Around Town: Oct. 31st – Nov. 6th

Open in Emergency: Asian American Mental Health with Tanwi Nandini Islam, Wo Chan & Mimi Khúc

When: November 1, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Cost: Free

The Asian American Literary Review published a special issue in 2016 to open-up about mental health among Asian Americans. Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health “decolonizes mental health” and features a “deck of tarot cards, a ‘hacked’ mock DSM, a foldout testimonial tapestry and more” to reveal what qualifies as “unwellness and wellness in Asian American communities.” Continue reading “Around Town: Oct. 31st – Nov. 6th”

Poetry reading with Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer

Thursday, June 29 at 5:30 pm

Muhlenberg Library
209 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer will present their poetry at the Muhlenberg Library.

Susan Lewis is the publisher and editor of Posit. Her most recent book, Heisenberg’s Salon, was just published by BlazeVOX Books. She is the author of eight other books and chapbooks, including This Visit, How to be Another, and State of the Union. Her poetry has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and appeared in a great number of anthologies and journals, including The AwlBerkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse, Verse Daily, and VOLT.

Sharon Mesmer is a multi-genre writer  poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews  and professor of creative writing (poetry and fiction) in the undergraduate and MFA programs of New York University and the New School. Her 2015 poetry collection, Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place from Bloof Books, was one of Entropy’s Best Poetry Collections of 2015. Her two fiction collections — The Empty Quarter and In Ordinary Time, both from Hanging Loose Press — were published in French translation by Hachette in 2005 as Ma Vie à Yonago. She was a member of the flarf collective and a Nuyorican slam semi-finalist. Her awards include a Fulbright Specialist grant, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, a Jerome Foundation mentoring award, and a MacArthur Scholarship, given through the Brooklyn College MFA program through nomination by Allen Ginsberg.

Admission is free.

Book Talk: The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back

Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society
Great Hall
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

For decades Brooklyn was synonymous with grit and struggle, yet today the borough is a hub of hipsters, booming startups, and massive new developments across many neighborhoods. Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal, Kay Hymowitz, examines this seeming Renaissance of Brooklyn’s ever-changing landscape through seven neighborhoods: Park Slope, Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brownsville, Sunset Park, and Canarsie. In this exploration, Hymowitz looks at the successes of black and white middle classes, local policies, and small businesses, while assessing the challenges left for recent immigrants and other diverse communities trying to thrive.

Admission is $5. Reserve your tickets online.

ThinkOlio Presents: The Woman Question

Friday, June 30 at 7:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

From the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, scholars, doctors, religious leaders, and politicians were vexed by the “The Woman Question.” Inspired by the democratic revolutions of the late eighteenth century, fueled by market capitalism, and later fostered by the reform efforts of the Victorian bourgeoisie, the woman question actually posed the inquiry: What are women good for?

Please join us for a much needed discussion on the history of women’s suffrage in America. Let’s look squarely at the achievements of the past generations without shying away from the explicit racism and classism imbedded within the movement. Let’s learn from their successes and their failures, too. And, finally, let’s gather together and consider the psychic and social ramifications of being a question.

Nina Simone covers by South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe and the exquisite jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin to follow this Olio!

Jamie Warren has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University, and she is an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY where she teaches American history, the history of women and gender, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on slavery in antebellum South with a particular focus on death, the body, and the philosophy of history.

Admission is $20. Reserve your tickets online.

Around Town: June 22 – 28th




June 22 – The Other Stories

85 East 4th St
New York,  NY 10003

Time: 7-9pm

Join the following authors for a fiction/nonfiction reading

Kashana Cauley is a native Wisconsinite who lives in New York City. The Atlantic, Esquire, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Tin House have published her essays and fiction. She won the 2012 Esquire/Aspen Writers’ Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest.

Kit Haggard was born and raised in southern California, but currently lives in New York. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Four Chambers Press, and the Mays Anthology, among other places. She is the recipient of the Rex Warner Prize and the Nancy Lynn Schwartz Prize for Fiction.

Martin Cahill lives in New York, just outside that massive city everyone’s always talking about. Publicist by day and writer by night, every so often he remembers that sleep is important. He is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop of 2014, and has had stories published in Nightmare Magazine and Fireside Fiction. He also freelances for Strange Horizons,, and Book Riot. He can be found online at and on Twitter at @Mcflycahill90. Talk to him about craft beer, books of any kind, or how good Daredevil was and you’ll most likely become fast friends.


June 23 – Scott Sherman’s “Patience and Fortitude”

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10024

Time: 7pm

Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 7pm for the launch of Scott Sherman’s book, Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library. Caleb Crain will join as a conversant.

In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City’s most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library.

In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the library’s leaders forged an audacious plan to sell off multiple branch libraries, mutilate a historic building, and send millions of books to a storage facility in New Jersey. Scholars, researchers, and readers would be out of luck, but real estate developers and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted. But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizens groups came together to defend a national treasure. Rich with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is at once a hugely readable history of the library’s secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power.

Scott Sherman is a contributing writer for The Nation. His work has appeared in Lingua FrancaVanity Fair, the London Review of Books, the Washington Post, theLos Angeles TimesNewsdayDissent, and other publications.

Caleb Crain is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker,the New York Review of Books,the Nation, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Booksn+1, the Paris Review Daily, and the New York Times Book Review. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, he is the author of the critical work American Sympathy and a work of fiction entitled Necessary Errors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


June 24th – Thought Catalog: Books presents Author’s Night

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00pm

Thought Catalog Books presents: Authors Night, featuring five Thought Catalog authors who will read from their various published works ranging from literary fiction to memoir to stand-up comedy, with Robert Yune, Mike Heppner, Lance Pauker, Melanie Berliet, and Shanon Cook, hosted by Ryan O’Connell.

Mélanie Berliet writes regularly about sex, love, relationships and anything else that tickles her for Thought Catalog. Her work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications. She likes knee high tube socks more than a thumb-sucking 30-something probably should.

Lance Pauker writes articles on the internet, and performs standup comedy all over New York City and the greater northeast.

Robert Yune was born in Seoul, South Korea. As a Navy brat, he traveled around the world, moving 11 times by the time he turned 18. Yune has published fiction in The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Avery, among others. In 2008, he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, selected by Sherman Alexie and Colin Channer. From 2010-2013, Yune served as fiction editor of The Fourth River. He has worked as a behavioral health researcher, a census enumerator, and a stand-in for George Takei. He currently lives and teaches in Pittsburgh.

Mike Heppner is the author of the novels The Egg Code, Pike’s Folly, and, mostly recently, We Came All This Way. He’s also the author of two collections of short fiction, The Man Talking Project and This Can Be Easy or Hard, and a novella, Nada. His work has been published in Poets & Writers, Nerve, Esquire, The New Guard, and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in the Boston area.

Shanon Cook is the Spotify trends expert for TV, radio and online and is a music journalist who has interviewed many of the world’s top performers, includingSting, Annie Lennox, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, R.E.M., Britney Spears, and more. Australian by birth and accent (sort of), Shanon earned her Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Ryan O’Connell is a writer and professional feeler of emotions living in Los Angeles. He wrote a book called I’m Special that’s now being developed into a TV show. He likes The Olsen Twins.

This event is free to attend; click here to RSVP. 




Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park W
New York,  NY 10035

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Scott Raven Tarazevits and Megan DiBello will be performing on the second stage at the Harlem Arts Festival. The performance will be 30 minutes of original work that touches on a Harlem resident/local NYC artist, and a nationally touring poet.

This event is FREE and open to the public!


June 28th- Ghostbird Press Book Launch Party

Fatty’s Cafe
45-17 28th Ave.
Astoria,  NY 11103

Time: 5-7pm

Join us at Fatty’s Cafe in Astoria, NY as we celebrate the launch of three new chapbooks from Ghostbird Press:  OTHERS by John Reid Currie, Acoustic Trauma by Rajiv Mohabir and Three Sailors and a Hermit by Peter and Paul Vanderberg.  Authors will read from their works and books will be available for purchase and signing.  Come out and experience what this new chapbook press has to offer at one of the best local restaurant-bars in Queens.

Click here for the Ghostbird Press website.