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Reading Series @ Community Bookstore

January 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Brian Russ has been making music in Brooklyn for 15 years. His bands Backwords, Spirit Plate and The Love Supreme have performed in over 100 New York City venues. He masters, mixes and records music while running Campers’ Rule Records, an independent vinyl and cassette label. Brian’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Greenpoint Gazette, Brooklyn Vegan, indie zines such as Lo-Fi Magazine and Fizz Navigator and often in the Craigslist “swap” section. The Nestle Corporation and many other multinationals know him only as the ever-nagging Nancy O’Burke. The 100,000 Dollar President, his work-in-progress, is his first novel.  

Poet Terence Degnan has been writing for over 25 years. He’s been widely published in magazines and anthologies, most recently in “The New Southerner” and “Resist Much/Obey Little,” and has published two collections of poetry entitled “The Small Plot Beside the Ventriloquist’s Grave” and “Still Something Rattles.” He started the monthly storytelling series “How to Build a Fire” at Open Source Gallery -now in its fifth season. He is also a founding member of the new nonprofit Camperdown NYC, which was founded to benefit the NYC poetry community.

James G. Robinson has worked in audience research and analytics at the New York Times for the past fifteen years. He has taught expository writing at NYU and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. He is the author of “The Audience in the Mind’s Eye: How Journalists Perceive their Audiences”, published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in 2019. In 2017, his article “Road to Recovery” was featured in the New York Times Travel section. Describing a road trip his family took after the death of his five-year-old son, the story was cited as one of the year’s notable essays by The Best American Travel Writing 2018. He is currently writing a memoir.

CJ Hauser teaches creative writing and literature at Colgate University. Her second novel, Family of Origin, which NPR called “oddball brilliant” and Kevin Wilson lauded as “supremely weird” is published by Doubleday. She is also the author of the novel The From-Aways and her fiction and essays have appeared in Tin HouseNarrative MagazineEsquire, and elsewhere. She was recently a guest on the Seth Myers show and her essay in The Paris Review, “The Crane Wife,” reached over one million readers.

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