Student Reading dates 2011-2012.

September 20, 2011

October 11, 2011

November 1, 2011

December 13, 2011

January 24, 2012

February 14, 2012

March 20, 2012

April 17, 2012

Student readings are held once a month at 5:30pm in the Coffee Cave, 45 Halsey St. Newark, NJ 07102.


We invite you to come and enjoy the work of these wonderful writers.





September 20, 2011


Vincent Toro (poetry) is a Puerto Rican poet, playwright, and director. He was a finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize (2005) and the Artist Foundation Literary Arts Award (2007), 2nd Prize winner of the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award, winner of Global Rhythm Magazine’s Unsigned Artist of the Year Award (2004), and winner of the San Antonio Theater Arts Council’s award for Best Director (2009) for his staging of Suzan Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog.” He was the City of San Antonio’s November 2008 Artist of the Month, and a recipient of an associate artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2001). A member of Sandra Cisneros’s Macondo Writers Foundation, Mr. Toro has been published in Coloring Book: An Anthology of Multicultural Poems and Stories, Word is Bond, Issue #2, Rattapallax’ Shortfuse (2004), Paterson Literary Review #35 (2006), Vallum (2007), Bordersenses, and the San Antonio Express News Poetry Page. He was commissioned to create two poems for the Ry Cooder sponsored exhibit, “Chaves Ravine,” by Vincent Valdez, and for “Zoe’s Room,” by John Hernandez, for the San Antonio Museum of Art. 




Salome Blignaut (fiction) is a South African citizen who immigrated to the United States at age 14 and has since lived in Florida (Safety Harbor and Sarasota), Seattle, and Brooklyn. During her college years, she explored academic interests in anthropology, history and gender studies and was on hiatus from fiction writing, which had been her primary pursuit since she stapled together her first illustrated book (on mice) at age 7.  She received her BA from the New College of Florida with a concentration in Gender, Race and Ethnicity Studies, and wrote her baccalaureate thesis on “Interracial Sex and Marriage in Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa.”  She worked in victim advocacy for domestic violence victims for the past three years, however, she is infinitely happy to again pursue her craft within the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program.






Vincent Czyz (fiction) is the author of Adrift in a Vanishing City, a collection of short fiction released in 1998. He is the recipient of the 1994 Faulkner Prize for Short Fiction (judged by the honorable Allan Gurganus), two $5,000 fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts (1991 and 1994), and two Pushcart Prize nominations (2006, 2011). His fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, the Massachusetts Review, Louisiana Literature, Camera Obscura, and the Southern Indiana Review. His work has been translated into Turkish and anthologized; his story, “Old Man Evil” was nominated for Best American Mystery Stories 2012. New work is forthcoming from Wasafiri, based in London, in 2012 (assuming the world doesn’t end). His essays have appeared in the Boston Review and Logos Journal.






Ly Chheng (fiction) was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English and for a time taught a student-initiated film production course. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he worked for an internet startup in Silicon Valley. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Ly Chheng read with Roberto Santiago, Poetry, on April 19, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.







Roberto F. Santiago (Poetry) writes placing pen to paper and fingertips to QWERTY as an act of translation. He has discovered a booming collective of voices within poetry, and a rickety soapbox for his multiple identities. Since receiving his BA from Sarah Lawrence College (2009) in Poetry and Performance Studies, Roberto has worked with the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) as a community health educator and intergroup dialogue facilitator. Travel has greatly influenced Roberto as a poet --be it sitting on the grass, staring into the sun at Dachau, or smelling rain in rural Québec, he has begun to rewrite his own passport. Roberto also writes and produces music, and has been known to dance until he rips his pants. A New Yorican Bronx-native, he has accumulated over twenty addresses to date.

Roberto Santiago read with Ly Chheng, Fiction, on April 19, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.



Jonathan Corcoran (fiction) was born in the mountain town of Elkins, WV, where he learned to contra and square dance. In 2007, he received a B.A. in creative writing from Brown University. He has worked as a news reporter in his hometown, an ESL teacher in Seoul, Korea, and as an executive assistant to a hedge fund manager in New York. He currently resides in Jersey City, NJ.

Jon Corcoran read with Christa Parravani, Fiction, on March 22, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.







Christa Parravani (fiction) holds a BA from Bard College in creative writing and earned her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University. She has completed two major bodies of photographic work, ‘Kindred’ and ‘Whatever I was in Life Spoon River.’ She has exhibited work widely both nationally and internationally, and was awarded the first Mortimer Frank Travel fellowship for her series, ‘Other’ in 2003. She is the recipient of two MacDowell Fellowships and has published photographs in PEN America, Crowd, Advocasy, the Columbia University SOA Bulletin, Small Spiral Notebook, and When Darkness Falls: A Survey of Contemporary Gothic Art. She has taught photography at Keene State College, the MFA Program in Visual Art at UMass Amherst, Dartmouth College, the Purchase College of Art and Design, Columbia University, and The San Francisco Art Institute.

Christa Parravani read with Jon Corcoran, Fiction, on March 22, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.




Steve Wright (fiction) is a New Jersey native. He earned his AA from Bergen Community College in 2007 and received a BA in English from Montclair State University in 2008. He publishes as S.F. Wright, and his fiction has appeared in Thieves Jargon. A second year student, he currently works as an English and SAT/ACT tutor.


Steve Wright read with Melissa Adamo, Poet, and Hannah Oberman-Breindel, Fiction, on February 15, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.






Melissa Adamo (poetry), a first generation American, was born in Middletown, NJ. A 2009 graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, she earned a BA in Literature with a Creative Writing concentration; she has completed her teaching certification and worked as a tutor at Sylvan Learning Center and Ramapo College’s Center for Academic Success. Her coursework with poet and professor James Hoch increased her appreciation for writing and editing; she is extremely excited to further develop these skills at Rutgers-Newark. Her poems explore human behaviors and often focus on the various ways people heal. Her work has previously appeared in Trillium and Apple Valley Review.

Melissa Adamo read with Hannah Oberman-Breindel, Fiction, and Steve Wright, Fiction, on February 15, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.





Hannah Oberman-Breindel (fiction) was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Yale University in 2006 with a degree in American Studies and English, she returned to New York and held a variety of jobs, from assistant to a Broadway producer, to legislative aide for a city councilman, to editorial assistant at Random House.  She spent the past year in Seattle, where she lived on a boat, volunteered on a farm, coached high school track, and occasionally sang jazz standards at various venues. Though she is plagued by professional indecision, writing has been her constant love, and she is excited to pursue an MFA at Rutgers-Newark. Her fiction has appeared in Prick of the Spindle, and was featured on WBAI radio.

Hannah Oberman-Breindel read with Melissa Adamo, Poet, and Steve Wright, Fiction, on February 15, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.





Sean Kennedy (fiction) spent half his formative years on Long Island and half in Northern Virginia, outside DC. He graduated in 2000 from the University of Virginia, where he majored in English and studied poetry with Rita Dove and Charles Wright. A journalist based in New York City for 10 years, he's worked at Interview, New York, and The Advocate magazines, and his writing has also appeared in Newsweek, Elle, The Daily Beast, Time Out New York, Salon, and Nerve, among others. Along the way his interests turned from poetry to fiction, and he's twice read from his novel-in-progress in Berlin. Presently he's a freelance writer, editor, and media consultant, working on a book-length oral history. He lives in Brooklyn and—a foodie—covers shifts at the locavore cafe around the corner. He blogs at

Sean Kennedy read with Patrick Thomas Henry, Fiction, on January 18, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.




Patrick Thomas Henry (fiction) is a native of Bellwood, Pennsylvania.  He is a graduate of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University, where he earned degrees in Creative Writing and Political Science before receiving his MA in English Literature at Bucknell University.  During his studies, he has worked as a freezer warehouse employee, a copyeditor, a researcher, and an editorial assistant, and traveled to Scotland to study his heritage (though mostly, he toured the used bookstores of Edinburgh and visited the city’s literary landmarks).  His essays have appeared in the journal Modern Language Studies, and he blogs about literature, film, and culture at

Patrick Thomas Henry read with Sean Kennedy, Poet, on January 18, 2011. Click here for the reading's poster.





JJ Koczan (fiction), born in Parsippany, New Jersey, likes his metal slow, his garlic raw, his beer Belgian and his art tortured. He did his undergrad at Seton Hall in South Orange because of the radio station and started a semi-tragic professional career as a music critic in 2004, when he became Managing Editor of the long-running NJ alternative weekly newspaper, The Aquarian. In 2007, he took an Associate Editorship at the soon-doomed Metal Maniacs in New York, and after the economy collapsed and took the magazine with it, he began managing his own website at, only to wind up back as The Aquarian’s Managing Editor in August 2010. He’s also the vocalist in the band Maegashira, who released their debut album in 2009, and recently joined the band Ogima on the side. Can he balance full-time school, work, a website, and two bands and still come out of it even close to sane? It’ll be fun to find out.

JJ Koczan read with Nancy Méndez-Booth, Fiction and Marina Carreira, Poetry, on December 14, 2010. Click here for the reading's poster.




Marina Carreira (poetry) is a Luso-American from the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ.  Since reading her first Dickinson verse at age 9, poetry has been her greatest passion. A graduate of Montclair State University with a BA in English and a minor in Women’s Studies, she received the MSU English Dept. Creative Writing Award in Poetry for her poem “The Morning after Your Death” in 2004. She was also a panelist at the April 2005 Rider University Statewide Gender Studies Colloquium: “Undisciplined” Student Conference, where she read and discussed her essay But Why Do I Want to Be a Mother? The Social Construction of Motherhood. Since graduating, Marina has worked in the Administrative sector of higher education. She looks forward to working with the accomplished writers in the RN MFA community.

Marina Carreira read with Nancy Méndez-Booth, Fiction and JJ Koczan, Fiction on December 14, 2010. Click here for the reading's poster.





Nancy Méndez-Booth (fiction) was born and raised in Queens, New York. After receiving her BA from Amherst College, Nancy made a temporary move to New Jersey to pursue and complete an MA at Rutgers University. Seventeen years later, she's still in Jersey and excited about returning to Rutgers. During those in-between years, Nancy worked as a copywriter and editor (most recently in financial services), taught in corporate and academic settings, completed numerous marathons, and learned to drive. She lives in Jersey City with her husband, John, an ardent supporter over the years of her pre-dawn writing and running.

Nancy Méndez-Booth read with JJ Koczan, Fiction and Marina Carreira, Poetry, on December 14, 2010. Click here for the reading's poster.



Susan Riedel  (poetry) received a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, 2008, with a double major in Painting and English. In the past year, she has been editing the autobiography of a fellow writer, as well as working on an autobiographical project of her own.  What inspires her creativity is her passion for travel, music, painting, film, and poetry, and, especially, her search for ways of combining them into a perpetual work of art.

Susan Riedel read with Chris Whitehead, Fiction, on November 30, 2010. Click here for the reading's poster.


Chris Whitehead (fiction) is from Wall, NJ. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2004, where he majored in shining his belt buckle, making hospital corners on his bed, ironing his shirts, and, oh yeah, military history. He wrote his thesis paper on Robert the Bruce because his favorite movie of all time is Braveheart, his father is from Scotland, and, although it seems dorky for him to admit, he takes pride in that part of his heritage. Chris spent the past six years as an officer in the US Army, including two years in Germany and two tours to Iraq. After ten years away, he’s happy to be back home with his family and friends in the greatest place in the world, God’s country – New Jersey. 

Chris Whitehead read with Susan Riedel, Poetry, on November 30, 2010. Click here for the reading's poster.




Nicole Homer (poetry) currently lives in New Jersey and co-curates New Jersey’s only nationally competing performance poetry venue, the self-deprecatingly named, LoserSlam, every Thursday at Long Branch's famous Inkwell Coffee House. She will complete her M.A. in English Literature at Seton Hall University in 2010, and has toured nationally, performing at colleges, high schools and spoken word venues for the last three years, appearing in the Individual World poetry slam, the NorthBeast Individual poetry slam, the Women of the World poetry slam, and the National Group Piece poetry slam. Her work is included in Not a Muse: The Inner Lives of Women (New Haven Press, 2009) and His Rib: Poems, Stories & Essays by Her (Penmanship Books, 2007), and featured on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast (

Nicole Homer read with Justin Mayer, Fiction, on October 26, 2010. Click here for the reading's poster.



Justin Mayer (fiction) is a New Jersey native living in Montclair, NJ. He holds a BFA in New Media Design from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has worked as a designer, programmer, and writer. He’s been writing forever, but first made real improvement during his first year in the RN MFA program. Two of his favorite writers are from Newark--Stephen Crane and Philip Roth-- and he is thrilled to be a part of the writing program that carries on Newark's literary tradition.

Justin Mayer read with Nicole Homer, Poetry, on October 26, 2010. Click here for the reading's poster.




Joanne Ai Ping Chin (fiction) grew up in the greater Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area of Malaysia. There, she loved her mother's florist shop where she learned the names of flowers (carnations, chrysanthemums, and alligator's tongue), her piano teacher's house where sunflowers grew, and the civic hall stage where she danced in a white mouse tutu in front of many, many people. She graduated with a BA in English and Psychology from Towson University, and then worked as a research assistant for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She will work on many, many stories within RN’s MFA Program, all of which will showcase what she loves best: family and stories told within the family.

Joanne Ai Ping Chin read with Britt Melewski, Poetry, and Phedra Deonarine, Fiction, on September 21, 2010. Click here for reading poster.



Britt Melewski (poetry) was born in Hinsdale, Illinois, but tells people Chicago.  He was raised in New Jersey; and, briefly, in Puerto Rico.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree on the installment plan from Bentley College in Waltham, MA.  He studied poetry in the MFA program at San Jose State University for the past year. His poetry has appeared in Off the Coast.  Melewski has come back to New Jersey to complete his MFA at Rutgers-Newark and now works at a mental hospital in Long Branch, NJ. 

Britt Melewski read with Joanne Ai Ping Chin, Fiction, and Phedra Deonarine, Fiction, on September 21, 2010. Click here for reading poster.


Phedra Deonarine (fiction) was born in San Fernando, Trinidad. She moved to Vancouver at the age of 18, and received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. She loves food, and spends far too much time watching cooking shows.

Phedra Deonarine read with Britt Melewski, Poetry, and Joanne Ai Ping Chin, Fiction, on September 21, 2010.Click here for reading poster.





Kiira Mancasola (fiction) was raised in the naturally beautiful but culturally challenged city of Redding in northern California. As a child, she was a competitive fiddler—a three-time State Champion and the National Small Fry Champion in 1991. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University in 2007.  Other adventures from her collegiate period include a program in Shakespeare and Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and volunteering at a street children’s shelter in Quito. She spent the past two years living in San Francisco, where she worked as Managing Editor for SOMA, a left-coast arts and culture magazine, and wrote for She is grateful to the Rutgers Newark MFA program for the opportunity to write what she loves, and looks forward to exploring the five wards of Renaissance City. 

Kiira Mancasola read with Paula Neves,Poetry, and Nancy Toomey, Fiction, on April 13, 2010.Click here for reading poster.



Paula Neves (poetry) was born and raised in and around Newark’s Ironbound section, has worked in various wordsmithing capacities, and, true to her Portuguese heritage, has experienced near transcendence in the presence of fado and futebol. She has a B.A. in English and Portuguese from Rutgers New Brunswick, an M.A. in English from Rutgers Newark, and decided that her fascination with internal and slant rhymes, coupled with her inability to escape her roots, predestined her to join the Rutgers Newark MFA program. Her poetry has appeared in The Poetry of Sex, The Newark Metro and is forthcoming in the New Laurel Review

Paula Neves read with Kiira Mancasola, Fiction, and Nancy Toomey, Fiction, on April 13, 2010.Click here for reading poster


Nancy Toomey (fiction) has been a student of anthropology, director of marketing communications, free-lance journalist, museum educator, mission commander at a Challenger center, championship softball coach, mother of three daughters, patron of the arts, founder of a budding charter high school (if the state says yes this month), guest teacher, amateur photographer, seminar leader on work and family matters, community volunteer, family black sheep, feminist, post-feminist, and stay-at-home mom. She challenged herself and the hype about the new world of self-publishing in 2005 by POD publishing her first novel, From the Abuelas’ Window, a story of Pinochet’s Chile and the disappeared. She studied writing with Catherine Texier at the New School, Alice Dark at Manhattanville Writers’ Week, and Sheila Kohler at Sarah Lawrence, prior to entering the RN MFA program. She looks forward to her second year in the fiction program.

Nancy Toomey read with Paula Neves, Poetry, and Kiira Mancasola, Fiction, on April 13, 2010.Click here for reading poster


John McIntyre (fiction) has published in ‘The American Scholar.’ He was named the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas and is the editor of Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps, published summer 2010 by Counterpoint Press. .

John McIntyre read with Mary Jang-ye Schultz, Fiction, and Rimas Uzgiris, Poetry, on March 30, 2010. Click here for reading poster.

Rimas Uzgiris (poetry) grew up in upstate NY and received a BA in anthropology at UC-San Diego. In search of cultures old and new, he lived in Lithuania for a year before going to graduate school in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Unwilling to simply assume a theoretical stance in his field, he thought about it until he ended up with a PhD in philosophy. All the more often, though, when he sat down to write, paragraphs became verses. His poetry has been published in Bridges and 322 Review, and is forthcoming in Lituanus. He has also published his revised dissertation as a book: Desire, Meaning and Virtue: The Socratic Account of Poetry.  After 7 years, Park Slope, Brooklyn is home.

Rimas Uzgiris read with John McIntyre, Fiction, and Mary Jang-ye Schultz, Poetry, on March 30, 2010.Click here for reading poster.




Mary Jang-ye Schultz (fiction) was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Virginia. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a BA in English with a focus on Creative Writing and minored in Religious Studies. She has been working as a bartender after moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2002, with the exception of two years when she was a publicity assistant for a small publishing house. She has taken workshops with the 92 Y Unterberg Poetry Center, Sarah Lawrence Summer Writing Workshop, and the Sackett Street Writer’s workshop and now looks forward to the nurturing and inspiring community of Rutgers Newark MFA program.

Mary Jang-ye Schultz read with John McIntyre, Fiction, and Rimas Uzgiris, Poetry, on March 30, 2010.Click here for reading poster.


Priscilla Mainardi (fiction), born and raised in New Haven, has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  She moved to New Jersey in 1983, raised her family, and then went back to college for a nursing degree.  While working as a nurse at Chilton Memorial Hospital, she took numerous writing workshops in New York City and Provincetown, and loves everything about writing, from buying the perfect pen, to the requisite solitude, to the way a story takes shape on the page. She once wrote a 175 page novel called The Box of Money in one month, and recently edited an article on bee-keeping for Edible Boston.  She is thrilled to be part of the very exciting program at Rutgers-Newark.

Priscilla Mainardi read with Dickson Lam, Fiction, and Armin Tolentino, Poetry, on December 8, 2009. See poster here.



Armin Tolentino (poetry) grew up in Lincoln Park, NJ and graduated in 2003 with a BS in chemistry from TCNJ.   Having no interest in pursuing science professionally, he spent time in Baltimore, Boston, and Portland, OR, experimenting with a grab bag of jobs, none of which were engrossing enough to make him give up writing.  Currently, he works at a domestic abuse shelter teaching high school students about violence prevention.  His interests include biking uncomfortably long distances, playing 90’s punk songs on ukulele, and (hopefully) earning a world record for loudest clap.  He is the MFA Student Reading Series Coordinator for 2010/11.

Armin Tolentino read with Priscilla Mainardi, Fiction, and Dickson Lam, Fiction, on December 8, 2009. See poster here.



Dickson Lam (fiction) was born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco.  He received his BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and his MA in Education at Teachers College of Columbia University. He has worked in various capacities to reform education, serving as an AmeriCorps member at Coleman Advocates to address educational equity, and taught high school English and Social Studies for seven years: he was a founding teacher at June Jordan School for Equity, a small high school in San Francisco.  He also worked at the Public Service Center at UC Berkeley, coordinating AmeriCorps programs focused on underserved youth. He looks forward to a second year of working with the Rutgers-Newark faculty and students on his completion of a memoir.   

Dickson Lam read with Priscilla Mainardi, Fiction, and Armin Tolentino, Poetry, on December 8, 2009. See poster here.



Kevin Catalano (fiction) was born and raised in Chittenango, NY, home of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, meaning he grew up surrounded by Oz-themed cafes and stores, yellow-bricked sidewalks, and perfectly normal residents who, every year, dressed as Oz characters for the town's annual Oz Festival.  He is convinced that this environment has messed with his head in strange, irreversible ways. He received his B.A. in English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studied reindeer husbandry in Finland, and now lives with his wife and newborn daughter in New Jersey, where he teaches composition at Rutgers-Newark. His fiction has appeared in PANK, Prick of the Spindle, Keyhole Digest, Denver Syntax, The Absent Willow Review Anthology, and other places nobody's ever heard of.  For two consecutive years his stories made the 'Notable' list for StorySouth's Million Writers Award (2009, 2010).   

Kevin Catalano read with Sara Grossman, Poetry, on November 10, 2009. See poster here.



Sara Grossman (poetry) was raised on a flower farm in Chesterfield, New Jersey. She received her B.A. in English and Music from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ. After studying at Rutgers, she worked in the financial sector and later returned to farming. Her current creative and critical projects explore the poetics of motion, space, and light. She lives in Somerset, NJ, with her partner, dog, three chickens, and turkey. She teaches English Composition in the Rutgers-Newark Writing Program.

Sara Grossman read with Kevin Catalano, Ficion on November 10, 2009. See poster here.



Amanda Whiting (fiction) grew up in New Jersey, and received her BA in Philosophy (cum laude, 2006) from Williams College in western Massachusetts. Her professional life took her from Washington, D.C. to London, and from the cubicles of Corporate Litigation to the sales floor of an Abercrombie & Fitch. Inspired by a year spent studying at Oxford University, she spent 18 months living in the UK. She is happy to continue to pursue her MFA at Rutgers Newark.

Amanda Whiting read with Chris Caruso, Poetry, and Nick Ripatrazone, Fiction, on October 27, 2009. See poster here.




Christopher Caruso (poetry) Chris Caruso received his B.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently pursuing his MFA in Poetry at Rutgers Newark.   His free time is spent studying DADA and Avant-garde poetries and poets.  Along with several MFA students at Rutgers Newark, he is a founding member and Editor-in-Chief of the Ironbound Review an upcoming literary journal.  He survives on student loans, tutoring college students, and substitute teaching in New Jersey.   Random thoughts on poetry and culture can be found on his blog (  His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Matter, Rio Grande Review, Istanbul Literary Review as well as several anthologies. 

Chris Caruso read with Nick Ripatrazone, Fiction, and Amanda Whiting, Fiction, on October 27, 2009. See poster here.          



Nick Ripatrazone (fiction) lives in rural New Jersey with his wife.  He is the author of Oblations (Gold Wake Press, 2011), a collection of prose poems.  His recent writing has appeared in Esquire, The Kenyon Review, West Branch, The Mississippi Review, and Beloit Fiction Journal.  He earned an MA in English Literature from Rutgers-Newark in 2005, teaches public-school English, and will be a visiting writer at Susquehanna University in April 2011.

Nick Ripatrazone read with Chris Caruso, Poetry, and Amanda Whiting, Fiction, on October 27, 2009. See poster here.




Hirsh Sawhney (fiction) edited and contributed a short story to Delhi Noir, a critically-acclaimed anthology of new fiction published by Akashic Books and HarperCollins India, with translations into French and Italian. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Time Out New York. He is a Contributing Editor for the Brooklyn Rail and an Associate Editor at Wasafiri Magazine. He lives in Jersey City and is working on a novel.

Hirsh Sawney read with Jenna Risano, Poetry, and Ephen Glenn, Poetry, on September 29, 2010.See poster here.



Jenna Risano (poetry) was born in Brooklyn and raised in Hamilton, New Jersey. After a five year stint in Tampa she is ready to add a new turnpike exit to her repertoire. She received a BA in English-Writing from the University of Tampa in 2008. At UT she was Poetry Editor of the literary magazine, won the Tim O’Connor Award for Writing, and was awarded Best English Graduate and Best Writing Portfolio. When she’s not writing or reading, or writing about reading, her loves include hockey, listening to her records, and watching old movies.

Jenna Risano read with Ephen Glenn, Fiction, and Hirsh Sawhney, Fiction, on September 29, 2010. See poster here.



Ephen Glenn (fiction) will never forget the summer of 2010. He went to London and learned to write in long hand, using the solitude of the British Library to revise his MFA thesis, a novel titled The Boyhood of Amanda Reckonwit. Like his main character, Ephen grew up in Dayton, Ohio. He holds an M.A. in American Studies from New York University and a B.A. in Literature and Gender Studies from Bard College. His honors include a Creative Writing Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Meyer Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Book editor, jailhouse literacy tutor, yoga teacher, composition instructor, meditation guide, flower arranger, nanny, manic-depressive, and nonprofit peon all describe him (somewhat). He has read his fiction at various New York venues, including KGB, Salon @ The Elevated Hole, and his own shamefully small apartment.

Ephen Glenn read with Jenna Risano, Poetry, and Hirsh Sawhney, Fiction, on September 29, 2010.See poster here.




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