Sunday, October 16, 2005

This is the inagural reading of our series.

New Women's Reading Series at Bowery Poetry!

The Women's Studio Center, one of the fastest growing arts organizations in NYC, is hosting a monthly reading series and open mic at the Bowery Poetry Club on the third Wednesday of the month. The open mic is from 7:30 - 8:00; arrive early to sign up. On October 19th, the reading will feature Christine Hamm and Bev Jafek.

Christine Hamm has been published in over 70 journals, including Poetry Midwest, Rattle, Snowmonkey, and the Absinthe Literary Review. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a regular reader at the SMUT series at Galapagos, where her work was called by the director, "surreal, dark and disturbing." Her book, Salt Daughter, is due out this fall from Little Poem Press. Dancing Girl Press is publishing her chapbook, The Animal Husband, in April of '06. She is a member of the Writing Center at the Women's Studio Center, and is on the editorial board of several literary journals, including Vernacular. She teaches literature at the College of New Rochelle.

Bev Jafek: I have published 20 of my stories in the literary quarterly and university press publications. They have also been translated into German, Italian and Dutch and have won many literary awards, including publication in the annual “prize” anthologies, The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize, the Carlos Fuentes Award and the Editor’s Prize for fiction from Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry & Prose as well as first prize in the 2001 Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation short story competition for “redemption of gay history” through creative writing. I was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford. A collection of my short fiction, The Man Who Took a Bite Out of His Wife was published by The Overlook Press in 1993, reprinted in paperback in 1995, and won the Crawford Award (“top ten” best new fantasy writers) as well as being cited as one of the best story collections of the year in The Year’s Best Fantasy, 7th edition.

The Women's Studio Center is a visual and literary arts center based in Long Island City. For more about them, go to

For info about the Bowery Poetry Club, go here:

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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