Red Hen Press presents a literary night like no other, with an advice-column writer, a nurse practitioner, and a jazz bassist. Jim Knipfel, Ellen Meeropol, and Chris Tarry – each writer will premiere excerpts of their latest books, hot off the shelf. We invite you to join us for our first NYC reading series.
Jim Knipfel’s upcoming novel is Residue (Red Hen, 2015) is a hilariously dark, satircal twist to the American pastoral. Based on actual events, his story takes the reader on the same tumultuous investigation with the novel’s sheriff protagonist. Ellen Meeropol, the nurse turned writer, is the author of On Hurricane Island (Red Hen, 2015), in which she boldly faces the sociopolitical storm approaching our society regarding our freedom and our protection. Chris Tarry carries his jazz influence into his prose, along with fantastic settings, blazing wit, and imaginative circumstances to explore human truths. His short stories have been collected in How to Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen, 2015).
You can catch them at the Soviet-era themed bar in the East Village:
The KGB Bar
85 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
The event is free, (one drink minimum) so bring a friend!
Jim Knipfel’s column “Slackjaw” has appeared weekly in one publication or another since 1987. He is the author of ten books, including Quitting the Nairobi Trio, These Children Who Come at You With Knives and Other Fairy Tales, and Noogie’s Time to Shine, which is presently being turned into a motion picture. Residue, his latest novel, will be released by Red Hen Press in April, 2015. He no longer likes to admit it, but he still lives in Brooklyn. http://www.jimknipfel.com/
Chris Tarry holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and is the author of the story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen Press 2015). His fiction has appeared in publications such as The Literary Review, On Spec, The GW Review, PANK, Bull Men’s Fiction, and Monkeybicycle. His non-fiction has appeared in the anthology How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Grain Magazine, and many other places. In 2012, his story “Here Be Dragons” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also a four-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of New York’s most sought-after musicians. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife Michelle and two amazing kids, Chloe and Lucas. http://christarry.com/
Ellen Meeropol is the author of two novels, House Arrest (2011) and On Hurricane Island, (Red Hen Press 2015). A former nurse practitioner, a part-time bookseller, and a literary late bloomer. She holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program, University of Southern Maine. Her short stories and essays have been published in Bridges, Pedestal, Rumpus, Portland Magazine, Shaking Magazine, Women’s Times, Off Our Backs and others. Her dramatic script, “Carry it Forward,” tells the story of the Rosenberg Fund for Children; it was produced most recently June 2013 in Manhattan, starring Eve Ensler, Angela Davis, and Cotter Smith. Ellen lives with her husband in Western Massachusetts. http://www.ellenmeeropol.com/
This event will be moderated by Kate Gale.
Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA. She is the author of seven books of poetry including Echo Light (Red Mountain Press) and The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014 and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.