June 2nd Readers!

We're back for the final Emerging Writers Series of the season! Join us for an excellent set of poetry and prose performances, $8 whiskies, and a toast to our best season yet!

On Friday you'll enjoy works from these fine emerging talents: 

Sean Denmark is from Alabama originally, but moved to the city after living in Cameroon, where he was a Peace Corps volunteer, to teach and then earn an MFA from NYU. He writes fiction and poetry and works in education.

Lisa Ferber is a prolific multidisciplinary artist whose comedies of manners and fanciful paintings celebrate glamorous eccentrics and objects of indulgence. She is the creator, writer, and a star of the feature film The Sisters Plotz, which premiered at New York City’s Anthology Film Archives and received its Hollywood premiere at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. Ms. Ferber’s film Whimsellica’s Grand Inheritance, which she wrote and starred in, won the audience vote in the It Came From Kuchar Festival, and she starred in the final film of underground icon Doris Wishman, Each Time I Kill, featuring cameos by filmmaker John Waters and B-52s frontman Fred Schneider. She has read her short stories at KGB, Sunday Salon, and Barbes, and is published in the Have a NYC collection of shorts. Her paintings have shown at the National Arts Club, the Painting Center, Local Project, and other venues.

Nicole Goodwin is the 2017 EMERGENYC Hemispheric Institute Fellow as well as the 2013-2014 Queer Art Mentorship Queer Art Literary Fellow, and the winner of The Fresh Fruit Festival’s 2013 Award for Performance Poetry. She published the articles “Talking with My Daughter…” and “Why is this Happening in Your Life…” (Personal essay/Review for award-winning documentary Tough Love) in the New York Times’ parentblog Motherlode. Additionally, her work '"Desert Flowers" was shortlisted and selected for performance by the Women's Playwriting International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

Omotara James is a British-born American poet and essayist. The daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants, she currently resides in NYC. She is a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow: the Third Place Winner of the 2017 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, the recipient of Slice Literary’s 2016 Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets, as well as the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Crab Fat Magazine: QTPOC issue, Cosmonauts Avenue, Luna Luna Magazine and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from Cave Canem and the Home School. Online, you can find her: @omotarajames and omotarajames.com

Francisco Márquez is a Venezuelan poet in Brooklyn. His work can be found in The Offing, poets.org, Bennington Review, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Home School, and Breadloaf Writer's Conference. He holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University.

Miranda K. Pennington is a writer, editor and adjunct with an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University. Her first book, a braided biography-literary criticism-memoir about the Brontë sisters and their novels, debuted on May 16, 2017 from Seal Press (an imprint of the Hachette Brook Group) Previous work has appeared on The Toast, Electric Literature, The American Scholar online, the Ploughshares Writing Lessons blog, and The Catapult podcast.