April’s Readers

We are so thrilled to present the following talents at our Emerging Writers Series on Friday, April 29th. Please join us for a night of excellent poetry and prose, $8 whiskies, and other fun! 

Caitlin Barasch recently graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English & Creative Writing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Hobart, Word Riot, DIAGRAM, OnEarth, and Electric Literature. She currently lives in Manhattan and interns for Selected Shorts.  

Kavita Das worked in the social change sector for fifteen years on issues ranging from homelessness to public health disparities to most recently, racial justice. She now focuses on writing nonfiction and fiction about culture, race, social change, feminism, and their intersections. Her work has been published in VIDA, McSweeney’s, The Atlantic, Apogee Journal, Guernica, The Rumpus, NBC News Asian America, The Margins, The Feminist Wire, The Aerogram, Colorlines, Thought Catalog, and The Sun. 

Terry Edmonds is a New York corporate speechwriter who for more than 40 years has quietly nurtured a love for poetic expression alongside a professional writing career that has taken him from the projects of Baltimore to the highest levels of government and the business world. His first book, published in 1989 by Baltimore’s Apathy Press was titled Thank God for the Lowlife. The poem, as so many of his others do, reflects his commitment to spiritual values too often overlooked or discarded in the rush of modern life. 

Carrie Hohmann teaches creative writing and composition at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She received her MFA in poetry from New York University and is the author of the chapbook incongruent: someday (dancing girl press, 2014). Carrie lives on a 10-acre farm in Northwestern, PA, with her husband and a menagerie of animals.

Alexander Pines grew up in Michigan and can’t stop writing about it. He’ll graduate from Columbia University in May with a degree in writing and American Studies as long as he doesn’t fail gym class, and this fall he’ll be joining the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program for an MFA. His essays, journalism, and criticism have been published in or are forthcoming from The Rumpus, VICE, Mic., as well as Columbia’s undergraduate literary magazine The Blue and White. He is currently at work on a longer piece of nonfiction about trans and queer bodies, American urban ruins, and horror films.

Mark de Silva is the author of the debut novel Square Wave, released by Two Dollar Radio in February of 2016. He holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). Having served for several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion pages, and then as an editor at Aeon Magazine, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine. He is also a contributing editor at 3:AM Magazine. His writing has appeared in these publications, as well as in Guernica, the New Inquiry, the Collagist, the Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere.

March’s Readers

Check out the talent we have coming to the stage on Friday, March 25t. See you at @barthalia at 8 pm! 


Chris Arp recently graduated from NYU’s MFA program in Fiction, where he was a finalist for the Axinn Foundation / E.L. Doctorow Fellowship. Since then, his work has been published in Memorious, Storgy Magazine, and the Cumberland River Review. His stories have been selected as finalists or received honorable mentions from the Masters Review Emerging Writer Award, the 2015 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, the 2016 Saints and Sinners Contest, and The Cincinnati Review Award. Another one of his stories was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Ryan Dzelzkalns is a Midwestern boy at heart. He has work appearing or forthcoming with Assaracus, DIAGRAM, the HIV Here and Now Project, Midwestern Gothic, The Offing and others. He completed a BA at Macalester College where he received the Wendy Parrish Poetry Award and an MFA at NYU. In 2015, he began working for the Academy of American Poets and one of his poems was nominated for the Independent Best American Poetry series. He is the tallest man in New York.

Tyler Gonlag has worked for circuses, school districts and music festivals, which all require eerily similar skill sets. He’s currently an MFA candidate at New York University and is working on various collections of poems examining his Indo ancestry, inter-generational trauma and addiction.

Mary Ann Koruth’s many hats have included radio host, TV correspondent, web and graphic designer, freelance journalist and blogger. She grew up in India and moved to the United States in 1997. Her articles on art and culture have been published in newspapers and magazines, such as The Hindu (a major South Indian newspaper), theatlantic.com, Rutgers Magazine, New Brunswick Today, The Indian American and others. She currently works full time as web and graphic designer for Rutgers University Libraries in New Brunswick. She is now a second-year, card-carrying student of creative writing (fiction) at Rutgers University Newark, and is thrilled to be in the company of the many fun and inspiring people she’s met in the MFA program. You can read her journalistic photo blog at desigas.tumblr.com

Isaac Ginsberg Miller is an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU, a Callaloo Fellow, and a teaching artist with Urban Word NYC. His poetry appears in journals such as The Collagist, Muzzle Magazine, and Callaloo. His essays and interviews appear in The American Poetry Review, Public Books, and English Journal.

Denise Milstein is a writer and researcher. In both capacities, she chases after stories to write them down, then lets them go unharmed. Her fiction has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, The Wall (a literary blog), Hobart, and is forthcoming in the Potomac Journal of Politics and Poetry. She is completing a novel on memory and disappearance in Latin America, and collaborating with Ensayos, a community of artists and scientists working in the Tierra del Fuego region of Chile and Argentina. She lives in New York City and teaches qualitative research at Columbia University.