KGB: Straying

November 20, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 am

Join KGB and host Tanya Marquardt (Stray: Memoir of a Runaway) for a night of stories and poems around the idea of straying, of being a stray, of having strayed. Readings from Emily Toder, Krystal Sital, Gabe Kruis, Erin Hosier, Steven Jude Tietjen, and Wei Tchou.

Free cover; two drink minimum.


ERIN HOSIER is a literary agent at Dunow Carlson & Lerner in New York, and was an original co-host of the Literary Death Match. She is the co-author of Patty Schemel’s 2017 memoir Hit So Hard. Her own memoir Don’t Let Me Down, about how her relationship with her late father impacted her images of men - and herself - well into adulthood, will be released February 5th.

GABE KRUIS is a New Mexican poet living and writing in Brooklyn. His work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Atlas Review, Poor Claudia, Everyday Genius, and at Well Greased Press. He is a cofounder of Wendy’s Subway and runs the Shitluck Reading series at the Tip Top Bar & Grill. He is currently a fellow in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown 2018-2019. ‘

KRYSTAL A. SITAL was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and moved to the United States in 1999. Her critically acclaimed debut memoir Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad, traces the hidden trauma and fierce resilience of one Trinidadian family in a story of ambition and cruelty, endurance and love, and the bonds among women and between generations that help them find peace with the past. A PEN Award finalist and Hertog fellow, she holds an MFA from Hunter College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Elle, the New York Times Magazine, Salon, Today’s Parent, the Margins, the Caribbean Writer, Brain Child, and elsewhere. Krystal has taught creative writing; gender, sexuality, and culture; and peoples and cultures of the Caribbean at New Jersey City University and Fairleigh Dickenson University. She now teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe.

WEI TCHOU is a writer in Brooklyn whose essays about culture, identity, and food have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Paris Review, and The Outline, among other publications. Previously, she was the Assistant Managing Editor of She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Hunter College and is at work on a memoir about ferns.

STEVEN JUDE TIETJEN is a writer and professional opera kween. He’s a frequent contributor to Opera News, and has written program notes and translations for The Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Aspen Music Festival, and R.B. Schlather’s Chinatown Handel exhibitions, and has written about Georgian and Persian food for Edible Manhattan. He is a father to Leo Tolstoy Frank the Rescue Chihuahua Mix.

EMILY TODER is the author of the poetry collections Beachy Head (Coconut Books, 2014), Science (Coconut Books, 2012), and Waste (forthcoming from BlazeVOX). A graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at UMass Amherst, she also translates literature and letterpresses small editions for fun. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

TANYA MARQUARDT a memoirist, playwright, and performer. Her first book Stray: Memoirs of a Runaway was published by Little A in September 2018, and her first play Nocturne (an incomplete and inaccurate account of the love affair between George Sand and Frederic Chopin) toured throughout Canada and was produced in 2012 at New York’s Dixon Place. Her play Transmission was published in the Canadian Theatre Review and her play Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep, a play about being a sleep talker, was the subject of an NPRs Invisibila podcast. She received her BFA in Theatre at Simon Fraser University, a Certificate of Dance at MainDance, and an MFA in Creative NonFiction at Hunter College. Tanya splits her time between Vancouver, Canada and Brooklyn, NY.