June 2014

Jared Harel
Jared Harel’s poems have appeared in Tin House, The American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, Shenandoah, Newtown Literary Review and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook, The Body Double, was published by Brooklyn Arts Press in 2012. He lives in Astoria, and plays drums for the NYC-based rock band, The Dust Engineers.

Michael Stahl
Michael Stahl is a journalist, editor, and writer, born, raised and living in Astoria. His works have been published in several print and online publications, including: Narratively, BORO Magazine, Newtown Literary Magazine, Potluck Magazine, and Sugar ‘N’ Thunder. Next month, look for his profile of Bad Buka in BORO Magazine and read Narratively’s five “Weird Science” stories–a week he prevailed over as contributing editor.

Richard Jeffrey Newman
Richard Jeffrey Newman writes about the impact of feminism on his life as a man and of classical Persian poetry on our lives as Americans. His books include The Silence of Men, a volume of poetry, and The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, a translation of part of the Iranian national epic. He curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Queens and is on the Board of Directors of Newtown Literary Alliance, a Queens-based literary non-profit. He is professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. His website is http://www.richardjnewman.com.

Matthew Thorburn
Matthew Thorburn is the author of three books of poems, including Every Possible Blue (CW Books, 2012) and This Time Tomorrow (Waywiser Press, 2013). His poems have also appeared in literary journals such as The Paris Review, Ploughshares and Michigan Quarterly Review. A former resident of Astoria, he lives in Riverdale with his wife and son, and works in Manhattan as the communications manager for a global law firm.

Vaughn M. Watson
A hopeless romantic who fights the good fight against the institutions of marriage and heterosexism, Vaughn is an aspiring writer whose aim is capturing the depressing reality of love in the age of the sext. He loves food, especially anything with pork belly in it because it’s almost the same as bacon but with twice the amount of fat. He, like recent subway celebrity Lucas, likes to go out with friends and sometimes do yoga. He is a conundrum. And he hopes you enjoy the show.

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