Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love Stories @ the Franklin Park Reading Series

The Franklin Park Reading Series returns tomorrow with a very impressive Valentine's Day lineup. I say this almost every time, but you REALLY don't want to miss this one. Read on for more information from their Facebook invite and links to the individual readers:

Whether you prefer sweet talk, love poetry or heart-to-heart chats, celebrate Cupid's holiday with Pulitzer Prize nominee COLSON WHITEHEAD (Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist), debut novelist ALISON ESPACH (The Adults), memoirists MIRA PTACIN (Freerange Nonfiction) and MILTON WASHINGTON (Slickyboy), and poet DAVID MCLOGHLIN (Waiting for Saint Brendan).

Be our Valentine, and we'll set the mood with candy hearts, romantic cocktails, and $4 pints.

SUBWAY: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue


COLSON WHITEHEAD (Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist)
MIRA PTACIN (Freerange Nonfiction)
DAVID MCLOGHLIN (Waiting for Saint Brendan)

COLSON WHITEHEAD is the author of the novels Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, and Apex Hides the Hurt, and the essay collection The Colossus of New York. His books have received numerous accolades, including the Young Lions Fiction and the Anisfeld-Wolf Book awards, and were selected as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Hemingway and PEN/Faulkner awards. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's, and Granta. A recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in Brooklyn (and keeps a spectacular Twitter feed).

ALISON ESPACH is the author of the debut novel The Adults, which has been named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for Spring 2011. She received her MFA in Fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught creative writing. Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney's, Del Sol Review, and Sentence. A Brooklyn resident, she is currently teaching in New York City.

MIRA PTACIN is the founder and curator of the Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series. She holds a Master’s Degree in creative nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College, and is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. She is the former editor-in-chief of the literary magazine, LUMINA, and has led workshops for a literacy program at the Women’s Unit of the Westchester County Correctional Facility. Mira also served as a Writer-in-Residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters, where she helped students produce a literary magazine. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including New York Magazine,, Epiphany, LUMINA, Cerise Press, and The Sunday Salon. Most recently, Mira ghost-wrote and sold a children’s book to Disney-Hyperion, which will be released in April. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two dogs.

DAVID MCLOGHLIN is an MFA student at NYU. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he has lived in Belgium, Spain, France, and the United States, and worked as teacher, freelance translator /editor, dish-pig, and professional guest. His writing has appeared in several Irish literary journals, including Cyphers, Poetry Ireland Review, The Shop, and The Stinging Fly, where he was a 2009 featured poet, and Milwaukee’s Blue Canary Press published a chapbook of his poems. He won the English section of the Frances Browne Multilingual Poetry Competition and second prize in The Patrick Kavanagh Awards, Ireland's most prestigious award for an unpublished first collection of poetry. Currently, he blogs at Salmon Poetry will publish his first collection, Waiting for Saint Brendan in June 2012.

MILTON WASHINGTON was born in South Korea, then adopted and brought to the United States in 1979. He attended Northwestern University on a football scholarship, but dropped out due to an injury. He earned a BA in Computer Information Systems from Indiana University. He has worked for a Fortune 500 engineering company and held positions in media sales and business development. A New York City resident, he is working on a memoir called Slickyboy.

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