INTERVIEWED BY NITA NOVENO
Recently, I interviewed poet and novelist, Bino A. Realuyo, whom I met at a Sunday Salon reading in 2007. He read from his poetry collection, The Gods We Worship Live Next Door, a beautiful, haunting account of his troubled Philippines. In one particular poem, written in the perspective of his father, a war survivor, I was introduced to the vision and talent of a writer who gives voice to the voiceless, shedding light on forgotten histories. In this era of self-help literature and the ever-beleaguered memoir, here is a truly audacious writer of hope …
BY BARBARA SUEKO MCGUIRE
It’s raining cats and dogs. Thunder, lightening—by California standards, practically a hurricane. The clouds are so thick that even if the sun hadn’t set, it’d be dark. But it has—it’s eight o’clock, so in a sense, it’s twice as black as it’d normally be. Regardless, when Bob Harris gets a call from Long Beach Airport wondering if he’d be interested in flying three people—a man and two women—over to Burbank, five bucks each, he doesn’t hesitate.
“Sure,” he says, and is out the door and on his way in less than five minutes.
BY NANCY AGABIAN
I want to set up a stand at Vernissage, the weekend flea-market-cum-craft-fair in the middle of Yerevan, where all the tourists get their Armenian souvenirs, beautifully crafted and sold at rock bottom prices. I will sit at a table, and there will be someone with me in a white coat and a syringe and a tourniquet, sapping red fluid from my arm into tiny vials. I will dab white makeup on my face to appear pallid and there will be a sales rep passing out brochures explaining the prices and the authenticity and the dire …
Audacity: The New Scarlet Letter by Caroline Berger
The Hopeful Story People Want to Hear by Catherine Curan
Jen the First by Benjamin Matvey
A Report from Kenya: Parsing a Native Son by Charles A. Matathia
Memento Mori by Barbara Sueko McGuire
A Cub in Winter by Luis H. Francia
A Day at the Dentist by Erica Silberman
100% Armenian Blood: A Theoretical Performance by Nancy Agabian
Moonstreet by Stephanie Sherman (in English and Spanish)
Disciple by Ching-In Chen
Default by Caroline Berger
Neptune’s Daughter, Luminescent Orchestrii by Dominic Masi
Bino A. Realuyo by Nita Noveno
Dominic P. Masi, Jr. was born on an auspicious Mexican holiday in southern California during a blistering heat wave. He moved to the Nutmeg State and there was raised by a fashionista and a Vietnam Veteran. His older sister is a lawyer, so nothing will stick, and his younger brother is a chef and lives in the studio above him, so he stays well fed. He lives in New York City and plans on staying for a while.
Ebony Noelle Golden is the daughter of Pearl Glover, Bertha Sims and Betty Sims. She is a native of Houston, TX. Ebony holds a BA in English Literature and Poetry from Texas A & M University an MFA in Poetry from American University and a MA in Performance Studies from New York University. Ebony is an artist and cultural worker who has been awarded grants from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Fund for Southern Communities, North Carolina A & T University and New York University. She has been published by Black Issues and Books Review, American Book Review, Obsidian, Pluck, and Third World Press. Ebony serves as the creative …
Nancy Agabian is the author of Me as her again (Aunt Lute Books) a memoir on her Armenian identity and the history of her Armenian American family, and Princess Freak, (Beyond Baroque Books, 2000) a collection of autobiographical, coming-of-age poems, stories and performance art texts. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Birthmark: A Bilingual Anthology of Armenian-American Poetry, Hers 2: Brilliant New Fiction from Lesbian Writers, and KGB BarLit. From 1997-2000, Agabian collaborated with Ann Perich as the folk-punk duo Guitar Boy, writing and singing lyrics that skewered pop culture and the art world; they released a CD in 2000 entitled Freaks like me. A Fulbright …
Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in New York magazine, GQ, Esquire, Elle, New York Times Arts and Leisure, New York Times Book Review, among others. He is the author of over 20 non-fiction books, including From Set Shot To Slam Dunk, An Oral History of the NBA, and his most recent novel is Swann’s Last Song. He also teaches writing at and is a Founding Member of the New York Writers Workshop, and the Writer’s Voice. The only time he comes to Brooklyn is when he’s invited to read at the Sunday Salon.
Lara Stapleton was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan. She also lived in the Philippines as a child, and now New York City is her home. Her 1998 collection The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (Aunt Lute) was a Pen Open Book Committee Selection and an Independent Bookseller Selection. She coedited Juncture (Soft Skull 2003) and edited Thirdest World (Factory School 2007). She is a writer of prose, poetry, and screenplays.
We’re taking the chill out of a chilly February! That’s right, we’re keeping the recession and winter blues at bay with a wealth of talent from the NYC literary world, including a memoirist who once played in a folk-punk duo and poets, performance artists, and a novelist extraordinaire! Join us!
Lara Stapleton was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan. She also lived in the Philippines as a child, and now New York City is her home. Her 1998 collection The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing (Aunt Lute) was a Pen Open Book Committee Selection and an Independent Bookseller Selection. She coedited Juncture (Soft Skull 2003) and edited Thirdest …