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STEVE ALMOND is the author of My Life in Heavy Metal (Atlantic/Grove, 2002), The New York Times bestseller, Candyfreak (Algonquin Books, 2005), and God Bless America (Lookout Press, 2011).  His short fiction and essays can be found in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Playboy, Zoetrope, and Ploughshares. “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched” was selected for the Best American Short Stories 2010 and has been optioned for film by Spilt Milk Entertainment. He regularly teaches at Grub Street in Boston and the Tin House Writer’s Conference.  In 2011 he was the keynote speaker at Conversations & Connections, Washington D.C., held at The Johns Hopkins University D.C. campus.

AMBER TAMBLYN was born and raised in Venice, California and is a 3rd generation Californian.  She has been a writer and actress since the age of 9. She has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film.  In 2007 she won the Locarno Film Festival award for Best Actress for her work in the film “Stephanie Daley”, in which she starred opposite actress Tilda Swinton.  She most recently appeared in FOX’s television show “HOUSE” and in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed film, “127 Hours” opposite James Franco.  She will next appear in Horton Foote’s “Main Street” opposite Colin Firth.  Amber is most recognized for her work as Joan on the CBS television program “Joan of Arcadia.” Her poetry collection, Bang Ditto, is available now.

DERRICK C. BROWN is one of America’s most beloved and well travelled performing page poets. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of four books of poetry. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.”

RAE BRYANT is the author of The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press). Her work appears in or is soon forthcoming in The Paris Review online, McSweeney’s, StoryQuarterly, BLIP Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, and Redivider, among other journals.

THE SUN PARADE, at its core, is built on the musical partnership
between frontmen, Chris Jennings & Jefferson Lewis. The two often play
 as a full band with Jacob Rosazza on bass and Colin Jalbert on drums,
but sometimes grace stages as an acoustic duo. Chris
Jennings has been described as “what Elliott Smith would have sounded
like with the right medication.” The Sun Parade has released a full length LP “Yossis” which has  received a considerable amount of amazing reviews and
radio play with the single “Need You By My Side.”
 The Sun Parade plan to be touring constantly throughout the fall of 2012 and beyond.


At The Paris Review | In the Buff: Literary Readings, Pasties, and Jiggling Genitalia


Rae Bryant’s essay “In the Buff: Literary Readings, Pasties, and Jiggling Genitalia” is  now at The Paris Review. Here’s a little taste:

My first time with the postfeminist, burlesque lit girl culture—pasties, G-strings, audience clapping to jiggling booties—I was in a fun little Brooklyn bar called the Way Station. I had, minutes before, read from my own work, what I thought was a wryly humorous and oh-so-literary postfeminist exploration of time, culture, and relationships. I knew the term “burlesque” had been thrown around on the billing, but to my Midwestern sensibilities, burlesque meant feathers and brief flashes of almost breast, the inner curves of almost vagina, with the full monty saved for fictional accounts. This, on the other hand, was a literary reading. So you can imagine my reaction to the dancer’s G-stringed ass shaking so close to my face I felt an instinct to throw up my hands in self-defense…. READ MORE

OCT Selected Works by Edgar Oliver


The Shard of the Day Itself



The Donuts Luncheonette


Blue Motel 19


“Broken Mirror,” in Greenpoint Brooklyn, Apr 23, 2010


Edgar Oliver – Legendary NYC Playwright | An Interview

Edgar Oliver (born in 1956) is an American stage and film actor, poet, performance artist and playwright. He was born in Savannah, Georgia then moved to New York City in 1977. He is considered “a legend” of the downtown New York theatre scene. He is a frequent performer/storyteller with The Moth, where you can enjoy his work, “The Apron Strings of Savannah.” (“The Apron Strings of Savannah” is highly recommended).