NWCWP @ Night: Residency Reading at KGB Bar

This July, the NYCWP offered its first-ever Writers’ Residency, modeled after programs like those offered at Bread Loaf and Yaddo, to foster the teacher-as-writer. The capstone of the two-week Residency was another NYCWP first: a nighttime reading series to celebrate the work of the Residency.

On Friday, July 29th, the seven NYCWP Writers in Residence, Sharae Allen; Irene Arholekas; Kate Francia; Saara Liimatta; Elizabeth Lorch; Jocelyn Meermans; and Eleni Rammos, gathered to read from a selection of their work. Sharae opened the evening with a selection from her novel-in-progress. Next, Elizabeth read two genre-bending personal essays. Jocelyn followed with a short story comprised of work from a novel-in-progress, and Irene closed the first set with a sampling of poetry. After a short intermission, Kate read fromĀ Northridge Academy, a metafictional YA novel-in-progress, Saara readĀ Leaving the Island, an essay, and Eleni closed the event with a selection of poetry. The event was emceed by Mallory McMahon, who also facilitated the Residency.

We are grateful to everyone who attended the event to support these fantastic emergent writers. A fantastic time was had by all. Special thanks to KGB Bar for allowing us use of their space, and for all they do to support the literary community.

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