Rally Reading Series
 
 

Our Readers

June 2018

Mona Eltahawy, Camille Rankine, and T Kira Madden will be taking the Pete's Candy Store stage on Thursday, June 7th!

The Rally finishes its second season with three leading literary warriors of the resistance. Come see our terrific slate of readers perform, and offer them your questions, comments, and reactions. We're the heart of a march in the body of a reading series—it’s a whole new helping of overtly political discourse.

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. Closest trains are the L/G at Lorimer/Metropolitan.

Check out more about our terrific lineup for this month's event:

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is a feminist writer and activist. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution and a contributing opinion writer with the New York Times. She has reported extensively from the Middle East and North Africa for media such as Reuters News Agency and the Guardian and made a documentary for the BBC in 2014 on women and the revolutions in the region called Women of the Arab Spring.

Camille Rankine

Camille Rankine is the author of Incorrect Merciful Impulses, published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press, and the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. She is the recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. She serves on the Executive Committee for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, chairs the board of The Poetry Project, and is teaches at The New School.

T Kira Madden

T Kira Madden is a writer, photographer, and amateur magician. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PEN America, Guernica, and The Kenyon Review, and she is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She serves as the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and her debut memoir, LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2019.

May 2018

Omotara James, Laura Buccieri, and Katie Longofono—all featured readers from The Seventh Wave—will be taking the Pete's Candy Store stage on Thursday, May 3rd!

The Rally continues its exciting sophomore season with three leading literary warriors from the pages of The Seventh Wave Magazine. Come see our terrific slate of readers perform, and offer them your questions, comments, and reactions. The heart of a march in the body of a reading series—it’s a whole new helping of overtly political discourse.

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. Closest trains are the L/G at Lorimer/Metropolitan.

Check out more about our terrific lineup for this month's event:

Omotara James
Omotara James is a poet and essayist. Her poetry chapbook, "Daughter Tongue," was selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Her debut full length collection, "Mama Wata," is forthcoming in the Fall of 2018, from Siren Songs of CCM press. She is a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow and her work has appeared in American Chordata, Seventh Wave, Cosmonauts Avenue, Newtown Literary and elsewhere. Her awards include the Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets and the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award.

Laura Buccieri
Laura Buccieri is the author of the chapbook, on being mistaken (PANK Books, 2018). You can find her forthcoming and most recent work in Cosmonauts Avenue, Metatron, Prelude, Lambda Literary, Word Riot, Apogee, and elsewhere. She is the Publicist at Copper Canyon Press & lives in NYC.

Katie Longofono
Katie Longofono received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of three chapbooks: Angeltits (Sundress Publications 2016), Honey and Bandages (co-authored with Mary Stone; Folded Word Press 2015), and The Angel of Sex (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in The Boiler Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, BOAAT, glitterMOB, South Dakota Review, Juked, Slipstream, and more. She lives in Brooklyn.

April 2018

Kaitlyn Greenidge, Meakin Armstrong, and Brendan Kiely will be taking the Pete's Candy Store stage on Thursday, April 5th!

The Rally continues its season with three leading literary warriors of the resistance. Come see our terrific slate of readers perform, and offer them your questions, comments, and reactions. We're the heart of a march in the body of a reading series — it’s a whole new helping of overtly political discourse.

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg. Closest trains are the L/G at Lorimer/Metropolitan.

Kaitlyn Greenidge

Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Elle.com, Vogue, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and other places. She is a contributing editor for LENNY Letter and a contributing writer for The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Meakin Armstrong

Meakin Armstrong, senior fiction editor of Guernica, is a writer, editor, and screenwriter. For eight years, he worked at The New Yorker. His work has appeared in The Atlantic and many other magazines and journals for fiction and nonfiction. Among his awards, he received a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference work-study scholarship for fiction and a scholarship to the Summer Literary Seminars. He has been a visiting editor to the Disquiet International Literary Program and is a frequent member of various nominating committees for top literary awards. Meakin is also a contributor to four nonfiction books and two fiction anthologies.

Brendan Kiely

Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in Greenwich Village.

March 2018

Katie Kitamura
Katie Kitamura is the author of Gone To The Forest and The Longshot, both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, her work has been translated into 16 languages and appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, Granta, BOMB, Triple Canopy, and Frieze. Her third novel, A Separation (Riverhead Books) was named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by over a dozen publications.

Tana Wojczuk
Tana Wojczuk is writing a literary biography of the queer 19th century American actress Charlotte Cusman (forthcoming from Simon and Schuster in 2019). She is a Senior Nonfiction Editor at Guernica and teaches essay writing at New York University. Her essays and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, Vice, Tin House, The Believer, Narrative, Bomb, Paste, Gulf Coast, Apogee, Opium and elsewhere. 

Jasmine Dreame Wagner
Jasmine Dreame Wagner is the author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press) and Rings (Kelsey Street Press), winner of the Kelsey Street Press Firsts! Prize. Wagner's work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Colorado Review, Guernica, Fence, Hyperallergic, Indiana Review, New American Writing, Seattle Review, Verse, and YETI Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn.

February 2018

Rob Spillman
Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, an eighteen-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. He is the 2017 recipient of the CLMP Energizer Award for Exceptional Acts of Literary Citizenship, the 2015 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing as well as the 2015 VIDO Award from VIDA. His memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, was published by Grove Press in 2016.

Michele Filgate
Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Longreads, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Refinery29, Slice, The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Salon, Interview Magazine, Buzzfeed, and other publications. In 2016, Brooklyn Magazine named her one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture." 

Charlotte Lieberman
Charlotte Lieberman is a New York-based writer whose work often concerns feminism, the commodification of wellness, and mental health. You can read her work in The Harvard Business Review, Guernica, Marie Claire, & The Boston Review, among other publications. She lives in Greenpoint with her sister.