Photos, videos, and gratitude

July 22nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

We had a lovely turnout for our latest round of talented readers last Monday at Middlesex Lounge. The stories were at turns funny, thoughtful, sad, and winsome. I was so pleased to have brought these writers together.

Karyn Polewaczyk reads her essay, "Mistaken."

Adam Stumacher reads an excerpt from his novel, A Liar's Opus.

Krysten Hill reads "Dorothy Returns," "The Black Girl Talks Punk Rock," "Sorry," and "Bury."

Wendy Stetson reads her confessional tale, "Healing, Bruising."

As always, we had a wonderfully responsive audience. I was grateful for them and for the work of Karyn, Adam, Krysten, and Wendy, which you can watch here.


July 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ladies, Gents, Readers, Listeners, Old friends, New friends, One and All,

Please join us this evening when Adam Stumacher, Karyn Polewaczyk, Wendy Stetson, and Krysten Hill will regale us with novel excerpts, manifestos, confrontational verse, and brave confessional stories.

Here are the details. All we need is you.

WHAT: Literary Firsts
WHEN: Monday, July 16, at 7pm
WHERE: Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Ave (Central Square), Cambridge
WHO: Krysten Hill, Karyn Polewaczyk, Adam Stumacher, and Wendy Stetson
WHY: Because it’s steamy outside and the best way to fight steam–is with more steam.

NOTE: Yes, it’s at a bar, but there’s no cover and Literary Firsts is an all-ages event.

See you there!


July 12th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink








Krysten Hill

June 11th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Krysten Hill is a daring demiurge.

Krysten Hill is a third year poetry MFA student at UMass-Boston from Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from Stephens College, where she became involved in Women’s Studies and activism. Her mother poets include: Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, and Patricia Smith. She believes that this “page vs. stage” argument is getting out of hand and thinks that a poem should live in whatever skin it feels good in. Her greatest desire is to form a collective of women poets who travel around teaching the power of voice to the girls on front porches who wonder what that aching in their chests is all about.

Krysten is the poet for the July 16 reading.

Karyn Polewaczyk

June 11th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Karyn Polewaczyk is a matchbook rendezvous.

Karyn Polewaczyk is a Boston-dwelling creative pistol who balances writing freelance while managing communications for a condom manufacturer. (Gentlemen, start your sarcasm.) Karyn’s work has appeared in a variety of places, including ELLE, More, and Merrimack Valley, and the literary journal Ophelia Street. She has also read at the storytelling series Literary Death Match, Literary Firsts, Storyliars, Comedy With Wings and The Gas. Karyn was recently featured in STUFFBoston’s “Sexiest” issue, a laminated copy of which her mother keeps stashed at the bottom of her purse.

Karyn is the essayist for the July 16 reading.

Wendy Stetson

June 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Wendy Stetson is the book your mother warned you about.

Wendy Stetson grew up in the South, a place that became a home to her when she left it. She currently lives in Brookline and unintentionally works in the architecture and engineering industry. She plans to slough through and graduate from college (some day) and eventually earn a Masters of Social Work. In the meantime, she finds hope and strength in writing, running, hearing children giggle, and the prospect of saving the world by teaching people to vote in primary elections.

Wendy is the confessional writer for the July 16 reading.

Adam Stumacher

June 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Adam Stumacher is a broken curfew.

Adam Stumacher‘s fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, Granta, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The Sun, and elsewhere, and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He holds degrees from Cornell University and Saint Mary’s College, and he has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Bread Loaf, the Vermont Studio Center, and others. He lives in Boston, where he teaches creative writing at Grub Street and in public high schools, and he is at work on a novel.

Adam is the fiction writer for the July 16 reading.

July 16, 2012

June 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

July, the first full month of summer, always hot, always filled with days when I’d rather be reading.

Luckily, I’ve lined up four stellar writers to read to me (and you).

Join us, dear readers and listeners, at Middlesex Lounge on Monday, July 16 when Krysten Hill will be our poet, Karyn Polewaczyk will be our essayist, Adam Stumacher will be our fiction writer, and Wendy Stetson will be our confessional reader.

As always, I’ll be your host. See you there, Boston.

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