Upcoming Events



Wednesday, February 7 p.m. @The Cake Shop (Ludlow, NYC) w/ Nelly Reifler, Melissa Broder, Shelly Oria & Molly Quinn


Smith Magazine̵. THE MOMENT:
Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from Writers
and Artists Famous & Obscure featuring: Larry Smith, Mira Ptacin, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Matt Dojny, Karol Nielsen, Jerry Ma, A.J. Jacobs, Piper Kerman, Gillian Laub & Alan Rabinowitz

Monday, January 9th, 7 p.m.
@McNally Jackson Bookstore, NYC



Wednesday, January 7 p.m. @Pianos NYC
Mira Ptacin & B.C. Edwards hosting
Featuring: John Flynn, Erin Joy, Amy Lawless, and Daniel Nester



Wednesday, December 7nd, 7 p.m. @Pianos NYC
Mira Ptacin, hosting
$8 includes free raffle ticket for autographed book!


• Alison Espach, author ofThe Adults(Simon & Schuster) Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney, Five Chapters, Del Sol Review, and Sentence.

• Alison Smith: Her first book, Name All the Animals, was published by Scribner and was named one of the top ten books of 2004 by People Magazine and was shorted-listed for the Book-Sense Book-of-the-Year Award. Alison has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Judy Grahn Prize for Nonfiction and a Lambda Literary Award. Name All the Animals has been published in seven foreign countries, including the UK, Italy, Denmark, France, Germany, Brazil and Spain. ../

• Hannah Tinti: Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is published by The Dial Press and Headline. The Good Thief is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex award, winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize,and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Hannah is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine, and received the 2009 PEN/Nora award for excellence in editing. Recently, she joined the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator. ../

*Proceeds and donations to benefit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, a shelter in Woodstock, NY that provides care, rehabilitation, and sanctuary for neglected, abused, and discarded farm animals, and educates the public about the horrific treatment of animals who are raised for food.



Saturday, November 1st 6-9 p.m. Upstairs Loft @Musica
N.4th Street, Hudson, NY

FEATURING: Daniel Nester, Mira Ptacin, Jason Diamond, Chloe Caldwell, Stacy Pershall and


Wednesday, November 2nd, 7 p.m. @Pianos NYC
Mira Ptacin, hosting


• Joseph Salvadore: Joseph Salvatore teaches writing and literature at the New School. His collection of stories, “To Assume a Pleasing Shape,” will be published in November.

• Rebecca Keith‘s poems and other writing have appeared in Best New Poets (2009), The Laurel Review, The Rumpus, The Awl, BOMBlog, Dossier, Storyscape, The Millions, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, was a semi-finalist for the 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review poetry contest and has received honors from the Atlantic Monthly and BOMB magazine. A native of downtown New York, Rebecca is a founder, curator, and host of Mixer Reading and Music series at Cakeshop. She also sings and plays guitar and keyboards in the Roulettes and Butchers & Bakers.

• Royal Young: Royal Young just completed his debut memoir “Fame Shark.” He writes for Interview Magazine, among other outlets. Follow him at



Wednesday, October 5th, 7 p.m. @Pianos NYC
Mira Ptacin, hosting


• PETER BEBERGAL, author of Too Much to Dream:A Psychedelic American Boyhood, from Soft Skull Press, and co-author with Scott Korb of The Faith Between Us.
• DANIEL LONG: an Oklahoman living in New York. His hobbies include needlepoint and revenge.
• ZACK ORION: a gnarly one man band with a bastard banjo and double kick flip break beats, eating to play and playing to eat from the half awakened serpent in the crown chakra to his back feet.
• MATT UFFORD: a graduate of Northwestern and a Marine veteran of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He now writes about television and the NFL, respectively, at the humor blogs Warming Glow and Kissing Suzy Kolber . He remains an outspoken advocate and fundraiser for veterans’ causes.



Wednesday, September 7th, 7 p.m. @Pianos NYC
Mira Ptacin, hosting


• DANYELLE FREEMAN (author of “Try This" www.restaurantgirl.com)
• JONATHAN DIXON (author of “Beaten, Seared & Sauced”)
• MAX WATMAN (author of “Chasing the White Dog”.)
• LAUREN SHOCKEY (author of “Four Kitchens”.)


• FOR THE BIRDS: Women Writers

Sunday, August 28th @Bluestockings Book Store, 7 p.m.
72 Allen St. New York, NY


Friday, August 9th @ Veronica People Club 7 p.m. 05 Franklin Street (Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY) FEATURING: Mira Ptacin (Freerange Nonfiction) Seth Fried (The Great Frustration), and more!


Wednesday, August 3rd @Pianos NYC 7:00 p.m.
Mira Ptacin, hosting


• CARMELLA CIURARU is the author of the acclaimed book Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms (HarperCollins), and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center.

• SETH FRIED: Seth’s stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Missouri Review, One Story, Tin House, and many others. The Great Frustration, Seth’s acclaimed debut collection was published by Soft Skull this May and it is awesome.

• DEB OLIN UNFERTH is an American short-story writer, novelist, and memoirist. She is the author of the collection of stories Minor Robberies, the novel Vacation, both published by McSweeney’s, and the memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, published by Henry Holt.

• CARTER EDWARDS is the author of the forthcoming novella ‘knucklebone.’ He is the managing editor of Pax Americana and received his MFA from The New School. His work is featured in Mathematics Magazine, BOMB, The Sink Review as well as Hobart which nominated him for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. He is also a Literary Death Match champion and has the medal to prove it.

• COURTNEY MAUM spent three years in her mid-twenties driving around Paris in a Coronamobile as a party promoter but she doesn’t do that now. She is currently working on a collection of comic meta-fiction and naming products and brands to pay the mortgage on her log cabin in the Massachusetts woods. Maum’s first short story collection, “Small Things in Big Places” won honorable mention in the Dzanc Short Story Collection contest.



Wednesday, July 6th @Pianos NYC 7:00 p.m. Mira Ptacin, hosting

• MYQ KAPLAN: a Top 5 final­ist on the most recent sea­son of Last Comic Stand­ing, most recent album “Vegan Mind Meld”
• DIANA SPECHLER: author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial)
• JON SANDS: author of “The New Clean”, Jon Sands is one of the premiere stars of the Spoken Word genre.
• STACY PERSHALL, whose memoir, Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl ( Norton) was chosen for the Barnes and Noble spring Discover Great New Writers program
• CHLOE CALDWELL‘s collection of personal essays, Legs Get Led Astray, will be published by Future Tense Books in 2012.



Wednesday, May 31 @ d.b.a Brooklyn 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE!
FEATURING: Jon Sands, Garrett Burrell, Mira Ptacin, Todd Dillard, Carter Edwards, Adrienne Friedberg + SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST


Wednesday, May 25 @Le Poisson Rouge 6:30 p.m. ( Bleecker Street)
Tickets: $1. preorder; $1. at door
Judges: Michael Showalter, Dave Hill, Daniel Nayeri
Literary talent: Hilary Hamann, Jenny Slate, Mira Ptacin, Barbara Browning


“The Rebirth”
Wednesday, May 4th @Pianos NYC 7:00 p.m.
Mira Ptacin, hosting


MICHAEL SHOWALTER: comedian, actor, writer, director, and author of the most recent Mr. Funny Pants (Grand Central)
ALISON ESPACH, author of the critically-acclaimed debut novel, The Adults (Scribner, February)
KOREN ZAILCKAS, author of the internationally best-selling and socially-charged memoir Smashed (Penguin, 2005) and its follow up Fury (Viking Adult, September)
MATTHUE ROTH, author of the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go, the novel Losers, and the feature film 1/20 (currently in post-production). As a slam poet, he’s filmed for HBO and MTV. He lives with his family in Brooklyn and keeps a secret diary at www.matthue.com



Wednesday, April 6th @ NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe 6:00 p.m.
Mira Ptacin, hosting

• Michelle Carlo: Her stories have been published in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood’s Lost & Found: Stories From New York, Chicken Soup For The Latino Soul and SMITH Magazine. A frequent contributor to NYC’s storytelling community, Carlo has appeared at The MOTH, The Liar Show, and Literary Deathmatch among others. Her memoir, FISH OUT OF AGUA: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks, was published by Citadel Press in August 2010.

• Melissa Febos: Her memoir, Whip Smart, was published by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books in March 2010. She co-curates and hosts the popular monthly music and reading series, Mixer, on the Lower East Side, and teaches writing and literature at SUNY Purchase College, NYU, & The New School. She is currently at work on a novel about music, madness, and dioramas.

• Shelly Oria: has published fiction in McSweeney’s, the Indiana Review, Quarterly West, cream city review, and the Spectrum Anthology. She has served as senior editor at Storyscape and has taught at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education. She curates the Actors Reading Writers series and is the co-producer of Literary Death Match Tel Aviv.



Wednesday, March 2nd @ NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe 6:00 p.m. Mira Ptacin, hosting

JAMES GUIDA, born in Philadelphia in 1978, and grew up in Australia. He is the author of MARBLES, a book of aphorisms, and has written for a variety of publications, including AGNI, RARITAN, THE YALE REVIEW, and TIN HOUSE.

PETER HYMAN, author of The Reluctant Metrosexual: Dispatches From An Almost Hip Life (Villard, 2004). A former Vanity Fair staffer, he has written for The New York Times, The New York Observer, Details, Spin, Radar, The San Francisco Chronicle and various others. His work has been collected in a number of anthologies, including The Best American Essays and Bar Mitzvah Disco.

JULIE KLAM, author of the most recent book, YOU HAD ME AT WOOF: How Dogs Taught Me The Secrets of Happiness (Riverhead 2010) as well PLEASE EXCUSE MY DAUGHTER (Riverhead 2008).

SWEET: Actors Reading Writers

Thursday, March 3rd @ Three Cups of Tea ( 83 1. Avenue, NYC)
curated by Shelly Oria and Annie Levy



Wednesday, February 2nd @ NYC’s Cornelia Street Cafe 6:00 p.m.
Mira Ptacin, hosting


• MARY MORRIS, author of the travel memoirs THE RIVER QUEEN, NOTHING TO DECLARE, WALL TO WALL, and ANGELS & ALIENS, along with six novels and three collections of short stories. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


Monday, February 14th @ The Franklin Park Bar & Beer Garden 8 – 10 p.m. Brooklyn, NY

Colson Whitehead (The Intuitionist, Sag Harbor), Alison Aspach (The Adults), Mira Ptacin(Freerange Nonfiction) David McLoghlin (Waiting for Brendan) and Milton Washington (Slickboy)