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FRANKLIN PARK READING SERIES: BKBF Bookend Event with Jenny Zhang, Melissa Febos, Chelsea Martin, Dina Nayeri, and Elizabeth Ellen 

September 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


On Monday, September 11, the Franklin Park Reading Series will host a special Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event featuring groundbreaking authors Jenny Zhang, Melissa Febos, Chelsea Martin, Dina Nayeri, and Elizabeth Ellen, who probe themes of identity, class, art, displacement, and obsession in their fearless, visceral work.

Admission is free, and there will be a $5 draft drink special and free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books.

More about our authors:

JENNY ZHANG is the author of the short story collection Sour Heart, a poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, and a collection of poems and essays, The Selected Jenny Zhang. She was nominated for a National Magazine Award for her essay in Poetry magazine, and her writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Rookie, Lenny and BuzzFeed. Born in Shanghai and raised in New York, she lives in Brooklyn.

MELISSA FEBOS is the author of the essay collection Abandon Me and the memoir Whip Smart. Her work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, Glamour, Salon, Elle UK, The Guardian, Vogue.com, and Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers and received special mention from the Best American Essays anthology. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA. She serves on the Board of Directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years.

CHELSEA MARTIN is the author of the essay collection Caca Dolce; Everything Was Fine Until Whatever; The Really Funny Thing About Apathy; Even Though I Don’t Miss You, which was named one of the Best Indie Books of 2013 by Dazed magazine; and Mickey. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Hobart, Lenny Letter, Vice, and Catapult, and was chosen as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She is a comic artist and illustrator and lives in Washington State.

DINA NAYERI is the author of the novels Refuge and A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, which was translated into fourteen languages. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and Marie Claire, among other publications. She is the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (2015), the O. Henry Prize (2015) A graduate of Princeton, Harvard, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she was a finalist for the Rome prize and has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and the O. Henry Prize. She was born in the middle of a revolution in Iran and moved to America at ten-years-old.

ELIZABETH ELLEN is the author of the novel Person/a, the short story collection Fast Machine, and the upcoming story collection Saul Stories and the poetry collection Elizabeth Ellen. She is also the author of the chapbooks Before You She Was A Pitbull; A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness; and Bridget Fonda. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous online and print journals, including elimae, Illuminati Girl Gang, Hobart, Fanzine, Bookslut, Muumuu House, Shabby Doll House, BOMBBLOG, Lazy Fascist Review, HTMLGIANT, American Short Fiction, New York Tyrant, McSweeney’s, The Guardian, Joyland, Catapult, and Bennington Review. She received a Pushcart Prize for her story, “Teen Culture,” originally published in American Short Fiction. She is deputy editor at Hobart and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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


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