Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Saturday, June 9th: 
Writing Workshop & A Nor'easter!

Saturday, June 9th

Join us for a writing workshop with Thaddeus Rutkowski followed by our Nor’easter Open-- a reading and open mic hour, with feature authors Minter Krotzer and Thaddeus Rutkowski.

551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

2:00-4:00 pm     Writing Workshop with Thaddeus Rutkowski
In this multi-genre workshop, participants will be able to write prose, poetry, or hybrid forms, whatever they are most comfortable with. On-the-spot exercises will be given to generate new material. We might start with a childhood memory, a given first sentence, or with characters chosen by the class. We might try a language exercise: a collection of words that we'd use in a piece. We'll write for about 10 minutes, then share what we wrote and comment on it. We will complete two or three of these exercises during the meeting. Often, these exercises grow into complete works after the workshop.

Cost $35, payable in cash on the day of the event.
Email: events@bigbluemarblebooks.com to register.

4:30-6:00 pm     
Nor'easter Open: 2 Features and an Open Mic 

Featuring Minter Krotzer and Thaddeus Rutkowski.  To sign up for the open mic, please arrive 15 minutes early.

MINTER KROTZER’S prose and poetry has been published in Many Mountains Moving, the Saint Ann's Review, the Arkansas Review, Upstreet, Night Train, Before and After: Stories from New York (WW Norton 2002), Louisiana in Words (Pelican Press), God Stories (Random House 2008), WW Norton’s Hint Fiction and The Hollins Critic. She has received writing fellowships at the New School, where she received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, Bennington College, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France and the Ragdale Foundation. Minter is currently at work on a nonfiction book about her husband’s Early-Onset Parkinson’s Disease. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, poet Hal Sirowitz, and teaches private creative writing workshops.

THADDEUS RUTKOWSKI is the author of the innovative novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. Haywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution's fiction best-seller list. Both Tetched and Roughhouse were finalists for a Members' Choice Asian American Literary Award. He teaches literature at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and fiction writing at the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan. He has been the fiction editor of the literary journal Many Mountains Moving since 2007.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May Nor'easter Is Touching Down!

Friday, May 11th,
7:00-9:00 PM

Nor’easter Open: Two Features
& an Open Mic!

Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119-3402
(215) 844-1870

Join us for our fourth Nor’easter Open, Nor’easter Exchange’s monthly open mic series that takes place at Mt. Airy Philadelphia’s Big Blue Marble Bookstore, co-hosted by Nina Sharma Jones and Quincy Scott Jones.  Each series kicks off with readings by two feature authors, followed by an hour of open mic.  Our May features are Nathan Long and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan.  Nor’easter Exchange welcomes and is proud to support both emerging and established writers, at a bookstore with a truly independent heart.  Come read your work or just support that of your friends and neighbors.
For open mic, please arrive at least 15 minutes early (6:45 pm) to sign up, and allot 3 minutes for your reading.

Nathan Alling Long has work in over thirty literary journals, including Tin House, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, The Sun, and Indiana Review.  His work has appeared on NPR and in a half dozen anthologies, including the recently published Stripped. He has been awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship, two Bread Loaf Writers staff scholarships, and a Pushcart nomination. He lives in Philadelphia, teaches creative writing at Richard Stockton College of NJ, and can be found at http://wp.stockton.edu/longn/.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is from Harlem, New York. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming internationally in publications including Callaloo, American Fiction, Best New Writing, Crab Orchard Review, Bloom, Lumina, Amistad, The Minnesota Review, 2010 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing, American Visions and GLQ. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the William Gunn Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, as well as honors from Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, American Short Fiction, Best New Writing,Philadelphia Stories, the Boston Fiction Festival, Sol Books, Temple University, Del Sol Press, the NAACP, and others. She is the recipient of scholarships, fellowships, and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Yaddo Colony, the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, the Center for Fiction, and Williams College. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.  She recently completed her dissertation on voice and difference in contemporary women’s literature of the African Diaspora.

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Email us at: noreasterx@gmail.com