Join us on May 18th 6:15pm, at the one and only Buschenshank (killer pizza & beer) in the heart of Carroll Gardens!
We’ll toast our favorite characters—the unlikable ones, of course.
From Humbert Humbert to Gone Girl’s Amazing Amy, “unlikable” characters are essential to great literature. Sackett Street Writers will celebrate the tragically (and comically) flawed with trivia, giveaways, and readings by instructors and alumni—and special guest Roxane Gay!
Hosted by Sackett Street founders Julia Fierro & Justin Feinstein
JAMEL BRINKLEY was born in Suffolk, Virginia, and raised in Brooklyn and the Bronx. He works as a high school English teacher and is a Ph.D. program dropout. A Sackett alum, this Fall he will leave NYC for the first time since he was a pup to pursue his MFA in fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
ROXANE GAY is the author of a novel, An Untamed State (Grove Atlantic), and an essay collection, Bad Feminist (Harper), both to be released in 2014. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, New Stories from the Midwest 2012 and 2013, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, West Branch, Indiana Review, Normal School, The New York Times, The Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. She is the author of Ayiti, a collection of writing about the Haitian diaspora experience and the co-editor of PANK. She received her PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University and teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University.
ALEX GILVARRY is the author of the novel From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” selection, published by Viking in 2012. His novel was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, an Indie Next Pick, and named Best Novel 2012 by the Improper Bostonian. He has written for Vogue, The Paris Review Daily, NPR’s All Things Considered. Alex has been a Norman Mailer Fellow and holds an MFA from Hunter College where he was the recipient of a Hertog fellowship. Previously an editor at Picador, he is the founder and editor of the website Tottenville Review, a book review collaborative. He lives in Brooklyn where he teaches for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.
MARISSA LEVIEN has gone through multiple workshops at Sackett Street and has enjoyed them all. She works part-time at BookCourt Bookstore, and at Cavin-Morris Gallery in Chelsea. In addition to this, she also works as a guide on the Greenwich Village Literary Pubcrawl Tour, where she recently wrote and designed a Brooklyn Heights Literary Tour. Her work has been previously published in the Penny Dreadful, and in Impressions Poetry Competition.
JENNY ZHANG is the author of the poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books, 2012.) Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in Rookie, Glimmertrain, The Iowa Review, The Guardian, Jezebel, Diagram, The Walrus, and Vice. Her poetry has appeared in PEN Poetry series, HTMLGIANT, Coconut, and Octopus magazine. Jenny holds degrees from Stanford University and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. At Iowa, she was awarded a Teaching-Writing Fellowship and a Provost Fellowship. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and teaches Sackett Street workshops in Williamsburg.
Buschenshank // 320 Court Street // Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn