In August 2012, Lamprophonic launched as a literary reading series for emerging writers. What began as five Columbia University M.F.A. students sharing short excerpts of their work has grown into a diverse series that includes writers from across the five boroughs and beyond, sharing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. 

Since 2012, we have expanded our efforts into a variety of programming. In addition to a monthly reading series, we've produced First Book Parties that offer stimulating discussion along with celebration and Benefit Events that encourage emerging writers to invest in the next generation of artists. We've also established a partnership with Summer on the Hudson and now produce a daylong literary festival along the Hudson each summer. 

Embodied in all our work is a mission to encourage a robust, diverse, and supportive literary community in New York City.

This means bringing together writers of all forms and genres, of all ages and backgrounds. This means inviting established professionals to offer their insight, and emboldening emerging writers to support the next generation through mentorship and fundraising.

New York City is a place of excitement and opportunity for many writers, but no one will deny it that it can be overwhelming and sometimes lonely. Together, we’re changing that. We are bringing writers out from behind the computer screens/yellow pads/tripleshot Americanos to strengthen community, inspire connections, and celebrate the vibrancy of talent this city has to offer.