(In alphabetical order)
Sarah Amandolare is a writer living in Brooklyn. She has written for Salon and The Awl, recorded podcasts for Story Collider, and covered travel in the Czech Republic, Costa Rica and the Northeast U.S. for Fodor’s, New York Magazine and The New York Times travel blog. She is concentrating in health and science reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Featured stories: Hole in the Roof read by Josephine Cashman
Chris Arp is a writer from Brooklyn, New York City. Recently, he wrote the screenplay for the short film Gowanus 83, which won the Spirit Award for Narrative Short at the 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival. He is enrolling in NYU’s MFA program in fiction in the fall of 2012.
Featured stories: A Man with a Towel Around His Waist Speaks read by Jonathan Harford
Jeff Bender is an alum of Columbia University's School of the Arts. He is a former college wrestler and wrestling coach, and his work has appeared in Guernica, First Person Arts, and the Monarch Review; he was a winner of Richard Hugo House's New Works Competition in Seattle in 2012. He lives in northwest Washington State with his fiancée Catharine and is finishing his first novel. www.jeffbender.net
Featured stories: The Guard read by Ryan Ervin on December 5th 2012
Nate Beyer's writing has appeared online in Dark Sky Magazine, The Adirondack Review, and Artsfuse.com. In 2012, he was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the St.Botolph's Club Foundation. He is a graduate of Boston University's Creative Writing Program and lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his daughter, Zoe.
Featured stories: Losing Allen read by Waltrudis Buck for the Age & Beauty Show on 3rd April 2013
Ben is a graduate of the MFA program at NYU. His work has appeared in Fence & the Cold Weather Field Guide.
Featured stories: The Moose is a Lie read by Matt Alford
Paul Blaney is Writer in Residence in the SAS Honors Program at Rutgers University. Born of Northern Irish parents, he was brought up in England, and now lives in Allentown, PA. While cameras invariably portray him as a drug-crazed sociopath, he really wouldn't hurt a fly! A novella of Paul's, "Handover," will be published by Typhoon Press (Hong Kong) towards the end of this year.
Featured stories: Philosophy read by Katherine Barron, and Sex No Good? read by Kristen Calgaro
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Rachel has edited more than 40 erotic anthologies, including the recent Best Sex Writing 2012. She has also written for dozens of publications - The Huffington Post, Jezebel, Time Out New York, The New York Post, and The Village Voice to name but a few - as well as contributing to over 100 erotic anthologies herself. Her story, Foot and Mouth, will appear in her forthcoming anthology, Best Bondage Erotica 2013, and you can find out more about Rachel at www.rachelkramerbussel.com.
Featured stories: Foot and Mouth read by Rachel Grundy
Susan Buttenwieser's writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in the Atticus Review, Bound Off, Failbetter and other publications. She teaches creative writing in New York City public schools and also with organizations for underserved populations including incarcerated women. She will be part of the 2013 Listen to Your Mother reading at Symphony Space on Mother's Day.
Featured stories: If read by Alex C. Ferrill for the Age & Beauty Show on 3rd April 2013
Craig was born in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Toronto, Canada in 2008 where he started writing fiction to pass the time while the immigration paperwork went through. His short stories and poetry has appeared in Descant, The Incongruous Quarterly, Steel Bananas Quarterly, and Liars' League London. craigcalhoun.tumblr.com
Featured stories: Saint Even's Day read by Matt Alford on 5th December 2012
Katherine Carlson spent the first 20 years of her life in Michigan before moving to New York City in 2001. She holds an MFA in fiction from New York University and currently teaches there in the Expository Writing Program. This August she will be an Artist-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock, NY, where she will be banging her head against her first novel.
Featured stories: Baby Pictures read by Heather Lee Rogers
Sam Carter is a reviewer and long-term student who has lived all round the world (currently in London, UK). Sam has had stories performed at Liars' League London, and other work has appeared or is forthcoming in anthologies from Leicester University and Arachne Press.
Featured stories: Heart of a God read by Alexandra Gray
Ben Compton is a writer and improviser living in Brooklyn. His stories have appeared in Lambeth Literary, and on stage in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. He’s trained at Second City, Annoyance Theatre, iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and performed sketch and improv comedy throughout the country. Like many writers, he has a folder full of brilliant unfinished novels and wandering poems. He’s currently pursuing a Master’s in English Literature and one in Educational Theatre.
Featured stories: Makin' It read by Jonathan Harford
Mike Dressel has lived in New York for the past twelve years. His writing has appeared in Chelsea Station #3, Promethean, Metazen (Pushcart Prize nominee), Monkeybicycle, Ducts.org, and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, among others. He is the co-producer of the storytelling series No, YOU Tell It! and recently took part in their evening based on the theme of Firsts. He is an adjunct instructor at The City College of New York.
Featured stories: Wake of Buzzards read by Jere Williams
Maureen Duffy is a writer in New York City. She moved to the city in 2011 after unexpectedly falling in love with it during a visit from San Francisco, where she’d lived for a number of years. She hadn’t planned on falling in love; but once it happened, there was no turning back. She has an MFA from Bennington and her work can be found in journals and on-line, as noted on her site: TheYesTicket.blogspot.com.
Featured stories: From This Day Forward read by Josephine Cashman
John Fischer is a Brooklyn-based writer and marketing consultant. A 2004 graduate of Vassar College with a BA in music composition, he has since commuted to Disney World, attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and toured the various convenience-store chains of the Tri-State area on thin professional pretenses. His work has appeared in PANK Magazine, Palooka Journal, the New York Observer, and the Random House Anthology “Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers.”
Featured stories: The Island of Only One Story read by Don Carter
Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons is a graduate student in Fairleigh Dickinson’s MFA in Creative Writing program and her essay “Eye Strengthening and Other Holy Topics” was recently published in the Serving House Journal. Her play, “All I Want Is One More Meanwhile...” was part of The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival and she worked as a screenwriter on the web series, Intersection.
Featured stories: Hundreds of Tiny People read by E.J. An
Rob Ganley lives in London with his wife and son, and they escape when they can in a campervan. He’s a magazine editor by day, and his short stories have appeared in print and online at Bartleby Snopes, Litro, and in audio at Liars’ League London and the Society of Authors. He’s a member of Quad Writers; for extracts from his novel in progress, visit their website at www.quadwriters.co.uk/rob-ganley.
Featured stories: Drift read by Frances Uku
Daniel Guzmán is a writer of surreal fiction, essays, and film reviews. His work has appeared in the New York Press, Cinespect, the L Magazine’s Literary Upstart Reading Series, and Rio Grande Review. He has performed at such venues as The Slipper Room, Cornelia Street Café, and the Bowery Poetry Club. He is the producer of the Exquisite Hotel, a noir-styled cabaret reading series.
Featured stories: As Seen on TV read by Amber Bogdewiecz
Brindley Hallam Dennis is an English writer. That's What Ya Get! Kowalski's Assertions (written in a phoney New York accent) was published in 2010, and his novel, A Penny Spitfire, in 2011. Many of his short stories have appeared, and will no doubt disappear later. He blogs at http://bhdandme.wordpress.com
Featured stories: Rat Run read by Nilla Watkins
Hannah Harper grew up in Reading, UK and lived in Sheffield and London before moving to Norwich, where she gained an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. She's worked as a copywriter, bookseller, and bid writer, and she is slowly but surely churning out her first novel.
Featured stories: Love read by Alex C. Ferrill
Jennifer Haskell Smith
Jennifer Haskell Smith lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a freelance writer. Jennifer’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Gettysburg Review, Agni, Atticus Review and Blue Penny, amongst others. Her first novel, I Sing Beneath the Sword, is currently seeking representation.
Featured stories: Strategies for Living in Uncertain Times read by Leigh Ann Cobb
E. P. Henderson
E. P. Henderson started writing stories about five years ago, stopped for ages, and (thanks to evening classes), has just started again. Stories are forthcoming in MTM and Error 404, and have been read live by Liars' League London, Hong Kong and now New York. She is a Londoner by adoption rather than by birth and is working on a novel.
Featured stories: The Sidekick read by Seth James
Thomas Israel Hopkins
Thomas Israel Hopkins lives with his wife and son in Kingston, New York. His stories have been published or are forthcoming in BOMB, Fence, Indiana Review, Cincinnati Review, and One Story, among other places. The manuscript for his short-story collection, The Crypto-Jew¹s Dilemma and Other Conversion Stories, was runner-up in last year¹s Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. He has also also written for Bookforum, the Los Angeles Times, Tablet, and Poets & Writers. His website is tomhop.com.
Featured stories: It's A Long Story, It's A Harrowing Yet Uplifting Jewish Story, It's Based On A True Story read by Jere Williams
Brady Huggett lives in New York, was born in Kalamazoo but grew up mostly in New England. You can find out more about him at thehuggettfiles.blogspot.com.
Featured stories: Gonna read by Amanda Renee Baker
Gregory Jackson has studied at The City Literary Institute (UK) under John Petherbridge and Zoë Fairbairns. His poetry has been published in The Times newspaper, and his stories have been shortlisted & longlisted in the Bridport & Fish international writing competitions. He lives in the urban paradise of London and can’t make tonight’s event, but would like to give a big shout out to all the Liars in NYC.
Featured stories: Purge read by Karen Leiner
Jason Jackson recently started writing again after a four-year hiatus, and he's already beginning to wonder why. Jason keeps a writing-progress blog at tryingtofindthewords.blogspot.co.uk
Featured stories: Still Stars read by Jonathan Minton
Katherine Jamieson is a graduate of the Iowa Nonfiction Writer's Program, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her essays and articles have been published in The New York Times, Narrative, Meridian, Alimentum, Brevity and The Best Travel Writing 2011. Based in the woods of Western Massachusetts, Katherine leads a dual life as a reclusive writer and road manager of an internationally touring musician (her husband). You can read more of her writing at: katherinejamieson.com
Featured stories: Witness Tree read by Calaine Schafer
Kristin holds an honors degree in Linguistics from UC Santa Barbara and has studied with the creative writing program at Columbia University. While shopping her first full-length novel, she began writing children's books, illustrated by her sister Shannon. Kristin has performed improv at The Pit in NYC, and her penchant for humor fuels most of her writing into the form of sarcastic vignettes and essays. Her recently-launched website for literary endeavors is found at kristinokelley.com.
Featured stories: You Can Be The Boss was read by Kristen Calgaro for the Age & Beauty Show on 3rd April 2013
Andrew Ian Lipstein is a New York City-based writer. He works for an ad agency and edits the microfiction site thickjam.com. He's currently signed to the literary agency Writers House, where he’s looking for a publisher of his first novel, Neptune Bears, and finishing his second, Making Miasma. He also performs around the city with his improv group Chalk.
Featured stories: RIP Willis Paulsen read by Don Carter
Jessica's first novel, The Rest of Us, about love, contemporary art, and New York, will be published by Simon & Schuster in the summer of 2013. Her novella, Osin, won Low Fidelity Press’ Novella Award and was published in 2007. She writes a column about art and inspiration for the PBS-affiliate Art21 and received frieze magazine's 2009 Art Writer's Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University and an MA in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. www.jessicalott.com
Featured stories: Just Off Canal read by Scott MacKenzie
Melissa graduated from the University of Georgia with a BA in English and Creative Writing in May 2012. So far her time in New York has been spent juggling publishing internships, part-time jobs, and a novel in progress. You can find more of her work at her wordpress blog, Pendulum Project.
Featured stories: Patsy Says read by Elizabeth Murray for the Age & Beauty Show on 3rd April 2013
Michael G. McLaughlin
Featured stories: El Bandito read by E. James Ford
Rachel Mann is a writer in NYC. While living in London not too long ago, she completed the Certificate in Novel Writing course at City University and wrote her first novel, a coming-of-age-magical-romance, On Blackberry Hill. Her stories have appeared in the Fish Anthology and The New Writer. Currently she’s an editor at Bytethebook, a website set up to help writers and publishers in the digital age.
Featured stories: Self-Exam read by Maggie Lacey
Manuel Martinez earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Florida and is presently an Emerging Writers Fellow at The Center for Fiction in New York. His stories have been appeared in The Sun, Blackbird, The Los Angeles Review, The Quarterly, The Literarian, and others. The true story of how he faked his own murder appeared in Coral Living. He lives in Brooklyn. www.manuelmartinez.com
Featured stories: Card Sound read by Jon Sprik
Aimee Mepham grew up in Dearborn, Michigan. She holds a BA in English from Albion College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has appeared in River Styx and Opium Magazine. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Interim Director of the Center for Women Writers at Salem College. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband and their two cats.
Featured stories: The Strangers' Graveyard read by Seth James
Melody is New Zealand-born writer living in New York City, where she attends the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at Columbia University. She is working on a collection of lyrical short prose pieces investigating colonialism, place, and identity, and has a deep and insatiable fascination for non-human mammalia, especially moose and seals.
Featured stories: Swimming with Seals, read by Kate Chadwick on 5th December 2012
Amanda is a writer living in rural East Texas. Her prose has appeared in such journals and anthologies as Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Vandal, and Literary Cash. She is the writer-instructor for the National Book Foundation's program, BookUpTX, in Walker County, and a winner of the Barbara Deming Award. Amanda has an MFA in fiction from NYU and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Houston. She teaches at Sam Houston State University.
Featured stories: Boxing Day read by Maggie Lacey on December 5th 2012
Alex Ortolani has published short stories in literary magazines including Spectrum, Dislocate, and Word Riot. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University and was a Fulbright Scholar in creative writing in South Africa.
Featured stories: The Horse Latitudes read by David Harrell
Terese Pampellonne is a graduate of Hunter College's MFA program. Her first novel, The Unwelcome Child, was published in 2005, and short fiction from her collection Ten Ways To Kill Your Mother, has appeared in Caprice, Flying Horse, Colorado Review, New Works Review, Wired Art and Ascent. In addition to her prose, she's a playwright whose plays, The Doomsday Club, Conditional Commitment, Fifteen Plus Toll (which won Hunter College's McGlinchee Award for Best Play), Lunchtime Go-go and Dressing on the Side, have been performed here in New York City by various theater companies. Currently Terese is working on her second novel, and lives in Manhattan with her husband Robert, as well as her dog Matilda and cat, Rosebud.
Featured stories: Wrong Number read by Lauren Norman
Erika D. Price is a social psychologist and instructor at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, as well as a writer of short fiction. Her work has been published in EFiction, Forge Journal, Red Fez, decomP and others. She is a longtime fan of Liar’s League NYC’s selection of work and its podcast, and is deeply honored to be included. Find out more about Erika at processproduct.tumblr.com.
Featured stories: Tiny Alligators read by Samantha Jane Gurewitz
Vito J. Racanelli
Vito J. Racanelli, whose short stories have appeared in The Literarian and The Boiler Literary Journal, is working on a collection of short fiction. He recently completed a novel about a terrorist attack that took place 30 years ago in Italy, where he lived for several years. His story “A Ride to the Forest” was a Fish Publishing 2013 Flash Fiction Prize finalist. He will read at the Boundless Tales Series in June.
Featured stories: Friends Without Benefits read by E. James Ford
Jackie Reitzes hails from Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Cornell University. Her work has appeared in ESPN: The Magazine, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Iron Horse Literary Review. She is currently one of The Center for Fiction’s Emerging Writer Fellows and began teaching just this week at NYU’s Expository Writing Center.
Featured stories: King of the World read by Virginia Bosch
C.D. Rose has lived several different countries, but now resides in the east of England. His work has appeared in New Writing 14, Parenthesis, Unthology 3 and at Pulp.net and Untitledbooks.com. He currently edits The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure.
Featured stories: Don DeLillo read by Jeff Wills
Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the innovative novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. He teaches literature as an adjunct at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York and fiction writing at the Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan.
Featured stories: Bad Matches read by Max Woertendyke
Marie Sabatino has been writing stories since she was a little girl. She has been telling stories all over NYC for the last ten years.... at venues like The National Arts Club, Galapagos Art Space, The Telephone Bar and Happy Ending Lounge. This is the second time her story has been performed in the cozy warmth of KGB Bar. You can find some of her stories in publications like Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Word Riot, and FLUENCE magazine, among other places.
Featured stories: None of this Was Intentional read by Katherine Barron
Michael Spring was educated at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but lives and works in London now, where he helps to run a small design and marketing company. Like every other writer, he has a novel waiting for a publisher (and a half-finished sequel).
Featured Stories: Ten Thousand Feet read by Daniel Lugo
Jerry Sticker is a writer and marathon runner. He frequently contributes articles and interviews for Runner's World magazine. He is currently at work on a novel called Dog Runners. He's also working on a screenplay based on a novel by a 19th century French writer.
Featured stories: Wilhelm David read by Everett Goldner
Sarah-Jane Stratford is the author of the historical vampire novels The Midnight Guardian and The Moonlight Brigade. Her short stories and articles have appeared in The Guardian, Guernica, and Women and Hollywood. She is currently working on a novel about espionage in World War I and a play about censorship.
Featured stories: A Certain Vintage read by Alexandra Gray
Rosalind Stopps lives and works in South East London, where the mean streets and unexpected loveliness provide most of her inspiration. She has an MA in creative writing from Lancaster and is currently working on a novel (again).
Featured stories: Spooning in Alaska read by Ailsa Prideaux Mooney; Strangers on a Train read by Elizabeth Murray
Melissa Swantkowski is a living writer in New York. Her work has appeared in The Mississippi Review, American Short Fiction's Web Exclusives and elsewhere. She is the prose editor for Bodega Magazine, contributes to a weekly humor weblog called The Murky Fringe, and is one-half of The Disagreement, an edited bi-monthly literary reading series. You can read this all again, and more, at: melissaswantkowski.com
Featured stories: So Now You Go read by Laurel Holland
Joan is an award-winning short story writer and has had several stories on BBC Public Radio. She has just published her first novel - The Birdskin Shoes. She is also part of a song-writing team Taylor-Rowan and Hughes. She teaches Art and Textiles in London.
Featured stories: I'd Always Been a Good Girl read by Erika Iverson
Kurt Tidmore is a former construction worker, printer, cook, illustrator, long-distance bicyclist, scientific photographer, tortilla manufacturer, paid guinea pig, salesman, magazine editor, jazz musician, tour guide, dark-room technician, truck driver, and radio disc-jockey. He’s also a novelist. He was born in Texas and lives now in Ireland.
Featured stories: The Skip Chaser's Story read by Seth James
Anthony Tognazzini is a writer and musician. He has new work in Crazyhorse and Forklift, Ohio, and his fiction collection, I Carry A Hammer in My Pocket for Occasions Such As These, is available from BOA Editions. He lives in Brooklyn.
Featured stories: Dear Kesha read by Aimee Howard
Jeanette Topar graduated from Rutgers-Newark’s M.F.A. Creative Writing program in May 2012. Her short stories have appeared in literary journals such as The Greensboro Review and have been frequently named as top 25 finalists in Glimmer Train contests. Her one-act plays have won national competitions and been produced in New York, San Francisco, and Dubuque. She studied painting in Rome, theater in London, and for many years, she worked as an actor.
Featured stories: Night Vision read by Denise Poirier
J. T. Townley writes fiction, essays, and translations, and he has new work in Collier’s, LITnIMAGE, and Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction. His story “A Christmas Letter” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds an MPhil in English from Oxford University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and he teaches at the University of Virginia. http://jttownley.com
Featured stories: Emperor of One read by Michael Washington Brown
Emma Jane Unsworth's first novel Hungry the Stars and Everything was published in 2011, won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012. Her short fiction has been published various places including The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). She has just completed her second novel, The Rogue. She tweets at @emjaneunsworth.
Featured stories: Closer to Norway read by Denise Poirier for the Age & Beauty Show on 3rd April 2013
Irene is the author of The Sky Unwashed (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), a novel about the Chernobyl evacuees, and the short story collection When Luba Leaves Home (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill) which is based on the Ukrainian community in her Chicago neighborhood. She is currently producing, writing and co-directing a documentary about the real life Chernobyl survivors called Life In The Dead Zone and writing her next novel.
Featured stories: The Death Inspector General's Report read by Jon Sprik