FIZZ reading

October 30, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gessy Alvarez earned her MFA from Columbia University. She’s received scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, as well as, artist residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts, where she was a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow. Her prose has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, The NewerYork, Bartleby Snopes, Camroc Press Review, Thrice Fiction, Connotation Press, Pank, and other publications. She interviews writers and poets at her blog, Digging Through the Fat: ripping out the heart and is at work on a collection of short prose.

Jill Hoffman is the Founding Editor of Mudfish (Box Turtle Press), and of the Mudfish Individual Poet Series. She has a B.A. from Bennington College, an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph. D. from Cornell University. Black Diaries (Mudfish Individual Poet Series # 2) was published by Box Turtle Press in 2000. Her first book of poems, Mink Coat, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1973.  She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974-75. Jilted, a novel, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1993. She has taught in major universities (Bard, Barnard, Brooklyn, Columbia) and published in major magazines, such as The New Yorker and Paris Review. She has led the Mudfish writing workshop in Tribeca since 1990. She is also a painter.

Susan O’Neill became a nurse because the training was cheap and practical. For a time, she wore a green outfit and clunky boots and lived in a place where guys shot each other for no good reason. She then lived, for a time, in a sunny place whose natives suspected she was a spy. She got a degree in the oxymoronic field of Journalism/Advertising, and wrote about school board meetings. All this qualified her to write a fiction collection called Don’t Mean Nothing, to edit a Flash Fiction magazine named Vestal Review, to pen weekly essays for a Peace Corps writers’ website, and to gather some of her short non-fiction pieces into a book titled Calling New Delhi for Free. She lives in Brooklyn.

Susan Tepper is the author of four books of fiction and a chapbook of poetry.  Prior to taking up the writing life, she worked as an actor, singer, flight attendant, marketing manager, interior decorator, rescue worker and more.  Tepper’s new book The Merrill Diaries (Pure Slush Books, 2013) follows a young woman’s adventures on two continents over a nine year period.  Currently she is a contributing editor at Flash Fiction Chronicles where she conducts author interviews at UNCOV/rd.  Other things include 9 Pushcart nominations, and a nomination in fiction for the Pulitzer Prize 2010.  www.susantepper.com

Host Roberto Carlos Garcia