NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening of Crime, hosted by Christina Chiu
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening of Crime, hosted by Christina Chiu

NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP’S FIRST THURSDAYS READING SERIES AT RED ROOM PRESENTS AN EVENING OF CRIME HOSTED BY CHRISTINA CHIU

Ed Lin is a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. He’s the author of several books: Waylaid, his literary debut, and his Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown: This Is a Bust, Snakes Can’t Run, and One Red Bastard. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. Ghost Month was published in July 2014 by Soho Press. Lin lives in New York with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son. 

Born into a family of acclaimed Indian architects, Puja Guha traveled with her parents as they worked on projects around the world. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Puja completed her Master's degree in public policy at Sciences Po and the London School of Economics. Today, she works as an independent consultant on international development programs - primarily in Africa and South Asia - traveling to some of the most economically-challenged countries in the world. Leveraging her scholarship, her ability to speak five languages, and her earnest goal of engendering global economic progress, she continues to learn about, support and embrace new countries. Along her journey, she's been inspired by politics, culture and setting to write The Ahriman Legacy series, in which she takes readers along with her as her imagination enhances her experiences. Puja has lived in Kuwait, Toronto, Paris, London, and several American cities including New York, Denver, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. She now lives in the Denver area. Puja Guha is the author of The Ahriman Legacy series, including Publisher’s Weekly Booklife Prize for Fiction semi-finalist Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction. All of her books including international crime fiction thrillers Road to Redemption and Resurgence of the Hunt and literary family drama The Confluence have been recommended by the US Review of Books. Both Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction and Resurgence of the Hunt are also Amazon bestsellers. Puja has also published the short story Where are the Boats? as part of the Down to the River anthology.

Nish Amarnath is an American journalist, author and poet who grew up in different parts of India, Africa and Europe before shifting to London in her late teens. Her crime thriller, VICTIMS FOR SALE, released worldwide by HarperCollins in 2018, was nominated for the Bombay Film Festival Awards. Nish’s work has been workshopped at various forums, including those of ITV America, U.S. State Department affiliates, British Council outposts, the United Nations in New York and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Nish is a Contributing Editor at The Big Thrill Magazine and writes at New York’s Writer’s Edge, guiding fiction authors towards navigating their journey to publication. Her accolades include the Scholastics Writing Awards, the AMMYs or Alerian MLP Awards in North America, and a medal from the President of India for two short stories selected from over 360,000 entries across 78 nations. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street JournalTheStreet.comMSN MoneyNewsweek (now International Business Times) and India Today, among others. She earned a BA in Economics with Distinction and post-graduate degrees in media sociology and journalism from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Columbia University, where she was a James W. Robins Reporting Fellow. 

Charles Salzberg is author of the Shamus Award nominated Swann’s Last Song, Swann Dives In, Swann’s Lake of Despair, nominated for two Silver Falchions. Swann’s Way Out and Swann's Down. Devil in the Hole, was named one of the best crime novels of 2013 by Suspense magazine. Second Story Man won the 2018 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best Crime Novel. His work has appeared in Esquire, New York magazine, New York Times Book Review, and other periodicals. He is the author of over 20 nonfiction books, including Soupy Sez: My Zany Life and Times, with Soupy Sales. He was a Visiting Professor of Magazine at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, has taught at Sarah Lawrence, the Writer's Voice and Hunter. He now teaches writing the New York Writers Workshop where he is a Founding Member. He is a member of the MWA-NY Board, and on the Board of PrisonWrites.

Red Room, 85 East 4th Street, one flight above KGB Bar, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues

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NYWW @ Red Room: The Amazing Authors of NYU's Global Liberal Studies
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: The Amazing Authors of NYU's Global Liberal Studies

NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP’S FIRST THURSDAYS READING SERIES AT RED ROOM PRESENTS AN EVENING WITH AUTHORS FROM NYU’S GLOBAL LIBERAL STUDIES [Thursday, Sept 5, 7PM]

Stephen Policoff’s 1st novel, Beautiful Somewhere Else, won the James Jones Award and was published by Carroll & Graf in 2004.  His 2nd novel, Come Away, won the Dzanc Award, and was published by Dzanc Books in 2014,  His essays and fiction have appeared in ENTROPY, PROJECTED LETTERS, THE RUMPUS, ROSEBUD, PROVINVETOWN ARTS, VOL. 1 BROOKLYN: SUNDAY STORIES, and many other publications.  He has been teaching writing in Liberal Studies almost since time began.

Pamela Booker is an Interdisciplinary Writing Artist, Educator, and Urban Eco-Activist. An author of sundry performance and literary stories, her recent publications include Symmetry in the Charlie Brown Christmas, (Anthropology of Consciousness, 2017) and Seens From the Unexpectedness of Love, featured in Blacktino Queer Performance Anthology (Duke University Press 2016). An excerpt from her impending novel Fierce! Remains, was selected for the legacy collection Answering Joseph Beam’s Call and a Lambda Literary Awards Finalist (Vintage Entity 2015). She currently teaches writing in programs at NYU, the Harlem Children’s Zone, and is former Core Faculty at Goddard College. 

James Polchin is a writer, cultural historian, and a Clinical Professor in Liberal Studies at New York University. He is also an Instructor at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. He teaches in areas of creative nonfiction, LGBTQ history, visual culture studies, and crime narratives. His previous faculty appointments include the Princeton Writing Program, the Parsons School of Design, and the New School. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Slate, TIME, Huffington Post UKParis ReviewRolling StoneNewNextNowThe New InquiryLambda Literary,  Brevity, and The Smart Set. He is a contributing writer to the Gay and Lesbian Review. His book Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall was published in 2019 by Counterpoint Press in the US and Icon Books in the UK. 

Roberta J. Newman, Brooklyn, New York, is a professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at New York University. Her work has appeared in the journals Cooperstown Symposium: 2009-2010 and NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture. Her most recent book is Here’s the Pitch: The Amazing, True, New, and Improved Story of Baseball and Advertising. She is the co-author of Black Baseball, Black Business.

Eugene Ostashevsky's books of poetry include The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi (NYRB 2017) and The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza (UDP 2008). He is the winner of the International Poetry Prize of the City of Muenster, the National Translation Award by ALTA, and other prizes. This semester he is the Dorothea Schlegel Writer-in-Residence at the Freie Universität Berlin.   

Ifeona Fulani holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Comparative Literature, both from New York University. Her published work includes an edited volume of essays titled Archipelagos of sound: Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music (University of West Indies Press, 2012), a collection of short stories titled Ten Days in Jamaica, (Peepal Tree Press, 2012) a novel, Seasons of Dust (1997),) and scholarly articles and reviews, most recently in Atlantic Studies, Caribbean Quarterly, Frontiers: A journal of Women’s Studies, Small Axe and The Caribbean Review of Books. She is currently working on a novel provisionally titled Verna’s Dream. Her research interests are Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies, literatures of Africa and its diasporas, Transnational Feminisms, Urban Cultures and Writing. She is a Clinical Professor in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University.

Red Room, 85 East 4th Street, one flight above KGB Bar, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues

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NYWW @ RED ROOM: An Evening with Akashic Books & Feminist Press Authors
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ RED ROOM: An Evening with Akashic Books & Feminist Press Authors

New York Writers Workshop’s First Thursdays Reading Series at Red Room presents An Event with Authors from Akashic Books and Feminist Press.

C.J. FARLEY has worked as a senior editor for the Wall Street Journal and Time magazine, and is the author of such novels as Game WorldKingston by Starlight, and My Favorite War. Farley served as consulting producer on the Peabody-winning HBO documentary Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and wrote the best-selling biographies Aaliyah: More Than a Woman and Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley. Farley, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, is a graduate of Harvard and a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He is currently an executive editor at Audible. His latest novel is Around Harvard Square.

ZACHARY LIPEZ lives in New York City, where he has tended bar for the last twenty years. He is a regular contributor to Noisey, and his music and culture writing have also appeared in Vice, Hazlitt, Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily, Talkhouse, Inc., and Penthouse. His collaborations with Akashic Books, Nick Zinner, and Stacy Wakefield are Please Take Me Off the Guest List and 131 Different Things.

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, IVELISSE RODRIGUEZ grew up in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She earned a BA in English from Columbia University, an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and a PhD in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her debut short story collection,  Love War Stories, is a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist and a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES finalist. She has also published fiction in All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of ColorObsidianKweli, the Boston Review, and other publications. She was a senior fiction editor at Kweli and is a Kimbilio fellow and a VONA/Voices alum. 

ANA CASTILLO is the author of So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year; as well as Peel My Love Like an Onion; Give It to MeMassacre of the Dreamers: Essays on XicanismaBlack Dove; and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. Castillo’s numerous honors and awards include the Sor Juana Achievement Award from the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, the Carl Sandburg Award, and fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and poetry. She was the first Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University and has been the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MI, as well as poet-in-residence at Westminster College in Utah. In 2013 she received the American Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa Prize, and in 2014 she held the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University in Illinois.

Red Room is located at 85 E 4th Street, NYC 10012 (btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues, one flight above KGB Bar)

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NYWW @ RED ROOM: My Caesarean Anthology Book Launch
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ RED ROOM: My Caesarean Anthology Book Launch

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New York Writers Workshop hosts editors and writers from the new essay collection, My Caesarean (The Experiment, May 2019). C-section birth is often discussed in singular terms, but these writers explore the many nuances of their experience. Authors Judy Batalion, Sara Bates, Nicole Cooley, Amanda Fields, Jen Fitzgerald, LaToya Jordan, Rachel Moritz, and Robin Schoenthaler will discuss their stories and read excerpts from the book. Hope you can join us!

  • Red Room @ the KGB Bar

  • 85 East 4th Street

  • 3rd Floor

  • New York, NY 10012 US 

— no cover, two-drink minimum —

Judy Batalion is a Canadian author based in NYC. Her next book, Daughters of the Resistance: Valor, Fury & the Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, will be published by Harper Collins in 2020. 

Sara Bates is a mother, writer, and aspiring novelist interested in examining the complexities of motherhood.  She has been a guest on the Vibrant Happy Women podcast, and you can follow her journey to becoming a novelist on Instagram at @embracemypace.  Sara lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and two children. 

Amanda Fields co-edited Toward, Around, and Away from Tahrir: Tracking Emerging Expressions of Egyptian Identity. She has published in creative and scholarly outlets, including Indiana ReviewBrevitySo to SpeakKairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. She  is an assistant professor of English and the writing center director at Central Connecticut State University.

Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, writer, and photographer from NYC. She received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She teaches creative writing workshops around NYC with New York Writers Workshop and to incarcerated youth with the organization, Prison Writes. Her first collection of poetry, “The Art of Work” was published by Noemi Press in September of 2016. Her essays, poetry, and photography have appeared in such outlets as PBS Newshour, Boston Review, Tin House, Salon, New England Review, and Colorado Review, among others. She has recently finished her memoir about spiritual awakening and coming of age on Staten Island.

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans. She is the author of eight books:  five books of poems, a chapbook, a novel and an artists book. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Feminist Wire, The Rumpus, and The Paris Review Daily.  She is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College—CUNY. She lives outside of NYC with her family. www.nicolecooley.com

LaToya Jordan is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Thick-Skinned Sugar. She has an essay listed as "notable" in Best American Essays 2016, and her writing has appeared in Mom Egg ReviewPoets & WritersThe RumpusMobius: The Journal of Social Change, and more. LaToya received an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is mother to an amazing kid and wife to an English teacher. Visit her at latoyajordan.com

Rachel Moritz is the author of Borrowed Wave (Kore Press), a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. Her second collection, Sweet Velocity, won the 2016 Besmilr Brigham Women Writer’s Award from Lost Roads Press. Her work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Water~Stone Review, and Volt. Among her awards are fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, most recently a 2017 Artist Initiative grant in prose. Rachel received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis.

Robin Schoenthaler is a cancer doctor in Boston as well as the mother of two adult sons.  She is a widely published essayist and storyteller who recently appeared  in a Moth GrandSlam. She tells stories about her experiences as a physician, a solo parent, and a general observer of life issues at the extremes.  www.DrRobin.org 

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NYWW @ RED ROOM: Matwaala--South Asian Diaspora Poets' Collective
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ RED ROOM: Matwaala--South Asian Diaspora Poets' Collective

"Voices that dare to say the unsaid and hear the unheard… voices that break down barriers… voices that dare to be South Asian, American and simply human…"

Matwaala, South Asian Diaspora Poets’ Collective, is a community of poets whose origins go back to South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Afghanistan). Our mission is to promote South Asian poetry in the American literary landscape and collaborate with other arts in North America through a festival, publications and mutual support among poets. 

Among the evening’s readers will be:

Usha Akella—”Usha Akella’s poetry is known for an undertone of spirituality within a contemporary voice. Here she discusses the impact of travel on her work, poetry as a verb, and the distance between the social system she was born into and her own cherished ideals.” —World Literature Today

Pramila Venkateswaran—poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, is author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich, 2015), and Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016).

Yogesh Patel—A former co-editor of Skylark (India), Yogesh Patel is a founder of the literary charity, Gujarati Literary Academy, and has served as its president. He was a Fellow of the International Poetry Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of London and, as a trilingual poet, has four LP records, two films, radio programmes, children’s book, fiction and non-fiction books, including poetry collections to his credit.

Ravi Shankar—Ravi Shankar’s most recent publication is The Many Uses of Mint. He is the founder of Drunken Boat, one of the world wide web’s oldest, and most acclaimed literary journals.

Yuyutsu Sharma—has  published nine poetry collections including, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems (Nirala, 2016), Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, (Nirala, 2016),  Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, 2012),  Nepal TrilogyPhotographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.deEpsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2014) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012).

  • Date: Thursday, April 4

  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

  • Place: Red Room—85 East 4th Street, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues, one flight above KGB Bar

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NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening with Writers from Harlem Writers Guild
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening with Writers from Harlem Writers Guild

Diane Richards, playwright, performer, and producer, serves as Executive Director of the Harlem Writers Guild. Her play, Sowa’s Red Gravy, was produced in 2012 by Woodie King Jr. of the New Federal Theater; The New York Times called it “an irresistible, lusty celebration of passions.” Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Beloved Harlem: A Literary Tribute to Black America’s Most Famous Neighborhood, Essence Magazine, and the Harlem Writers Guild Press. More recently, in 2015, she co-produced Amiri Baraka’s final play—Most Dangerous Man in America—based on the life of W. E. B. Dubois.

Judy C. Andrews received a Master of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing from The City College of New York. She has worked as a teacher, freelance writer, an editor, and a presidentially appointed children’s advocate. The novel, An Ocean of Jewels (Harlem Writers Guild Press, 2006), is available on Kindle and at your favorite bookstores. Ms. Andrews is currently working on her second novel of suspense, which examines the horrors of medical fraud and sexual abuse as well as their impact on a traditional, upper middle class, Gullah/Geechee town in New York.

Eartha Watts-Hicks is the founder of Earthatone Publishing and Earthatone Books. She is a NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) artist/entreprenuer, as well as a fiction fellow of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Center for Black Literature and North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color. Eartha’s writing advice was featured in The Writer’s Guide to 2013. In June of 2013, she received the Just R.E.A.D. “Game Changer” Award in the fiction category from the NYCHA branch of the NAACP for her debut novel, LOVE CHANGES and was named New York City literacy ambassador. In 2014, she was featured in the Congressional Black Caucus as part of the Write It Down panel discussion. A PR writer and affiliate of BlackPR.com, she specializes in press releases for entrepreneurs, ministries, and nonprofits. She also leads writing, self-publishing, and publicity workshops for the New York Public Library, The National Writers Union, and The New York City Parks Department. Eartha is now editor-in-chief at Harlem World Magazine and creator of the A Planner Is A Girl’s Best Friend series of planners, appointment books, and calendars #APlannerIsAGirlsBestFriend. For more information, visit https://Author.to/Earthatone or CONNECT @Earthatone

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Marc W. Polite is a poet and essayist. He writes about social justice, labor issues, film, technology, and literature. His reviews and striking commentary appears in Poets & Writers, Black Star News, Madame Noire, The Amsterdam News, The Grio, TIME Magazine, The Atlanta Post, New England Informer, and Harlem’s own Harlem News Group and Harlem World
Magazine.
Mr. Polite is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the social and political commentary blog site, Polite On Society, recognized by the New York Association of Black Journalists [NYABJ] for “Best Blog Commentary” of 2014. His published titles include Poetic Ruminations of Mr. Born Nice, Everything to Learn, Nothing to Teach, and Poetic Ruminations: Volume 2, all of which are available on Amazon, BN(dot)com, and several other online retailers. For more information, visit www.PoliteOnSociety.com or CONNECT @MarcPolite #MarcWPolite #PoliteOnSociety.

Oscar Sanders is a multidisciplined award-winning author and playwright. He has garnered the Indie Author Legacy Award Poet of the Year 2017, (NAACP/NYCHA JUST READ AWARD 2016 Fiction/Final Hearing, LA, LA NEO NOIR, FILM, & Script Festival 2016 Fiction Final Hearing), and Jazz documentaries Billy Bang: Long Over Due (Carmarthen Bay FF 2013 Best Documentary, Capital City Black FF 2013 Best Documentary, Los Angles New Wave IFF 2013, Texas Underground FF Documentary 2012, and Best Director during the Pocono Mountains Film Festival in 2007. He is a seething feature for his political, spoken-word poetry performances, and has 2012, Peoples Film Festival Best served as Master of Ceremonies for key events, festivals, and book fairs: Bronx Book Fair 2017 host/facilitator of poetry segment Weaving our Voices, New York Screenplay Awards 2016, and 2017 Jury Member. Mr. Sanders’ jazz documentary, Michael Carvin: No Excuses (released 5/1/17), a hybrid of filmmaking and music composition, was the official selection of the People’s FF 2017. Oscar Sanders meshes poetry with opinions and news-depicting video in his theatrical release In Exposing Politics: A Play of Acts. Told through from the perspective of Midge “Buddy” Fletcher, an aging, opinionated theatre janitor, this latest off-Broadway work was featured at the Hudson Guild Theatre in August of 2019.

John Robinson is a spoken word poet. Born and raised in the Bronx, he began his early writing after being influenced by the pioneers of New York’s Hip Hop Music scene. Soon after being introduced to the Last Poets, he ventured into other forms of poetic verse. He has performed freestyle poetry and spoken word regularly at popular venues—Bowery Poetry Café, Brooklyn Moon, South of France Spoken Word Events, Nuyorican Poets Café, and Black on Black Rhyme among countless others. Founder of A
DEEPER SHADE OF SOUL, LLC, John is the author of A Spoken Word Soliloquy and co-author of The Book Sygnifyn Harlem in collaboration with Jade Banks. John Robinson has become a featured favorite, booked to perform spoken word at conferences and gala events hosted by national/international fraternal orders, Greek-letter organizations along the East Coast. In 2019, he was selected Most Valuable Poet [MVP] during Epiphany Radio Battle of the sexes and now co-hosts THE GET DOWN, a weekly internet talk radio show. John Robinson is slated to appear as featured poet for POETRY FEST 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC and the ATL Poetry Conference, scheduled for April. Connect with him on Instagram @JRob_.

Minnette Coleman is originally from Atlanta, Georgia but had lived in Harlem for over thirty-five years. An active member of the Harlem Writers Guild, she shares her passion for research and elements of her family history through historical novels. Coleman’s father was the city editor of the Atlanta Daily World, and her grandfather was one of the city’s last blacksmiths. This legacy served as the inspiration behind her titles The Blacksmith’s Daughter and No Death by Unknown Hands. An off-off-Broadway actress and singer, she has worked with the Creative Arts Team at New York Universityand has written and performedHand-Me-Downs, a one-woman show that has toured the Southern states. A graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina she was inspired by a three hundred year-old tree that served as a critical part of the Underground Railroad tour and history, a focal point for “running aways” and the Quakers who helped them. Minnette became the historian for the Black Alumni Advisory Board of Guilford College, and the tree became the center for her latest release The Tree: A Journey to Freedom. A section of this novel was featured in the Fall/Winter 2018 edition of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters.

Red Room, 85 East 4th Street (one flight above KGB Bar, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenue)

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 NYWW @ RED ROOM Feb 7
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ RED ROOM Feb 7

NYWW's First Thursdays @ Red Room reading series, Thursday, Feb 7, 7:00 PM

Shayla Lawson is the author of three books of poetry—I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean, A Speed Education in Human Being, and the chapbook PANTONE—and a forthcoming essay collection, published by Harper Collins, in 2020. Her work has appeared in ESPNGuernicaSalonThis is Africa. She is a 2018 Yaddo Artist Colony Fellow, a 2017 MacDowell Colony and Oregon Literary Award Fellow, and former nonfiction editor of the Indiana Review. She currently serves as Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College and co-curates The Tenderness Project (www.tendernesses.com) with poet Ross Gay.

Jee Leong Koh's Steep Tea was named a Best Book of the Year by UK's Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary in the USA. He is the author of three other books of poems and a book of zuihitsu. His new book of essays Bite Harder: Open Letters and Close Readings blends the personal and the political in its examination of poetries from Singapore, the UK, and the USA, three countries he calls home.

Pramila Venkateswaran, poet laureate of Suffolk County, Long Island, is author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009), Trace (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Thirteen Days to Let Go (Aldrich, 2015), and Slow Ripening (Local Gems, 2016). Her poems and essays have been published widely in the United States, Canada, and India in journals such as Prairie Schooner,  Atlanta ReviewThe Writer’s Chronicle, and in anthologies of literature, culture and politics. She is Professor of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY), is actively involved in giving workshops and readings across Long Island and beyond, and is the co-founder of Euterpe, the poetry venue in Emma Clark Memorial Library. 

Pushcart-prize winning poet and educator Ravi Shankar has published 13 books, including most recently The Many Uses of Mint: New and Selected Poems 1997-2017 (Recent Works Press). His work has appeared in such venues as The New York TimesThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Paris Review and on the BBC, NBC, and PBS Newshour. He currently holds a fellowship from the University of Sydney. 

Red Room, 85 East 4th Street, one flight above KGB Bar, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues

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NYWW @ Red Room: Resistance and Hope
Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: Resistance and Hope

New York Writers Workshop rings in the New Year with Hedgebrook authors speaking about resistance and hope. Where are women now in the post me-too movement and a successful outcome in the 2018 midterm elections? Authors Perri Klass, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Keli Stewart, and Anne Whiteside read work about what resistance means to them—where we are and where we’re headed.

  • Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of Somebody’s Daughter. Her next novel, The Evening Hero is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster. 

  • Perri Klass, MD, writes the weekly column, “The Checkup,” for the New York Times Science Section.

  • Keli Stewart’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals and was selected for first place in the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.

  • Anne Whiteside Taught at UC Berkeley. She is now writing about her uncle who was a poet and key figure in the French Resistance.

Hosted by Columbia MFA alumnae and NYWW member Christina Chiu.

No cover — two drink minimum

RED ROOM @ KGB Bar — 85 E 4th Street (3 flights up, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

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NYWW @ Red Room: Poets from Agape Editions
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: Poets from Agape Editions

  • New York Writers Workshop hosts Agape Editions at our First Thursdays Reading Series @ KGB Bar Red Room. Come listen to four brilliant poets read from current and forthcoming Agape Editions Collections. 

    Readers:
    Rosebud Ben-Oni: turn around, BRXGHT XYXS
    Keisha-Gaye Anderson: Gathering the Waters
    Emari DiGiorgio: Girl Torpedo
    Joanna C. Valente: No(body)

  •  no cover — two drink minimum

  • RED ROOM @ KGB Bar — 85 E 4th Street (3 flights up, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

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NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening with Authors from Soho Press
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening with Authors from Soho Press

On Thursday, November 1, join us at KGB's Red Room for New York Writers Workshop's First Thursdays reading series. This month, the series features writers from not one, but all three of Soho Press's imprints:

Lizzy Mason, THE ART OF LOSING (Soho Teen)
Ed Lin, 99 WAYS TO DIE (Soho Crime)
Gina Apostol, INSURRECTO (Soho Press)

Three authors, three genres, three imprints. Join New York Writers Workshop and Soho Press on Thursday, November 1 for NYWW's First Thursdays reading series, featuring:

SOHO PRESS: Gina Apostol's novel INSURRECTO is literary tour-de-force about the Philippines' present and America's past. Apostol's third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, Bibliolepsy and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

SOHO CRIME: Ed Lin's 99 WAYS TO DIE is his latest Taipei Night Market novel that follows the kidnapping of a Mainlander billionaire. Lin a journalist by training and an all-around stand-up kinda guy. He’s the author of several books: Waylaid, his literary debut, and his Robert Chow crime series, set in 1970s Manhattan Chinatown. Lin, who is of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards. Lin lives in New York with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung.

SOHO TEEN: Lizzy Mason's debut novel explores addiction, sisterhood, and loss. Mason grew up in northern Virginia before moving to New York City for college and a career in publishing. She lives in Queens, New York, with her husband and cat in an apartment full of books. THE ART OF LOSING is her first novel.

 

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NYWW @ Red Room: Surbamaniam, Akella, Farrell, & Knox
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: Surbamaniam, Akella, Farrell, & Knox

NYWW @ Red Room—First Thursdays Reading Series

Arundhathi Subramaniam is one of India's leading poets. Widely translated and anthologised, her most recent volume of poetry, When God is a Traveller (published by Bloodaxe Books) was the Season Choice of the Poetry Book Society in the UK, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Described by The Hindu (2011) as "one of the finest poets writing in India today", she is the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize, the Raza Award for Poetry, the Zee Indian Women’s Award for Literature, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, the Charles Wallace Fellowship, among others. She has written extensively on culture and spirituality for leading Indian newspapers, and has worked over the years as critic, poetry editor and curator. As prose writer, her books include The Book of Buddha and the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic, Sadhguru: More Than a Life,among others. As editor, her most recent book is the acclaimed Penguin anthology of Indian sacred poetry, Eating God. She divides her time between Bombay, Madras and a yoga centre in south India. 

Usha Akella has authored three books of poetry, one chapbook, and scripted/ produced one musical drama. She is pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, UK. She read with a group of eminent South Asian Diaspora poets at the House of Lords in June 2016. Her work has been included in the Harper Collins Anthology of Indian English Poets.  Her recent book ‘The Rosary of Latitudes’ carries a foreword by Keki Daruwalla. She was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Austin for 2015. She has been published in numerous Literary journals, and has been invited to prestigious international poetry festivals in Slovakia, Nicaragua, Macedonia, Colombia, Slovenia, India etc. She is the founder of ‘Matwaala’ the first South Asian Diaspora Poets Festival in the US. (Edition 1: 2015, Austin, Director; Edition 2: 2017, Long Island/NYC, Director: Pramila Venkateswaran). She has won literary prizes (Nazim Hikmet award, Open Road Review Prize and Egan Memorial Prize), and enjoys interviewing artists, scholars and poets for reputed magazines. She has written a few quixotic nonfiction prose pieces published in The Statesman and India Currents. She is the founder of the Poetry Caravan in New York and Austin which takes poetry readings to the disadvantaged in women’s shelters, senior homes, hospitals. Several hundreds of readings have reached these venues via this medium. The City of Austin proclaimed January 7th as Poetry Caravan Day.

Gerard Farrell is the author of The Last Thunk, a satire of the magazine business recently released by Greenpoint Press. He has worked in the magazine industry since the late 90s for brands including The New YorkerRolling StoneAllure, and the ill-fated business monthly Condé Nast Portfolio. His short humor has appeared in the literary anthology The Man Who Ate His Book, and he is a longtime contributor to the literary webzine Ducts. He is currently working on his second novel, Tailspin, the story of a disgraced eyewear salesman seeking revenge on the temp who got him fired.

Melissa Knox's essays have appeared in Brain, Child, The Wax Paper, The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, The Clarion Project, The Santa Ana River Review, and elsewhere. Short fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine and Gnu Journal. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Offbeat, The Mom Egg Review, NonBinary Review, and elsewhere. Her books on Oscar Wilde were published by Yale UP and Camden House. She writes a blog, The Critical Mom, and teaches American literature at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Her new book, Divorcing Mom: A Memoir of Psychoanalysis, will be published on January 22, 2019.

 

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NYWW @ Red Room: NYU-G/LS Faculty
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: NYU-G/LS Faculty

NYWW @ First Thursdays Reading Series 

Lina Meruane is an award-winning Chilean writer and scholar, teaching at New York University. Since 1998, she has authored a short-story collection, a play and four novels. The most recent, Sangre en el ojo, was awarded the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize in Mexico and has been translated into English (Seeing red, Deep Vellum 2015), Italian, German, Dutch, French and Portuguese. Meruane has also received the Anna Seghers Prize (Berlin, 2011) and Calamo Prize (Spain, 2016), as well as literary fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (US 2004), the National Endowment for the Arts (US 2010) and the DAAD Artists in Berlin Program (Germany 2017) . More recent publications include her essay book on the impact of AIDS in Latin American literature, Viral Voyages (Palgrave McMillan, 2014), a literary piece on her Palestinian origins, Volverse Palestina (Becoming Palestine, 2014) and a short essay book called Contra los hijos (Against children, 2014).

Susanna Horng is a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches in Liberal Studies at New York University. Her work is forthcoming in The Bennington Review.

Robin Goldfin is a playwright, performer and teacher.  His latest project is “Suddenly, a Knock at the Door,” a play based on stories by award-winning Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret, with original live score by Oren Neiman.  The play was directed by David Carson and produced with Theater for the New City in summer 2016.  The next production will be in Istanbul, Turkey sometime later this year (or next).  Robin’s other writing has been published in Tikkun Magazine, Zeek, and The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide; and in the anthologies Queer Stories for Boys: True Stories from the Gay Men’s Storytelling Workshop and One on One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century.  As a performer, Robin has appeared in his own solo play, “The Ethics of Rav Hymie Goldfarb” directed by David Carson; he also danced for five years with Laurie DeVito’s She-Bops and Scats, a concert jazz dance company.

Tamuira Reid, a California native, works in film, essay, and literary journalism. Her first feature-length screenplay, Luna’s Highway, was optioned by Cynthia Phillips & Co. (San Francisco/Los Angeles), and earned her a finalist placement in both the Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition, and in The Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship Competition, sponsored by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Tamuira has taught screenwriting as a guest faculty member for the Global Social Change Film Festival and Institute since 2010, with workshops based in Indonesia, South America, Mexico, and throughout the US. Currently, she is at work on a personal essay collection, based on her pieces for 3Quarks Daily, where she’s been writing about life as a single mother in NYC since 2014. She teaches writing full-time in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program.

No cover--two drink minimum.  21 and over.

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NYWW @ Red Room: Staten Island Poets Showcase
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: Staten Island Poets Showcase

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New York Writers Workshop is proud to have Staten Island Poets grace the stage of the Red Room at the KGB Bar in our First Thursdays @ Red Room Reading Series on July 5th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Curating the event is New York Writers Workshop member Jen Fitzgerald. No cover charge, but there is a two-drink minimum. See you there!

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NYWW @ Red Room: Maureen Brady, Tara Burton, Yuyutsu Sharma, and Jessica Wilkinson
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: Maureen Brady, Tara Burton, Yuyutsu Sharma, and Jessica Wilkinson

Maureen Brady is the author of eight books, including the novels, GetawayFolly and Ginger’s Fire, and the short story collection, The Question She Put to HerselfGetaway, the story of a woman who stabs her abusive husband and flees to the far reaches of Nova Scotia, has just been released by Bacon Press Books. Her stories and essays have appeared in Sinister Wisdom; Bellevue Literary Review; Just Like A Girl; Southern Exposure; Cabbage and Bones: An Anthology of Irish American Women’s Fiction; and Banff Writers, among others. Her short story, “Basketball Fever,” won the 2015 Saints and Sinners short fiction contest. She teaches creative writing at NYU, New York Writers Workshop, and the Peripatetic Writing Workshop, and has received grants from Ludwig Vogelstein, Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Money for Women, NYSCA Writer-in-residence, and NYFA. She co-founded the press, Spinsters Ink, in 1979 and was a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop in 2001.

Tara Isabella Burton is the author of the novel Social Creature (Doubleday, 2018)Her fiction has appeared in Granta, Tor.com, PANK, The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, and more, and her nonfiction can be found at National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist's 1843 Magazine. She is currently the staff religion writer for Vox.com.

Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has  published nine poetry collections including, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems (Nirala, 2016), Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, (Nirala, 2016),  Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, 2012),  Nepal TrilogyPhotographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.deEpsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2014) andAnnapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012). He has received fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature.

Jessica L. Wilkinson is the author of two poetic biographies—marionette: a biography of miss marion davies (Vagabond, 2012) and Suite for Percy Grainger (Vagabond, 2014)—with a third, on George Balanchine, forthcoming in 2019. Jessica is the founding editor of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry and she teaches Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

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NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening of YA Fiction
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening of YA Fiction

Laura Geringer-Bass is the author of more than 20 books for children, tweens and teens including the bestselling A Three Hat Day, an ALA Notable Book illustrated by Arnold Lobel, a Top Ten featured selection on LeVar Burton's Reading Rainbow. Her new novel, The Girl With More Than One Heart was published by Abrams in Spring 2018 to rave reviews. Laura's YA fantasy, Sign of the Qin, an ALA Best Book, was shortlisted for the Printz award. Myth Men, her popular series of graphic novels, was adapted by CBS as an animated TV show. She has worked with numerous publishing houses and entertainment studios including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion/Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, and CBS. Laura Geringer Books, an award-winning imprint of HarperCollins, sold over fifty million books worldwide, including the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie franchise, and modern day classics by William Joyce, Brian Selznick and others. Laura has discovered and collaborated with some of the most celebrated authors and artists in the field of children's books.  She enjoys helping new and veteran writers with their stories. She is a member of New York Writers Workshop. You can find her at www.laurageringerbass.com and on FaceBook.

P.G. Kain teaches at New York University in the Contemporary Culture and Creative Productive concentration of Global Liberal Studies. As a freelance journalist, his essays and reviews have appeared in Newsday, The ForwardThe Tony Awards, and other national publications. P.G.’s solo and ensemble work has been seen at Lincoln CenterThe Kennedy CenterCity CenterThe JoycePS 122Dixon Place, and Dance Theater Workshop. P.G. has lectured on writing and creativity to school groups, families, and librarians across the U.S. as well as in Europe and South America. His YS novel Commercial Breaks is published by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin and reveals the lives of tween girls making their way through the complex, captivating, and ultra-competitive world of commercial castings. P.G. has been on hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds) of commercial auditions for everything from a talking taco to a mad cupcake scientist. He has even booked a few spots.

The daughter of a Merchant Marine and a Rockaway beach babe, Alice Kaltman’s life has always been ocean-centric. Now when she’s not in the water she writes about surfers, mermaids, and other odd balls. In addition to Wavehouse, Alice is the author of the short story collection Staggerwing. Alice’s work can also be read in numerous journals, magazines and fiction anthologies. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York where she swims, surfs, and writes; weather and waves permitting.

Sophia N. Lee wanted to be many things growing up: doctor, teacher, ninja, crime-fighting international spy, wizard, time traveler, journalist, and lawyer. She likes to think she can be all these things and more through writing. She is an MFA Candidate in Writing for Children and Young Adults at The New School in New York City, and works as a creative writing instructor for kids and teens at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering joy, literacy, and critical thinking through creative writing. Her first book, What Things Mean, won the Scholastic Asian Book Award in 2014, and is one of the first Filipino stories published by Scholastic.

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NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening with Authors from Akashic Books and Feminist Press
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: An Evening with Authors from Akashic Books and Feminist Press

Authors from Akashic Books:

Adam Smyer is an attorney, martial artist, and mediocre bass player. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cats. Knucklehead is his debut novel.

Lauren A. Stahl began her legal career as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting felonies with a focus on SVU crimes. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law and received her MFA from Wilkes University. Stahl resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and a giant but sweet mastiff, Myra Ellen. The Devil’s Song is her debut novel.

Authors from Feminist Press:

YZ Chin’s Though I Get Home is a debut short story collection, winner of Feminist Press’s inaugural Louise Meriwether Prize. She is also the author of the poetry chapbooks deter (dancing girl press, 2013), and In Passing (Anomalous Press, 2019). She was raised in Taiping, Malaysia, and now lives in New York.

T Kira Madden, contributor to the forthcoming anthology, Go Home! She is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in New York City. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She served as the Fiction Editor for Lumia and program coordinator of a creative writing workshop at the Valhalla Correctional Facility in Valhalla, New York. She is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of No Tokens, a print journal of literature and art, and the founding curator of Krapp Shot, a reading and performance series in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, Hedgebrook, The MacDowell Colony, Tin House, Disquiet, and Summer Literary Seminars, for which she won the Editor’s Choice Award in fiction. She is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature. Her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2019.

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NYWW @ Red Room: Sally Breen, Lisa del Rosso, & Tim Tomlinson
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

NYWW @ Red Room: Sally Breen, Lisa del Rosso, & Tim Tomlinson

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Dr. Sally Breen is the author of The Casuals (2011) an award winning memoir about the 1990s and Atomic City (2013) a literary noir nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards People's Choice Book of the Year 2014. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared widely with features in Overland, The Asia Literary Review, The Griffith Review, Australian Review of Fiction, Hemingway Shorts, Best Australian Stories and The Conversation. Sally has worked as associate editor of the Griffith Review, is senior lecturer in creative writing at Griffith University and Chair of the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators network. She lives on the Gold Coast, Australia. 

Lisa del Rosso originally trained as a classical singer and completed a post-graduate program at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), living and performing in London before moving to New York City. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Barking Sycamores Neurodivergent Literature, Razor's Edge Literary Magazine, The Literary Traveler, Serving House Journal, VietnamWarPoetry, Young Minds Magazine (London/UK), Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, The Neue Rundschau (Germany), Jetlag Café (Germany), and One Magazine (London/UK), for whom she writes theater reviews. She teaches writing at New York University.

Tim Tomlinson grew up on Long Island, where he was educated by jukeboxes and juvenile delinquents. He is the author of the poetry collection, Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire, and the collection of short fiction, This Is Not Happening to You. He is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, a co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing, a professor in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies, and a resident of Brooklyn, NY.

Red Room, 85 East 4th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues, one flight above KGB Bar)

No cover -- two-drink minimum

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