Soda Series #7 May 15th 7pm Soda Bar, Brooklyn

Big Other presents Soda Series with Melissa Broder, Stever Himmer, Josef Horáček, and Joseph Riippi. Facebook RSVP

Melissa Broder is the author of MEAT HEART (forthcoming from Publishing Genius; 2012) and WHEN YOU SAY ONE THING BUT MEAN YOUR MOTHER (Ampersand Books; 2010). Poems appear or are forthcoming in Opium, Redivider, Barrelhouse, The Collagist, et al. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cake Shop in NYC. http://www.melissabroder.com/

Steve Himmer is the author of the novel THE BEE-LOUD GLADE, and editor of the webjournal Necessary Fiction. His stories have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, most recently Hawk & Handsaw, Weber: The Contemporary West, The Collagist, and Re:Telling. He lives near Boston, where he teaches at Emerson College, and he has a website at http://www.stevehimmer.com/.

Josef Horáček’s poems, translations, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Action Yes, New American Writing, Circumference, 1913, Translation Studies, and elsewhere. As a doctoral student at Emory University, he received a 2009 NEA Translation Fellowship and a 2011 Ransom Center Dissertation Research Fellowship. Currently living in Baton Rouge, he teaches at Lousiana State University. He writes for montevidayo.com and his multimedia work can be found at vimeo.com/josefhoracek.

Joseph Riippi is the author of THE ORANGE SUITCASE (2011) and DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING! DO SOMETHING! (2009), both from Ampersand Books. RESEARCH (a novel for performance), is currently in development with [the claque] in New York City for staging in November, and has showcase performances scheduled for May 20 and 22 (visit http://www.theclaque.org). A chapbook TREESISTERS, is forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press.

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Soda Series #6 Sunday 7pm – Brooklyn, NY

Reading and conversation with:

Vincent Czyz is the author of the short story collection Adrift in a Vanishing City, to which Paul West devoted a chapter of Master Class. He received two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts and won the Faulkner Prize for Short Fiction. His stories have appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, Louisiana Literature, the Double Dealer Redux, and the Massachusetts Review, which nominated his work for a Pushcart Prize. One his stories was translated into Turkish for an anthology published in Turkey in 2010.

Michael Leong’s poetry career began in the sixth grade when he won his first and only poetry prize in Mr. Harrison’s class for a haiku about a snake. Since then, he has received degrees in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Rutgers University and has published poems in journals such as Bird Dog, jubilat, Marginalia, Opium Magazine, Pindeldyboz, and Tin House. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009) and Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions / The Brooklyn Rail, forthcoming), as well as a translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, I, the Worst of All (BlazeVOX [books], 2009). He currently lives in New York City.

Janice Shapiro studied film at UCLA where she won first prize in The Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Competition. The short films she directed were screened widely at film festivals around the world and she was a recipient of an AFI Filmmakers’ Grant. She has written scripts for numerous studios and independent producers including the cult film, Dead Beat that she co-wrote with her husband, Adam Dubov. Janice’s short stories have been published in The North American Review, and The Santa Monica Review. A graphic piece that she wrote was part of the anthology, What Were We Thinking? published by St. Martin’s press. Another graphic piece appeared in The Seattle Review. Bummer and Other Stories is her first book. She is currently working on a second collection of short stories, a collection of food essays entitled, Eat Like Me, and a graphic memoir, Crushable – My Life In Crushes From Ricky Nelson to Viggo Mortensen. Janice lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and dog.

Mike Young is the author of WE ARE ALL GOOD IF THEY TRY HARD ENOUGH (Publishing Genius Press September 2010), LOOK! LOOK! FEATHERS (Word Riot Press December 2010), and the chapbook MC OROVILLE’S ANSWERING MACHINE (Transmission Press 2009). He co-edits NOÖ Journal and Magic Helicopter Press. He lives in Northampton, MA.

Events this week in Brooklyn

On Wednesday in Brooklyn come see Mark Doten, Greg Gerke, Amy McDaniel and Nathaniel Otting read at Soda Bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. 629 Vanderbilt Avenue. I’m very, very excited to hear these great authors and I’m honored to read with them. Facebook page.

MARK EDMUND DOTEN’s writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Guernica, Lamination Colony, and The Believer. He’s the managing editor of Soho Press.

AMY MCDANIEL contributes to HTMLGiant, and her work has been or will be in Tin House, The Agriculture Reader, and PANK. She is the author of a new chapbook, Selected Adult Lessons (Agnes Fox Press).

NATHANIEL OTTING hopes to win a book collecting contest with a 5pm deadline. March 3 is his birthday.

Also, in what has become and will continue to be a great new literary reading bar and all around fun place, go check out Pacific Standard Bar in North Park Slope. 82 Fourth Ave. (St. Mark Pl.) Here is the blog. This Thursday March 4th go see the Chin Music Poetry Series with John Burnside, Ada Limón and Lindsay Turner. And I am hoping they will soon be hosting the aforementioned AWP in NYC event.

I am particularly excited to see John Burnside read. He’s coming all the way from Scotland and has written poems, stories, novels and a beautiful memoir.

John Burnside’s most recent collection of poems, THE HUNT IN THE FOREST, was published in 2009 by Cape. Author of twelve collections of poetry and seven works of fiction, his first collection of poetry, THE HOOP, was published in 1988 and won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Other poetry collections include COMMON KNOWLEDGE (1991), FEAST DAYS (1992), winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and THE ASYLUM DANCE (2000), winner of the Whitbread Poetry Award and shortlisted for both the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and the T. S. Eliot Prize. THE LIGHT TRAP (2001) was also shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Born in Dunfermline, Scotland, he now lives in Fife.

Ada Limón is the author of two award-winning books of poetry, LUCKY WRECK and THIS BIG FAKE WORLD. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Diode, Iowa Review, and others. Her third book, SHARKS IN THE RIVER, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions.

Originally from northeast Tennessee, Lindsay Turner holds degrees in English from Harvard College, and in film studies from the Université Paris III Sorbonne – Nouvelle, where she also taught. Her poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Meridian, VERSE online, The Boston Review, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate at New York University, and she lives in Brooklyn.