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Franklin Park Reading Series: Fifth Annual Short Fiction Night

Jan 13, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

| Free

The FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES’s fifth annual Short Fiction Night features one of contemporary literature’s most inventive writers, BEN MARCUS, who’ll be reading from his new short story collection LEAVING THE SEA. He’ll be joined by acclaimed debut short fiction author CHINELO OKPARANTA (HAPPINESS, LIKE WATER); this year’s FC2 Sukenick Prize for Innovative Fiction winner, LUKE B. GOEBEL (FOURTEEEN STORIES| NONE OF THEM ARE YOURS); Gigantic magazine co-founder ANN DEWITT (NOON, BOMB); and exciting new star RYAN CHANG (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius).

The evening includes a $4 pint drink special, book raffle, and giveaway of 20 copies of a Madras Press booklet with Ben Marcus’s story “The Moors.”

We’re grateful to our podcast partner, Late Night Library, for recording our readings. Learn more at www.latenightlibrary.org,

Our readers:

BEN MARCUS is the author of the new short story collection Leaving the Sea and three other books of fiction: The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, and The Flame Alphabet. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, Time, Conjunctions, Grand Street, and Tin House. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories and fiction editor of The American Reader, he lives in New York, where he is on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

CHINELO OKPARANTA is the author of the short story collection Happiness, Like Water. She was named one of Granta’s six New Voices for 2012, and her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Conjunctions, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Subtropics, The Coffin Factory, and elsewhere. Her story “America” was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Born in Nigeria and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, she moved to the United States when she was 10. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has taught students in middle school, high school, and college. Currently, she is an Olivia B. O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University.

LUKE B. GOEBEL is the author of the debut book Fourteen Stories| None of Them Are Yours, which will be released in September 2014 by FC2 and is the winner of the 2012 Ronald Sukenick Prize for Innovative Fiction. His short stories have appeared in Unsaid, Gigantic, PANK, The New York Tyrant, elimae, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. For several years he was a co-editor at The New York Tyrant, publishing work by authors such as Padgett Powell, Gordon Lish, Brian Evenson, Noy Holland, and Rachel Glaser. An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Tyler, he is from Portland, Oregon – by way of San Francisco, Amherst, and New York City.

ANN DEWITT’S writing has appeared in NOON, Guernica, BOMB, Esquire’s Napkin Fiction Project, art+culture, Everyday Genius, The Faster Times, elimae, and Dossier Magazine, amongst others, and her work will be featured in the anthology Short: An International Anthology of 500 Years of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms, edited by Alan Ziegler and due out in 2014. A co-founder of Gigantic magazine, she holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia School of the Arts. She currently teaches in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Columbia University and in The Art and Design History and Theory department at Parsons, The New School. She is at work on her first novel.

RYAN CHANG’S work has appeared in Everyday Genius, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere. A Crown Heights resident, he can be found in the internet on Twitter @avantbored and more often than not at the blog biblioklept.


Jan 13, 2014
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Franklin Park
618 St. John's Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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