NYC | December 14, 2008

Raise your glasses of wine, eggnog, or H2O cause we’re making a toast! To health, happiness, and all around literary goodness. Join us on December 14th at 8pm (right after the Holiday Crafts Fair at Stain Bar…shopping anyone?) for a reading to remember with music by Michael Indeglio. Cheers!

Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a native of Ghana, is a writer and musician. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Bennington College, Ali has published fiction and essays in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, Gathering of the Tribes, and Essence. He is the author of The Prophet of Zongo Street (Harper Collins 2006), a dazzling collection of stories that take readers to a world that seamlessly blends African folklore and myths with modernity.

Cheryl Burke
is a Brooklyn-based poet and writer. Her work appears in numerous print and online publications, including; Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press, 2007), Suspect Thoughts, Reactions 5: New Poetry (Pen & Inc, 2005), BLOOM, and The Guardian. She has given readings and performances of her work throughout the U.S. and Great Britain. In 2003, Cheryl received an artists fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her website is www.cherylb.com.

Erica Silberman is a playwright, essayist, and screenwriter. She has written fifteen times for theAtrainplays, a twenty-four hour theatre project. Her plays have been produced or developed at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, New World Stages, Playwrights Horizon, the Stonington Opera House, and the Metropolitan Playhouse. She is published in Teachers and Writers, will be published in Playscripts, and has been featured on NPR’s PRI. She is a mentor at Girls Write Now and the co-president of The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media.

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places (Moyer Bell 2007) and Harbors and Spirits (Moyer Bell 1999), and two works of fiction, the widely celebrated and influential novel, Rails Under My Back (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000), which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction, and the story collection Holding Pattern (Graywolf Press 2008). His essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, Bomb, Hambone, The Antioch Review, StoryQuarterly, African Voices, African American Review, Callaloo, Arkansas Review, Other Voices, Black Renaissance Noire, and XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics. Among other projects, Allen is presently at work on Talking Talk, a book of interviews and conversations with fiction writers of African descent from around the world, Africa Calling Africa: A 21st Century Anthology of New and Emerging Writers from the Continent, and the novel Song of the Shank, based on the life of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso and composer who performed under the stage name Blind Tom. Graywolf Press will publish the novel in 2010. Allen lives in Far Rockaway, Queens with his wife and two children.

Michael Indeglio is a singer, actor, musician…all around artistic guy living in NYC. He is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He’s toured the country with the National Tours of TITANIC and MAME, and was a member of the Canadian Tour of FOREVER PLAID. Mike also plays with various singers and songwriters in Philadelphia, New York, and Florida. He’s a pretty nice and funny guy.

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