May 5th Readers!

We return to our beloved Bar Thalia on next Friday, May 5th, for the penultimate Emerging Writers Series of the season! We're so pleased to have these fine literary talents joining us: 

ERIK LEE is a fiction writer in the Creative Writing and Literary Translation MFA program at Queens College. He has a Creative Writing BA from the University of Arizona. He is proudly a disabled Korean-American.

ALEXANDER RADISON is an MFA candidate in poetry at Queens College, where he also teaches creative writing. His work has appeared in Utopia Parkway Lit, Newtown Literary, The Violet Hour, and at, where he won the "Making Work Visible" poetry prize.

KIRAN RAJAGOPALAN is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and educator with a keen interest in integrating eastern theories of aesthetics, philosophy, and performance with neuroscience, art therapy, and social activism.  Trained extensively in Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) for over 25 years, Kiran has given many acclaimed performances in India, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. Kiran studied Behavioral Neuroscience and Spanish at Boston University, graduating in 2008.  He chose to follow his passion for dance, and he graduated from the University of Madras with an M.A. (honors) in Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) in 2010 and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University in 2015. In 2017, he founded Daya Arts, a non-profit organization committed to the presentation, promotion, and preservation of South Asian art.

JULIA LYNN RUBIN is currently finishing an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at The New School. Her debut novel, BURRO HILLS, comes out next year from Diversion Books. The following is an excerpt from a young adult novel that is currently on submission with editors.

VIKI A. SANZ is a Miami native living in Brooklyn. She earned her M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University, and holds a degree in Creative Writing and American Sign Language from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches Pre-K.

JASMINE DREAME WAGNER is the author of On a Clear Day (Ahsahta Press). Her poems are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Fence, New South, and have been anthologized in The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral.


BONUS: In addition to an excellent selection of poetry and prose, we'll have $8 whiskies! 

This event will be hosted by Sarah Sala