NY Writers Coalition’s 15th Anniversary Party

Friday, May 19th 2017
7 PM – 9 PM

Pen And Brush
29 East 22nd Street, Manhattan


You’re formally invited by NY Writers Coalition’s staff and NYWC15’s host committee members:
Stacy Abramson / Timothy Ballenger / Jennifer Belle
Tamiko Beyer / Jonas Blank / Lauren Cherubini
Louise Crawford
Atiba Edwards / Rebecca Fitting / Marian Fontana
Madeleine George & Lisa Kron / Racquel Goodison Ben Groom
Derek Loosvelt / Sophie McManus/ Judith Ohikuare
Lisa Smith / Raina Wallens / Avra Wing

to NYWC15, a celebration of 15 years of free community-based creative writing workshops and the premiere our new NYWC anniversary video!

In addition to celebrating our organization’s history, accomplishments, and supporters we will also be featuring three honorees that have had a significant impact on NYWC and creating equity in the world of literature. These honorees include:

Marian Fontana, NYWC Board Chair and author of A Widow’s Walk

Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation

Johnny Temple, publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books

Honoree Bios

Marian Fontana

Marian Fontana has been a writer and performer for over twenty-five years. Her articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair Salon.com, The Guardian and more.

Her memoir, A Widows Walk (Simon and Schuster, 2005), was included in People magazine’s Top Ten Great Reads of 2005 and the Washington Post’s Book Raves of 2005. A Widows Walk was also on the New York Times best-selling biography list and was nominated for the Books for A Better Life Award.

Her essays have appeared in the Random House anthologies Money Changes Everything (2007) and The Time of My Life (2008) and most recently in My Apocalypse for Sock Monkey Press in 2012. She has been featured on This American Life, CNN, Good Morning America, and All Things Considered. She recently completed a second memoir, which has been optioned by NBC. Marian’s plays and one-woman shows have appeared at Playwrights Horizons, the Vineyard Theater, Variety Arts and more. She is currently collaborating on a musical.

Marian founded the 9/11 Families Association and was the co-founder of Tribute NYC, a memorial museum where she served as Board President until 2007. She also served on the 9/11 Memorial Advisory Board, the Ebbets Field Memorial Board, Soaring Spirits, and Friends of Firefighters Advisory Board.

Katie Freeman

Katie Freeman is Executive Publicist at Riverhead Books. She serves on committees for the National Book Foundation, PEN American Center, Libraries Without Borders, Narrative 4 and Community-Word Project, among others. She is getting her M.A. in Arts Administration at CUNY and can be found online @foxyhedgehog.

Kaylie Jones

Kaylie Jones’ latest novel, The Anger Meridian, was published in July 2015.

She is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me (2009). Her novels include A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, which was released as a Merchant Ivory Film in 1998; Celeste Ascending (2001); and Speak Now (2004). She has written numerous book reviews and articles for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Salon, WOW, Huffington Post, The Guardian UK, Confrontation Magazine, and others. She is the editor of the anthology Long Island Noir (2012).

Kaylie has been teaching for more than 30 years, including at Southampton College’s MFA Program in Writing, and in the low residency MFA Program in Professional Writing at Wilkes University. She co-chairs the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, which awards $10,000 yearly to an unpublished first novel. Her latest endeavor is her imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books, a writer’s collective in which the authors play a fundamental part in their own publishing process.

Lisa Lucas

Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus and as Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Find her on Twitter at @likaluca.

Johnny Temple

Johnny Temple is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. He won the 2013 Ellery Queen Award and the American Association of Publishers’ 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing. Temple is the editor of the anthology USA Noir, which was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and includes stories from Dennis Lehane, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates, and others. Temple has taught courses on the publishing business at Wilkes University, Wesleyan University, and Pratt Institute; and is the Chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council, which organizes the annual Brooklyn Book Festival. He also plays bass guitar in the band Girls Against Boys, which has toured extensively across the globe and released numerous albums on independent and major record companies. He has contributed articles and political essays to various publications, including The Nation, Publishers Weekly, AlterNet, Poets & Writers, and BookForum.

 All proceeds from NYWC15 benefit NY Writers Coalition’s free creative writing programs in New York City.