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.


RR: Red Room Poetry

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


Annual Thanksgiving Comix and Graphic Novel Night

November 26, 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: Rutgers-Newark reading

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


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.


Tales of Horror

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

Hosted by Clay Chapman McCleod

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: MWA Reading

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


KGB: Virginia Konchan reading

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


LedigHouse!

October 22, 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: 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.


Jean Hanff Korelitz & Jennifer Stein

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

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of the novels You Should Have Known, Admission, The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers. Her sixth novel, The Devil and Webster, will be published in March, 2017.
She has also written a novel for children, Interference Powder, and a collection of poetry, The Properties of Breath. From November 2016 – January 2017, her immersive adaptation (with Paul Muldoon) of James Joyce’s “The Dead”, THE DEAD, 1904, was produced by Dot Dot Productions, LLC, for the Irish Repertory Theatre at the American Irish Historical Society. For more on the production, see our website.
Born and raised in New York City and educated at Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge, Korelitz lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon, and their children. She is the founder of BOOKTHEWRITER, a New York City based service that connects authors and book groups.
“Korelitz’s new novel is a smart, semi-satire about the reign of identity politics on college campuses today…The Devil and Webster is wittily on target about, among other things, social class and privilege, silencing and old-school feminist ambivalence about power.” - Maureen Corrigan, NPR

J. Hope Stein is a secret poet who lives on an island made of plastic.
She once was a tetrapod.

Occasionally, I Remove Your Brain Through your Nose, by J. Hope Stein who is the author of the chapbooks Talking Doll (Dancing Girl Press), Mary (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Corner Office (H_ngm_n). Her poems are published or forthcoming in Lenny Letter, Verse, HTML Giant, Tarpaulin Sky, Everyday Genius, Ping-Pong, Talisman, and Poetry International. She is also the editor of poetrycrush.com and the author of the poetry/humor site eecattings.com. $15 includes tax and shipping.

“On the eve of what would be Sylvia Plath’s 85th birthday, we are sharing a stunning poem by J. Hope Stein, who perfectly captures Sylvia’s internal battle between life as mother, lover, and poet and the torture of being resigned to the status of great man’s wife, despite the passion they shared.” Lena Dunham

– Lena Dunhan

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: Rutgers-Newark reading

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


RR: Red Room Poetry

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Spuyten Duyvil

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

Jorge Armenteros was born in Cuba, two years after the revolution of 1959. He and his family became political refugees in Madrid, before finally settling in Puerto Rico. He attended Harvard University where he minored in Spanish and Latin American Literature while completing his biomedical engineering degree. The Book of I, his first novel and a 2015 International Latino Book Award winner, was published by Jaded Ibis Press.

t thilleman is the author of Three Sea Monsters (Our History of Whose Image) in which journal entries and poetic sequences investigate the legacy of Pound’s redactions to Fenollosa’s original manuscript version of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry; Onönyxa & Therseyn (opening for an extended work, Anatomical Sketches, of which Keystone Standstill is the eighth book); Snailhorn (fragments), a 360 poem cycle utilizing vedic transitions in celestial to allegorical articulation; and a novel Gowanus Canal, Hans Knudsen. His literary essay/memoir, Blasted Tower, was issued by Shakespeare & Co./Toad Suck in 2013. The Special Body, a second work of literary comment is available from Rain Mountain Press. Aura Lifetime (volume one), a selection of his poetry, just published by Rain Mntn Press. tt’s pastel drawings and readings are archived at conchwoman.com.

Rich Blevins writes the longpoem in the tradition of Pound, H.D, and Duncan. He followed George Butterick as the editor of the Charles Olson/Robert Creeley correspondence. He is an emeritus professor of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.


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


Chap Books, Chat Book

September 10, 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: 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


KGB: Drunk on Words with Kathe Koja and Christopher Wild

August 07, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kathe Koja is a novelist, playwright and director of performance events, based in Detroit. Her award-winning work spans multiple genres and her religion is having fun. CHRISTOPHER WILD, her novel of eternal badass Christopher Marlowe, has just been published by Roadswell Editions.


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


RR: Red Room Poetry

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB: Akhil Sharma reading

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

Akhil Sharma is the author of Family Life, a New York Times Best Book of the Year and the winner of the International DUBLIN Literary Award and the Folio Prize. Sharma’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Best American Short Stories, and the O. Henry Award anthology. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and teaches English at Rutgers University–Newark.

A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and a winner of the American Library Association’s Alix Award and The National Book Critics Circle Award, the internationally-bestselling writer Darin Strauss is the author of the novels Chang & Eng, The Real McCoy, and More Than It Hurts You, and the NBCC-winning memoir Half a Life. These have been New York Times Notable Books, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Amazon, Chicago Tribune, and NPR Best Books of the Year, among others. Darin has been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries, and he is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s creative writing program.


RR: Lee Sobel Presents

July 21, 2017
8:00 pm -

RR: Town Street Criers

July 20, 2017
7:00 pm -

No cover. 2 drink minimum.


RR: Red Door Sessions

July 19, 2017
8:00 pm -


RR: Tale NYC’s Best Storytelling Series

July 18, 2017
9:00 pm -

$5 cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

July 13, 2017
9:00 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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: Green Fairy Absinthe Tasting

July 06, 2017
9:30 pm -


RR: New York Writers Workshop

July 06, 2017
7:00 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.


KGB: Spuyten Duyvil

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

Valery Oisteanu

Oisteanu has exhibited his art in New York and abroad and since 1973 has produced more than 40 original collage books. His creations can be found in many international permanent collections, and he was featured in John and Joan Digby’s “The Collage Handbook,” published by Thames & Hudson in 1985, where the authors noted: “...he uses both Dadaist and surrealist techniques, such as decollage, fummage and his own version of frontage, which he calls “rubbage"…” Oisteanu is an internationally recognized authority on Dadaism and surrealism. He has published over 100 essays on the avant-garde (e.g., in Brooklyn Rail, artnet.com, NYARTS) and lectures on surrealism at various universities and forums in the United States and Europe (e.g., the University of Connecticut at Hartford; the Global Surrealism Symposium, Bucharest; the Dali Centenary, Figueres, Spain). 


KGB: Potluck Reading

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


RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

June 24, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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: Tale NYC’s best storytelling series

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

$5 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: Town Street Criers

June 15, 2017
7:00 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Red Door Sessions

June 14, 2017
8:00 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,

RR: Toftemark and Friends

June 10, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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.  No drink minimum for this event. 


KGB: Trumpet Fiction

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


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.  No drink minimum for this event. 


KGB: Writers Hotel

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


RR: Buck and a Quarter Quartet

June 08, 2017
9:00 pm -

No cover.  1 drink minimum.


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: Live Mag! Presents Paul Hoover and friends

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

Paul Hoover, born in 1946 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is a poet and editor. He currently works as Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where he is also the editor for the literary magazine New American Writing. In 1980, he received an NEA Fellowship in poetry. In 1987, he received the Carl Sandburg Award for his collection, Idea.

Elaine Equi’s books include Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, Click and Clone, and most recently, Sentences and Rain, all from Coffee House Press. She teaches at New York University and in the MFA Program at The New School.


KGB: David Hicks

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


RR: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

June 03, 2017
11:30 pm - 2:30 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Bon Bon Burlesque

June 03, 2017
9:00 pm -

$15 cash cover.  2 drink minimum.


RR: Thrush Poetry

June 03, 2017
7:00 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.

Lauren Hilger
is the author of Lady Be Good (CCM, 2016.) Awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, her work has been chosen for Harvard Review Online‘s Poetry Pick and has appeared in Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, and Massachusetts Review, among other journals. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens. For more information, visit laurenhilger.com .

William Lessard has writing that has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s, FANZINE, Prelude, Hyperallergic, PANK, Brooklyn Rail. His work has also been featured at MoMA PS1. His chapbook Rembrandt with Cellphone has been published by Reality Beach. He co-hosts the Cool as F*** series at Pete’s Candy Store.

Raquel I. Penzo
is a writer, editor, and literary event curator from Brooklyn, NY. She’s a spin-doctor at Brooklyn Public Library, a guru at La Pluma y La Tinta, and an avid Netflix watcher everywhere else. Catch her online: raquelpenzo.com & PlumaYTinta.org| Twitter & IG: @TheJadedNYer & @LaPlumaYLaTinta | FB: /RaquelPenzo & /LaPlumaYLaTinta

Chris Campanioni’s
new book is Death of Art (C&R Press). His “Billboards” poem responding to Latino stereotypes and mutable—and often muted—identity in the fashion world was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize and his novel Going Down was selected as Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards. He edits PANK, At Large, and Tupelo Quarterly and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches literature and creative writing at Pace University and Baruch College.


KGB: Midway Journal Reading

May 31, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RR: Red Room Poetry

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


KGB:  Lynn McGee, Anya Krugovoy Silver, & Jennifer Franklin

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

Lynn McGee is the author of the poetry collection, Sober Cooking (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2016), and two award-winning poetry chapbooks: Heirloom Bulldog (Bright Hill Press, 2015) and Bonanza (Slapering Hol Press, 1996). Her poems have appeared in journals including The American Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, Ontario Review, Phoebe, Storyscape, Painted Bride Quarterly and others. Lynn earned an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. She was awarded a MacDowell fellowship, is a winner of the Judith’s Room Award, and taught writing at private and public colleges as well as poetry workshops in public schools. A recipient of the NYC Literacy Center’s Recognition Award, she received the Heart of the Center Award from the LGBT Community Center in New York City for developing their first GED class. Today she is a communications manager at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York. She lives in the Bronx, New York.

Anya Krugovoy Silver is a poet living in Macon, Georgia.  She is the author of three books of poetry, The Ninety-Third Name of God (2010), I Watched You Disappear (2014), and From Nothing (2016), all published by the Louisiana State University Press. Her fourth book, Second Bloom, is forthcoming as part of the Poiema Series of poetry by Cascade Press. Her work has been published in many literary magazines, including Image, The Harvard Review, The Georgia Review, Five Points, Crazyhorse, New Ohio Review, Witness, The Christian Century, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, Shenandoah, and many others.  Her work is included in Best American Poetry 2016. Her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac,” in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, “American Life in Poetry,” as an Academy of American Poets’ poem of the day, and on Poetry Daily.  Her poems have been anthologized in several books, including The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry (Cascade), Poetry in Medicine (Persea), From Midnight to Dawn (Paraclete) and How to Write a Poem (T.S. Poetry Press), among others. She was named Georgia Author of the Year/Poetry for 2015.  She currently teaches in the English Department at Mercer University.  She shares her life with her husband, son, and cockapoo.  Since 2004, she has been living and thriving with inflammatory breast cancer. 

Jennifer Franklin holds an AB from Brown University and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. She is the author of two full-length collections, Looming (Elixir 2015) and No Small Gift (Four Way Books 2018). She was nominated for a 2016 Rona Jaffe Award. Her poetry has appeared widely in anthologies, literary magazines, and journals including Blackbird, Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, The Nation, New England Review, [PANK], Paris Review, “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, and Verse Daily. A selection of her poetry is featured in Andrew Solomon’s National Book Critics Circle award-winning book, Far from the Tree (Scribner, 2012). She has taught ekphrasis at The Bowery Poetry Club and teaches manuscript revision at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, where she serves as Program Director. She lives in New York City.


RR: Cacao Dreams

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
An evening of tasting, learning, and exploring the world of chocolate.

From Siri, with love.

Dark-Chocolate Cacao Dreams Salon features a vertical tasting-flight to intrigue and educate:

Chocolate 3-Ways —

A) straight wild-harvested dark chocolate (no chaser); including an 8-12 minute A/V presentation by Mark Christian of the C-spot™ on the new era of craft chocolate scene making the move in what he dubs “a retro-revolution” (going back to its roots as a pure flavor powerhouse as well as taken in its truer settings… the stuff of pre-Columbian warriors, state ceremonies, aristocratic Euro parties, modern day body temple raves, choc-cannabis medibles, et.al.),” plus some info on Landmark Wild Chocolate Reserve & the chocolate itself;

B) same dark chocolate listed above in ‘A’ paired with a boutique bourbon;

C) Bobbie Lloyd of Magnolia Bakery will confect a piece de resistance / coup de grace dessert with same dark chocolate.

In between each stage of our chocolate dreams — entertainment to cleanse more than just the palate, such as an original chocolate-inspired piece from critically-acclaimed poet Steve Dalachinsky; new music from “Afro-Amerciana” Queen Esther and singer-songwriter Dusty Wright; a special limited edition “chocolate book” reading by artist Heide Hatry; and the world premiere of a new short classical work by composer Steve Holtje.


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
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This Week: Hannah Tinti reads from her novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
And contributors to the award-winning magazine, One Story

Allison Amend is the author of the novels Enchanted Islands, A Nearly Perfect Copy and Stations West, which was a finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Oklahoma Book Award. She is also the author of the Independent Publisher’s Award-winning short story collection Things That Pass for Love. She lives in New York City, where she teaches creative writing.

Charles Bock is the author of the novel Alice & Oliver, which is recently out in paperback, Beautiful Children, which was selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year, and also won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, Los Angeles, Times, AGNI, the Iowa Review, and many anthologies.  He has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri foundation, Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center.  He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn.

Scott Cheshire is the author of the novel High as the Horses’ Bridles, a Washington Post Best Book of 2014. His work has been published in AGNI, Electric Literature, Guernica, Harper’s, One Story, and the Picador Book of Men. He is a managing editor at The Scofield and lives in New York City.

Hannah Tinti’s short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her bestselling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award and winner of The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, is an indie next bestseller and has been optioned for television. Hannah is also co-founder and executive editor of One Story magazine, which has been awarded the PEN/Magid Award for Excellence in Editing and the AWP Award for Best Small Press, among other prizes. She lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Suzanne Dottino - Sunday Night Fiction Curator: Contact: suzannedottino@gmail.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: Poetry Porn Poverty

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

No cover.
A reading by the new generation of NYC poets.


RR: Broken Time Machine

May 19, 2017
10:00 pm -

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
Broken Time Machine blends Americana blues, rock, jazz and soul to deliver an eclectic mix of swampy original tunes and classic non-cover covers ranging from Billie Holiday to Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Eric Clapton. Their shows are high energy, highly audience interactive and often completely unpredictable!


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 -

9:00pm doors, 9:30pm show
$7.  Two drink minimum.
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!
And we have one hell of a goddamn (note swearing) fine lineup:
Jena Freedman (Daily Show)
Harmon Leon (Vice)
Boris Khaykin (UCB)
Adam Selbst (The Moth)
Vanessa Valario (Singleling)
Music by Elana Simon
Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tale-nycs-finest-storytelling-tickets-34299059410


RR: Town Street Criers

May 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
As usual there will be guest musicians, and also a full set of songs from Jon Patrick Walker, who will be backed by the band.


KGB: Drunken Careening Writers - “From the Newsroom”

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

John Batteiger claims Cleveland, Ohio, as his hometown. For reasons that no longer seem very smart, he pursued a career in journalism, and in 35 years has worked as a police beat, city hall and consumer affairs reporter, copy editor, technology editor, and wire editor. He spent 20 years in San Francisco before coming back east to New York in 2013. He works as an editor at The New York Times News Service.

Since 19 something or other, John Deiner has been plodding through his journalism career—the majority of which was spent as a travel editor at The Washington Post. There, he learned that the best way to learn about a place was to do stupid crap, from licking roadside glacial shards in Iceland to visiting Death Valley in late July. Today, he’s a content strategist at Google, which he uses on occasion to dig up his old articles.

Michael Hunt is an award-winning sportswriter and sports columnist who has written for newspapers in the Southeast and the Midwest, including more than 10 years as the lead sports columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He’s covered the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Olympic Games, Super Bowls, World Series, Final Fours, NBA Finals, MLB All-Star Games, NBA All-Star Games and Stanley Cup Finals. 


KGB: Fantastic Fiction

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

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

E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and a public library in Yonkers, New York. He has published four novels, and short stories in various magazines and anthologies, including Space & Time Magazine, Hidden Youth: Speculative Stories of Marginalized Children, and Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy. His first novel, Fair Coin, won the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult SF and Fantasy, and YALSA selected The Silence of Six as one of its “Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers” in 2016. His next book will be DoubleThink, a collection of stories related to The Silence of Six from and he continues to write for ReMade, a science fiction series from Serial Box Publishing.

Sam J. Miller’s short stories have appeared in publications such as Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, along with multiple “year’s best” anthologies. His debut novel The Art of Starving, forthcoming from HarperTeen, was called “Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful… a classic in the making” by Book Riot. His second novel, The Breaks, will be published by Ecco Press in 2018. He graduated from the Clarion UCSD Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop in 2012. A finalist for multiple Nebula Awards along with the World Fantasy and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards, he won the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for his short story “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides.”


KGB: Nuclear Impact Anthology Reading

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


The Mother of All Readings: An Evening with Scaffolds Press

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

The Mother of All Readings: An Evening with Scaffolds Press

Jared Walsh is a novelist and poet with two works emerging this summer and fall by Scaffolds Press, an imprint he founded with his brother, Kyle. He creates literary fiction with a taste for the surreal.

Jared Walsh Interludes and November.

“We shall define true happiness as the fond memory of true unhappiness.”

Interludes is four days in the mind of the fictional poet Charles Whitson.

“There is a sauna fit for Hadrian that we use only in dreams.”

November is the autobiography of two lovers who found a religion of destruction.

Erica Pagliugo – For True.

“Sean Harrigan is sending out texts to people that the Producer is fighting women.”

For True is a memoir of the Caribbean told in impressionistic style by two expats with an ear for comedy.

Diego Guevara – Brasilia.

Visions of a dream-city gone to the gods.

Kyle Walsh The Scaffolds.

“There is always time for a little bit of yellow beauty.”

A creation story that draws and breaks from the tradition of Ovid.

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: Bjorn Ingelstam and the Dirty Foreigners

May 13, 2017
11:00 pm - 2:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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: James Delano and Friends

May 13, 2017
12:00 am - 3:00 am

No cover.  2 drink minimum.


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.


RR: F Bomb Reading Series

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

No cover.  2 drink minimum.
Francine Witte, Robert Marshall, MC Neuda, and Paul Beckman as host


KGB: Behind the Book - Alia Malek and Ellen Umansky

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

Alia Malek’s acclaimed narrative nonfiction book, The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, is a profound personal journey from when the author returns to her family home to Damascus at the Arab Spring’s hopeful start.  Restoring her family’s home as the country comes apart, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria’s future and ultimately delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased.  A journalist and civil rights lawyer, she is the author of A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives and editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustices and EUROPA: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees.  Her reportage has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, The Nation, McSweeney’s, Guernica, and other publications.  Her reporting from Syria earned her the Marie Colvin Award in November 2013.  She was a Senior Writer at Al Jazeera America, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute, and in residence at the MacDowell Colony.  In November 2016, she was honored with the 12th annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities.

“In THE HOME THAT WAS OUR COUNTRY, Alia Malek masterfully weaves together the personal and the political, and in so doing creates an unforgettable portrait of modern Syria in all its complexities and tragedies. Malek renders multiple generations of family, friends and neighbors vividly but unsentimentally, and what emerges is a portrait of a great people held back by tyranny. As Syria suffers through its darkest days, she reminds us of the humans behind the statistics. Completely engrossing and lucid, the book explains Syria’s devolution better than anything I’ve read.”
— Dave Eggers

Ellen Umansky’s deeply humane and engrossing debut novel, The Fortunate Ones, travels from World War II Vienna to contemporary Los Angeles.  Tracing the fate of a missing painting by famed expressionist Chaim Soutine, the novel connects the lives of Rose, a refugee who escaped the Holocaust as a young girl on the Kindertransport to England, and Lizzie, a lawyer whose father just died, and their mutual search for meaning in tragedy.  Ellen has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of venues, including The New York Times, Salon, Playboy, and the short story anthologies Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge and Sleepaway: Writings on Summer Camp.  She has worked in the editorial departments of The New Yorker, The Forward, and Tablet.  She grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

“Umansky’s richly textured and peopled novel tells an emotionally and historically complicated story with so much skill and confidence it’s hard to believe it’s her first.”
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators.  Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in curriculum-based programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors.  In workshop fashion, students do original writing; in elementary school, students create illustrated books.  All students receive copies of authors’ books to keep as their own.  Our goal is to build a new generation of readers and writers.  Since our founding, we have worked with nearly 13,000 students and donated more than 18,000 books to students and school libraries.

www.behindthebook.org


KGB: True Story Nonfiction

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

Jenny Yang is a teacher.

Adalena Kavanagh is a writer and librarian living in Brooklyn, New York. She has published short stories, essays and interviews in journals such as Hot Metal Bridge, Gigantic, and Electric Literature. 

Alcy Leyva is a Bronx-born writer whose work has been published in The Rumpus, Points in Case, and Fjords Review. He is a Senior Contributor for The Millions and maintains his monthly columns on Everything For Dads. He currently lives and teaches high school level English Literature, Philosophy, and Film classes in New York.