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#3WTotal update #4: Great news! TOTAL DROPPING!


It’s been a while since the last update but GREAT news: the #3WTotal list is finally DROPPING.

Since the last update (November 2014):
•Unfortunately, a couple of new names have still been added to the list. But!
•Some people are removing their name from the list.

Here is an excerpt from an email I received this morning, from the Department of Labor:

“A conference was held at this office last week in regards to claims filed….a preliminary resolution was reached between all parties. We are currently unable to share the specifics of the pending resolution with you due to privacy concerns.”

Great, right?

Now what?
If you are a 3rd Ward instructor and you are still owed money from your 3rd Ward days, email me for the above-quoted contact from the Department of Labor.

The new total: I hope that lots of settlements are occurring with EVERYONE, members, students, and instructors, on any and all fronts. This is what you deserve!

I began tracking this total because I wanted to give visibility to every person who felt that 3rd Ward walked out on them financially. Not every person sought to collect or get their money back, and adding your number to this list was never meant to suggest anyone on it would be actively pursuing a claim. But.

Did you get paid?
I hope the now-lower total means that this visibility is making a difference, and now the project and the number must evolve. Unfortunately, settlements are often private, and I don’t want to get it wrong. So for today I will say the total is going down and will update the number once I hear back from you on this:

To anyone–members, students, instructors—who made some effort to collect—if you do not believe your name should be in the total anymore, just let me know to remove your name, no questions asked about why.

I am considering hosting an informal gathering for anyone who wants to talk about this project. Is that you? If you have any interest, let me know.

In the meantime, please keep sharing this project with people you know who might have a story or experience to share. I am continuing to research and follow interrelated stories and will keep you updated.

Stuff I’m writing lately

Thank you,

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EVENT: Reading + Photography: You Are Now Here


(A sneak-preview of Daria Ska’s prints, from her Facebook page.)

Saturday, March 30, I am hosting a reading + curated photography exhibition. You Are Now Here, at The Imaginary Space, features photographers Rebecca Fuller, Erika (Saki) Sequeira and Daria Ska and readers Lauren Belski, Karina Briski, Chiwan Choi and Eric Nelson.

It is an honor to host and present the work of these talented artists.

Join us for:

You Are Now Here
photography exhibition + reading
hosted by Robin Grearson at:
The Imaginary Space
174 Bogart Street, #210
Brooklyn, NY 11206

March 30, 2013, 6-10:30 PM

Artist reception: 6-8 PM
Readings begin: 8:30 PM

About You Are Now Here:
The world just moves faster in New York. The expression “wherever you go, there you are” urges us to take time to ground ourselves, to slow down and pay attention to our environment.

You Are Now Here brings writers and photographers together to showcase words and images that evoke a strong sense of place.

Free admission, prints and books will be offered for sale. Please support our artists!

Featured photographers:
Rebecca Fuller
Erika (Saki) Sequeira
Daria Ska

Readings by:
Lauren Belski
Karina Briski
Chiwan Choi
Eric Nelson

About our artists:
Lauren Belski is the author of the short story collection Whatever Used to Grow Around Here (Crumpled Press) and the forthcoming collective collection The Trout Family Almanac (Papercut Press).

Karina Briski is a writer raised in Northern Minnesota and currently living in Brooklyn. She is the host of Words with Beers, a monthly reading series in Bed-Stuy too cheap for a microphone and too rich to care. She is currently working on a collection of stories about rust belt creeps. Her work can be found online and in print.

Chiwan Choi is the author of two poetry collections, The Flood and Abductions. He is also a founding editor of Writ Large Press, a downtown LA-based small press. He is currently involved in creating LA Writ Large, a non-profit literary think tank focused on changing the economic landscape for writers and publishers.,

Eric Nelson is the author of The Walt Whitman House and The Silk City Series and is originally from New Jersey. His essays, criticism and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in HTMLGIANT, The Billfold, Chimes & Sirens and Volume 1 Brooklyn, among others. His E.P. of recorded stories “They Make a Wasteland, They Call it Pastiche” is being released by Diabetic Koala in spring of 2013. He lives in Ridgewood, Queens.

Rebecca Fuller
Brooklyn-based photographer Rebecca Fuller has been documenting New York’s street art community for many years, and she is also the co-founder of The Street Spot.

Erika (Saki) Sequeira
Erika Sequiera’s photographs include portraits from her recent trips to Guatemala and Argentina, as well as her New York home base.

Daria Ska
“I was born, I live and some day I will die,
enjoying the time in between – I fly”

Join us:
You Are Now Here!

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I dare to ask: Who Are You?

On January 15, 3rd Ward will be offering a brand-new writing workshop called Who Are You?

I created this 3-hour session for the busy entrepreneurs, creative freelancers and motivated individuals who need to answer this question, in writing–in “About Me” statements, mission statements, biographies and statements of purpose.

Who are you? Sign up and see what you find out…


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1441 at Pine Box Rock Shop for BOS2012

Bushwick writers collective 1441 has a literary reading right in the middle of Bushwick Open Studios, Saturday at 6 PM, at Pine Box Rock Shop. You have plenty of time to listen to some words, have a drink, and catch the 27 other parties on your list of things to do in Bushwick on June 2nd. So please come. I’m going to read a brand-new Bushwick-arts-themed essay. While you’re waiting, here are our bios…

Dolan’s work has appeared in The Lifted Brow, The Believer, Contrary, Field, apt, TRNSFR and numerous other journals. He spends his time mythologizing every airplane hijacking in history, and will throw your money away in the street if you buy his terrible book of reviews. More at

Michael Lala is the author of two chapbooks: Under the Westward Night (Knickerbocker Circus 2011) and [fire!] ([sic] Press 2011). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM; the Red Cedar Review; Sink Review; No, Dear; La Fovea; Explosion-Proof; and elsewhere. Currently, Lala curates for Recession Art/Culturefix NYC and Fireside Follies Reading Series.

Joel Marino is a short-story writer and full-time copy editor for UrbanDaddy (it’s an online magazine, not an escort service). He’s originally from Miami, Florida, where he worked several years as a crime reporter for a major daily newspaper. He specialized in homicide–writing about it, not committing it.

Eric Nelson has performed at Presentation Party in Bushwick and at the renowned Dixon Theatre in the Lower East Side. Nelson’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Volume 1 Brooklyn, We’ll Never Have Paris, Constellation Magazine and ZineWorld; and his book of short stories, The Silk City Series, was released in 2010 by Knickerbocker Press.

Matthew Zingg’s work appears in The Awl, Cider Press Review, Front Porch, The Rumpus, The Madison Review and Opium Magazine among others. He received his MFA in poetry from Adelphi University.

Robin Grearson is a nonfiction writer based in Bushwick whose essays have appeared in The New York Times and The Brooklyn Rail. She also writes about artists for and other outlets, produces art events and teaches writing workshops at 3rd Ward.

1441 is a collective of essayists, fiction writers, and poets based out of Bushwick, Brooklyn who meet regularly for workshops and to foster literary discussion and community. For more information about upcoming events or to contact 1441, please track us down on Facebook or something.

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Active Space Grand Opening with Criminy Johnson, February 24, 2012

So much more to tell about this show. But for now, here’s the press release and a pretty picture:

Brooklyn, NEW YORK—The Active Space opens an all-new exhibition space in its Bushwick facility with a reception for “Dreaming Without Sleeping,” a presentation of new works by Criminy Johnson | QRST, on February 24, 2012.

“Dreaming Without Sleeping” allows viewers to glimpse the artist’s view of our waking world: a bent, slightly pessimistic and occasionally hostile place populated by animals and people who are often reluctant to be interrupted by the viewer.

“Criminy makes oil paintings in his studio but often makes wheatpastes that relate to these in some way. Many people are familiar with Criminy’s work but may have seen it outside of a gallery setting, and QRST fans might be discovering Criminy Johnson’s paintings for the first time,” says curator Robin Grearson, who worked with Johnson last year on a group show at the Active Space.  “Criminy has been in Bushwick for a few years, and QRST’s street work often shows up here, so the Active Space is an ideal location to present the two styles together.”

“We opened in February of last year, so I’m happy that the first show in our building’s brand-new gallery space falls on our first anniversary,” says Ashley Zelinskie, director of The Active Space. “Robin is an accomplished writer, yet this is the third show she has curated here. Last year we discovered that we really work well together, and one thing I appreciate about my role as director of a Bushwick art space is the opportunity I have to support emerging artists and curators I believe in.” Zelinskie says.

The opening reception for “Dreaming Without Sleeping” takes place February 24, 2012, from 7-10 PM. The show will be open to the public by appointment through April 20, 2012. Email

Dreaming Without Sleeping
February 24, 2012 through April 20, 2012
The Active Space
566 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
media requests:
Robin Grearson, curator
Dreaming Without Sleeping

gallery requests:
Ashley Zelinskie, director
The Active Space

Image: Dichotomy, by Criminy Johnson. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches.


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