Wednesday, October 23rd 7:00pm 2019

Geneva Zane: Stringbean and the Grace of Dog

Release party for the new novela. Free.

Join us Wednesday October 23rd at 7pm, at The Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, for a book release party celebrating Geneva Zane’s debut novela, Stringbean and the Grace of Dog.

Little Stringbean is coming of age in a strange yet strangely familiar small town. Grown from a seed and raised as a miracle by a religious cult leader and his reclusive companion, Stringbean struggles with the challenges created by her outsider upbringing. In a series of compelling vignettes Stringbean and the Grace of Dog brings into focus the heartbreaking vulnerability of a childhood played out on the dusty stage of a ruptured world.

Geneva Zane received her BA in creative writing from Bard College in 2018, where she was awarded the Lockwood Prize in Creative Writing. Her novel, Stringbean and the Grace of Dog, was a finalist in the 2018 Fence Modern Prize in Prose: Literature Appropriate for Children. She has been published in PCC Inscape, Cathexis Northwest, The Mighty Line, The Bangalore Review, The Perch, and Hanging Loose magazine. She lives in the Hudson Valley, by the river.MORE

Past Events
Saturday, October 19th 7:00pm 2019

The Writers Studio Reading Series

Featuring six writers Reading from their work. Free.

The Writers Studio Reading Series is a quarterly event at The Spotty Dog, where its instructors and students read from their work. The Writers Studio Hudson Valley welcomes students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction.

October’s event includes:
Doris Cheng and Lydia Slaby, with Gene Aronowitz, Daisy Freund, Shaina Loew, and Kate Staples.

Doris Cheng’s fiction has appeared in The Normal School, The Cincinnati Review, The Pinch, New Delta Review, The Southampton Review, CALYX Journal, and other literary publications. She is a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award Finalist. Doris teaches for The Writers Studio in its online program.

Lydia Slaby is the author of the debut memoir Wait, It Gets Worse, which chronicles her own survival and transition from control freak to human being. She is an advocate and storyteller focused on empowering people, communities, and organizations faced with upheaval.MORE

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Saturday, October 12th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

LELAND CHEUK is the author of three books of fiction, including The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong and No Good Very Bad Asian (forthcoming from C&R Press in November 2019). His work has appeared in Salon, Catapult, Joyland Magazine, and Literary Hub, among other outlets. He has been awarded fellowships at The MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle, Djerassi, and elsewhere. He runs the indie press 7.13 Books and lives in Brooklyn. You can follow him on Twitter @lcheuk and at lelandcheuk.com.

SHIRA DENTZ is the author of five books, including the sun a blazing zero and two chapbooks. Her writing appears in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Series, and NPR. She’s been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award. She serves as Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and lives in upstate NY.

ELISSA ALTMAN is the author of the memoirs Motherland, Treyf, Poor Man’s Feast, and the James Beard Award-winning narrative blog of the same name. Her work has appeared everywhere from Narrative Magazine and O: The Oprah Magazine to LitHub, Tin House, the Wall Street Journal, On Being, and the Washington Post, where her column, “Feeding My Mother,” ran for a year. A finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, she has appeared live on the TEDx stage and The Public. She lives in New England.

“Two Hudson writers seem to have found a new formula, turning the traditional reading into a party celebrating the best in new lit.”
–Jamie Larson, Rural Intelligence

“Two ‘dorks’ pump up the Volume in Hudson, NY. Reclusive literati come out and play in a converted firehouse on the second Saturday of every month.”
–Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle

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Thursday, October 3rd 7:00pm 2019

Caitlin Moscatello, author of See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics

in conversation with Hallie Goodman, co-founder of Volume Music and Reading Series. Free.

Caitlin Moscatello is a journalist and writer covering gender, reproductive rights, and politics. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine’s The Cut, Vanity Fair, TIME, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, O: The Oprah Magazine, and more. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and son. See Jane Win is her first book.

“In this rousing debut, journalist Moscatello follows left-wing women who ran for American public office for the first time in the 2018 midterms…This optimistic and well-reported look at the post-Trump blue wave will inspire progressive readers.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Searching for a bright light in the Trumpian chaos, the former magazine editor made a decision: ‘I am going to find diverse women who are running, for different levels of office, in different parts of the country, and I am going to follow their journeys to show the realities of running while female.’”
–Vogue Magazine

“If you were depressed about the 2016 election, See Jane Win is a balm—and a playbook.”
–Jill Filipovic, author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of HappinessMORE

Saturday, September 14th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

THERESA SENATO EDWARDS
has published two full-length poetry books and two chapbooks, most recently The Music of Hands. Poems from her newest manuscript can be found in Stirring, Gargoyle, The Nervous Breakdown, Thrush, Diode, Rogue Agent, Mom Egg Review, Menacing Hedge, and MOIRA. Edwards is the Editor-in-Chief of The American Poetry Journal.

BRENDAN MATHEWS
is the author of This Is Not a Love Song, which Vogue called “vibrant, risk-taking realism.” His work has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories. His novel, The World of Tomorrow, was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. He lives in Lenox, MA.

DANNIEL SCHOONEBEEK
is the author of American Barricade and Trébuchet, a 2015 National Poetry Series selection. He’s the recipient of a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from Poetry Foundation. His recent work appears in Poetry, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

MELISSA FEBOS
is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart and the essay collection, Abandon Me, which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing.” Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in The Believer, Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica, The New York Times,Vogue, and many others.MORE

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Saturday, August 10th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

ADAM TEDESCO
is a poet and video artist. He is the founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Fanzine, Fence, Gramma, jubilat, Laurel Review and elsewhere. His full-length poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was recently published by Lithic Press.

SARAH ELAINE SMITH
is the author of Marilou Is Everywhere (a novel), and I Live in a Hut (poems). She has studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Michener Center for Writers.

RYAN CHAPMAN
is a Sri Lankan-American writer and the author of the novel Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster). His work has appeared online at The New Yorker, GQ, Bookforum, and The Believer. A recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts, he lives in Kingston, NY.

NICHOLAS MANCUSI
has written about books and culture for the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Daily Beast, NPR Books, and other publications. His debut novel, A Philosophy of Ruin, was released in June from HarperCollins/Hanover Square Press and has been praised by the New York Times as “riveting fun to read.”MORE

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Friday, August 2nd 8:00pm 2019

Charming Disaster + Thistle

An evening of playfully dark storytelling music. $8.

Charming Disaster (as heard on Welcome to Night Vale), is on tour behind their new album SPELLS + RITUALS, and THISTLE!

About Charming Disaster:
Brooklyn, NY based musical duo Charming Disaster was formed in 2012 by singer/songwriters Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories, combining vocal harmonies and clever lyrics with ukulele, guitar, and virtuosic foot percussion to explore dark narratives and characters with a playful sensibility. In their critically acclaimed albums Love, Crime & Other Trouble (2015) and Cautionary Tales (2017), they have explored themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal. Their song “Ghost Story” was featured on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and they have toured around the United States, playing bars, clubs, museums, and the occasional historic cemetery.

Listen: http://charmingdisaster.com/music

“Charming Disaster balances smart pop songs against a confident stage presence, sort of a swagger, that suggest the two people out front are destined for great things…these people are overflowing with musical ideas that simply defy categorization.” – The Vinyl Anachronist

“Charming Disaster sound like the music that Pugsley and Wednesday Addams might have made after listening to the Decemberists, Squeeze and some Chopin.” – Yes! Weekly

“Charming Disaster is a bit unusual. Ok, perhaps ‘unusual’ is putting it lightly. Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris, the duo behind the music, revel in the offbeat and uncanny. Since 2012, they have made a name for themselves with literature-inspired songs that meld folklore and mythology with croon-worthy melodies.” – Hudson Valley Magazine

about THISTLE:
Thistle’s hauntingly beautiful songs for harp and voice are the product of her formal education in South Indian, Western classical and Jazz music, combined with her love of literature that grapples with the archetypal. Her self titled project, THISTLE, is based in New York City, and usually involves other folk and orchestral instruments. Her music is meant to be played in old churches and cathedrals, groves of trees, dark velvety clubs, castles, and anywhere there is natural or man-made beauty. THISTLE has been described as mystical and angelic, as well as evocative of death, ghosts, deep female energy and pagan magic. In addition to her own project, Thistle plays in the world renowned cello folk/rock band Rasputina as harpist and back up vocalist.

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Saturday, July 20th 7:00pm 2019

The Writers Studio Reading Series

Featuring six writers Reading from their work. Free.

The Writers Studio Reading Series is a quarterly event at The Spotty Dog, where its instructors and students read from their work. The Writers Studio Hudson Valley welcomes students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction.

July’s event includes:

Sylvie Bertrand
is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her stories and poems have appeared in Peregrine Journal, Epiphany, Cleaver Magazine, Chaleur Magazine, Alexandria Quarterly, and December magazine, among others. She received a Pushcart Special Mention in 2018 for her fiction and was a finalist for the 2019 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. She teaches at The Writers Studio in NYC and is the co-founding editor of Cagibi, a literary journal @cagibilit.com

Rachael Nevins
is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer whose poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Rattle, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Literary Mama, Hazlitt, Publishers Weekly, the Ploughshares Blog, and elsewhere. She teaches Online Advanced Poetry for The Writers Studio.

Amy Lyons
is a 2019 resident at Millay Colony for the Arts and earned a 2019 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship. She holds an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars and was nominated for a 2015 Kirkwood Literary Prize in fiction from UCLA Extension.Deidre

Jaye Byrne
is a student at the Writers Studio Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in The Avalon Literary Review, Forth Magazine, Down in the Dirt, Literally Stories (UK); a new story will be appearing in the Summer 2019 volume of Ginosko Literary Journal.

Thomas Pletcher
has published poetry in the US and the UK. He maintains a blog at writeside.com.

Elizabeth Sacre
grew up in Australia but has lived in the U.S. for much of her adult life. She lives between New York City, where she practices as a psychoanalyst, and the Hudson Valley, where she writes poetry and fiction.MORE

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Saturday, July 13th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

NINA BOUTSIKARIS
is the author of I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych. Her nonfiction has appeared in Los Angeles Review, Hobart, and the Best American Essays Notable List in 2016. Her essay “Surrender” is forthcoming in The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction. She made the leap from Brooklyn to Hudson last year.

STACY WAKEFIELD
Stacy’s Sunshine Crust Baking Factory makes vivid use of her firsthand experience in New York’s 1990s squatting scene. Her earlier nonfiction book on squatters, Not For Rent, is an underground classic. She is co-creator, along with Nick Zinner and Zachary Lipez, of 131 Different Things and Please Take Me Off the Guest List. She lives in the Catskills and Brooklyn.

DOMENICA RUTA
is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, With or Without You. Her first novel, Last Day, published in May, was called “darkly glittering” by Theres Svoboda in the New York Times. She co-edited We Got This, an anthology of essays and poetry by solo mothers, forthcoming in September. She advocates for solo moms on ESME.com.

COURTNEY MAUM
is the author of the novels Costalegre, Touch, and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and the chapbook Notes From Mexico. Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book, is forthcoming from Catapult. She lives in Connecticut where she founded The Cabins, a creative retreat.

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Friday, June 28th 7:00pm 2019

The Green Amendment - Book Talk & Signing

With veteran activist, attorney and Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum. Free.

Veteran environmentalist and original petitioner and leader of the Green Amendment movement Maya van Rossum will appear at Spotty Dog, discussing her book, The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment, followed by Q&A and signing.MORE

Saturday, June 22nd 7:00pm 2019

Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob

Book Reading and Performance of Dylan Songs (with Multiple Artists!). Free!

“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.”
Perhaps the only subject more fascinating than the mysterious world of dreams is the mysterious world of Bob Dylan. Dreaming of Dylan brings the two together for a weird and wonderful romp through the ways the mercurial musical master shows up in our subconscious states.

Celebrated writer and musician Mary Lee Kortes lovingly curated this off-kilter collection of nocturnal visions. Paired with over 100 original images and illustrations, these dreams will captivate you in ways you never expected. There are plenty of musical dreamers here, from the incomparable Patti Smith to Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus to Kevin Odegard. Not to mention the everyday dreamers, from plumbers to poets and pastors, from dentists to attorneys and psychotherapists. Some dreams are poignant; some are disturbing; and others are nothing short of bizarre. Taken together they’re an enthralling look at what the famously enigmatic singer/songwriter represents in the deepest recesses of our minds.

Mary Lee Kortes is a musician and author based in Brooklyn, New York. She has released five albums of original material to wide critical
acclaim, each of which landed on the Billboard critics’ top ten list in the year of its debut. Rolling Stone described her voice as “the high-mountain sunshine of Dolly Parton, with a sweet-iron undercoat of Chrissie Hynde.” She has toured the world both as a headliner and an opening act for established artists, including Dylan. Kortes is also a published short story writer. Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob is her first book.

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Wednesday, June 12th 7:00pm 2019

Pride Reading with Karen Williams and Camille Spencer

Book Reading, Signing and Discussion. Free.

Please join OutHudson and Spotty Dog for an author reading and discussion.

As The Crow Flies

Karen Williams
is a writer and psychotherapist who lives between New York City and the Berkshires. In addition to novels and short stories, she has published articles on the human-animal bond and was awarded the Maxwell Medallion by the Dog Writer’s Association of America. She enjoys philosophical debates, and often asks the question we all ponder: is there a place for us beyond this life and, if so, can our dogs and cats come too? As the Crow Flies, a haunting romance with a good dose of humor and the right amount of spooky, is currently a finalist for a 2019 Golden Crown Literary Society award.

 

Truth or Dare

Camille Spencer
grew up in Southern California during the 70s and 80s, where she spent two years as an art major in college only to switch mid-way to English Literature. She’s worked as a freelance copywriter and editor since 2001. In 2013, she began writing fiction on the side. Truth or Dare was published in 2018. Her second romance, On Second Thought, is slated for release in February of 2020. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts with her wife and their daughter.

About the Publisher
Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction. Our fiction includes romance, mystery/intrigue, crime, erotica, speculative fic (sci-fi/fantasy/horror), general fiction, and young adult. Since its inception in 2004, our mission has remained unchanged: to bring quality queer fiction to readers worldwide and to support committed authors in developing their craft and reaching an ever-growing community of readers via print, digital, and audio formats.MORE

Saturday, June 8th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

REBECCA GODFREY’s first novel, The Torn Skirt, was a national bestseller and finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge won the British Columbia Award for Canadian Nonfiction, and the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. She teaches writing at Columbia University, and lives with her family in upstate New York.

KELLY J. BEARD is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award for her memoir, An Imperfect Rapture. She has been a lawyer, an activist, a teacher, and a musician. Her essays and other work appear in Creative Nonfiction, Five Points, the Bacopa Literary Review, the Santa Ana River Review, and other literary journals.

LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG is the author of the novels Slow Down, The Mentor, and The Desire Card. The second book in the Desire Card series, Prey No More, is forthcoming in 2019. His writing has also appeared in the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Millions, Cagibi, the Montreal Review, the Adirondack Review, the New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.

LUCY IVES is the author of the novels Impossible Views of the World and LOUDERMILK. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Vogue, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a PhD in comparative literature from NYU, and received a 2018 Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

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Thursday, May 23rd 7:00pm 2019

Damian Barr + Tim Murphy

Reading from their work on a Thursday evening. Free.

Damian Barr
is the author of Maggie & Me, which the Sunday Times named Memoir of the Year. He is Literary Ambassador for the Savoy in London where he hosts his Literary Salon, which been going for ten years with hundreds of prominent guests including Bret Easton Ellis, John Waters, Colm Tóibín, Jojo Moyes, David Mitchell, and Mary Beard. The Salon has partnered with the BBC Short Story Prize and the Man Booker, Hay, and the Windham-Campbell Prizes. Barr is also Literary Editor of the Soho House group and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was 2013’s Stonewall Writer of the Year. He lives in Brighton, England.

Tim Murphy
is the author of the novels “Correspondents” and “Christodora,” both published by Grove Atlantic. “Christodora” was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Under the name Timothy Murphy, he is also the author of the 1990s novels “Getting Off Clean” and “The Breeders Box.” He has been for nearly 20 years a journalist focusing mostly on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues, for publications including the New York Times, New York magazine, Out magazine, the Nation, POZ magazine, and for the magazines of the ACLU and Lambda Legal. He was a founding member of the NYC-based activist groups Gays Against Guns and Rise and Resist. He has taught journalism at City College of New York and currently teaches creative writing once weekly at Arts & Letters junior high school in Brooklyn, where he lives. A proud Boston-area native, he loves spending time in upstate New York/western Massachusetts as well as in Beirut, not far from the home of his maternal ancestors. He is at work on a new novel as well as some TV projects and, when not tethered to his laptop in his Brooklyn bedroom as he is right now, tries to see as much theater as one possibly can on a freelance writer’s salary.

 

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Saturday, May 11th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

JO ANN BEARD is the author of In Zanesville, a novel, and The Boys of My Youth, an essay collection. She teaches nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

DONIKA KELLY is the author of Bestiary and the chapbook Aviarium. Donika is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and winner the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She is an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing at Baruch College.

T KIRA MADDEN is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. Her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is out now from Bloomsbury.

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Saturday, April 13th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

MARIANNE SHANEEN is a Lebanese/Mexican-American writer who’s been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a NYSCA grant. Her work has appeared in Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, Manchester University Press, Vanitas, and elsewhere. She’s currently finishing her first novel, Homing.

TESS BROWN-LAVOIE writes and farms in Providence, RI. She is author of Lite Year, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series. Tess co-founded Sidewalk Ends Farm in 2011, and is President of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

PATRICK DONNELLY is the author of four books of poetry: Little-Known Operas, Jesus Said, Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, and The Charge. He directs the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts.

YZ CHIN is the author of Though I Get Home, premier winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared or will appear in Harvard Review, Electric Literature, and more.

Followed by a DJ set from Stephen BluhmMORE

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Saturday, March 9th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

LUC SANTE’s books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and The Other Paris. He teaches at Bard.

VALERIE HSIUNG is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of three full-length poetry collections, including e f g. Poems can be found or are forthcoming in the Nation, the Believer, PEN Poetry Series, and others. Born and raised in Ohio by Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants, Hsiung is now based in New York.

JILLIAN MEDOFF is the acclaimed author of the novels This Could Hurt, I Couldn’t Love You More, Good Girls Gone Bad, and Hunger Point, which was made into an original cable movie. Along with writing novels, Jillian has a long career in management consulting.

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Friday, March 8th 7:00pm 2019

Visionary Women

A Book Signing with Local Author Andrea Barnet Free.

**A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Columbia Land Conservancy**

VISIONARY WOMEN
: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World

by Andrea Barnet

Change is sometimes sparked by unexpected characters—outsiders whose clarity of vision and strength of purpose can catalyze a revolution. VISIONARY WOMEN: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World (Ecco; On-sale March 13, 2018) is the story of four renegades who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.
With a keen eye for detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how the work of these visionaries collectively changed the course of history. While they came from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous societal upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950’s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, they each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.
All told their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it.

About the Author
Andrea Barnet is the author of All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, which was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, and her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Elle and the Toronto Globe and Mail, among other publications. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City, where she lives with her husband, the painter Kit White. Visionary Women is a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ Bograd Weld award for biography.MORE

Saturday, February 9th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

JACLYN GILBERT received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and BA from Yale University. She is the recipient of a research fellowship from the New York Public Library, a contributor to the Bread Loaf and Tin House Writers’ Conference, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Late Air (Little A, Nov. 2018) is her first novel.

RICHARD KLIN is the author of the novel Petroleum Transfer Engineer, as well as two nonfiction books. His work—fiction and nonfiction—has been featured on Public Radio International’s Studio 360 and appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, the Atlantic, the Forward, Flyover Country Review, Adelaide, and others.

EMILY LIEBOWITZ is the author of the book National Park and the chapbook In Any Map. . Her writing has appeared in the Believer, Pen Poetry Series, jubilat, Lana Turner, and various other journals and magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she co-edits LVNG magazine.

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Saturday, February 2nd 7:00pm 2019

4 Poets Reading from New Work

Drewes / Poppick / Chin-Tanner / Hewett. Hosted by Jasmine Dreame Wagner. Free.

Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 7pm (free!), for four incredible poets reading new work: Steffi Drewes, Daniel Poppick, Wendy Chin-Tanner, and Kate Leah Hewett.

More information about the readers:

Steffi Drewes is author of the poetry collection Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press, 2016) and four chapbooks, most recently New Animal (Dancing Girl Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in various journals and event series, including the 2018 Way Bay Poetry Assembly and postcard project at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She is also the recipient of writing and art residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Desert House in California, and the Wassaic Project in New York, where she debuted an original set of photo-based tarot cards and performed readings at the Wassaic Summer Exhibition: Vagabond Time Killers. Today she works as a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Daniel Poppick is the author of The Police (Omnidawn, 2017). His poetry appears in BOMB, the New Republic, Fence, Bennington Review, the PEN Poetry Series, and other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Kenyon College, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Coe College, and the Parsons School of Design, and has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He currently lives in Brooklyn, where he coedits the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Rawaan Alkhatib.

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collections “Turn” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, and “Anyone Will Tell You,” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). She is a poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, and co-founder of A Wave Blue World, an independent publishing company for graphic novels. Some of her poems can be found at RHINO Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, North Dakota Quarterly, and The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge. A trained sociologist specializing in race, identity, discourse analysis, and cultural studies, Wendy was born and raised in NYC and educated at Cambridge University, UK. She is the mother of two daughters and the proud daughter of immigrants.

Kate Leah Hewett is a poet, writer and music promoter based in Hudson NY. She arrived in Hudson from the North of England, where she spent a number of years working with artists and musicians of many genres. Kate doesn’t believe in working in isolation, and feels that collaboration is key in producing work that resonates outside of her own brain. Her writing draws on her own queer experience and the vital influence that the wider queer and creative community has had on her life. Find her at @kateleahhewett on Instagram.MORE

Saturday, January 26th 7:00pm 2019

The Writers Studio Reading Series

Featuring A.W. Barnes, reading from his just-published collection of essays. Free.

Featuring A.W. Barnes, reading from his just-published collection of linked essays, The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence.

“Barnes brilliantly understands the memoirist’s spiritual prerogative—we are able to bring the dead back to life in our prose. We can take the pictures off the wall and make them dance; we can take the facts of dry documents and make them into vivid stories. The Dark Eclipse is a beautiful example of this.”

–Susan CheeverMORE

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Saturday, January 12th 7:00pm 2019

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

Priscilla Becker
is the author of Internal West, which won The Paris Review Book Prize, and Stories that Listen. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, NYU University, and several others. Her most recently published poem, prism, appears in Oddball magazine.

Laura Sims
is the author of Looker, a debut novel. She has published four books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive, and is the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson. She lives outside of New York City with her family.

Dave King
is the author of the novel The Ha-Ha, winner of the 2006 Rome Prize for Literature. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Village Voice, Fence, Conjunctions, and others. His story, “The Stamp Collector,” is included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018.

Followed by a DJ set from DJ Jake Perry.MORE

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Tuesday, January 1st 5:00pm 2019

Spotty Holiday Hours!

Xmas Eve: 11-5ish, Xmas Day: CLOSED, NYE: 11-9ish, New Year's Day: 2-9ish