About The Event:
Come out for one of the best reading series in NYC! The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop at BookCourt features readings by talented SSWW members and alumni.
The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop was founded in 2002, and what began as eight writers meeting in the cramped kitchen of a Brooklyn brownstone has developed into a creative home for over 1700 short-story writers, novelists, memoirists and essayists. Today, Sackett Street writers live in all boroughs of New York City. Alumni have been accepted at top MFA Creative Writing programs and writing conferences, have won fellowships and awards, and have published short fiction and poetry collections, novels, and memoirs.
Megan Abbott is the Edgar award-winning author of six novels, including The End of Everything, Queenpin and Bury Me Deep. Her latest novel, Dare Me, has just been optioned for film, with a screenplay by Abbott. She will be the 2013-2014 John Grisham Writer-in Residence at Ole Miss. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Los Angeles Times Magazine and The Believer. She is the author of The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir and editor of A Hell of a Woman, a female crime fiction anthology. She has been nominated for awards including the Steel Dagger, the LA Times Book Prize and the Pushcart Prize.
Julia Fierro's debut novel, Cutting Teeth, about the complicated and often comical experience of contemporary parenting, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in the spring of 2014. An excerpt from the novel was recently published in Guernica Magazine.
Julia is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She has taught Literature and Creative Writing at Hofstra University and at the University of Iowa. She founded The Sackett Writers’ Workshop in 2002, and what started as eight writers meeting in Julia’s cramped kitchen has grown into a creative home for over 1700 short-story writers, novelists, poets, memoirists and essayists.
Matthew Aaron Goodman's debut novel, Hold Love Strong, was chosen by Barnes and Noble as a Discover Great New Writers Book, by USA Today as a New Voices Pick, and nominated for an American Library Association Alex Award. His fiction, poetry and nonfiction has been published by Canteen Magazine, Pen America, Bomb Magazine among other publications. Matthew teaches Multicultural American Literature at Hunter College and fiction-writing for Sackett Street in Brooklyn.
Jessica Penner's debut novel-in-stories, Shaken in the Water (about Mennonites and a tiger), will be published by Foxhead Books in March 2013. Her essay, “Mustard Seed", won Bellevue Literary Review’s Burns Archive Prize for Nonfiction, was included in the Spring 2012 issue of BLR, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her writing has appeared in Tongue Screws & Testimonies, Void Magazine, Ghost Writers, Lost Writers, and Rhubarb. Jessica earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, where she worked with Carolyn Ferrell, Myra Goldberg, and Christine Schutt. She has participated in workshops with Julia Fierro at Sackett Street, and Colleen Anderson at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. She teaches ESOL in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and is perpetually in workshop mode with the Shenandoah Valley Inkslingers.