ANYA ULINICH and RACHEL SHUKERT, Feb 24th at 8pm!

Dears,
Is it sort of spring yet, or is it six more weeks of winter? And did you even know that we had a groundhog on Staten Island? And is a weird part of you kind of happy that the groundhog bit Bloomberg because he thought Bloomberg was stealing his food, because you know that you would also bite Bloomberg if you thought Bloomberg was stealing your food? No matter what your answers are to these or any other questions, at least we can all agree on one thing:
February 24th marks the triumphant return of the Other Means Reading Series!
We are pleased as punch to be back at the Flying Saucer Cafe (494 Atlantic Ave, between 3rd and Nevins) at 8pm, on Tuesday, February 24th, to begin our 2009 season with a hilarious evening of readings from extremely funny people ANYA ULINICH and RACHEL SHUKERT, which will surely warm the deepest, darkest, most wintry cockles of your heart. We will be raising funds for the FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY–100% of funds raised will go directly to the charity. We will also have wine, coffee, and human companionship. Come on down!
*$5 (strongly)suggested donation*
*books sold on-site by Mobile Libris*
Anya Ulinich was born in 1973 in Moscow. She began studying art as a child. When Anya was seventeen, her family left Moscow and immigrated to the United States. Anya attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received an MFA from the University of California at Davis. In 2000, she moved to Brooklyn, abandoned painting and began to write. Petropolis is her first novel, out last year from Viking. Anya was named one of the U.S. National Book Foundation’s “Five Under 35” writers in 2008.
Rachel Shukert is a playwright, author, and sometime performer based in New York City.Her first book, Have You No Shame? And Other Regrettable Stories, was published in 2008 by Villard/ Random House. Rachel’s plays have been produced and developed at theaters including Ars Nova, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Culture Project, the Ontological/ Hysterica, and the Prelude festival at CUNY, and her writing has appeared in publications such as Nerve, Heeb, Babble, Jewcy, and The Best Sex Writing of 2008. She is currently at work on her second book, The Grand Tour (HarperCollins 2010).

Food Bank For New York City recognizes 25 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization. Working to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs, the Food Bank’s initiatives focus on direct services, food sourcing and distribution, education and nutrition, financial empowerment, disaster relief and policy and research. As an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, the Food Bank meets the Better Business Bureau’s charity standards.For every dollar donated to the Food Bank, 96 cents goes toward food acquisition, distribution and programs. The Food Bank is a certified member of both Feeding America and the Food Bank Association of New York State. Make a donation here.

Spring ’09 Readings, A Call for Interns, and Merry New Years Wishes

Hello dollies!

The Other Means Reading Series is proud to present our schedule (in progress) for our Spring ’09 season (I know, I can’t believe we got our act together this far in advance, either). All readings take place, as usual, at 8pm on the last Tuesday of the month at the Flying Saucer Cafe, 494 Atlantic Avenue between Nevins and Third. Come on down, whydontcha?:

February 24th:  ANYA ULINICH (Petropolis) and RACHEL SHUKERT (Have You No Shame?)

March 31st: KATHRYN JOYCE (Quiverfull), JENNIFER BAUMGARDNER ( Abortion and Life) and MICHELLE GOLDBERG (The Means of Reproduction), in support of the New York Abortion Access Fund

April 28th:  GLENN KURTZ (Practicing) and DAVID ROTHENBERG (Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound)

May 26th: ELIZABETH DWOSKIN, JANE BERENTSON (Miss Harper Can Do It), and SUZANNE GUILLETTE (Much to Your Chagrin)

June 30th: BILL WASIK (And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture) and JAMES HANNAHAM (God Says No)

*On-site book sales by Mobile Libris*

Please check back often for updates about readers, charities to be supported at each event, and general fun times.

**Also!: WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN INTERN!**

Are you a college student? Are you not a college student but you have some free time on your hands and want to help out a very fun and exciting reading series? Are you clever with computers? Then the Other Means Reading Series is looking for you! Be our inaugural intern! We’re looking for someone interested in nonprofits and literature to help us revamp our website so we can include cool new features (interviews, audio); our intern would also work with authors and nonprofits to coordinate readings, help us publicize events, write short posts for the website, and a lot more. We can’t pay you (because we don’t have any money, natch), but we can provide college credit or serve as a work reference, for those of you out in the big bad working world.  You will also be paid in gratitude and possibly baked goods. Drop us a line at othermeansreadingseries@gmail.com for more info.

And finally: happy New Year to all y’all! The Other Means Reading Series will be having it’s two year anniversary this year (in April) and we just wanted to take a second and thank you all for your support through the past two years–thanks to you, we always have a reason to get out of bed the last Tuesday of every month. Stay warm, stay well, and have a totally bitchin’ 2009.

Love,

The Other Means Reading Series

BOMB All-Stars Reading & Holiday Party at The Other Means Reading Series

**PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL THURSDAY DATE**

Thursday, December 4
8PM
Flying Saucer Café
494 Altantic Avenue (between Nevins & Third Ave.)

Join Other Means in support of BOMB Magazine
as we celebrate BOMB’s literary supplement First Proof, with special guest readers Nick Flynn, Fiona Maazel, and cover artist Martin Wilner.

First Proof is BOMB’s pocket-sized pull-out, featuring multi-panel, fold-out covers exclusively designed by groundbreaking artists for BOMB readers. A limited number of free pull-outs will be on hand that night for guests to have.

ABOUT BOMB MAGAZINE

BOMB Magazine is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit quarterly founded in 1981. BOMB’s mission is to reveal the creative mind through spontaneous, unexpected, and irreverent conversations about the arts, by the people who make the arts: visual artists, writers, musicians, directors, and architects. BOMB’s interviews are legendary, with an Online Archive containing hundreds of interviews from the last quarter century.


Books will be sold on site by Mobile Libris –www.mobilelibris.com

Save the Date: Other Means and BOMB Magazine Team Up for Good Art, Good Writing, and Good Holiday Fun

Stay tuned for more information about our special reading with BOMB Magazine in EARLY December (the 3rd or the 4th).

BOMB Magazine is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit quarterly founded in 1981. BOMB’s mission is to reveal the creative mind through spontaneous, unexpected, and irreverent conversations about the arts, by the people who make the arts: visual artists, writers, musicians, directors, and architects. BOMB’s interviews are legendary, with an Online Archive containing hundreds of interviews from the last quarter century.

Nelly Reifler & Michael Hearst

Save the date and put on a costume!

Join Nelly Reifler and Michael Hearst as they read in support of 826NYC–just nights before Halloween!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28th – 8PM

As always, we’ll be at The Flying Saucer, located at 494 Atlantic Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street, in Brooklyn, NY. Books will be sold on site. We kindly implore you to be there or be square. And if you’re not already on our mailing list, please shoot an email to othermeansreadingseries@gmail.com to join!

More information to come.

Reading! Joshua Furst and Irina Reyn, September 23, 2008, 8PM

After a long and humid summer off, the Other Means Reading Series is back in action! We will be kicking off our 2008-2009 season on Tuesday, September 23rd with Joshua Furst and Irina Reyn reading in support of PEN American Center!

As always, we’ll be at The Flying Saucer, located at 494 Atlantic Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street, in Brooklyn, NY, at 8pm. Books will be sold on site by Book Court. We kindly implore you to be there or be square. And if you’re not already on our mailing list, please shoot an email to othermeansreadingseries@gmail.com to join!

Joshua Furst‘s most recent book, THE SABOTAGE CAFE, was called “urban blight pastoral…Furst is an impressively sharp, compassionate and morally scrupulous anatomist of human relationships…. His narrator has a haunting authority.” by the The New York Times Book Review and “a masterful book, replete with the raw, painful memories of American youth who no longer feel any connection to the generation that raised them” by Ad Busters .

His work has been published in The Chicago Tribune, Conjunctions, Five Chapters and The Crab Orchard Review among other places. Among the awards and grants he has received are a 2001-2002 James Michener-Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener Foundation/Copernicus Society of America, a 1997 Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award for his short story “Red Lobster,” and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and  ArtOmi/Ledig House.  He was a finalist for the 1992 Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a runner up in the 2001 Playboy College Fiction Contest.

He lives in New York City, and teaches fiction and playwriting at The Pratt Institute.  His website is www.sabotagecafe.com.

IRINA REYN is the editor of Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster). Her first novel What Happened to Anna K. was published by Touchstone in August 2008. Irina’s work has appeared in the following publications: One Story, Post Road, Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Town & Country Travel, The Forward, Nextbook, Ballyhoo Stories, San Francisco Chronicle, The Moscow Times.  She reviews literary fiction and nonfiction. Her fiction and personal essays can be found in anthologies, including Not Like I’m Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book (Delacorte), Becoming American: Personal Essays by First Generation Immigrant Women (Hyperion) and A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collicsion and Connection (OV Books).

Irina was born in Moscow, and currently divides her time between Pittsburgh, PA and Brooklyn, NY.  She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Her website is www.irinareyn.com.

PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. The Center has a membership of 3,300 distinguished writers, editors, and translators. In addition to defending writers in prison or in danger of imprisonment for their work, PEN American Center sponsors public literary programs and forums on current issues, sends prominent authors to inner-city schools to encourage reading and writing, administers literary prizes, promotes international literature that might otherwise go unread in the United States, and offers grants and loans to writers facing financial or medical emergencies. In carrying out this work, PEN American Center builds upon the achievements of such dedicated past members as W. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Thomas Mann, Arthur Miller, Marianne Moore, Susan Sontag, and John Steinbeck. Find out more at www.pen.org.

Summertime!

Thanks to everyone who came out (literally, we had our reading on the patio) for our June 10 event, featuring Jeff Sharlet and JoAnn Wypijewski, whose collaborative reading was so powerful the heavens shook! We had the chance to mingle afterwards with the writers, their friends, and Damaris Reyes and Lisa Burriss from GOOD OLD LOWER EAST SIDE (GOLES), the neighborhood housing and preservation organization our June writers – and all-weather attendees – chose to support.

Stay tuned for more information about our next season, opening Sept. 23, 2008 with readings from Joshua Furst and Irina Reyn!

And if you’re short on summer plans, we bet some of the organizations supported through Other Means are looking for volunteers…