JAMES BRALY is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, the writer and performer of the New York Times’ Critics Pick Off Broadway monologue Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour, and the author of Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir, published by St. Martin’s Press. James has performed at The Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, and on a 14-city national tour presented by Meredith Vieira Productions. His autobiographical stories have been broadcast nationally on NPR, Marketplace, and Selected Shorts, and his personal essays have been published in The New York Times and Redbook. Currently, James teaches storytelling at Fordham University, and is developing the television series based on Life in a Marital Institution with Meredith Vieira Productions, who is also producing Life in a Marital Institution: LIVE from Bass Performance Hall, an audio download which will be released on iTunes on April 7.
Coree Spencer is happy to be reading at KGB again, and would like to thank Jonathan and Charles. She is currently in Charles Salzberg’s Work’s in Progress workshop at the Westside Y, and is finally in print in the Anthology; The Man Who Ate His Book.
Josh Goldfaden is the author of the short story collection, Human Resources, which was published by Tin House Books and shortlisted for the Story Prize. He’s also the co-writer of the film Gods Behaving Badly, which stars Christopher Walken, Edie Falco, Sharon Stone, and John Turturro. He’s currently finishing a novel which he has been told will “rip people’s faces off.” He hopes this was meant as a compliment.
Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer who has been reading at KGB bar since it first opened soon after the Russian Revolution. He is the author of Devil in the Hole, Swann’s Last Song, Swann Dives and Swann’s Lake of Despair, which will be published in October 2014.
Saara Dutton is a writer, storyteller and literary rabble-rouser. She has been published in The New York Times, Salon, The New York Observer, Writer’s Digest, Bust Magazine and of course, everyone’s favorite, Ducts webzine. She’s very happy to be invited back to Trumpet Fiction night.
Mark Goldblatt is the author of the novels Africa Speaks (Permanent Press, 2002) Sloth (Greenpoint Press, 2010), The Unrequited (Five Star/Cengage, 2013) and Twerp (Random House, 2013). The still-untitled sequel to Twerp will be published by Random House in 2015. He is also a professor at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
Laurence Klavan wrote the novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, “City of Spies” and “Brain Camp,” co-written with Susan Kim, were published by First Second Books at Macmillan and their Young Adult series, “Wasteland,” is currently being published by Harper Collins. His short work has been published or is forthcoming in such print and online journals as The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Failbetter, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Albedo One, Cafe Irreal, Morpheus Tales, and a collection, “‘The Family Unit’ and Other Fantasies,” will be published in 2014 by Chizine. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of “Bed and Sofa,” the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London. His one-act, “The Summer Sublet,” is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.
Margaret Hundley Parker’s stories and essays have been published in the New York Times, Time Out New York, Oxygen.com, Ducts, and more. It has also been performed at the North Carolina Literary Festival, CBGBs, the Dog & Pony Show, the 24-Hour Plays, and with the Chapel Hill band Speed McQueen. She has been an editor at Fit magazine, Road & Travel, and author of the book, the KISS Guide to Fitness (Dorling Kindersley, 2002). She currently edits the online dictionary vocabulary.com, teaches grammar to college students, and plays bass with the Hudson Valley-based sparkly indie rock band Laminated Menu. Check out their new CD “Sugar Cookie.” She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence. She has an essay in Malls Across America, which was picked as one of Time’s best photo books of 2013.
Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. Recent fiction and poetry appear in Asia Writes, Caribbean Vistas, Soundings Review, and in the anthology Long Island Noir (Akashic Books).