If there's been a constant in the ILFAverse since the beginning, it's the Franklin Park Reading Series. Founded by local writer and organizer extraordinaire Penina Roth, the series has grown from humble local origins to one of the hottest events on the Brooklyn literary scene while staying true to its roots, offering opportunities to up and coming local writers and celebrating the Caribbean, African-American, and Jewish cultures of Crown Heights. On Monday, they welcome five great female writers to Franklin Park:
This month, five female powerhouses from across the country converge for a night of incendiary prose, explosive storytelling, and dark confessions! We're thrilled to host short fiction luminaries Susan Steinberg (Spectacle), Laura van den Berg (The Isle of Youth), and T Kira Madden (The Kenyon Review, The Collagist) and the phenomenal novelists Vanessa Veselka (Zazen) and Karolina Waclawiak (How to Get Into the Twin Palms)!
FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES: Powerhouse Women
October 14, 8-10pm
618 St. Johns Place, Between Classon and Franklin Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue
DRINK SPECIAL: $4 pints
More about our authors:
SUSAN STEINBERG is the author of the short-story collections Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. She was the 2010 United States Artists Ziporyn Fellow in Literature. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, and The Massachusetts Review, and she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. She has a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.
LAURA VAN DEN BERG is the author of the upcoming story collection The Isle of Youth and the story collection What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and long-listed for the Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in One Story, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, and Best New American Voices 2010, among other publications. A Florida native, she has an MFA from Emerson College and is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. She lives in the Boston area.
VANESSA VESELKA has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex worker, a union organizer, and a student of paleontology. Her work appears in GQ, Bitch, The Atlantic, Tin House, and Zyzzyva. Her novel Zazen won the 2012 PEN /Bingham Prize for fiction. Her essay, "The Truck Stop Killer," is featured in The Best American Essays 2013. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
KAROLINA WACLAWIAK is the author of the novel How to Get Into the Twin Palms and the recently completed novel Invaders. She received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. The essay editor of The Believer, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.
T KIRA MADDEN is a writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and her work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online, Puerto del Sol, The Austin Review, Hyphen, The Collagist, and Fourteen Hills. She currently teaches writing at The Doe Fund to homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and at Gotham Writers' Workshop. She is the founding editor of literary journal No Tokens and lives in Brooklyn where she is at work on a novel.