Friday, October 9, 2009

Event Announcement: Doesn't This Sound Cool?!!!


E L E C T R I C
L I T E R A T U R E
325 Gold St. Suite 303,
Brooklyn NY 11201
323-839-6204

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
-- PLEASE DISSEMINATE


Electric Literature Presents:
The Soapbox Reading Series

Where: Washington Square Park, (west of the fountain).
When: October 13th, 2009 and October 20th, 2009, Noon – 1:30pm
Who:

Oct 13th: Colson Whitehead and Carmiel Banasky
20th: Stephen O’Connor and special guests

The Electric Literature Soapbox Reading Series is exactly what it sounds like: Writers will read their work atop a box in the middle of Washington Square Park.
Washington Square has a long and storied history of both arts and activism. To celebrate the area, the Soapbox Reading Series is an inclusive event for a diverse audience of passersby, office workers, cops, shoppers, students, and literary enthusiasts sharing in a common, transportive experience.
The Soapbox readings will entertain and promote literary fiction by connecting authors directly with the public, while celebrating the diversity of the city and its cultural wealth.
No rain dates, so pray for sun!
Colson Whitehead, a 2002 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of four novels and a book of essays about New York City. His most recent book is Sag Harbor.
Stephen O’Connor is the author of Rescue, short fiction and poetry; Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, memoir and social criticism; Orphan Trains, narrative history, and Here Comes Another Lesson, short fiction, forthcoming from Free Press. His fiction and poetry have been in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Conjunctions, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, New England Review, The Missouri Review, The Quarterly, Partisan Review, and many other places. His essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, DoubleTake, The Nation, AGNI, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe and elsewhere. He teaches fiction and nonfiction writing in the MFA programs of Columbia and Sarah Lawrence.
Carmiel Banasky grew up in Portland, Oregon and received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. In Oxford, Mississippi, she taught preschool and, in her spare time, attempted to organize a pro-choice movement. She failed. Eventually, she found her way to New York City to finally focus on writing. Currently, she is studying with Peter Carey and Colum McCann at Hunter College, where she also teaches creative writing. She has two stories published with Glimmer Train Stories, one of won first prize in their Family Matters contest. Other stories can be found online at The Boy Bedlam Review.