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 first session last month was a huge success and we invite you to join us in keeping the momentum going as we welcome four fantastic writers: Melissa Rivero, Austin Alexis, Felice Neals, and Kathleen Hill. Here’s more about your readers:
Melissa Rivero was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Brooklyn. A former Emerging Writers Fellow at the Center for Fiction, she is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School. She currently works as in-house legal counsel at a startup. Melissa still lives in Brooklyn with her family. Her debut novel, The Affairs of the Falcóns, recently won the 2019 New American Voices Award.
Austin Alexis is the author of the collection Privacy Issues (2014, Madgett Poetry Prize for a first full-length manuscript) and two previously published chapbooks from Poets Wear Prada. His fiction, poetry, essays, reviews and drama have appeared in Barrow Street, The Pedestal Magazine, Paterson Literary Review, The Journal, the anthology From Somewhere to Nowhere and other journals and anthologies. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and a Mankiewicz Prize from Lummox Anthology.
Felice Neals is an avid traveler, language buff, film enthusiast and photographer. She received her MA in Media/Film Studies at The New School University in 2013 and her MFA in Creative Writing at City College, New York, in 2018 where she is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Her short stories and travel essays have appeared in various publications, including Catapult, Day One Literary Journal and Traveler’s Tales. She has also written screenplays and is currently working on her first novel.
Kathleen Hill teaches in the MFA Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Her novel Still Waters in Niger was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. Who Occupies This House, a second novel, was named an Editors’ Choice at The New York Times. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2000, Best Spiritual Writing 2013, Pushcart Prize XXV, and The Pushcart Book of Short Stories. Her recent memoir, She Read to us in the Late Afternoons, received the Silver Nautilus Award.