Pen and Brush Presents…March
Pen and Brush Presents… is a reading series curated by Kate Angus for Pen and Brush. The series supports the work small press editors do in identifying excellent writing, as well as supporting the writing itself, by featuring exciting new work by established and emerging authors. Each month, “Pen and Brush Presents…” will feature readings by three writers, each one selected by editors at a press, journal, or organization with a strong female editorial presence.
Join us for a celebration of our first anniversary, featuring the following presses:
Lauren Amalia Redding, representing Pen and Brush Books and the imprint's literary curators. For over 122 years, Pen and Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in both the literary and visual arts. Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of emerging and mid-career female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace. We encourage and mentor emerging professionals and aim to expose the stereotypes and misconceptions that perpetuate gender-based exclusion, lack of recognition and the devaluation of skill that is still experienced by women in the arts. To achieve this, we have specifically designed our facilities to accommodate the exhibition of all forms of visual arts and created an imprint, Pen and Brush Books, to electronically publish literary fiction and poetry. We believe this approach will have a tangible and positive impact on the careers of professional female artists and writers and, ultimately, secure a more comprehensive inclusion of women’s voices in the canons of art and literature. At Pen and Brush, we believe that art and literature created by women deserves to be recognized and valued on its merit – not judged by the gender of the maker. Lauren Amalia Redding is an artist and writer living and working in Astoria. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. In October 2015, she was an artist in residence at the Florence School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, housed in Giorgio Vasari’s former studio, and three of her poems were published through Pen + Brush in Manhattan. For 2017, she anticipates a solo show at Menduiña Schneider Gallery in Los Angeles, is publishing her poetry in a few different issues of PoetsArtists Magazine, and is curating exhibitions for Marbury NYC in Manhattan and for the Rockport Center for the Arts in Rockport, Texas.
Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay; to disburse these works with diligence and integrity; and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. First titles appeared in 1996, and the press currently has more than 220 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize-winning. Sarabande authors and staff members conduct an estimated 225 readings, workshops, and lectures per year, and they strive to make their programs and services accessible to all. Sarabande publishes ten to twelve books each year, including selections for the Mary McCarthy prize in fiction, the Kathryn A. Morton prize in poetry, and the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Our surprise reader will be representing the press and Ariel Lewiton, the Director of Marketing and Publicity for Sarabande.
Anna Marschalk-Burns, representing Slice and the magazine's creative director Celia Blue Johnson. Slice, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit print magazine, was launched in 2007 by book editors Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson and has since garnered rave reviews from some of today’s leading authors, editors, and agents. Pulitzer prize-winning author Junot Diaz praises, “Beautiful, compelling, irresistible: Slice will knock you right out. In the best way possible.” At the core, Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles and interviews from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. Along with these pieces, we publish fiction and poetry that isn’t bound by the theme—we simply look for works by writers who promise to become tomorrow’s literary legends. Anna Marschalk-Burns is the co-creator and co-host of The Hustle, a writers' conversation series at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn in which three writers do a brief reading then talk about how they hustle—what hours they keep, how they pay the bills, how they read, the importance of community and more. A writer and educator, she is a MFA candidate at Brooklyn College.
Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Awl, Best New Poets 2010 and Best New Poets 2014. Her poetry collection, So Late to the Party, was published by Negative Capability Press in 2016.
The event is free and open to the public; RSVPs to <RSVP@penandbrush.org> are encouraged but not required.