Thursday, January 17, 2008

On January 31, One Humdinger of a Reading.

Chin Music: The Pacific Standard Reading Series
A Special Evening with Alumni of the NYU Creative Writing Program:
Kazim Ali, Kirsten Andersen, Allison Lynn, and Malena Mörling

Thursday, January 31
8:30pm—Open Mic for NYU CWP Alumni (sign-up opens at 6:00pm)
9:15pm—Featured Readers

Pacific Standard Bar
82 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

On January 31st, on the occasion of the AWP Conference in New York,
Chin Music—the Pacific Standard Reading Series—is proud to feature
four excellent poets & writers – Kazim Ali, Kristen Andersen, Allison Lynn, and Malena Mörling – plus an open-mic for NYU alumni and alumnae (sign-up on a first-come/first-served basis). Drink specials for NYU
alums and AWP conference-goers.

Chin Music's second season will run from February through April. Last
season's featured writers included Joshua Mehigan, George Green,
Kimiko Hahn, Roger Sedarat, Lynn Aarti Chandhok, and John Brehm.
Established and rising poets and writers from near and far are
featured during each of our seasons. Writers interested in reading
during a book tour or visit to New York City should contact us at Series curated by Colin Cheney.

Located on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, near the Atlantic/Pacific
station, Pacific Standard is a literary bar serving up over a dozen
West Coast microbrews on tap (as well as choice selections from small
and local breweries), a fine collection of wines, and tasty cheeses
and meats.


Featured Readers:

Kazim Ali is the author of two books of poetry, The Far Mosque (Alice
James Books) and the forthcoming The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions) as
well as the novel Quinn's Passage. His poetry and essays have appeared
widely in such periodicals as jubilat, American Poetry Review,
Hayden's Ferry Review, Colorado Review, and American Poet. Five essays
are archived at the Poetry Foundation website, and a regular column is
running in American Poetry Review. Kazim co-founded Nightboat Books
and currently teaches at Oberlin College and at Stonecoast, the
low-residency MFA program of the University of Southern Maine.

Kirsten Andersen lives in San Francisco, California, where she is a
Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University. Her
poetry has been published in the Notre Dame Review, Fourteen Hills,
Barrow Street, Swink Magazine, and other journals. She received her
Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University, and has been
awarded grants and fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on
the Arts, The Edward Albee Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center
in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Allison Lynn is the author of the novel Now You See It
(Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), which won both the William Faulkner
Medal and the Chapter One Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts.
Her non-fiction and book reviews have appeared in publications ranging
from the New York Times Book Review to People magazine. She's taught
creative writing at New York University, Lehigh University, and the
Wesleyan Writers Conference, and is at work on her second novel.

Malena Mörling was born in Stockholm and grew up in southern Sweden.
She is the author of Ocean Avenue (New Issues Poetry Press), and, in
2006, Astoria (University of Pittsburgh Press). Her work has appeared
in numerous publications including the New York Times Book Review, New
Republic, Washington Post Book World, Ploughshares, New England
Review, Five Points and Double Take. She is an assistant professor of
creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. In
the Spring of 2007 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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