Photos and videos from July 18, 2011

July 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Those of you who weren’t able to make it to Monday’s reading can now catch up on what you missed–videos! Those of you who were there can relive it and remember the parts we left unrecorded.

And, for everyone else, photos:

Josh Cook

Josh Cook reads his fiction.

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch reads his poems.

Meg Stone

Meg Stone reads excerpt from her memoir, Another Chance at Home.

Steven Lee Beeber

Steven Lee Beeber reads his confessional essay.

Thanks to Josh, Meg, Michael, and Steven for reading and to the crowd for always being so appreciative.

News on the October reading is on the way!

Literary Firsts is happening tonight!

July 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

We’re excited to see you tonight and we don’t want you to get lost along the way, so here are the details for this evening’s event:

Literary Firsts
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge (just down the street from the Central Square stop on the Red Line)

Kind words from The Weekly Dig

July 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I should send the staff at The Weekly Dig flowers or escorts or something.

From their latest write-up on Literary Firsts, penned by Associate Editor, J. Pat:

“Frictional fiction reading group Literary Firsts puts the disclaimer right there in the title: there’s gonna be sex tonight…and as a complete bonus, the not-so-naughty bits are actually pretty nifty on their own, so hey, win-win-wank.”

You should be there for all the naughty and not-so-naughty stories from Josh Cook, Michael Lynch, Meg Stone, and Steven Lee Beeber this Monday, 7pm, at the Middlesex Lounge.

There’s also a funny allusion to Erica Jong’s canon as part of the Dig’s full plug, for those of you who are interested.

Steven Lee Beeber

June 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Steven Lee Beeber is posthumous punk.

Steven Lee Beeber is the author of The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk (Chicago Review Press, 2007), editor of the insomnia anthology AWAKE! A Reader for the Sleepless (Soft Skull Press, 2008) and associate editor of Conduit, “the only magazine that risks annihilation.” His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Fiction, The New York Times, Spin, MOJO, Memorious and elsewhere. His website is

Steven is the confessional writer for the July 18 reading.

Josh Cook

June 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Josh Cook is a renaissance.

Josh Cook is a bookseller, blogger, magazine buyer, and online presences manager at Porter Square Books, in Cambridge. His fiction has appeared in The Owen Wister Review, The Coe Review, a certain apt literary magazine you might have heard of, and elsewhere.  His poetry has been published in Epicenter Magazine, Lyrical Somerville, and The Onion River Review, and his criticism in The Millions and Bookslut where he is a poetry reviewer.  He also writes about books, food, sports, and politics on the blog, In Order of Importance.

Josh is the fiction writer for the July 18 reading.

Michael Lynch

June 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Michael Lynch is beautiful, but annihilating.

Michael Lynch lives and writes in Melrose, Mass. His poetry has appeared in Night Train, In Posse Review, White Whale Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin and elsewhere. A chapbook, Underlife and Portico, is available through Aforementioned Productions.

Michael is the poet for the July 18 reading.

Meg Stone

June 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Meg Stone is self-actualization.

Meg Stone is the Director of IMPACT, a Boston-area abuse prevention and self-defense organization. In her memoir, Another Chance at Home: A Story of Domestic Violence Work, Meg writes about the struggles, joys, and contradictions of activism to create change in the most intimate parts of our lives. Publications include Ms., Bitch, and American Journal of Nursing blogs, J Journal, and the anthologies I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage and Pinned Down by Pronouns.

Meg is the essayist for the July 18 reading.

Another gorgeous flyer from Randolph Pfaff

June 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Randolph has once again delivered a lovely image to accompany our next reading. Check it out below and be there in July for the next Literary Firsts. As the image shows, it’s going to be a blast.

The next Literary Firsts date is set!

May 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s hard to believe that almost a month has already passed since the last Literary Firsts, but that means there’s only two more months until the next reading.

You won’t want to miss it when Josh Cook reads his fiction, Michael Lynch shares his poetry, Meg Stone reads selections from her memoir, and Steven Lee Beeber trusts us with his confessional reading.

Join us at 7pm on Monday, July 18 at the Middlesex Lounge. It promises to be a grand evening.

Upcoming readers

February 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Since we’re experiencing an interminable winter, it’s nice to think ahead to summer and even to autumn for the July and October Literary Firsts.

In July, we’ll hear from Michael Lynch as our poet, Meg Stone as our essayist, and Steven Lee Beeber as our confessional reader.

Then, in October, we’ve got Terri Trespicio scheduled as our essayist, and the return of John Cotter as our confessional reader.

More names forthcoming, as soon as we know them. Either way, you won’t want to miss any of these readings. And don’t forget about the next one in April.

Literary Firsts comes but four times a year…

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