Friday, February 28th 7:00pm 2020

The Writers Studio Reading Series

Featuring several 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.

February features The Writers Studio Hudson Valley faculty Rebecca Gee
and students:
Sean Allison
Jody Bolluyt
Lacey Clarke
Eva Deitch
and Julie Means KaneMORE

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Saturday, February 29th 8:00pm 2020

Joan Kelsey's Silver Lining, Kamryn Wolf, & Lady Jane

Music and a Reading. $8.

Tuesday, March 10th 6:30pm 2020

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night

Our Bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown. Free.

Join us for The Spotty Dog Trivia Night. Since 2006, we’ve held this bi-weekly trivia event.

Teams of up to four people compete against each other over four rounds of 15 questions, a worksheet of (usually) 20 questions, and four bonus questions. The winning team gets their bar tab on the house. Anyone can play. See you there!MORE

Saturday, March 14th 7:00pm 2020

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.

VALERIE HSIUNG is a poet, performer, and the author of the books YOU & ME FOREVER, outside voices, please, and e f g. Her writing can be found in or is forthcoming from The Nation, The Believer, and Chicago Review. Born and raised by Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants in southern Ohio, she now lives in Brooklyn and Hudson.

BRIALLEN HOPPER is the author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions, a Kirkus Best Book of the year (“So much dopeness in these essays and so many scary questions asked and answered here. I hope y’all read it”—Kiese Laymon), and the co-editor of Killing the Buddha. She lives and teaches in Queens.

DOUGLAS STUART was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began a career in fashion design. Shuggie Bain is his first novel.

ERIN KHAR is known for her writing on addiction, recovery, mental health, relationships, parenting, infertility, and self-care. Her debut memoir, Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies that Nearly Killed Me, has appeared on most-anticipated lists from The Rumpus, SELF, Apple Books, Bitch Media, Alma, and others. She lives in New York City.

Followed by a set from DJ Charles Washington.

 

“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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Past Events
Saturday, February 15th 7:00pm 2020

eteam

A multimedia performance for the release of their new book Grabeland. Free.

Grabeland takes place in a country that no longer exists, in a culture rooted in soil and projections. The story tours the inner exiles of its characters as they test the limitations of their actual existence. Focusing on Germany and The United States, Grabeland dramatizes the formation of national identity and ultimately its dissolution through an accumulation of personal and collective experiences, anecdotes, accidents, propaganda, falsifications, histories, victimizations, inventions, dreams, and hopes.

“I can think of no other visual artists who could synthesize their practice and emerge with a novel this good. They achieve what all art aims for—a pulse which keeps each page alive. This pulse creates a tension between the strange and the pure, between the compelling and the mundane—page-by-page it reminds me of Sebald. The few days I spent wandering its pages were precious.” – Nick Flynn

This unique novel of visual ideas, Grabeland, imagines a literary, artful and art-inspired journey, a precise travelogue of sites and possible meanings. The obsession at the heart of Grabeland engaged me completely. – Lynne Tillman

“Grabeland successfully merges descriptions of banal everyday activities, political and historical facts and fictions, Proustian reminiscences of the artists’ own childhood and the elements of a road trip novel into a dazzling read. eteam’s diary-like storytelling unravels complicated, sometimes unnerving and quite often hilarious oppositions of generations, cultures, political views and ways of living, in which urgency of art making and community building is a constant undertone.” – Zeljka HimbeleMORE

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Saturday, February 8th 7:00pm 2020

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.

EMMA COPLEY EISENBERG Emma’s work has appeared in Granta, McSweeney’s, VQR, Tin House, and The New Republic among other outlets, and has been recognized by the Millay Colony, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Lambda Literary, and Longreads’ Best Crime Reporting. She lives in Philadelphia, where she co-directs Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts. The Third Rainbow Girl is her first book.

SUZANNE RANCOURT is a writer of Abenaki/Huron descent. Her first book, Billboard in the Clouds, received the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award. Her second, murmurs at the gate, was published by Unsolicited Press in 2019. She is a USMC and Army Veteran, and her poetry and non-fiction have been published widely.

LAURIE STONE the author of Everything is Personal: Notes on Now, and My Life as an Animal: Stories. She has published numerous stories in such publications as n + 1, Waxwing, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Fence, Open City, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. Her next book will be Postcards from the Thing that is Happening, a collage of hybrid narratives.

SHENA MCAULIFFE is the author of a novel The Good Echo. Her essay collection, Glass, Light, Electricity, is forthcoming in February 2020. Her stories and essays appear in Conjunctions, Copper Nickel, Gulf Coast, True Story, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She grew up in Wisconsin and Colorado, and now lives in Schenectady, New York.

Followed by a set from special guest DJ.

“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

www.facebook.com/volumehudsonMORE

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Sunday, February 2nd 1:00pm 2020

Book Launch Party with Local Author Kimberly Y. Erwin!

A Children's Book About Ending Racism. Free.

Get a signed copy of Kimberly’s book for your child, for a grown-up, or as a gift.

Kimberly owns OneUniversal Media: an African-American, woman-owned company that promotes and represents positive engagement in intercultural understanding, awareness and various educational organizations, with InterCultural Connect Books as its publishing imprint.MORE

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Saturday, January 18th 8:00pm 2020

Kulton the Maker and His Amazing Friends

Live Music, Comedy, Art Sale and Snacks! $5.

Featuring Todd Ludwig, Ifetayo Cobbins, Izzygr, Moon Fruit (DJ set) and Kulton!MORE

Friday, January 10th 7:30pm 2020

Zak Trojano & Brad Armstrong

Milti-instrumentalists and songwriters. $8.

Brad Armstrong fronted the Birmingham, AL band, 13ghosts, for fifteen years. He currently lives in upstate New York with his family. He has been a contributing songwriter and guitarist with Dexateens since 2009, and often plays guitar for Maria Taylor (of Azure Ray). His songs have been placed in several television shows, including Nashville and Kingdom. In 2018, Cornelius Chapel reissued his first solo record, 2016’s “Empire,” and released his second, “I Got No Place Remembers Me,” in April 2019.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6g2a7XkravkYNQdZg27EFB?si=14XlgVgpRgqLLTWNm2letw

Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player hailing from New Hampshire. Co-founding the much acclaimed folk trio Rusty Belle in 2006, Trojano has also appeared on records by Chris Smither, Jeffrey Foucault, Peter Mulvey and Chris Pureka.

https://soundcloud.com/ZAK-TROJANO

As always, 100% of the door is given to the performers.
BRING CASH FOR THE ARTISTS!MORE

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