Bessie’s (J/M/Z to Myrtle/Broadway)
August 17 * doors 6pm / reading 7pm
Bessie’s is a private studio/reading-room that hosts arts’n’craft, community, literary and acoustic music events and offers a safe-space, refreshments, food, candy, great vinyl, and small press publications. PM Bessie’s for address.
++Yes, please: Respect, Love, Art, Books, Reading, Live Acoustic Music, Vinyl, Green things, Air Conditioning, Safe Place, Refreshments and Snacks ++No, thanks: WIFI, Ruckus, Screens, Loud Conversations (On phones or in person), outside food and beverages.
DOLAN MORGAN lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is the author of two books: That’s When the Knives Come Down (A|P, 2014) and INSIGNIFICANA (CCM, 2016). Publishers Weekly describes his work as “stories that are as bizarre as they are brilliant.” His writing has appeared in The Believer, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Selected Shorts, and the trash.
RITA BANERJEE is the Executive Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and teaches at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and her writing appears in Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Mass Poetry, Hyphen Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, AWP WC&C Quarterly, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Riot Grrrl Magazine, The Fiction Project, Objet d’Art, KBOO Radio’s APA Compass, and elsewhere. Her poetry chapbook, Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press), received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival, and her novella, A Night with Kali, in Approaching Footsteps (Spider Road Press), released in November 2016. Her debut poetry collection, Echo in Four Beats, which was a finalist for the Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award and the Aquarius Press/Willow Books Literature Award, will be released by Finishing Line Press on February 2, 2018. And her edited volume, CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing, will be released by C&R Press on March 7, 2018. She is currently working on a novel, a book on South Asian literary modernisms, and a collection of lyric essays.
ERIC NELSON is a writer and cultural critic living in Queens, New York. He is the author of LEVERAGE (King Shot Press, 2015.) Reviews and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Brooklyn Rail, McSweeney’s and other publications.