We’re long overdue for a gathering of the brilliant minds that make NY Writers Coalition what it is today. Over the years we’ve been lucky to have our paths cross with the likes of poets Angel Nafis and Jon Sands. We got a taste of Royal Young’s debut Fame Shark this past summer and anxiously await the arrival of Vanessa Manko’s first novel come May. Plus, we can’t believe we get to work with artists like Judy Chicurel, Ben Dolnick, and Avra Wing week after week in our New York City workshops. This is NYWC’s community, built from the inside out.
Join us for NYWC Inside Out, a benefit reading and artist round table at KGB Bar (85 E. 4th Street, Manhattan), featuring a few of the talented poets and writers that make up NYWC’s arts and social justice circle.
NYWC Inside Out
Tuesday, October 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
85 East 4th Street, Manhattan
Suggested Donation: $10 – $20
All proceeds benefit NYWC’s free creative writing programs in New York City.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
JON SANDS (HOST) wrote The New Clean and starred in the award winning web-series “Verse: A Murder Mystery” from Rattapallax Films. He is an adjunct with the City University of New York, a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC and heads two separate writing programs for Bailey House in Harlem. His work is published in Rattle, The Millions, Word Riot, Muzzle, Union Station, The Rattling Wall from PEN Center USA, and others. He is a member of the groundbreaking live literature tours, “The Whirlwind Company” and “The SpillJoy Ensemble.” Jon lives in Brooklyn, and you can find him at www.jonsands.com.
JUDY CHICUREL‘s writing has appeared in national and regional publications, including The New York Times, Newsday, and Granta. Her plays have been produced in the NYC International Fringe Festival, New Perspectives Theatre and Metropolitan Playhouse. She is a NY Writers Coalition workshop leader and was a 2011 Fellow in the CUNY Graduate Center Writers’ Institute Fiction Writing Program. Her novel, If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go, is forthcoming from Penguin Random House. Judy lives by the water in Brooklyn. Check her out at www.judychicurel.com.
VANESSA MANKO is a trained ballet dancer from the North Carolina School of the Arts and danced professionally. She went on to receive her BA in English from the University of Connecticut and her MA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Vanessa earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College and has taught writing courses at NYU and SUNY Purchase. She’s a fiction writer, and writes about dance for The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, and The Aesthete. Her fiction has been published in Granta and her first novel, The Invention of Exile is forthcoming from The Penguin Press in May 2014. Originally from Brookfield, CT, Vanessa now lives in Brooklyn. Follow her at @VanessaManko. (Photo by Beowulf Sheehan)
ANGEL NAFIS is from Ann Arbor, MI and is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including FOUND Magazine’s Requiem for a Paper Bag, Decibels, The Rattling Wall, Union Station Magazine, and GirlSpeak Webzine. She has participated in Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam and is an Urban Word-NYC Mentor. Angel lives in Brooklyn and founded the quarterly Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon Reading Series. She also eats insane amounts of dark chocolate + sea salt, hides out in her room making mobiles for grown folks, and listens to the same Prince song over and over. Catch her at angelnafis.tumblr.com.
ROYAL YOUNG was born and bred on New York’s Lower East Side, and Fame Shark is his debut memoir. Young contributes to Interview Magazine, the New York Post, The Lo Down, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and BOMB Magazine. Other writing has appeared in websites The Villager, Jewcy, The For- ward, 3:AM Magazine, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, New York Press, Downtown Express, and The Rumpus among others. Keep track of Royal at @RoyalYoung, and hear excerpts of Fame Shark here. (Photo by Erik Erikson)
Publishers Weekly called AVRA WING’s new young adult novel, After Isaac, “an emotionally complex story of life, love, grief, and recovery.” Her first novel, Angie, I Says, a New York Times notable book, was made into the movie Angie starring Geena Davis and James Gandolfini. Avra’s poetry collection, Recurring Dream, won the 2011 Pecan Grove Press national chapbook competition, and she has published poems in numerous journals, including Hanging Loose and Michigan Quarterly Review. She was an adjunct professor of English at Kingsborough Community College and leads workshops for NYWC at the Center for Independence of the Disabled-New York. Hear excerpts of After Isaac here and visit Avra at www.avrawing.com.
BEN DOLNICK is the author of three novels: Zoology, You Know Who You Are, and most recently At the Bottom of Everything. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and on NPR. Ben has led NYWC workshops at Brooklyn Public Library and at the Brownsville Community Justice Center and lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY. Read more about Ben and his work at www.bendolnick.com. (Photo by Michael Lionstar)