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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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Reading @ Bodega, October 2, 2011

The writing collective I am a member of, called 1441, will be reading at The Bodega‘s first-Sunday storytelling series in Bushwick on October 2, 2011. There will also be other readers, too. I’m reading something old, and something new. Other people will, too. Unlike my usual stuff, I’m reading poetry. Come!


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Co-published: Curbs & Stoops and 1441

My newest essay, Bullet Points, was inspired by my experiences with street art and graffiti, and a dream I had which blurred and crossed many lines and made chasing the dream into real life possible. When I first moved to New York in 2010, I went to a lecture by Carolee Schneemann and she discussed a piece of art she’d made decades earlier. She asked the audience what we thought it meant. She considered each of our responses valid. Someone eventually asked her, “So, what does it mean?” And she replied, “When I figure it out, I’ll let you know.” The artist’s trust in creating something before she knew what she was creating, was an epiphany to me as a writer, and I’ve kept those words in mind ever since. This essay reflects my trust in the writing process, trust that there was something to be said, before I personally had my own ideas about street art figured out. I hope you enjoy it.

I’ll be reading this at WORD Bookstore along with the other members of my writing group, 1441, next Thursday, June 30, at 7 PM. It’s a reading as well as the release party for our first publication, which includes “Bullet Points.”

Thank you for your support.

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Writing and writing and some more writing, and oh, right, it’s also Spring!!!

I’m celebrating my one-year anniversary of living in New York this week. When I arrived I had this idea that I wanted to write, so it’s fitting that I woke up with a panic attack on Tuesday, with three deadlines hanging over my head. In typical writer form, I spent the afternoon at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. If anyone had asked I would have certainly told them I took my notes with me, so I could work. And that’s actually true. I don’t usually leave the house without a few projects or a couple of books. As though I might suddenly duck inside somewhere on a beautiful day and find myself tragically idle? Whatever.

So story one of three went online this morning, my first contribution to a blog called The Bushwick Dream. If you’re not familiar with Brooklyn, Bushwick is one of its most creative neighborhoods. I like where I live, and I loved having an opportunity to talk with a well-known (and prolific) UK street artist about his art and my neighborhood, which, it turns out, is not so different from where he lives in East London (Hackney Wick, Bushwick–sisters?!)

Story two is for Curbs & Stoops, I’m writing that one next, er, now, um, as soon as I publish this blog. In fact, hopefully it’s going to be finished so soon that there’s no sense in talking about it. And the third story has been the hardest, it’s a short-ish essay for my super-brand-new, we-just-got-our-name writing group, 1441. Stay tuned for more out of us, including our 1441 Review launch party & reading. (That will of course happen sometime after I finish writing my essay.)

When I finish writing those three stories, I hope I’ll be able to focus on the backlog of ideas I want to work on. And some other non-writing projects, like Bushwick Open Studios, for instance. Well, BOS kind of includes writing, but kind of doesn’t. Stay tuned. I missed living with seasons more than I remembered: Spring really does explode with new birth around here, and I’m glad to be a part of it this year. Happy First NY Birthday to me, and thank you for your support.

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