Sunday, June 10, 2012

Reading Series Kicks Off Summer, Monday at 8pm

Another great literary event from Penina Roth Monday night at Franklin Park:

We're kicking off our summer season with a wide range of acclaimed fiction, including innovative flash, a captivating coming-of-age story, and a compelling family drama. Short story masters DIANE WILLIAMS (Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty) and ELIZABETH ELLEN (Fast Machine) will be joined by debut novelist JENNIFER MILLER (The Year of the Gadfly) and Crown Heights writer ANDREW COTHREN (Eleven Eleven). And PATRICK SOMERVILLE (The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, The Cradle) will give a preview reading of his highly anticipated new novel This Bright River (out June 26).


DIANE WILLIAMS (Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty)
PATRICK SOMERVILLE (This Bright River, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature)
JENNIFER MILLER (The Year of the Gadfly)
ANDREW COTHREN (Eleven Eleven)



618 St. Johns Place, between Franklin and Classon Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2/3/4/5 trains to Franklin Avenue

DIANE WILLIAMS is the author of seven books, including, most recently, the short story collection Vicky Swanky Is A Beauty. The publisher and founding editor of the literary annual NOON, she has taught at Bard College, Syracuse University, and the Center for Fiction. Currently, she lives in New York City.

PATRICK SOMERVILLE is the author of two novels, the forthcoming This Bright River and The Cradle, as well as two books of short stories, The Universe in Miniature in Miniature and Trouble. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, One Story, Epoch, GQ, Esquire, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is a MacDowell Fellow and the winner of the 2009 21st Century Award, given annually by the Chicago Public Library. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago, and he teaches creative writing in the MFA programs at Warren Wilson and Northwestern University.

JENNIFER MILLER is the author of the novel The Year of the Gadfly and the nonfiction book Inheriting the Holy Land: An American’s Search for Hope in the Middle East. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Marie Claire, Men's Health, Salon, Guernica, The Millions, The Daily Beast, and other places. She holds an MFA in fiction and a MS in journalism from Columbia University and has taught writing at Columbia, WritopiaLab, and the Free Bird Writer's Workshop. A native of Washington, D.C., she now lives in Brooklyn.

ELIZABETH ELLEN is the author, most recently, of the short story collection Fast Machine, which features her best work from the last decade. Her stories have appeared in numerous online and print journals, including elimae, Quick Fiction, Hobart, Lamination Colony, Mud Luscious, Sleepingfish, kill author, and Pindeldyboz. She is also the author of the chapbook Before You She Was a Pit Bull (Future Tense), and her collection of flash fictions, Sixteen Miles Outside of Phoenix, was included in A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women (Rose Metal Press). Currently, she lives in Ann Arbor, where she co-edits the literary journal Hobart and oversees Hobart's book division, Short Flight/Long Drive books.

ANDREW COTHREN received his BA from Binghamton University. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Legendary, Drunken Boat, and Eleven Eleven, which nominated him for a Pushcart Prize. He currently lives in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.


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