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Franklin Park Reading Series: Year-End Bash

Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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The Franklin Park Reading Series is hosting a lit bash to mark the end of 2015, with readings of exciting new prose and poetry from acclaimed authors Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees), Jamie Iredell (Last Mass), Ryan Britt (Luke Skywalker Can’t Read), Niina Pollari (Dead Horse), Annie Liontas (Let Me Explain You), and Rachel Sherman (The First Hurt), plus a deluxe raffle for books and merch, $4 drafts, and sweet treats.

More on our authors:

CHINELO OKPARANTA was born in Port Harcout, Nigeria. She is the author of the novel Under the Udala Trees and the award-winning story collection Happiness, Like Water. Her honors include an O. Henry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and finalist selection for the Young Lions, the Caine Prize, and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her stories have appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, and Tin House, among other publications. She lives in New York.

JAMIE IREDELL is the author of the books I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac, The Book of Freaks, and Prose. Poems. A Novel. His writing has appeared in over a hundred magazines and journals, including PANK, Hobart, Gigantic, Opium Magazine, and Poets & Writers. He was a founding editor of the journal New South and is a former fiction editor for Atticus Review. With Blake Butler and Amy McDaniel, he founded the Solar Anus Reading Series in Atlanta, where he lives with his wife and daughters and where he teaches creative writing in the MFA program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His most recent book, Last Mass, was listed as a must-read by The Offing, Los Angeles Magazine, and The Millions and has garnered praise from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Rumpus, and VICE.

RYAN BRITT is the author of the essay collection Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths. He has written for The New York Times, Electric Literature, The Awl, VICE’s Motherboard, and Clarkesworld Magazine and is a consulting editor for Story Magazine. He was the staff writer for the Hugo Award-winning web magazine Tor.com, where he remains a contributor. He lives in New York City.

NIINA POLLARI is the author of the poetry collection Dead Horse (Birds LLC, 2015), which was named one of the 50 Best Independent Press Books of 2015 by Flavorwire. Sheqqq is also the translator, from the Finnish, of Tytti Heikkinen’s The Warmth of the Taxidermied Animal (Action Books 2012).

ANNIE LIONTAS is the author of the novel Let Me Explain You. A graduate of Syracuse University’s MFA program, she writes fiction and poetry. Since 2003, she has been dedicated to urban education, working with teachers and youth in Philadelphia and Newark, NJ. She lives with her wife in Philadelphia.

RACHEL SHERMAN holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Conjunctions, n+1, Catapult, and The Offing, among other publications. She is the author of the novel Living Room and the book of short stories The First Hurt, which was shortlisted for The Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. She teaches writing at Rutgers and Columbia and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshops.


Dec 14, 2015
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Franklin Park
618 St. John's Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States


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