Monday, February 13, 2012

Franklin Park Reading Series: Get Your "Unconventional Love" Tonight at 8pm

The Franklin Park Reading Series returns tonight, with organizer extraordinaire Penina Roth promising "dark tales of tortured love" as a "subversive response to the oversentimalized and commodified love holiday." And did we mention that all drafts are $4? Complete info below, copied from their FB page:

We're marking Valentine's Day with tales of “Unconventional Love” from BEN MARCUS, MARTHA SOUTHGATE, KATE ZAMBRENO, CHIARA BARZINI & WILL SNIDER. Nothing sappy or sentimental here, just the stuff of great fiction: romantic obsession, toxic families, war zone flings, and twisted fantasies.


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


BEN MARCUS (The Flame Alphabet)
MARTHA SOUTHGATE (The Taste of Salt)
CHIARA BARZINI (Sister Stop Breathing)
WILL SNIDER (The Halloween Plays)

BEN MARCUS is the author, most recently, of the novel The Flame Alphabet, as well as three other works of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String, and he is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, McSweeney's, Tin House, Conjunctions, and other publications.. Amongst other awards, he is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and three Pushcart Prizes. He lives in New York City and Maine.

MARTHA SOUTHGATE is the author, most recently, of The Taste of Salt, as well as three acclaimed earlier novels, including The Fall of Rome and Third Girl from the Left. Her work has been widely anthologized, and she has written for Essence, Premiere, the New York Daily News, and The New York Times. A graduate of Smith College, she has an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and has taught at Brooklyn College and The New School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

KATE ZAMBRENO is the author of two novels, O Fallen Angel and Green Girl. Heroines, a critical memoir centering around her obsession with the wives and myths of modernism, will be published by Semiotext(e) in September 2012.

CHIARA BARZINI is a fiction writer and screenwriter, whose films have been shown in Italy, Spain, Japan, and Latin America. “Into Paradiso,” her most recent film, premiered at the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Noon, Bomb Magazine, Sleepingfish, The New York Tyrant, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone Italy, Italian Vanity Fair, and other places.

WILL SNIDER is a Brooklyn-based fiction writer and playwright. His plays have appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival, The Shortened Attention Span Festival at The Player’s Loft, and on stage at The Red Room and Columbia University. He is the recipient of the 2008 Best Undergraduate Play Award from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and is the co-founder of The Old Grand Theater Company. Currently, he is working on his first collection of short stories and lives in Crown Heights.

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