Hey All, I will be at the Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol this July. Come if you can and spread the word if you can!
The Flash Fiction Festival is for beginning and experienced writers who want to learn more about flash fiction – an exciting and continually emerging short-short form of prose, growing in popularity around the world. Come and be inspired by leading flash fiction practitioners from the UK, USA, Ireland and Germany and to immerse yourself in writing, reading and listening to flash fiction throughout the weekend. All sections of the community, from all corners of the globe, are welcome.
Trinity College Bristol, photo by John Darch, CC BY-SA 2.0
£230 for the whole weekend
Friday 20th July, 4.00pm – Sunday 22nd July, 5.30pm
includes all workshops, talks, two evenings of readings, two lunches, and one evening meal
£200 for anyone bringing their own food
Teas, coffee and biscuits are free for all throughout the festival
In addition, limited single-room budget accommodation is available at the venue for Friday and Saturday nights
Flash Fiction Festival Presenters
From the UK Vanessa Gebbie, David Gaffney, Ashley Chantler, Peter Blair, Meg Pokrass, Jude Higgins, K M Elkes, Carrie Etter, Michael Loveday, Calum Kerr, Santino Prinzi, Haleh Agar, Tim Stevenson, Ingrid Jendzrejewski
From the USA Nancy Stohlman, John Brantingham, Grant Hier, Laurie Stone
From Germany Christopher Allen
From Ireland Nuala O’Connor
In brief below. More details here.
- Friday evening informal picnic from 4.00 pm onwards. Bring your own picnic, meet people and socialise in the extensive grounds. Bar open from 5.30 pm.
- Friday evening from 7.30 pm. Open-mic/readings from the National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, 2018. Either inside or outside, depending on the weather.
- Saturday and Sunday Workshops: An opportunity to participate in four different ‘hands-on’ writing workshops from a choice of eighteen.
- Saturday talks: Flashes of Inspiration — Half an hour talks/readings. The opportunity to attend one talk from a choice of six.
- Pre-dinner readings from workshop presenters.
- Saturday evening readings from contributors to ‘Funny Bone’, the anthology of fiction compiled by Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler in aid of Comic Relief.
- Saturday evening open-mic.
- Book shop – books written by our workshop leaders, plus pamphlets, magazines and A3 writing maps.
- Sunday afternoon book launches and publisher showcase
- Bar open evenings and lunch times.
- A Festival Long competition – ‘The best first line’, with prizes.
- Raffle – This year, all proceeds will be donated to Comic Relief. We’re collecting prizes now and we are very appreciative to writer Charmaine Wilkerson for again donating a week’s writing retreat at her apartment in the countryside near Rome as one of the prizes. We also have have a month’s mentorship from Meg Pokrass, a month’s mentorship from Jude Higgins, books donated by Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, Christopher Allen and David Gaffney, back copies of Project Calm magazine, and A3 Reviews and Writing Maps. Let us know if you want to donate a prize.
- After the festival has finished, submit a flash fiction you started in the festival for the possibility of being included the print anthology, Flash Fiction Festival Two. You can buy Flash Fiction Festival One, the collection of 74 micro fictions submitted by Flash Fiction Festival, 2017 participants at bookshop.adhocficton.com
Meals will be catered by the Trinity College Caterers and will include all dietary requirements.
Hi NYC peeps, I will be reading during the 10PM to midnight slot! NUYORICAN POETS CAFE MARATHON READING NEW YEAR’S DAY JAN 1 2018! 236 E 3rd St, NYC. BRING BOOKS TO DONATE, bring love.
I met a man in the park. He said, “Can you help me become a model?” I said, “Of course.” It was the day the towers fell. I had walked down the stairs. Helicopters flew above us. He said, “Go like this” and shook his head. I did the same. He had small, even teeth. We looked at the ground. The sky was blue except for the smoke. The sun beat down on my shoulders. I was hungry. He said, “I just got out of jail.” I thought it was my chance for a new life, and I was happier than I could ever remember being.
Saturday DEC16 @ 9PM and Sunday DEC17 @ 9PM
At LA MAMA THEATRE
Just in time for the holidays, La MaMa presents Nicky Paraiso as the master of ceremonies for the ultimate holiday cabaret at La MaMa. Each night there will be a holy host of characters singing, dancing, gender-bending, and merry making, all to get you into the East Village spirit of the season. With performances by:
Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks (video)
Tammy Faye (Sunday only)
Potri Ranka Manis (Sunday only)
Susan Murphy (Sunday only)
Edgar Oliver (Sunday only)
Jose Rivera Jr.
George Emilio Sanchez
Amy Rox Surratt
plus Special Guests
FRIDAY October 6 at 7, FREE KGB Bar & Lit Mag
85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003
FBOMB FLASH FICTION SERIES, Readers: Peg Alford Pursell, Michael Keith, Laurie Stone, Sarah Erskine, April Bradley, Tina Barry
August 12 at 7 FREE The Spotty Dog, Warren Street, Hudson, NY
VOLUME READING SERIES
Volume Reading Series, hosted by Hallie Goodman and Dani Grammerstorf French, happens on the second Saturday of every month. We feature an hour of exceptional prose and poetry readings (7-8), followed by a killer DJ set (8-9) to warm up the room. Meet your favorite writer, get your book signed, bust a move and/or stare at the floor awkwardly. We provide the soundtrack.
This event is always free. Save your $$ for books and beer!
On August 12th, Volume is proud to welcome Lee Matthew Goldberg, Claire Fehrenbacher McMillan and Laurie Stone, followed by a DJ set from Andy French.
Learn more about our brilliant lineup!
LEE MATHEW GOLDBERG’S novel The Mentor is out from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment with the film in development. The French translation will be published by Editions Hugo, and in Slovak by Albatros Media. His debut novel Slow Down is a neo-noir thriller. His pilot Join Us was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Verdad Magazine, BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.
CLAIRE MCMILLAN is the author of The Necklace (from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, July 2017) and Gilded Age, inspired by Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth. She grew up in and around Pasadena, California, but for some reason, people always ask if she grew up in Philadelphia. She practiced complex corporate litigation in San Francisco until 2003 and then received an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. She currently lives on her husband’s family’s farm near Cleveland with their two children. http://www.clairemcmillan.com
LAURIE STONE is the author of My Life as an Animal: Stories. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. She collaborates with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premier of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on The Love of Strangers, a collage of hybrid narratives.
Scribblers on the Roof READING JULY 3 2017
“My Life as an Animal: Stories”
Monday evenings, from 8 to 10pm. $5 suggested contribution.
Join us on the Ansche Chesed roof to hear emerging and established Jewish writers read from their recent work. Beverages and books are available for purchase. If it rains, come anyway. We have a perfect indoor space.
251 West 100th Street at West End Ave.
Peeps who will be in Iceland for the NonfictionNow 2017, I will be part of a panel called “Third Narratives” that meets on Saturday June 3 at 5:15. It is devoted to genre-fucking narratives and hybrid mashups that combine fiction, memoir, journalism, criticism, photography, etc. What if you are not that interested in conventional plots? What if you don’t care about getting from point A to point B? What if instead of beginnings, endings, and resolutions, you are interested in consciousness as it meanders along? What if speculation can substitute for plot, still building complexity and dramatic tension? Brilliant and witty writers Margo Jefferson, Amy Butcher, Erika Meitner, and Elizabeth Kendall will consider where freedom lies amid lists, broken narratives, and collage forms, invoking WG Sebald, Lydia Davis, Edouard Leve, Chris Kraus, and many others.
Riverhead Books, The Rumpus, VIDA, and Shoe Market present:
MIXER TURNS 10
A benefit for Planned Parenthood
Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m., $10
with readings by
Music by Joan as Policewoman
with your hosts, Michelle Campagna, Melissa Febos, and Rebecca Keith
PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR NEW LOCATION:
Our Wicked Lady
153 Morgan Avenue (corner of Morgan and Meserole)
L to Morgan or treat yourself to cab!
Rebecca Carroll is editor of special projects at WNYC and a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Essence, Harper’s Bazaar, and Ebony, among other publications. She is the author of five interview-based nonfiction books about race in America, including Sugar in the Raw and Saving the Race.
Donika Kelly’s debut collection, Bestiary (Graywolf Press 2016), was selected by Nikky Finney for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and long listed for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Tin House, Indiana Review, andVirginia Quarterly Review. Donika is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.
Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). His other books include The Endarkenment, The Splinter Factory, The Forgiveness Parade, and Alibi School. He’s received an NEA fellowship for creative writing and been published in many journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Field, American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry 1994 and 2010. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories. https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Animal-Stories-Triquarterly/dp/0810134284 She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premier of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work onThe Love of Strangers, a collage of hybrid narratives. Her website is: lauriestonewriter.com.
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the poetry collection, Wife, which won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. Tiphanie is also the author of the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, and was listed by NPR as one of the Best Book of 2014. Land of Love and Drowning was also a finalist for the Orion Award in Environmental Literature and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. She is also the author of a collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, which won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5Under35. Her writing has also won the Bocas Award for Caribbean Fiction, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and her writing has been published in the New York Times, Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is an associate professor at Wesleyan University.
WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Va.
Writing the Seductive First Sentence
March 23 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Instructor: Laurie Stone
Cost: $45 Members | $50 Non-members
Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
“A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” —Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951)
Where does a story start, and how does the first sentence suck the reader into the narrator’s world? What does it take to write sentences that function as mini-stories? We will work with this proposition: The story is not about what happened; it’s about what the narrator makes of what happened. We will consider how, even in a single sentence, narrators convey the impact on them of what they are describing—in other words the stakes for them in writing, why they care and why they hope the reader will care. We will look at the device of layering, where the narrator alternates three kinds of sentences: It happened; It reminded me of; It made me feel (know, understand, associate, etc.). Using layering techniques during the workshop, writers will produce a first sentence for a story as well as the first paragraph of that story. Everyone will have a chance to read their opening aloud and receive supportive feedback on their uses of craft elements.
Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories (Triquarterly Books, Northwestern University Press, October 2016). She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, Anderbo, Nanofiction, The Collagist, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, Ms., TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, Memorious, Creative Nonfiction, and St Petersburg Review. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premier of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on The Love of Strangers, a collage of hybrid narratives. Her website is: lauriestonewriter.com.
“I’m twelve. And whatever people think they know about girls and sex, they do not know, or they don’t remember, or they’re lying.”–from “This is not a Memory: Three Flash Fictions”
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club’s photo.
Springtime in Nickyland
Public · Hosted by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
March 18 – March 19
Mar 18 at 10 PM to Mar 19 at 8 PM
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
66 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003
20 Going · 41 InterestedSee All
John, Gian and 3 other friends are going
Springtime in Nickyland
March 18, 2017 – March 19, 2017
Saturday at 10PM; Sunday at 6PM
Curated and hosted by Nicky Paraiso
In the spirit of rebirth, renewal, and the resurrection of the spirit, curator and emcee Nicky Paraiso addresses the current political and social climate in a serious attempt to investigate and celebrate the origins of cabaret. Although the 19th century French definition referred to any business serving liquor, a cabaret in the early 20th century was an informal saloon or safe place, as it were, where poets, artists and composers could share ideas and compositions, present new works-in-progress and decry the political ills of the day. Exemplary writers, including David Cale, Jessica Hagedorn, Edgar Oliver and Laurie Stone are invited to respond to recent life-changing and transformational events while songs continue to be sung with entertaining consequence.
Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks
George Emílio Sanchez
Drunken! Careening! Writers!
“Welcome to the Thunderdome”
Thursday, January 19, 7pm
85 E. 4th St.
Jacob M. Appel is the author of two novels, six short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery and a forthcoming thriller. His first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award. Other recent collections include Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana and The Topless Widow of Herkimer Street. Jacob’s short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals. Jacob’s stage plays have been performed in New York and regionally. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an attending physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. At Mount Sinai, he designed and teaches the ethics curriculum for the first and second year medical students, lectures in the psychiatric clerkship, and runs the ethics courses for the psychiatry residents. He also established and supervises a creative writing elective for the medical students. He also publishes in the field of bioethics. His essays on the nexus of law and medicine have appeared in numerous newspapers.
MB Caschetta is a recipient of the W.K. Rose Fellowship and the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award. Her novel MIRACLE GIRLS won The 2015 USA Best Book Award for Literary Fiction, a Gold Medal Independent Publisher Awards (IPPY) for Spiritual Fiction, and an Honorable Mention IndieFAB 2015 Book of the Year for LGBT Fiction. MIRACLE GIRLS was also a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and a People Magazine Pick-of-the-Week. MB’s non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Body & Soul Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as print anthologies. Since 2007, she has been the anonymous blogger behind the lit-busting lit blog, Literary Rejections On Display. Stories from her new linked collection, PRETEND I’M YOUR FRIEND (Engine Books, 2016), have appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Mississippi Review, Del Sol Review, and Red Rock Review, Bloom, Thieves Jargon, Ecclectica, and Blithe House Quarterly. MB lives in Massachusetts with her spouse (also a writer) and their standard poodle, Violette LeDuc, and is currently working on a book about being disinherited.
Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories (Triquarterly Books, Northwestern University Press, October 2016). She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, The Collagist,Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. Their text/music piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf” was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on the fiction collection The Love of Strangers. To learn more about her work visit: lauriestonewriter.com.
Name: Laurie Stone reading from My Life as an Animal.
Time: Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm
Venue: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Name: Beyond Baroque reading Laurie Stone My Life as an Animal
When: Sunday November 20 @ 8PM
Where: Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 Ph: 310-822-3006 Fax: 310-821-0256 firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Fiction Stranger Than Fiction, featuring Robert Lopez, Edward Mullany Dawn Raffel, John Reed, Laurie Stone, Terese Svoboda, and John Dermot Woods. Hosted by John Madera
Date: September 7, 2016
Venue: Pacific Standard
Address: 82 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 858-1951
Name: Mixer Reading and Music Series, readings by
Joanna Fuhrman, Jean-Paul Pecquer, Christine Reilly, Laurie Stone
Music by Subcontinents with your hosts, Michelle Campagna, Melissa Febos, and Rebecca Keith
Time: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m., FREE
Venue: Cake Shop
Address: 152 Ludlow St., bet. Stanton and Rivington
F, V to 2nd Ave., F, J, M to Delancey/Essex
Name: Vica Miller Salon reading with Lara Vapnyar, Zeeva Bukai, Mira Jacob, Laurie Stone.
Time: Wednesday October 5, 7-9, FREE
Venue: Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery, 46 West 90th Street.
Name: “The Laurie and Margo Show/A Tale of Two Books.” Friends and authors Margo Jefferson and Laurie Stone offer an evening of spliced stories from their two recent books, Jefferson’s memoir Negroland and Stone’s linked tales, My Life as an Animal. When texts talk to each other, they produce a third story–and maybe a boogie or two.
Time: Wednesday, October 19 at 6pm, $10 includes drink.
Venue: Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, 212-898-9319.
Name: Radio interview with Seth Rogovoy
Time: 10am live
Website: http://wgxc.org. October 19,
Name: Reception and launch for My Life as an Animal.
Time: October 22, @ 5, short reading, wine and light hors d’oeuvres served, FREE.
Venue: Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson NY 12534, (518) 822-1438
Name: St Urban Music and Literature Salon Series, Laurie Stone reading from My Life as an Animal, Stories, in “Fairy Tales Revisited,” including Schumann Märchenerzählungen, op. 132, Stone “Four Fairy Tales” and Kurtag Homage à Schumann, op. 15d.
Time: Friday October 28, @ 7.30pm
Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A WEST 13TH STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10011 TELEPHONE 212.645.2800 http://www.tenri.org, tickets $23 at door and ordered ahead from http://www.st-urban.com/season-program-fall/
Name: Book Culture Reading series, with Laurie Stone reading from My Life as an Animal.
Time: Wednesday November 2 @ 7 pm, FREE
Venue: Book Culture bookstore, 536 WEST 112TH ST. (212) 865-1588
Name: The Bookstore in Lenox reading with Laurie Stone/My Life as an Animal.
Time: Saturday November 5 at 3 pm, reception FREE
Venue: The Bookstore in Lenox Mass, 11 housatanic St Lenox Mass, 413-637-3390.
Name: St Urban Music and Literature Salon Series, featuring performance of “You, the Weather, a Wolf,” composed by Gordon Beeferman, texts by Laurie Stone and Johannes Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65,
performed by Sharon Harms (soprano), Laura Mercado-Wright (mezzo), Peter Tantsits (tenor), Dominic Inferrera (baritone), Gordon Beeferman, piano Lenore Davis, piano.
Description: In their new collaboration, Gordon Beeferman and Laurie Stone play with the notion of romance that fueled Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes. Brahms composed within the framework of high romantic idealism. But Beeferman and Stone are creatures of their moment’s mongrel intensities and comic ambiguities. Beeferman riffs on Stone’s story fragments and themes of sudden reversal, wonder, lust, friendship, and the mysteries of unlikely desire. Together they create a work that is abstract and lyrical, arousing and tender.
Time: Wednesday December 21 @8.30-10:30pm.
Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A WEST 13TH STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10011 TELEPHONE 212.645.2800 http://www.tenri.org, tickets $23 at door and ordered ahead from http://www.st-urban.com/season-program-fall/
November 15, reading at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Az.
November 20, Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291.Ph: 310-822-3006
December 7, @ 7pm, with Sara Majka, author of Cities I’ve Never Lived In, Shakespeare & Co, 939 Lexington Ave. NYC, 939 Lexington Avenue,
February 9 @ 7pm Busboys and Poets, Washington DC, NUP reading on line-up.