Monday, July 11, 2011

Reading Series Tonight: Special Crown Heights Edition

From the tireless Penina Roth, the de facto literary director of Crown Heights:

It's vacation season, and tomorrow we're hosting our third annual "TRAVELS AND JOURNEYS" reading. Locales range from a small village in Trinidad to post-apocalyptic 34th century Virginia.

This year's event has a strong local feel, featuring neighborhood literary celeb JAMES BOICE; Crown Heights's favorite stand-up comic and host of the Comedy Nights show at Abigail's, STEVE CARR; and Prospect Heights resident VICTORIA BROWN, whose autobiographical novel MINDING BEN centers on a young Trinidadian immigrant working as a nanny for privileged NYC families while living in riot-era Crown Heights.

JASON DIAMOND, editor of and the popular literary blog Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and JULIA JACKSON, an Electric Literature correspondent and recent Brooklyn College MFA grad, round out the lineup.

As always, admission is FREE and we'll have a $4 pint drink special. PLUS, we'll be raffling off books from James Boice and Victoria Brown.

Details -- link to FB event page and pasted below.

On Facebook:

FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES -- "Travels and Journeys Night"
Monday, July 11, 8-10pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue


JAMES BOICE (The Good and the Ghastly, MVP)
JASON DIAMOND (Vol. 1 Brooklyn,
JULIA JACKSON (Electric Literature)
STEVE CARR (Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Comix)

JAMES BOICE was born in 1982 in Salinas, California and grew up in northern Virginia. The Good and the Ghastly is his third novel. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels MVP and NoVA, and his work has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Fiction, Salt Hill, and other publications. He writes about pathological people and lives in Crown Heights.

VICTORIA BROWN was born in Trinidad and at sixteen came alone to New York, where she worked as a full-time nanny for several years. She majored in English at Vassar College before attending the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. Eventually, she returned to New York, where she taught English at LaGuardia Community College. She is now completing her MFA at Hunter College. Victoria lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children. She has a part-time babysitter in her employ.

JASON DIAMOND is the founding editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the editor-in-chief of, and has had work appear at NPR, Vice, The Rumpus, and many more outlets. He is currently at work on his first book. Ask him about it.

JULIA JACKSON was raised in Southern California and currently teaches at Brooklyn College, where she earned her MFA in Fiction Writing in 2011. She is a regular contributor for Electric Literature's blog, The Outlet, and her work is forthcoming in the New Ohio Review.

STEVE MAURICE CARR is a man of many talents. Born in 1985, Steve’s been a poet since the age of 15. He fell in love with stand-up comedy two years ago while working as a busboy at Abigail Cafe and Wine Bar in Crown Heights and now co-hosts the Comedy Heights show at Abigail’s each Tuesday. He has performed on numerous New York stages, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Comix, the Tank, and the Laugh Lounge.

1 comment:

  1. Congrats again, Nick! You are one dedicated blogger. And apologies to Steve for mangling the name of his Abigail's show -- it's actually "Comedy HEIGHTS."