Photos and videos from Tuesday night’s reading

July 25th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Tuesday evening’s Literary Firsts hit all the notes I want from a reading—it made me think, it made me laugh, it made me sigh. The readers were at the very top of their game, and I was thrilled to hear them share their work.

Thanks, as always, to Randolph Pfaff for handling the bulk of the recording duties, photo and video:

Amy Yelin reads her essay, "Once upon a Penis"

Amy Yelin reads her essay, “Once upon a Penis”

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Jeremy P. Bushnell reads from his novel-in-progress.

Nicole Terez Dutton reads from a manuscript of prose poems.

Nicole Terez Dutton reads from a manuscript of prose poems.

Daniel Evans Pritchard reads his confessional essay.

Daniel Evans Pritchard reads his confessional essay.

Thanks to everyone who made it out, especially (of course) Amy, Nicole, Jeremy, and Dan. And if you couldn’t make it, you can check out the videos here.

I hope to see you in October when we close out 2014 with our autumn reading—more details soon!

TONIGHT!

July 22nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

See you tonight at Middlesex Lounge for Jeremy P. Bushnell, Nicole Terez Dutton, Amy Yelin, and Daniel Evans Pritchard!

7pm, 315 Mass Ave: be there!

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Jeremy P. Bushnell

June 22nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Jeremy P. Bushnell is a new form of realism.

Jeremy P. Bushnell is a new form of realism.

Jeremy P. Bushnell is the author of The Weirdness (Melville House).  He serves as the fiction editor of Longform.org, and is currently at work on his second novel.

Jeremy is the fiction writer for the July 22 reading.

Nicole Terez Dutton

June 15th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Nicole Terez Dutton is a shot of Hot Damn.

Nicole Terez Dutton‘s work has appeared in CallalooPloughshares32 PoemsIndiana Review, and Salt Hill Journal.  Nicole earned an MFA from Brown University and is currently serving as the the 2013 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place. She has been awarded the fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Cave Canem, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the winner of the 2011 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for If One Of Us Should Fall.  She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts and teaches at the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College and Grub Street.

Nicole is the poet for the July 22 reading.

Daniel Evans Pritchard

June 12th, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink

Daniel Evans Pritchard does at once what the fool does finally.

Daniel Evans Pritchard does at once what the fool does finally.

Daniel Evans Pritchard was born in Boston and raised in Quincy. He is a poet and essayist, founding editor of the online review journal The Critical Flame, Marketing and Publicity Director at Boston Review, as well as a freelance marketing consultant for authors and literary journals. His writing has appeared in Little StarThe Battersea ReviewFulcrumThe Quarterly Conversation, and elsewhere. He lives in Medford with his wife, Katy, and is absolutely terrified by the prospect of being the confessional reader.

Daniel will be the confessional reader for the July 22 reading.

Amy Yelin

June 12th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Amy Yelin is a peace prize.

Amy Yelin is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose articles, essays, and author interviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Missouri Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, Literary Mama, The Gettysburg Review, and other publications.“Torn,” originally published in The Baltimore Review, received a notable essay mention in The 2007 Best American Essays anthology. Her work also appears in the anthologies Mamas and Papas and Tarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony and the Prague Summer Program, and more recently a fellowship from the Sustainable Arts Foundation for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Arlington with her husband and two boys.

Amy is the essayist for the July 22 reading.

July’s Literary Firsts!

May 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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Not that I’m opposed to red, white, and blue in July, but summer in Boston puts me more in mind of red, yellow, and orange. Popsicles, sunburn, sand–perhaps a sultry reading.

So meet me at Middlesex Lounge on Tuesday, July 22, at 7pm. I’ll bring the entertainment: Jeremy will bring the fiction; Amy will bring the non-fiction; Nicole will bring the poetry; and Daniel will bring the confessional tale.

Can’t wait to see you there—

Photos and videos from the April 14 reading

April 18th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s official! Literary Firsts is in its fifth year! To help celebrate, we had a wealth of talent in the room on Monday night. Obehi Janice wowed us with three essays, Steven LaFond was a man on fire with short fiction, Ravi Shankar brought the room to a serene calm with his poems, and Lillian Medville stirred everything back up with her confessional tale. It was a thrilling event that made me so happy to be a part of this community and to have a hand in this series.

Obehi Janice reads her essays.

Steven LaFond reads his fiction.

Steven LaFond reads his fiction.

Ravi Shankar reads some of his poems.

Ravi Shankar reads some of his poems.

Lillian Medville regales the crowd with her confessional tale.

Lillian Medville regales the crowd with her confessional tale.

Photos courtesy of Randolph Pfaff (except the one of Lillian, which I may or may not have taken).

Videos can be viewed here.

Thanks a million to everyone who made it. Thanks to everyone who read. I can’t wait for July.

 

Tonight!

April 14th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Four readers! Four years!

Obehi Janice! Steven LaFond! Lillian Medville! Ravi Shankar!

Tonight at Middlesex Lounge at 7pm, Boston!

See you there!

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Obehi Janice

March 14th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Obehi Janice is a hard-won reward. (Photo Credit: Adrien Bisson)

Obehi Janice is a hard-won reward. (Photo Credit: Adrien Bisson)

Obehi Janice is an actress, writer, producer, and director. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, her written work explores the power of voice in identity, politics, cultural exchange, and testimony.  Her plays have been produced by GAN-e-meed Theatre Project, Sleeping Weazel, MPAACT (Chicago), The One-Minute Play Festival, The Berkshire Fringe Festival, and The Boston Theater Marathon.  Her one-woman show, FUFU & OREOS, is receiving a workshop production on June 6, 2014 as part of the XX PlayLab (Company One/Boston Center for the Arts). Obehi is also an essayist and a sketch writer. Her latest comedic web project, BLACK GIRL YOGA, will debut this spring.

Obehi is the essayist for the April 14 reading.