April 07, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NYU SPS Literary Reading at KGB Bar / Spring 2017

Amina S. Ali was included in the original Nuyorican Poetry anthology (William Morrow, 1975). Other publication credits include Cuentos: Stories by Latinas (Kitchen Table Press), Hispanic, Female and Young: An Anthology (Pinata Press), Phatitude, Tribes, AM New York, Revista Chicano-Riquena, Heresies, Third Woman, Longshot and, most recently, La Respuesta, an online magazine to “(Re)Imagine the Boricua Diaspora”.  Her most recent stories can be found there, at She has recently completed a Certificate in Fiction writing at the New York University School of Professional Studies. She is currently taking the course, Writing in Stillness with Robert Black.

Myra Alperson is a life-long New Yorker who has finally found time to indulge her love for writing fiction since retiring from a 14-year-career as a NYC teacher and working many years at non-profits and small publications. She has a background in journalism, including an M.A. from NYU (many years ago!). Years ago she won a short story contest at Symphony Space and her winning entry was read by Isaiah Sheffer and aired on the NPR show “Selected Shorts.” She runs a food tour company called Noshwalks and often mentions food in her stories. She lives in Washington Heights.

Patricia Dunphy leads the retail leasing and residential acquisitions departments for Rockrose Development Corp., most recently focusing on the bustling activity in Long Island City’s Court Square. She has spent thirty exciting years working on neighborhood development.  She brought the first Whole Foods to New York in Chelsea – actually to facilitate the purchase of organic food back in the late 1990’s for her own family!  She will be announcing soon a new relationship with Book Culture and is bringing the independent book store to Long Island City.  On a personal note, Patricia has a daughter at Skidmore College and is an avid reader, hosting a book club for the past 28 years and is passionate about theater film and travel.

Suzanne Martinez wrote poetry in her teens and well into her twenties, while she pursued a BFA and an MFA in Fine Arts. Words have always been part of her artwork and a few of her poems were published in student literary journals. She took an extended break from writing that was much longer than planned while starting a business and a family. She began writing short stories four years ago and her first novel in December. The piece she’s reading tonight is from her novel in progress, Don’t Look Back.

Mohammed Shajib was born and raised in a South Asian underdeveloped country called Bangladesh. He migrated to the United States in 2013 with his family. After completing his Associate Degree he is going to NYU School of Professional Studies to complete his bachelor degree. Besides, he works as an IT technician under NYU. He is passionate about learning programming languages and wants to work as a web developer in future. He likes to help people of his society and his country. In his free time, Shajib likes to communicate his friends and relatives who live in Bangladesh. He is planning to go back to his country after his graduation.

Stacy Striegel made her way to her beloved New York City from Normal, Illinois over 20 years ago. She is currently enrolled in writing classes at NYU as an antidote to her day job as a Fashion Show Producer.