Lit! A Queer Reading

Ellis Avery, Melissa Febos, Shelly Oria, and Rachel M. Simon read at Dixon Place on Thursday, August 22.

Lit! presents two Lambda Literary Award winners, a former professional dominatrix memoirist, a bi-national short story writer, a writer who went undercover in anti-gay right wing organizations, and a sports poet who teaches in a maximum security women’s prison.

Join us as we toast a group of the finest writers working today. Come meet the authors, have some drinks, and possibly meet the well read partner of your dreams.

Ellis Avery is the author of The Teahouse Fire and The Last Nude.

Melissa Febos’s memoir is Whip Smart.

Donna Minkowitz is the author of the forthcoming Growing up Golem and Ferocious Romance.

Shelly Oria’s short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, will be published in 2014.

Poet Rachel M. Simon is the author of Marginal Road and Theory of Orange.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dixon Place 
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Rachel M. Simon is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Theory of Orange (Pavement Saw Press) and a chapbook, Marginal Road (Hollyridge Press). She teaches writing, gender studies, and film courses at Marymount Manhattan College at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, SUNY Purchase College, Pace University and various libraries and senior citizen groups. She is currently working on a full-length collection of sports poems. 

Ellis Avery is the author of two novels and a memoir. Her first novel, The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead 2006), set in the tea ceremony world of 19th century Japan, won Lambda, Ohioana, and American Library Association awards and has been translated into five languages. Her second novel, The Last Nude, inspired by the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, was published by Riverhead last year. 

Melissa Febos’s essays, stories, journalism, and the occasional poem have been published widely, and her memoir, Whip Smart, was published by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books in March 2010. She is currently at work on a novel about music, madness, and dioramas.

Donna Minkowitz won a Lambda Literary Award for her memoir Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God and Fury. A former feature writer and columnist for the Village Voice, she has also written for The New York Times Book Review, Salon, The Advocate and The Nation. Minkowitz recently completed a second memoir, Growing up Golem, which combines approximately 87% true memoir with stark raving fantasy. 

Shelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in McSweeney’sQuarterly West, cream city review, and five chapters among other places. She curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village, teaches fiction at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and is the co-producer of Literary Death Match Tel Aviv. Shelly was awarded the 2008 Indiana Review Fiction Prize for her story “New York 1, Tel Aviv 0,” and is currently completing her first story collection, which carries the same title. 



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