobart, Caketrain, Opium, The Salt Hill Review, The Indiana Review, and 3rd Bed. A professor of English at Nassau Community College, he is also the editor of the arts quarterly Action, Yes and co-curator of the Soda Series readings in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
BEN TOWNSEND grew up in a brown house on a small hill overlooking a very large cornfield. He has since lived in a few different places and still owes library fines in Ann Arbor, MI, Lexington, VA, and New York City, where he currently resides. He holds a Comparative Literature degree from the University of Michigan and has published fiction in Stonecutter Journal. He now calls Crown Heights, Brooklyn home.[b]