NYC | October 20, 2013

Yes, the more, the merrier. To celebrate the arrival of autumn, we’re welcoming not four, but five remarkably talented writers to the stage! Join us for an evening of spectacular readings at Jimmys no. 43. 7pm.

Jenny Halper won the 2011 Emerging Writer award from Our Stories, and has work in many places including Southeast Review, Joyland, Hot Metal Bridge, Construction, Necessary Fiction, and PANK. Her stories have been reprinted in Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions, Joyland Retro, and the anthology Sudden Flash Youth, and as a journalist she has written for the Boston Phoenix, Nylon Magazine, and Women on Film, among others. She is a 2009 graduate of Emerson …

Kathleen Rooney

HairstacheKathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. Her most recent book is the novel in poems Robinson Alone, winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry. Her collaborative chapbook, The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go, co-written with Elisa Gabbert, has just been released by the feminist publisher Hyacinth Girl Press, and her debut novel O, Democracy! is forthcoming in 2014.

Valerie Laken

valerieValerie Laken’s first novel, Dream House, received the Anne Powers Award and was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009. Her story collection, Separate Kingdoms, was long-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and has received a Pushcart Prize and an honorable mention in the Best American Short Stories. She holds an MA in Slavic Literatures and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and is currently an associate professor and coordinator of the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is …

Miles Harvey

miles--photoMiles Harvey wrote How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, a play that premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in 2013. He is the editor of a collection of oral histories, also called How Long Will I Cry?, which will be released this fall. Harvey’s previous work includes The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime (Random House), a national and international bestseller that USA Today named one of the ten best books of 2000, and Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First European Artist in North America (Random House, 2007). His fiction has appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, AGNI, …

Samantha Irby

Sam Irby Author Photo v2Samantha Irby is a writer and performer who mostly makes jokes about hot dudes, diarrhea, kittens, and magical tacos on the Internet at the highly visited site bitchesgottaeat.com. Seriously. Go read it. In addition to co-hosting Guts & Glory, a reading series featuring essayists, she has performed at Essay Fiesta, Write Club, This Much is True, Grown Folks Stories, The Paper Machete, and Story Club, among others. She opened for Baratunde Thurston during his “How to Be Black” tour. Her work has appeared on The Rumpus and Jezebel. Samantha and partner Ian Belknap write a comedy advice blog at …

Chicago | September 29, 2013

We’re making the transition from summer into fall by bringing together a few of Chicago’s favorite writers, including Samantha Irby, whose new release MEATY has been named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for fall 2013! Combine Irby’s bracing humor with Miles Harvey’s powerful voice, Valerie Laken’s subtle sensibility, Kathleen Rooney’s precise prose, and the result is a perfect reading!

Join us Sunday, September 29 at 7 pm, Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, 3614 N. Damen in Chicago.