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Newburgh Reads!

October 1, 2016 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

I’m very pleased to host what by all lights should be a spectacular event at Ms. Fairfax, in Newburgh, NY, with readings by Sean Madigan Hoen, Porochista Khakpour, Mark de Silva, and Annie DeWitt.

For those of you who don’t know Newburgh yet, you do now. Many writers and artists have begun to make their homes here—this town is a-hopping, and that hopping will soon be a romp.

If you live in NYC, consider making a day of it. Beacon, home of the amazing DIA Beacon museum, sits right across the river, with fun to be had in spades. You can take Metro North from Grand Central and be here in under an hour and a half.

No matter what, this lineup will be worth every mile.


Sean Madigan Hoen’s debut, Songs Only You Know: A Memoir, was described by Darin Strauss as “Nick Flynn meets Karl Ove Knausgard” and “a book of a relentless compassion” and was a Barnes and Noble Discovery Selection and Rolling Stone “Top-Ten book of 2014.” Hoen’s short stories and prose have been published in BOMB, where he was awarded the 2011 Fiction Award, as well as The American Literary Review, Paste Magazine, and others. He was awarded a 2010 teaching fellowship from Columbia University and has received support from The Anderson Center and the Jerome Foundation. In a previous life he was a working musician, traveling in used conversion vans and performing to what one might kindly refer to as “intimate crowds.” Hoen currently lives in Lambertville, New Jersey and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. He is at work on a short story collection and a novel.

Annie DeWitt is a fiction writer, essayist and critic. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Tin House, The Believer, Guernica, Esquire, BOMB, Electric Literature, Bookforum, NOON, The LA Review of Books, The American Reader, art+culture, and The Faster Times, amongst others. Annie holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia School of the Arts where she now teaches. Her story “Influence” was recently anthologized in Short: An International Anthology, edited by Alan Ziegler, distributed by Norton in March 2014. Annie was a Co-Founding Editor of Gigantic, a literary journal of short prose and art carried throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her debut novel WHITE NIGHTS IN SPLIT TOWN CITY is forthcoming from Tyrant Books in Summer 2016. Her debut story collection CLOSEST WITHOUT GOING OVER was shortlisted for the Mary McCarthy prize. Annie pens an occasional nonfiction column about art, literature, film and criticism for The Believer, called “Various Paradigms.” She was recently recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship.

Mark de Silva is the author of the debut novel Square Wave, which was released by Two Dollar Radio in February of 2016. He holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). After several years on the editorial staff of the New York Times’s opinion pages, he now freelances for the paper’s Sunday magazine, while also serving as a contributing editor for 3:AM Magazine.

Porochista Khakpour is the author of The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury) and Sons and Other Flammable Objects(Grove/Atlantic). Her memoir Sick is forthcoming in 2017. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, Bookforum, Al Jazeera America, Vice, GQ, The Paris Review Daily, Elle, Spin, Slate, Salon, The Rumpus, Guernica, among others. Currently she is the Writer in Residence at Bard College.


October 1, 2016
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Ms. Fairfax
105 Liberty Street
Newburgh, NY 12550 United States