Now in its fourth season, Park-Lit is an outdoor summer reading series sponsored by Open City, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Each reading takes place in a different park and is curated by the editors of a local literary magazine.
This year's participating magazines are Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, A Public Space, The Paris Review, Opium, One-Story, n+1, and Bomb.
Paris Review in Central Park, Hans Christian Anderson statue
August 15 2007, 6:30 pm
Readings by Andre Aciman, Esther Allen and Monica Yuan.
An expanded version of Esther Allen's translation of Flaubert's "Two Deaths," which appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of the Paris Review, is forthcoming from New Directions Publishing. Allen chairs the PEN Translation Fund, is executive director of the Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University, and teaches at Baruch College, CUNY.
Monica Youn’s Ignatz poems are based on George Herriman’s Krazy Kat comic strip from the first half of the twentieth century, which features a cat of indeterminate gender in love with Ignatz, a mouse with criminal tendencies. Youn’s first book of poems, Barter, was published by Graywolf Press is 2003.
André Aciman is the author of Call Me by Your Name, Out of Egypt, and False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from The New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
Monica Youn's first book of poetry, Barter, was published by Graywolf Press in 2003. A folio of her poems appears in the Summer 2007 issue of The Paris Review.
Directions:Take the 6 train to 77th. Walk down 77th towards 5th Ave. Take 5th Ave and enter Central Park at 74th. The Hans Christian Anderson statue is located just west of the Conservatory Water in the Great Lawn section of the park.
n+1 at Coenties Slip
Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 pm
GREG PORTZ reading Eli Evans's TV Diaries
and REBECCA SCHIFF reading her stories
Coenties Slip, Water & Pearl Street, NYC
(Coenties Slip connects Pearl and Water Streets in Lower Manhattan. Take the 2/3 to Wall St., 4/5 to Bowling Green, or N/R to Whitehall Street)
Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 pm
Tompkins Square Park
Featuring readings by ED PARK, LORE SEGAL, and LYNNE TILLMAN
Join the Editors of BOMB Magazine as they celebrate 26 years of publishing original poetry and fiction with a reading from their special 100th issue (can you believe it?!).
With free magazine giveaways, subscription raffles, and other hijinx, you're sure to get something out of it. Contributors include:
Ed Park is a founding editor of The Believer and the former editor of the Voice Literary Supplement. His first novel, Personal Days, will be published by Random House in 2008.
Winner of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and the Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction, Lore Segal is the author of the novels Other People’s Houses and Her First American (both available from The New Press), and several books for children. She lives in New York City.
Lynne Tillman is the author of four novels, three collections of short stories, one collection of essays, and two nonfiction books. Tillman's novel, No Lease on Life, was a New York Times Notable Book of 1998 and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her novel, American Genius: A Comedy, was published by Soft Skull Press last year.
BOMB Magazine is a not-for-profit quarterly, currently celebrating 26 years of legendary interviews between artists, writers, architects, directors, and musicians, and 32 pages of original fiction and poetry in each issue. Visit www.bombsite.com
for interviews and essays about the arts by the people who make the arts, and to listen to recordings of BOMBLive! events.
DIRECTIONS: Take the F to 2nd Ave. Enter the park at Seventh Street between A & B. The reading will take place in the central area of the park.
Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match in Washington Square Park
Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 pm
Washington Square Park, Garibaldi Plaza
Featuring readings by TONY O'NEILL, TAO LIN, and MAUREEN TKACIK
Opium's Literary Death Match is a fun, hip, happy competition that features reader representatives from four different literary publications (online and print) in a gut-busting, tear-jerking read-off. Each reader has eight minutes to dazzle the panel of three guest-star judges (and the audience) with literary merit, performance and everything in between. The series, launched in the summer of 2006, currently runs bimonthly in both San Francisco and New York City.
Reading for online lit mag 3:AM is Tony O'Neill:
Tony O'Neill is the author of the novel "Digging The Vein" (Contemporary Press), the short story collection "Seizure Wet Dreams" (Social Disease) and the poetry collection "Songs From the Shooting Gallery" (Burning Shore Press). His particular brand of smut can be found all over cyberspace, including places like 3am magazine, Dogmatika, Laura Hird and Underground Voices. Previous jobs include shoplifter, prescription forger and musician.
Reading for Opium Magazine is Tao Lin:
Tao Lin is the author of a novel, EEEEE EEE EEEE, and a story-collection, BED, which were published simultaneously by Melville House in May, 2007. Tao is also the author of a poetry collection, YOU ARE A LITTLE BIT HAPPIER THAN I AM. His web site is called READER OF DEPRESSING BOOKS.
Reading for The Crier is writer Maureen Tkacik: Maureen Tkacik is an editor at Jezebel.com <http://jezebel.com/> . She has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, Philadelphia magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Vice,
Jane, and other publications.
Reading for Ballyhoo Stories:
Joshua Mandelbaum is publisher of Ballyhoo Stories. His fiction has appeared in Pindeldyboz and Small Spiral Notebook. His reviews have appeared in Publishers Weekly, Rain Taxi and Small Spiral Notebook. He works as advertising director of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Leigh Newman's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in journals such One Story, Tin House, Opium, The Northwest Review, Fiction, National Public Radio's The Sound of Writing and The New York Times City section. She has received fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo and The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Currently, she teaches fiction at Pratt Institute, curates The Reader's Room reading series at Mo Pitkin's, and spends a lot of time writing her novel.
Wesley Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex in 1965, and educated at The King's School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. Under the name, John Wesley Harding, he has released 15 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full on pop music. His most recent pop release Adam's Apple (2004) was called "the finest album of his career" (All Music Guide). Misfortune, under his real name Wesley Stace, was published to great acclaim in 2004 by Little, Brown (USA) and Jonathan Cape (UK) - translations followed in Italy, France (where it has become a bestseller), Holland, Taiwan, Japan, Israel etc. It was nominated for The Guardian First Book Award, The Commonwealth Writers' Prize, The James Tiptree, Jr. Award, listed as one of the books of the year in The Washington Post and The Boston Phoenix, and was one of Amazon's Top Ten Novels of the Year. His second novel, BY GEORGE, is published in August 2007. He has lived in America since 1991, and resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with his wife Abbey, and their daughter Tilda.Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker; his work has appeared there as well as in Nerve, McSweeneys, The Paris Review, Mississippi Review, Elysian Fields, and elsewhere. Most recently his work appeared in the acclaimed McAdam/Cage anthology Politically Inspired. He has ghostwritten for Gene Simmons and Simon Cowell, amongst others, and once won a car in a rock 'n' roll trivia bowl. Born in Chicago, he grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Anthony Tognazzini was born in California and has lived in the Philippines, Texas, Germany, Indiana, and the Czech Republic. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His first collection of short fiction, I Carry A Hammer In M y Pocket for Occasions Such As These, was published by BOA Editions in April. He is the Editor in Chief for Opium Online.
Take the A/C or the F to W. 4th street. Walk east on W.4th street and enter the park. The reading will take place at Garibaldi Plaza, just east of the fountain in the center of the park.
Mr. Beller's Neighborhood in Abingdon Square Park
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 pm
Abingdon Square Park
West 12th Street between Hudson and Eight Avenue (click here for Google map)
Readings by LUC SANTE, THOMAS BELLER, BETSY BERNE, and other contributors to Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.
Luc Sante is the author of Low Life and The Factory of Facts. He is writing a book about the picture postcard and prewar America. His piece 'Plastics' appeared in Granta 89: The Factory.
Thomas Beller is the author of Seduction Theory: Stories, The Sleepover Artist: A Novel, How to Be a Man: Essays. He is also a founding editor of Open City and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, a web site of New York City-inspired essays.
Betsy Berne is the author of the novel Bad Timing.
One-Story in JJ Byrne Memorial Park
Wednesday June 27, 6:30 pm
JJ Byrne Memorial Park, Brooklyn
Readings by REBECCA BARRY, OWEN KING, and DARIN STRAUSS.
Rebecca Barry is the author of One Story issue # 17, "Midnight Soup." She was born in upstate New York in the middle of a terrible snowstorm and raised in a small town outside of Ithaca, N.Y. She received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1990, and an MFA from The Ohio State University in 2004. "The Happiest Man in Cuba", an essay she wrote about chasing steam engines with her father, was anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2003. Her first book, Later At the Bar, a novel in stories, received a rave review in The New York Times Book Review. It is also a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and was a New York Times Book Review's "Editor's Choice." She now lives in Trumansburg, New York, with her husband and two sons.
Owen King is the author of One Story issue # 85, "The Cure." He is also the author of We're All in This Together (Bloomsbury USA). A winner of the John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction and a National Magazine Award Finalist, his writing has appeared in The Bellingham Review, The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
Darin Strauss is the author of One Story issue #15, "Smoking Inside." He is also the author the international bestseller Chang and Eng, and the New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, one of the New York Public Library's "25 Books to Remember of 2002." His work has been translated into fourteen languages, and he teaches writing at New York University, for which he won a 2005 "Outstanding Dozen" teaching award. Also a screenwriter, Darin sold the rights to Chang and Eng to Disney, and is currently adapting the novel for the screen with the actor Gary Oldman. Darin was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Directions: Take the R to Union Street. Walk down 4th Ave towards President St. Take a Left onto 3rd St. The park is located at 3rd St. and 5th Ave. The reading will take place in front of the Old Stone House
Park Lit hotline: 212.696.6609. If it looks like rain, check with this hotline the day of the reading after 4pm.
A Public Space in Fort Greene Park
Wednesday, July 11, 6:30
Fort Greene Park
Dekalb at Washington Park, Fort Greene
Readings by HELEN SCHULMAN and MARTHA COOLEY
Helen Schulman is the Fiction Coordinator at the writing program at The New School. Her fourth novel, A Day at the Beach (Houghton Mifflin), was published in June, and her novel P.S. (Bloomsbury USA) was made into a feature film starring Laura Linney. She will be reading from her story "I Am Seventy-Five."
Martha Cooley is the author of the novels The Archivist and Thirty-three Swoons, both published by Little Brown. She teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Boston University. She will be reading from her story "The Month Girls."
Directions: Take the A/C to the G. Exit at Fulton. Walk down Lafayette one block and take a left onto S. Eliot. Fort Greene Park is at the end of the block.
Park Lit hotline: 212.696.6609. If it looks like rain, check with this hotline the day of the reading after 4pm.
Photos from Park-Lit 2004–2006