Formerly Trumpet Fiction, Crystal Radio Sessions is a new reading series that will strive to continue the 20 year tradition of sharing excellent, inspired writing, now curated by Rachel Aydt, Christie Grotheim and Ashley Mayne.
Our mission: Crystal Radio Sessions is committed to showcasing the work of both established and emerging writers, sharing unique voices, reveling in the sublime and unexpected, and creating a home for our ever-extending family of artists in our community. Each month we feature great writers whose work we love reading their own fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and personal essays. We at Crystal Radio believe in the power of the spoken word, and we are devoted to transmitting compelling literary expression through the ether.
We invite you to our launch, where you’ll hear selections from four fantastic writers: James Charlesworth, Rhea Dhanbhoora, Stephanie Jimenez, and David Ryan. Here’s more about your readers:
James Charlesworth: James Charlesworth’s writing has appeared in Natural Bridge and was awarded finalist status in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. He is also the recipient of a Martin Dibner Fellowship from the Maine Community Foundation. The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill is his first novel. Originally from Pennsylvania, James attended Penn State University and Emerson College in Boston, where he currently lives.
Rhea Dhanbhoora: Rhea Dhanbhoora graduated from Sarah Lawrence’s MFA program where she was Fiction Editor for Lumina Journal. Before returning to grad school, she worked as writer and editor in print and digital media in Bombay, handling and writing for Features supplements for a daily newspaper. She’s currently working on a collection that focuses on the narratives of various unnamed women from a gated colony inhabited by the diminishing Zoroastrian/ Parsi community.
Stephanie Jimenez: Stephanie Jimenez is a former Fulbright recipient. She is based in Queens, New York. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Guardian, O! the Oprah Magazine, Joyland Magazine, The New York Times, and more. Her debut novel, THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING, was published on August 1, 2019 (Little A).
David Ryan: David Ryan is the author of the story collection, Animals in Motion and a hybrid memoir/literary criticism: Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano: Bookmarked. His work is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Southampton Review, and SmokeLong Quarterly, and has recently appeared in Conjunctions, Bellevue Literary Journal, and Epiphany.