KGB: MWA Reading

December 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Free Water #22

December 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

December 08, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League

December 06, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

December 01, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

November 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

November 03, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: MWA Reading

October 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

October 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: FREE WATER #21

October 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

October 06, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

September 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Karen Heuler, Nancy Hightower and Matthew Lansburgh

September 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Red Hen Press

September 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League

September 06, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

September 01, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: FREE WATER #20

August 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: MWA Reading

August 12, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

August 04, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


KGB: NYU-SPS

August 04, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Akhil Sharma reading

July 25, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Dan Braum book launch

July 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

June 29, 2017
8:30 pm -

2 drink minimum.
8:30 doors.


RR: An Artist Walks Into a Bar

June 23, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
With Delia Cabe, author of “Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go to Drink” (June 6, 2017), and Meta Wagner, author of “What’s Your Creative Type?: Harness the Power of Your Artistic Personality (April 2017)


RR: Thursday Night Mix

June 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Josh Lefkowitz poetry reading

June 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Josh Lefkowitz will read funny/sad/love poems from his ongoing, never-ending poem-a-day project.

“Hilarious…witty entertainment…Lefkowitz gives every impression that he knows what he’s doing."- Washington Post
“Lefkowitz is a nimble, witty writer… combines the comic timing of David Sedaris with the relentless inspection of Spalding Gray, but he is a clone of neither man.” - Baltimore Sun
“Bristling smart…wildly ambitious…rendered with enormous power.” - Chicago Sun-Times
“Smart, funny, with a gentle streak of hell-fire anger. My kind of guy.” - Eric Bogosian

Josh has received the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Prize, an Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry at the University of Michigan, was a finalist for the Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize, and won First Prize in the Singapore Poetry Contest. His poems and essays have been published at The Awl, The Offing, The Hairpin, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, and many other places. He has also recorded humor pieces for NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC’s Americana, and previously toured a pair of one-man shows to theatres and spaces across the country.


KGB: MWA Reading

June 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: FREE WATER #19

June 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: TNS After Hours

June 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

June 15, 2017
9:00 pm -


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

June 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Queering of Food

June 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: Writers Hotel

June 10, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Writers Hotel

June 10, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Tal Finkel

June 09, 2017
10:30 pm -

No cover.  Two drink minimum.


RR: Writers Hotel

June 09, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


KGB: Writers Hotel

June 09, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Behind the Book

June 08, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Liars’ League

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


KGB: David Hicks

June 04, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

June 03, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

June 02, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum. 


RR: Green Fairy Absinthe Tasting

June 01, 2017
9:30 pm -


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

June 01, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Thursday Night Mix

May 25, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Vanessa Trouble’s Treetop Speakeasy

May 22, 2017
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Ronald Guttman reads Camus’ The Fall

May 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ronald Guttman’s last appearance as Jean-Baptiste Clamence was in 2016, when he read The Fall as part of the “Stranger in the City” Camus Festival at Bowery Poetry Club. Television credits include: PREACHER (Season 2), Homeland (Season 6), Baskets, The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Mad Men and many more. US stage credits include: Long Wharf Theatre, The SF Playhouse, SummerScape at Bard, The Mint, Circle in the Square, SecondStage. Upcoming film credits include: Monsieur et Madame Adelman, Black Magic for White Boys, The Enchanted Forest, Amy Makes Three, and The Rendez-vous. Other film credits include: Welcome to New York, Pawn, 13, Tickling Leo, 27 Dresses, Girl Most Likely, Hunt for Red October, Green Card, Avalon, Danton. For more credits visit IMDB.com/highbrow.net


Hannah Tinti & One Story

May 21, 2017
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: TNS After Hours

May 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Paragraph

May 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

May 18, 2017
9:00 pm -


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

May 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Vanessa Trouble’s Treetop Speakeasy

May 15, 2017
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Nuclear Impact Anthology Reading

May 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Mother of All Readings

May 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: Trumpet Fiction

May 13, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jenifer Margaret Kelly is a playwright who was born in Brooklyn but grew up mainly in Miami. Her play My Brooklyn was a finalist in this summer’s Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference at Yale, and she is very involved with the Irish American Artists and Writers community in New York City. She is also the author of many creative nonfiction essays, poems, and short stories, and is currently working on a young adult novel entitled The Girl with the Red Umbrella. She attended UCLA film school and has an MFA in dramatic writing. Moving to New York City a few days before Super Storm Sandy, which she swears was a coincidence, she has nevertheless been in a whirlwind of one type or another ever since.

Roberta Lawrence is a singer/songwriter whose songs one day spontaneously expanded into short stories and novels. She will be reading from A Princess Comes to Chelsea—the prologue from her novel-in-progress, Quietly Crazy for You, which is inspired by years spent in the alternate universe of jazz and studio musicians in the late 1970s and 1980s. Roberta has received a New Voices Award from the Writer’s Voice for Princess, a Ludwig Vogelstein Fiction grant, and multiple artist residencies at Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her articles and reviews have appeared in BOMB, Musician, ASCAP in Action, Backstage, and other publications. She helms her own public relations firms, Roberta Lawrence Media and Soundcheck PR, and is a singer/songwriter, lyricist, and record producer. The CD that she produced featuring her late husband, trumpeter/composer Mike Lawrence, Nightwind, topped the Billboard charts and is due to be re-released later this year. 

Darley Stewart is a Scottish-Korean fiction writer based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Funhouse Magazine, The Ocean State Review, Flapperhouse, The Brooklyn Rail, Battersea Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2016 Fiction International Fellowship from Seoul Art Space and a 2015 Ocean State Fiction Scholarship from The University of Rhode Island. An alumnus of Brandeis University and The University of Edinburgh, she gives regular readings in Brooklyn, most recently at the Manhattanville Reading Series at Unnameable Books.


RR: Red Door Sessions #1: Femme//Fronted

May 12, 2017
8:00 pm -

$15 cover.  2 drink minimum.  (Planned Parenthood Benefit)
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@kidbowery kicks off his new live-music series at The Red Room with Red Door Sessions #1: Femme//Fronted, a night celebrating NYC’s indie rock gynarchy and supporting Planned Parenthood of Northeast Pennsylvania! Lineup features lo-fi punk blues devastator, Breanna Barbara, chanteuse provocateur, Anya Marina (in a rare local performance!), and darling hotel insomniac, PONY.


Red Door Sessions is a live-music series spotlighting newer bands and artists in a venue that’s as intimate as it is unlikely. Every Red Door Sessions show is a benefit. Every benefit supports the resistance. Got a righteous cause?  Tell us
about it! Does your band not suck? Tell us about that, too. Lineups unapologetically reflect the taste of musician/series producer @kidbowery , a fan of sonic idiosyncrasy, independent artists and the occasional split infinitive. Check out www.reddoorsessions.com for more info about the series and to see exclusive performances by featured bands and artists.

Breanna Barbara. After making a name for herself playing house shows in St. Augustine, Florida, Breanna Barbara relocated to New York City and caught a lethal dose of cool from one too many wild nights at one too many loft parties. Like her first album, Mirage Dreams, Barbara’s live show blends influences from every place she’s ever called home. Southern blues and psychedelia tend to rise to the top, but garage is never far away. Nor is her penchant for fucking shit up when the occasion suits her. “It wasn’t until I met dream producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes) that [these songs] were able to come alive in the way I had imagined them,” she says. Inspired by everything from howling at the moon to heat strokes in New York City summers to the paradigm shift after a loved one passes away, Barbara’s performances are a culmination of her heart and soul and a whole lotta sweat. (excerpted from consequencesofsound.net)

Anya Marina. Best known for “Satellite Heart” from the platinum selling soundtrack to Twilight, New Moon, and her provocative cover of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like,” Anya Marina mixes “Liz Phair sex appeal with a dash of Carl Jung.” (Rolling Stone) By turns wise and witty, her songs sling rapier-sharp insights into human relationships and begrudging nods to uncertainty. Marina released her fourth LP, Paper Plane, last year on her own Good Rope Records (through Tone Tree). Recorded in Portland, Oregon, and Brooklyn, Paper Plane was produced with help from Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie), Eric Hutchinson, Leo Sidran and Gary Philips. Deeply felt yet approachable, it marked Marina’s first independent release since her 2005 debut, Miss Halfway. Her next album drops later in May and she’ll be touring behind it. Catch her before she hits the road!

PONY. The daughter of a casino boss, PONY grew up on the road and in the company of assorted happy degenerates. By the time her family reached Las Vegas she was in her teens and familiar with the characters that inhabit the world of action. Bullshit high-rollers and hot lady cheats. Scores of addicts chasing their elusive nut-- all were fodder for early digs into art and music. But it was the winners—the consistent ones that bet huge and gave her father fits—who captured her imagination. Winners risk big for ideas they think are true. Their gift, she believed, is knowing when to stop thinking and give it up to instinct.
A decade later PONY was living on a houseboat moored off Hoboken. Burnt out on the modeling scene and tired of taking orders from handsy “professionals,” she started toying with the melodies she grew up on: her father’s Beatles; other discoveries like Georges Delrue and John Frusciante. The writing lead to gigs and the gigs to more writing, and the voice that had sometimes failed her in plain conversation started gaining strength. When PONY’s first album debuts later this year it’ll serve as proof that trusting your instincts is a risk worth taking.

Fiona Silver is a young heart with an old soul. Her smoky voice and smoldering stage presence have already lead her to special appearances and accolades from numerous outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, Ukulele Magazine, Go! Magazine who nominated her for Best Musical Performer, and Curve Magazine who had her high on their list of Most Desirable Women.Silver combines a wide range of influences from Courtney Love to Billie Holiday, creating a sound that is edgy yet sophisticated, sultry and soulful. She has shared the stage with a diverse array of bands including Shakey Graves, Mike Doughty, Breedlove, and Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes.


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

May 11, 2017
9:00 pm -

No cover.  1 drink minimum.


KGB: Behind the Book

May 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

May 09, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Vanessa Trouble’s Treetop Speakeasy

May 08, 2017
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Alex Dimitrov + Christopher Salerno

May 08, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Last reading of the season for this series!

Christopher Salerno is an American Poet, Editor of Saturnalia Books, and Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University.  He is the author of four poetry collections. His most recent book, Sun & Urn, was selected by Thomas Lux for the Georgia Poetry Prize and will be published in early 2017 by the University of Georgia Press. ATM, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize, was published in 2014. His second book, Minimum Heroic, was selected by Dara Wier for the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize in 2010. Other honors include the 2013 Midwest/Laurel Review Prize for a chapbook of poems, Automatic Teller, as well as a 2014 NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant. His first book of poems, Whirligig, was published by Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House (NY) in 2006. 

Alex Dimitrov is the author of two collections of poems, Together and by Ourselves, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in April of 2017, Begging for It (Four Way Books, 2013), and the online chapbook American Boys (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2012). He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and a Pushcart Prize. He has taught creative writing and literature at Bennington College, Columbia University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He is the Senior Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets where he edits the popular online series Poem-a-Day and American Poets magazine. In 2009 Dimitrov founded Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon which he ran until 2013 in New York City, where he lives.


Paul LaFarge & Victor Lodato

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

Paul La Farge is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean (The Penguin Press, 2017); The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney’s Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. He lives in a subterranean ‘annex’ in upstate New York, where he is almost certainly up to no good.Paul LaFarge reads from his extraordinary new novel: The Night Ocean

“It has been years since I read a novel with so much joy, impatience, and awe… I have long been a tremendous admirer of all La Farge’s work; this novel is my favorite.” Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

“Magnificent… An impossible, irresistible novel, a love letter to the unlovable that speaks the unspeakable.” Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy

Victor Lodato is a playwright, poet, and novelist.  His book, Mathilda Savitch, was hailed by The New York Times as “a Salingeresque wonder of a first novel” and was deemed a “Best Book of the Year” by The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, and The Globe and Mail.  The novel won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, and has been published in sixteen countries.

Victor is a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Princess Grace Foundation, The Camargo Foundation (France), and The Bogliasco Foundation (Italy).
His short fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. Victor was born and raised in New Jersey, and currently divides his time between Ashland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona. Victor Lodato reads from his critically-acclaimed new novel, EDGAR AND LUCY.

“On every page Lodato’s prose sings with a robust, openhearted wit, making Edgar & Lucy a delight to read...Lodato keeps us in his thrall because his grip on the tiller stays reassuringly firm. Not to mention the supporting cast he’s gathered, a group so eclectic and beguiling that many of them could carry an entire novel of their own. A riveting and exuberant ride.” - Cynthia D’Aprix-Sweeney, The New York Times Book Review
“Wonder-filled and magisterial...Lodato’s skill as a poet manifests itself on every page, delighting with such elegant similes and incisive descriptions…His skill as a playwright shines in every piece of dialogue…And his skill as a fiction writer displays itself in his virtuoso command of point of view. The book pushes the boundaries of beauty.”
- Chicago Tribune

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

KGB: PEN America Lit Crawl

May 05, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sexist Bingo Presented by VIDA and Tin House
A literary trivia game, with audience participation and prizes, presented by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and Tin House.


KGB: PEN America Lit Crawl

May 05, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Three Russians Walk into a Bar (this reading will be in Russian):
Join writers Elena Chizhova, Elena Kostyuchenko, and Lev Rubinstein as they read and discuss contemporary Russian literature… to the bottom of the glass.


RR: PEN America Lit Crawl

May 05, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

7-8 Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times
Reading their letters from the forthcoming anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, Mona Eltahawy, Boris Fishman, and Reyna Grande will offer an antidote to despair, a rallying cry, and a lyrical manifesto to light the way forward.

8-9 BLOOM: Tiny and Enormous Conversations
This crew of Peace Poets from The Bronx brings music to the streets, poetry to the people and all kinds of tears to your eyes. Come and hear their stories of struggle, so full of purpose and power that something within us can’t help but BLOOM!

followed by Afterparty in the Red Room


RR: Green Fairy Absinthe Tasting

May 04, 2017
9:30 pm -


RR: NY Writers’ Workshop

May 04, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
Brooklyn Poets Anthology Release Celebration

Brooklyn has long been known as having one of the most vibrant poetry scenes in the world, yet there has never been an anthology devoted to celebrating the many contemporary poets who call it home. The Brooklyn Poets Anthology is a landmark collection offering a panoramic snapshot of the Brooklyn poetry community—itself composed of many different communities—emphasizing a variety of voices, aesthetics, and traditions.

Gathered here are 170 poets, including Philip Levine, Bernadette Mayer, Vijay Seshadri, Edward Hirsch, Aracelis Girmay, Martín Espada, Gregory Pardlo, Kimiko Hahn, Tom Sleigh, Lemon Andersen, Kim Addonizio, Patricia Spears Jones, Timothy Donnelly, Tyehimba Jess, Matthea Harvey, Cathy Park Hong, Matthew Rohrer, Dorothea Lasky, Anselm Berrigan, Angel Nafis, Joanna Fuhrman, Leigh Stein, Morgan Parker, Ocean Vuong, Tommy Pico, Wendy Xu, former Brooklyn Poet Laureate D. Nurkse, current Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, and many more. This evening’s line-up of readers is

Marina Blitshteyn
Robert Gibbons
Donna Hunt
Sheila Maldonado
Tommy Pico
Tom Sleigh
Tim Tomlinson
Yun Wei

As the inaugural volume of a new series, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology offers readers a sense of the richness and diversity of the poetry to be found within this historic borough.


KGB: Sarah Lawrence College reading

May 03, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Gillian Cummings, Elizabeth Onusko, Cynthia Manick and Hossannah Asuncion

May 02, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Hossannah Asuncion teaches, eats, and chihuahuas. She has received fellowships from Kundiman, The Poetry Society of America, and The Laundromat Project. Her first collection, Object Permanence, is out from Magic Helicopter Press.

Gillian Cummings is the author of My Dim Aviary, winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has also written three chapbooks, the most recent of which is Ophelia (dancing girl press, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Boulevard, the Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, and in other journals. Gillian lives in Westchester County, New York. She is also a visual artist.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She serves as East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing and founder and curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Elizabeth Onusko is the author of Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor (Red Paint Hill, 2016). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Best New Poets 2015, Conduit, DIAGRAM, Sixth Finch, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. She is the editor of Foundry and assistant editor of inter|rupture. Her website is elizabethonusko.com.


RR: Vanessa Trouble’s Treetop Speakeasy

May 01, 2017
9:00 pm - 12:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Open Mic Competition

May 01, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Potential readers are strongly encouraged to sign up in advance.  There are only 30 slots, first come first serve.  Email Matthew Yeager at yeager.matthew at gmail.com or shoot me a line on Facebook. 


David Winner & John Reed

April 30, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

David Winner is the author of Tyler’s Last and the Cannibal of Guadalajara. He reads from new work.

John Reed is the author of A Still Small Voice , The Whole, the SPD bestseller, Snowball’s Chance, additional books: All The World’s A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare ; Tales of Woe (Non-Fiction / Illustrated, MTV Press); and Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems (Poetry, C&R Press); fellowship Columbia University; MFA in Creative Writing, Columbia University; published in (selected) Artnet, the Brooklyn Rail, Tin House, Paper Magazine, Artforum, Hyperallergic, Bomb Magazine, Art in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times, the Believer, the Rumpus, the Daily Beast, Gawker, Slate, the Paris Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, ElectricLit, Vice, The New York Times, Harpers; anthologized in Best American Essays, Devouring the Green (Jaded Ibis), StoryScape Anthology V2, American Wasteland (CLMP), The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology, Vitamin PH, 100 Greatest Albums (VH1); Vice Magazine “Employee of the Month,” Longform’s #1 Most Entertaining Essay; works translated into German, French, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Latvian and others; performances, workshops and readings of plays in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, including at the Public Theater in NYC and the Brooklyn Books Festival; two-term member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle; current faculty at The New School University and The New York Arts Program. 

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Naama Gheber Quartet

April 29, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.

Naama Gheber is a New York-based jazz vocalist inspired by the emotionaly direct compositions of Rodgers and Hart, Fields and Hugh, Cole Porter and other great composers and lyricist of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Possessed with an urbane and elegant voice, Gheber’s sensitive interpretation and crisp phrasing have become recognizable elements of her signature style and timeless appeal.


RR: Bon Bon Burlesque

April 29, 2017
9:00 pm -

$15 cash cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Columbia TC reading

April 29, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kristine Kamimura is a second generation Japanese-American California transplant currently living in NYC for graduate school. She is a proud Golden Bear and Columbia Lion.
Cynthia Yoo Cynthia is Californian by birth / Seoulite by choice / New Yorker at heart...whose snark is always worse than her bite.”

Dan Esposito has worked as a line cook in the West Village, a salesman at a Hasidic home supply store in East Flatbush and as an olive oil taster above Times Square. He is currently completing a Masters degree in English Education at Columbia’s Teacher’s College. He writes poetry and short fiction in his spare time.

Will Reese is from Portland, Oregon and recently moved to New York to pursue a career in teaching middle school. He connects with people around the world over conversations about music, sports, and food. Also, he loves kittens and cats because they are silly.

Rovenna Yakubov Is a born and bred Brooklyn brawler. Her father is from Ukraine and her mother is from Georgia. They are Americanized so the cultural traditions of her ancestors have largely been instilled in her by her grandparents. She has mixed feelings about New York City, but as a future educator of its students she tries to check herself when she is on the cusp of a cynical rant. My story is one of the thankfully rare moments in which she allows her cynicism to go unchecked for the sake of brutal, unfiltered honesty.

Michael Gentile has been teaching for the last 6 years in New York and Boston.  He hopes to one day die tragically rescuing his family from the wreckage of a destroyed sinking battleship.  He also hopes you don’t hate his story too bad.

Hannah Ehrenberg was born and raised in New York City. She worked in musical theatre production for five years before beginning graduate school at Teachers College, where she studies Deaf Education and English Education.

Sarah Merchant is 24 years old. She is from a small town in Upstate New York. Before moving to the city last fall, she spent time living in several different cities, most recently Copenhagen. she enjoys spending time readinGg, laughing, playing any kind of water sport, and wandering around both new and familiar places.

Greg Bell is in the Master of Arts Program for the teaching of English for initial certification program at the Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to enrolling at Teachers College, Greg was a practicing Attorney for several years. Greg played NCAA Division I tennis, and played in North America and Europe. This is the first time that Greg has lived in NYC.

Sammi Smith believes in the magic of New York—of its dynamic allure as the destination for doe-eyed Midwesterners; of its uncanny ability to transform itself from gritty to stunning in seconds; and of its funny fairy godfathers whose mysterious methods conjure up enchantment in every corner.  As a beneficiary of the New York Fairy Godfather Association, Smith has plans to apprentice as a fairy godfather herself for the betterment of all New Yorkers.

Iriss Clymer hails from a small town nestled in the northern California redwoods. After living in San Francisco for ten years and graduating from San Francisco State University, Clymer joined the US Peace Corps and served for three and a half years teaching English in the Philippines. Surviving the trials of life and the pursuit of happiness, including family tragedies and divorce. As of January 17, 2016, Iriss has been living in Washington Heights in Manhattan and attends Teachers College Columbia University while teaching full-time 9th grade English in the Bronx.

Caroline Cooper, a graduate of the English Education program at Teachers College and a regular at these readings. The is currently teaching 10th Grade English in the South Bronx.


RR: Le Bal Oriental

April 28, 2017
10:00 pm -

KGB: Hofstra MFA Program

April 28, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anne Minkowski is in her final year in the Hofstra MFA Program with a concentration in fiction writing. She grew up on Long Island, reading books and telling stories of her own. Her biggest inspirations come from history, music, and the craziness of her own dreams and nightmares.

Jung Tae Hwang is a fiction writer in his first year of the MFA program in Hofstra, with the occasional fits of wanting for his dark fantasy, that of sharing in the fate of Henry Bemis, minus the broken glasses. He is from South Korea, a painfully wondrous place that inspires him to be a writer, for better or for worse.

Tyler Thier lives on Long Island, NY. He has been published in student literary journals and a film magazine. His interests range from avant-garde theatre and cinema to post-apocalyptic video games. On any given day, you can probably find him wandering New York City, sitting anonymously in the darkness of a movie theater, hiding in a labyrinth of bookshelves, or simply eating many, many crêpes.

Courtney Zanosky is a senior in the English Publishing Studies program at Hofstra University, where she serves on the editorial board for the university’s literary magazine, Windmill.  She currently works in the promotions department at Bauer Media, and has previously interned for St. Martin’s Press at Macmillan and at Bellevue Literary Press in New York City. She is an avid reader of creative nonfiction essay collections and has been published in the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society’s online literary journal. She will be attending Texas State University in fall 2017 to pursue her M.Ed in Student Affairs in Higher Education. 


KGB: Sideshow Goshko

April 27, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Award-winning storyteller Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Sirius XM radio) invites some of NY’s top writers and storytellers to share true, bizarre tales about their lives. There’s a challenging trivia game and a free wine giveaway where one lucky audience member will walk away with their very own bottle of Sideshow Sauce! Tonight’s stellar lineup includes stories from:

Bill Chambers (The Frigid Festival, artist in residence at Ten Foot Rat Cabaret)

Robin Gelfenbien (Yum’s the Word, VH1)

Sandi Marx (Moth Slam Champion, Boston Women’s Comedy Festival)

Calvin Cato (San Francisco Sketch Fest, Oxygen Network)

* New York Times “Critic’s Pick”
* Time Out NY “Critics’ Pick”
* NY Daily News “Editor’s Pick”
* “a well-programmed night” - The New York Times


RR: Person, Place, Thing

April 26, 2017
7:00 pm -

KGB: Pratt Reading II

April 26, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Pratt Reading I

April 25, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Amber Tamblyn + Jenny Zhang + Anton Yakovlev

April 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Amber Tamblyn is the author of Dark Sparkler (Harper Collins, 2015). She has been an actress since the age of nine and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jenny Zhang is the author of Hags (Guillotine, 2014) and Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books, 2012). Her collection of short stories, Sour Heart, is forthcoming from Random House in 2017.

Anton Yakovlev is the author of Ordinary Impalers (Aldrich Press, early 2017), The Ghost of Grant Wood (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. His book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books in 2017. He has also directed several short films.


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Unpublished stories

April 23, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an Evening of Tribute to F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’d Die For You edited by Fitzgerald scholar Anne Margaret Daniel,

I’d Die For You is a collection of the last remaining unpublished and uncollected short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Anne Margaret Daniel. Fitzgerald did not design the stories in I’d Die For You as a collection. Most were submitted individually to major magazines during the 1930s and accepted for publication during Fitzgerald’s lifetime, but were never printed. Some were written as movie scenarios and sent to studios or producers, but not filmed. Others are stories that could not be sold because their subject matter or style departed from what editors expected of Fitzgerald. They date from the earliest days of Fitzgerald’s career to the last. They come from various sources, from libraries to private collections, including those of Fitzgerald’s family…

Readings by Joseph Salvatore, Anne Margaret Daniel
Rachel Syme
Erik Hinton
Ron Hogan
Bernett Belgraier

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: Fabio Giacalone Quintet

April 22, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Music and Poetry Aranese-Occitan Night

April 22, 2017
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Aranese-Occitan Night with musicians Alidé Sans and Paulin Courtial, and poets Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte.

A celebration of Occitan language. Catalonia, a country of 8 million inhabitants, includes a valley region, the Val d’Aran, with its own language, Aranese, the name given to Occitan in the Val d’Aran. Aranese is co-official with Catalan and Spanish in Catalonia.

Alidé Sans is one of the most celebrated young pop singers in the Aranese language. Alidé will be accompanied by guitarist Paulin Courtial and be welcomed to New York this evening by poet Pierre Joris and performer Nicole Peyrafitte, who will perform and recite poems in Occitan and explore with her the contrasts between Aranese and the other varieties of Occitan language.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1377509982306136/


KGB: Rutgers-Newark MFA Reading

April 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Laura Spence-Ash serves as Editor-at-Large for The Masters Review and writes a monthly blog series for Ploughshares on fiction responding to fiction. In May, she’ll be teaching at Grub Street’s Muse & the Marketplace conference in Boston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, New England Review, The Scofield, Literary Hub and elsewhere. She serves as a reader for The Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, and One Story. Currently working on a collection of linked stories and a novel, she has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Laura received her MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark in 2016 where she was a Presidential Fellow and taught freshman composition.

Magally Zelaya is a Salvadoran-Canadian writer and journalist who grew up in the prairie city of Winnipeg. Before joining the RU-N MFA program she spent three years traveling the world with her husband while reporting in print, radio, and video. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Cosmopolitan UK, Al Jazeera America, & the Christian Science Monitor, among others. She’s worked as a television news writer and reporter at the CBC in Vancouver and won a 2012 grant from the International Development Research Centre to produce a documentary in Papua, New Guinea. She holds a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Drama from the University of Manitoba. Magally is at work on her first novel, which explores the intersection of identity, family, and culture through the lens of globalization.

Amy Dougher grew up in Harrison, New Jersey. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Biology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and is currently employed by the Department of Mathematical Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her poetry focuses on family—her infinite source of inspiration, joy, and grief. Amy is grateful to the MFA community at Rutgers-Newark for another year of growth and healing.


RR: TNS After Hours

April 21, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: NYU Emerging Writers

April 21, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Tale Storytelling Series

April 20, 2017
9:00 pm -

The legendary TALE returns with NYC’s finest storytelling – featuring performers with creds from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central, VICE, The Nation, and HBO…
No hokey gimmicks. No dumb themes – just the best in NYC’s pro-storytelling!
Doors: 9pm Show: 9:30pm
$5; 2 drink minimum
The legendary TALE comes to the Red Room at the KGB Bar!
And we have one hell of a goddamn (note swearing) fine lineup:
Kevin Avery (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)
Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening)
Harmon Leon (Vice)
Susie Felber (TV Personality)
Donna Bailey (NBC, Bravo)
Come out and see the best in NYC storytelling!

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tale-nycs-finest-storytelling-tickets-33291903981


KGB: Drunken! Careening! Writers!

April 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nadia Q. Ahmad is a writer, based in her hometown of Queens. She is a VONA/Voices alum, and her work has been published in SpliceLit, AAWW Open City, and The Margins. Nadia most recently worked as Program Associate at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; you can find her on Twitter at @aminad1a

Lydia Cortes is the author of two poetry collections, Lust for Lust and Whose Place. Her work appears in various anthologies such as, The Anthology of Puerto Rican Poetry: (Aboriginal to Contemporary Times). Recently, her poetry has been published in Upstreet.

Carol Rosenfeld is an accomplished short fiction writer and poet—though it’s been a while since she participated in a poetry slam.  Her novel, The One That Got Away, was described as “A fruit cup in the whole-grain world of literary fiction”.  A Juris Doctor (she studied at night school!), she is kept very busy as the voluntary chair of the Publishing Triangle, which has been promoting LGBT literature since 1988.  And that’s when she’s not at her day job, working for an organization that administers grants for the many colleges in the City University of New York.

KC Trommer is the author of the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize. Her poem “The Cyclone” has been set to music by the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein. Her recent work appears in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little and BARED. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her son.


RR: Town Street Criers

April 20, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
The band will play selections from their recent recording session, “DRUNKEN DEMOS”, a collection of original tunes rarely heard (especially sober) even by the band!
Also on the bill will be THE ERIK KRAMER BAND featuring messylegs.


RR: Babes in Trumpland

April 19, 2017
7:30 pm -

Would You Do Him? Women Sex and Power in the Age of Trump
No cover.  1 drink minimum.

THE MARCH KGB LITERARY SERIES HOSTS A DISCUSSION WITH TWO OF THE PRE-EMINENT SOCIAL OBSERVERS OF OUR TIME, AUTHORS MICHAEL GROSS AND SADY DOYLE, IN CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND POLITICAL WRITER NINA BURLEIGH. MORE SURPRISE GUESTS MAY ALSO JOIN.

DOYLE AND GROSS WILL DISCUSS THEIR BOOKS AND FOCUS ON THE EFFECT ON FEMALE LIFE IN THESE UNITED STATES OF THE FIRST “PUSSY GRABBER” PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IS THIS THE ERA OF SUGAR DADDY ASCENDANT?  OR THE LAST VIAGRAN THRUST OF THE CLASS OF MEN KNOWN AS CAREER MODELIZERS?

SADY DOYLE is the author of Trainwreck: Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why (Melville House 2016), a book on how we build up and tear down rebellious women, from the French Revolution to Perez Hilton. It has been called “smart, funny and fearless” (Boston Globe), “compelling” and “persuasive” (New York Times Book Review), and “a deeply researched account of our culture’s misogynistic obsession with trainwrecks (Portland Mercury); The Atlantic predicted that “Trainwreck will very likely join the feminist canon.”

MICHAEL GROSS has written three New york Times best-sellers, and is a veteran Manhattan investigative journalist with years of Trumpology in his portfolio. Among his books is Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women and My Generation: Fifty Years of Sex, Drugs, Rock, Revolution, Glamour, Greed, Valor, Faith, and Silicon Chips, a collection of revealing interviews with19 Baby Boomers —- including the future President of the United States.

NINA BURLEIGH is Newsweek National Politics Correspondent and the author of five nonfiction books including a New York Times best-seller on the Italian trials of Amanda Knox. She has covered American politics from New York and Washington, and has observed and commented on the intersection of sex and power in American culture and politics for many years.


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

April 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the best-selling Devil’s West novels (Silver on the Road and The Cold Eye) which NPR described as “a true American myth being found,” the Nebula-nominated Vineart War trilogy, and the story collection Darkly Human. Her writing past encompasses a ten-book urban fantasy series, a quartet of cozy mysteries, three paranormal romances, and a middle-grade Arthurian adventure. A once and future New Yorker, she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Seth Dickinson’s short stories have been published in in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and elsewhere. He also contributed writing to video games, including Destiny: The Taken King. His first novel the epic fantasy The Traitor Baru Cormorant was published in 2015 and he’s working on a sequel.


KGB: Launch for The Sex Effect by Ross Benes

April 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ross Benes is the author of “The Sex Effect,” which Kirkus described as “a book marinated in provocative assertions that are certain to instigate debate and productive discussion” and best-selling author A.J. Jacobs called “Freakonomics without pants.” A reporter now at Digiday, Benes previously worked for Esquire and Deadspin, where he wrote about sex, sports, statistics, and pop culture. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Adweek, Quartz, Mental Floss, Business Insider, Salon, and Slate. A native of Nebraska, he now lives in Brooklyn.

David Moscovich is the Romanian-American author of a book of misadventures set in Southern Japan called You Are Make Very Important Bathtime (JEF Books) and more recently, LIFE+70[Redacted] (Lit Fest Press), a printed version of the most expensive literary e-book ever hacked. He edits Louffa Press and hosts the eXfoliation reading series in New York. 


KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Craig Morgan Teicher + Suzanne Buffam

April 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of a four sad books, most recently The Trembling Answers: Poems, due out from BOA Editions in April. He is the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz and a poetry editor for The Literary Review.  He works at Publishers Weekly and lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.

Suzanne Buffam was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She’s the author of three collections of poetry, A Pillow Book (Canarium Books 2016), The Irrationalist (Canarium Books, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize and Past Imperfect (House of Anansi Press, 2005), which won the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have also been published in Poetry, jubilat, A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. She lives in Chicago.


Annual Easter Comix & Graphic Novel Night

April 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the annual Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night, a free night of live comics readings. Five local cartoonists will offer slideshow readings that are sure to entertain, bewilder, and amuse.

KGB Comix Night is more than just a night of free entertainment—we also have a fun raffle with awesome prizes! A $5 donation will get you a raffle ticket. Raffle proceeds are split between the hosts and readers.

Co-hosted by Robyn Chapman and Robin Enrico

For over a decade, Robin Enrico has been making comics about punk rock girls (Jam in the Band), pro wrestlers, and sex bloggers (Life of Vice). Both of these graphic novels will be released this year from Alternative Comics. He will be reading from his first completely new comic in 3 years (Post).
http://robinenrico.com/

Lauren Barnett is a comic artist and painter who currently lives in Queens, NY. Her work includes Me Likes You Very Much (which was nominated for a 2012 Ignatz Award) and Looking at Stuff is for Chumps: Barry the Blind Crow which was nominated for a 2016 DINKy Award. Unicorns of Planet Earth, her newest comic, will be published in June 2017 by Kilgore Books.
www.melikesyoucomics.tumblr.com

Jim Campbell draws Over the Garden Wall comics for Boom and colors comics for Marvel and Mad Magazine. His graphic novel At the Shore, finally finished after being started in 2005, was published by Alternative Comics in 2016.
www.angryjim.com

Ada Price is a cartoonist and illustrator based in New York City. Her comics focus on people’s relationships and people’s shifting perspective of themselves and others. Her most recent comics are Caligula, about the friendship between the Roman emperor Caligula and his horse, and The Everyday Death of the Everyday Saint, based on the gruesome deaths of saints.
www.adaprice.com

Kelsey Wroten is a freelance illustrator and comics artist. She is a Kansas City native currently living in Brooklyn, NY.
www.kelseywroten.com

About the Series: KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.


Suzanne Dottino/fiction curator,

RR: James Delano and Friends

April 15, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Jack Thompson

April 15, 2017
8:30 pm -

A rare solo appearance by Jack Thompson formerly of Thompson & Boombox and The Tangibles.  Doors 8:30.  Show 9pm.  $10 cover.  2 drink minimum.