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Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop Events, 6/6–6/7, 6/26

This comes straight from the newsletter. Glad SSWW is back!

Join SSWW founder & director Julia Fierro (and many Sackett writers!) at the launch party for her new novel The Gypsy Moth Summer at powerHouse Arena bookstore in Dumbo.

June 6th 7pm
powerHouse Arena
28 Adams Street, Brooklyn

FREE, open to the public, and ’90s-themed drinks & treats will be served.
RSVP via the
Facebook Event Page.

Read more about The Gypsy Moth Summer here.

The Sackett Street Literary Series is back with a special event at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe featuring novelists: Hannah Tinti (One Story founder and author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley),Rakesh Satyal (author of No One Can Pronounce My Name), Julia Fierro (SSWW founder and author of The Gypsy Moth Summer), andNatalka Burian (Sackett Street alum, founder of The Freya Project, and author of Welcome to the Slipstream).

This conversation will be moderated by Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop alum Chiwoniso Kaitano.

June 7th 7pm
Housingworks Bookstore & Cafe
126 Crosby Street, NYC

FREE, open to the public, and drinks will be served. RSVP via theFacebook Event Page.

The Sackett Street Literary Series is thrilled to have a new home… Books Are Magic, the new indie bookstore in Cobble Hill opened by former SSWW instructor Emma Straub and Michael Fusco, and located only a few blocks from where Sackett Street began 15 years ago!

Join us to celebrate four outstanding writers at Books Are Magic: alums Kathleen Flynn and Adalena Kavanaugh; instructor Sarah Gerard, and special guest Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.

June 26th 7pm
Books Are Magic
225 Smith Street, Brooklyn

FREE, open to the public, and drinks will be served.
RSVP via the Facebook Event Page.

Next Sackett Street Event, 12/5 at BookCourt



From BookCourt:

Sackett Street Literary Series, 7 pm

Sackett Street Writers Workshop

Khaliah Williams
Daniel Castro
Diane Cook
Arianna Ribolini

On the Docket:
Drinks Served

Please join Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop for our December Literary Series with fiction instructors Khaliah Williams, Daniel Castro, Diane Cook and featured student Arianna Rebolini!
Author Bio(s):

DANIEL CASTRO’S work has appeared in Tampa Review, Gambit Weekly, Miami Herald, and Salon. He is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received awards from the Cintas Foundation, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, and fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the MacDowell Colony.

DIANE COOK is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and was formerly a producer for the radio show, This American Life. Man V. Nature was a finalist for the Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, received Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway award, and was recently longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere and anthologized in Best American Short Stories.

ARIANNA REBOLINI is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn with her partner and two perfect rescue cats. Her focus is primarily on books, mental health, and women’s issues, and her work can be seen at The Guardian, BuzzFeed, The Hairpin, Atlas Obscura, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Public Relations, will be out May 2017.

KHALIAH WILLIAMS is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has been published in Hawaii Women’s Journal, Frontier Psychiatrist, and Day One, and her non-fiction at Buzzfeed, American Short Fiction and Book Country. She is a current fellow at the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction and an Instructor and Advisory Board member of Writers in Baltimore School. Originally from Philadelphia, she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She is at work on a novel and collection of short stories.

Next Sackett Street Event: 10/24 at BookCourt


Nonfiction Night Features:
Garrard Conley (BOY ERASED: A MEMOIR)
Elizabeth Isadora Gold (THE MOMMY GROUP)
Heloise Chung (Lenny Letter)
Christina Wallace (Forbes.com, Elle)
Join us for a reading of the most recent work of the newest Sackett Street instructor Garrard Conley and talented alums!
Wine will be served. Event is free and open to the public—bring your literary-loving friends!

Next Sackett Street Event: 9/11 at BookCourt


Sackett Street Writers Workshop

Anna Solomon
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Flynn Berry
Taylor Larsen
Kim Brooks
Moderated by: Julia Fierro

On the Docket:
Audience Q&A
Book Signing
Panel Discussion

Author Bio(s): 
Anna Solomon is the author of Leaving Lucy Pear and The Little Bride and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Ploughshares, Slate, The Boston Globe, and MORE, and she is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers. Previously, Anna worked as an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio’s Living On Earth. Anna holds degrees from Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun(Norton/Liveright, July 2016), which received a starred Kirkus Review and was picked as one of the best books to read this summer and beyond by New York Times, NPR, BBC, BuzzFeed,Book Riot, Bookish, Miami Herald, Elle, O Magazine, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Flavorwire, After Ellen,BookPage, Cosmopolitan, Brooklyn Magazine, among others.New York Times book reviewer, Jennifer Senior describes Here Comes the Sun as a “lithe, artfully-plotted debut.” Dennis-Benn has also been recently nominated for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Nicole’s work has appeared in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, Electric Literature, Lenny Letter, Catapult, Red Rock Review, Kweli Literary Journal,Mosaic, Ebony, and the Feminist Wire. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Lambda, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Hurston/Wright, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.

Flynn Berry is a graduate of the Michener Center, Brown University, has been awarded a Yaddo residency, and is an alum of Sackett Street Writers. Under the Harrow is her first novel and will be published in Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and the UK. NPR’s Maureen Corrigan wrote a rave review of the novel for the Washington Post, “Enough with comparisons: Under the Harrow is such a superbly crafted psychological thriller, it deserves to be celebrated for its own singular excellence.” Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs, said of the book, “Once I started reading Under the Harrow, I couldn’t stop. It’s like Broadchurch written by Elena Ferrante. I’ve been telling all my friends to read it—the highest compliment. Flynn Berry is a deeply interesting writer.”

Taylor Larsen is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction writing.  Taylor has taught fiction writing at Columbia University and the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, as well as literature courses for Pace University.  Taylor is an author at Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster for her novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved, which released in July of 2016. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Taylor currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband. “A mesmerizing, unsparing exploration of one man’s descent, told in subtle, precise language that is reminiscent at times of Raymond Carver, Haruki Murakami, and Carson McCullers, but entirely Larsen’s own creation; a wonderful debut.”–Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Kim Brooks’ first novel, The Houseguest, is now available from Counterpoint Press. Her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, will be published in 2017 by Flatiron Books/ Macmillan. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, One Story, Five Chapters and other journals and her essays have appeared in Salon, New York Magazine, and Buzzfeed. She lives in Chicago with her husband and children and teaches online workshops for Sackett Street Writers.

Julia Fierro is the author of the novel Cutting Teeth, published in 2014 and called “a comically energetic debut” by The New Yorker. Her next novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, will be published in June 2017. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she founded The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop in 2002, now a creative home to over 3,000 writers and named “New York City’s best writing class” by Time Out NY, L Magazine, and Brooklyn Magazine; and a “Top Alternative to MFA programs” by Poets & Writers. Workshops are offered throughout NYC and online. Her work has been published inPoets & Writers, Glamour, Psychology Today, and other publications, and she has been profiled in the L Magazine,Brooklyn Magazine, The Observer and The Economist. She lives in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.




Next Sackett Street Event: The Realities of Publishing, 6/27


This is happening 7pm at BookCourt, Monday June 27.

Jennifer Baker (Moderator)
Todd Hunter
Ebony LaDelle
Diana Pho
Connor Goldsmith
Stephanie Jimenez
On the Docket: 
Audience Q&A
Panel Discussion

Join Sackett Street Writers Workshop and the Minorities in Publishing podcast for a discussion and Q&A with publishing professionals.

About the Event:

What exactly is the difference between marketing and publicity? Will my editor hate me if I need more time on edits? What will an agent expect when I sign with them? How do I query an agent? How do I even get my foot in the door of publishing? Questions like these along with many others will be tackled in “The Realities of Publishing” talk moderated by Jennifer Baker (creator of Minorities in Publishing, production editor) with Todd Hunter (editor, Atria Books), Ebony LaDelle (marketing manager, Simon & Schuster), Diana Pho (editor, Tor), Connor Goldsmith (literary agent, Fuse Literary Agency), and Stephanie Jimenez (associate publicist, Riverhead Books) on their experiences as well as what to expect as someone climbing the ranks in publishing or as a writer entering the business. A Q&A will be held after the panel and wine will be served.

Next Sackett Street Event: Fiction Luminaries, 5/2 at BookCourt


Tony Tulathimutte
Lynn Strong
Rebecca Schiff
Caroline Zancan
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Jessica Tom

On the Docket:
Audience Q&A
Book Signing
Panel Discussion

Sackett Street Writers Workshop founder Julia Fierro hosts a celebration for the book-releases of SSWW instructors and alums, and some of this year’s most anticipated and acclaimed novels and story collections.

Wine and words free and open to the public!

Author Bio(s):

Tony Tulathimutte is the author of the novel Private Citizens. He has written for VICE, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, n+1, AGNI, Salon, Threepenny Review, and others. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received an O. Henry Award, a Truman Capote fellowship, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award.

Lynn Steger Strong was born and raised in South Florida. She teaches at Columbia and Pratt and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Rebecca Schiff graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program, where she received a Henfield Prize. Her stories have appeared in n+1, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence, and Guernica. She lives in Brooklyn.

Caroline Zancan is a graduate of Kenyon College and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Zancan is an editor at Henry Holt, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Kaitlyn Greenidge received her MFA from Hunter College. She was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Artist-in-Residence, a Johnson State College Visiting Emerging Writer and received a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Her work has appeared in Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kweli Journal, the Believer, The Feminist Wire, At Length, Green Mountains Review and American Short Fiction. Originally from Boston, Kaitlyn now lives in Brooklyn and is a NY Writers Coalition Workshop Leader. Her debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books).

Jessica Tom is a writer and food blogger living in Brooklyn. She has worked on initiatives with restaurants, hospitality startups, food trucks, and citywide culinary programs. She graduated from Yale University with a concentration in fiction writing and wrote the restaurant review for the Yale Daily News Magazine. Food Whore is her first novel.

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Next Sackett Street Event, 4/22 at BookCourt


Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop — Nonfiction Night
Hosted by Michele Filgate
Fri Apr 22, 7:00PM

Sackett Street Writers Workshop

Jennifer Baker
Xeni Fragakis
Yashica Dutt
Michele Filgate

On the Docket:
Book Signing

Author Bio(s): 

Jennifer Baker is a writer of fiction & nonfiction, and an editor with over 14 years’ experience in the publishing industry. A native New Yorker she’s a graduate of The New School’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Eclectic Flash,Boston Literary Magazine, Newtown Literary Journal, Poets & Writers magazine, The Female Complaint (Shade Mountain Press), and The Daily Worth. She has been a contributor to e-zines AroundHarlem.com and DinnerReviews.com, and is currently a contributing writer of monthly articles on books, publishing, and the intersections of media for Forbes.com. She’s received scholarships from the Postgraduate Writers’ Workshop, Napa Valley Writers’ Workshop, and the Glen West Workshop, and has been an artist-in-residence at Jentel Artist Residency, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Ragdale. Jennifer is a long-time member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books in addition to creating and hosting the podcast Minorities in Publishing. Jennifer has done various interviews/panels on diversity in media as well as podcasting.

Xeni Fragakis received her BA in English from Yale University and her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. At Iowa, she was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship and taught Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and Salon, and she is a winner of the Moth GrandSLAM Championship.

Yashica Dutt is a New York-based writer covering gender, identity and culture. She was previously a principal correspondent with India’s leading English daily, Hindustan Times and is the founder of dalitdiscrimination.tumblr.com, a safe space for ‘lower caste’ Dalits to discuss  their experiences of discrimination and struggle and is currently working on a book based on it. Her work has been featured in Vice and HuffingtonPost, among other publications. She was a part of Michele Filgate’s
Sackett Street Nonfiction class last fall.

Michele Filgate is an essayist, critic, and freelance writer. She is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and VP/Awards for the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Slice,The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, The Rumpus, Salon,Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, Fine Books & Collections Magazine, DAME Magazine, Biographile, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Time Out New York, The Daily Beast, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vulture, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Capital New York, The Star Tribune, Bookslut, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications.

Next Sackett Street Reading, 3/17 at BookCourt


Thu Mar 17, 7:00PM

Keija Parssinen
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Kimberly McCreight
Tracy O’Neill
Robin Wasserman

On the Docket:
Book Signing

About the Event:

The next Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series event, “Dangerous Lives of Young Women in Fiction,” celebrates the paperback release of The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, the second novel by SSWW alum Keija Parssinen.

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis won a 2015 Alex Award from the American Library Association.

Joining Keija are four authors whose novels illuminate the complexity of young women’s experience in an often violent world — New York Times Bestselling novelists Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (Bittersweet and the forthcoming June), Kimberly McCreight (Reconstructing Amelia, Where They Found Her, and the forthcoming YA series Outliers) and Robin Wasserman (author of more than 10 novels and the forthcoming Girls On Fire); and National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill, a SSWW alum and author ofThe Hopeful.

Next Sackett Street Reading, 1/25 at BookCourt

Host: Heather Aimee O’Neill

Tracey Rose
Isabelle FitzGerald
Andrés Cruciani
Max Rivlin-Nadler

On the Docket: 
Book Signing

The next Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series features students from our Novel Intensive Workshops.

Author Bio(s): 

Tracey Rose is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Pank Magazine, and elsewhere.

Isabelle FitzGerald studied creative writing at Brown University. Her writing has appeared on The Rumpus andYahoo! Parenting. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is currently working on her first novel.

Andrés Cruciani‘s writing has appeared in Brooklyn Aikikai Journal and University of Baltimore’s Welter. He has completed one novel, for which he is currently seeking representation, and is at work on his second—”Equality,” a story about two boys, one Black, one Hispanic, struggling to find hope in an inner-city school. He graduated from The New School’s MFA fiction program and also holds a black belt in Aikido.

Max Rivlin-Nadler is a writer living in Queens, NY. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Vice, The Nation, andGawker. He’s working on a novel about rising seas, property values, and dead souls.