Sunday, January 13, 2013

At Franklin Park: Reading Series Tomorrow, Brooklyn Unplugged Tuesday

Franklin Park hosts a pair of great events over the next two nights. Tomorrow at 8, swing by for the ever-popular Franklin Park Reading Series (go early if you want a seat), which kicks off 2013 with its  Annual Short Fiction Night (complete info below). Congrats to Penina and the FPRS for going national, bringing writers to Crown Heights from Portland, OR and Washington, DC, along with some local literary talent. On Tuesday, Secondary Sounds kicks off their programming for the year with Brooklyn Unplugged, starting at 7pm and featuring Casey Hackmeyer and Chris Buckley. 

From the Reading Series:

Each January, we launch the new year with a reading devoted to short fiction. In their wildly diverse work, our award-winning 2013 authors -- SAID SAYRAFIEZADEH, AMBER SPARKS, GABRIEL BLACKWELL, HUGH SHEEHY, and KASHANA CAULEY – showcase the range of the contemporary short story. Pushing boundaries of form (a story told in mathematical equations) and content (like the yearnings of an anthropomorphic city or the voyage of a miscarried fetus), they’re published on indie and major presses and in a wide range of outlets, from innovative online journals to well-established print magazines. Some of the writers live around the NYC lit hub and others in cities with vibrant arts communities across the country.

We're very grateful to our sponsors -- the literary indexing site SMALL DEMONS ( and one of today's most acclaimed and revolutionary journals, THE COFFIN FACTORY (

We're celebrating short fiction with cheap booze, giveaways, and a raffle for books and subscriptions and magazines from The Coffin Factory.

Great appreciation to BOMB Magazine for recording podcasts.

Hope you can join us!


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


DRINK SPECIALS: $4 pints, plus $1 off the first 100 drinks, courtesy of Small Demons.


SAÏD SAYRAFIEZADEH is an award-winning fiction writer, memoirist and playwright. He is the recipient of a 2012-2013 Cullman Center fellowship from the New York Public Library and a Whiting Writers’ Award. His memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free was selected as one of the ten best books of 2009 by Dwight Garner of The New York Times. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. His debut story collection, Brief Encounters with the Enemy, will be published by The Dial Press in August 2013. He lives in New York City.

AMBER SPARKS is the author of the story collection May We Shed These Human Bodies, which was named the Best Small-Press Debut of 2012 by The Atlantic Wire. Her fiction has been widely published in journals and anthologies, including New York Tyrant, Unsaid, Gargoyle, Barrelhouse, Smokelong Quarterly, elimae, and The Collagist. Her chapbook, "A Long Dark Sleep: Stories for the Next World," is included in the anthology Shut Up/Look Pretty, published by Tiny Hardcore Press. She lives in Washington, D.C.

GABRIEL BLACKWELL is the author of the novel Shadow Man: A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer (CCM, 2012), the short fiction and essay collection Critique of Pure Reason (Noemi, 2013), and Neverland, a chapbook with video/audio/illustrations. His work has been published in Conjunctions, Tin House, Puerto del Sol, DIAGRAM, American Book Review, and other places, and he is the reviews editor of The Collagist and a contributor to Big Other. He lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches creative writing at Willamette University.

HUGH SHEEHY is the author of the debut story collection The Invisibles, which won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. He is a lecturer at Yeshiva College and has previously taught at Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University. He received his MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama. His stories have appeared in publications including Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, and Best American Mystery Stories. He lives in Brooklyn.

KASHANA CAULEY lives in New York City. She is a former music lawyer. Her short fiction has been or will be published by Esquire and Tin House. She is the winner of the 2012 Esquire/Aspen Writers' Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest.

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