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),, 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

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.