Cambridge Writers’ Studio Opens in Brooklyn

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop (formerly based in Cambridge, MA) will be opening a writing studio in Brooklyn, NY on November 25, 2011.  The Cambridge Writers Workshop will be holding creative writing and craft classes at the studio, offer writing residencies, and will also provide information on upcoming on-line writing workshops and the CWW in Sacy, writing and eco-living retreat at the Chateau de Sacy scheduled for August 2012.  You can find out more about the programs and classes offered by the CWW by attending the studio launch here:

Cambridge Writers’ Studio Opening
Friday November 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm
922 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Featuring live music, champagne toasts, flash writing prompts, open mics sessions, and electrified readings by Samantha Milowsky, Patrick Rosal, and co-directors Diana Norma Szokolyai and Rita Banerjee.  For information, please visit the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop websites here:  (Please Note that the CWW Brooklyn Studio is part of the 922 Studio Complex on the second floor above Norm’s Music).

Tupelo Press – Lines of Inspiration (Day 31)

The editors at Tupelo Press have created a wonderful poetry project entitled “The Million Line Poem.”  The project invites writers and poets of all creeds to come together on-line as a community to create an exciting, fun, and thought-provoking collaborative poem.  Here are two lines that were featured on Tupelo Press’s Lines of Inspiration for Day 31 of their collaborative poem project:


I bought a box of strawberries today. They were ripe & they were tart. I would like
to share them with you. But not the satisfaction—

– Rita Banerjee

You can read more about the Million Line Poem here:

A Night with Kali (Digitized)

The Brooklyn Art House Co-op has begun to digitize The Fiction Project (2011) collection.  So while the original edition of A Night with Kali can be found at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York, here is a copy of the novella for your reading pleasure: 

A Night with Kali focuses on the story of a young taxi driver from Kolkata named Tamal.  Part coming of age narrative, part mystery, Tamal deconstructs and reconstructs his various encounters with ghosts and the goddess Kali as the novella progresses.  Based on a true-life story, A Night with Kali is part of the “Nighttime Stories” genre of The Fiction Project (2011) collection.

In addition to the digital scan on-line, A Night with Kali is also available for reading at the Brooklyn Art Library, an archive of the Brooklyn Art-House Co-op.  The original novella can be read at:  Brooklyn Art Library, 103A N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 *  Tues-Sun: 12:00-8:00pm (Here is a wonderful preview and review of the Brooklyn Art Library).

The Fiction Project

Rita Banerjee recently produced a hand-made novella, entitled, A Night with Kali, for the Brooklyn Art House Co-op.  The book will be part of the Art House Co-op’s The Fiction Project (2011).  The novella was hand-written and hand-illustrated according to the Art House rules.  You can see scans of the project below:

A Night with Kali will be housed permanently at the Brooklyn Art Library (with portions available on line). However, the novella is being currently featured on the The Fiction Project (2011) tour.  You can view  A Night with Kali in person at the following exhibitions this summer:

June 10-12, 2011
12pm – 4pm
Seattle, WA Form/Space Ateller
2407 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
June 16-18, 2011
12pm – 5:30pm
San Francisco, CA Madrone Studios
1417 15th St
San Francisco, CA
July 14-17, 2011
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Chicago, IL Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
July 29-31, 2011 Winter Park, FL Full Sail University
3300 University Boulevard
Winter Park, FL 32792

Here’s an image of exhibition in action.  This photograph was taken on June 18, 2011 at Madrone Studios in San Francisco, California during the The Fiction Project (2011) tour.  The exhibition featured an area where readers could look up and check-out individual hand-made books from the Brooklyn Art House Co-op’s The Fiction Project (2011) and The Sketchbook Project (2011).  To the right of the library and reading section was a small stage and performance area for poets and writers to read from and perform portions of their hand-written books live.  The Fiction Project will continue its tour at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL and Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL this summer.  You can read Rita Banerjee’s novella A Night with Kali at any of these locations or at the Brooklyn Art Library after the tour.

(photo courtesy of Jeremie Korta)

On the Radio

Rita Banerjee’s poetry was recently featured on the KBOO Radio’s APA Compass in Portland, Oregon.  The reading, which featured a selection of poems from Cracklers at Night, was hosted by Kushlani de Soyza.  Check out the reading below:

Rita Banerjee
APA Compass, KBOO Radio
Reading from “Cracklers at Night”
Host: Kushlani de Soyza