Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Reading January 12 at 7 pm.

Join us on January 12 at 7 pm to hear three great authors read: Diana Whitney, Kim Addonizio, and Katie Byrum.

Diana Whitney’s first collection of poetry, Wanting It, was released by Harbor Mountain Press in August 2014 and quickly became a Poetry Bestseller at Small Press Distribution. Diana graduated from Dartmouth College and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and attended the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Her essays and poems have appeared in many publications, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Numero Cinq, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Puerto del Sol, and the Crab Orchard Review. Her irreverent parenting column, Spilt Milk, was syndicated for years, garnered an avid readership, and ran as a commentary series on VPR. A yoga instructor, Diana lives with her family in Brattleboro, VT, where she blogs for The Huffington Post and runs Core Flow Yoga & Sport.

Kim Addonizio has been called “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets.” Her latest books are Lucifer at the Starlite, a finalist for the Poets Prize and the Northern CA Book Award; and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, both from W.W. Norton. Her novel-in-verse, Jimmy & Rita, was recently reissued by Stephen F. Austin State University Press ( Kalima Press published her Selected Poems in Arabic. Addonizio’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and the essay. Her collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Other books include two novels from Simon & Schuster, Little Beauties and My Dreams Out in the Street. Her new story collection, The Palace of Illusions, materialized courtesy of Counterpoint/Soft Skull in September 2014. Addonizio offers private poetry workshops in Oakland, NYC, and online, and often incorporates her love of blues harmonica into her readings.

Katie Byrum is a native Kentuckian who currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she co-curates two poetry events: the witchy series COVEN and the Tri-Lengua Reading Series. Her work has been featured in Gulf Coast Magazine, Lumberyard, Big Bell, iO Poetry, Split Lip Magazine, Ghost Town, Pine Hills Review, H_NGM_N, Forklift Ohio, Handsome, Poor Claudia: Phenome, and elsewhere. Her first poetry collection, Burn It Down, is forthcoming in December 2014 from Forklift Books. More information is available at

Reading December 9 at 6:30 pm.

Curated by Catherine Gigante-Brown

Please join us for an intriguing glimpse at the works of three very compelling writers—Beth Bosworth (The Source of Life and Other Stories), Anthony Vigorito (Seeing in 17) and Catherine Gigante-Brown (The El). Each will read excerpts from their most recent works. There will also be a Q&A and a meet and greet with the authors where their books will be sold and signed.

About the Authors

Beth Bosworth has taught at the New School for Social Research, CUNY’s NYC Technical College, and for many years at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, where she is also founding editor of the Saint Ann's Review. Her publications include a debut collection, A Burden of Earth and Other Stories, a novel, Tunneling, and The Source of Life and Other Stories, which was honored with the 2012 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her works have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Seneca Review, the Forward, Guernica, AGNI, and elsewhere.

A lifelong Brooklynite, Anthony Vigorito is a recently-retired New York City schoolteacher. Mentored by Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn’s third Poet Laureate, he currently hosts two monthly poetry readings: Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble as well as Tom Kane’s Boulevard Bards at Boulevard Books in Dyker Heights. Seeing in 17, an innovative collection of art-inspired haiku, is his fourth collection of poetry.

A writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Catherine Gigante-Brown’s works have appeared in a variety of publications including Essence, Time Out New York, the Daily News, Industry and The Italian Journal of Wine and Food. She co-authored the biographies Raw Talent and Whips and Kisses for Prometheus Books. A number of her short stories and essays appear in anthologies. Her first novel, The El, is available as an ebook and as a trade paperback from Volossal Publishing.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Pacific Stand-Up November 12 at 8 pm!

Hey folks, Pacific Standup is back, and it's almost a week later than usual this month!

Our awesome lineup includes:

Michelle Buteau (VH1)
Myq Kaplan (Letterman)
Amber Nelson (Murderfist)
Joe Rumrill (Slacktory)

Hosted by Matt Koff and special guest co-host Brendan McLaughlin!

As always, this show is FREE!