Fri Sep 20, 7:00PM, BOOKCOURT
Three of Brooklyn’s most ardent supporters of literary culture, The Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop, LargeHearted Boy music & literature blog, and SLICE Literary Magazine, presentLiterary Past, Present, and Future, a night of readings by three critically acclaimed authors, as well as giveaways and complimentary refreshments by Brooklyn’s own SixPoint Brewery. Hosted by Julia Fierro, founder of Sackett Street; David Gutowski, aka Largehearted Boy, and Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson, editors of SLICE.
Gabriel Roth is the author of The Unknowns, which was published in July 2013 by Little, Brown. He has worked as a journalist and web developer, and teaches fiction-writing at the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.
Alissa Nutting’s debut novel, Tampa, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in July 2013. She is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc 2010), which won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction judged by Ben Marcus. Her fiction has or will appear in publications such as The Norton Introduction to Literature, Tin House, Bomb, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other venues. An assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at John Carroll University, she lives in Ohio with her husband, her daughter, and two spoiled tiny dogs.
Joyce Johnson’s 2012 Kerouac biography, The Voice Is All, has just been published as a Penguin paperback. A writer who likes to try out different genres, she is the author of the memoirs Missing Men and Minor Characters, which won a National Book Critics Award in 1983. She has also written three novels, including In the Night Cafe. Her fiction and articles have been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Oprah, The Smithsonian, and Vanity Fair. She has been teaching at the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YMHA for many years and has also taught writing in the MFA programs at Columbia, NYU and the New School.
The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop was founded in 2002 by writer Julia Fierro, and what began as eight writers meeting in the kitchen of a Brooklyn brownstone has developed into a creative home for over 2000 writers. Sackett Street instructors are professional writers, teachers and editors, who have earned MFA degrees from prestigious writing programs and have taught at major universities. Today, Sackett Street writers live in all boroughs of New York City and alumni have been accepted at top MFA Creative Writing programs and writing conferences, have won fellowships and awards, and have completed and published short fiction collections, novels, and memoirs.
Slice, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit print magazine, was launched in 2007 by book editors Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson and has since garnered rave reviews from some of today’s leading authors, editors, and agents. Pulitzer prize-winning author Junot Diaz praises, “Beautiful, compelling, irresistible: Slice will knock you right out. In the best way possible.” At the core, Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side.
Largehearted boy is David Gutowski’s music blog featuring daily free and legal music downloads as well as news from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture. Other features include the 52 Books, 52 Weeks project; Book Notes which has authors create a mixtape relating to their latest book; Note Books where musicians explore their literary side, Soundtracked where directors and composers discuss their film’s soundtrack; and “The Largehearted Boy Cross-Cultural Media Exchange Program,” where authors interview musicians (and vice-versa).