Crossings: Words and Music — Who’s Who

Rika Lesser, poet, translator, essayist, and educator, is the author most recently of Questions of Love: New & Selected Poems and a revised edition of Etruscan Things. She has translated fifteen collections of poetry or fiction for readers of all ages, primarily from Swedish and German, including works by Göran Sonnevi, Gunnar Ekelöf, and Claes Andersson from Swedish, and Rafik Schami, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Hermann Hesse from German as well as Kiki Dimoula from Greek, her first translation in that language. Her honors include the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, an Ingram- Merrill Foundation Award in Poetry, The Landon Poetry Translation Prize, a Fulbright Commission fellowship, two NEA Translation Grants (2001 and 2013), and two Translation Prizes from the Swedish Academy.

Kiki Dimoula is a member of the Academy of Athens. She has been awarded the Greek State Prize twice, the Grand State Prize, the Ouranis Prize, and the Aristeion of Letters (given by the Academy of Athens), as well as the European Prize for Literature. Her poetry has been translated into English, French, Danish, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and many other languages. Rika Lesser’s translation with Cecile Inglessis Margellos of The Brazen Plagiarist: Selected Poems comes out as a Margellos World Republic of Letters Book from Yale University Press on November 13, 2012.


Aaron Jay Kernis, winner of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and one of the youngest composers ever awarded the Pulitzer Prize, has taught composition at the Yale School of Music since 2003. Among the most esteemed musical figures of his generation, his music is featured prominently on orchestral, chamber, and recital programs worldwide and he has been commissioned by many of America‘s foremost performing artists. He was invited to join the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a member in 2011 and is the most recent winner of the Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University.

Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti (1876-1944) was an Italian poet and the founder of the Futurist movement.  He is best known as the author of the Futurist Manifesto (1909), which was published in French on the front page of the most prestigious French daily newspaper, Le Figaro. Marinetti believed that violence was a means of producing an aesthetic effect, as well as inherent to life itself. Consequently, Futurism had both anarchist and Fascist elements.First published in 1932, The Futurist Cookbook is a collection of essays, exhortations, scenarios, and recipes for food of the future which related the artistic movement of Futurism to food and challenged the conventions of nineteenth-century Italian fare.

Asta Hansen has worked in film, television and theatre on both coasts and abroad. Recent highlights are the role of Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, John Jesurun’s Stopped Bridge of Dreams at La Mama and in his webisode Shadowland, and lead role in Spotless which was selected for the Poppy Jasper Film Festival in Northern California.

Violinist Nurit Pacht has enjoyed a career as a chamber musician performing in festivals worldwide. As a recitalist and in concerto appearances, she has performed in venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Moscow’s Great Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, The People’s Hall of China in Beijing and, at the invitation of Christoph Eschenbach, at Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series. Chosen by director Robert Wilson to be the featured musician in his multi-media piece “Relative Light” featuring solo violin works by John Cage and J.S. Bach, Ms. Pacht is equally at home in both standard and contemporary repertoire. Her passion for new music has culminated in world premiers and commissions from composers including Michael Hersch, Noam Sheriff and Annie Gosfield. She has performed in duo recitals with Philip Glass playing the composer’s works for violin and piano.

Cellist David Bakamjian performs regularly as a recitalist, chamber player, and recording artist. He  has soloed with numerous orchestras on both baroque and modern cello, and has served as principal cellist for many others. With the Casa Verde Trio, Mr. Bakamjian completed six critically acclaimed national tours as well as a month-long tour of China. On baroque cello, he performs with Brooklyn Baroque, the American Classical Orchestra, Early Music New York, Concert Royal, and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble. He co-wrote and is featured in “Evocations of Armenia,” a program for solo cello and spoken word that was specially conceived for the MET museum. His CD of Boismortier cello sonatas was released last year.

Pianist Evelyne Luest is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician and has performed and toured in Europe, South America, Asia and the USA. She has won several competitions including the Artists International Competition in New York as soloist as well as many awards with her ensemble, Contrasts Quartet. Ms. Luest has performed as soloist at Carnegie Hall, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy and on the St. Paul Sunday National Radio Show. Her many collaborations include such noted musicians as cellist Truls Mork and flutist Emmanuel Pahud. Recent performances include festivals and concert venues in Norway, France, Japan, Spain, Albuquerque, and Detroit. Her long list of premieres includes compositions by Ned Rorem, Joan Tower and Aaron Jay Kernis. Ms. Luest studied with Gilbert Kalish at SUNY/Stony Brook, where she received an M.M. and D.M.A. in piano performance.

Event Announcement: Crossings–Words and Music, Friday, November 2nd at 7:30 pm

Sunday Best Reading Series in partnership with Sunday Concerts in the Lounge present Crossings: an Evening of Words and Music. On November 2nd at 7:30 in The Lounge @ HVG, Rika Lesser, poet, will read from her translation of The Brazen Plagiarist by Kiki Dimoula. Composer Aaron Jay Kernis‘s “The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine,” based on Marinetti’s Futurist Cookbook, will be performed by Asta Hansen Nelson, narration; Evelyne Luest, piano; Nurit Pacht, violin; and David Bekamjian, cello.  The suggestion donation of $10 includes a reception with free snacks and a cash bar.

The Lounge is at Pinehurst Avenue and 183rd St., in Northern Manhattan. Take the A train to 181st Street.

Event Recap: Crossing the Atlantic

In the United States, April 15 usually means tax day. (Perhaps T.S. Eliot had a point when he wrote that April is the cruelest month!) But this year, on April 15, the Sunday Best Reading Series took some of the pain out of tax day with “Crossing the Atlantic: Poets British and American.”  The afternoon’s program featured writers with ties to both sides of the pond: Anne-Marie Fyfe, a poet born in Northern Ireland who now lives and works in London; American poet Chris Hansen-Nelson, a long-time resident of Washington Heights; and poet Cheryl Moskowitz, who was born in Chicago but has lived in the UK since she was 11 years old.  Read on for a recap of the reading with links to more photos and an audio of the event, which was broadcast on WHFR (Washington Heights Free Radio) on April 18.

From left to right: Anne-Marie Fyfe, Cheryl Moskowitz, and Chris Hansen-Nelson

Anne-Marie Fyfe kicked off the afternoon’s event with a series of poems on the theme of travel.  With the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic just past, Anne-Marie began with the story of her grandfather, one of the builders of the legendary ocean liner, who avoided joining in the ship’s doomed maiden voyage by eloping with her grandmother. Although her grandfather seemingly cheated fate, he and Anne-Marie’s grandmother nevertheless both died young.  Anne-Marie began her set with a poem that attempts to redress the tragedy of her grandparents by allowing them both to grow old.  The work she read repeatedly returned to the narrative device of the journey, telling of train trips across America and airplane flights on September 11.

Poet Anne-Marie Fyfe

Northern Manhattan’s own Chris Hansen-Nelson presented a selection of new work that represents an experiment in narrative poetry. These poems were all written in the persona of Jim Casy, the preacher Casy from The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s landmark American realist novel about poverty and the struggle to survive in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression.

Writer Chris Hansen-Nelson

Poet Cheryl Moskowitz closed the afternoon’s program with readings from her most recent book The Girl is Smiling, which takes the past seven years of Cheryl’s life as its primary material. Cheryl explained that much of the poetry deals with the definition of things and with the nature of absence and presence. One of the poems Cheryl read, “The Visit,” deals with her recent reunion with her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. For many years, her father was an “absent presence” in her life, and now she is getting to know him just as he is in the process of forgetting who he is.

Poet Cheryl Moskowitz

At the close of the event, Sunday Best curator gave special thanks to our poetry consultant Martin Mitchell, who was instrumental in getting both Anne-Marie and Cheryl on the afternoon’s program.

Sunday Best poetry consultant Martin Mitchell at the after-reception

Following the event, the artists and the audience members enjoyed drinks and snacks at our traditional after-reception.

Poet Anne-Marie Fyfe talking to an audience member at the after-reception

As always, the Sunday Best Reading Series thanks the efforts of its volunteers, whose efforts and dedication are crucial to the series’ success.

Sunday Best comptroller and bartender Peter Martin.

This event was recorded for WHFR, Northern Manhattan’s own internet radio station. You can access the audio here. Podcasts of previous Sunday Best events are available on our program page on WHFR’s site.

For more photographs from this event, please visit Sunday Best’s Flickr page, which is accessible at this link or by clicking on the photos displayed in the sidebar to this blog.

Event Announcement: Depends What You Mean by Haunted, October 14, at 4PM

Please join the Sunday Best Reading Series on Sunday, October 14, for  “Depends What You Mean by Haunted,” * an afternoon of prose readings featuring writers Julia Rust, David Surface, and Gay Partington Terry.  As always, the event will take place at 4PM in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens (Pinehurst Avenue at West 183rd Street), and your suggested contribution of $7 will cover admission to the reading as well as drinks and snacks at the reception following the event, during which you will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with the writers.

Please read on for bios of the writers who will be sharing their work on October 14.

Writer Julia Rust

Julia Rust is a writer, actor and graphic designer living in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Her short fiction can be found in print and in online literary journals, including The Cortland Review, The Blue Penny Quarterly, and Many Mountains Moving, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has co-authored a collection of prose collaborations with David Surface called The Secret Life of Gods.

Writer David Surface

David Surface’s stories and essays have been published in North American Review, Fiction, DoubleTake, Crazyhorse, Cortland Review, Taitlin’s Tower, Supernatural Tales, and Shadows and Tall Trees. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Fiction, was the recipient of a 2008 Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and was one of six artists statewide nominated for the NYFA Prize. He is the founder and director of the Veterans Writing Workshop that runs free programs for U.S. veterans in the NYC area and is also founder of the FEGS Writing Project that provides workshops for adults living with mental illness and substance abuse.

Writer Gay Partington Terry

Gay Partington Terry is a Manx insomniac who grew up in northern Appalachia and now lives in Harlem. As a teenager, she assisted her father in his magic act and since then has worked as a waitress, factory worker, and welfare worker; catalogued tribal arts for Sotheby’s; volunteered in Margaret Mead’s office before she died; and taught tai chi and yoga. She has had poetry and short stories published in e-zines, fantasy magazines, and anthologies and wrote screenplays for “The Toxic Avenger” II and III. She has four grandchildren and is watched over by the ghost of a loyal Australian Shepherd. At heart, she thinks of herself as a slacker who enjoys teaching her grandkids “weird stuff.”

*“Depends what you mean by haunted” is a line from “The Professor of History,” by David Surface

Event Announcement: A Celebration of Ireland’s Salmon Press, September 9 at 4PM

The Sunday Best Reading Series kicks off its 2012-2013 season on September 9 with “A Celebration of Ireland’s Salmon Press.”  This event will showcase the work of four poets published by Salmon Poetry founded in 1981 as an alternate voice in Irish literature. (The name “Salmon” derives from the Salmon of Knowledge in Celtic mythology.)  Patricia Brody, Philip Fried, Bertha Rogers, and Estha Weiner will read selections from books already published by or forthcoming from  Salmon.

As always, the afternoon’s program will begin at 4PM and takes place in the Hudson View Lounge. A suggested contribution of $7 covers admission to the reading as well as to food and drinks at the after-reception where audience members can meet and mingle with the writers.  However, due to ongoing renovation in The Lounge, the event will take place in the foyer area of the Lounge rather than the auditorium proper.  Those who have attended events in The Lounge know that the foyer is considerably smaller than the main area of The Lounge.  As a result, seating will be limited, and advance reservations will be required for this event. Please make your reservations by email to

Please read on to learn more about the four poets who will be sharing their work with us on September 9.

Poet Patricia Brody.

Patricia Brody’s first poetry collection, American Desire, was selected  by Finishing Line Books for a 2009 New Women’s Voices Award. Her second collection, Dangerous to Know, is due out from Salmon Poetry (Ireland) in 2012. Her work has appeared in BigCityLit, Western Humanities Review,  Barrow Street, The Paris Review, and on Poetry Daily. Poems also appear in the anthology Chance of a Ghost (co-edited by Philip Miller) and in Psychoanalytic Perspectives and International Journal of Feminist Politics. Brody works as a family therapist in NYC and teaches “Seeking Your Voice: a Poetry Workshop”  at Barnard College Center for Women. She taught English comp and American Literature for many years at Boricua College in Harlem. Her awards include two Pushcart nominations; English Speaking Union of New York, 1st Prize for a poem; and two Academy of American Poets prizes.

Poet Philip Fried.

Philip Fried has published five books of poetry: Mutual Trespasses (Ion, 1988), Quantum Genesis (Zohar, 1997), Big Men Speaking to Little Men (Salmon, 2006), Cohort (Salmon, 2009),and Early/Late: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, 2011).He is also the founding editor of The Manhattan Review, an international poetry journal.

Poet Bertha Rogers.

Bertha Rogers’s poems appear in journals and anthologies, on Poetry Daily ( and Verse Daily (, and in her collections, Heart Turned Back (Salmon, 2010), The Fourth Beast (Snark Press, 2004), A House of Corners (Three Conditions Press, Maryland Poetry Review Chapbook Contest Winner, 2000), and Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen, NY 1991). Her translation of Beowulf was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press), and her translation of the riddle‑poems from the Anglo‑Saxon Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, is forthcoming from Birch Brook. She has received fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and Hawthornden International Writers Retreat.  Her poem suite Three for Summer’s End  was set to music by Jamie Keesecker for the MacDowell/Monadnock “Music for the Mountain” series and performed in 2010.

Poet Estha Weiner.

Estha Weiner is co-editor and contributor to Blues For Bill: A Tribute To William Matthews (Akron Poetry Series, 2005)and author of The Mistress Manuscript (Book Works, 2009) and Transfiguration Begins At Home (Tiger Bark Press, 2009). In The Weather of The World  is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2013. Her magazine publications include The New Republic and  Barrow Street.  Nominated for a Pushcart Prize,  she was the winner of a Paterson Poetry Prize, and a Visiting Scholar at The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford, England. Estha is founding director of  NY Alumnae Writers Nights  Series for Sarah Lawrence College, and serves on the Advisory Board of Slapering Hol Press, Hudson Valley Writers Center. In her previous life, she was an actor and worked for BBC radio.

Event Announcement: Poets of Page and Stage, May 6 at 4PM

The Sunday Best Reading Series will close its 2011-2012 season on May 6 with Poets of Page and Stage, a performance -poetry extravaganza. This event features an impressive roster of creative and innovative literary artists who continually push the boundaries of their genre(s): Joel Allegretti, Jane LeCroy, and Sheila Maldonado.  Please join us on Sunday, May 6, at 4pm for this exciting program. The afternoon promises to be a worthy season-ender. As always, the reading will take place in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, and a suggested contribution of $7 will cover attendance at the event and the after-reception with the artists, as well as drinks and snacks.  Read on for more information about the performers who will participate in Poets of Page and Stage.

Poet Joel Allegretti

Joel Allegretti is the author of four collections of poetry: Europa/Nippon/New York: Poems/Not-Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2012); Thrum (Poets Wear Prada, 2010); Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006, and The Plague Psalms (The Poet’s Press, 2000). Allegretti’s poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Pank, The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art, Margie, and Fulcrum, as well as in The Best American Poetry blog. He is represented in three new anthologies: Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012); Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (Smalls Books, 2012), and In the Black/In the Red (Helicon Nine, 2012). His fiction has appeared in Think Journal, The Adroit Journal, autolycus: rogue literary journal and Petrichor Machine. His Aqua: A Play in One Repeated Act was a semifinalist in the 2010 Knock International Play Contest. He wrote the texts for three song cycles by Frank Ezra Levy, whose symphonic work is released on Naxos American Classics. Allegretti is a member of the Academy of American Poets and ASCAP.

Performance poet Jane LeCroy

Jane LeCroy, poet, singer and performance artist, has collaborated, performed and toured with the SF based all women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit; the 1990’s emo-core band, Vitapup; the a capella hip-hop, beatboxing orchestra, Nu Voices; Brant Lyon’s Hydrogen Jukebox; and musicians such as Madigan Shive, Animal Prufrock, David Last, Bradford Reed, Chad Taylor, Carol Lipnik, Kid Lucky, Taylor McFerrin, Napoleon Maddox, Erik Lawrence, and Reggie Workman. She fronts the avant-pop band Transmitting, featuring multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs.  Jane has published her poetry, stories, songs, and articles in Mudfish, Hootenanny, Tragic Book, Live-Mag, Princess, Fast Folk Magazine, Hanging Loose, Frank 151, Vector and Teachers & Writers. Jane has been teaching writing, literature and performance through the artist-in-the-schools organizations Teachers & Writers Collaborative and DreamYard.  Her latest book of poetry, Names, was published by Booklyn as part of the award-winning ABC chapbook series, purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid. Her latest CD, Transmitting Dark and Full of Life, was released on the European label Delphy.

Poet Sheila Maldonado

Sheila Maldonado is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011), her debut poetry collection. She grew up in Coney Island, New York, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Her family hails from Honduras. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo and Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from The City College of New York. She lives in a one-bedroom in uptown Manhattan where she is working on her next project about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya.

Event Recap: Delicious New Fiction

The Sunday Best Reading Series just hosted another great event this afternoon: Crossing the Atlantic, a program of British and American poets. We’re looking forward to one more event this season, Performance Poetry with Joel Allegretti, Sheila Maldonado, and Jane LeCroy, scheduled for Sunday, May 6. Please keep an eye on the blog for the event announcement, which will include more details about the program. In the meantime, we’re posting this recap, with photos and audio link, of  Delicious New Fiction, which took place on February 5.

On February 5, the Sunday Best Reading Series went head to head with the Super Bowl, and, in a demonstration of the power of poetry, still managed to draw a full house. Thank you to our readers and our loyal audience!

Even this dog enjoyed Delicious New Fiction!

Novelist, screenwriter, and Hudson View Gardens resident Douglas Light read from his story collection Girls in Trouble, which won the 2010 AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. Light’s novel East Fifth Bliss was recently brought to the silver screen as the film The Trouble With Bliss, directed by Michael Knowles and starring Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu.

Novelist and short-story writer Douglas Light.

Janice Eidus entertained the audience with her short story “A Bisel This, a Bisel That,” which was anthologized in Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging. “A Bisel This, a Bisel That” is the story of Myron Gerstler, a book editor who works for The Promised Text, a soon-to-close independent Jewish newspaper housed in a “low-rent indie news building” in midtown Manhattan.

Novelist and short-story writer Janice Eidus.

Jonathan Baumbach closed out the program, reading from his latest book Dreams of Molly. Baumbach explained that Dreams of  Molly is in a sense a kind of sequel to his earlier work Reruns, which consisted of 34 invented dreams.

Novelist Jonathan Baumbach.

For those who missed Delicious New Fiction, the audio of the event has been archived on the Sunday Best Reading Series Program Page on the WHFR (Washington Heights Free Radio) web site.  Additional photos from the event are available on the Sunday Best Flickr stream, accessible via link in the sidebar of this blog.

New Sunday Best volunteer and writer Dianne Garville.

As always, the Sunday Best Reading Series wants to thank its dedicated crew of volunteers. Without them, Sunday Best events such asDelicious New Fiction would not be possible.

Peter Martin, Sunday Best bartender and comptroller.

Event Announcement: Crossing the Atlantic, April 15, 2012 at 4PM


Crossing the Atlantic

Poets British and American


Please join the Sunday Best Reading Series on Sunday, April 15, for an afternoon of poetry by literary artists from both sides of the pond. Britain-based poets Anne-Marie Fyfe and Cheryl Moskowitz will join Washington Heights’ own Chris Hansen-Nelson in offering Sunday Best audience members with a program of verse both eclectic and entertaining. As usual, the reading will take place in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens at 4PM. A suggested donation of $7 covers the performance as well as drinks and snacks at the reception after the event where audience members will have a chance to meet and mingle with the poets.

Read on for more information about the writers who will be appearing at Sunday Best on April 15.


Poet Anne-Marie Fyfe

Anne-Marie Fyfe (born in Cushendall, County Antrim) has written four collections of poetry including, most recently, Understudies: New and Selected Poems (Seren Books, 2010). She has won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Prize, has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings and workshops at London’s Troubadour since 1997, organizes the annual Hewitt Spring Festival in the Glens of Antrim, and was chair of the Poetry Society from 2007 to 2010.


Chris Hansen-Nelson received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College where he had the good fortune to study with Dennis Nurkse, Tom Lux, Stephen Dobyns and others. More recently, he has worked with Rachel Simon and Jean Valentine. He is currently working with Heather McHugh. His work has appeared in, among other journals: The Literary Gazette and The Gallatin Review. He is a longtime resident of Washington Heights.


Poet Cheryl Moskowitz

Cheryl Moskowitz was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to the UK at the age of eleven. She studied psychology at Sussex University and has worked as an actor, performance poet, therapist, and writer. She has won the Bridport Prize Poetry Competition (2010), the Troubadour International Poetry Prize (2010), and the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (2011). She is the author of a newly published poetry collection, The Girl Is Smiling; the novel Wyoming Trail (1998); and a collection of poetry for children, Can It Be About Me (2012).


Event Announcement: Festival of the Word in Northern Manhattan, Sunday, March 4

On Sunday, March 4, please join the Sunday Best Reading Series at Hudson View Gardens for a special double-header event, Festival of the Word in Northern Manhattan. The afternoon’s festivities will start with a theater workshop for teens with Mino Lora of the People’s Theatre Project and Veronica Liu of Seven Stories Institute.  The workshop will be followed by a reading featuring three writers who received literary arts grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) for 2012.

The theater workshop, Cake Mix: Instant Theatre, will take place in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens from 1:30PM to 3:30PM.  The theme of this workshop, which is appropriate for kids aged twelve and up, is “My Neighborhood.”

The showcase of readings by NoMAA literary grantees will begin in The Lounge at 4PM. Readers will include Lola Koundakjian and Paquita Soares Coalla, as well as Veronica Liu, who will be participating in both part of the afternoon’s “double-header.”

The suggested contribution of $7 for adults will cover admission to both events, as well as drinks and snacks at the reception which will take place immediately after the event. Children (under 18) will be admitted without charge. Proceeds will benefit Voces/Voices, a theater and writing program for teens co-developed by People’s Theatre Project and Seven Stories Institute.

Please read on for more information about the artists who will be making this special literary festival possible.


Poet Lola Koundakjian

Lola Koundakjian is an Armenian poet who has lived in New York City since 1979. She is the author of The Accidental Observer, a book of poems in three languages—Armenian, Spanish, and English. Her poetry has appeared online in alpialdelapalabra (Argentina), Armenian Poetry Project (New York City), The Literary Groong (University of Southern California), (Sweden) and UniVerse (Chicago). Poems have also appeared in the Anthology Memoria del XX Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellin (Colombia), Armenian Weekly (Boston) and Pakin (Beirut, Lebanon).  Lola has read her work in Los Angeles, Rhode Island and New York City’s Cornelia Street Café, Bowery Poetry Club, UN Correspondents Association, the Northern Manhattan’s Art Alliance’s 2010 Art Stroll, and the Above The Bridge series on Bennett Avenue. Her work was translated into Spanish for the 20th International Poetry Festival in Medellín, Colombia where she read in 2010. For the past 20 years, Lola has organized evenings dedicated to the Dead Armenian Poets’ Society, and since 2006 has produced and edited text and audio for the multi-lingual Armenian Poetry Project.

Mino Lora, co-executive & artistic director of The People's Theatre Project

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Mino Lora has been living and working as an actor, director, teaching artist and arts administrator in NYC since 2000. During her tenure with People’s Theatre Project, which she co-founded, the organization has won the prestigious Union Square Arts Award and Lora has received The Creative Power of Women Award from State Senator Bill Perkins for her “Outstanding work as a woman in the Arts”. She has been featured in newspaper and magazine publications in New York City and the Dominican Republic and has been invited to speak on various panels throughout New York City to share her experience as a Latina artist working to build community through theatre. Mino received her BA in English Literature and Theatre from Manhattanville College and her MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation from the Graduate Institute. She also holds a certification as a peace mediator from the Washington Heights-Inwood Coalition. Mino and the People’s Theatre Project “firmly believe in theatre as a means for social change and are committed to creating a more just and peaceful world through powerful art.”

Writer Veronica Liu

Veronica Liu’s writing, comics, photography, and silkscreen prints have been published in Broken Pencil, Quick Fiction, Get Ahead, and Pax Americana. Her short films have been screened at LadyFest East and the Arlene Grocery Picture Show, and her radio show Far Too Canadian was featured in the Village Voice Best of New York 2001. An audio collage piece that Veronica created in 2008 in St. Petersburg and Moscow will be released on Palanquin Records in the near future. Locally, she has presented her work at KGB Bar, South Street Seaport’s Melville Gallery, Bowery Poetry Club, Cornelia Street Café, Pete’s Candy Store, Happy Ending, and La Pregunta.  She has received grants from Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods/Citizens Committee of New York City, and the Goodman Fund, and she has been a finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction and Family Matters awards. Veronica is cofounder of Fractious Press, Word Up community bookshop, and Washington Heights Free Radio ( She has been on the organizing committee for the New York State Council on the Arts’s literature division convenings since 2007, and director of the non-profit Seven Stories Institute since 2010. By day, she works as an editor at Seven Stories Press.

Writer Paquita Suarez Coalla

Paquita Suárez Coalla is a Spanish writer and a professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College (City University of New York). She is co-founder of Latino Artists Round Table (LART), a cultural group that organizes readings and conferences of Hispanic writers from all the different regions of Latin America, the United States and Spain. She has published two books of short stories in Asturian, her native language. Pa nun escaeceme has been translated into Spanish–Para que no se me olvide–and English–So I Won’t Forget. El día que nos llevaron al cine has been translated into Spanish–La mio vida ye una novela. It is based on testimonies depicting the life of rural women from Asturias. Paquita is also the editor of the anthology Aquí me tocó escribir, an anthology of New York Latino writers; her work has been included in the anthology Dos orillas: Voces en la narrativa lésbica / Two Shores: Voices in Lesbian Narrative. As a literary critic she published in 1994, in México, the book La literatura fantástica en la obra de Adolfo Bioy Casares.

                   Event Announcement:                   Delicious New Fiction, February 5 at 4PM

January has brought snow and biting cold to New York City. As winter settles in for the long haul, keep yourself warm by indulging your literary appetite. Please join the Sunday Best Reading Series on Sunday, February 5, for a hearty meal of delicious new fiction. Scheduled readers include prose writers Jonathan Baumbach, Janice Eidus, and Douglas Light. As always, the reading will take place at 4PM in The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Avenue (at West 183rd Street). Suggested admission is $7 and covers the reading itself, as well as the after-reception, where audience members can enjoy free refreshments and mingle with the writers.  Please read on for more information about the writers who will be reading their work on February 5.



Jonathan Baumbach

“In all of Jonathan Baumbach’s fiction, there is a wonderful balance of ease and authority, subtlety and surprise, wisdom and playfulness…one of my favorite writers.” —Robert Coover

Jonathan Baumbach is the author of fourteen books of fiction, including Dreams of Molly; YOU; On The Way To My Father’s Funeral: New and Selected Stories; B, a novel; D-Tours; Separate Hours; Chez Charlotte and Emily; The Life and Times of Major Fiction; Reruns; Babble and A Man to Conjure With. His stories have appeared in Esquire, American Review, Tri Quarterly, Partisan Review, Zoetrope, Antaeus, Iowa Review, Open City and Boulevard magazines. His fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Byrnes Book of Great Pool Stories, All Our Secrets Are the Same, O.Henry Prize Stories, Full Court: a Literary Anthology of Basketball, The Best of TriQuarterly, and On The Couch: Great American Stories about Therapy. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. In 1973 (with Peter Spielberg) he invented the Fiction Collective, the first fiction writers cooperative in America, reinvented in 1988 as FC2. He is the author of The Landscape of Nightmare: Studies in Contemporary American Fiction, has been the Film Critic for Partisan Review and is the two time Chairman of the National Society of Film Critics.



Janice Eidus

“Nobody writes about Jewish cultural life quite as funnily and piercingly as Janice Eidus”  —Mindy Lewis, editor, Dirt: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House

Novelist, short story writer, and essayist Janice Eidus has twice won the O. Henry Prize for her short stories, as well as a Pushcart Prize, a Redbook Prize, and numerous other awards. Her 2008 novel, The War of the Rosens, won an Independent Publishers Award in Religion and was nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal, an award for the most distinguished contribution to Jewish Literature for Adults. Janice’s other books include the short story collections The Celibacy Club and Vito Loves Geraldine and the novels Urban Bliss and Faithful Rebecca. Her work appears in such magazines as Tikkun and Jewish Currents and such anthologies as Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction; On Longing and Belonging; The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories; Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex; and Scribblers on the Roof: Contemporary Jewish Fiction. She’s the Fiction Editor at Shaking, the print and online journal, and has been a guest speaker and teacher throughout the U.S., Europe, and Central America.



Douglas Light

“Gems of stories, slyly, skillfully interrelated and captivating in their economy, truth, and acid wisdomFrederic Tuten, author of Tintin in the New World

Douglas Lights new story collection, Girls in Trouble, won the 2010 AWP Grace Paley Prize. His first novel, East Fifth Bliss, won the ‘Popular Fiction’ section of the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association and was made into a film starring Michael C. Hall, Peter Fonda, and Lucy Liu. Light co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Knowles. Light’s second novel, Where Night Stops, received a 2010 NoMAA Grant. His fiction has won an O. Henry Prize and has appeared in the 2003 Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology and in Narrative, Guernica, Alaska Quarterly Review, Failbetter, and other magazines. He was a finalist for the 2002 James Jones First Novel Fellowship and for the 2010 Indiana Emerging Author Award.

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