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Now in its fifth 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 and Recreation.
Each reading takes place in a different park and is curated by the editors of an independent local literary magazine or book publisher.

Park-Lit in The New Yorker!

This year's participating magazines are Mr. Beller's Neighborhood,
A Public Space, Open City, Opium, Graywolf, and Bomb.

(details below)

Friday, June 13, 6:30 pm:
Mr. Beller's Neighborhood & Open City in Washington Square Park

Wednesday, June 18, 6:30 pm: A Public Space in Ft. Greene Park

Wednesday, June 25, 6:30 pm: Opium in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Thursday, July 17, 6:30 pm: BOMB in Tompkins Square Park

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 pm: Graywolf in Washington Square Park

Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 pm: Mosaic Magazine in St. Mary's Park

Mosaic Magazine in St. Mary's Park

Wednesday, August 6
6:30 pm

St. Mary's Park
147th Street and St. Ann's Avenue

BOMB in Tompkins Square Park

Raffles! Readings! Re-enactments!

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tompkins Square Park
Central area, entrance: 7th St. btw. Aves. A & B

Please join the staff of BOMB Magazine in celebrating the publication of BOMB #104 and its all-new pull-out literary supplement, First Proof, featuring the fiction and poetry of:

Patrick Dacey’s work has appeared in The Washington Square Review, Avery, Faultline, and the Smithsonian magazine, among other publications.

Sally Dawidoff is a poet whose work has appeared in American Journal of Nursing, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, and other journals.

Gary Indiana is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction. His second collection of essays, Utopia’s Debris, will be published by Basic Books in November, followed by his new novel, The Shanghai Gesture, by Two Dollar Radio next spring.

Fiona Maazel’s first novel, Last Last Chance, was published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux in March.

Enter to win a vintage issue of BOMB from the ’80s worth lots of dough and listen to re-enactments of some truly classic BOMB interviews.

A Park-Lit Graywolf Press Reading!



Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 P.M.
Washington Square Park, NYC
(southern end of the park, opposite LaGuardia Place)

Katie Ford’s most recent book is Colosseum. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and Poets & Writers, and she is the author of one other book, Deposition. She has taught at Loyola University, Reed College, and now at Franklin and Marshall College. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, is a psychologist, psychodrama trainer, and writer on faculty at New Jersey City University and formerly a visiting faculty member on fellowship at Princeton University. He has gained international recognition for development of IBT, the Interactive-Behavioral model of group psychotherapy for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities. Graywolf Press published his memoir, Confessions of a Former Child in June.

Askold Melnyczuk is the author of The House of Widows and two other novels, What Is Told and Ambassador of the Dead. He teaches in the Graduate Writing Seminars at Bennington College.

Past 2008 readings:


Friday, June 13, 6:30 pm
Washington Square Park

Readings by
Thomas Beller
Rick Rofihe
Barbara Fillon
Tony Antoniadis
Ennis Smith


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A PUBLIC SPACE in Ft. Greene Park

Wednesday, June 18, 6:30 pm
Ft. Greene Park, Brooklyn
Dekalb at Washington Park, Fort Greene

Fiction by

Nam Le was born in Vietnam and raised in Australia. After working in the law he came to America to attend the Iowa Writers' Workshop as a Truman Capote fellow. His fiction has won the Pushcart Prize and appeared in venues including Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007, Zoetrope: All-Story, A Public Space, and One Story. He is currently the fiction editor of the Harvard Review. He divides his time between Australia and the United States.

Leslie Jamison grew up in Los Angeles. She has published fiction and essays in A Public Space, Tin House, CutBank, and Black Warrior Review. Last summer, Portland's Burnside Review published her story "The Wintering Barn" as a chapbook. She is currently packing for Bolivia and working on a novel.

Keith Lee Morris is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Clemson University. His short stories have been published in A Public Space, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, StoryQuarterly, New England Review, The Sun, and the Georgia Review, among other publications. The University of Nevada published his first two books: The Greyhound Gods (2003) and The Best Seats in the House (2004). His first novel, The Dart League King, will be released this October by Tin House Books. He lives in Clemson, South Carolina.

Directions: Subway: M, Q, R, or B Trains to Dekalb Avenue, #4 or #5 to Nevins Street, C Train to Lafayette Ave or G Train to Fulton St. Map here:

The reading will take place outside the Visitor's Center, unless it rains, in which case it will take place inside the Center.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 6:30 pm

The literary humor magazine's signature competitive reading series will feature 10-minute-or-less readings by Gabrielle Mitchell-Marell, John Williams, Debbie Kuan and Amy Shearn judged by New Yorker editor Ben Greenman, Jeff Gordinier (author of X Saves the World), and comedienne Julie Krausner.

Sara Delano Roosevelt Park, Manhattan. (North side of the park near E. Houston btw Chrystie and Forsyth)

Photos from the Death Match!

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