Monday, May 09, 2011

Franklin Park Reading Series Tonight - Myth and Magic

Hot on the heels of one of its recent readers pulling down a Pulitzer (Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad), the Franklin Park Reading Series returns tonight with a Crown-Heights-focused lineup. Author Ned Thimmayya, who'll be reading from his collection "Old Ghost Stories," is an alumnus of Crown Writes (a local writing workshop of which ILFA is also a proud grad), and author Zetta Elliott, author of A Wish After Midnight (a fantastic time-traveling novel set in pre-9/11 Crown Heights and Weeksville during the Civil War) will be back to read again too. As always, the show starts at 8pm and the beer is cheap! More info from their Facebook Page below:

Join us for a night of "Myth and Magic"! To counter a world of chaoes, strife, and natural disasters, writers ALEXI ZENTNER (Touch), HELEN PHILLIPS (And Yet They Were Happy), ZETTA ELLIOTT (A Wish After Midnight), ANTHONY TOGNAZZINI (I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket For Occasions Such As These), and NED THIMMAYYA (Old Ghost Stories) present an alternate reality of time travel, witches, ghosts, and monsters.

FREE; $4 pints
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue

Featuring:

ALEXI ZENTNER (Touch)
HELEN PHILLIPS (And Yet They Were Happy)
ZETTA ELLIOTT (A Wish After Midnight)
ANTHONY TOGNAZZINI (I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket For Occasions Such As These)
NED THIMMAYYA (Old Ghost Stories)

ALEXI ZENTNER is the author of the debut novel Touch. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Narrative, The Walrus, Slice Magazine, Orion Magazine, on FiveChapters.com, and in other publications. His short story “Touch,” which inspired his novel, was awarded a 2008 O. Henry Prize and his story “Trapline” won the 2008 Narrative Prize. He holds an MFA from Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, New York with his family.

HELEN PHILLIPS is the author of the debut novel And Yet They Were Happy and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Meridian Editors’ Prize, and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in PEN America, Brooklyn Magazine, Mississippi Review, Sonora Review, Salt Hill, and L Magazine, among others, and in the anthology American Fiction: The Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College, where she now teaches undergraduate creative writing and administers the MFA program. Originally from Colorado, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Thompson.

ZETTA ELLIOTT is the author of the novel A Wish After Midnight and a poet, essayist, and playwright. Her poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers. Her essays have appeared in The Black Arts Quarterly, thirdspace, WarpLand, and Rain and Thunder. She won the 2005 Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest and published a picture book, Bird, in 2008. Her play Nothing but a Woman was a finalist in the Chicago Dramatists’ Many Voices Project. She lives in Brooklyn.

ANTHONY TOGNAZZINI is the author of I Carry A Hammer In My Pocket for Occasions Such As These, a collection of prose poems and short fictions. His work has appeared or will appear in Quarterly West, Mississippi Review, Denver Quarterly, Swink, Pindeldyboz, Puerto del Sol, Quick Fiction, the Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals, and in Sudden Stories: A Mammoth Anthology of Minuscule Fiction. He was born in California and has lived in Texas, the Philippines, Spain, Germany, Indiana, and the Czech Republic. He currently lives in Brooklyn, where he works as a teacher and freelance journalist, and performs with his band Sky Eats Man.

NED THIMMAYYA is a writer, law student, and former rapper. His work has appeared in the Foundling Review, Up the Beanstalk, and is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. He has written a short story collection, Old Ghost Stories, and is currently working on a new story collection and a novel. He has also written and recorded three rap albums: The Leap, Empire State, and The T-Notebook. Originally from Kinderhook, NY, he now lives in Crown Heights.

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