Monday, December 09, 2013

Franklin Park Reading Series Year-End Bash TONIGHT

Penina Roth and the Franklin Park Reading Series close out a great year in style tonight! Complete info from their FB page is copied below:

At our final event of 2013, we're closing out the year with a bang! We'll hear from a wide range of authors, including acclaimed Nigerian novelist and essayist OKEY NDIBE (Foreign Gods, Inc.), renowned Alt Lit poet and prose writer HEIKO JULIEN (I Am Ready to Die a Violent Death), and two of our favorite Brooklyn writers, SEAN H. DOYLE (The Day Walt Disney Died), and LAUREN BELSKI (Whatever Used to Grow Around Here).

Plus: Heiko Julien will be giving a special lit & music performance!

December 9, 8-10pm
Franklin Park
618 St. Johns Place, Between Classon and Franklin Avenues
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue


AWESOME BOOK RAFFLE: Prizes include a Civil Coping Mechanisms pack with titles by Gabriel Blackwell, Joseph Riippi, Gaby Bess, Heiko Julien, and more!

We're grateful to our podcast partner, Late Night Library, for recording our readings. Learn more at,

Our readers:

OKEY NDIBE is the author of the novels Foreign Gods, Inc. and Arrows of Rain. He is co-editor with Chenjerai Hove of Writers, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa. The founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine which was published by novelist Chinua Achebe, he teaches fiction and African literature at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

HEIKO JULIEN is the author of the poetry and prose collection I Am Ready to Die a Violent Death. A poet, short story writer, and musician, he has published work in n+1, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Thought Catalog, Pop Serial, Shabby Doll House, and other places. He lives in Chicago.

SEAN H. DOYLE is the author of the chapbook The Day Walt Disney Died. His work has appeared in PANK, The Rumpus, The Fiddleback, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Monkeybicycle, and other places. A Brooklyn resident, he works hard every day to be a better person and is learning how to love himself more.

LAUREN BELSKI is the author of the short story collection Whatever Used to Grow Around Here. She is a graduate of the Brooklyn College MFA program and a recipient of the 2009 Himan Brown award in Fiction. A former New York City Teaching Fellow and AmeriCorps Volunteer, she is now an instructor of English at Brooklyn College. Her work has appeared in Story Quarterly,, Forte: a magazine of sound, Electric Literature’s blog “The Outlet,” The Rio Grande Review, The Trout Family Almanac, and other places. She lives in Brooklyn.

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