Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Guerrilla Holiday

The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series returns January 28th, 2009.

We wish you all happy holidays and a safe and happy New Year.

Friday, November 7, 2008


This month's Guerrilla Lit Reading Series happens a week earlier than usual due to the Thanksgiving holiday. So please come by on Wednesday the 19th when we welcome Nick Burd, Morgan Matson, and Jenny Lederer to Bar on A. Join us at 7:30 PM

NICK BURD attended the University of Iowa and received his MFA from the New School. His first book, a young adult novel called The Vast Fields of Ordinary, will be published in May 2009 by Penguin/Dial Books. He lives in Brooklyn.

MORGAN MATSON received her MFA in Writing for Children & Teens from The New School in 2007. Her first novel, Top 8, was published this October. She lives in Brooklyn and is working on her second novel.

JENNY LEDERER is originally from Providence RI and now lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She writes short fiction in all flavors. This is her second reading.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Lee Goldberg, Dani Grammerstorf, and Nicole Spector to Bar on A. Join us at 7:30 PM

Also, see some recent news from one of our former readers after the BIOS:

LEE GOLDBERG teaches literature, composition, and film at LaGuardia Community College. He has an MFA from New School University and is one of the founders of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. His book reviews have been published at fictionwritersreview.com. Right now he is finishing his first novel and a collection of short stories. He is a native New Yorker and dreams of writing a book that reviews all the best pizza in the five boroughs.

DANI GRAMMERSTORF is using her MFA from the New School to make 1,000 paper cranes. Her nonfiction has appeared in Playgirl, and she is currently working on a short story collection, a novel that is sucking the life out of her, and an inappropriate essay that contains naughty language and naked people. Dani spends her days playing Scramble when she's supposed to be processing invoices at her day job. She expects to be fired soon. She lives in Queens, New York.

NICOLE AUDREY SPECTOR, originally from L.A, has lived in New York for the past eight years. She holds a B.A. from the New School. Her writing has appeared or is scheduled to appear in KGB's on-line lit mag, Flavorpill, and various travel, music and trade publications. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories.

NEWS from one of our readers! Alvin Eng who read for us in March will be at CUNY's Asian American Research Institute lecture series on Friday, October 17, 2008, from 6PM to 8PM, at 25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. This event is FREE.

Alvin Eng is a playwright, performer and adjunct Professor of Creative Writing on the English Department faculties of John Jay, BMCC and Fordham. He will be reading from THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING'S FINAL MANIFESTO--An Imperial Memoir in Queens English--the prose adaptation of his acclaimed memoir monologues, The Flushing Cycle and The Last Emperor of Flushing.

Thursday, July 31, 2008


On September 24th, the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Victoria Redel, Ronna Wineberg, Ed Hamilton, and Alex Smith to Bar on A. Join us at 7:30PM.

VICTORIA REDEL is the author of two books of poetry and three books of fiction. Her latest novel The Border of Truth (Counterpoint 2007) weaves the situation of refugees and a daughter’s awakening to the history and secrets of her father’s survival and loss. Loverboy (2001, Graywolf / 2002, Harcourt), was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Loverboy was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Her fiction and poetry have been widely anthologized. Redel’s work has been translated into five languages. Her most recent collection of poems, Swoon (2003, University of Chicago Press), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

RONNA WINEBERG's collection of short stories, Second Language, won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition. Her stories have appeared in Berkeley Fiction Review, Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, So To Speak, and other literary journals. She has received a fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Atherton Scholarship in Fiction at Bread Loaf, and fellowships to the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Ronna was a Finalist for the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, for Second Language. She has also been a Finalist in Moment Magazine's Short Story Contest. Ronna is the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, published by the Department of Medicine at New York University. She lives in New York City.

Ed Hamilton is the author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca (Thunder’s Mouth Press, Nov 2007). He also writes Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog. His non-fiction has regularly appeared in the local newspapers, Chelsea Now and The Villager. Ed’s fiction has appeared in The River Walk Journal, SoMa Literary Review, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Exquisite Corpse, Southern Ocean Review, Limestone: A Journal of Art and Literature, Modern Drunkard, and Lumpen Times, as well as in dozens of online publications. Ed’s short story, Goddamn Watermelon, was published in Class Dismissed: 75 Outrageous, Mind-Expanding College Exploits (and Lessons That Won't Be on the Final) (Random House, July 25, 2006)

ALEX SMITH is the author of the book of poems, LUX. He has been published in Black Ink Horror, Left-Facing Bird, and Sink Review, among others. He is the founding editor of Red China Magazine, Dick Pig Review, and the publisher of Black Maze Books. He teaches English at John Jay College, and lives near Union Square.


ON SEPTEMBER 27th, the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series curates one of 15 events at LitQuake's NYC Lit Crawl.

Venue for this special event: Solas 232 East 9th Street (Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue)

Lit Crawl at Solas starts at 7:15 PM. The readers are Tao Lin and Nicole Audrey Spector.

TAO LIN is the author of the poetry collections Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Melville House) and you are a little bit happier than i am (Action Books) and two other books. He has been published in Noon and Vice.

NICOLE AUDREY SPECTOR, originally from L.A, has lived in New York for the past eight years. She holds a B.A. from the New School. Her writing has appeared or is scheduled to appear in KGB's on-line lit mag, Flavorpill, and various travel, music and trade publications. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories.

Monday, July 14, 2008


The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Dennis DiClaudio, James J. Williams, and Diana Roffman to Bar on A. Join us at 7:30 PM for the last reading of the summer.

DENNIS DiCLAUDIO writes for a Comedy Central website that you, in all likelyhood, don't care about called Indecision 2008. He's the author of a number of books that you probably never picked up, the least un-famous of which being The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have. This fall, he has another book coming out that you almost certainly won't read called Man vs. Weather. He's had stories published in a number of journals and websites that you're not very interested in, including Opium, Elimae, Yankee Pot Roast, McSweeney's and Exquisite Corpse. His lifelong favorite football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, will never win the Super Bowl. He is a happy and confident man.

JAMES J. WILLIAMS III, a native Brooklynite, is an artist, curator and director of the Thorstein Foundation. His memoir I Was Going to Change the World appears this January in conjunction with his solo show I love everything at envoy.

DIANA ROFFMAN is a public school teacher, a green tea drinker, and a writer. Sometimes, all at once.

Monday, June 9, 2008


The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Nick Antosca, Emily Taylor, Molly McCloy, and Suzanne Dottino to Bar on A. Join us at 7:30 PM.

NICK ANTOSCA's writing has appeared in The Barcelona Review, Nerve, The New York Sun, Identity Theory, The New York Tyrant, The Antietam Review, Hustler, Opium, elimae, and others. His first novel, Fires, was published in January 2007 by Impetus Press, and his second, Midnight Picnic, will be out in fall 2008.

EMILY TAYLOR received her MFA from The New School in May 2007, where she continues to serve as prose editor for LIT. She teaches creative writing and literature at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and works in science publishing. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in the Green Mountains Review, Lost Magazine, The Baltimore Review, and Inkwell. In addition, an as-yet-unpublished story was a finalist for the 2007 Italo Calvino Prize given by the University of Louisville. She is completing her first novel.

An NYC Moth Storytelling Slam winner with work published in Nerve and Slate, MOLLY McCLOY has been called a "happy misanthrope," an "angel," and "one of the great storytellers of our generation." She's currently working on a family memoir that features urban wolves, suicidal rodeo horses, pot-smoking Cub Scouts and cross-dressing skinheads.

SUZANNE DOTTINO is senior editor at kgbbarlit.com and literary curator for the sunday night fiction reading series at KGB Bar. Her interviews and reviews have appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Review and her plays have been produced in The Samuel French, and Women Center Stage Festivals.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Reading Wednesday May 28th

The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Rachel Sontag, Jesse Dorris, and Elizabeth May to Bar on A. This reading starts earlier than usual: Please join us at 7:00 PM.

RACHEL SONTAG is the author of the memoir House Rules (HarperCollins). She was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. She lives in New York City. House Rules is her first book.

"Sontag’s is a brave account, not only of what it’s like to take the brunt of an abusive parent’s wrath, but of what it means to have the courage to leave."
— Publishers Weekly

JESSE DORRIS' writing has appeared in Out, Black Book, The Brooklyn Rail, The Salt River Review, and the anthologies New York Sex: Stories and Latin Lovers. He co-edited the anthology B├ęsame Mucho with Jaime Manrique. He received an MFA from the New School, and is currently at work on a novel.

ELIZABETH MAY doesn't like women in skirts. The best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt, then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants, underneath the skirt and you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape. Elizabeth thinks this is the best costume for the day. She received her MFA in creative writing from the New School in 2006.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Reading Wednesday April 30th

The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Felicia C. Sullivan, Eugene Hwang, and Brian Fender to Bar on A. Join us at 7:30 PM.

FELICIA C. SULLIVAN is a New York based writer with an MFA from Columbia University. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in Swink, Post Road, Mississippi Review, Redivider, Pindeldyboz, Ballyhoo Stories, Publisher’s Weekly, the anthologies, Homewrecker – An Atlas of Illicit Loves (Soft Skull Press, 2005) and in Money Changes Everything (Doubleday, January 2007), among other publications. Recently, an excerpt from her memoir was a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2006 collection. Algonquin Books published her memoir, THE SKY ISN’T VISIBLE FROM HERE in February of 2008. She has been awarded fellowships from Tin House magazine and SLS Literary Seminars. She is the founder of the literary journal, Small Spiral Notebook, and is also the co-founder of the Non-Fiction series at KGB Bar.

EUGENE HWANG received an MFA from New School University in 2007 and received an honorable mention in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition for his story Counterclockwise. He currently lives in New Jersey and is working on his first novel, Consider the Ceiling. He is also helping to organize a symposium on the life and work of Alexander Lim, one of the most celebrated but misunderstood artists of our time.

BRIAN FENDER is a graduate of the New School University's MFA program for fiction writing. He spends the majority of his time walking the dog, commuting to work, selling beautiful but overpriced furniture, going to the gym, getting back on the train to go home and trying to get published somewhere in between.

Friday, March 7, 2008


The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Alvin Eng, Todd Zuniga, James Stobie, and Jonathan Reed to Bar on A this month. Join us at 7:30 PM.

ALVIN ENG is a playwright, performer and educator. THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING'S FINAL MANIFESTO is his first formal foray into prose, and is based on his similarly titled memoir monologue which he has performed at Dixon Place and Pan Asian Rep. among others. Eng is the editor/compiler of the play anthology/oral history, TOKENS? THE NYC ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE ON STAGE, that includes his play, The Last Hand Laundry in Chinatown. His plays and poetry have also been published in numerous anthologies and journals, and he has contributed commentaries to NPR's All Things Considered. Honors include grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. He is a proud Flushing, Queens native who currently lives in Manhattan, and was named after the Chipmunk cartoon character. www.alvineng.com

TODD ZUNIGA is the founding editor of Opium Magazine and a co-founder of the Literary Death Match reading series. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his fiction has appeared most recently in Canteen, and online at Lost Magazine. He is hard at work on the third draft of his second novel. During the day he works as a freelance editor for 1up.com and ESPN Video Games. He longs for a Chicago Cubs World Series victory and an EU passport.

JAMES STOBIE was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland State University in 2003. He has been published in the journal Anthos.

JONATHAN REED hails from Independence, Missouri. He got a degree in Philosophy in 1995 and not long after found himself living abroad, traveling extensively and occasionally teaching English. He lived in Prague for several years and then spent a year in rural Japan, on the gentle slopes of Mount Haruna. His last two months in Japan were spent in jail. He will be reading the beginning of the book he wrote describing that experience. He now lives in the East Village.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series welcomes Ellis Avery, Aoibheann Sweeney, and Jessanne Collins to Bar on A this month. Join us at 7:30 for a special evening.

ELLIS AVERY - Named by New York Press as 2007’s Best Writer You've Never Heard of But Should Go Read Right Now, Ellis Avery is the author of THE TEAHOUSE FIRE, a first novel set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan. Recently out in paperback from Riverhead Books, THE TEAHOUSE FIRE won three awards last year and is being translated into seven languages. Ellis lives in New York and teaches creative writing at Columbia.

AOIBHEANN SWEENEY has written book reviews for the New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World and The Village Voice Literary Supplement. She earned her B.A. at Harvard University and her MFA at University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. Her first novel, Among Other Things I’ve Taken Up Smoking, was an Editor’s Choice at the New York Times Book Review, and is a nominee for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and a finalist for the Border’s Original Voices Award. She is currently Director of the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

JESSANNE COLLINS is an editor at Playgirl magazine, where she writes features and odes to the phallic form. Her essays have recently appeared in the New York Press and on Salon.com. She has an MFA from the New School, and is the abandoner of three novels-in-progress, one of which is only one paragraph long.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Guerrilla Lit Returns

Wednesday, January 30th at Bar on A

7:30 PM - 170 Avenue A @ 11th Street, NYC

Music provided by GPod.

The Readers:

Dani Grammerstorf
Matthew Quinn Martin
Jared Hohl
Randall J. Lotowycz

DANI GRAMMERSTORF is a writer who lives in Queens with two roommates, a fish named Rupert, and a red Crock Pot. Dani has an M.F.A from the New School and is currently finishing her first novel. Her nonfiction writing will soon appear in Playgirl magazine. She is one of the founding members of Guerrilla Lit.

MATTHEW QUINN MARTIN is a New York based writer and director. His original screenplay Slingshot was bought by Bold Films and made into a feature film starring Julianna Margulies, David Arquette, Thora Birch, Balthazar Getty and Joely Fisher. Slingshot premiered at the TriBeCa film festival and is now available on DVD, distributed by the Weinstein Co. His short film A Walk in the Park premiered at New York's Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater, was chosen as a Best of Festival selection at The NYC downtown Short Film Festival, and nominated for best short at Hoboken International Film Festival. Matthew recently completed work on the novel version of Slingshot and is currently in preproduction for his feature film directing debut, the horror-thriller Vamp, from his original screenplay.

JARED HOHL is from Donnellson, Iowa. His writing has appeared in YRB Magazine, Topic Magazine, the Associated Press newswire, and in the anthology The Apocalypse Reader published by Thunder's Mouth Press (May 1, 2007).

RANDALL J. LOTOWYCZ has an MFA from the New School framed on his living room wall. Staring at it day in and day out, while never working on either of his two novels, inspired him to create the world's first magnetic dartboard calendar, which will be on sale this summer from Workman Publishing. The novels continue to remain unannounced.