December 2nd Readers!

We've got an awesome line-up for the final Emerging Writers Series of 2016! Please join us Friday  at Bar Thalia (95th & Bway) for the literary stylings of: 

MARIE CHRISTELLE GARCIA lives in New York City but grew up in Manila. Because of this, she constantly feels like she's living in two time zones and wishes teleporting were a real. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2013. She worked as part of the editorial staff at Sarah Lawrence's Lumina, as well as The Boiler Journal, an online magazine founded by her friends. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications like Travel Dose, Travel Now, and Life Hack. She is currently working on a collection of short stories about moving to a different country, displacement, and the concept of home.

ROBERTO CARLOS GARCIA’s amores gitano (gypsy loves) was published by Červená Barva Press in 2013. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Engagement, Public Pool, Stillwater Review, Gawker, Barrelhouse, Tuesday; An Art Project, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, Bold As Love Magazine, Entropy, PLUCK!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, The Rumpus, 5 AM Magazine, Wilderness House, Connotation Press- An Online Artifact, Poets/Artists, Levure Litteraire, and others. He is the founder of Get Fresh Books, LLC, a cooperative press. His first full collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and is an Instructor of English at Union County College. His website is

KAREN HEULER’s stories have appeared in over 90 literary and speculative magazines and anthologies, from Alaska Quarterly Review to Tin House to Weird Tales. She has published four novels and three story collections with university and small presses, and her previous collection was chosen for Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2013 list. She has received an O. Henry award, been a finalist for the Iowa short fiction award, the Bellwether award and the Shirley Jackson award for short fiction. Aqueduct Press has just published her latest collection, "Other Places."

ANANDA LIMA holds an MA in Linguistics from UCLA. She was a mentee in the AWP Writer to Writer Program and has attended workshops at Sewanee and Tin House, as well as Bread Loaf. She has taught at UCLA and The Montclair State University. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review. Ananda is currently working on a collection of poems on identity in motherhood and immigration, and a novel set in Brasilia, where she grew up as the daughter of migrants from Northeast Brazil. Find her at

PONCHO MARTINEZ is an adult man who lives in Queens. His greatest weaknesses are his fear of water and his left shoulder.

MATTHEW L. THOMPSON is a stream of color and breathing, still, contradiction from Cleveland, Ohio, and a MFA candidate in Poetry at The New School. He wants his writing to fight, cry, moan, grieve, listen, shout and be as varied and full as he is in the flesh. Matthew wants the reader to feel hugged and possibly humped. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is getting his life. Join him on Twitter and Instagram @mlew_33 & his blog Unlearning Monday.